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Research by Bertie Alice Apperson Smith, Great, Great Grand daughter of
Aaron Savell who was one of four sons – (Moses, William, John and Aaron)
born to William and Lucy Savell listed on Laurens County
Census in 1790.
This family was in Franklin County, Georgia 1800 – 1808. The tax rolls there
lists Moses, William, John and Aaron. The 1805 Lottery lists John, Lucy (widow),
“Passports Issued by Governors of Georgia 1785 – 1809”, page 194 states
‘Tuesday, 25 October 1808, on the recommendation of James Blair, ordered
that a passport through the Cherokee Nation be prepared for Rev’d William
Denman and Moses Savell with their families – which was presented and
signed.’ Moses, John and Aaron crossed the Cherokee Nation into Mississippi
Territory in late 1808. 1810 Census in Clark Co., Mississippi Territory lists
Moses Savell. Also – Gandrund’s Alabama Records, Vol 68, Clark Co. – in the
Forward “the first Grist Mill was operated by John Salter and Moses
1810 Census Lawrence County, Mississippi shows John in Bogue Chitto, Aaron in Fair River. Lawrence County tax rolls 1815 – 1819 shows John, 160
acres land in Bogue Chitto; Aaron 160 acres land in Fair River 1815 –1824.
Aaron fought in the War of 1812 – (Rowland 13 Regiment (Nixon’s) of Miss.
Militia (page 204) Aaron is listed Saville, Aaron, Private. Card numbers
38944726, 38944943, 38944968. Discharged 5 day February 1815.
In 1815 in “Carter’s Territorial Papers of U.S. – Mississippi, Vol., 6, pp 494ff Page 1
‘Petition to Congress by inhabitants of Marion and Lawrence Counties’ – “since
we have been in the field 3 years (war with England and Creeks) asking
Congress to give them more time to pay for the public land on which they lived.” – Jan. 19, 1815 – page 496 has Aaron Savel listed.
1818 – Minutes of Fair River Baptist Church Aaron is mentioned. Also Minutes of Fair River Baptist Church April 23, 1824 – ‘Bro. Aaron Savil came
forward and stated that there was reported against him concerning his marking
some wild hogs that were not his, acknowledged the fact; the Church believing it
not to be right excommunicated him.” No other Savels listed in any Church
Minutes. (in 1828 Aaron joined Palestine Baptist Church in Hinds County, by
letter from Fair River. So Fair River must have taken him back into fellowship.)
On 1820 Census, Lawrence County Aaron has 2 M under 10, One M 10-16, 1 M 16-26, 1 F 10-16, 1 F over 45. Part of Lawrence County was taken to form
part of Lincoln Co. I did no research in Lincoln County.
In 1826 Aaron’s daughter, Lucy, married Lewis Denham in Lawrence County.
In 1827 Aaron’s Family, as well as most of John’s family were all in Hinds
County. Aaron paid taxes there 1827 thru 1831. Aaron joined Palestine Baptist
Church, Hinds County in 1828 by letter from Fair River Baptist Church. On 1830
Hinds County Census Aaron had; 1 M under 5, 1 M under 10, 1 M 10-15, 1 M 15-20, 1 M 40-50, 1 F slave 24-36, 1 F 40-50 (It is believed the 1M under 5 was
child of this F slave.)
Aaron died Feb 9, 1832 and was buried in Palestine Cemetery in Hinds County,
near Raymond, Mississippi. (More to follow regarding events related). Aaron
Savell’s Children: 1. James; on 1830 Census had 1 M under 5; 1 M 15-20; 1 F 5-10; 1 F 15-20; 1 F 20-30 (Mother-in-Law).
(On 1830 Census Hinds County – Aaron has Willoughby 5-10; William 10-15;
John 15-20; Aaron was 40-50; Mrs. Aaron Savell was 40-50. (Lucy was married
at this time.)
2. Lucy Savell born 1804; married Lewis Denham in Lawrence Co. Mississippi
in 1826. They lived in Rankin County in 1827. Their children: Caroline, George,
J. L., Elbert, Ebb. (Others).
3. John Savell, born 1810 in Lawrence Co., Miss.; married Judith Elizabeth
(Bettie) Osborne in Lauderdale Co. in 1841, then moved to Neshoba County.
They had 4 children: Bob, Delilah 1854, Edward Osborne Savell born 4-19-1856,
and John Aaron. (John died July 28, 1863 in the Battle of Atlanta.)
