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Samuel Sayler and Margaret Jones

Married 1773, Burlington County, NJ

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WHY I AM INTERESTED IN THIS FAMILY:
Samuel Sayler came to America from Germany at age 8. He married Margaret Jones in 1773 in New Hanover Township, Burlington County, New Jersey. The 1773 Ratables state that Samuel Sayler resides in Springfield Tp.  His son Charles was born in Springfield in 1786.

About 1810, two of their children, Charles and Lavina came to Upper Canada from NJ with Margaret their mother, leaving behind the older children (Mary, Elizabeth, Frances, William, Samuel, John) who were settled by this time. It is not known why they came to Canada.

Some of the children who stayed in NJ lived in Mount Holly near Springfield Tp. Saylors Pond and Saylors Pond Road are in the area and it is my assertion that they are named after this family.

All of the above is supported by evidence and this web page is all about presenting what is known and what seems probable.


The image to the right is the 1773 marriage bann of Samuel Sayler and Margaret Jones.
Source: Marriage Bonds and Licenses, 1735 - 1795, Liber S, 599, NJ State Archives, reel 6
Marriage Bann

2007 Randy Saylor; major revision June 2012

This is a large web page so use these links to navigate up and down.
  1. Overview
  2. 1872 map of Mount Holly and Springfield Tp, NJ
  3. Modern map of Saylors Pond, Springfield Tp, NJ
  4. Samuel Sayler and Margaret Jones - of NJ
  5. Probable children
  6. Chart of NJ and Upper Canada parts of the family
  7. Mary Sailor who married John Irick in 1761 - of NJ
  8. Samuel Sailer and Hannah Craft - of NJ
  9. Law suit: John Sailer vs Samuel Sailer
  10. John Sailer - of NJ
  11. William Sailer - of NJ
  12. John Irick Sailer - of NJ
  13. Y-DNA of Samuel Sayler
  14. Margaret Saylor b 1811 m. Joshua Stewart
1. OVERVIEW
There are 5 key documents that link Samuel Sayler and Margaret Jones with children that stayed around Mount Holly, NJ and two of the youngest siblings who emigrated to Upper Canada with at least their mother. The source notes for everything in this 'overview' are presented in the various sections below.

First: The 1773 marriage record of Samuel Sayler and Margaret Jones stating that Samuel lived in New Hanover Township, NJ. New Hanover Township was formed in 1723 out of Springfield Township and one other. The 1773 ratables state he lives in Springfield Township. As you will see below he lived near the border of these two townships.

Second: This "Doyle Document" below from 1970 names their children who stayed in NJ and those that emigrated to Upper Canada.

"Thomas Jones, a weaver from England married Elizabeth Taylor in the U.S.A. and their daughter Margaret married Samuel Saylor who was born in Germany and came to America when he was 8 years old. They settled in Burlington New Jersey where they raised 10 children. Mary, Elizabeth, Francis, William, Samuel, John settled in the U.S.A., Charles, Samuel, Lavinia and Margaret came to Canada and settled in Prince Edward County shortly before the war of 1812."

Third: The Albert C. Bowerman Document below written in 1904 gives a second confirmation that the parents of Lavina and Charles Saylor were Samuel Saylor and Margaret Jones form NJ. It also mentions Mount Holly, NJ, and this is where the older children and likely the parents settled by 1800.

Judah Bowerman - mar. Lavina Saylor, dau of Samuel Saylor and his wife Margaret Jones, of Mount Holly, NJ, 30 July 1826. Lavina was a sister of Charles Saylor, ...... The Saylor family were of german descent; tho not Friends [Quakers].*

Fourth: The Saylor Family Bible dated 1856 in possession of my brother's family identifies "Town of Spring field" as the birthplace of Charles, the youngest son in 1786.

Charles Saylor was Born in the year of our Lord one Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty Six in the Town of Spring field County of Burlington, State of New Jersey
 
Fifth: We need a map to tie all this together. See the 1872 map in the section below. It is all there together basically in one spot. In 1773, Samuel Sayler was said to be from New Hanover Township which includes Wrightstown. The road on the map joining Wrighstown to Jobstown is called Saylors Pond Rd. Saylors Pond is the circle under the 'D' in Springfield at the head of Barker's Branch Creek. Mount Holly where the family lives by 1800 is nearby. This is the home territory of Samuel Sayler and Margaret Jones and their family.

I have made two trips to the NJ State Archives and in reading old records of the townships of Springfield, New Hanover and the town of Mount Holly in Northampton Township there are no other Sailer/Saylor families in the area at this early time. There are two other Saylor family groupings in the early NJ records in Gloucester and Salem counties which don't look closely related. Therefore it is with some confidence that I feel that the few Sailer families in the area are all connected to Samuel Sayler.

These five records tie this family unit together. The children who stayed in NJ are identified as: Mary, Elizabeth, Francis, William, Samuel and John. Coming to Canada around 1810 are the youngest children, Charles (age 24) and Lavina (age 20) who came with "Samuel and Margaret". I believe these are their parents Samuel Sayler and Margaret Jones. No record has been found of Samuel Sr in Canada and he may have died soon after arriving or before. I also believe that Margaret remarried a man with the surname Schaffer. The reasoning will be presented further down. Therefore I am suggesting that there were 8 living children (not 10) by the time Margaret, Charles and Lavina came to Canada. Charles and Lavina settled in Bloomfield, Prince Edward County, Upper Canada (Ontario) and lived a few farms apart. It was a close knit community. See the web page on Charles Saylor for a more complete discussion of coming to Upper Canada.

The Doyle document and the work of A.C. Bowerman appear to come from a common source. Albert C. Bowerman collected family stories and early lineages before 1900 in Bloomfield from elderly children of the first pioneers. Lavina Saylor was a great aunt of his and lived on an adjacent farm and died when Albert was 12. Albert included a two page Saylor History in his work but the first page is missing. I feel the 1970 Doyle information comes from this Bowerman source either directly or through knowledge of it. Dr Henry Saylor Doyle is a descendant of Charles Saylor. The Bowermans recorded much of their early history and this Saylor information was part of the allied family history.

