William was a “Sawyer”

William R Salisberry (Saulsbury) was a sawyer.  This small fact has helped me identify him in additional records. When the spelling of the surname changes from one document to another, the occupation remained the same.

Wm. Salisberry.1.death record This is the death record for Wm Salisberry my 2nd great-grandfather.  He was a white, male, married, age 38 years and 15 days.  He was a “Sawyer” who died on 5 Feb 1880 at 5PM.  The rest of the document says William died in Stewardson, Shelby County Illinois.  The probate record dated 16 Feb 1880 in Shelby County has the surname spelled “Saulsbury” and that is how all of his descendants spell the name today. The probate records say that William Saulsbury had a sawmill and his wife was Emily.

Using the alternate spelling of the surname I found a Civil War document for Wm R. Salisberry, a sawyer living in Effingham. I know this is my family because William married Martha Green in 1863 in Effingham.  Then in 1868 William Saulsberry married Emily Creag/Craig on 24 Dec 1868 in Effingham.

One document leads to more research.  The Civil War record says that William had already served in the 11th Illinois.  I need to do more research on these records. William has been a mystery to me.  He appears in the 1850 census in Effingham Illinois with a Samuel S. Kelley family.  There is also what appears to be a sister Eloy Sallsbury age 11.  Time for more research!