My Ruth D. was the daughter of Charles C. BURNS and Sarah McANALLY. Since the McANALLY sites are fairly consistent that Charles left Sarah to go to IL and took their children with him, could they have divorced in TN?
Sarah married a second time, a Primitive Methodist preacher named DODSON. It is said she never saw her BURNS children again.
The marriage date for Charles C. and Eliza BOYCE was in 1816 in TN. This is after Charles left Sarah. If we have the same Charles here, a divorce would seem to be the only explanation.