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From: "Bill Boulineau" <>
Subject: [SAPP] William Sapp, Burke Co GA
Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2001 17:53:43 -0600
THE WILLIAM SAPP FAMILY
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES of Burke County Persons
William Sapp and Zylphia (Dill) Sapp of Ireland ran away, married
and and reached America in the early or
middle part of 1700. They were of pure Irish stock. They went
first to North Carolina and later moved to St.
George's Parish, which became Burke County in 1777. he was the
"Squire" Sapp mentioned in the Sardis
Church records (Jan., 1809) when the Baptists chose a site, "a
mount on the Savannah Road near Squire Sapp's
to build a church". In 1810 the church house was named "Sardis",
and the town took the same name. Wm.
Sapp, Sr. joined the Sardis Church in Jan., 1809 and became a
strong Baptist and for some time was a licentiate
minister. He was one of the trustees of the church.
Zylphia became a widow in 1827 (noted in an 1827 Land Lottery).
Both William Sapp, Sr. and his wife, were
probably interred in the Sardis Cemetery, but thier markers have
not been found.
Children of William and Zylphia (Dill) Sapp were:
1. Dennis Dill Sapp was the eldest. He received bounty land in
1784 for his Rev. War service. A list of First Battalion of the
Burke Co. Militia in 1792 listed him as Capt. Dill Sapp of the 3rd
Co. with 48 men, a 1st Lieut. Wills Davies and 2nd Lieut. Henry
Bryant. Dill Sapp died in Burke Co., 1804.
2. Hardy Council Sapp married Eliza. B. Bowers. He spent his life
principally in Muscogee, later Chattahoochie Co., moving there from
Augusta (1831 or 1832). He died in 1846. His children:
(a) John Marion (1825 - 1897). He lived in Lauderdale Co., Tenn.
(b) George Henry (1833 - 1907) in Cusseta, Ga.
(c) Wm. Alexander, born 1837.
(d) Harriet C. married Dr. J. D. Trammell
3. John Sapp (died 1860). married first, unknown His children:
(c) Elizabeth, md. Bargeron
(d) Kesiah md. Bell
(e) Mary md. Brookins
(f) Emily md Jenkins
(g) Sarah md. Perkins
John Sapp married, second, Elizabeth.
4, Zylphia married Joseph Bush. Little is known of her. She was
apparently a widow in 1836, for her father acted as agent and paid
taxes for her. She had at least one daughter, Zylpdia(Zylphia?),
who married Henry Stringfellow in 1842 and lived in Chattahoochee
Co., and a son, Thomas who also lived in Chattahoochee Co.
5. William Sapp, Jr. was born Feb. 7, 1789 in N. C. In 1826 he
married in Burke Co., Sarah Hankinson (1799 - 1857), a widow
(of William Leslie) of Barnwell District, S. C. Sarah had a little
daughter (Emily J. Leslie) who married Minis H. McElmurray.
William Sapp, Jr. was baptized in 1828.
William Jr's home was known as the "Sapp House" also "Indra House"
after a Hindu god. It was built about 1810 and remains a fine old
Colonial Manor house. The house was near Old Buckhead Baptist Church and
there in 1832 Mercer University was born. William later became a Mercer
Trustee (1855 - 1863). We do not a record of his gifts to church and
education, but he is said to have been liberal. His fine portrait hangs in
Mercer University at Macon, Ga.
The estate called "Alexander" was the house of Sapps, one of Burke
Co's early large plantation families. They owned all the land
between Alexander and Sardis, from Beaver Dam Creek to Briar Creek.
The vastness of the original Sapp holders and affluence of the
family can be shown by the fact that as late as 1860 it required
the labor of 138 slaves to operate the plantation. Wm. Sapp, Jr.,
success as a planter enabled him to maintain his family and his
establishment in exceptional comfort. he is said to have
been uncommonly humane in the treatment his slaves.
When Sherman's Army went through Ga.(1 864), the Sapp House was
saved. The father was ill, but George W. was exceedingly polite,
talkative and affable. The Brigade Headquarters wagon was not yet up.
