BIRTH: Susan was born February 18, 1824 in Williamsburg, Kentucky. Her parents were Henry Howell Tye, the son of Elizabeth "Betsy" Tye and her mother was Sarah "Sallie" Mayes who was the daughter of Obedience Terrell and William Mayes. She had at least four siblings, including Elizabeth, Henry C., Mary Ann and Palace Napoleon

MARRIAGE: On the 20th of October, 1841 in Kentucky Susan married her cousin Henry Harrison Tye the son of Joshua Tye and Elizabeth Cummins Tye. In 1860 Susan and Henry separated. Their divorce was finalized in April of 1870 and the records are in the courthouse at Gallatin, Daviess County, Missouri. Henry remarried in June of 1870. Susan remarried John Jefferson Rutledge in Harrison, Arkansas on November 17, 1897. This latter marriage of Susan and John lasted until they both died a few months apart in 1908.

CHILDREN: Susan and Henry had the following children:

Sarah "Catherine" Tye born September 15, 1842 in Kentucky. Another date listed for her birth is September 1, 1843. Her early life was spent in Kentucky and then Daviess County, Missouri. In 1862 she married George Crews b.1836 who was shot and killed during the Civil War while she was expecting their daughter, Georgia Crews. Georgia married Edward Jerome. Then in 1866 or 1867 Catherine married James Carroll Brookshire who was born in 1834 and unto them were born: Estell B. Brookshire, Henry T. Brookshire and Mary L. Brookshire. In the Dade County, Mo. Census of 1880, the family of James Brookshire and Sarah Catherine shows him as age 45, Sarah C. is listed as 35, Bion, a son is listed as 22, Georgia A. is listed as 17, Estell Bird/Bird., a son, is listed as 12, Henry Thomas. is listed as 11, and Mary L. is listed as 9. Bion or possibly his name was Byron was born before Sarah and James married and is probably the son of James but not of Sarah Catherine's.

In the Dade County Library in Missouri , the Brookshires are listed in the pages of "Dade County Missouri Families" Estell Byrd Brookshire is said to have been born Dec. 1867, married Martha Luella (Ella) Clark and he died March 1936. There is also a Cora Brookshire, b.1860 who is said to be a daughter of James Carrol Brookshire but not of Sarah Catherine Tye. This lists Cora's wedding to Clayton, H Wilkinson in 1875 in Webster County, Mo.

Later, Sarah lived for some time in Lawrence County, Mo. and she is known to have bought land in Dade County, Missouri at South Greenfield which she purchased in 1884 and more in 1887. She and her husband James sold all but 16 acres of this land in 1894 which was known as Cross Roads and was near Everton. In her later years Sarah Catherine, who was probably widowed at the time, lived with her daughter, Georgia and Georgia's husband, Ed Jerome. Sarah died April 26, 1931 or 1937 and is said to be buried at Springfield, Missouri.

William Brown or Bonar? was born in April, about 1843 in or near Williamsburg, Kentucky. William was a Private in Company I, Clark's Regiment, Missouri Infantry of the Confederate army. He was a Private upon entry and exit.He married Ingabor Jane Wolfenbarger on January 11. 1865 in Springhill, Livingston County, Missouri. Later they settled in Harrison, Boone County, Arkansas. They had at least nine children including: John Henry , Ollie Mae, James C., Mary S., William J., Benjamin Franklin, Ida Frances, Pallas Love, and Cleve Columbus. William died August 14, 1905 or another report says he died June 13, 1907 and he is buried in Capps Cemetery, Harrison, Arkansas.

Henry Purl was born September 1, 1846 in Kentucky. He married Ella Faye Steppe in 1879 and they lived for a while in Arkansas where their first child was born in 1880. Right after that they moved to McDonald County, Missouri. They had the following children. Franklin Preston, Lafayette Nelson, Elmer James, Nellie June, Pallas Love, May Mildred, Henry Grover, Charles Bacil, and Effie H. He was a farmer near Tiff City and Anderson, where he died October 28, 1936.

