THE 'TENNESSEE GENEALOGICAL SOCIETYSpring 1985
Prepared for publication by Jessie Taylor Webb and Mary Louise Nazar
"Family Gatherings" articles are compiled from records which are sent by our subscribers.
We welcome these contributions of genealogical data from family Bibles,
wills, cemeteries, pension applications, old letters, etc. The earliest dated
items receive priority; they must have a Tennessee connection, and must be previously
unpublished. We do reserve the right to edit in order to save space.
TILLMAN PATTERSON BETTIS GENEALOGY
Contributed by Margie G. Brown (Mrs. Eldon W. Jr),
3005 Phyllmar Place, Oakton, VA 22124
Mrs. Brown reports that in 1953, when she was a new bride, her husband's father
died. When the household was being broken up, she rescued from the trash bin two
family histories. This booklet was compiled between 1929 and 1931 by an unknown
author who was a member of the "Old Folks Society" of Memphis, TN. Through her
research Mrs. Brown has made a few corrections and added information on the family
of Sallie CARR, wife of Tillman P. BETTIS. Mr. Brown's line of descent is through
Salena Bettis and Albert G. BLAKEMORE. Their daughter Lucy married John Harrod
m daughter, Clara Owen, married Marion Walter BROWN and became the grandmother of
Eldon W. Brown, Jr.
We are printing only the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Tillman
and Sallie Bettis, but there are several additional generations in the book. The
information on each family is not complete, but the last recorded birth is 1929.
"There is always something about the character of the first settlers of a country
full of interest and there is a good reason for it; for there never was yet any
country whose first settlers, the pioneers, the men who planted and established the
civilization of the country who were not marked men in their day and time; men
noted for their high integrity, firmness, energy and enterprise and for full capacity
to give form and shape and impress to the sentiment of the country."
"They are always men who stamp forever the impress of their mind and character upon
the country they founded. It takes something more than the average man or an ordinary
woman to cut loose and sunder those ties and attachments of earlier homes and
friends and kindred and blaze for themselves a new pathway and establish for themselves
a new civilization. Such were the men and women who settled our goodly
Tillman was one of the first settlers of Shelby County (along with James, William,
and John Bett~s; Gideon, Thomas, Anderson and Overton Carr; Thomas and Drewry PATTERSON,
as well as others). He was born in North Carolina near the Virginia border
6 Oct 1788 of Irish descent and became a farmer. He was a member of the Presbyterian
Church. From records printed in "Ansearchin'" News, Volume XXIV, Mrs. Brown
found that Tillman was married in Wilson Co TN 10 May 1809 to Miss Sallie Carr.
They came to Shelby Co TN in 1819, traveling on a flatboat with several other families
bound for New Orleans. Upon reaching this point, they were so well-pleased
with the country that they decided to settle here. The first white female child
Family Gatherings (continued)
born in Shelby Co TN was Mary Bettis, the sixth child of Tillman P. and Sallie
Sallie was born in Virginia 23 Dec 1784, the daughter of Thomas Carr born 15 May
1742 died 5 May 1821 and Ann SANDERS born 6 Feb 1750 died 10 Sep 1826. Thomas was
the son of Gideon Carr born 1 Jan 1712 died 14 Apr 1783 and Susannah BROOKS born
c1719. Gideon was the son of William Carr born c1680, whose parents were Sir Thomas
Carr and r1ary GARLAND born and wed in England. Sallie died in Memphis at the birth
of her ninth child 19 Jun 1826.
Tillman's second wife, Mrs. Sallie (HARKLEROAD) GRIBBIN, was born in Pennsylvania
in 1800. They were married in Arkansas March 1827 and seven children were born of
this union. She died in Memphis 3 Aug 1860. Tillman Bettis owned extensive acreage
lying between present-day Poplar Avenue and Union Avenue. He died at his home on
Union Avenue 6 Feb 1854 and is buried in the family plot on the grounds now owned
and occupied by the Convent of the Good Shepherd.