The sections below present the source notes

*Source: The "Bowerman" Family of Canada Descendants of Ichabod Bowerman of Dutchess Co., NY 1683 - 1796 by Albert C Bowerman, MB, Bloomfield, Can, July 1904, 165 pages, tissue carbon copy, AC Bowerman Records, Marion Cronk Fonds, Quaker Archives, p. 53, Image 87. The full transcription is available on this site from the Albert C. Bowerman page.


2. 1872 map of Mount Holly and Springfield Township
It is my belief that Saylors Pond Rd and Saylors Pond are named after Samuel Saylor who married Margaret Jones. No early land record has been found stating who lived near Saylors Pond around the 1780's. The pond is just west of Fort Dix and south of Saylors Pond Rd. This map below is a small part of the Burlington County North 1872 map provided on line by Rutgers University

Saylor's Pond was located at the head of the Barker Branch of the Assiscunk Cr just under the "D" in "Springfield".
Saylors Pond Rd, which still exists today, runs just above the pond and connects Jobstown and Wrightstown and is shown on this map but not named. The village of Springfield is right beside Jobstown and not shown on this map.

The 1917 Map E of Camp Dix (Fort Dix) show that Saylors Pond has disappeared as a distinctive feature by this date. See the upper left corner of Map E

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3. Modern map of Saylors Pond


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4. Samuel Sayler and Margaret Jones
Samuel Sayler and Margaret Jones are the parents of the family under investigation and they lived in Springfield Tp, Burlington Co., NJ.

BIRTH of Samuel Sayler
Assuming an age of 25 when he married in 1773 then his birth year would be abt 1748.
Born in Germany.
Source: Henry S Doyle, Saylor Family, 1970's

Samuel Saylor is stated as "From Germany via Burlington, NJ."
Source: Bowerman Family Group Sheets compiled by Robert H. Bowerman, Gen Bow 001-1, page 50, Marilyn Adams Research Centre, Ameliasburg, ON

EMIGRATION
If Samuel is 8 when he emigrated and born about 1748 then the family would have emigrated about 1756.

1773 MARRIAGE LICENCE
Know all men by these presents that we Samuel Sayler of the Township of New Hanover in the County of Burlington and Samuel Chumand? of the same place are holden and do stand justly indebted unto His Excellency William Franklin, Esq. Captain General and Governor in Chief of New Jersey, &c. in the Sum of Five Hundred Pounds of current lawful Money of New Jersey; to be paid to his Said Excellency the Governor, his Successors or Assigns. For the which payment well and truly to be made and done, We do bind ourselves, our Heirs, Executors and Administrators, and every of them jointly & severally firmly by these Presents. Sealed with our Seals. Dated this fourteenth Day of September Annoque Domini One Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy Three.

The condition of this obligation is such, That whereas the above Bounden Samuel Sayler hath obtained Licence of Marriage for Himself of the one Party, and for Margaret Jones of the same place have any lawful Let or Impediment of Pre-contract, Affinity, or Consanguinity, to hinder being joined in the Holy Bands of Matrimony, and afterwards their living together as Man and Wife, then this obligation to be void, or else to ftand and remain in full Force and Virtue.
Sealed and delivered in the presence of

his
SS
Samuel Sayler
Mark

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Samuel S Chumand
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Source: Marriage Records, 1727-1878, New Jersey, Secretary of State, FHL, Marriage Licenses, S-T, 1735-1791, FHL film 802941, page 599. (April 2002)
Note: This marriage is incorrectly listed under Samuel Sayles in the LDS website and also New Jersey Marriage Records 1665-1800, Wm Nelson, Genealogical Pub. Co., Baltimore, 1967.. The original clearly has the spelling as "Sayler".

DOYLE: SAYLOR FAMILY (Full version)
"Thomas Jones a weaver from England married Elizabeth Taylor in the U.S.A. and their daughter Margaret married Samuel Saylor who was born in Germany and came to America when he was 8 years old. They settled in Burlington New Jersey where they raised 10 children. Mary, Elizabeth, Francis, William, Samuel, John settled in the U.S.A., Charles, Samuel, Lavinia and Margaret came to Canada and settled in Prince Edward County shortly before the war of 1812.

Charles Saylor came to Canada from Dutchess County New York. He was a miller by trade skilled in carpentry work and he bought land near Bloomfield. He was born in Springfield New Jersey in 1776 and married Jemima Hubbs daughter of Robt. Hubbs in 1812.
Issue
1.    Mary - b - d1839.
2.    Samuel  b - 1815  d  1842  married Eustasia Hyck
3.     Adam  H  - d - 1908  married Maturah Cooper.
4.    Lavinia -------------- married William Christy
5.    Caleb ---------------- married Caroline Vandewater.
6.    William.  H.
7.     Robert Hubbs - married  Catherine Isabel Gibson
( died 1907)           issue
        Samuel Charles
        David Southard

Samuel Charles - m - Rachel Jane Cronkhite
            Issue
        Augusta Belle - Delphia Jane - Nellie Myrtle - Roberta Lee.
        Robert Earnest
Source: Transcribed by Doug Smith 4 Mar 2006, From a family summary typed for Doug Smith and others by Dr Henry Saylor Doyle in the 1970's after uncle Henry retired.

NEW JERSEY TAX RATABLES LIST 1773
Samuel Sailor, Springfield Twp, Burlington Co., Owes 5 Shillings, 5 pence tax.
He is only shown as a householder. He is not a merchant, landowner, miller, owner of horses. He must be married as he is not taxed for being single.
Source: Burlington County Ratables, Springfield Township, Sep 1773, Book 300, Box 89, item 4, film 5, NJ State Archives
Source #2: Samuel Sailor/Saylor listed as BS (Burlington/Springfield from List 1, 1773/74, tax ratables list in Revolutionary Census of New Jersey, Kenn Stryker-Rodda, 1972, TRL 929.3749 S76, p 98.