Lucy Jane Tye was born October 16, 1848 in Williamsburg, Kentucky. She married John Henry Tye in August 1868. They had nine children including: Santa Lena, Sterling Lee, Katie Ann, Dottie, Effie, George, Franklin Oliver, John Robert, and Susie Love. Sterling, Dottie and George died as infants. Lucy and John lived in Arkansas a short time and then in Missouri around the Springfield area for several years. They also lived in Phelps County at Rolla. Then about 1880 they moved to Comanche County, Texas and they also lived at Seymour in Baylor County. Then about 1890-1891 they settled in Oklahoma. Lucy died of burns in 1937 and is buried in the Kolb Cemetery at Spencer, Oklahoma.

Palace Napoleon Love Tye was born March 31, 1850 or 1851 in Williamsburg, Kentucky. He may have spent some time as a young man with his distant cousin, Julia Tye Leach in Baxter Springs, Kansas as there is a Paul Tye listed as residing at her home in the Census of 1880. There is no known Paul Tye in the family and the census taker may have written "Paul" for Pal. Pal married Margaret Angela Harmon in 1884 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. They the following children: Mary Ellen, Susan Carol, Effie Jane, Henry Franklin, John William, Sara Katherine, Robert Cook, Pallas Engar, Lucille Lenora, Ethel Helen and Richard Harmon. Later Pal and Margaret were divorced and in his old age Pal lived at the home of his sister, Lucy Jane Tye and when she died in 1937 he lived for a while with his son, Robert Cook Tye and family. Pal died December 7, 1941 and is buried in the Kolb Cemetery at Spencer, Oklahoma. The same day that Pal died, that INFAMOUS day, Pal's grandson, Robert Cook Tye II survived the attack at Pearl Harbor.

Franklin Jefferson Tye was born about 1852 or maybe 1855 probably at Gallatin, Daviess County, Missouri. He married Rebecca C. Johnson in 1878. They were lving in Lawrence County, Missouri in 1880 and had two children: Jessie Ann and William Franklin. He later married Lucy "Lillie" Barton in 1887 at Chanute, Kansas and they had nine children including: Thomas Cleveland, Henry Scott, Howell John, Lizzie Blanche, Lee Roy, Ina Susan, Millie Pearl, Jefferson Barton and Mary Birdie. By 1900 the family was living in Greeley Twp. of Oklahoma County, Ok. and by 1920 they were living in El Reno of Canadian County, Ok. Franklin died July 5, 1927 and is buried at El Reno, Oklahoma, in Canadian County.

Mary Ann Tye was born about 1857 and died about 1931. Some reports say she was born in Kentucky and others that she was born in Missouri. In the 1860 Census she is shown living with her parents at Gallatin, Missouri and it shows her age as three years. While still quite young in 1870 or 1871, at Harrison, Boone County, Arkansas she married William Parrish Camp .who was born in 1841. The couple lived in Harrison for the first few years of the marriage while Wiilliam practiced medicine. But in 1875 he took a regular course of medicine and graduated in 1875. In 1876 the Camps were living in Ozark, Christian County, Mo. and on a special agricultural census taken that year they were shown as having two sons both under ten years of age. The boy's names were given as initials only: W.H.N.Camp and A.F. Camp. In 1878 Mary and William were divorced and the records are in Greene County, Mo. at Springfield. William had been married twice before Mary and at least once after her and had more children with that wife. The records at Springfield show the divorces of three of the four known wives of William. William continued to live in Greene County at Brookline and died in 1919.To see a biography of William Parrish Camp where some of this information was gleaned CLICK HERE.

Mary was next found living with her mother, Susan Tye, and one of her sons in the census of 1880 at Oswego, Labette County, Kansas. The head of household was listed as her mother, Susan Tye and Mary was listed as Mollie Camp who was divorced and had her son, William Camp age six, living with her. There is no mention of the other son, A.F. Camp in the 1880 census.

