Person:Sarah Rauhuff (1)

Sarah Narcissus Rauhuff
  1. Mary Ann Rowhoff1828 - 1859
  2. Elizabeth RauhuffAFT 1828 -
  3. Rauhuff, maleBet 1829 and 1835 -
  4. Sarah Narcissus Rauhuff1833 - AFT 1926
  5. Caroline Rauhuff1835-1840 -
  6. Selena M. 'Sleany' Rauhuff1836 - 1884
  7. Samuel RauhuffABT 1839 -
  1. Sarah Rauhuff1856 -
  2. William H. Rauhuff1857 - 1923
  3. James Leon 'Lester?' Rauhuff1867 - 1939
Facts and Events
Name Sarah Narcissus Rauhuff
Alt Name Narcissa
Gender Female
Birth? 1833 Sevier, Tennessee, United States
Christening? No marriage. William Cannon was about 80.
Confirmation? 1851 Sevierville, Sevier, Tennessee, United StatesLittle Pigeon Baptist Church
Residence? From 1860 to 1870 Pigeon Forge, Sevier, Tennessee, United StatesLived with sister Selena M. Rauhuff
Death? AFT 1926 Sevier, Tennessee, United States
Occupation? alive 1925/26, lived Jael, Middle Creek, Possum Holler
  1.   Family Notes per User:Buttersmcginty.

    Narcissa and Selena are in separate households in 1880.

    The Rauhuff Connection:
    Sampson Rauhooft, possibly with kin Jacob Hooft, John Hooft (2), Joseph
    Hufft, Benjamin Hooft, and William Hooft (all probably misspelled by the
    1830 census taker) moved into the Pigeon Forge community in Sevier
    County, Tennessee sometime after 1800. Later census takers would write
    Sampson's last name as "Rauhuff". Records from Montgomery County and
    Grayson County, Virginia, prove that Sampson's parents were Peter Rauhuff
    and Lovis Sage Rauhuff.

    Sampson apparently married a native Indian woman (more on this below) and
    had at least six children: Samuel (b. 1825-1830), another son (b.
    1830-1835), Sarah Narcissus (b. 1833), Selena M. (b. August 11, 1836),
    Caroline (b. 1830-1835), and Elizabeth (b. 1835-1840). The childrens'
    names did not appear in any census, but were inferred from events that
    are related below or were taken from the book "The Rauhuffs", by Bradford
    Roy Rauhuff, 1994. The family lived in Civil District 5, Sevier County
    (Pigeon Forge).

    One of the girls may have been named Mary, because the Boyd's Creek
    Cemetery has a Mary Rowhoff, born March 8, 1828, died September 3, 1859.
    If so, she is named after her mother Polly, which name is a common
    nickname for "Mary". Although the dates don't quite match with the 1840
    census, errors of this type were often made.

    In 1832, Sampson Rowhough joined the Forks of the Little Pigeon Baptist
    Church in Sevierville, Tennessee, one of the old-line, principal churches
    of the area. In 1833, Polly Rowhough was also admitted to membership.

    By 1836, Sampson has moved to Knox County, Tennessee, just to the west of
    Sevier County, with the family as described in the household. He must
    have bought land, because he appears on the Knox County tax list of 1836.

    In 1840, Sampson appeared in the Knox County, Tennessee census as
    follows: Males 01101, Females 220001 [Key: 0-5, 5-10, 10-15, 15-20,
    20-30, 30-40]

    By 1850, Sampson does not appear in any Tennessee census. Bradford
    Rauhuff states that he moved to Missouri.

    James Pinckney Rauhuff (b. March 1, 1862, d. February 7, 1947), a son of
    Selena M. Rauhuff, was kept the last two years of his life in the home of
    M. Ada Davenport Sharp and Paul Sharp. He was a great uncle once removed
    of Ada, and was affectionately referred to as "Uncle Pink". He probably
    talked about his family a great deal, but only the following bare facts
    could be recalled by Ada: Narcissus, Selena, and their older brother as
    teenagers (before 1851) came to Sevier County from Norman, Oklahoma, by
    themselves, in a wagon. [This is revealing, because the American Indians
    had been removed from East Tennesse to Oklahoma in 1838. Possibly, they
    had moved to Missouri with their father, visited their kin in Oklahoma,
    and returned to Sevier County. - Ed.] Back in Sevier County, looking for
    any place to stay, they settled for a time on the farm of William H.
    Cannon, who was old (about 80) at the time, in the Boyd's Creek
    community. William H. Rauhuff was the offspring of Narcissus and William
    H. Cannon. These statements were substantially corroborated by Mary
    Miranda Rauhuff Davenport, Ada's mother and a niece of Uncle Pink.