LAND RECORDS
No colonial or post colonial land records for Samuel Sayler the elder were found in Burlington County and in particular, Springfiled or the Mount Holly area.
Source 1: Colonial Conveyances East and West Jersey, 1664 - 1794, Vol 1 and 2, NJSA, 1974, A974.9 N5.23
Source 2: Burlington County, NJ, Deeds Index, 1785 - 1921, NJ State Archives; Grantors, I13, GSU 842397; Grantees, I27, GSU 842382
Source 3: Proprietors of the Western Division of NJ, NJSA

MORTGAGE INDEX
No Sayler or variant entries for Samuel Sayler the elder.
Source: Mortgage Index, Burlington County, 1766-1924, mortgagee I-221, GSU 842406 and mortgagor I-216, GSU 842410, NJ State Archives

NATURALIZATION
Prior to 1783 immigrants would seek naturalization to gain the same rights as British subjects. Mostly those with land would go through with this and pay the fees.
No Saylor or variant was found.
Source: New Jersey  Archives, Third Series; Vol 1, Minutes of the Privy Council 1777 - 1789 and Vols 2-5, Laws of the Royal Colony of NJ with index.
Source: Petitions to the Legislature for Naturalization 1749-1810. Card file, NJ State Archives

QUAKER RECORDS
The Mount Holly and Springfield area were strong Quaker settlements. Indexes were checked for the Burlington Monthly Meeting and Mount Holly and Upper Springfield prep meetings.
No entry for Sayler or variant was found.
Source: Randy Saylor, Aug 2007 trip to NJ State Archives

ROAD BOOKS
No Saylor or variant entry was found in the road books dealing with the Springfield Tp area.
Source: Road Books, A-C, 1762 - 1846, reel I-244, GSU 848869, NJ State Archives

SAILOR'S POND, Springfield Township
"A small lake at the head of Barker's Branch of Assiscunk Creek in extreme eastern part of the township [adjacent New Hanover Tp.]. First found on an 1849 map. The pond may have been named after Samuel Sailer of Burlington County, who died in 1832."
Source: Sign Posts, Place Names in the History of Burlington Co., Henry H Bisbee, 1971, NJ State Library, A974.961 B621.3, p. 213
Comment: The author Henry Bisbee speculates that the pond was named after Samuel Sailer Jr who lived his adult life in Mount Holly (see below #3). I think it more likely that this is the area that Samuel Sayler and Margaret Jones raised their family. They may have been tenant farmers. Charles Saylor, last son of Samuel Sayler and Margaret Jones, was born in "Springfield Township, Burlington County" in 1786 [Saylor family Bible in my possession]. Other than the name of Saylor's Pond and the Bible record, I have found no other record of them living at this site. See the 1872 map at the bottom of this web page.

SAYLORS POND RD
Close to Fort Dix - McGuire Air Force base, in Springfield Township, is a road named Saylors Pond Rd. It runs between Jobstown and Wrightstown and is visible but not named on the 1872 map further up on this web page. The pond is in the SW corner of Saylor's Pond Rd and Rt 68. See the Google map of Saylors Pond.

REV WAR
No NJ Sailor/Saylors are found in the Revolutionary war index.
Source: DAR Patriot Index, Vol 3, NJ State Archives
Source: Rev War Index for NJ, Reel 24, GSU 568721, NJ State Arhives

REV WAR DAMAGES
No Thomas Jones or Saylor or variant found.
Source: War Damages in NJ, British and American, Index Book 1776-1782, NJ State Archives, film number inadvertently not recorded.

POST REV WAR MILITARY NJ
No Saylor or variant listed in Index to Military Men of New Jersey 1775-1815, TRL 929.3749 J11

DEATH
No record of death has been found for Samuel Sayler in NJ or Canada..
Did Samuel come to Canada and die soon after leaving no record of his arrival? Did his wife then marry a man of the name Schaffer?

BURIAL OF MARGARET JONES
In the old Quaker cemetery in Bloomfield, Hallowell Twp., PEC, there is a long line of head stones which we might call the Saylor plot. The first burial there is for infant Charles Saylor who died in 1833 at 2 days old. Then, at the other end of the line, Margaret Schaffer is buried in 1835. The inscription reads: "Margaret Shaffer, d. June 18, 1835 @ 80 yrs 5 mo & 11 da." Thus she was born about January 1755. The next burial is Mary Saylor in 1839, the oldest daughter of Charles and Jemima. She is buried several spaces down the line from Margaret. Two more early burials are made; son Samuel in 1842 and grandchild Adam Henry Saylor in 1851. They are also buried down the line as seen in the photo in section 10 of the Charles Saylor web page. Then in 1853, Charles Saylor dies and is buried right beside Margaret Schaffer. Twenty three years later in 1876, his wife Jemima dies and is buried right beside Charles. It is clear that two spaces were reserved for Charles and Jemima beside Margaret Schaffer. This is not proof, but a strong suggestion that Margaret Schaffer is in fact Margaret Jones, the mother of Charles Saylor. This is supported by the Doyle Document that states that Margaret came to Upper Canada. Margaret was born in 1755 and thus is the right age to be his mother. Her name change would result from a later marriage. Charles being buried beside Margaret is an honour not lightly given. It is my strong conclusion that Charles is buried beside his mother.
Source: Randy Saylor, old Quaker Cemetery, Bloomfield, PEC, across the road from the current Dutch Reform Church which was built on the location of the old Quaker Meeting house in the 1960's.


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5. Probable children of Samuel Saylor and Margaret Jones

1.
  SAMUEL SAYLER was born Abt. 1748 in Germany, and died in Likely Burlington County, NJ.  He married MARGARET JONES 14 Sep 1773 in Township of New Hanover, Burlington Co., NJ, daughter of THOMAS JONES and ELIZABETH TAYLOR.  She was born Abt. 1755, and died 1835.
       
