Helen Sayles (c.1822 - d.)

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Cause of death: perhaps from "a blow on the temple with a ruler in the hand of an angry teacher"
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Jeanette Ames Rice (Sergeant) wrote (1883) in her memoir, "Tales That Have the Rime of Age," that when she traveled in about 1835 between Stockbridge, MA, and upstate New York, she visited Harriet Sayles (Sergeant), whom she called Mrs. Dr. Sayles:

"We rode on day after day without anything of special interest occurring until we came to Vernon, New York, where my father [Dr. Erastus Sergeant Jr.] had a cousin living, Mrs. Dr. Sayles, daughter of his uncle, Reverend John Sergeant, second missionary to the Stockbridge Indians and who emigrated to New York with them. His family lived at New Stockbridge, not far from Vernon. We were kindly received by Dr. Sayles and had a pleasant visit. There was quite a family — two young lady daughters, one of whom married Professor Richardson of the Rochester University, a son, afterward a physician, and the youngest daughter, Helen, about my age, who died not long after from a blow on the temple with a ruler in the hand of an angry teacher, we heard; though it seems too dreadful to believe. Some of Mrs. Sayles’ grandchildren are now literary people in Chicago."

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