09 October 2008

William Sisco & Millie Haynes


A few posts back I talked about finding my great grandparents, Bill and Millie Sisco, and I'd like to introduce them to you properly.

William A. Sisco, son of John (1804-1877) and Rachel Sisco, was born sometime between ca. 1834-1837 in TN. They were a large family of 10 children: James, Thomas, Claiborn, John, Julia, William, Joanah, Granville, Mary, and Aaron.

The family lived in TN for the first few years of Bill's life, then they moved on to KY where it seems brother Granville was born ca. 1847. But they didn't stay in KY for long, sister Mary was born in MO in 1849 and then to AR for Aaron's birth in 1851. These dates are approximated and my only source is the federal census. The family was in Stoddard Co. MO in 1850.

Sometime between 1850 and 1860 Bill married his first wife, Matilda Jarrell, daughter of Morgan Jarrell and Sarah Leah Marvell. I don't know much about her, born ca 1835 in MO. They had 5 children: Sarah, Andrew, Mary, NC, and James.

Bill took a Southern stand during the Civil War and fought with Kitchen's Regiment 7th MO Cavalry, Co. B. During this time he was taken prisoner and transferred from Cape Girardeau MO to St. Louis MO 7 Nov 1864. Then was involved in prisoner exchange 25 May 1865 in Wittsburg AR, where he "left sick with his family-small pox".

Between 1871 and 1880, Matilda either died or was divorced from Bill. I believe she probably died as divorce was rare and all the children are living with him in 1880. By 1880 Bill had married my great grandmother, Millie Haynes.

Millie was born ca 1845 in TN, the daughter of Miles Haynes and Sarah (possibly Fryar). She is the 4th of 10 children. They lived in Hamilton Co. TN in 1850 but had moved to Greene Co Ar by 1852.

Bill and Millie lived in AR with their children, around Lawrence and Randolph Co. They had 5 children: Martha, Parthena, Sam, Birdie and my grandmother, Pearle Mae.

The family stayed around this area and then 28 Feb 1903, Bill died. Millie applied for his military pension in 1908 from Wiley Randolph Co AR. I don't know when or where Millie died, but I have nothing more for her after 1908.

Seems such a shame to chronicle 2 people's lives in just a few lines. I'm sure I can and should embellish this story and I probably will as time allows, but this is a rough outline. It certainly does not give the depth that Bill and Millie deserve. And for that I am sorry. I am so truly grateful to my Aunt Jerri for the portrait of my great grandparents, what a treasure it is.

I am always open to new or corrected information about the Siscos and all my family members, please feel free to contact me.

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