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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The Sallis Family of Sallis, Mississippi


Sallis Cemetery, Sallis, Mississippi, contains these two graves of John and Mary Edmonson Sallis, pioneers of Attala County. Photos here show the original and the newer gravestones for John and his second wife.
The town of Sallis and the cemetery are named for the Sallis Family that migrated from Georgia to Mississippi about 1848.


Left: Sallis Cemetery, Sallis (Attala County) Mississippi

John Seals Sallis III was born on September 29, 1789 in Wilkes County, Georgia. He died on July 21, 1865 in Sallis, Mississippi and was buried on July 24, 1865. According to a census record dated 1810, John was still living in Warren County, Georgia, formerly Wilkes County. He was first married in 1812 to Mary Shows, born in 1790 to Daniel Shows and Mary Cody Shows. Before Mary died in 1817, she gave birth to their only child, a daughter also named Mary, in Warren County Georgia.

John later married his second wife, Mary Edmondson, born on November 11, 1793, to Ambrose Edmondson and Elizabeth May Green. By all accounts, John and Mary moved to Attala County about 1848 and settled in the portion of Attala County that later became known as Sallis. According to the U. S. Census taken in 1860, John Sallis owned real estate valued at $5,000, and his personal estate was valued at $34,500.

John and Mary Edmondson Sallis had ten children. Their names were John Seals Sallis IV, Joseph Melton Sallis, Sarah Ann Sallis, David E. Sallis, James Green Sallis, Thomas Dred Sallis, Robert J. Sallis, William Jackson Sallis, Faith Elizabeth (Bettie) Sallis, Suzanna Angeline (Angie) Sallis.
On August 18, 1849, Mary Edmondson Sallis died and was buried in Sallis Cemetery. John's death followed in 1865.

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