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Syrous Sanders "Sye" Guffey
Birth: Nov. 22, 1871
Jackson County
Alabama, USA
Death: Nov. 2, 1946
Jackson County
Alabama, USA

Syrous Sanders Guffey was a life long resident of Alabama. A farmer by trade, and a very loving and caring family man. He was a member of an extremely large Guffey family community that's still evident today on Gunters Mountain. There are countless relatives who are currently living in Marshall and Jackson counties who can trace their family lineage to Syrous's great-grandparents, Ephraim Monroe and Sarah (Underwood) Guffey.

Early Life

Syrous Sanders Guffey was born in Jackson County, Alabama on November 22, 1871, the fourth of eight known children. His father, Ephraim Berry Guffey, was also a farmer and resident of the same area. His mother, the former Miss Morning Caroline McKinney, died when he was just a boy.


Syrous was married a total of three times. He fathered at least 16 children, however one daughter died in her infancy. His first son was George S. Guffey. George was born in Arkansas in 1893. His mother was Georgia Ann Hawkins. Syrous and Georgia weren't married at the time of their son's birth. According to family stories, Syrous was also unaware of Georgia's pregnancy and returned back home to Alabama.

On July 17, 1893 in Dekalb County, Alabama, Syrous Guffey married Sarah Caroline Hastings. Together they had 3 children. Nancy Elizabeth "Lizzie" (1895), Rubin Wallace (1897) and Vester "Belle" Guffey (1899). Sarah Caroline Guffey's exact date of death is unknown, but it is believed she passed away somewhere around 1900.

After the loss of Syrous's wife, he and Georgia Ann Hawkins reunited. They wed on March 25, 1901 in Arkansas. Georgia and their son George Guffey joined Syrous and his 3 children in Alabama. Georgia Ann Guffey's life was short lived as well. Her date of death is also unknown, but it's believed to be between 1910 and 1918. Her last census was 1910.

Syrous's final marriage was to Rosie Bell Helton. Together they had 12 children. 9 daughters and 3 sons. Syrous and Rosie's marriage lasted almost 30 years until Syrous's death.


On November 2, 1946 at the age of 75, Syrous Sanders Guffey passed away.

*Below is a list of Syrous's children in order by their age. I've composed this list from a combination of sources. Living Guffey relatives first hand knowledge, federal and local census, marriage license, death certificates and many of our family obituaries.

1. George Guffey
2. Nancy Elizabeth "Lizzie" Guffey
3. Reubin Wallace Guffey
4. Vester Belle (Guffey) Burroughs
5. Ruth Mae (Guffey) Nailer
6. Vester Lorene (Guffey) Guthrie
7. Bertha Lou (Guffey) Foster
8. James Sanders Guffey
9. Mary "Louise" Guffey
10. Jacob "Owen" Guffey
11. Serena Marie "Serenie" (Guffey) Grove
12. Willie "Hayden" Guffey
13. Ovella Guffey *died at birth*
14. Dollie Inez (Guffey) Phillips
15. Altha Louvene (Guffey) Gifford
16. Bonnie Vergie Lillian (Guffey) Stapler 
Family links: 
  Ephraim Berry Guffey (1842 - 1910)
  Morning Caroline McKinney Guffey (1848 - 1877)
  Georgia Ann Hawkins Guffey (1880 - 1905)*
  Rosie Bell Helton Guffey (1898 - 1980)*
  George Sanders Guffey (1893 - 1960)*
  Vester "Bell" Guffey Burroughs (1899 - 1934)*
  Ruth Mae Guffey Nailer (1917 - 1998)*
  Vester Lorene Guffey Guthrie (1919 - 2003)*
  Bertha Lou Guffey Foster (1922 - 2003)*
  James Sanders Guffey (1924 - 2002)*
  Merry Louise Guffey Foster (1926 - 2011)*
  Jacob "Owen" Guffey (1928 - 2002)*
  Serena Marie Guffey Grove (1930 - ____)*
  Willie "Haden" Guffey (1932 - 2006)*
  Ovella Guffey (1933 - 1933)*
  Dollie Inez Guffey Phillips (1935 - 2016)*
  Altha Luvern Guffey Gifford (1938 - 1960)*
  Bonnie Virgie Guffey Stapler (1940 - 2016)*
  Lillie Mae Guffey**
  Jasper Guffey*
  Sarah Lou Guffey Hall (1866 - 1942)*
  William Henry Guffey (1867 - 1938)*
  Ephraim Monroe Guffey (1870 - 1916)*
  Syrous Sanders Guffey (1871 - 1946)
  Serena A. Guffey Willmon (1875 - 1961)*
  Almeda Loutishia Guffey Lemons (1881 - 1961)**
*Calculated relationship
New Prospect Cemetery
Marshall County
Alabama, USA
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Record added: Dec 28, 2010
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