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Sarah Jane Brown Hays
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Birth: Apr. 25, 1858
Lowndes County
Mississippi, USA
Death: Dec. 21, 1922
Lamar County
Alabama, USA

Sarah Jane "Sallie" Brown, was the eldest child and only daughter among the nine children of John Cherry Brown, all born and raised near Caledonia in northern Lowndes County, Mississippi. Her mother, Margaret Dowdle Brown, died in April 1870 (burial place unknown) when Sallie was eleven years old, effectively making her "mother" to five brothers ranging in age from 9 years to 8 months.

Their father married neighbor Charlotte Elizabeth Ann "Lottie" Polk in December 1871, and over the next five years Lottie had at least three sons. John was killed by a runaway mule on February 7, 1877.

At the time of John's death Sallie had been married 3 months, and was living in Sanford (now Lamar) County, Alabama, a few miles east of Caledonia. Because females were not generally allowed to administer estates (and because Lottie was apparently in poor health), management of John C. Brown's estate was assigned to Sallie's husband. Eighteen months after John died Lottie followed him to the grave, leaving seven orphaned sons (it appearing that one of Margaret's five sons had also died by then).

Sallie and her husband took in her four living full brothers, while Lottie's parents took in Lottie's three sons. It must have been an interesting household. The home John built when he and Sallie married in 1876 is still in the family, and over the years it has been renovated with indoor plumbing and electricity, two of three original bedrooms have been combined, and the dog-trot has become an entry hall. But in that relatively-small house six daughters and eight sons were born to Sallie and John (thirteen of whom lived to adulthood), AND they raised her four brothers. All the children are linked below.

Sallie Hays passed away in that house on December 21, 1922, age 65 years 7 months 26 days. Her death certificate, signed by Dr. William Lyles Box, gives the cause of death as "chronic nephritis and aortic insufficiency" and states that her burial on December 23 was at "Hays Cemetery." Hers was actually the second burial at the new Asbury Cemetery. 
Family links: 
  John Cherry Brown (1833 - 1877)
  John Freeman Hays (1850 - 1939)*
  Eunice Esther Hays Seay (1878 - 1937)*
  Margaret Evalina Hays Woods (1880 - 1949)*
  William Clarence Valentine Hays (1882 - 1959)*
  Sidney Jackson Hays (1884 - 1969)*
  Thomas Brown Hays (1885 - 1964)*
  John Birch Hays (1887 - 1949)*
  Ozie Jane Hays Hydrick (1888 - 1963)*
  Martha Canzada Hays Stokes (1890 - 1966)*
  Samuel Spartan Hays (1892 - 1957)*
  Woodford Redus Hays (1894 - 1935)*
  Dow Bradley Hays (1896 - 1957)*
  Lura Mae Hays Thomas (1898 - 1992)*
  Voy Hays (1900 - 1900)*
  Sarah Milner Hays Younger (1902 - 1923)*
*Calculated relationship
Asbury Cemetery
Lamar County
Alabama, USA
Maintained by: Paul Hays
Originally Created by: nut4genealogy
Record added: Mar 15, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 34853884
Sarah Jane <i>Brown</i> Hays
Added by: Paul Hays
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