I do not know if you have gotten any answers to your questions since you submitted this query, but in case you have not, this is what I have found.
Please try to follow my train of thought, and I hope it doesn't go off the tracks!!
This is not one of the lines I am researching, just got bored and thought that I would try to help someone else.
There are no marriage records for Haywood County prior to very late 1859, because the court house burned down and they were all lost.
There were two housholds of PRIM, in Haywood Co., at the time of the 1840 census.
Charles H. Prim
1 male under 5
2 males 15 to 19
1 male 20 to 29
1 female under 5
1 female 15 to 19
1 female 55 to 59
Thomas L. Prim
1 male under 5
1 male 20 to 29
1 female under 5
1 female 20 to 29
That is all there were. To me this shows me that in the household of Charles L., was himself, probably two younger brothers, a woman old enough to be his mother, and two children young enough to be his children, & a wife.
In the Thomas L. Prim household was Thomas, his wife and two very young children.
To me, this means that Charles and Thomas L., were the sons of the elderly woman in Charles H. Prim's houshold.
If you say that your Sarah Prim, was about 26 when she married in 1848, then that would mean that she was born about 1822, and would be about 18 at the time of the 1840 census. Only one female fits that description. The 15 to 19 year old female in the Charles H. Prim household.
Now we skip to a family tree that I found when searching for a combination of Prim and Haywood Co., TN.
There were only four to come up, and two were private ones, no details, and two were for a Charles H. Prim, who was born about 1841. That is the year AFTER the above census. His only parent was named as being Charles Hardy PRIM.
This is a story that was contained in the tree:
Charles H. Primm is shown having enlisted in the Confederate Army on 26 July 1861. Charles is shown to have served with the 7th Arkansas Infantry Co. B. According to muster rolls he was present for the Battle of Shiloh and shortly afterwards he was charged for loosing his bayonet scabbord. Present until 22 Aug 1862 when he was sent to the hospital by order of the surgeon. No other info is listed for Charles H Primm after July and August 1863. It appears Charles was either seriously wounded or sick until his release from service. All info was obtained from offical Confederate Muster Rolls. I have seen death dates as early as 1862 but this is incorrect because he was married in Tenn in 1863 and had a son Pleasant John Primm in 1866. He must have died shortly after because his widow (Martha Craft) was remarried to a Selvidge on the 1870 cencus and PJ Primm was present.
(Pleasant John Primm - September 1867 in La Cleed Co., MO / June 4, 1948 Oklahoma Co., OK)
To me this all means that there is every reason to believe that your Sarah Prim was the wife of Charles Hardy Prim, and that she became a widow between 1841 (when Charles H. Prim was born) and 1848, when she married Hugh Snelling.
I looked at the 1850 census, and saw that there was no PRIM children in the household, with Sarah and her new husband, and this makes me think that what ever it was that caused her husband to die, also took her children. I keep returning to the fact that in the Chalres H. household of 1840, the elder female, was TOO OLD to have two children under the age of 5, so they must be the children of the female between 15 and 19.
The Thomas L. PRIM who was in Haywood Co., for 1840 was still there in 1850, and with the aforementioned Charles H. PRIM, born about 1841. So this blows the "Story Person" theory that Charles was the son of Charles, because he wasn't. The Charles born in 1841, was the son of Thomas L. Prim and his wife Jane. Maybe because his brother had died, he named a son after him. It is very possible that the deceased Charles had a son named Charles who also died, and so there was no longer a male to carry on the Charles H. name, so he named his next son to honor both a brother as well as his father.
I know this is speculation, but right now that is all we have to go on. The only positive things we can say are:
That your Sarah was the 15 to 19 year old female in the Charles H. Prim household.
That Charles H. was a brother to Thomas L. Prim.
That Charles H. was deceased by the 1850 census.
That the two children under the age of 5, on the 1840 census, are no longer alive for the 1850 census.
(To me it looks like Thomas L. has a new wife also. The age of his wife on the 1840 was 20 to 29, which means that she should be 30 to 39 for the 1850.)
1850 Haywood Co., TN - Civil Dist 5 - November 28, 1850 - page 183/92
Prim, Thomas L. - 32 - $700 - TN
Jane - 25 - NC
Aleena - 13 - TN
John - 11 - TN
Charles - 9 - TN
Wm - 7 - TN
Jerry - 2 - TN
Lorenza (f) - 4 - TN
1860 Pope Co., AR - Wilson Twp. - Dayton P.O. - September 17, 1860 - page 153
Prim, Thomas L. - 41 - farmer - $400/425 - TN
Jane - 40 - NC
Linizy I. - 13 - TN
Jerry F. - 10 - TN
Thomas L. - 6 - TN
Charles H. - 20 - TN
William W. - 18 - TN
Mary A. - 8 - TN
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