Children of SAMUEL SAYLER and MARGARET JONES are:
2.                i.    SAMUEL SAILER, b. 1778, NJ; d. 13 Dec 1831, Mt Holly, Burlington Co, NJ.
                  ii.    ELIZABETH SAYLOR.
                 iii.    MARY SAYLOR.
                 iv.    FRANCIS SAYLOR.
                  v.    WILLIAM SAYLER, d. 1834, Springfield Township, Burlington Co, NJ; m. MARGARET.
                 vi.    JOHN SAYLOR.
3.             vii.    CHARLES SAYLOR, b. 24 Dec 1786, Springfield, Burlington Co, NJ; d. 19 May 1853, Prince Edward Co..
4.            viii.    LAVINA SAYLOR, b. 11 Nov 1789, New Jersey; d. 11 Jul 1862, 11. 7 mo. 1862, Hallowell Twp., Prince Edward Co.
 
 
Generation No. 2
Note: I believe Samuel Jr below is the son of Samuel Sayler and Margaret Jones.  See the work of Jo-Ann Sailer Kranz at her web site The Sailer Family Tree of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
2.  SAMUEL SAILER (SAMUEL1 SAYLER) was born 1778 in NJ, and died 13 Dec 1831 in Mt Holly, Burlington Co, NJ.  He married HANNAH CRAFT.  She was born Abt. 1780 in NJ, and died 21 Feb 1838 in Mount Holly, NJ.
       
Children of SAMUEL SAILER and HANNAH CRAFT are:
                   i.    X3 SAILER, m. ROGERS.
                  ii.    Y SAILER, m. LUCAS.
                 iii.    JOHN IRICK SAILER, b. 1801, Mount Holly, Burlington Co, NJ; d. Bef. 18 Apr 1850, Mount Holly, Burlington Co, NJ; m. KEZIAH LEEDS ATKINSON, 28 Nov 1824; b. 1807, Burlington Co, NJ; d. 07 Mar 1858, Mount Holly, NJ.
                 iv.    MARY SAILER, b. Abt. 1804, NJ; d. 08 Feb 1846, Mount Holly, NJ; m. BENJAMIN PLUMMER, 24 Oct 1825, Mount Holly, NJ; b. 16 Jun 1802, NJ; d. 25 Jun 1890, Mount Holly, NJ.
                  v.    REBECCA A SAILER, b. 1805, Mount Holly, NJ; d. 18 Feb 1859, Mount Holly, NJ; m. RICHARD S GASKILL, 19 Nov 1829, Mount Holly, NJ; b. 09 Jan 1805, Mount Holly, NJ; d. 03 Jan 1889, Mount Holly, NJ.
                 vi.    HANNAH ANN SAILER, b. 15 Oct 1810, NJ; d. 09 Dec; m. JOHN JOHNSON, 24 Feb 1831, Mount Holly, NJ; b. 21 Feb 1804, Pa; d. 30 Jan 1846.
                vii.    WILLIAM I SAILER, b. Abt. 1811; d. 10 Oct 1886, Philadelphia, Pa; m. (1) SARAH, Abt. 1841; b. 1821, Philadelphia, Pa; d. 14 Sep 1850, Philadelphia, Pa; m. (2) CATHERINE, Abt. 1854; d. Abt. 1861; m. (3) RACHAEL M SHEPPARD, Abt. 1862; b. 1823, NJ; d. 10 Feb 1877, Philadelphia, Pa.
               viii.    CHARLES SAILER, b. 11 Dec 1816, Mount Holly, NJ; d. 25 Aug 1843, Jefferson, Indiana.
                 ix.    LOUISA MARIE SAILER, b. 1819, Mount Holly, NJ; d. Jul 1896; m. SAMUEL S BOWER, 07 Dec 1844, NJ; b. 1814; d. 1893.
 
3.  CHARLES SAYLOR (SAMUEL1 SAYLER) was born 24 Dec 1786 in Springfield, Burlington Co, NJ, and died 19 May 1853 in Prince Edward Co..  He married JEMIMA HUBBS 02 Apr 1812 in Hallowell Twsp, Prince Edward County, daughter of ROBERT HUBBS and JANE HAVILAND.  She was born 16 Oct 1790 in Hempstead,  Long Island, NY, and died 18 May 1876 in Prince Edward Co..
       
Children of CHARLES SAYLOR and JEMIMA HUBBS are:
                   i.    MARY3 SAYLOR, b. 05 Aug 1813; d. 24 Aug 1839, Prince Edward Co..
                  ii.    SAMUEL SAYLOR, b. 12 Sep 1815; d. 12 Aug 1842, Prince Edward Co.; m. EUSTASHA HUYKE, 24 Aug 1839, 4th twsp  (Saylor Bible (WRS)); b. Abt. Sep 1814; d. 02 Nov 1874.
                 iii.    ADAM HUBBS SAYLOR, b. 30 Dec 1817; d. 02 Sep 1908, Friends Cemetery, East Bloomfield, Prince Edward Co.; m. MATURA COOPER, 22 Oct 1839, Hallowell; b. Feb 1821; d. 30 May 1899, Friends Cemetery, East Bloomfield, Prince Edward Co..
                 iv.    LAVINIA SAYLOR, b. 09 Sep 1819, Bloomfield, Prince Edward Co., Ontario; d. 06 Jun 1857, Hallowell, ON; m. WILLIAM CHRISTY JR1, 11 Oct 1842, Hallowell Twsp, Prince Ed. Co., (Saylor Family Bible (WRS)); b. 30 Aug 1815, Hallowell Twp., Prince Edward Co., Ontario; d. 26 Jan 1883, Hallowell, ON.
                  v.    JOHN SAYLOR, b. 26 Mar 1821, Hallowell; d. 27 Mar 1904; m. MARIAH NOXON, 22 Jan 1845, Hallowell Twsp, Prince Ed. Co. (Saylor Family Bible(WRS)); b. 24 Jan 1824; d. 07 Sep 1878.
                 vi.    WILLIAM HENRY SAYLOR, b. 27 May 1823; d. 04 Nov 1853, Friends Cemetery, East Bloomfield, Prince Edward Co.; m. MARY ANN PHELPS OR PHILLIPS, 02 Oct 1845, Hillier Twsp, Prince Ed. Co. (Saylor Family Bible(WRS)); b. 03 Dec 1821.
                vii.    CALEB BARKER SAYLOR, b. 28 Apr 1825, Bloomfield, Prince Edward County; d. 19 May 1898, Trenton, ON; m. CAROLINE VANDEWATER, 17 May 1848, Sidney Tsp, Hastings Co. ON; b. 15 May 1826, Sidney Township; d. 19 May 1918, Trenton, ON.
               viii.    ROBERT HUBBS SAYLOR, b. 09 Jan 1827; d. 23 May 1907; m. CATHERINE ISABEL GIBSON, 04 Apr 1849, Hallowell, PEC.  (Saylor Family Bible (WRS)); b. 02 Dec 1832, Ireland; d. 13 May 1900.
                 ix.    ABRAHAM BARKER SAYLOR, b. 16 Apr 1829, Hallowell Twp., Prince Edward Co., Ontario; d. 12 Nov 1915, Glenwood Cem. Picton1; m. (1) RUTH STRIKER, 21 Jan 1850, Hallowell Twsp, Prince Ed. Co.  (Saylor Family Bible(WRS)); b. 18 Sep 1831, Hallowell Twp., Prince Edward Co., Ontario; d. 20 May 1880, Glenwood Cem. Picton; m. (2) CINDERELLA WINTER, Abt. 11 May 1880, Picton, Ontario; b. 20 Jul 1838, Ontario; d. 29 Apr 1925, Bloomfield, ON; Int. Glenwood Cem., Picton.
                  x.    ANNA HUBBS SAYLOR, b. 18 May 1831, Hallowell Twsp.; d. 03 Jul 1864, aged 33, Stintson Cemetery, west of Bloomfield; m. PHILLIP CLAPP VANDEWATER2, 07 Mar 1849, Hallowell Twsp, Prince Ed. Co.  (Saylor Family Bible(WRS)); b. 15 Dec 1827, Sidney Tsp.; d. 31 Oct 1910, Gilead, Hallowell Tsp..
                 xi.    CHARLES SAYLOR, b. 13 Dec 1834; d. 15 Dec 1834.
 
