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Henry Sayler was Born on March 31, 1836 in Montgomergy County, Ohio (just west of Dayton, Ohio).  He died June 18, 1900 in Huntington (see obituaries to left) and is buried at Mount Hope Cemetery.  He married his first cousin Isabella Hart on January 17th, 1856. They moved to Huntington in 1859.  He served in Congress from 1872 to 1874 (12th district) and later was Judge for the circuit composed of Huntington, Blackford and Grant Counties.  Isabella Hart Sayler was born on October 31, 1834  in Preble County, Ohio.  She died on June 4, 1897 in Huntington.

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Henry Benton Sayler married Isabella Hart.  Isabella Hart was the daughter of Samual Hart and Ann Ari Sayler Hart.  Ann was the daughter of Daniel Sayler.   Henry was the son of Martin Sayler who was himself the son of Daniel Sayler.   Hence, First Cousins!  Oh Well.  I guess that was okay in 1856.

By the way, Henry is featured in a brief history of Huntington County, Ind.  Click on the Huntington link on the upper left of this page.

The following is the section on Henry Benton Sayler from the Sayler Family History Book.

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Hon. Henry B. Sayler (5-22 from 4-7), a lawyer, Of Huntington, Indiana, was born at the hamlet of Salem, Montgomery county, Ohio, March 31st, 1836. When he was a babe six months old his father and mother moved to Clinton County, Indiana, his mother nursing him and driving one of the wagons. He lived in Clinton county until he was ten years old, and then went with his father and mother to Fulton County, Illinois. His education was such as a boy could get in the country district schools of Indiana and Illinois at that time, with the exception of about one year that he spent at the Illinois Wesleyan University, of Bloomington, Illinois.

When nineteen years old he went to Preble county, Ohio, and there taught school till his marriage (January 17, 1856) to Isabella Hart (b. October,3I, 1834, in Preble county, Ohio; d. in Huntington, Ind., June 1, 1897), a daughter of Samuel Hart, a prominent farmer of Preble county. After his marriage he taught school in the town of Winchester, Ohio, and studied law for two years, and then entered the office of the late judge Campbell, of Eaton, Ohio, where he finished his studies and was admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court of Ohio on the 24th of February, 1859. He moved to Delphi, Ind., in the early spring of 1859, and from there removed to Huntington in May, 1859, where he has continuously resided since that time, with the exception of one year, which he lived in Indianapolis and Connersville, Ind. In the year 1862 he was a candidate for the position of county recorder, but failed of election. In the spring of 1863 he acted as a draft commissioner for his home county.

On the 15th day of July, 1863, he entered the Union army as first lieutenant of company "G", 118th regiment of Indiana volunteers. He was promoted captain, July 28th, 1863, and major, September 3d, 1863, and was mustered out March 10th, 1864, at the expiration of his term of service. He had the active command of the regiment during a great part of his service, because of the sickness of the colonel and lieutenant colonel. His regiment was in the department of Ohio and district of the Clinch. He was actively engaged in the battles of Blue Springs, Walker's Ford and Tazewell, and in various skirmishes. The regiment, for a considerable part of the winter, was in an almost starving condition, the country being almost bare of provisions, and the regiment being in such a position among the mountains that communication with a base of supplies was almost impossible.

After the war judge Sayler returned to the practice of law at Huntington. In 1872 he was elected to the 43d Congress, as a Republican, from the 10th Indiana district, and, while a member of Congress, he was on the committee of patents and the committee of coinage, weights and measures. On the 31st of March, 1874, he was admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. In the month of August, 1881, Judge Sayler was appointed judge of the 28th judicial circuit of Indiana, to fill the vacancy occasioned by the death of Judge J. R. Slack, and in the year 1882 he was elected to succeed himself as judge for a term of six years. Since his retirement from the bench he has formed a partnership with his two sons in the practice of law, which partnership still exists.

He is a member -of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, the Grand Army of the Republic, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the American Bar Association. In the last named association he has been a member of the general council. On the 5th of April, 1882, Judge Sayler became a member of the First Presbyterian Church, of Huntington, by letter from the Fourth Presbyterian Church, of Washington, D. C. On the 1st of July, 1868, he was ordained an elder of the Presbyterian Church. He was chosen a commissioner to the 102d General assembly of the Presbyterian Church by the

Fort Wayne Presbytery. In the assembly he took an active part in the proceedings concerning the Confession of Faith, being on the committee on the mode of amendment of the Confession of Faith, and on the nomination committee of the permanent committee, and on the permanent committee for the revision of the Confession of Faith. On the I7th of June, 1890, Wabash College conferred on him the honorary degree of LL.D. He attended the general assembly in May, 1892, at Portland, Oregon, as a commissioner from the presbytery of Fort Wayne. Judge Sayler has always been a positive, public-spirited, Christian man. His sons are:

  • 6-32. Samuel Martin Sayler, b. Nov. 7, 1856, at Winchester, Preble county, Ohio.

  • 6-33. John Milton Sayler, b. June 12, 1866, at Huntington, Ind.