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. The “Deacon” was Jonathan Sayward (1713–1797), who from humble origins rose to great influence in the town and county of York,
serving from time to time and sometimes concurrently as representative to the General
Court, justice of the quorum, probate judge, and special justice of the Court of Common
Pleas. As a “rescinder” in 1768 he earned the friendship of Governors Bernard and
Hutchinson, and for years threw all his weight on the loyalist side. After reading
the Declaration of Independence, he observed in his diary, “Its all beyond my Debth....
I am lost in Wonder”; but he did not go into exile, never forfeited his large property,
and only temporarily lost his standing in the community. See Charles E. Banks, History of York, Maine
, Boston, 1931–1935, 1:389–401, a sketch based in part on Deacon Sayward's unpublished
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2014.