4.  LAVINA SAYLOR (SAMUEL1 SAYLER) was born 11 Nov 1789 in New Jersey, and died 11 Jul 1862 in 11. 7 mo. 1862, Hallowell Twp., Prince Edward Co.  She married JUDAH BOWERMAN 30 Jul 1826 in Hallowell, son of ICHABOD BOWERMAN and JANE RICHMOND.  He was born 16 Jul 1779 in Oswego, Dutchess, NY, and died 02 Aug 1868 in 2. 8 mo. 1868, Hallowell Twp., Prince Edward Co, Canada.
       
Children of LAVINA SAYLOR and JUDAH BOWERMAN are:
                   i.    CHARLES GIDEON3 BOWERMAN, b. 19 Sep 1827, Bloomfield, Ontario, Canada; d. 18 Feb 1890, Hallowell Twp., Prince Edward Co, Canada3; m. MARY JANE BREWER3, 06 Sep 1855, Bloomfield, PEC; b. 05 May 18343; d. 07 Apr 1895, Hallowell Twp., Prince Edward Co3.
                  ii.    JUDAH HENRY BOWERMAN, b. 19 Oct 1829; d. 25 Apr 1900, Newburg, Oregon; m. ABIGAIL ELSWORTH, 24 Jan 1850; b. 13 Apr 1831; d. 10 Feb 1885.
                 iii.    MARGARET JANE BOWERMAN, b. 08 Feb 1831; d. 08 Aug 1904, Buried in Picton beside first husband.; m. (1) WILLIAM SOUTHARD HUBBS, 23 Oct 1851, West Lake, Hallowell; b. 1827, Hallowell Tp; d. 07 Feb 1874, Hallowell, ON; m. (2) GILBERT JONES, 24 Dec 1879; b. Abt. 1817, Sidney, Hastings County.
                 iv.    ELIZABETH S. BOWERMAN, b. 15 Jul 1832; m. JAMES M. SWARTMAN.
                  v.    LYDIA S. BOWERMAN, b. 15 Jun 1834; m. ARCHELAUS HUBBS.


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6. CHART of the NEW JERSEY and UPPER CANADA parts of the family

Children of Samuel Sayler and Margaret Jones.
  1970 Doyle names. Actual NJ families found so far in the record.  Their children
Stayed in NJ Mary    
 " Elizabeth    
 " Francis    
 " William Lived in Springfield Tp., died.1834, m. Margaret ?  
 " Samuel Samuel Sailer b 1778, m. Hannah Craft John, Female, Female, Rebecca, Mary, Hannah, William, Charles, Louisa Marie
 " John 1811 law suit between Samuel Sailer and John Sailer. Mount Holly tavern owner.  
Came to Canada from NJ abt. 1810 Charles Saylor b 1786 in Springfield, Burlington Co., NJ   Mary, Samuel, Adam, Lavina, John, William, Caleb, Robert, Abraham, Anna, Charles
 " Lavina Saylor b 1790, NJ   Charles, Judah, Margaret, Elizabeth, Lydia

A GOOD QUESTION

What makes me think that Samuel Sailer (m. Hannah Craft) of NJ is a son of Samuel Sayler and Margaret Jones?
  1. The consistent use of Samuel, William, John and Charles as male names of children is an indicator.
  2. The town of Mount Holly is a stone throw from Springfield Township and this is the geographic focus of the earliest records.
  3. I have made two trips to the NJ State Archives and in reading old records of the townships of Springfield, New Hanover and the town of Mount Holly in Northampton Township there are no other Sailer/Saylor families in the area at this early time. There are two other Saylor family groupings in the early NJ records in Gloucester and Salem counties which don't look closely related.
  4. What about the Sailer and Saylor spelling differences?  The earliest Canadian record of Charles Saylor has his name spelled Sailor. The 1811 court documents between Samuel and John use Sailer, Saylor interchangably in the same documents. The older Samuel is Sayler on the 1773 marriage bann and Sailor on the 1773 ratables. Samuel Jr is spelled Sayler in an 1801 Mount Holly land record and Saylor on his 1832 inventory. In the later years the NJ spelling settled on Sailer and the Canadian on Saylor. This is typical of this surname.
  5. The Doyle story is from 1970 - isn't that a bit recent to take seriously? Good point. However the story is very detailed in names and actions and does not spin heroic stories that make us suspicious of the truth. Doug Smith says his uncle "just knew the story" and those who know the Bowerman family and the Bloomfield community know that they had keen interest in their history. The Marion Cronk material is loaded with early records and Mr Doyle would have had access to this material since he knew Marion Cronk and they were 'cousins'. The Doyle story carries a lot of weight with me even if it is modern.
  6. The Y DNA for the Canadian group has been done, so a comparison to a male Sailer from the NJ line would be the best confirmation of a recent common ancestor. See the DNA project.
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7. Mary Sailor who married John Irick in 1761.
Mary Sailor is possibly the older sister of Samuel Sayler who came to America at age 8.

