Descendants of George Washington Sorrels of Scott County, Arkansas

Compiled by Thelma Faye Cain Prince, © Copyright 1999


GEORGE WASHINGTON SORRELS, listed as a son of Nancy Newberry and Samuel Sorrells on many DAR lineage papers by descendants in the past, was born ca. 1785, North Carolina, and died 4 February 1855, Waldron, Scott County Arkansas.  According to old notes and letters of Florence Reed Gantt and Martha Edith Reed Quinn in Clayton Library in Houston, Texas, he was buried at the foot of Blackjack Mountain in Scott County.

He married on 9 September 1802 in Elbert County, Georgia, to MARY B. CHAMBERS (or CHALMERS) [Widow's bounty land claim, D].  According to the 1850 and 1860 Scott County censuses, she was born either in North Carolina or in Georgia ca. 1790.  Various descendants say she died ca. 1867-68 at the home of her son, James Little Sorrels. She was listed in his household in Scott County in 1860.

The compiler believes Samuel Sorrells who drew land in the 1805 Georgia land lottery, as a resident of Elbert County, was the father of George Washington Sorrels, because no primary evidence has been presented to the contrary, and an overwhelming number of descendants of George have joined the DAR on Samuel Sorrells' Revolutionary service.  The proven fact of George's marriage in Elbert County, and the letter of James Warren Sorrels to Marion Dewoody Pettigrew adds further support.

Data about George and some of his descendants is given in Mrs. Pettigrew's "Sorrells and Allied Families", in the Pine Bluff, Arkansas Library, on pages 7,9,I4c,15,16, 17,18,20, 70, 75, and 76.  However, sources are lacking for most of this work, and no documentation was presented by Mrs. Pettigrew as to why she claimed Walter Sorrells was the father of George Washington Sorrels.  Please see the preceding compilation on Samuel and Walter here.

According to Mary Cash Lane, compiler of Cash, Duckett, Chambers, and Allied Families, Cornelia, Ga. 1944, Mary B. Chambers was the daughter of Mrs. Elizabeth Jane Little (widow of Mr. ___ Little who died about 1779), and her second husband, John Chambers, Sr.  One of their sons was: John Chambers, Jr.,  born 1786, Virginia, and died 24 June 1873, Homer, Georgia.  John Jr. fought in the 1812 War from Franklin County, Georgia, and married (1) Jane Brock, 20 March 1806, Franklin County, Georgia (2) Nancy McCormick.  Mary Cash Lane stated the other issue of Elizabeth ___ Little and John Chambers, Sr. were: Mary B. who married ___ Sorrells; William m. Margaret Brock; Andrew; Elizabeth m. Milton Turk, Jr.; Lizzie, Christopher, Isabella, and Ann Chambers.  Mary B. Chambers had a half-brother, James Little, and other half-siblings by her mother's first marriage [Mrs. Lane's sources not given].

Mrs. Lane stated that the Little children and the Chambers children were reared in Virginia, and the Chambers family moved to Georgia from Virginia, settling on the Hudson River.  The will of John Chambers, Sr., dated 17 December 1815, was probated September 1816, Franklin County, Georgia.  He and his wife are buried in the Chambers burial ground northwest of Homer, Georgia..  Now this area is in Banks County. [Lane book in Ga. Archives]  Please note that the surname, Chambers, may be found in early records as Chalmers.

George Washington Sorrels was still in Georgia when his daughter, Anna Maria Sorrels Eastes, was born in 1809; according to her 1850 Scott County, Arkansas census, she was born there.  By 1813, he was listed in the Wilkinson County, Mississippi census along with a Green Sorrels, but data by their names is illegible.  George was in Lawrence County, Mississippi, December 1814, where he enlisted for the 1812 War [service record, bounty land claim, D].  By 1819, deceased descendants wrote that he had gone to Arkansas, but so far he has not been found in any 1820 census.  In 1830, he was listed in the Clark County, Arkansas census.  A Washington Sorrels was on the 1839 Hempstead County, Arkansas tax list, but was not found on any 1840 census yet.  He was listed on the 1850 Hickman Twsp., Scott County, Arkansas census.

