Ellen Boardman <I>Smith</I> Sayles

Ellen Boardman Smith Sayles

Elmira, Chemung County, New York, USA
Death 11 Aug 1936 (aged 82)
Chemung County, New York, USA
Burial Elmira, Chemung County, New York, USA
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Daughter of Horace Boardman SMITH and Ellen HEYS.

Wife of Henry Halsey SAYLES.

Ellen Boardman (Smith) Sayles lived to be 82. For many years she was a member of the Elmira College board of trustees, and she was prominent in religious and social services.

She was the widow of Henry Halsey Sayles, a prominent merchant who died in 1883.

Mrs. Sayles was born in Elmira, New York, on November 16, 1853, the daughter of New York Supreme Court Justice Horace Boardman SMITH. Her mother was Ellen HEYS, whose father came to this country from England early in the 19th century.

Mrs. Sayles graduated from Elmira College in the class of 1872. She served as president of the alumnae, and she was a trustee of the college for a number of years. She was the founder and first president of the Women's University club.

Mrs. Sayles was a life-long member of the First Presbyterian church of Elmire. She founded the Elizabeth Guild, a a charity group at the church.

She was survived by three children, Halsey Sayles, Mrs. Jervis Langdon, and Henry B. Sayles.

The funeral was held at the home of her son, Halsey Sayles, 219 West First Street, with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Mrs. Sayles' father was a Vermonter, having been born in Whitingham, Vermont, on August 18, 1826. His father was Dr. Nathaniel SMITH, a physician, who lived in Elmira before moving his family to Columbia Cross Roads, Pennsylvania.

Mrs. Sayles' father finished his studies in the law office of Judge Aaron Konkle in Elmira and was admitted to the Bar in 1850, later forming a partnership with John Murdock. In 1859, County Judge Theodore North died, and Mrs. Sayles' father was appointed to fill the unexpired term, to which office he later was elected. He held the office about one year and retired to enter partnership with Archibald Robinson and Newton P. Fassett. Judge Smith was twice elected as a Member of the U.S. Congress, and in 1882 he was elected a justice of the New York Supreme Court.

Mrs. Sayles' brother Walter Lloyd Smith also served as a justice of the New York Supreme Court. Another brother, the Rev. Wilton Merle Smith, was a pastor of the Central Presbyterian Church in New York City. Both of her brothers predeceased Mrs. Sayles.

Mrs. Sayles was the last surviving member of the family.

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