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Thomas ‘Tom’ SAYERSAge: 3918261865

Name
Thomas ‘Tom’ SAYERS
Given names
Thomas
Nickname
Tom
Surname
SAYERS
Birth 15 May 1826 33 44
Baptism 31 December 1826 (Age 7 months)
Occupation
Bricklayer/Prize Fighter

Baptism of a brotherRichard SAYERS
24 February 1842 (Age 15)
Birth of a daughter
#1
Sarah SAYERS
30 May 1850 (Age 24)
Birth of a son
#2
Thomas SAYERS
29 August 1852 (Age 26)
MarriageSarah HENDERSONView family
8 March 1853 (Age 26)
Baptism of a daughterSarah SAYERS
20 March 1857 (Age 30)
Baptism of a sonThomas SAYERS
20 March 1857 (Age 30)
Death of a motherMaria THOMAS
16 February 1859 (Age 32)
Death of a paternal grandmotherElizabeth PENNICOT
4 December 1859 (Age 33)
Death 9 November 1865 (Age 39)
Burial 15 November 1865 (6 days after death)
Will 24 November 1865 (15 days after death)
Family with parents - View family
father
mother
elder brother
3 years
elder brother
6 years
elder brother
2 years
elder sister
16 months
Family with Sarah HENDERSON - View family
wife
 
Marriage: 8 March 1853St Peter, Islington
-3 years
daughter
2 years
son

Shared note

Living 10 Belle Vue Cottages Pancras 1861. The famous fight between Sayers and Heenan has been described as 'the first world championship boxing match' and was certainly one of the last great prize-fights without gloves. Tom Sayers was the English champion and had defended his title successfully four times. Heenan was a claimant to the American Heavyweight title. It was the first real "sporting event" to attract attention from England, France and America There were members of parliament present at the match, officers from the Navy and Army, and literary figures such as William Thackeray and Charles Dickens.A week after the fight, Sayers was awarded the enormous sum of £3000, all of it raised by public subscription, with the proviso that he never fight again. He never did. He invested the money and spent the rest of his days as a man of leisure. Sayers quietly faded from public life, though he enjoyed driving his carriage through the city with his dog Lion - a gift from Lord Derby - sitting at his side. He was only 39 when he died of tuberculosis.A statue of the faithful hound was placed at the foot of Sayer's grave by loyal fans - and there they both lie to this day. Picture of the grave in the gallery

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