Apparently, he went by the name of Washington. Washington Sorrels was appointed Captain of Militia, 20 April 1824, and he was commissioned magistrate, 20 November 1829, in Clark County.  He received a commission as Judge, 5 February 1834, Pike County, and as magistrate, 27 October 1835, Pike County.  A Samuel Sorrels was also commissioned magistrate, 27 October 1835, Pike County, Arkansas. Washington Sorrels was the first county Judge of Pike County, served 1833-35, according to the Arkansas History Commission, and his name is listed on the Pike County tax lists for this period.

Washington Sorrels was a pioneer Methodist preacher in Scott and adjoining counties in Arkansas [Horace Jewell, History of Methodism in Arkansas, Little Rock, 1892. pp. 39-40; also James Anderson, Centennial History of Arkansas Methodism, Benton, Ar., 1935.pp.43-44.Copies of these pages available at the Arkansas History Commission, One Capitol Mall, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201].

Information on this family has come from various DAR lineage papers, Daughters of 1812 lineage paper of Alida M. Haas, Colonial Dames XVII Century paper of Irene Gantt McDougall, censuses, tax lists, service and bounty land claims of Washington Sorrels and his widow.  It is thought that the preferred spelling was Sorrels for this branch of family, as most descendants spelled it that way on their tombstones.  This list of children is not meant to be complete, entirely accurate, and needs work.

ISSUE OF MARY B. CHAMBERS and GEORGE WASHINGTON1 SORRELS

1  JAMES2 LITTLE, b. 3 May 1804, Ga; d. 21 Jan. 1875,

Scott Co. Ar; bur. with marked tombstone, Sorrels Cem. at foot of Blackjack Mt., located summer 1981 by BARBARA JOANN SMITH TISE and husband, SAMMY TISE, Rt. 1, Box 110AA, Hallettsville, Tx. 77964.  James bought the land where the cemetery is about 10 yrs. before his father died.  It is thought James m. (1) LAURA LIGHTFOOT [1812 #11158]; (2) MARY HENTHORNE; (3) MARY SEWEL. He had perhaps ca. 19 children.  See 1840-70 Scott Co. Ark. censuses.  It is known that Dr. JAMES WARREN SORRELS of Mansfield, Ar. was one of them,

Barbara descends from James L.'s dau. ARBELL, b. 1855, Ar; m. WILLIAM HENRY LOOPER.  Their dau. KATY BELLE LOOPER, b. 5 Oct. 1895, Mansfield, Ar. d. 31 Oct. 1965; m. GEORGE BENJAMIN SMITH, 28 Feb. 1911..  Their son, HENRY BEATRICE SMITH, b. 19 Dec. 1911, Weber Falls, Ok; d. 7 Apr. 1967, Eagle Lake,Tx; m. MILLY MATULA, had BARBARA JOANN, b. 5 Nov. 1937, Calhoun, Tx; m. SAMMY TISE, b. 23 Mar. 1934.

On their visits to the Sorrels Cemetery in 1983 and 1984, Sammy and Barbara literally dug up some very important primary data.  They found these three markers imbedded in the ground: MARIE B. SORRELS, b. 1796; d. Dec. 7, 1867, buried next to James L. Sorrels; and DORCAS SEWEL, b. 1795; d. Aug. 12, l87_, buried at foot of Marie B.Sorrels. S.D. SORRELS, b. 28 Apr. 1838; d. 9 Sept. 1888.  In 1984, they found part of a stone they hadn't found before, but marker part was gone.  They didn't dig anymore.  It is possible this is where George W. Sorrels was buried.  Recently, Sammy Tise published Lavaca County, Texas Cemetery Records, and is an expert tomb­stone reader, having read thousands of them.  Write to him for further information about James and the cemetery. We are not sure who Marie B. Sorrels was; she was too young to be James's mother, if tombstone is marked correctly.  Dorcas was probably his mother-in-law.

