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 SARAH O. WILSON RIEFF  (July 1835 - ): 

Sallie Wilson was the daughter of Washington Lafayette Wilson.  She was born in Indiana in 1835 and married Henry Rieff, a well known Fayetteville merchant in July of 1855 in Washington County.  Henry was born 23 October 1823 in Tennessee and died 29 August 1874.  He was appointed Colonel of the 20th Regiment of the Arkansas Militia, CSA, and raised a militia company in Fayetteville called the Washington Rifle Guards.  According to the Nashville Christian Advocate of 1874-1876, "He kept up family worship to the day of his death."  Interment with Masonic honors was at Rieff's Chapel Cemetery.  On the 1860 Arkansas Census, the couple is shown living in Washington County with children Henry 4 and Kate 2.  On the 1870 Census the couple still lives in Washington County and with the following children:  H. M. Rieff 13, J. W. Rieff 10, L. H. Rieff 8, and C. M. Rieff 2.  Sallie's father, Washington Lafayette Wilson and his wife Catherine were blessed with 7 children.  He was born in Verona, New York on May 8, 1810.  He married Catherine Drysdale and moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas in the early 1830's with his first land purchase recorded on June 27, 1839.  Wilson L. was one of Fayetteville's earliest merchants, operating a dry good store on the north side of the Fayetteville square and in 1838 he was a representative of Washington County to the General Assembly of Arkansas.  He also served in the Mexican War and helped organize the Masonic Lodge in 1835.  He was also for a time connected to the Branch Bank of the State of Arkansas at Fayetteville and by 1861 he apparently owned the Bank of Dixie which may have actually been in operation from his store on the Fayetteville Square.  He died in Fayetteville in 1864, his wife having already passed away.  They are both buried in the Wilson plot just across from the entrance to the Confederate Cemetery in Fayetteville, Arkansas.