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Eliza Jane Sasser


Eliza Jane Sasser
daughter of
Eli &Mary(Tuttle) Sasser
granddaughter of
Adin &Betsy(Waggoner) Sasser
g-granddaughter of
John Henry &Nancy(Kirby) Sasser
b: 1878 Lexington, Fayette Co, KY
d: date unknown London, KY
buried: Rough Creek Cemetery, KY
John Tuttle,
on 13 Jul 1892, in Laurel Co, KY

    Eliza's only child:
  • Robert Henry Sasser
    b: 1891 or 1894 Laurel Co, KY
    d: 1969 or 1970 Santa Clara, CA
    m: #1=Maggie Holt, on 03 Apr 1922
    • (1) a boy
      d: as a baby
    m: #2=Tessie Castro
    • no children

Was she murdered?

There are a number of stories going around in the family
about Eliza. Some could be true, some could be just plain
old-fashion family gossip. Researchers on family
history are intrigued by Eliza's story/stories and interested
in finding out the truth about her plight.
Below are the assorted versions of her story.

One of the stories going around in the family is that
Eliza Jane lived with a Dr. Charles Brock,
in London, KY, that they never married, that she had his
out-of-wedlock child, named Robert Henry Sasser.
(Other possibilities as to the fatherhood of Robert,
are mentioned further down the page.)

It has been said that she went to a "Baptist Campground" and
got "saved" (meaning that she developed certain religious
convictions), and that she then planned to leave Dr. Brock
and go to her brother, Robert Eli "Bob" Sasser.

Her trunk was found at the train depot,
and after it had been unclaimed by her for three months,
her oldest brother, John Henry Sasser, went and picked it up,
and never did know for the remainder of his life
(he died in 1926) what had happened to her.

It is said that years later, when Dr. Brock was "near death,"
he confessed that he had shot and killed her, abandoned her
trunk at the depot, to lead her brothers to believe she had
gotten on the train, pursuaded a doctor friend of his to
certify her as a suicide victim, then they buried her in an
unmarked grave, at Rough Creek Cemetery.

The child, Robert Henry Sasser,
is said to have been raised by his aunts (Eliza's sisters),
Margaret Elizabeth "Liz" (Sasser) Cobb and
Katherine "Rachel" (Sasser) Attaway (also called "Kate")
sometimes living with one, sometimes the other.
(See photos at bottom of page)

Our website researchers found a marriage certificate showing
that Eliza Jane married a John Tuttle on 13 Jul 1892,
in Laurel Co, KY,
son of A.P. and Elizabeth Tuttle.
The documents state that Eliza was 16 at the time,
but she was actually 14.

One of Eliza's nephews, in 1981, wrote that,
"Eliza Sasser was never married, to my knowledge;
had one son named Robert Henry (assumed Sasser),
the son of one Thomas Hale (Old Rowdy)...."

Thomas Miles Hale was Eliza's 1st cousin, son to
James Thomas Hale and Eliza's aunt, Mahala (Sasser) Hale,
and that in 1894, he married Eliza Camille/Cuie Tuttle,
who was daughter to
Joseph Tuttle and Eliza's grandaunt, Patience (Sasser) Tuttle.

Mahala was daughter (Child #7) to Adin &Betsy(Waggoner) Sasser.
Patience was daughter (Child #13) to John Henry &Nancy(Kirby) Sasser.

On one census record, Robert's birthyear is given as 1891,
on another, 1894. A grandson to Liz (Sasser) Cobb
(one of the aunts who raised Robert), distinctly recalls
that his mother, Sophia (Cobb) Davis, who grew up with
Robert, made the remark many times that Robert, who was
raised like a brother to her, was seven years older than she.
Sophia was born in 1901, so this would indicate that
Robert was born in 1894.

Another story in other branches of the family, is that
Eliza had Robert (out of wedlock) before she married John Tuttle,
that she and John divorced and she then met up with a
Dr. G.S. Brock, that Eliza developed VD,
and that Dr. Brock took care of her until she died
in a Lexington, KY, hospital.

Other family stories and gossip:
It is said that Eliza began to fear for her life and started
wearing a gun-and-holster, visibly buckled around her waist,
which she wore every place she went, even into the homes of
relatives. She also sent photographs of herself to assorted
relatives, with "goodbye" written on the photos. Some think
that she was justifiably afraid of Dr. Brock and that he did
indeed eventually kill her; but, others think that she slowly
lost her mind, becoming paranoid and suicidal,
as a result of VD.

Research is planned to trace the date of Eliza's death,
the exact date of Robert's birth,
and possibly some information regarding
Dr. G.S. or Charles Brock,
John Tuttle, and
Thomas "Old Rowdy" Hale

In the meantime, Eliza's story remains as a family "poser."

To see the Marriage Documents of Eliza and John Tuttle,
Click Here

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Liz and Rachel
Robert and Rachel

A few months before Robert's death,
he gave to a relative this photo of his mother,

Eliza Jane

Robert in his WWI uniform
1st marriage
Robert, Baby, Mattie (Holt) Sasser
2nd marriage
Robert & Tessie (Castro) Sasser

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The Children of
Eli &Mary(Tuttle) Sasser
1\ John "Henry" Sasser\b:1870
& Georgieanne (Burnett) Sasser
2\ Mahala "Haley" (Sasser) Cheek\b:1871
& Andrew "Andy" Cheek
3\ Robert Eli "Bob" Sasser\b:1873
& Melvina (Burnett) Sasser
4\ James Darling "Jim" Sasser\b:1874
& Nannie (Burnett) Sasser
5\ Margaret "Liz" (Sasser) Cobb\b:1876
& John Cobb
6\ Eliza Jane Sasser\b:1878
"The Mysteries of Eliza Jane"
7\ Mary Ann (Sasser) Stanley\b:1879
& Will Stanley
8\ Joseph "Joe" Sasser\b:1880
& Ada (Attaway) Sasser
9\ Eli Sasser, Jr.\b:1882
& Alice (Attaway) Sasser
10\ Nancy "Nannie" (Sasser) Attaway\b:1884
& Charles W. Attaway
11\ Kate "Rachel" (Sasser) Attaway\b:1885
& Luther Attaway

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