Sarah Eleanor 'Ellen' Preston (10/21/1843)(6/22/1927), daughter of John Fairman Preston and Jane Rhea, m. Col. David Flournoy Bailey
2-29-1872. David Bailey was the son of Joseph Richard Bailey and Julia
Womack. (The title Colonel was an honorary title only).
After David's death in 1922, Julia taught school to support
Sarah was born and married in Washington Co., VA. David was born in
Co. VA and died at "Alcova", in Arlington County, VA. David served in
the Confederate Services during the Civil war as a private. After the
moved to Bristol (he had been to Bristol before the war also.) and
Sarah Eleanor Preston. David learned the art of printing at the Bristol
and at one time owned and edited the paper. He studied law at
and began practicing that profession in July 1869. Represented the
the Virginia Legislature in 1879-80 and was chairman of the Judiciary
Committee. He was Senator 1881-1885. They had 6 children.
- Jane Rhea Bailey
b.12-5-1872 d.9-9-1948 married on Sept. 30, 1896, Joseph Cloyd Byars
b.12-9-1868 d.5-17-1954. Joseph was the son of James Monroe Byars and
Virginia Clark Watson. Jane was educated at the Andrew Jackson Institute
in Abingdon. She was Presbyterian. Joseph was born on his father's farm in
'Southern View' VA. He was educated at Pantops Academy and the Univ. of
VA. He located in Bristol in 1891, admitted to the bar in 1896 and was
elected City Attorney for Bristol in 1900 and then elected to the Senate
from the 1st Senatorial District in the year 1901. Both Jane and Joseph
died at the Old Deery Inn in Blountville and are buried at East Hill
Cemetery, Washington Co., VA. Their children were:
Julia Flournoy Bailey
b.2-20-1874 d.5-13-1960 married on April 25, 1894 to William Thomas Tillar
b.6-20-1874 d.7-9-1934. See Chart on Wm. Thomas
Tillar. They had 6 children.
- Virginia Byars
b.5-21-1901 married twice, 1st to Kenneth Coontz and they had one son, Robert J. Coontz.
Secondly she married Judge Joseph A. Caldwell. I visited with Virginia
briefly in 1985. At one time she had the Old Deery Inn in Blountville, TN
(just south of Bristol). When I was there it was like a large museum. She
wasn't home when I went there, she was having a meeting with the mayor,
still very active at 84-85 years of age. Met with and Mary Preston Gray
on the same trip, she was about 89 years old, we went to dinner together.
- J. Cloyd Byars II.
- Bailey Byars
- Richard B. Byars, died
Martha ('Mattie') Preston
Bailey b.6-25-1876 d.5-4-1930 married on June 2, 1897, Judge John W. Price
b.4-11-1869 d.5-30-1947. They had one son.
- Sarah Eleanor Tillar
b.2-21-1895 d.1975 married William Land on 4-4-1917.
- Benjamin Flournoy
Tillar b.10-7-1896 married Mabel F. Cato on 4-15-1919.
- William Preston Tillar
- William Thomas Tillar Jr.
b.5-2-1901 d.1975 married Margaret Haines Marston on 8-29-1928.
- Julia Bailey Tillar
b.2-15-1906 married John Campbell Anderson Jr. on 11-12-1925.
- Donaldson Preston
Tillar b.12-28-1909 married Elizabeth Bellingslay on 12-28-1934.
Louise Montgomery Bailey b.abt 1872.
Preston Bailey b. abt 1878.
Ellar Bailey b.abt 1880.
DATA from The Family Tree, Mary Preston Gray, Ed Foley, and Robert
Coontz, Sr. (Robert Coontz, Sr. died January 2013) Robert Jr. is family
W. Price II b.4-23-1900 married on 4-23-1929, Marcelle Pauline Jeanne
Landolt in Lousanne, Switzerland.
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