4. William Savell, born 1815 in Lawrence County, Miss., lived in Hinds County,
came to Neshoba County in 1834-35. Died 11-23-1861. Married Elizabeth H.
Killen, born 11-13-1816; died 5-25-1892. Both are buried in the Killen
Cemetery located Section 27, Township 9 North, Range 12 East (just off Deemer Road
(505) and Old Jackson County Line Road (492) approx. 4 ˝ miles north-east of
Union, Mississippi in Neshoba County. The Cemetery land was originally owned
by Elizabeth’s father (Henry Killen). Their children were:
1. George W., born and died Oct. 1837; 2. William C. born 1839, married Nancy
Breland, died Oct 2,
1861 (Civil War); 3. Martha A. born 1843, married Bill Odom, had one daughter.
4. Kasiah Frances, born March 9, 1848, died 1-23-1916, married George W.
Breland. Children: Nancy Elizabeth, Joseph Eugene, Emma Cornelia, Martha
Manerva Alice, John Oliver, Egbert Andrew, and Beatrice Alma.
5. Aaron H. or L. Savell, born Oct. 2, 1849; died Nov. 13, 1892, married Mary
Burnett born 3-5-1851; died 12-18-1909 buried in Killen Cemetery.
John, married Mary Nelson. Children of John and Mary: Cletis married Myrtis
Simms; Maldie married Tommy Moore; Manuel married Miss Mabry; Louis
married Otis Jones (had 1 girl – Jeanetta). Andrew married Mattie Truhitt (sister
of Jim Truhitt). Children: Milton Savell; Lerow married Minnie Richardson; Cecil
died; Macie Lee – died; Andrew and Mattie are buried at Pine Grove
Cemetery, - Hwy. 492, near “House” community. Joe married Martha Brookes, are buried
– at County Line Cemetery, Hwy 492, 3 miles East of Union. Joe was also known
as “Cripple Joe” for 1 leg was shorter than the other and he walked with a limp.
Children: Cora Ethel, married a Mr. Williams; Jessie Mae married Swella
Ferguson; Carrol married Ida Tucker; Karl married Icy
Cooksie; Mary Lou
married Edward Williamson; Selby married Mildred Woods; Lottie married Mike
Mowdy, children: Mackie, Curtis, Clarence and Etna. Elizabeth (Lizzie) married
John Nelson, children: Earl, J. P. Hillard, Monroe and
Earie. Mattie married
Clark Munn, children: Eula Mae married Willie Boler; Arlin married Alene Tolbert;
Ollie married Lula Talbert; Jack married Sara Mae Cleveland; Berlin married
Louvie D. Pinson; Elmus married Hazel Cleveland; Unaree married twice – 1.
Maxine Parker, 2. Millie Rhodes; Keith did not marry. Altha
Amega, born 8-5-1884, died 2-24-1965, married James Winter (Jim) Truhitt (a brother of Mattie),
children: Sudie, born 5-5-1902, died 3-13-1933, married David Atkins; Roger
Cleo, born 4-14-1905, died 5-5-1964; Bessie Bee born ?, died 10-5-1940,
married James Edward Vance; Lessie Mae, born 12-10-1909, died 10-3-1970,
married a Mr. Benson; Ella, born 3-7-1913 married twice 1. Marvin Breland 2.
Mr. Netherland; Lester James Truhitt born 3-9-1919, died 4-19-1974; Elizabeth
born-died 1877; William born-died April 1880 – both buried Killen
6. John Carroll Savell born 10-25-1852; died 8-1-1898. Married Elizabeth
Rosanna (Betty) Smith born 2-24-1863, died 3-19-1932. Both buried at Killen
Cemetery. Had 13 children: George William, John Preston, Joe Brown, Lucy
Leona, Willoughby Henry, Burton, Mary Beatrice, Edwin O' Lester, Marion
Marodith, Armittie Theo, *Baby Girl, Alvin Lee and Johnnie Elizabeth
(More listed later.)
7. Sallie Savell born 3-3-1855, died 12-29-1917, married Riley Crocker
children: Walter, Henry, Monroe, Niel, Vester, Lucy, and Queenie Crocker.
8. Willoughby Savell born Feb. 22, 1821 in Lawrence County, Miss., died 7-13-1873 in Neshoba County, Mississippi. He lived in Hinds Co., then moved to
Lauderdale Co., then to Neshoba County. He married Delilah Osborn in
Lauderdale Co., who was born 4-1-1828. Their children: Boys; Rowland 1843,
Monroe 1844, Hillan 1846, Elijah and Elisha (twins) born 1859, and Warren.
