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John Sayle

Birthdate: (61)
Birthplace: Isle of Man
Death: 1827 (61)
Immediate Family:

Husband of Catherine Sayle
Father of Ann Watterson; Thomas Sayle; John Sayle and Elizabeth Sayle

Occupation: Wesleyan Preacher
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About John Sayle

Farmer born:1760 lp: (Ramsey Circuit)

Emigrated 13 JUL 1827 from the Isle of Man to the United States on the Barque Ocian arriving New York. Continued on to Cuyahoga County, Ohio

They came to the Manx settlement at the corner of miles Ave Avenue and Lee Head where Rev. Sayle died the following year. He is buried in the little cemetery across from Foreland School in Shaker Heights and the headstone of his grave can be found today about at the sidewalk on Lee Road.

Reprinted from The Pioneer Families of Cleveland 1796-1840. Vol I. by Gertrude van Rensselar Wickham 1914 pp311/2 - see later comment.

1826 SAYLE

The Rev. John Sayle was a distinguished clergyman who was famous throughout the Isle of Man for his eloquence and scholarship. He translated much of the Bible into the Manx language. When nearing his seventieth year of life he came with his wife, Catherine Kinley Sayle, to Ohio. They were of a party of emigrants from, or near Douglas, Isle of Man, who settled in Newburgh on Union street, or in Warrensville, just over the Newburgh line.

The Rev. John Sayle lived but six years after his arrival here. He fell a victim to the cholera epidemic of 1832. His wife survived him 26 years, and died at the advanced age of 98.


John Sayle is obviously not one of the translators of the Manx Bible which was done by many of the Island churchmen under Bishop Hildesley and first published 1771 when John Sayle was 11!. He was however an early Wesleyan Local Preacher. In the 1813 Plan he is shown as 4th in seniority in the Ramsey Circuit which means that he became a Local Preacher sometime in the period 1790-92. He was asked, in 1799, to assist in the production of a new edition of the Manx translation of Watt's and Wesley's Hymns - the 'Lioar dy Hymnyn as Arraneyn Spyrrydoil' that was published in Douglas in 1799 by T Whittam, and it is this that was misremembered by his family.

His name was at the head of the manifest - as this was almost certainly filled in at Liverpool it helps fuel my suspicion that this large party of emigrants was co-ordinated (if not organised) via the Methodist chapels.

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John Sayle's Timeline

Isle of Man
June 1, 1801
Age 35
Isle of Man
Age 40
Isle of Man
Age 45
Isle of Man
Age 47
Isle of Man
Age 61