William Robberson Saye was twelve or thirteen years old when his family left Tennessee. They settled on a farm near Cave Springs, Greene Co., Missouri. He served in Company K, 3rd Missouri Mounted Volunteers as a private during the Mexican War. In the Civil War, while serving in the Confederate Army, his family moved to Texas by ox cart where they settled on a farm south of Savoy in Fannin County. At some time he had become a doctor as did his first cousin, Edwin T. Robberson, who lived in Springfield, Missouri. After the War, William went to join his family where they lived on the farm for a short time before moving into the town of Savoy. They had in a small frame house that was still standing and occupied (not by family descendants) in 1970. He continued to practice his profession until retirement. He died in his sleep at his home in Savoy and was buried the following day in Sunnyside Cemetery just north of Savoy.
Some years after Betsy Jane's marriage the family moved to Texas. A family story reports that a cyclone struck the family house and destroyed it. She was not found until the following day suffering from broken ribs and a broken collar bone. In old age, at least, she smoked a corncob pipe that she liked to light with an ember from a fire. While living in the small frame house in Savoy she often baby-sat neighborhood children. In 1904, she suffered a broken hip that resulted in her being an invalid for several years. She died in 1911 and was buried next to Dr. Saye in Sunnyside Cemetery in Savoy.
William Robberson SAYE
Birth: 27 Nov 1820 Bedford Co., TN
Death: 07 May 1906 Savoy, Fannin Co., TX
Burial: 08 May 1906 Savoy, Fannin Co., TX
Father: Richard SAYE (1801-1870)
Mother: Elizabeth ROBBERSON (1801-1852)
Marriage: 01 Jul 1841 Polk Co., MO
Elizabeth Jane "Betsy Jane" MITCHELL [More on her lineage-off site]
Birth: 03 Mar 1825 TN
Death: 01 Mar 1911 Savoy, Fannin Co., TX
Burial: a 01 Mar 1911 Savoy, Fannin Co., TX
Father: Jesse Mitchell (1708-1854)
Mother: Providence Norwood (1800-1881)