Friday, July 21, 2017

John A. Sarlls and Rachel A. Miller

John A. Sarlls, a merchant in the Bells mines area of Crittenden County, Kentucky, married Miss Rachel Miller 9 April 1857.[1]  Sarlls, the son of Richard and Julia Sarlls, was born in Carroll County, Kentucky and died of bronchitis on 10 February 1874,[2] leaving Rachel with several young children.

John A. Sarlls appears in the household headed by H.W. Evertson, New York - born merchant, on the 1850 Union County, Kentucky census. In 1860, John A. and Rachel A. Sarlls, with their daughter Sarah E., were living in Bells Mines in their own home. Just a few months previously, on 7 March 1859, their three-month-old son, William H. Sarlls, had died of the croup. [3]

J.A. Sarlls registered for the draft in the Civil War service in 1863 and stated he was 27 years old, a merchant, married and was born in Kentucky. [4]  

Following the death of J.A. Sarlls, his widow, Rachel, was appointed administrator of his estate on 27 September 1874. Sureties were William J. Wilson, W.H. Tudor and John Mangin.[5]    

Rachel Miller appears on the 1850 Crittenden County census in the household of John and Sarah (Miller) Mangin, who had married 20 May 1850.[6] Sarah Miller Mangin was the widow of William A. Miller, who died in 1847 and was likely the father of Rachel Miller Sarlls.

Known issue of John A. Sarlls and Rachel Miller Sarlls, as listed on the 1860-1880 Crittenden County census records:
1.  Williams H. Sarlls - died 7 March 1869, age 3 months.
2.  Sarah E. "Sallie" Sarlls - born ca 1860.
3.  Fannie M. Sarlls - born ca 1862. 
4.  Ollie Sarlls - born ca 1867.
5.  Nance Sarlls - born ca 1869.
6.  Kittie Sarlls - born ca 1871.
7.  Richard Sarlls - born ca 1873.

John A. and Rachel Sarlls are both buried in Bells Mines Cemetery, Crittenden County.[7]

Bells Mines Cemetery
Crittenden County, Kentucky

[1] Brenda Joyce Jerome. Crittenden County, Kentucky Marriage Records Vol. 1 1842-1865 and Abstracts of Wills  Book 1  1842-1924, (Evansville,  IN: Evansville Bindery, 1990), 66.
[2] Kentucky Death Records, 1852-1910,, accessed 25 February 2017.
[3] Ibid.
[4] U.S. Civil War Draft Registration Records, 1863-1865,, accessed 25 February 2017.
[5] Brenda Joyce Jerome. Crittenden County, Kentucky Estate Records 1842-1865, (Evansville, IN: Evansville Bindery, 2011), 19.
[6] Crittenden County, Kentucky Marriage Records Vol. 1 1842-1865 and Abstracts of Wills Book 1 1842-1924: 29. Both John Mangin and Sarah Miller were of age. The 1850 census shows Mangin as age 26 and Sarah as age 48.
[7] Tombstones photographed 15 February 2017.

Published 21 July 2017, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,

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