Madness Monday: Martha Williams Saul

By |28 Jun 2010|Census|4 Comments

Madness Monday: Martha Williams Saul is my husband’s great-great grandmother.

Martha H. Williams Saul was born in Virginia about 1827 and married Albert G. Saul on 5 Oct 1846 in Franklin Co., Virginia. They had five known children. Before the Civil War, they appeared to be relatively prosperous, living at Oak Level, Henry, Virginia, in the 1860 census.

By 1870, Martha is a patient in at the Western Lunatic Asylum, Staunton, Augusta, Virginia, and dies before 1880.

Sophronia Jane SAUL
1 Oct 1847               Franklin County, Virginia

George W. SAUL
1850                         Franklin County, Virginia

Sarah Elizabeth (Bettie) SAUL
15 Jan 1852             Oak Level, Henry, Virginia

Nathaniel SAUL
23 Jun 1854            Oak Level, Henry, Virginia

Isaac SAUL
22 Feb 1857             Oak Level, Henry, Virginia

I hope I can discover what happened to Martha Williams Saul.

UPDATE: Martha’s fate is found in this post about her life. 

About the Author:

Nancy Loe has an MA in American History and an MLS in Library Science and Archives. She has appeared on PBS’s American Experience, at Rootstech, SCGS Jamboree, and state and regional genealogy conferences. Her website was featured in Family Tree Magazine's “Social Media Mavericks: 40 to Follow.”


  1. […] Western State Lunatic Asylum and Martha Saul is my follow-up post to a 2010 (!) Madness Monday post about my husband’s great-great grandmother. In 1860, she was a wife and mother to five […]

  2. Sassy Jane Genealogy 28 June 2010 at 10:11 AM - Reply

    I should look into both those possibilities. Number eleventy-million on my genie to do list! 😀

  3. Miriam 28 June 2010 at 9:55 AM - Reply

    You may want to look at court records to see if there is any mention of Martha in them about being committed to the asylum. Also, does are the asylum records themselves archived somewhere?

  4. Lori 28 June 2010 at 9:26 AM - Reply

    How tragic. Is there any way to discover what happened to cause her to be there?

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