Probably oldest of 10 of William H. and Mary Welsh Mackey, Sarah married neighbor William Twitty ca. 1789 in Pendelton Dist. of SC. In 1790 she bore William Twitty, Jr.
The extended Mackey & Twitty families came through the Cumberland Gap and settled in TN and KY. Wm Twitty Sr. and Jr. both disappeared in the Indiana Territory about 1808/9.
Sarah lived with her family in TN and had 2 (or 3) daughters by a Cherokee (name not passed down). She inherited from a brother and her father and in 1837 moved with daughter Shuby Twitty and Shuby's three daughters to Elk Prairie Twp. Jefferson Co. IL, an area surveyed by Sarah's brother in law, Isaac Casey. A third unnamed infant daughter listed in the 1815 TN census disappeared before the next census and is presumed dead. Shuby married John Darnell. Elder daughter, Melissa, married William Baker.
Using her money shrewdly, Sarah Twitty purchased land and made loans to people during the Panic of 1837. In Sep 1838 she married James Bodine, Sr. a neighbor, widower of Catherine Butler. In 1842 Sarah & James signed a marriage contract stating "neither shall exercise any control over the possessions of the other now or in the future."
A 1996 copy of the Jefferson County Genealogical Society's bulletin contains an article "The Dareville Store" which says she and James Bodine had a daughter, Euphemia Bodine. No mention of that daughter is given in the family record of Sarah.
Sarah assumed guardianship of Shuby's TN born daughters, probably after Shuby's death. Sarah herself died of "a lingering illness." She had a will, however, and, although she had other grandchildren, her property went to her two older granddaughters, Margaret Baker (Boswell) and Sarah Jane Twitty (Ballard).
Her gravestone is missing so the location of her grave is uncertain. Family tradition says it is in Hickory Hill(later known as So. Hickory Hill).
Corrections and additional information are welcome.