    In 1850, William H. Cannon was keeping William H., Jr. and his wife
    Mary. No children were present. The census does not indicate Sampson
    Rauhuff's whereabouts, nor any of his children. If Sarah Narcissus and
    Selena were on William Cannon's farm, they simply were not counted. In
    1860, William H. was keeping only William H., Jr., and James Wade, County
    Trustee, age 25. No women or children were indicated. Both of William
    H., Jr's wives were deceased. William, Jr. is listed as "merchant."

    In 1851, Narcissa, "a woman of color", joined the Forks of The Little
    Pigeon Baptist Church (FLPBC) in Sevierville. (Recall that Sampson and
    Polly, Narcissus' probable parents, were members at FLPBC when Narcissus
    would have been a child). Selena M. is buried in the Shiloh Cemetery in
    Pigeon Forge, which was then associated with another of the principal
    churches in the area. Sarah Narcissus' burial place is not known, and is
    not listed in a comprehensive survey of Sevier County cemeteries.

    After 1850, Selena and Narcissus moved to Civil District 5 (Pigeon Forge)
    of Sevier County into a household with just themselves and their
    children, where they appear in the 1860 and 1870 censuses. Their
    vocation in 1860 is listed as "hireland", which is to say "field hand".
    Narcissus had two children, and Selena had four. It appears that they
    named the boys after their consorts, who were themselves upright members
    of the community. For example, James Pinckney Rauhuff was named after
    James B. Seaton, the postmaster; William H. Rauhuff was named after
    William H. Cannon, a prominent farmer; and James Leon Rauhuff was named
    after James Leon Clabough, a store owner.

    Selena's daughter Priscilla was listed as "attending school" in the 1870
    census. This is significant because there were only a very few children
    in the entire county who were attending school at that time. The few
    schools were called "academies," and tuition had to be paid by the

    Among the mementos left to Ada Sharp by Uncle Pink was a pencil portrait
    of a teenage grandson and granddaughter of Selena Rauhuff. This was
    viewed by Clyde McCall Davenport sometime around 1979. The two subjects
    were the children of one of the two daughters of Selena; time has erased
    the recall of which it was, but it had to be Rebecca (Priscilla had no
    daughters). Either way, the portrait was very revealing, because it
    showed two strong, healthy, handsome, obviously Indian faces. They
    looked much like Japanese athletes! The artist captured a kind of a
    glint to their expressions, as if to say "Don't mess with me". Moreover,
    several old photos exist of Uncle Pink, and he had the jet black hair and
    high cheekbones of an American Indian.

    After the death of Ada Sharp, Clyde McCall Davenport approached her
    husband, Paul Sharp, about making a copy or photo of the portrait.
    Unfortunately, he could not find it.

    To review the facts, Sampson moved to Knox County by 1836. Sometime
    before 1856, two teenaged girls named Rauhuff, along with an older
    brother, came to Sevier County from Norman, Oklahoma, where the Indians
    had been taken. They are not taken in by any family in the community,
    but are apparently left to fend for themselves. Presumably, they must
    have been different in some way, as a person of Indian heritage would
    have been. Some of their children and their grandchildren exhibited
    strong Indian features. The Rauhuff women showed significant strength of
    character by being able to stay in the community and raise children under
    those circumstances.

    alive 1925/26, lived Jael, Middle Creek, Possum Holler
    First Communion? James Rauhuff, Knoxville, 1978: Sarah Narcissus was
    Confirmation? Little Pigeon Baptist Church in Sevierville, TN in 1851
    Baptism? Narcissa, "a woman of color", joined the Forks of the
    Burial? Lived with sister Selena M. Rauhuff in Pigeon Forge 1860-70