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A brief biography of Sarah Anne “Sally” (nee JACKSON) DEATHERAGE ELLIS - wife of William Frank ELLIS of Roane County, Tennessee - and other members of her family can be inferred from her son William Deatherage’s biography in the Arkansas Goodspeed (Fulton County, pp 280-281):
William DEATHERAGE, one of the foremost farmers of Mount Calm Township, on Bennett River, owes his nativity to Tennessee, where he was born in 1842. His father, A. J. DEATHERAGE [Andrew Jackson DEATHERAGE], was born in Tennessee, about 1811, and died in Roane County, of that State, in 1847. The latter was married in his native State to Miss Sarah JACKSON, also a native of Tennessee, born about 1822. Three children were the result of this union, William being the eldest. One was drowned in the Tennessee River, by the overturning of a skiff, when only seven years of age, and Martha, became the wife of O. B. FULLER, and is now living in Tennessee. Mrs. DEATHERAGE was married the second time, in 1850, to W. F. ELLIS, [William Frank ELLIS] and by this union became the mother of eight children, six daughters and two sons: Sarah (deceased), Margaret (deceased), Minerva, wife of George JONES, and now living in Tennessee; Nancy and Becky (twins), were married to twin brothers, Samuel and Elijah KELON [KEYLON], and live in Tennessee; Caleb, Franklin, and Mary, at home with her mother. A. J. DEATHERAGE was a major in the United States army when the Indians were moved to Indian Territory. William DEATHERAGE commenced for himself in life by joining the Confederate army, Company A, Twenty-sixth Tennessee Infantry Regiment, on the 15th of June, 1861, and served about four years. He participated in sixteen hard-fought battles, the principal ones being Fort Donelson, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Taylor Ridge Gap, Swamp Creek, Resaca, New Hope, Marietta, Jonesboro, Columbia, Franklin, Nashville; was with Forrest at Murfreesboro the second time, Columbia. Bentonville, Chickasaw Mountain, etc. He surrendered on the 5th of April, 1865, at Greensboro, N. C., after which Mr. DEATHERAGE returned to Greeneville, Tenn., and from thence home, where he commenced farming. He started out after the war with nothing but a Confederate suit of clothes, with forty-eight bullet holes in it. He was married, May 28, 1868. to Miss Rebecca HALL, of Tennessee, and in the fall of the following year he came to Fulton County, and settled on Bennett’s Bayou, and there remained three years. In 1873 he moved to his present fine property. consisting [p.281] of 267 acres, with 100 acres improved. He has good buildings, and a comfortable home. As he has had but little help since commencing for himself, he is the architect of his own fortune. To his marriage were born eleven children, eight living at present: Susan, born October 12, 1870; E. J., born February 9, 1872; G. W., born on the 3d of September, 1874; Lydia M., born on the 8th of September, 1876; Sarah A., born on the 5th of December, 1878; W. S., born on the 5th of March, 1880; James K. P., born on the 12th of October, 1885, and Nancy, born on the 11th of June, 1888. Mr. DEATHERAGE has been justice of the peace of his township for one term. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, County Line Lodge No. 373, and in his political opinions is with the Democrats. Mrs. DEATHERAGE is the daughter of Elijah and Lydia HALL, who were the parents of eleven children, the following living: Samuel, Elisha, Mollie, Elijah, Lydia, Thomas, Rebecca D. and J. K. P.
- W.F. ELLIS was William Frank ELLIS (abt 1829-1920), second huband of Sarah JACKSON DEATHERAGE ELLIS. He was a son of Caleb “Cale” ELLIS, Sr (1802-1859) and Hannah C. HANKINS (1813-aft 1860). Both his parents and his paternal grandparents - Francis ELLIS and Sarah “Sally” BREEDLOVE - were early 19th century Roane County, Tennessee settlers.
- An Andrew J. DEATHERAGE (DETHEREDGE) is among those appearing on Roane County, Tennessee’s Cherokee removal rolls for Peak’s Company in Lindsay’s Regiment of the Tennessee Mounted Volunteers. | see the rolls on this Roane County Heritage Commission web page | For more documentation of A.J. DEATHERAGE, see Richard Tobin’s source citations page for him | here |.
- Anecdotal information about Elijah and Samuel KEYLON’s family can be found on a page written by Wayne Paul Billings | here |. The twins were brothers of James Harvey KEYLON whose second wife was Mary (nee HAGGARD) ELLIS, mother of Cora Pickens (ELLIS) GILES.
- Photographs of Elijah and Lydia (SCOTT) HALL, the parents of William DEATHERAGE’s wife Rebecca HALL, can be viewed on the Dixie Rose webpages | here |.