Madness Monday: Martha Williams Saul

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Madness Monday: Martha Williams Saul

The Madness Monday ancestor I’m posting about today is my husband’s great-great grandmother, Martha H. Williams Saul. She was born in Virginia abt 1827 and married Albert G. Saul on 5 Oct 1846 in Franklin Co., Virginia. They had five surviving 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.

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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. Lori 28 June 2010 at 9:26 AM

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

  2. Miriam 28 June 2010 at 9:55 AM

    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?

  3. Sassy Jane Genealogy 28 June 2010 at 10:11 AM

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

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