History of SANDERS
06 Nov 2000
Dave Sanders' note:
I received this from an unknown researcher. I make no claims as
to it's accuracy.
1. History of SANDERS.
The name "Saunders" is from
Saxon origin in the British Isles. The word
comes from the phrase, "belongs
to Alexander." The shortened word, "
Alexander's" pronounced without
the "x" became "Alesanders's." Throughout
ages the word became Saunders, pronounced
as "Sahnders" and finally written,
Saunders. (Society of Genealogists,
The family may have come from western
Scotland, but is not a clan in the
true sense of Scottish families. The
family has no tartan or Scottish plaid
colors. In the early feudal ages, smaller
families such as the Saunders sought
protection with the larger Scottish
clans. The Saunders family aligned itself
with both the McDonnel and McAllister
Two ideas exist concerning how the Saunders
family set its roots in the
American colonies. The first idea is
steeped in family folklore; the second is
based more on discernible facts.
The first idea.
Some writings on the Saunders's family
folklore state Henry Saunders is the
earliest "Saunders" known
of our family. Family legend states he was a
Highlander from northwestern Scotland
and supported the Highlander's revolt to
put Prince Charles on the English throne.
The forces of the English Crown
defeated the Highlanders at the Battle
of Culloden Moor near Inverness,
Scotland, in April, 1746.
In some Saunders family circles legend
says Henry Saunders was killed at
Culloden. After Culloden, the British
Crown disbanded the highland clans and
prohibited these Scottish Families from
ever gathering together again. (Henry
County, Iowa; Biographical Review, The
Saunders, c. 1906, Hobart Pub, Co.)
After the Highlander's defeat, the greatest
immigration of Scottish people
to the American colonies occurred: generally
to the North Carolina colony. As
early as 1739, three hundred fifty Scotsman
came in one group to North
Carolina and settled there. The Scottish
immigrants eventually branched out to
the other American colonies. (Ashe,
Samuel; History of North Carolina,Vol I,
Noppen Publishing Co.; Greensboro, NC,
Again, according to some writings about
the Saunders family, Henry
Saunders's sons, James and William,
followed the Scottish immigration after
Culloden and came to America. These
writings also speculate that the Saunders
brothers accompanied the Gunnel family
upon the Gunnel's immigration to the
American colonies. The Saunders brothers
later married Sarah and Elizabeth
Gunnel. However, researching available
passenger immigration lists show no
ship having both the Saunders and the
Gunnels arriving together. (Filby, P.W.,
Passenger & Immigrant Lists,Vol
III, 1st Edition, c. 1981, Gale Publishing,
Fairfax County, Virginia records also
list the Gunnels as owning land in
Virginia in 1733. The Battle at Culloden,
Scotland occurred in 1746 and the
Scottish immigration followed. This
discounts the notion the Saunders and the
Gunnels immigrated together after Culloden.
(Mitchell, Beth; Fairfax County,
Va. in 1760, c.1987, Comprehensive Planning
Office, Fairfax Co., Va.)
The second idea.
This idea has the Saunders family coming
from Westmoreland County, Virginia.
Westmoreland County is in Virginia's
"Northern Neck" region: located between
the Potomac and the Rappahannock Rivers.
Two Westmoreland County wills support
the idea the Saunders settled in the
American colonies long before the
Scottish immigration after Culloden.
In Westmoreland County, Virginia, a
certain Phillip Saunders (Sanders) wrote
his Last Will and Testament on 9 December,
1722. The will was probated on 6
April, 1723 in Westmoreland County.
In Phillip's will he mentions his son,
William; daughter Urslee Taylor; grandson
John,(William's son); grandson
Phillip; granddaughter Mary Saunders
and wife Elizabeth. (Westmoreland County
Va. Wills, pg 74, A.Fothergill c. 1925,
Phillip's first wife was Ursula. This
is confirmed by a Westmoreland County.
Virginia. order book entry on 30 March,
1704 stating: "Phillip Saunders and
Ursula, his wife, being summoned as
evidence in a suit." (Westmoreland Co. Va,
Order Book, 1698-1705, Part 4, compiled
by J.F. Dorfman)
The earliest mention of Phillip Saunders
(Sanders) yet found is in the
Virginia land grants dated 2 July, 1695.
Here Phillip Sanders is granted 131
acres in Westmoreland County,, Virginia,
"adjoining land of Wm Harding (dead)
and land surveyed for Nicholas Silvester
in Betty's Block." (Virginia Northern
Neck Landgrants, 1694-1742, compiled
by G. Gray, 1987, Genealogical Pub Co.
