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  • ID: I07413
  • Name: Jesse Byrd SASSER
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1795 in South Carolina
  • Death: ABT 1855 in Sasser, Covington County, Alabama
  • Burial: ABT 1855 Sasser Church of Christ Cemetery, south of Brantley, US Highway 29, Covington County, Alabama
  • Event: Note My paternal 3rd great-grandparents.
  • Reference Number: IND7786
  • Note:
    By Curtis Thomasson
    The Andalusia Star-News
    Thursday, February 3, 2005

    Sasser ancestor is honored in Confederate ceremony recently

    The history and genealogy of the family of Jesse Byrd Sasser will be the
    topic of today's column. Recently, a memorial service was held in his
    honor and commemorating his service in the Confederate Army. A special
    Confederate medallion designating his military unit was placed on the
    marker at his grave in the Sasser Church of Christ Cemetery, located a
    few miles south of Brantley on US Highway 29. The land for the cemetery
    was donated by Jesse, and the oldest grave with a marker is that of his
    son, Jeffie Perry, who died in 1882 at the young age of 20 years.

    Jesse B. was the son of Jesse Byrd Sasser, Sr., who was born in 1798 as
    the oldest son of Howell and Winifred (Byrd) Sasser. This Sasser family
    was in Conecuh County as early as 1818 when they appeared on the Conecuh
    County Tax List. They moved into Covington County during the early 1820s
    as Howell purchased some of the first government land available in 1824.
    Howell and his son, Jesse Sr. were the only two households enumerated in
    the 1830 Census of Covington County.

    The Howell Sasser family acquired land first near the headwaters of Five
    Runs Creek north of the Sanford community. They then purchased land
    further north near Brantley. Jesse Byrd Sr. moved to that area to make
    his final residence and finish rearing his children.

    Jesse Byrd Sr. and his wife, Martha (Holley), daughter of William and
    Charlotte (Massey) Holley, reared a large family including their son,
    Jesse Byrd Jr. Jesse Jr. was born in 1831 and died in 1904. In 1854, he
    was married to Celia Ann Danley (1840-1887). Jesse Jr. and Celia reared
    the following 12 children: William Byrd, b. 1855, d. 1898, m. 1877
    Rebecca Ann Tisdale (1854-1932); Hardy H., b. 1857, d. 1884; Jesse Jay,
    b. 1860, d. 1931, m. 1882 Arrie Elizabeth Murphy (1866-1925); Jeffie
    Perry, b.&d. 1862; Nancy Maria, b. 1866, d. 1948, m. Benjamin Franklin
    Tisdale (1863-1953); Dennis G., b. 1868, d. 1938; George P., b. 1870, d.
    1891; Celia Ann, b. 1872, d. 1892; Addie Elizabeth, b. 1874, d. 1954, m.
    Joseph Albert Taylor (1868-1948); Jepp Hilliard, b. 1876, d. 1958; Hick
    Hubbard, b. 1879, d. 1963, m. Ruby P. Bryan (1876-1946); and Jesse Byrd
    Jr., b. 1883, d. 1957. It appears this youngest son is actually the third
    generation to be named Jesse Byrd Sasser.

    This Sasser family had helped settle and develop the community, so it
    became known as Sasser. They began the Sasser Cemetery near the
    homeplace, and it became a popular burying ground for folks in the area.
    A neighborhood school was known as Sasser School, but there was no local
    church until the Sasser Church of Christ was established in 1843. Annie
    Jay (Sasser) Raines donated land next to the cemetery for the church
    building. The church is still active and is served by Jeff Grimes as its
    minister.

    The third son, Jesse Jay, and his wife, Annie Elizabeth, reared the
    following children: Bula V., b. 1883, d. 1953, m. 1903 Lloyd Wells;
    Fannie May, b. 1888, d. 1974, m. 1906 Charley T. Pearson; Irus Snow, b.
    1890, d. 1903; Doris Lurline, b. 1893, d. 1976, m. William Lafayette
    Turner; Mallie B. "Alice," b. 1895, d. 1971, m. 1912 John Porter Walden;
    Willie D., b. 1898, d. 1973, m. 1921 Marvin B. Blackmon; Annie Jay, b.
    1901, d. 1947, m. 1925 John H. Raines; and Lucile, b. 1903, d. 1907.



    This family's ancestor, Jesse Byrd who was born in 1831, volunteered for
    the Confederate Army when his service was needed. The following
    description was written by Ann Miller, a descendant of Jesse Byrd and a
    member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Atlanta Chapter #18,
    in the Georgia Division.

    "The typical Confederate soldier was white, native-born, Protestant, and
    single; however, Jesse was married with four young children. The typical
    soldier was 58" tall, but Jesse was 5'11.5" tall, and he was 31 years of
    age, not the average 18-29 years. He was not wealthy, did not own slaves,
    but like most Southerners, he fought to protect his home. His wife,
    Celia, was left to care for their children and to run the farm. She, too,
    was a hero. On October 16, 1862, Jesse went to Mobile, Alabama, and
    enlisted in Company B, 18th Alabama Infantry Regiment, the same unit in
    which his younger brother, Harmon, had enlisted a year earlier. Company
    B., called the Covington Hunters, was composed of men from Covington
    County. Jesse's home was in the county until the area became a part of
    Crenshaw County when it was formed in 1866.

    "There was horrendous grieving in Covington County on September 19, 1863,
    when at the Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia, the Eighteenth was terribly
    mutilated, losing 22 out of 36 officers and 300 out of 500 men killed or
    seriously wounded. Over 34,000 soldiers were either wounded or killed
    during three days of battle at Chickamauga. Jesse was with his brother
    two months later when Harmon was captured at Lookout Mountain. Then he
    was captured near Nashville in December 1864 and imprisoned at Camp Chase.

    "When the war ended, Jesse, as most did, probably had to walk home to
    Alabama. He returned to a land devastated by war and impoverished by the
    lack of able-bodied men. Since one in every four soldiers who fought for
    the South died, the entire South as well as Covington County mourned for
    several years. The people of the Southland began collecting their
    hard-earned pennies, nickels, and dimes to raise fitting memorials to the
    gallant soldiers of the Confederacy. Monuments and statues sprung up in
    nearly every city or town with memorable inscriptions."

    The source for today's genealogy was the records of Mrs. Ronald H. (Ann)
    Miller, a Sasser descendant, who resides in Marietta, Georgia.
    Appreciation is expressed to her and the other descendants who are
    preserving their family's history.

    Anyone who might have any corrections or additional information on this
    family is requested to contact Curtis Thomasson at 21361 Rabren Road,
    Andalusia, AL 36421, 334-222-6467, or Email: chthom@alaweb.com.

    SOURCE:
    http://www.andalusiastarnews.com/articles/2005/08/02/genealogy/2004/0969ge
    n080704.txt




    Father: Howell SASSER b: ABT 1770 in Johnston County, North Carolina
    Mother: Wineyford BYRD b: 1770 in North Carolina

    Marriage 1 Martha HOLLEY b: 1805 in Spartenburg, Spartenburg County, South Carolina
    • Married: ABT 1820 in South Carolina, Georgia or Alabama
    Children
    1. Has Children Elizabeth Mariah "Mary" SASSER b: 1822 in Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia
    2. Has Children Sarah Miriam SASSER b: 12 MAR 1822 in Covington County, Alabama
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