William Sayler, Springfield Tp, Burlington Co., NJ

William Sayler, abt. 1780 - 1834

Springfield Tp., Burlington Co., NJ

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It is my belief that this William Sayler, who died in Springfield Tp., Burlington Co., NJ  in 1834, is the son of  Samuel Sayler and Margaret Jones also of Springfield Township, Burlington County, NJ. Thanks to Tim Parrott for his help.

William Saylor is named in the Doyle document as a son of Samuel Sayler and Margaret Jones [see the Overview of their web page for comments on the Doyle document.] William died in Springfield Township and this places him in the exact location of his assumed parents. No other Saylor familes have been found in Burlington County at this time. As a younger son it may be that he took over the family farm. He was a farmer judging by the probate record.Little is known about him at this time.

William's family appears in the 1830 NJ census with a wife, two sons and one daughter in New Hanover Tp which was formed out of Springfield Tp. These two townships appear interchangeably in family records. William is between the ages 40 to 50 so would be born between 1780 to 1790. Probably he was born before Charles and Lavina, so "abt 1780" will be used as his birth date.

William died in 1834 and his probate record names Margaret Sayler as the Administratrix. His assumed mother, also Margaret Saylor, was living in Upper Canada in 1834 so it is probable that his wife was named Margaret. Also the chattels and debts of the estate come to Margaret for "her use" also implying that she is his wife and inherits the estate.


William Saylor,
New Hanover Twp., Burlington Co., NJ
1 age 40-50 - William
1 15-20 - Son X
1 10-15 - Son Y
1 40-50 - Margaret, wife
1 15-20 - possibly Margaret, age 19 who married Joshua Stewart as noted below.
TOTAL: 5 individuals

Source: Ancestry search results emailed by Tim Parrott, Jun 2015

The index at familysearch.org shows a
Samuel Saylor, New Hanover, Burlington, NJ - page 33, image 74. Tim Parrott checked in Ancestry and their index has Samuel Taylor. Tim writes that the image "seems clearly to be Taylor" There is no Samuel Saylor or Taylor in the 1840 census in New Hanover. It is concluded that Taylor is the surname of this family.
Source: email from Tim Parrott from Ancestry information.

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

William SaylerAppraised by Peter Deacon
Late of Springfield, County of BurlingtonMargaret Sayler, administratrix
 "William Sayler late of the Township of Springfield, Burlington County"
 Purse and apparel - $109.00
SignedHousehold goods - 384.75
Benjamin Stidfole?Stock & farming utensils - 579.50
Peter DecoreBond, note, book accounts - 457.67
 [total] - 1530.92
 "the goods and chattels and credits of the deceased, as far as have come to her knowledge or possession or to the possession of any other person or persons for her use "

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