MARRIAGE BANN
28 Feb 1761, John Irick of Burlington County, NJ, obtained a licence of marriage to marry "Mary Sailor, of the same place, spinster".
Source: Marriage Banns and Licences, NJ, Liber I, 1711-1796, NJ State Archives, reel 4, p. 19

FAMILY
There is a John Irick (1740-1826) married to Mary Sailer (b. abt 1744) married in Burlington County on February 28, 1761. This  Mary Sailer Irick died January 16, 1771 which is also documented in an obituary. John Irick's 2nd wife he married is Mary Shinn on February 26, 1781.

John Irick and Mary Sailer had one known child, William Irick, born December 1, 1768. He married Margaret Stocton and had two known children Nancy Ann and John Stockton Irick. This John Stockton Irick's marriage to Emaline Bishop produced 7 known children. One of these children, great child Rachel Bishop Irick, married Charles Sailer who is in our/my direct line. He is the son of our John Irick Sailer and grandson of Samuel and Hannah Sailer.
Source: Jo-Ann Kranz, email

DISCUSSION: This is a very early marriage and because the first born son of Samuel Sailer Jr and Hannah Craft is named "John Irick Sailer" it strongly suggests that Mary Sailor is related to the family. Note that Mary is a "spinster" so is likely in her early twenties at the time of the marriage.

I feel that Mary Sailor who married John Irick in 1761 is likely an older sister of Samuel Sayler Sr who would have been about 13 years of age in 1761.

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8. Samuel Sailer and Hannah Irick
Samuel Sailor is probably the oldest son of Samuel Sayler and Margaret Jones. He married Hannah Irick and they lived in Mount Holly, Northampton Tp. near Springfield Tp. 
See Jo-Anne Sailer Kranz's web site for information on Samuel and Hannah's family.

MOUNT HOLLY
1. S. Sailer is referred to at the start of the Mount Holly Fire Dept in 1805. (p. 209)
2. Samuel Sailor did the carpentry work to Centreton Bridge over Rancocas River in 1832 in Willingborough Tp. Cost $8000 (p. 512)
Source: History of Burlington County, NJ, Major E.M. Woodward, 1883, NJ State Library

HANNAH CRAFT
Just to take note, there is also a Hannah W. Craft marriage recorded to Samuel Sailor for September 25, 1800 in Burlington County , p. 72, Burlington County, NJ marriage records.  Have copy of page.  There is also a Hanna W. Craft birth year noted online in Family History Center Online Search.  The birth year is noted as "Event: Birth:  Abt. 1780, Burlington, New Jersey.  Parents: blank, Source Info. blank, Film Number 6142821." But I do not believe this is our Hannah.
Source: email from Jo-Ann Sailer Kranz, Mar 2006

LAND RECORDS
2 Jan 1801, Samuel Sayler, carpenter, of Mount Holly, buys 3 acres from Acquilla Shinn on "north side of the road leading from Mount Holly on the north side of the main north branch of Ancour Creek near Mount Holly ...... on the north side of the new road or street called Water St leading from the west side of High St down the north side of the creek towards Willingborough" Elisha Jewell and Daniel Newbold witnesses.
Source: Burlington County Deeds, Book T, NJ State Archives, film I-37, GSU 842204, p 323

3 Nov 1807, Samuel Sailor of Mount Holly buys for $100 from Daniel Smith lot north side of New Road on Water St. Andrew Davis and Wm Burr witnesses.
Source: Burlington County Deeds, Book K, NJ State Archives, film I-43, GSU 842210, p 103   

19 Aug 1808, mortgage from Samuel Sailor of Northampton and his wife Hannah to Samuel Mason, Springfield, for $366.66 with interest dated 25 Mar 1808 and recorded 25 Aug 1808.
Source: Mortgage Books, Burlington County, 1807-1813, NJ State Archives,  I-225, GSU 842363, Book E, E70

12 Feb 1811, Abstract of a mortgage from Samuel Sailor of Mount Holly to John Sailor of the State of New York dated 12 Feb 1811 for $158 and interest against lot of land acquired from Acquilla Shinn on 2 Jan 1801; and from Daniel Smith on 3 Nov 1807 and by deed from Samuel Mason dated 25 Mar 1808. Recorded 13 Feb 1811
Source: Mortgage Books, Burlington County, 1807-1813, NJ State Archives, I-225, GSU 842363, Book E, E283

5 Jun 1811, Mahlon Budd, High Sheriff, upon a judgement lately obtained by Samuel Mason against Samuel Sailor had a court judgement against him for $733 in the Court of Common Pleas and prosecuted a writ commonly called "fieri facias" [note: raise a given sum from lands and chattels of a defendant] be comanded to "cause and be made" $733.32 ...... the lands and tenements of Samuel Sailor was seized on 27 Mar 1811 and Mahon Budd did place advertisements at five or more public places at least two months prior to the time appointed for selling the same and also in the Trenton Federalist one of the new papers printed in the state when the lands would be exposed to sale on ---  the ---- day of ---- 1811 between the hours of 12 and 5 in the afternoon at the house of Revel Elton Innkeeper when no person appearing did continue the same until the date hereof and Caleb Newbold bidding $61 and being the high bidder and sold to Caleb Newbold. a lot of land beginning at a corner of lot of Samuel Reeve northwardly along Water St  ... Caleb Wrights lot .... come to Samuel Sailors other lot ....  together with all buildings and appurtenances ... to Caleb Newbold. Witnesses John Neale and ?? Owen. [Note: abridged and not easy to read]
Source: Burlington County Deeds, Book V, NJ State Archives, film I-44, GSU 842211, p 103   

INVENTORY PROBATE
Dated 3 Jan 1832 and signed 4 Jan 1832
Source: Inventory, Surrogate Courth of Burlington, NJ, #14159C, Book C, p 414, FHL film 459347

Person Comments
Samuel Sailor [Saylor]
Late of Mount Holly, County of Burlington
John Sailer [Saylor] administrator

Joseph White is one of the appraisers.



