She was a daughter of Thomas Ringgold, who was the first state senator from Marengo County, 1819-1820 (per Alabamapioneers.com), elected Judge in Marengo County by the AL legislature on 12/24/1822 (document on Library of Congress website), Clerk for the Circuit Court (per an application for Rev. War pension he attested to for an applicant in 1836), and farmer (1850 census). Her mother, the former Mary Elizabeth Daly Sears, died in 1850, when Sallie would have been apx. 13.
*Pictures of Thomas Ringgold are available upon request
Sallie and Bryan Grant (also of Marengo Co.) met as college students in Marion, AL and married in Marengo Co., January 1857. Bryan and Sallie had a son, Ringgold Grant, who only lived three years. They also had a daughter, Estelle Lockhart Grant Gray, who never knew her father because he went to war when she was a baby. Bryan's letters home from the War Between the States tell the story of a loving Christian family suffering the deprivations of separation and war; unfortunately we do not have Sallie's letters to him. Bryan (Sgt, AL 43d) was killed in the trenches at Petersburg, VA in Dec. 1864.
* Picture of Bryan and the Grant house in which he was raised are available upon request
** Bryan's obituary is available upon request
**Copies of Bryan's letters to Sallie available on apx. 1/2 doz. cd's
Since Sallie lost her husband to the war and her father had left everything to his second wife and/or Sallie's brothers (his having assumed her provided for by marriage, one could suppose), she probably had little choice but to take another husband to support her daughter and her in the dire conditions of the post-war South. She married (06/08/1865 in Marengo County, Alabama) a carpetbagger named Thomas Burns, a cruel man who made her last days sad and worrisome; the ugly details of which need not be listed here. They had a son, named Clyde Burns.
After Sallie's death, Burns took their son up North, leaving her daughter Estelle to be raised by an aunt, Caroline Grant Davis. When "Aunt Caroline" followed her daughter Mary Elizabeth Huggins to Oktibbeha County, MS, Estelle accompanied her, and toiled in the fields. Estelle's yearning for the education her parents had was passed to her son Herbert Clyde Gray, who graduated college and pursued learning his entire life. Estelle's longing for her family inspired her son H.C. Gray's decades-long pursuit of genealogy.
Sallie's son Clyde was mistreated by his father, and ran away from home. Eventually, Clyde found work in the Kansas City stockyards. As an adult, Clyde tracked Estelle through Sallie's sister, Mrs. Bryan Williams, and they were reunited. They and their children remained close.
* Pictures of Estelle and Clyde are available upon request.
Despite the sadness and deprivations Sallie's children endured, they were known in their families as loving parents and in their communities for their generosity toward others.