William Dacus Family Group Sheet

Name: William Dacus
Information Source
Born: 1795Place: Virginia Place of birth from statements from sons in 1880 census. Date of birth - family lore
Married: 6 Jan 1818Place: Davidson Co., TNDodd, Jordan Tennessee marriages to 1825, Ancestry.com
Died: 1848Place:Tipton Co, TN Order book proceedings in Tipton County
Buried at: Indian Creek Primitive Baptist Church CemeteryBest guess. He was a founding member of this church. The church minutes are available from the Tennessee archives
Occ: Church: Indian Creek Primitive Baptist Church His name is prominent in the records of this church
Father: Alexander DacusMother: Jane Duprey  
Other Spouse: Cerilda (or Zerilda) BaiseMarried 28 Oct 1842, Tipton Co. TN - from Tipton County Marrige Records
Spouse: Cynthia Dodson (possibly Dawson)
Born: @1800Place: Unknown Best guess
Died: Before 1842Place: Tipton Co, TN William remarried in 1842
Buried at: Indian Creek Primitive Baptist Church CemeteryBest guess. She was a member of this church
Father: Mother:  
Other Spouse:  

Date & Place
Date & Place
Married: Date,
Place & Partner
Casanna Dacus8 Jan 181912 June 18981835- Andrew Jackson Baskin
3 Baskin brothers married 3 Dacus sisters. Andrew married Casanna, Rufus married Martha Helen and David married Sarah. This Baskin family was documented by Joe Payne at a Rootsweb Freepages site - http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~smokymtnman/baskin/pafg05.htm
James Alexander Dacus17 April 1821 - Lincoln Co, TN14 March 1887 - Yell Co, AR26 Mar 1840 - Tipton Co, TN - Martha Jane Burton
James Alexander's family has been documented in detail in Far Away and Long Ago by J. A. Dacus, Jr. and wife Anna Lynn Dorsey Dacus.
Martha Helen Dacus1823 26 Jul 1843 - Tipton Co, TN - Rufus T. Baskin
Henry J. Dacus is often listed as part of this family. He is not. Henry is a son of Henry Dacus and Eliza Jane Unknown. He had moved to Tipton county and was at the house of Cerilda, William's widow at the time the 1850 census was taken.
William Carroll Dacus1 Mar 1827 - Lincoln Co, TN17 Jan 1907 - Tipton Co, TN6 Sept 1854 - Tipton Co, TN - Sarah Adeline Dacus (Daughter of Henry A. Dacus) - 1871 - Mary Pearl West
John Dawson Dacus14 Nov 1830 - Tennessee29 Nov 1905 - Granite, OK5 Dec 1849 - Arkansas - probably Yell Co., Mary Olvey - 12 Aug 1858 - Arkansas - probably Yell Co, Nancy Ann Spears - 22 Oct 1866 - Smith Co, TX
Louiza Dacus23 Nov 18324 April 19131851 - William P. "Pres" George
Meredith Dacus1820 ?1835-see note?Johnson Co, AR, buried in Sherman Cemetery in Johnson Co, ARJames Yarborough
Many references place Meredith's birth date in 1835 but she must be one of the older children, born between Casanna and James Alexander if she was married in 1837. Her death information comes from an Ancestry.com entry "Miller, Walker, George & Yarbrough" from Myra Nickla "Dreamwalkarts@aol.com"
Sarah Dacus1838 - Tennessee1902David Jefferson Baskin
Minerva Dacus1836 - Tennessee1874 Johnson So, TXEthelbert George
Children of William Dacus and Cerilda Baise
Robert Henry Dacus7 Oct 1843 - Tipton Co, TN17 Apr 1901 - Yell Co, AR23 Dec 1869 - Washington Co, AR - Hettie A. McCarty
Robert wrote a memoir about his Civil War service which is still available. Called Reminiscences of Company "H," First Arkansas Mounted Rifles
Julia A. Dacus1846 - Tennessee29 March 1913 -Arkansas19 Jun 1865, Conway Co, AR - William Orville Gillett

Orville Gillett was born in the state of New York in 1834. He met Julia during the Civil War. He was a first lieutenant in the 3rd Arkansas Cavalry, a Union Unit stationed near Dardanelle, Arkansas where Julia lived. Her brother Robert (above) was an ardent Confederate, so I'm sure there was discord. After Julia and Orville's marriage they moved north for a while. There's a census record for them in Bay City, Michigan in 1880 and one in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1900. My grandmother was "plain" Henry's great granddaughter. She was orphaned at an early age, and on the sheet of paper she sent my father with the family information she knew about, she said that in 1902 she was sent for a while to live with cousins in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Without the above information it seemed a strange destination for someone born in Russellville, Arkansas, AND if they were her cousins she was definitely related to Alexander Dacus.

Many of William's children left Tipton County. William's oldest son James Alexander and James' wife Martha moved to Yell County, Arkansas several years after their marriage. When William died the older unmarried children, Louisa, Minerva, Sarah and John Dawson (who soon married Mary Olvey) joined James and Martha there. Cerilda Blaise, William's second wife and her children Robert and Julia moved to Arkansas in 1851. When Cerilda died Robert and Julia also went to live with James and Martha.

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