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Hale Isom Mackey

Obituary of Sarah Mackey, Mackey, Alabama.

The death of Mrs. Sarah Mackey, at her home in Mackey, Ala., on December 29, 1921, closed a life in which there was much as an example to others. She was a woman of most estimable qualities, liberal and charitable, at the same time economical and careful of any waste in her home. She was born in Grayson County, Va., the daughter of David and Sarah Choate Isom, and she was first married to Alonzo S. Hale, who died in 1867. While visiting her sisters in Cherokee County, Ala., in 1871, she met B. F. Mackey, to whom she was married in 1872, and with whom she lived in happiness for almost fifty years, their golden wedding anniversary coming just ten days after her death.

During the War between the States Mrs. Mackey was a type of the true Southern woman, never shirking a duty of any kind, attentive to the sick and needy and supplying their wants. She was an expert rider, and did not fear to mount the most spirited horse and move away over snow and ice covered roads and fording streams among the old Virginia mountains, the water sometimes reaching to her saddle skirts. On one occasion a gang of seventeen marauders came to her father's home to take the horses away, claiming they were wanted for the army. All the family and the negroes were gathered around the barn trying to persuade the gang to let the stock alone, but the men demanded that the keys be brought or they would break down the doors. Sarah called a negro girl to her and, in a low voice, directed her to go to the house and "get my revolver." This was done, and she then ordered the men to leave at once, and fired among them. This caused a stampede, and the last heard of the marauders they were four miles down the raod and still running. Many other incidents could be told of her fearlessness in times of danger.

As a young woman, Mrs. Mackey spun the thread and wove the cloth from which she made beautiful garments, some of which are still in existence; and she looked well to the ways of her household, in every way a helpmeet to her husband and guiding spirit to her children, who rise up to call her blessed. She was a Christian, a devoted member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Surviving her are the devoted husband, one of the most gallant followers of "Fighting Joe Wheeler," and four of their six children-two sons and two daughters-also a son of the first marriage; fifteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She now rests peacefully in the family cemetery at Mackey, Ala., within the shadow fo historic Lookout Mountain.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, May, 1922.

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