The past is the present for future generations who do not know their history


1958 Edsel

The Edsel is touted as one of the world's worst cars ever.

it is not your father’s Oldsmobile anymore, is it? Neither is it your father’s Edsel, Hudson, Comet or Plymouth.

Paul Eugene Saywell, Sr. of Sheffield, Colbert County, Alabama was  Mayor of Sheffield in 1952. Paul and his wife are buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Sheffield, Alabama; he died in 1997.

He was a Major in the US Army during World War II. He owned Saywell Motors; at one time was a Desoto dealership, a long, long time ago. It later became a Lincoln, Mercury and Comet dealership. The 1958* Tri-Cities Car Dealership Association of the Muscle Shoals area included:

  • Campbell Motors – Ford, Florence
  • Foot[e] Auto Company – Oldsmobile/Cadillac, Florence
  • Killen Motors – Dodge/Plymouth, Florence
  • McIntyre Buick – Buick, Florence
  • Tom Smith Chevrolet – Chevrolet, Florence
  • Jenkins & Wayne Motors, Inc. – Lincoln/Mercury, Florence
  • Wilcoxson Motors – Chevrolet/Plymouth, Florence
  • Harrison-White Pontiac – Pontiac, Florence
  • Jesse Hammond Motors – Edsel, Sheffield
  • Hardy Motor Company – Ford, Sheffield
  • Miley Buick – Buick, Sheffield
  • Hester Chevrolet – Chevrolet, Sheffield
  • Paul Saywell – Dodge/Plymouth, Sheffield
  • Morris Service Station – Hudson, Tuscumbia
  • D & D Motors – Ford, Tuscumbia

Paul’s great-grandparents remained in England and were Thomas John and Harriet Wildish Saywell. Thomas John Saywell was born about 1810 in St Leonard Shoreditch, Middlesex, England. His death occurred in Oct 1894 in Kent, United Kingdom

Paul’s grandparents were George Eugene and Mary Elizabeth Ann Double Saywell. George, Mary and first child Ada were born in Gillingham, England. George, Mary and all of their children migrated in 1888 to Alabama. Note that the date given in 1900 for their arrival in America was 1890; they were naturalized citizens in 1895. On the 1900 United States Federal Census the family resided in New Decature, Morgan, Alabama.  George Eugene Saywell’s occupation was given as blacksmith. George’s siblings were Charlie E, Lillie, Bertram (Burt), Ada, Mary A, and Richard G Saywell.

By the time the 1920 United States Federal Census was enumerated the family resided in Sheffield, Colbert, Alabama. They were living at 707 Annapolis Avenue in downtown Sheffield. Paul’s grandfather is now 65 and his occupation is listed continues as blacksmith. By the enumeration of the 1930 United States Federal Census, Paul’s grandfather is 76, widowed and works as a Labor Foreman. George Eugene Saywell died in December of 1939 in Sheffield, Colbert County.

Some records indicate that most of the children of George and Mary Ann Saywell were born in England and became naturalized citizens. Frederick Thomas Saywell was born 1878 at Gillingham, Kent, England. Charles Edward Saywell was born 1880 at Gillingham, Kent, England. Lilian Saywell was born 1882 at Medway district, Kent, England. Bertram Saywell was born 1884 at Medway district, Kent, England. Ada Saywell was born 1886 at Medway district, Kent, England. But, Richard G Saywell and George Eugene Saywell were born 1890 and 1893 in Alabama, likely in Morgan County.

George Eugene Saywell, Jr was 22 and single, which puts his birth year as 1895, and lived at 707 Annapolis Avenue in Sheffield. He was medium height and weight, had brown hair and eyes, and claimed conscientious objection to killing on his World War I Draft Registration on 5 June 1917. He was an auto merchant at McRea Motors in Sheffield in 1917. His gravemarker reads that he was a Private in World War I.

Lilian Saywell married Marvin Garrison. Richard G Saywell married Lillian M Hall. Ada Saywell died in 1982. Bertram R Saywell died in 1978. Charles Edward Saywell died in 1948. They lived in Sheffield. They are buried in Oakwood Sheffield Cemetery.

Frederick Thomas Saywell and Gertrude M Saywell were the parents of Paul Saywell. Frederick Thomas Saywell was 40 in September of 1918, his wife, Gertrude M Saywell, is his  nearest relative. They resided at 707 Annapolis Avenue in Sheffield. He had not been born a natural citizen, works as machinist at Wlec Company. He is medium height and build, has brown eyes and dark hair.

Frederick and Gertrude M Saywell’s children were Frederick Thomas Saywell, Cecelia Saywell, and Paul Eugene Saywell.

Fred was born in 1 March 1901 and died 29 Nov 1971 in Russellville. Birdie Buchheit was Fred’s wife. They are both buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Sheffield.

Cecelia Saywell was listed in the 1930 census in Sheffield in her father’s household; and a Cecelia Saywell was listed on the 1930 census in Birmingham as age 19, a renter in the    household of Ackley or Achley and Leila Long, and working as a stenographer in a law firm.

Paul lived at 114 Hiwasee in Sheffield and ran Paul Saywell Motors. No further information is known of his World War II service. His grave is listed on the U S Veterans Gravesites; that gave us the info that he was a Major. More information on Paul Saywell’s military service, his service as mayor of Sheffield, and photos would really, really be nice.

* Do you remember the commercial that Dinah Shore used to sing on television?

“Drive your Chev ro let

Through the U S A

America is the greatest land of all!”

One response

  1. Pam Moseley

    My dad worked at McIntyre Buick in 1957. I recently received a picture from a friend of the family in his work uniform with the Buick emblem on it. Me and my 2 brothers grew up in Sheffield after our parents divorced. Daddy years later owned Charlie”s body shop in Sheffield till his death in 1992. John Charles Moseley was always a lover of the Buick. Wish I had more of those kind of pictures. Thank your for your list of dealerships then. A daddy’s girl, Pam Moseley

    February 8, 2014 at 5:23 am

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