CHILDREN OF TILLHAN AND SALLIE CARR BETTIS
Name Born Married Died
I vi11iam Talbot 11 Mar 1810 Sarah Wiseman 4 Sep 1877
II Annie L. 9 Aug 1811 D. Harkleroad 28 Feb 1875
III Drewry Lyon 21 Aug 1814 9 Apr 1854
IV Sa1ena 1816 Albert Blakemore 1872
V Lucy 29 Jan 1818 Charles King 19 Sep 1905
VI Mary Dec 1819 William Pittman 9 Oct 1868
VII Martha 30 Apr 1822 3 Aug 1839
VIII Tillman Carr 20 Apr 1824 Jane Harper 2 Feb 1894
IX Sallie Carr 19 Jun 1826 Simeon Horne 28 Aug 1880
CHILDREN OF TILLMAN AND SALLIE HARKLEROAD GRIBBIN
X Samuel G.D. 9 Apr 1828 23 Nov 1841
XI Shelby A. 19 Oct 1829 Phada J. Womack 19 Mar 1864
XII Elizabeth W. 24 Jun 1831 Seth G. Yarbrough 24 Jan 1910
XIII Anderson Carr 18 Mar 1833 Fannie M. Pryor 19 Sep 1875
XIV John Claiborne 1835 Martha Miller 1862
XV Nathaniel Anderson 30 Apr 1837 Theo Pu11ium 17 Nov 1905
XVI Virginia Carolina 24 Ju1 1840 Robert K. Craft 10 Feb 1915
I WILLIAM TALBOT BETTIS
William T. Bettis, farmer, born 1810, married 1833 Sarah Wiseman, who was born in
Georgia 11 Jan 1811 and died 13 May 1882 Forest Hill, Shelby Co TN. He, too, died
at Forest Hill on 4 Sep 1877 and is buried in a family cemetery. Their three children
and their families were:
1. Mary Jane, born 25 Dec 1834 and died 20 Apr 1879, married Dec 1857 William
STOKES who was killed at the Battle of Shiloh Apr 1862. Their children were: Lena
Stokes (1858-1885) married Samuel ROGERS in Coldwater, MS; Sallie Stokes (1860-Feb
1889) married Wood1y Rogers; William Talbot Stokes, born 6 Jun 1862, married first
Mrs. Kate STEVENS and second Mrs. STRINGFELLOW in Memphis 1914.
2. Salena Patterson born 19 Feb 1837 and died 6 Feb 1866 unmarried.
3. Tillman born 1840 died unmarried. He joined the Confederate Army at the outbreak
of the Civil War and was killed at Chickamauga in 1863.
II ANNIE L. BETTIS
Annie Bettis born 1811 married in Memphis, TN 10 Feb 1830 to Daniel Harkleroad, a
brother of her stepmother. He was born 15 Jan 1803 Pennsylvania and died 5 Apr 1845
in Memphis. She died 28 Feb 1873 in Trenton, Phillips Co AR. Their eight children
and their families were:
1. Vitura Harkleroad, born 11 Dec 1830 Crittenden Co AR died 30 May 1864 Trenton,
AR, was married first 1848 Crittenden Co AR to Lindsey THRAILKILL of Phillips Co AR
who died 1856. She married second 1858 Trenton, AR John G. HACKLER who died 6 Nov
1886. Her four children were: Linnie Thrailkill born 1849 Phillips Co AR married
Sam SLAUGHTER and both died in 1883; Emma Thrailkill born 1852 Phillips Co AR married
Trenton, AR 1872 Jerry LANGSTON of Sardis, MS; John Perry Hackler, born Trenton,
AR 17 Jul 1859 died Memphis 6 Jun 1919, and married Memphis, TN 3 Feb 1881 Annie M.
WALKER; Octavia who married ? CONLAN.
2. Julia Harkleroad, born 11 Feb 1832 Crittenden Co AR died 18 Feb 1878, was married
15 Apr 1849 to C.E. WILLIAMS. Their four children were: Nathaniel born 9 Aug
1850 died Nov 1886; Annie died 1901 married first ? GREEN and second ? COOK;
William G.; and Julia born Coffee Creek, AR 15 Apr 1872 married Barton, Phillips Co
AR 27 Jan 1892 Lex W. GRAVES of Helena, AR.
3. Solomon Harkleroad born 7 Dec 1833 and died 25 Jun 1864.
4. Mary Elizabeth Harkleroad born Crittenden Co AR 28 Dec 1835, died Phillips Co
AR 5 Jun 1864 and married May 1854 to A.C. CARLOSS in Phillips Co AR. Their four
children were: Annie born Aug 1856; William F. born Phillips Co AR 1859 married Barton,
AR 7 Nov 1883 Mittie HUDSON born 24 Aug 1864 Memphis, TN; Sallie born 1861; and
Josephine born 1863.
5. Joseph Harkleroad born 1 Jan 1838 Crittenden Co AR, died 1899 Memphis and married
first Mary P. ROPER died 1859 and second 1877 Mrs. N. Harkleroad (Nankie WILLIAMS)
who died 7 Feb 1878 Memphis, TN. No issue.
6. Tillman Harkleroad was born 29 Jan 1840 and died Nov 1857.
7. Perry Harkleroad born Crittenden Co AR 21 Jul 1842, died Searcy AR June 1876
and married Trenton, AR 1869 Nankie Williams of Memphis, TN. Their children were:
Albert born Jul 1870, died 1922 and married first Maud KELLET and second Annie
KNIGHT; Paul born 15 Jan 1872.
8. Sarah Harkleroad born Memphis, TN 14 May 1845 married first 8 Oct 1868 C.B.
SIMS of South Carolina who died 7 Feb 1878 Trenton, AR. She married second W.H.