Girls; Elizabeth 1848, Lucy 1851, Dullis 1854, Sarah 1856, Haney and Augusta.
NOTE: John Savell (of the original four boys born to William and Lucy in South
Carolina and came to Lawrence County (Bogue Chitto)) and his wife Hanna had
the following children: James, William, Rebecca, Martha (Patsy), Mary and
Aaron. Marriage license Lawrence County: William Savell to Elizabeth Allen, 27
May 1822 (Bk1 Pg 111 & 112); Patsy Savell to William Allen, 8 May 1824
Pg 171); Mary Savell to John Simmons, 7 Feb. 1824 (Bk 1 Pg 223); Rebecca
Savell to Jonas Emmons, 25 Oct. 1819 (Bk 1 Pg 24).
Marriage license in Hinds County: James Savell to Sarah Allen, 9 Oct. 1827,
1 Pg 57); Aaron Savell Jr. to Mary Parker, 26 Oct. 1831 (Bk 1 Pg 191); Mary
Savell to David Young, 19 Aug 1830 (Bk 1 Pgs 111 & 132). ALL THESE CAME
TO NESHOBA COUNTY LATER. Also Note --The Aaron Savell who was a
Justice of the Peace in Neshoba Co – was this Aaron. Also Donna Marie Moore
is his descendant.
Another Note –When Hanna Savell died in Hinds County – all these listed above
also shared in settling her estate.
Note on Aaron Savell: In Lawrence Co., Jan. 1826 Lewis Denham and Aaron
Savell were bondsmen for marriage between Lewis Denham and Lucy Savell
(Aaron’s daughter). Later Aaron’s son, Willoughby, chooses Lewis Denham as
his guardian when he gets to be 14 and can make his choice. This is in Hinds
County after Aaron dies in 1832. At the time of his death William and Willoughby
were considered minors and Joseph D. Avery was appointed as their guardian.
For Aaron Savell’s estate records see Feb. term Probate Court Records Hinds
Co. 1832-1833 – page 54-57. Also see December Term page 168, Inventory Bk
1—1832-1835 Hinds County Court House, Raymond, Mississippi page 467 –
also Bk 2, page 113.
No. 6 child. John Carrol Savell (4), William (3), Aaron (2), William (1) was born
10-25-1852 at Union, Miss., died 8-1-1898. He married Rosanna Elizabeth
Smith (Betty) 11-10-1878 in Neshoba Co., Union, Miss. She was born 2-24-1863
in Lauderdale Co., Miss. She was the daughter of George Rayford Smith who
was born 1-23-1822 in Abberville, South Carolina (son of Soloman Smith and
Elizabeth Crow) and Mary Ann Kynard born 5-13-1819 in Perry County,
Alabama, daughter of Jacob Kynard and Rosanna Taylor. John Carroll and
Rosanna Elizabeth are buried in Killen Cemetery, Neshoba County, Union, Miss.
Children of John Carrol (4) and Rosanna Elizabeth are:
i. GEORGE WILLIAM SAVELL: Born 1-27-1881, died 11-3-1970. Married
Effie Elma Trapp, born 1-12-1891, died 6-1-1955. Both are buried at Cross
Roads Cemetery, Neshoba County, Union, Miss. Children: 1. Alton M., born 7-20-1912, died 5-14-1967, married Mildred Smith. Children: Mary Beth, Martha
Nell, Brenda Kay and Kathy Lee. 2. Otis Linton born 11-17-1913, died 11-3-1967, married Leurene Shepard. Children: 2 girls – Reba and Linda. 3. Mona
Dean, born 5-18-1916, married Martin Scott, 2 children: Ann and Jerry. 4. Lydia
Zenoma, born 2-20-1918, married Truman Scott. Children: 2 girls - Mavis
(Scotty), Betty, and one son, Bob. 5. Rufus Carlton born 11-1-1919, died 8-8-2001, married Lorraine Gamble. Children: 3 boys – Mark, Michael, and
6. female, born 6-20-1921
7. female, born 2-27-1922
8. George William, born and died 2-28-1923.
9. John Kermit, born 7-21-1926, died 12-24-1991, married Clair Bryant. No
10. Kenneth – born dead.
ii. JOHN PRESTON SAVELL, born 2-5-1882, died 10-7-1959, married Viegie
Ester Johnson, born 3-7-1892, died 8-4-1960. Children: 1. Brutis Howard, born
5-8-1911, married Graham Popwell and had 2 boys. 2. Goldie, born 8-27-1913,
married Marvin Phillips and had 2 girls. 3. Bernadine
Elenor, born 1-18-1916,
married Bill Brazil and had one son. 4. Syble, born 3-14-1919, married Thomas
Hinton. 5. Icie Lee (Jenxie), born 11-17-1921, married Bob Trent.