After 1880 the location of Mary and her sons is not known until she had a marriage to a Squire Dunn shown in 1893 at South Greenfield in Dade County, Missouri. There may have been another marriage as well to a Mr. Hill. It is not known if Mary had other children nor is there much information about her life or death which is said to have been in about 1931.The two records below seem to be of Mary's two known sons.

1900 CAMP WILLIAM 24 M W MO JASPER 3-WD JOPLIN William Camp b. Sept. 1875 age 24 born in Missouri and father born in Tennesee and mother b. in Missouri. Occupation laborer in a mine. Wife is Nettie age 19 b. in Missouri. (This one seems likely, except Mary's son William was known to be born in Arkansas.)

ALBERT F. CAMP born about 1872 in Pb. Arkansas. Father:William Parrish (Dr.)Jr. Camp born March 12, 1841 in Stewart County, Tennessee. Mother: Mary Ann Tye b. about 1857 in Gallatin, Clay, Missouri. Albert married Nell L. McVay April 2, 1901 in Greene County, Missouri. (From Rootsweb World Connect ID 1243376)

LOCATIONS: Susan lived in Kentucky with her family for many years and had most or all of her children in that state. She and Henry originally made their home near Siler, Ky. near Williamsburg. But by about 1855 she and Henry and children had moved on to Missouri in Daviess County in the Jackson Township. Click here for a view of Lock Springs as it is in 2002. Henry owned land at Lock Springs where they made their home. Henry was said to be a prosperous farmer. In 1860 Henry separated from Susan and it is probable that Susan and the children stayed on in the family home for a while.. There is a family story of Lucy Jane, in 1869, riding sidesaddle with her first born child, Santa Lena Tye "Lena" to show her to her mother, Susan. The trip was about 20 miles long. It is possible that Lucy was living in Gallatin, Mo. at that time with her husband, John Henry Tye, and rode out to Lock Springs to see her mother. The distance would be about the stated 20 miles.

In 1870 the divorce from Henry was final and in the census records for that year we find that Susan is making her home in Ray County Missouri. Why she went there is not known. However there is one small connection with Ray County to the Tye family. That is where James Brookshire was born in 1832 and he married Susan's eldest child, Sarah Catherine. Living with Susan in Ray county were her younger children, Pallas Napoleon, Franklin Jefferson, Mary Ann and also the older brother, Henry Purl who must have just returned from his five years of wanderings out West which he did after the war. Still unmarried, he was probably a great help to his mother. William B., Catherine and Lucy were already married and living apart.

Susan's next move seems to have been very soon after her move to Ray County. The record of Mary Ann's marriage in 1870 or '71 in Harrison, Boone County, Arkansas shows that it is unlikely that she would have been there alone. It is known that Susan moved to Harrison and this seems to be the likely time. It seems that she, Mary, Pal, Franklin and Henry Purl all left Ray County at that time, joining Susan's son, William B. Tye who had already departed for Arkansas about a year or two before they did.

Then in 1880 Susan is found living in Oswego, Kansas as head of the household with her daughter, Mary "Mollie" Camp and her grandson, William Camp. It seems that she must have come to be with her daughter there who had divorced in 1878. Perhaps Mary had been living there after her divorce. It is not known how long Susan stayed in Kansas but by 1894 there is a record of a land purchase in Boone County Arkansas at Harrison in Jackson Township. On March 12, of that year Susan bought 40+acres. This is three years before her marriage to John Rutledge.

DEATH: Susan died June 13, 1908 in Harrison, Arkansas. Her remains are listed in the burials at Capps Cemetery at Harrison but the marker has not been found. There are several rough markers there with the Tye name scratched crudely into the surface and no other information on them.

FURTHER NOTES: In an audio tape interview in 1981 Lois Klingaman Rye, a great grandaughter of Susan, related some stories she had heard from her grandmother, Lucy Jane Tye. Lucy had told her that Susan was a fine seamstress. It makes sense that in the years Susan was separated from Henry Harrison Tye that she was able to make a living for herself and her children in this way.