Nov. 20, 1901 Clayton Johnston County North Carolina, USA
Sallie O. Williamson was born in Suffolk, Nansemond Co, VA (near Sleepy Hole) in 1862, the 6th of 7 known surviving children (1 boy/6 girls) born to well-off farmer Edward F. Williamson (of NC) and his Virginia-born wife, Martha.
Sallie was orphaned sometime between 1870-1880 and was sent to Suffolk to attned school, where her sister Lucy was teaching. It is not known how she met and married Jesse T. Ellington of Clayton, but on July 28, 1885, the 23-year old became the 2nd wife of the then 43-year old Ellington. She instantly became stepmother to the 5 surviving children from his first marriage, then aged 3-15.
The marriage of Sallie Williamson & Jesse Ellington lasted 16 years and produced three children: Douglas D. Ellington (1886), Kenneth Raynor Ellington (1888) and Lt. Eric Lamar Ellington (1889).
Apparently in ill health for some years after the birth of Eric, Sallie died in 1901, reportedly of consumption, one month shy of her 39th birthday. Her obituary appeared in the Nov 22, 1901 edition of the Smithfield HERALD:
Sheriff Ellington's Wife Dead
The home of Sheriff J. T. Ellington at Clayton was saddened Wednesday morning by the death of his wife. Mrs. Ellington had been in bad health for several years and for the past few months her condition had been such that her death was not a surprise. She leaves a husband, one daughter, and 3 sons. The funeral sermon was preached yesterday afternoon by Rev. J. W. Suttle, pastor of the Smithfield Baptist Church, after which her remains were laid to rest at Clayton cemetery. Mrs. Ellington had been a member of Clayton Baptist Church for many years and was prepared for the summons to cross over the river. Sheriff Ellington has a host of friends throughout the county who sympathized with him in his great loss. (Sallie Williamson Ellington, 39 years old.)