iii. JOE BROWN SAVELL, born 4-23-1883, died 1-10-1961, married Josephine
Mason, born 5-2-1889, died 11-21-1969, both buried at Cross Roads
1. Ruby Brown, born 8-30-1908, died 2-1-2001, married Aubrey James. Children: Linda Faye and James
2. Thermon Edgar (Bill) born 9-11-1910, died 10-15-1973, married Neomi Joyner. Children: 2 boys – Joe
Edward and Micha Glynn.
3. Glynn Elwin, born 2-25-1918, died 6-3-1997.
iv. LUCY LEONA SAVELL, born 10-27-1884, died 2-6-1915. (She burned to
death in a house fire.), buried at Pine Grove Cemetery, Hwy 292, Union, Miss.
She married John Otto Collins, born 7-11-1891, died 1-25-1965. Children: 3
boys – John Preston, born 2-6-1910; Buford Eldwin, born 6-7-1912; and Herbert
Alexander, born 3-7-1914.
v. WILLOUGHBY HENRY
SAVELL, born 2-9-1886, died 10-25-1946, buried
at Cross Roads Cemetery, married Nancy Jane Kilpatrick, born 12-13-1886, died
Children: 1. Marvin H., born 2-15-1904, died 4-25-1983, buried Holy
Rosary Cemetery, Tucker, married Mary Eva Duncan, born 12-30-1910.
2. Virgie Lee, born 6-23-1906, died 11-11-1985, married Harvey Whittle Cannon,
born 12-29-1904, died 11-15-1972.
Harvey W., Jr., born 7-19-1933,died ?__
3. Kit Carson Savell, born 8-27-1908, died 5-11-1916.
4. Rachel Era Savell, born 10-8-1910 died in Baton Rouge 5-1990, married
Chester A.Nelson. Children : 4
5. Vernon Whittle (Doc), born 8-6-1912 and died 11-1-1986. Buried Cedar
Lawn Cemetery in Philadelphia. Married twice: 1. Wilhemina Duncan
6. John Clayton Savell (J. C.) born 8-10-1914, died 1-26-2002, buried in
Crossroads Cemetery, married Pinkey Miles, born 9-13-1918. Children: Myles,
born 9-12-1938, died 9-8-1966 (Killed in Viet Nam War) who had one
7. Zexa Hagan Savell, born 8-15-1916, died 1-11-1993, buried at Cedar Lawn
Cemetery, Philadelphia; married James Kenneth Dunigan, born 2-6-1919, died 5-22-1977. Children: Patsy, born 7-1-1940, married William S. Clark of Louisville,
has one daughter
8. Capitola Savell, born 9-2-1918, died 12-15-1983, buried Mt. Olive
Cemetery (House community), married “Cliff” Wilson
Winstead. born 12-7-1916, died 1-21-
1976 (was murdered). Had one son.
9. Erma Dee Savell, born 11-9-1920, married Carl Rasbury, born 1-15-1920,
died 2-17-1981, Vernon, Al. Children: 4
10. Zirla Joyce Savell, born 8-29-1922, died 1-17-1986. Married twice: (1.)Willard
Adkins, Children: Savanah Walker, born and died 3-5-1938;
11. Elmo Burl Savell, born 7-20-1924, died 1-7-1990, married Children: 3 –
male, Elmo Wakefield, born 6-19-1950, Elmo is buried at Crossroads Cem.
, and female.
13. Ol’lene Johnson (Story), born 2-23-1932. Had three children, Died in Florida.
vi. BURTON F. SAVELL, born 9-4-1886, died 11-2-1889. ( Buried Killen
vii. MARY BEATRICE SAVELL, born 2-6-1881, died 4-9-1977, married Thomas
Thaddeus Rivers, born 8-4-1881, died 12-20-1959. Buried Golden Grove
Cemetery, Neshoba County.
