|Birth: ||Nov. 8, 1867|
|Death: ||Jun., 1880|
My great-great aunt. She was the beloved daughter of Mollie and Obie Beene. She was known as "Sallie" to the family.
Sallie was the victim of a terrible tragedy. One autumn (about 1876) she was helping the family harvest cabbage. It was chilly that day, so her father and older brother (William Obediah) decided to build a bonfire where they could warm themselves. Sallie got too close to the fire, and the hem of her dress caught the flames. Her father and brother tried ripping the burning dress off her, but it wouldn't come off. They had to put the fire out with their bare hands.
Sallie was severely burned, but she lingered for about four years. At times her parents thought she might be healing, just to have an infection erupt and put her life in danger again. She finally succumbed to one such infection in 1880, about the time the census was taken. Sallie is last in the family's entry on the 1880 census for Itawamba County, MS (dated June 11(?), 1880). She was twelve years old when she died.
Her parents missed her terribly, and her death was one reason the family chose to move to Texas: Mississippi held very painful memories for them.
However, her grave is apparently unmarked. My aunt visited this cemetery a few years ago, and couldn't find a marker for Sallie. Either the family was unable to afford one, or it has since been destroyed.
Obediah Franklin Beene (1827 - 1906)
Mary Elizabeth Livingston(e) Beene (1839 - 1924)
Russell O. Beene (1859 - 1862)*
Eunice Ella Beene Little (1862 - 1942)*
William Obediah Beene (1865 - 1956)*
Sarah Anna Beene (1867 - 1880)
Samuel David Beene (1875 - 1942)*
Willis Dixon Beene (1877 - 1968)*
Plot: Unknown, probably buried near or beside her brother Russell
Created by: Christie Marie Shepherd
Record added: Mar 18, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13658059