SARAH JANE CLIETT
Aunt Janie's Story
document was first recorded and then transcribed and compiled by my Aunts Lena
and Margarie Easley in 1965. They interviewed their Aunt Janie.
Janie is Grandpa George Woodson Easley's baby sister. You can
see her as the little girl between her mother and daddy in the
Aunt Margarie (Easley) Bennett and Aunt Lena (Easley) Atkisson
transcribed the recording, documenting the story.
Family members will
enjoy this rich story of personal struggle and triumph.
Starting and unfolding just at the time of this country's Civil War,
the reader will be thrilled by the trivial activities of everyday
frontier life on the Texas prairie. The family values grew out
of a deep religious faith and a respectful educational program.
The family built churches and schools and were one of the primary
families settling Hardeman County, Texas.
As it turned out,
George Woodson Easley eventually left Texas, his mother, his Easley
siblings and his land, completing
by moving his remaining family to California. Of all the many
forks in the roads from Virginia Colony to sunny California, this
last move completed their great America quest. Ruby Roberta
(Easley) Heflin was born in Covina, California. From Robert
Easley, the Virginia Colonist, to Ruby Easley, the California baby,
the George Woodson Easley family completed the about 250 year westward-ho
sojourn. And, here we all are!
Aunt Margie, thank
you for your meaningful contribution to our Easley web site
Please, enjoy this
great piece of family history...
Margarie (Easley) Bennett:
"This is the story
about John Ellington Easley and Sarah Jane Cliett, married
September, 1865, and their adventures in raising their large family
in a rather hostile farming country in Texas. Ironically, this
interview was taped in September, 1965 one hundred years after John
Ellington and Sarah Jane were married, and just days before our
father, George Woodson Easley died."
"While some of this
material was covered in Mary Preston Marcom's Vines Tribute,
"Sarah Jane Cliett Easley, a Pioneer Mother", this has been
taken verbatim from the tape made by Aunt Janie (Easley) Suddeth
when she came to Hemet, California to see her brother, George, for
the last time. My sister, Lena Atkisson, and myself, Marjorie
Bennett, were amateurs, but the personal way Aunt Janie tells the
story, is what makes it so beloved."
"She begins the tape
when John Ellington was in Texas just as the Civil War was beginning
("Transcribed from the
reel to reel tape made by my sister, Lena Atkisson, and me, Marjorie
Reno, Nevada, 89502,