So if I post entries out of sequence, forgive me. I will try to piece things together for you all in good time.
Family legend says that my 3rd great-grandmother, Mary Elizabeth “Polly” Sapp, married the older Charles Harrison Richards, to escape her “wicked step-mother.” I am fully aware of the family frictions that can produce stories that are handed down to children that may not be entirely true. But there was a step-mother. And there was a very young bride. As a family researcher, I like to be aware of all of the family legends in order to make up my own mind about whether or not that skeleton in the closet is really there!
From a family tree researched by Kathy (Probably Katherine Ann Sapp) on Family TreeMaker.com the Sapp line to my ancestor runs as follows:
Ancestors of Mary Sapp (6)
1) John Sapp, born 1640 in Allegany Co.,
2) John Sapp, born 1672 in Allegany Co.,
3) Henry Sapp, born 1698 in Kent Co.,
4) Benjamin Sapp first appeared in
5) John Sapp, born about 1764 in
6) Mary Elizabeth Polly Sapp, born July 30, 1797 in Atlanta, Georgia and died 1879 in Buena Vista, Shelby County, Texas. She married Charles Harrison Richards in
The Sapp line gets a little hard to understand past Mary and her parents and her father’s 2nd and 3rd wives. I will share what I have found in the different family trees online and from conversations with other distant cousins. But I must emphasize that you need to research this family and come to your own best conclusions, as I have no documentation on the family Sapp. I do know that Mary Sapp and Charles Richards are my ancestors because of family records matching the information from others.
I have been in communication with a Richards descendant who is from the area of
Our John Sapp, Mary’s father, was a watchmaker and silversmith in
Some say that John left one
Mary’s siblings are listed as:
- Thomas Sapp, born August 1803, died between 1860-1870,
Stokes County, North Carolina*
- Benajah Joan Sapp, born 1801, died 1887, Shelby County, Texas
- Stratford Henry Sapp, born January 1, 1802,
, died August 4, 1865 Cooke County, Texas
- John Sapp, III
- Hilliard Sapp, born 1811 in
, died about 1854 Tennessee
- Benjamin Harrison Sapp, born May 9, 1813,
Rhea County, Tennessee, died December 17, 1863, Mobile, Alabama
- Alexander Sapp*
- Serena Sapp*
John Sapp was gone from
CORRECTION: On June 13, a descendant of Stratford H. Sapp (brother of my Mary Elizabeth Polly Sapp Richards) wrote the following:
*My original files do indeed have his death date listed as March 12, 1884, and show only 6 siblings:
Mary Elizabeth "Polly" Sapp
Benajah (Benager) Johann Sapp
Stratford Henry Sapp
Benjamin Harrison Sapp
I appreciate all comments and corrections.
Picture of Mary Sapp Richards sent to me by Richards descendant in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.Connie Johnston
Carol Carwile Head, a fellow Genea Blogger, and I have discovered a family connection in the Sapp family and the Gailey family.