"Samuel Saylor late of Mount Holly"

2 stove pipes - $13.00

Tables and looking glasses - 13.25

Iron pots and kettles - 2.00

Carpeting - 12.00

Screw jack pump tools - 19.00
Signed Carpenter tools - 35.00
Joseph White Beds Bedsteads & bedding - 35.00
Wm Clothier Beurous Desk stands - 8.75

Chairs - 8.00

Teakel Blocks - 3.75

Brass ??? - 2.50

Lot stone pump Log & lumber - 2.00

Notes of Hand - 160.93

Wariing apperil - 10.00

Water Winder Blindes - 2.25

Tubs cook & Land/ - 26.50

Sundries in kitchen - 11.50

Couch and bed - 1.50

Meal chest iron for waggon - 4.37

Calf & Shoats - 7.00

Work benches screws - 6.50

Grind stone ??? ??? - 6.50

Chest & trunk - 1.00

Sundries in chamber - 3.50

Silver watch - 4.00

Bedding - 20.00

Books of account - 428.80

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9. Law suit: John Sailer vs Samuel Sailer
The law suit below raises the question about the relationship between John and Samuel Sailer.

John Sailer of the State of New York along with others sued Samuel Sailer over the non payment of mortgages. In the end Samuel loses his land when it is sold off to pay his debts. See the land deeds above.
Is this John Sailer the brother of Samuel?

COURT RECORDS
25 Mar 1808, Samuel Saylor of the township of Northampton, County of Burlington is bound to Samuel Mason of Springfield Township for $733.33. The condition of the obligation is to pay $366.66 as set forth: to pay $100 and $10 interest for the whole amount by 25 Mar 1809, second payment of $100 to be paid 25 Mar 1810, and the third payment to be paid on 25 Mar 1811 of  the legal interest from the second and third payments and the remaining $66.66 to be paid in carpenter work performed anytime between 25 Mar 1808 - 1811 when Samuel mason shall require it giving Samuel Saylor 3 weeks notice.
Source: Court of Common Pleas, Burlington, Judgements, Book C, May 1810 -15, NJ State Archives, A-13-06-08, pg 62

12 Feb 1811, Samuel Sailor, of Mount Holly, Burlington Co., is bound unto John Sailor of  the State of New York for $316 to be paid to John Sailor. If Samuel Sailor "pays $158 without any fraud or further delay the above obligation to be void"
Source: Court of Common Pleas, Burlington, Judgements, Book C, May 1810 -15, NJ State Archives, A-13-06-08, pg 56

Second Tuesday, Feb 1811, to the Sheriff of Burlington County "give command you" that of the goods and chattels of Samuel Saylor, Burlington, cause to be made the sum of $300 of debt  which John Sailor recovered against him and also $3  for his damages which he sustained  by the detention of that debt  and if sufficient goods and chattels cannot be found in your County you hereby commanded to cause the whole or the residue  of the said debt to be made of the lands tenements, hereditaments and real estate of  Samuel may be seized on 25 Mar 1811 or at any time afterwards.
Source: Court of Common Pleas, Burlington, Executuons, Book E, 1805 -13, NJ State Archives, A-13-07-01, pg 326

25 Mar 1811, the said John Sailor do recover against Samuel Sailor the sum of $316 debt and $3 costs.
Source: Court of Common Pleas, Burlington, Minutes, Book C, 1809 - , Feb Term, NJ State Archives, H-12-01-01

29 Mar 1811, the said Samuel Mason do recover against Samuel Sailor the sum of $733.32 debt and $3.
Source: Court of Common Pleas, Burlington, Minutes, Book C, 1809 - , Feb Term, NJ State Archives, H-12-01-01

Samuel Sailor is not named as a debtor.
Source: Court of Common Pleas, Burlington, Debtors, NJ State Archives, H-11-03-07

Samuel Sailor's above case does not have extra papers in the loose paper file.
Source: Court of Common Pleas, Burlington, Loose papers, 1810-1813, NJ State Archives, H-11-02-07

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10. John Sailer

John Sailer is said to be a son of Samuel and Margaret Sayler in the Doyle document.

TAVERN OWNER
1. Cross Keys Tavern [Mount Holly] was owned by John Sailor in 1814. He commanded the Mount Holly company at the skirmish at Billingsport in NJ.
2. John Smith's hotel on Mill Street owned after 1816 by Charles Sailor.
Source: History of Burlington County, NJ, Major E.M. Woodward, 1883, NJ State Library, p 182

John Sailor was the inn keeper of the Cross Keys tavern in Mount Holly sometime between 1777 and 1826.
Source: Old Inns and Taverns in West Jersey, Charles Boyer, 1962, NJ State Library, A974.95B791, p. 54
Comment: Cross Keys Tavern was opened by Benjamin Thomas in 1777.

JOHN SAILER OF THE STATE OF NY
The law suit above has John Sailer of the State of New York suing Samuel Sailer. Usually if he lived in New York City it would say New York, NY so it is likely that he lived in the state of NY outside NYC.
There is a reasonable chance that they are brothers and that John Sailor returned to Mount Holly to run the tavern.

