Malcolm these EANS may provide a clue to the family you are seeking.
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Sallie Eans was born in Virginia around 1852. In 1872, she married Alexander McFerrin in Fayette County, Tennessee. According to my grandmother, Pauline McFerrin McKinnie, her grandmother migrated to Fayette County with a family member of hers. She thought it was her grandmother's sister. She recalled her name as Ninee Williams. According to my grandmother, Sallie came from a very large family in Virginia, but never went back to see them. Are there any Eans out there in Virginia, or anywhere else??