Name: Jesse Byrd SASSER
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
Note My paternal 3rd great-grandparents.
Reference Number: IND7786
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
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 5â8" 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Father: Howell SASSER b: ABT 1770 in Johnston County, North Carolina
Mother: Wineyford BYRD b: 1770 in North Carolina
Martha HOLLEY b: 1805 in Spartenburg, Spartenburg County, South Carolina
in South Carolina, Georgia or Alabama
- Elizabeth Mariah "Mary" SASSER b: 1822 in Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia
- Sarah Miriam SASSER b: 12 MAR 1822 in Covington County, Alabama