Children: 1. Nellie May, born 3-8-1901, lived 6 months
2. Joe Alvin, born 4-28-1908 (lived 2 years)
3. Curtis Lee Rivers, born 2-13-1910, married Mavis Dallas, had 4
4. Willo Vinetta Rivers, born 1-27-1912, married Howard Kilpatrick.
5. Christena Regina Rivers, born 4-25-1913, married Roy Daniels.
6. Thomas Edward Rivers, born 2-23-1915, married Flory Ladd.
7. James Wesley Rivers, born 2-25-1917, died 3-2-1991, married Della.
8. Robert Lamar Rivers, born 11-12-1918, died 3-12-1984. Married.
9. Thurston Hershell Rivers, born 4-29-1920, died 10-28-1989, married.
10. Male Rivers
vii. EDWIN O’LESTER SAVELL (HAPPY), born 8-1-1890, Neshoba Co.,
Miss, died 12-3-1976, buried Macedonia #1, Miller County, north of Fouke,
Arkansas. Married Leurena Kizzie Ashmore, born in Ark. 1-6-1900. Children:
1. John Lavoe, born 1-29-1915, married Edna Sanders of
Crosset, Ark. Had 8
2. Betty Kate Savell, born 4-1-1916, married James Roy Coker, has 7 children.
3. Covert Lee Savell, born 8-30-1918 in Ark. married Mary Carniuos
Hamous, had 11 children.
4. Thelma Lee Savell, born 3-20-1920, married Henry Ellis Murray, had 9 children.
5. Laurie Ruth Savell, born and died 3-25-1922.
6. Ouria Andrew Savell, born and died 1925.
7. Marie, born and died 1927.
8. Rachel Bea Savell, born 3-22-1933, died 1963.
9. Mittie Leurena, born 6-23-1936
10. Twin Girls born dead.
11. Male Savell, Jr., born 2-12-1943 in Texarkana, Ark.
ix. MARION MERODITH SAVELL, born 4-14-1892, died 10-7-1994, buried
Golden Grove Cemetery, Neshoba Co. Married Ada Caroline Blaylock, born 6-30-1894, died 4-5-1950.
2. Thula Inez, born 1-7-1920, died 9-20-1997, married, had 2 children
3. Female, married.
4. female, married, had 2 girls
x. ARMITTIE THEO SAVELL, born 1-30-1894 in Neshoba Co., Miss, died
7-6-2000, buried at Golden Grove Cemetery. Married Louis Madison Skinner
and had 7 children:
1. Mittie Theo,, born 9-18-1911, married Dewey Petty, had no children.
2. Odessa Dean Skinner, born 1-22-1913, married Cobert
Chisolm, had 1 son.
3. Lewis Merodith Skinner (L. M.), born 3-25-1915, married Clara Gean Moore,had 4
4. James Madison Skinner, born 1-21-1918, died 2-12-1991, married Ozell
Christine Sessions – had 2 girls
5. Clarence Carrol Skinner, born 3-25-1920, married Beula “Bee” Covell
and had no children.
6. Male Skinner, married, had 2 sons
7. Male Skinner, married, had 2 children: Male and Nancy Carol, born and died 6-9-1950.
xi. INFANT GIRL, born and died 10-23-1895. Buried at Killen
xii. ALVIN LEE SAVELL, born 1-3-1897, died 10-30-1972, married Martha
Priscilla Winstead “Zilla” of Union, Ms., Neshoba County. Children:
1. Darwell Lavon Savell, born 3-3-1920, died 5-16-1995, married Mildred Pierce
and had 4 children
2. Dewey Didymus Savell, born 4-18-1922, died 1-10-1999, married Winnie
Pierce, had one son
3. Mildred Jeanette, born 11-14-1924, died 1-17-1990, married Fred
Children: male & female
4. Violet Sunshine Savell, born 12-2-1926, married Ermon Buford Pierce, had
5. Pothena Sancheuwan “Polly” Savell, married (1) Harold S. Smith who was
born 10-10-1928. They had two children. Married (2) John Nations.
6. Female Savell, married.
7. Male Savell, married.
8. Male Savell, married
9. Female Savell, married.
xiii. JOHNNIE ELIZABETH SAVELL, born 4-5-1899 at Union, Miss., Neshoba,
Co., died 12-23-1996 in a car wreck at age 97 years, 8 months, 18 days. She
married James Madison Apperson (Jim), born 7-6-1896, died 12-19-1971. Both
are buried at Cross Roads Baptist Church Cemetery, Neshoba County, Union, Miss. They had one child:
1. Bertie Alice Apperson, born 1-19-1921, married Gipson William Smith, born
6-25-1917, died 5-25-1990. Had 2 boys.
2. Male, married
4. Male Smith, married.