DAVIS 1883 in Marvell, AR. Her chi14ren were: Sarah D. born 2 Apr 1870 died 1 Jan
1873; Charles B. born 12 Mar 1872 died 6 Sep 1873; Julia born 19 Dec 1873; Annie
born Trenton, AR 22 Apr 1877 married 3 Mar 1896 James C. KENDALL Memphis, TN; and
Mary born 16 Apr 1884 married J.E. SURMAN.
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III DREWRY LYON BETTIS
Drewry Lyon Bettis born 1814 died unmarried Memphis, TN 9 Apr 1854.
IV SALENA BETTIS
Salena Bettis was born 1816, died 1872 Des Are, AR and married Albert BLAKEMORE 10
Aug 1847 Memphis, TN. Their children and families were:
1. Lucy Blakemore, born Memphis, TN 23 Jul 1848 died Des Are, AR 31 Mar 1915, was
married to John Harrod OWEN 26 Sep 1869 in Des Are, AR. He died 5 Feb 1914 Des Arc.
Their three children were: Clara born Des Are, AR 24 Aug 1870, died 26 Dec 1949 and
married Des Are, AR 25 Jan 1891 Walter M.(Marion Walter) BROWN who died 7 Jul 1931;
Lena born Des Are, AR 23 Aug 1875, died Des Are, AR 10 Dec 1920 and married first at
Seattle, WA 13 Apr 1903 George HOLMES and second in Des Are, AR 22 Nov 1919 to Ira
LIVELY; Tura born Des Are, AR 31 Dec 1880, died 19 Dec 1940 and married George GUESS
25 Apr 1905 Des Are, AR.
2. George Blakemore born Memphis, TN 22 Oct 1850, died 27 Dec 1925 and married
first Belle GREER and second Ida Greer who died 31 Mar 1924.
3. Pattie Blakemore born Memphis, Tn, died Des Are, AR and married William LOVING
Des Are, AR. Their children were: Albert, Mabel, Ira and Edward.
4. James Blakemore (twin to Pattie) born Memphis, Tn and died unmarried.
5. Sallie Blakemore born Memphis, TN 23 Jul 1852, died Des Are, AR 21 Jan 1892 and
married Edgar Brown 10 Dec 1873 Des Are, AR. No children.
6. Edward Blakemore (twin to Sallie) born Memphis, TN 23 Ju1 1852, died May 1929
Searcy, AR and married first Des Are, AR 3 Sep 1889 Ora MOORE and second in Searcy,
AR 22 Dec 1898 Annie Moore. His children were: Annie Lena born 21 Oct 1890 who married
Joseph HARRIS and Kathryn Elizabeth born 25 Dec 1901.
V LUCY BETTIS
Lucy Bettis born 1818 died Hazen, AR 19 Sep 1905 and married Memphis, TN to Charles
KING of Petersburg, VA. He was born 1816 and died Hazen, AR Dec 1891. Their children
and families were:
2. Martha King born Memphis, TN 1845 married George McBEE and their children were:
William, Benjamin, Taylor and Clara.
3. Agnes King born Memphis, Tn 10 Nov 1848, died Des Are, AR 9 Mar 1906 and married
Isaac Brasus STALLINGS 1869 Des Are, AR. Their seven children were: Nettie born
Des Are, AR 25 Sep 1870, died Hazen, AR 4 Feb 1898 and married Thomas AYECOCK 25 Dec
1886 Des Are, AR; Elbert born Des Are, AR 7 Nov 1873 married Des Are, AR 24 Feb 1900
Lillie TURNER; Lucy born Des Are, AR 2 Oct 1876 married Des Are, AR 26 Feb 1898 James
LIVESAY; Charles Roland born Des Are, AR 8 Dec 1879 married Belle, AR 24 Mar 1912
Marye G. KREGER; Leonard Troy born Des Are, AR 8 Aug 1881 married Hazen, AR 25 Dec
1910 Della EDDINS; and Eu1and Brasus born Des Are, AR 4 Jan 1884 married Hazen, AR
4 Mar 1912 Myrtle GUESS.
4. Amelia King born 1850 Memphis, TN, died Beebe, AR 1883 and married Des Are, AR
1873 J.T. WILLIAMS. Their sons were Thomas Charles born 1875 and John born 1878.
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Family Gatherings (continued)
5. Charles King, Jr. born Memphis, TN on 1 Jun 1856 married Beebe, AR 3 May 1877
Bettie BENGE. Their five children were: Thomas Oscar born 21 Mar 1879 married first
L.V. HAMMOND and second M.C. LILLY; Jennie Lou born 24 May 1884 married Charles
MYTCHEL; Irene Esther born 15 Jan 1887 married J.L. WOOSLEY; Ella Mae born 25 Apr
1891 married L.R. KERBY; and Charles Farris born 15 Dec 1895.
6. Tillman King married Josephine ROGERS.