From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, pages 367-370
The earliest known ancestor of the Saylor family was Burckhardt Sailer, a wealthy citizen of Nuremberg, Bavaria, who died in 1390, and lies buried in St. Siebald's church, behind the choir. The coat-of-arms of the Sayler (Sailer) family had on the helm (top) a black eagle, bearing on each of the outstretched wings and on the breast a lamp, the whole arranged in the form of a shield. There are still in Switzerland, living in the city of Berne and being in official life, descendants of Burckhardt Sailer. The earliest progenitors in this country were Daniel and Jacob Sayler. They came to America in 1730 and first settled in Pennsylvania, but the family afterward moved to Maryland. Daniel Sayler, the direct progenitor of the branch of the Sayler family who live in this county, was born in 1708 in Switzerland. He became a man of wealth and influence, and died in Frederick county, Maryland, in 1778. Ten children were born to Daniel Sayler and his wife, Anna. Their fourth child, Christian, was born March 8, 1742, and he removed with his father to Frederick county, Maryland. Here he erected for himself a stone house and a stone mill, and followed his trade--that of a miller. The stone house and mill are still standing, the mill still grinding wheat and corn for the country round about, telling its story of usefulness and reviving the memories of the days that are done in the whirr of the millstones and in the rush of the water through its forebay. There were born to Christian and his wife ten children, the fourth of whom was Daniel, who was born on the 11th day of March, 1770, in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, and moved to Maryland with his father when he was quite young. About the year 1800, after the death of his father, he removed with his mother to Franklin county, Virginia, and in 1807 moved to Preble county, Ohio, where he followed his trade, that of a miller and a millwright. He was prominent in the early politics of Ohio, being a member of its early legislatures. He was a man of genial disposition and kindly character, and was universally beloved. He died March 15, 1857, more than eighty-seven years of age. The writer of this sketch was present at his funeral--a babe less than a year old, thus making a span from the present to the past of more than one hundred and thirty years.
The seventh child of Hon. Daniel Saylor was Dr. Martin Z. Saylor, the father of Judge Henry B. Sayler. He was born on the 30th day of November, 1808, in Preble county, Ohio. On the 17th day of June, 1835, he was married to Barbara Hipple, a daughter of Judge Henry Hipple. In 1836 he moved to Clinton county, Indiana, and there practiced his profession, that of a physician and surgeon. He was renowned for his learning and skill in his profession, and practiced it for more than thirty years. At one time he was a member of the Indiana legislature, and always was greatly interested in public affairs. He was a Democrat until the breaking out of the war of the Rebellion, when he became a Republican, and remained a Republican until his death. In 1865, after retiring from the practice of medicine, he moved to Andrews, in this county, and became engaged in farming. He died on the 7th day of March, 1884.
Judge Henry B. Sayler was born in Montgomery county, Ohio, on the 31st day of March, 1836, and died at Huntington, Indiana, on the 18th day of June, 1900. In 1836, when an infant, he was taken with his parents to Clinton county, Indiana, where he spent his early boyhood. Judge Sayler's education was almost entirely that of the common schools. He attended Illinois Wesleyan University, at Bloomington, Illinois, one year, 1852-3, but was obliged to suspend his studies on account of diseased eyes. Not long afterward, however, he began teaching school in Fulton county, Illinois, and studying law. In 1855 he went to Preble county, Ohio, where he taught school and studied law, and on the 24th day of February, 1859, was admitted to the bar of Ohio by the supreme court of that state. On the 31st day of March, 1874, he was admitted to the bar of the supreme court of the United States on motion of Hon. Luke P. Poland, of Vermont. He was a member of the American Bar Association from 1889 until his death, and has served on one of its most important committees. On the 17th day of January, 1856, he was married to Isabella Hart, a daughter of Samuel Hart, late of Preble county, Ohio, and their married life was an ideal one. In March, 1859, Judge Sayler with his family moved to Indiana, first to Delphi, remaining there only a few weeks, and then coming to Huntington, where he continued to live until his death, with the exception of one year which he spent in Indianapolis and Connersville. In 1872 he was elected a member of the house of representatives in congress from the Tenth congressional district as