Fisher and Clara (Lieving) Sayre {1865 & 1874 – 1938}

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Last Updated: November 16, 2022


Fisher and Clara (Lieving) Sayre were of large farming families in Mason County, West Virginia.  ‘Fish’ was the youngest of eight; and while Clara had twelve siblings, their grandmothers had twenty-two children!

Likely seeking opportunity, Fish and Clara relocated their family of four children, ages 9-14, to the Ceredo in 1907.  Just the year before, a large plant to produce telephone and telegraph poles located there. The demand for such as well as train track, ties, and even coffins looked to the hard timber found in the area.

Fisher Lee Sayre, circa 1925

Fisher Lee Sayre, circa 1925

Sayre General Store

The couple immediately purchased a dry goods store and a home on Main and High Streets. A 1921 picture of him in the Sayre Store reveals much about the times. There was one electric light bulb but also a gas overhead light. Setting on the floor were loose onions, seeds, nails, potatoes, and a rack of cakes. On the shelves can be seen Bearskin Hosiery, Flit insect killer, P&G soap, Lux soap powder, Rumford baking powder, shopping baskets and washboards. Advertisements can be seen for Pet Pure Milk, Prince Albert Tobacco, Calumet Baking Powder, and others. There’s a bread case and a tobacco case. There were no seats nor benches; loafing was encouraged only on the outside covered porch.  Be sure to explore the “Hear Highlights” tab; you will want to listen to the local tale about one of Mr. Sayre’s customers.

Mayor of Ceredo

Not only was the store a success, but Fish himself was well received in Ceredo. He opposed the existing mayor in 1925 and won 246 of 460 votes. Early in his one-year term, Mayor Sayre faced a crisis; the Town Hall burned. His administration oversaw the acquisition of a new site and building of the current Town Hall. He did not stand for re-election.

Defining moments…

Ancestry hails from England, Germany, & France. Fisher’s 6th great grandfather arrived in 1633 in what Boston is currently. Fisher’s father served alongside Union fighters during the Civil War. During their lives Presidents Lincoln and McKinley were assassinated, the Civil War ended, the first airplane few, the Titanic sank, the Great War was fought, Women’s Suffrage began, The Great Depression crashed the economy, the Holocaust started, and the Dust Bowl forced hundreds of thousands out of homes.

James A. Rothgeb, Great Grandson image
James A. Rothgeb, Great Grandson

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Crescent Hill Cemetery family plot, Ceredo, West Virginia

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Crescent Hill Cemetery records can be found here.

Sayre Family Plot Details
Crescent Hill Cemetery family plot, Ceredo, West Virginia

Oldest Known Ancestors

Fisher Lee Sayre


  1. Nancy Laura Sayre
    1. Maternal Line

      Durham, Middlesex, Connecticut / 1747

    2. Paternal Line

      Squires, Kent, England / 1410

  2. Robert Fawcett Sayre
    1. Maternal Line

      New Castle, Delaware / 1679

    2. Paternal Line

      Squires, Kent, England / 1410

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