Mary Elizabeth Sawyer Tyler

  • American

Mary Tyler was a notable Unitarian active in the Women's Christian Temperance Union and Women's Relief Corps and a founder of the Women's Industrial Exchange, but she is most famous as Mary of Mary Had a Little Lamb. - AsNotedIn


Timeline

Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
1806/03/22 Mary Elizabeth Sawyer is born and raised on a farm in Sterling, Massachusetts. Home Sawyer Homestead Sterling
1816/00/00 Mary adopts a sickly lamb that has been abandoned by its mother. As it grew stronger, the lamb begins to follow her everywhere. At the Redstone School (built 1798, now at Longfellow's Wayside Inn) Mary hid the lamb under her desk. Life Longfellow's Wayside Inn Sudbury, MA
1832/00/00 Mary Sawyer joins the McLean Asylum of Somerville staff as an attendant. She worked for many years as the matron at the McLean Asylum and her husband, Columbus Tyler, was steward for about 40 years. Work McLean Hospital National Register District Belmont, MA
1835/00/00 Mary Elizabeth Sawyer marries Columbus Tyler. The couple built a large home in Somerville. Home First Unitarian Church Somerville
1844/00/00 Somerville First Unitarian Church is established (dissolved in 1975). Founding Member First Unitarian Church Somerville
1876/07/00 Mary Sawyer Tyler donates a pair of socks her mother had knitted from her lamb's wool. The socks were unraveled and bits of them were sold along with Tyler's autograph to benefit the Meeting House. Benefactor Old South Meetinghouse Boston
1881/09/14 Columbus Tyler dies in 1881 and bequeaths his estate to the First Unitarian Church, effective upon Mary's death. She died in 1889, and her home was used as the church parsonage until it was sold in 1921. Widow First Unitarian Church Somerville
1889/12/11 Mary Elizabeth Sawyer Tyler passes away. She is buried in Mt Auburn Cemetery near Boston. Died Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge Cambridge, MA
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