2  SAMUEL2  JEFFERSON b. 18 Feb. 1806, Ga; d. 18 Feb. 1868, Fort Smith, Ar; m. (1) ELIZA BUTLER, b. 6 Mar. 1810: d. 1842.  DESALONE IZORA SORRELS HOLLABAUGH (DAR Natl. #158303), daughter of Victor Morreau Sorrels, wrote to Marion Dewoody Pettigrew and gave her the family of Samuel J. Sorrells for her "Sorrells and Allied Families".   According to Desalone, the issue of the first marriage Samuel J. Sorrells were: GEORGE WASHINGTON (b. 31 Nov. 1827), VISTOR MORREAU, ELIZABETH, MALINDA, ETNA, AHIRA BUTLER who m. MELVINA PARKER, and JAMES A. SORRELS.

A daughter of Ahira Butler Sorrels, LAURA SORRELS BERGIER, living in 1982 in Patagonia, Ar. and Mrs. Bergier's niece, PEGGY WACHTER, 1090 No. Kevins Place, Coolidge, Az. 85228, also gave the compiler the same list of children for the first marriage.  SAMUEL JEFFERSON SORRELS m. (2) MARY ARCHER (b. 18 Aug. 1820, Birmingham, Al; d. 13 June 1922, Fort Smith, Ar) on 3 Feb. 1844 [DAR Natl. #371753, LENA SANDEL GATLIN].  Issue of second marriage: MARTHA, JANE, NARCISSA, HARVEY B., CHARLES M., ELIZA, FRANCES, MINNIE, ROSA, and SAMUEL SORRELS.  Samuel Jefferson Sorrels is listed in the 1850 Crawford Co. Ar. census .

3  ANNA MARIA, b. 9 Sept. 1809, Ga; d. 1859, Ar; m.RUSSELL EASTES (b. 19 Sept. 1805; d. 1849).  One of their daughters, MINERVA, m. GEORGE WALKER REED, and had FLORENCE REED who m. PLEASANT JORDAN GANTT, and MARTHA EDITH REED who m. JAMES JACKSON QUINN (DAR Natl. 116791 and #127153; C App.].  IRENE GANNT McDOUGALL was daughter of Florence and Pleasant Gantt (DAR #116792).   Florence and her sister did much research in past days on the Sorrells families.  Some of their notes and letters are in Clayton Library, Houston, Tx.  About 1926, Mrs. Quinn organized the Samuel Sorrell DAR chapter in Houston.  Maria Sorrels Eastes is listed on the 1850 Scott Co. Ar. census.

4  ELIZABETH, b. birthdate unk; m. LEWIS BREWER, a Methodist minister; lived in Sebastian Co. Ar.

5  POLLY, birthdate unk; m. NATHANIEL HICKMAN.

6  AMERICA, birthdate unk; m. WILLIAM DOYLE.

7  GREEN, not identified [listed Daughters 1812 #11158]. See following pages, discussion of Green Sorrells records in Arkansas and other places.

8  BILLIE m. MISS YAUNELS [listed Daughters 1812, #11158]. Not identified.

9  CYNTHIA, b. ca. 1823, Ar; d. after 27 Oct. 1844; m. DODSON BEVERLY HUIE (b. 5 Jan. 1822; d. 25 Apr. 1909), ca. 1842, Blackjack , Ar.  Issue: MARY ELVIRA, b. 27 Oct. 1844, Scott Co. Ar; d. 25 May 1928; m. (1) Dr. MARK M. HUKILL.  They had ALIDA MONTESE, b. 1868; m. WILLIAM J. HAAS [DAR #284528, Daus. 1812 #11158]. Mary m. (2) BENJAMIN BURTON.

10 WILLIAM WASHINGTON, b. ca. l832jAr; m. SARAH ___. See 1850 Scott Co. Ar. census..

11 PASCHAL, not identified.  Name given 1812 paper, no data.  James L. Sorrels, son of George Washington Sorrels, is also said to have had a son, Paschal. Old Samuel of the Revolution is said to have had a son, Paschal.  The compiler does not know how many there were, and has not identified them.  One Pascal Sorrels was listed in 1829 Clark Co. Ar. census.  One Pascal C. Sorrels m. Elizabeth (or Rebecca) Brewer, 17 Oct. 1830, Clark Co. Ar. by William Kelly, J.P.  One Pascal Sorrels, age 20, b. Ar., lived next door to James L. Sorrels, 1850 Scott Co. census.

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