The Marietta Semi-Weekly Register, April 18, 1884
Mrs. Catharine Sayles, wife of Joel Sayles, deceased, died at the residence of her son-in-law, Elijah Sprague, April 9th, 1884, in the 92d year of her age. She was born in Smithfield, Providence Co., R. I., Sept. 19th, 1792. She, with her father, Ezekiel Emerson, Esq., and three sisters, worked in John Slater's cotton factory, the first cotton factory in the United States. Her father was overseer and her work was mostly reeling. She was married to Joel Sayles when twenty-one years of age, and they moved to Ohio, in Wagons, forty-five years ago, and settled near her father in Guernsey Co. Since they moved to Adams township, Washington Co. Her oldest son died in Guernsey Co., and her second son enlisted in the 77th O.V.I. and died in his country's service at Alton, Ill. She leaves six daughters and many grand children and great grand children to mourn her loss and to follow the good example she ever set before them. She was patient and kind, and possessed a Christian character. Her funeral services were conducted by Rev. George Wells, assisted by Rev. Mr. Guyler, at the M. E. Church, Coal Run. Subject of discourse, "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints."
D. R. S.