Young Sapp, however, volunteered to get supper to the Brigade Commander
and staff and they soon sat down to a smoking hot supper of sweet
potato, corn bread and ham. He said that there were no knives and forks
("the Yankees had taken them all") but pocket knives and fingers served
in lieu of the missing cutlery.
After the Civil War, William Sapp, Jr. built a summer house in
Whitfield Co., near Dalton, Ga. Later they made this home
permanent. William's wife, Sarah, died May 12, 1857 and was
buried in the Sardis Cemetery. Until death of his daughter,
Caroline Eliz. (Sapp, Hines, Jones), in 1869, he spent
some time with her at her home the Magnolia Springs site.
Later he began to spend more and more months near Dalton.
He died Jan.25,1875 age 86, and was buried beside his wife
in the Sardis cemetery.
Children of William Sapp, Jr. and Sarah Hankinson were:
1. Caroline Eliza. Sapp married first to Dr. Henry C. Hines. he
died Jan.15, 1856. Her second marriage was to Batt Jones, who
lived only to Dec.18, 1862. Caroline died June 28, 1869 without
2. Richard Hampton Sapp (1830 - 1865) represented Whitfield Co. in
the State Legislature, but about 1856, after the death of his wife and
his little son, he moved to Cal. He died in 1865 in Helena, Mont.
3. Judson C. Sapp was born Oct.27, 1837. Died Sept.19, 1863 at
Martinsburg, Va., after losing one arm at Gettysburg, Pa. he is
buried at Fredericksburg, Va. He had studied law at the Univ. of Va.
Law School. When Judson was wounded, his devoted brother George
W., stayed with him to nurse him, but both were captured.
Judson was a 1st Lieut. in Burke Co. Sharpshooters.
4. George Washington Sapp was born Nov.22, 1843 in Burke Co. He
served through the Civil War with Co. D., 2nd Regiment. When he was
captured Aug. 1.1863 (see Judson C. Sapp), he was exchanged, 1864,
and detailed by order of Sec. of War to superintend farms in Burke
Co., Ga. and continued in that capacity until the close of the War.
Later he engaged in agriculture.
In 1865, George Washington Sapp married Julia S. Burney (1842 -
1866) of Madison, Ga. He brought her to Waynesboro. She died March 23,
1866 and also their twin sons. All three are buried at Madison, Ga.
In 1872 he married Julia Elvira Martin (1853 - 1924) of Madison.
Julia Martin was a niece of Julia S. Burney, his first wife.
He was a type of the old school of Southern gentlemen. Mr. Sapp was
a Mason and a member of the Grove Level Baptist Church.
He was well known in Burke Co. and over a long period visited
his friends there. For many years he resided at Broad Acres near Dalton
in Whitfield Co. and spent winters in South Ga., especially Burke
His funeral exercise was conducted from the residence of his son, William
Children of George W. and Julia Martin Sapp were:
(a) Judson Council Sapp (1874 - 1917). Their only child born in Burke Co.
(b) William Martin Sapp (1876 - 1941)
(c) Philip Bryan Sapp (1878 - 1938)
(d) Richard Hampton Sapp (1882 - 1949)
(e) Sarah Cornelia Sapp (1888 - 1965)
For a time after the Civil War George W. Sapp held intact the large farm
lands which his
father owned. At one time George W. owned the Magnolia Springs site. He was
an interesting man. A
relative once said that George had the fine traits of a Robin Hood. He often
visited Burke and
Jefferson Counties; loved to hunt and fish and he was always welcomed. An
old gentleman in Waynesboro once
remarked:"My father knew George Sapp. He was a talented and likable man. It
is true that the county
is full of Sapps, but there was never but one Sapp and that was George. When
he entered a gathering
he was the center of the group."
(The author is much indebted to Mrs. W. B. Farrar of St. Petersburg Beach,
portions of the genealogy of her family. She is the granddaughter of George
(Extracted from the June 1998 Burke County Genealogical Society newsletter)