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 Syrous Sanders “Sye” Guffey

Syrous Sanders “Sye” Guffey

Jackson County, Alabama, USA
Death 2 Nov 1946 (aged 74)
Scottsboro, Jackson County, Alabama, USA
Burial Swearengin, Marshall County, Alabama, USA
Memorial ID 63417472 · View Source
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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 three times and fathered at least 16 children. One daughter died in infancy. His first child was George Sanders 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 third wife was Rosie Bell Helton. They were wed on October 11, 1916 and remained husband and wife for almost 30 years until Syrous's death. Together they had 12 children. 9 daughters and 3 sons.


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

Gravesite Details Year of birth is incorrect . Headstone says "Nov. 22, 1869". Should be "Nov. 22, 1871".
  • Maintained by: Mr. Day
  • Originally Created by: Johnny Tidmore
  • Added: 28 Dec 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 63417472
  • Mr. Day
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Syrous Sanders “Sye” Guffey (22 Nov 1871–2 Nov 1946), Find A Grave Memorial no. 63417472, citing New Prospect Cemetery, Swearengin, Marshall County, Alabama, USA ; Maintained by Mr. Day (contributor 47846874) .