Submitted by Cathy Porter-Maynard (In Minnesota)
Newspaper: “Akron Register Tribune,” [Plymouth County, Iowa]
Volume 26, Number 31
Publication Date: Thursday, March 13, 1913
OBITUARY OF WILLIAM SAYLES
William Sayles was the son of Hiram and Hannah [Rickard] Sayles, his birthplace being Cazenovia, Madison county, New York. He first saw the light of day on May 17, 1837, and passed from this life March 6, 1913, at the age of 75 years, 9 months and 19 days, at his home in Richland township, Union county, South Dakota, following an illness of lagrippe and complications.
When he was six months of age the family emigrated from the state of New York to the State of Ohio, locating in Wayne county. They afterward moved to Holmes county, Ohio, where his father died when he was about sixteen years of age. Soon thereafter he left home, first going to Michigan, then to Omaha, Nebraska, where he joined a mining party and drove an ox team overland to Pike’s Peak, Colorado, remaining there about three years and engaging in mining for gold and prospecting.
In 1861 he returned to Omaha to offer his services in time of his country’s need in the great civil strife, and enlisted in the [Company B], Fourth Iowa Volunteer Infantry, serving three years. He was with his regiment in several important battles, among them Pea Ridge, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge and Sherman’s March to the Sea. He was twice severely wounded, but recovered and served out his full time of enlistment.
After the close of the war he returned to Medina county, Ohio, and lived with his widowed mother until 1868, where he became acquainted with and married Miss [Irenia] Albina Sargent on New Year’s eve, 1868. In the year 1869 they decided to emigrate to the west. On January 20, 1869, they started by team from Lodi, Ohio, and their long, tedious overland journey ended March 12, that year at Elk Point, Dakota Territory. They located in Richland township, Union county, on a homestead, which has ever since remained the family home. They were accompanied on the trip by Mr. Sayles brother-in-law, Jesse Fetterman. At the time of their arrival there were only five organized counties in Dakota Territory, the settlements were few and far between and Indians quite plentiful. Through the grasshopper scourge of the ‘70’s, the floods of the early ‘80’s, the drought of summer and the cold and blizzards of winter and all the other privations and vicissitudes of pioneer days, when from a wilderness was carved out the heritage of peace, prosperity and plenty of these later days, Mr. and Mrs. Sayles were among those who pinned their faith to the future of this beautiful valley of the Big Sioux and helpfully and unwaveringly bore their share of the struggles of the early days. A man of undaunted courage, in whom the principles of patriotism were deeply imbued; lofty of character, with honesty and integrity as cardinal virtues; a reader and close student of current events, particularly political lines, being a Republican of the old school; a kind and loving husband and father; a loyal friend and neighbor; a good citizen -- William Sayles will be missed and sincerely mourned by all who knew him.
Besides his devoted wife he is survived by the following children, all of whom reside in the home vicinity: Mrs. Florence [Sayles] Huckert, Frank Sayles, Mrs. Lottie [Charlotte Sayles] Maynard, Miss Hattie [Harriet] Sayles, and [John] Sherman Sayles.
*Three of his sisters are also living: Mrs. Rowena [Sayles] Voorus of Oskaloosa, Iowa, Mrs. M.C. [Mary Charlotte Sayles] Fetterman of Union County, South Dakota, and MRS. HARRIET [SAYLES] MOREY of Baldwinsville, New York. A host of friends offer their sympathy to the bereaved family.
After a brief service at the home Saturday afternoon at 1 o’clock, the funeral was conducted in the Akron M.E. Church by Rev. L. Stuart. There was a very large attendance, especially of the older settlers, as a last tribute of respect. Deceased was a member of Biddlecome Post, G.A.R., of Akron [Iowa], and the local comrades and members of the W.R.C. attended in a body. He was one of the first members of the Masonic lodge at Elk Point [South Dakota] and a delegation from the order there and a large number of local Masons attended the service and exemplified the beautiful Masonic burial service at the grave. Interment was made in Riverside cemetery [Akron, Plymouth County, Iowa], beside his brother Jonas [Sayles], also a pioneer settler, who passed away a number of years ago.
UPDATED INFORMATION (Work-In-Progress):
*The Family of Hiram Sayles and Hannah [Rickard] Sayles:
HIRAM5 SAYLES (WILLIAM W.4, WILLIAM3, RICHARD2, RICHARD1) was born 11 Apr 1799 in Manlius, New York, and died 09 Jan 1858 in Holmes County, Ohio. Hiram was the son of William W. Sayles and Lydia Pearce.
Hiram Sayles married HANNAH RICKARD in 1825, daughter of JOHN RICKARD and CATHERINE EHLE [Catherine EHLE was a daughter of Peter I/J and Catherine Nellis Ehle and a granddaughter of Johannes Ehle].
HANNAH RICKARD was born 07 May 1806 in New York, and died 13 Apr 1882 in Ohio.
*Children of Hiram Sayles and Hannah Rickard are:
1. Jonas Sayles, b. 1826, Onondaga County, New York; d. 1892, Akron, Plymouth County, Iowa.
2. Almira Sayles, b. abt. 1828.
3. Rowena Sayles, b. abt. 1831; d. abt. 1918, Mahaska County, Iowa.
4. Mary Charlotte Sayles, b. 1833; d. abt. 1917, Paola, Miami County, Kansas.
5. William Sayles, b. 1837. [Born 1837, N.Y.; d. 1913, Union County, S.D.; buried Akron, Plymouth Co., Iowa].
6. Harriet Sayles, b. 1838
7. John Sayles, b. 1842
8. Mary Caroline Sayles
• Jonas Sayles married Elizabeth Jane Brewer
• Rowena Sayles married Peter Voorus.
• Mary Charlotte Sayles married Jesse Fetterman
• William Sayles married Irenia Albina Sargent
• Harriet Sayles married Adam C. Morey (SEE: 1880 Census, ‘’Adam & Harriet Mooray’’ Onondaga Co., Syracuse, New York.)
UPDATED INFORMATION (Work-In-Progress):
*The Family of William Sayles and Irenia Albina [Sargent] Sayles:
William Sayles (b. 1837, NY) was the grandson of William Sayles and Lydia Pearce; and, the son of Hiram Sayles and Hannah Rickard.
* William Sayles was born on May 17, 1837, in New York; and died on March 6, 1913, in Union County South Dakota. Irenia Albina [Sargent / Sargeant] Sayles was born October 13, 1849, in Ohio; and, died on July 2, 1914, Plymouth County, Iowa.
William Sayles married Irenia Sargent / Sargeant on December 31, 1868, in Medina County, Ohio. William and Irenia are buried in the Riverside Cemetery, Akron, Plymouth County, Iowa.
In the spring of 1869, William and Irenia Sayles migrated from Ohio and located on a homestead in Dakota Territory (Union County, South Dakota) which remained their home for nearly forty-five years.
* [Sources: Obituaries of William and Irenia Sayles; Marriage Certificate of William & Irenia].
Children of William and Irenia Sayles are:
• Florence Berdena Sayles, born Oct. 25, 1869; died May 8, 1922 (m. John Huckert)
• Frank Adelmo Sayles, born June 5, 1873; died January 16, 1948 (m. Della Crow)
• Charlotte ‘Lottie’ Irenia Sayles, b. April 19, 1879; d. Sept. 3, 1955 (married Otis Rollo Maynard, April 24, 1901)
• Harriet A. ''Hattie'' Sayles, b. 1882; d. 1980 (did not marry)
• John Sherman Sayles, b. abt. 1892; d. ? (m. Bertha Billmeyer)
*[Updated Feb. 17, 2007].