Harry (Wentzell) Saddler
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Harry James (Wentzell) Saddler (1854 - 1930)

Harry James Saddler formerly Wentzell
Born in England, United Kingdommap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 25 Dec 1874 in Southwark, Surreymap
Husband of — married 6 Jul 1896 in Priest River, Bonner, Idaho, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Bonners Ferry, Boundary, Idaho, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 31 Dec 2017
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Harry James Wentzell Saddler was born in 1854 in England. He married his first wife Elizabeth (Warner) Wentzell in Surrey, England in 1874.[1] At some point, he abandoned his wife and daughter, and emigrated to the United States, changing his last name to Saddler, his mother's maiden name. Harry bigamously married his second wife, Belle Graves, in Idaho in 1896.[2]He died in 1930 in Bonners Ferry, Washington[3] and is buried in Grandview Cemetery.[4]

Research Notes

Harry Saddler's obituary is incredibly entertaining, but contains many half-truths, gross omissions and bald-faced lies.

[from the Bonners Ferry Herald, 30 January 1930]

Death closed an unusually eventful life here Sunday with the passing of Harry Saddler, who died at the home of his son, P.L. Saddler. Born in Liverpool, England, October 25, 1854, he was thrown on his own resources in boyhood by the death of his father, a captain of one of the first British submarines. His father went down with his vessel.

Young Saddler took to the sea when about 10 years of age, and traveled to almost every part of the world. He made four trips to America when at the age of 16 he decided to try his luck in the new country. He landed at the mouth of the St. Lawrence river, and bid goodby to the sea. Traveling inland, he located for a time in the middle west. But adventure called to him constantly, and he set out by pack mule for the Far West. He following [sic] mining and prospecting for years and was present at nearly all of the early day gold rushes.

He first came to northern Idaho about 45 years ago, in his wanderings as a lone prospector. He was at the Idaho-Continental mine in Boundary county when that property was first being developed.

In 1896 he was married to Belle Graves of Newport, Wash., and after his marriage settled down to a permanent residence in the Spokane district. He operated a dray line and contracting business at Newport from 1900 to 1909. He and Mrs. Saddler came to Bonners Ferry with their son about three years ago and have resided here since that time.

Several years ago Mr. Saddler developed heart trouble, and steadily grew worse until his death Sunday.

He is survived by his widow and four children: Jas H. and P.L. Saddler of Bonners Ferry; Mrs J.B. Tedrow of Tonasket, Wash., and Mrs. J. Geuin of Bonners Ferry.

Funeral services were held at the Crouch chapel yesterday afternoon at two o'clock, Rev. Dow De Long officiating. Internment was in Grandview Cemetary. The pallbearers were C.R. McCarty, H.B. Kinnear, C.H. Cleveland, W.E. Talmadge, H.E. Blackburn and A.J. Kent.

The entire community joins in extending sincere sympathy to the bereaved family.


  1. "England, Surrey Parish Registers, 1536-1992," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QGZY-Q49Y : 16 March 2018), Henry Wentzell and Elizabeth Warner, 25 Dec 1874; citing Marriage, , London Metropolitan Archives, England; FHL microfilm 291,733.
  2. "Idaho, County Marriages, 1864-1950," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F3YC-N5Y : 10 December 2017), Harry W Saddler and Anna Belle Graves, 30 Jun 1896; citing Kootenai, Idaho, various county courthouses, Idaho; FHL microfilm 1,548,248.
  3. "Idaho Death Certificates, 1911-1937," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLYB-V8T : 21 May 2019), Harry Saddler, 26 Jan 1930; citing Bonners Ferry, Boundary, Idaho, reference 69492, Department of Health and Welfare, Boise; FHL microfilm 1,530,850.
  4. "Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV8-DSM4 : 27 July 2019), Harry James Saddler, 1930; Burial, Bonners Ferry, Boundary, Idaho, United States of America, Grandview Cemetery; citing record ID 16445354, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com.
  • "1861 England Census"
    Class: RG 9; Piece: 321; Folio: 119; Page: 39; GSU roll: 542614 Ancestry Sharing Link - Ancestry Record 8767 #6086876 (accessed 9 November 2021)
    Harry Wentzell (5) son in household of Charlott Wentzell (25) in Bermondsey registration district.
  • "1871 England Census"
    The National Archives; Kew, London, England; 1871 England Census; Class: RG10; Piece: 601; Folio: 11; Page: 16; GSU roll: 818907 Ancestry Sharing Link - Ancestry Record 7619 #5286474 (accessed 9 November 2021)
    Harry Winsell (16) son in household of Albert Winsell (33) in St Saviour Southwark registration district. Born in Liverpool.
  • "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MM5G-X52 : accessed 23 October 2019), Harry Sadler, Lake, Omega, Van Wyck Precincts, Boise, Idaho, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 33, sheet 7A, family 137, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,232.
  • "Idaho, Birth Index, 1861-1911," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2MB-17LJ : 1 February 2016), Harry Saddler in entry for son Perry Leslie Saddler, 01 Aug 1899, Priest River, Bonner, Idaho, United States; citing certificate #399484, Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Boise

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