a Republican. He became distinguished in congress in connection with the subject of patents, and was largely instrumental in relieving the country from the great exactions of the sewing-machine combination, which was a powerful trust in those days. On the 15th day of July, 1863, Judge Sayler joined the Union army, being mustered into the service as a first lieutenant. He was promoted through the several grades to that of major of the One Hundred and Eighteenth Regiment, Indiana Volunteers. With his regiment he was mustered out of the service on the 3d day of March, 1864, having served his country in a campaign of severity and hardship not second to that of Valley Forge. He was slightly wounded in the battle of Walker's Ford. Judge Sayler was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows until his death. He passed through all the chairs of the subordinate lodge and in the encampment. He was also a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, and was a companion of the Indiana Commandery of the Loyal Legion. On the 15th day of August, 1881, Governor Porter appointed him judge of the Twenty-eighth judicial circuit, and in 1882 he was elected for a term of six years. On the expiration of his term of office he declined a renomination and returned to the active practice of law. He was a member of the Presbyterian church of Huntington, Indiana, and from 1868 until his death was an elder in the church. In 1890 Fort Wayne Presbytery sent him as the lay commissioner to the general assembly of the Presbyterian church which met that year at Saratoga Springs, New York. He was placed on the standing jucicial committee and was a member of several of its most important special committees. He was selected by the general assembly as one of the general assembly's committee on the revision of the "Confession of Faith," which was composed of fifteen ministers and ten elders, and served on the committee two years. He was sent as a commissioner to the general assembly of the Presbyterian church which met at Portland, Oregon, in 1892. Wabash College, in 1890, conferred on Judge Sayler the honorary degree of LL. D. In 1892, for reasons which were conclusive to him, he changed his party affiliations and became a Prohibitionist, and continued to act with that party until his death. On the 1st day of June, 1897, his wife departed this life, and so loyal and devoted was he to her dear memory that he never fully recovered from the shock and the loss. Their married life was an exceedingly happy one. His wife was a woman of delightful presence, rare purity of character, and was always zealously loyal to his interest and the interest of all good, true and worthy endeavors. Two children, Samuel M. Sayler and John M. Sayler, survive them. Both are in the active practice of law at Huntington, Indiana.
Samuel M. Sayler is a graduate of Wabash College, at Crawfordsville, Indiana, of the class of 1880, and Wabash College has conferred on him the degrees of B. A. and
A. M. He is a member of the American Bar Association and has served on its executive council for four years. He is also a companion of the Indiana Commandery of the Loyal Legion, a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and an elder of the Presbyterian church of this city. Judge Sayler was his preceptor in the study of law, and he is engaged in a lucrative and successful practice in the city of Huntington. On the 4th day of December, 1884, he was married to Luella C. Daily, the eldest daughter of Hon. D. O. Daily, deceased, and his wife, Anna A. Daily. Three children have been born to their marriage: Oliver M. Sayler, Isabella Sayler and Arthur Sayler.
John M. Sayler is ten years the junior to his brother, S. M. Sayler. He received his education in the city schools of Huntington and at Wabash College, Crawfordsville. He studied law with his father, and is engaged in a successful practice of the law, having his office over the Bradley Brothers drug store. Mr. Sayler is a member of the bar of the United States circuit and district courts, and also of the supreme court of the state of Indiana. He was married on the 2d day of October, 1890, to Miss Jennie Wampler, of Dayton, Ohio. Two children have been born to their marriage; Agnes Sayler and Henry Benton Sayler. The Sayler family have always been public spirited, have lent their influence and energies to every effort for the betterment of the town, city and county. Judge Sayler was distinguished for the high moral purpose of his life, for his distinguished ability as a public speaker, for his strong, sterling character as a business man, for his public spirit, for his strength and power as a lawyer and for the singular purity of his religious life; and it is the incentive of his children that they may live lives worthy of the example he has left and of the precious heritage which they have in the lives which he and his dear wife have lived.