The 1810 census of NY shows these John Sailers:
  1. John Saylor, Moriah, Essex, NY
  2. John Saylor, New Utrecht, Kings, NY
  3. John Sailor, Milford, New York, NY
  4. John Saylor, New York Ward 10, New York, NY - below
  5. John Saylor, Westfield, Richmond, NY
  6. John Nath Sayler, Newburgh, Orange, NY
1810 US CENSUS - NY - right beside each other.
Name:    John Saylor
Home in 1810 (City, County, State):    New York Ward 10, New York, New York
Free White Persons - Males - 16 thru 25:    1
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 15:    1
Free White Persons - Females - 16 thru 25:    1
Source Citation: Year: 1810; Census Place: New York Ward 10, New York, New York; Roll: 32; Page: 685; Image: 0181386; Family History Library Film: 00363.

Name:    William Saylor
Home in 1810 (City, County, State):    New York Ward 10, New York, New York
Free White Persons - Males - Under 10:    2
Free White Persons - Males - 26 thru 44 :    1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 10:    4
Free White Persons - Females - 16 thru 25:    1
Source Citation: Year: 1810; Census Place: New York Ward 10, New York, New York; Roll: 32; Page: 685; Image: 0181386; Family History Library Film: 00363.


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11. William Sailer
Note: This William is not the son of Samuel Sailer Jr who died in 1886.
This William lived in Springfield Tp and is likely the son of Samuel Sayler and Margaret Jones and likely married a women named Margaret and died abt 1834.

INVENTORY PROBATE
Dated 27 Oct 1834 and signed 27 Oct 1834
Source: Inventory, Surrogate Courth of Burlington, NJ, #14320C, Book D, p 37 or 373?, FHL film 459348

William Sayler Appraised by Peter Deacon
Late of Springfield , County of Burlington Margaret Sayler, administrix
  "William Sayler late of the Township of Springfield, Burlington County
   
  Purse and apparel - $109.00
Signed Household goods - 384.75
Benjamin Stidfole? Stock & farming utensils - 579.50
Peter Decore Bond, note, book accounts - 457.67
  [total] - 1530.92
   
  "the goods and chattels and credits of the deceased, asfar as have come to her knowledge or or possession  or to the possession of any other person or persons for her use " [This implies she is his wife and inherits the estate].

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12. John Irick Sailer
This John Sailer is John Irick Sailer, the oldest son of Samuel Sailer and Hannah Craft, who died in March 1850.

INVENTORY PROBATE
Dated 1 Apr 1850 and signed 6 Apr 1850
Source: Inventory, Surrogate Courth of Burlington, NJ, #15615C, Book F, p 41, FHL film 527166

John Sailer Sundry household goods & kitchen furniture - 279.74
Late of County of Burlington Cow pigs & sundries at Barn - 32.25

Tools of trade in shop - 80.25

Rent due (balance) - 125.00

One light waggon - 20.00

Two shares in ?????? Co Stock - not appraised
Signed
Amos Bullock
Abraham Merritt
Books of account - [total] - $507.24
Appraisers

John C. Ten Eyck, administrator

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13. Y-DNA of Samuel Sayler

Y-DNA tests have been done for two paternal descendants of Charles Saylor, youngest son of Samuel Sayler. The results are posted on the Saylor DNA project web site.

Take note of these two tests on the above web site.
Group 3 - 100884 - Descendant of Charles Saylor b. 1786 via son William Saylor b. 1823
Group 3 - 154198 - Descendant of Charles Saylor b. 1786 via son John Saylor b. 1821

Test 110884 and 154198 match 36/37 and indicate a very recent paternal common ancestor. Both men who were tested are 5 generations from Charles Saylor so we can say conclusively that the common ancestor is Charles Saylor. It can also be said that their results identify the Y-DNA of Samuel Sayler, the father of Charles Saylor.

Note that these compare closely with other Saylor tests (groups 3 and 4) a few of whom know they came from Binninngen or Bottmingen, Switzerland. Both of these are today suburbs of Basel, Switzerland. Given these close results it can also be concluded that the Saylor ancestors of Charles Saylor came from in and around Basel, Switzerland.

It would be wonderful if a Sailer descendant from one of the sons who stayed in Mount Holly would come forward and be tested. This would confirm the argument presented here.
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14. Margaret Saylor b 1811 m. Joshua Stewart
"I've been studying your Saylor website and looking for a fit for my Margaret Saylor b abt 1811 NJ, m abt 1838 to Joshua C Stewart, d 26 March 1855 in Juliustown, Burlington Co, NJ.  Children:  Samuel S Stewart, John K Stewart, William H Stewart, Mary Elizabeth Stewart, all born in Springfield Twp, Burlington Co, NJ between abt 1839 to 1847.  Joshua C Stewart was son of Daniel Stewart and Lucy King.

I wondered if my Margaret Saylor might be a daughter of William who died 1834, wife Margaret.  I really think there is some connection.  Naming patterns fit the family, and there seems to be a cousin connection. The above Mary Elizabeth Stewart was living with Sarah Gaskill, both unmarried, in 1900 in Mount Holly.  This is the same Sarah Gaskill who was daughter of Rebecca A Saylor and Richard Gaskill.  Perhaps Rebecca and my Margaret were cousins.  After Sarah Gaskill died, Mary Elizabeth lived with two other unmarried cousins (from the Stewart side) until she died in 1927, Lucy A Lamb and Elizabeth W Egbert.

By the way, I checked the 1830 census for the William (m Margaret, d 1834) and there is a female 15-20 in a household headed by a William Saylor. Could by my Margaret age 19. Couldn't find widow Margaret to see if this assumed daughter was still there in 1840 (which would eliminate her), so it is still a possible match.

I found another long shot connection with my Margaret Saylor. Her son John K Stewart lived with a John Craft (b abt 1830) in 1870 NJ Burlington Co, Mansfield Twp.  I tried to connect him to Hannah Craft, wife of Samuel Sailer but so far not able to do so.  Probably just a common name, not a relative. 

Sources: For her birth date I used the 1850 census where she was listed as 39. For her marriage date I used the 1840 census where she was 20-29, married to Joshua, and had one son under 5 years. That would be Samuel whose birth date in the 1900 census is January 1840. So I calculated back to a marriage date of very early 1839 or sometime late in 1838. Her death date is in the "New Jersey Mirror" newspaper as 26 March 1855 and states that she was wife of Joshua Stewart."
Source: email from Linda Reckart, June 2008


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