Phillip's son, William Saunders (Sanders),
wrote his Last Will and Testament
on 31 March, 1726. The will was probated
on 29 June, 1726. William's will
mentions his sons John, Phillip, James
and William; wife Elizabeth; daughters
Mary and Ursula; daughters Sarah and
Elizabeth Saunders (Sanders), both not
yet 18 years old at the time of William's
will. (Westmoreland County Va. Wills,
pg 74, A.Fothergill c. 1925, Appeals
The names "Elizabeth" and
"Sarah" were frequently used in colonial history.
One can speculate on several notions
concerning the Sarah and Elizabeth
mentioned in William's will. The girls
could be daughters from a previous
marriage, present marriage, or perhaps
James and William married into the Gunnel
family: James married Sarah Gunnel,
and William married Sarah's sister,
Elizabeth. Their marriage dates and where
they married is not yet known.
The Gunnels were a prominent family
in colonial Virginia. William Gunnel was
also from Westmoreland County, Virginia.
His children were William Jr., Henry,
Sarah and Elizabeth. He had received
1616 acres of land in Stafford County,
(later Fairfax County, Virginia) in
1729. He lived on this land by 1733.
(Mitchell, Beth; Fairfax County, Va.
in 1760, c.1987, Comprehensive Planning
Office, Fairfax Co., Va.)
On February 17, 1742, William Gunnel
deeded 125 acres of land to his daughters,
Sarah and Elizabeth and their husbands,
James and William Saunders. This land
is at the "head of 4 Mile Run,
a little above the stony hill commonly called
Brandamore Castle" in present day
Fairfax County, Virginia. (Fairfax County,
In Fairfax County, Virginia records,
a certain Phillip Saunders leased a tract
of Thomas Pearson's land directly adjacent
to James and William Saunders's
land. Nothing yet states this Phillip
Saunders was James and William's brother,
but this historical coincidence shouldn't
be overlooked. (Mitchel, Beth)
James and William were among a very
few planters or farmers in Fairfax County
who did not own any Negro slaves. The
Gunnels owned slaves, though not many.
James and William's land is near present
day Vienna, Virginia: a Washington D.
C. suburb. To find the site, travel
on the Dulles Airport access road, a four
land freeway going between Dulles International
Airport and Washington D.C.,
to State Highway 675 called Beulah Road.
This is near the Wolf Trap Park for
the Performing Arts.
Travel south a short distance on Highway
675 to Clark's Crossing Road. Turn
west on Clark's Crossing Road and follow
the road a short distance to the
intersection of Batten Hallow Road.
The area west of Clark's Crossing Road and
east of Batten Hallow Road was James
and William Saunders's inherited land.
It is important to remember that Fairfax
County, Virginia was formed from
Prince William County, Virginia in 1742.
Loudoun County was formed from
Fairfax County in 1757. This helps in
understanding what appears to be a
family change in location.
The Saunders were members of Truro Parish
in Fairfax County. The parish was
part of the established church. James
tithed to the church 300 pounds of
tobacco per year. Tobacco was legal
tender in colonial Virginia. (Truro Parish,
Minutes of the Vestry, 1732-1785, C.
1974, Pohick Church, Lorton, Va)
On November 4, 1761, James and William
sold their land for 100 pounds,
English currency, to John Hurst. The
Fairfax County Court required Nicholas
Minor and Richard Coleman to go to Sarah
and Elizabeth Saunders to find out if
these ladies had freely given their
consent for their husbands to sell the
land. The sisters had given gave their
consent, as this was the women's
inherited land. (Fairfax County, Va
The families moved a short distance
west to newly established Loudoun County,
Virginia. On August 10, 1761, James
leased 150 acres of land from Thomas
Mason. This land was in Cameron Parish,
Loudoun County. The lease agreement
allowed James to farm the land during
his natural life for a sum of 735 pounds
of tobacco paid annually on December
1. (Loudoun County, Va Deedbook C, pt 1,
James Saunders died in Loudoun County
in 1778 and presumably Sarah also died
there. In James's Last Will and Testament,
he mentions "my land lately in
North Carolina." How he acquired
this land is not yet known. A Saunders's
family letter states James had planned
to move to North Carolina, but after
the death of their son William, James
and Sarah gave up the notion.
In 1777, James and Sarah's sons, Gunnel
and Henry, enlisted in the Virginia
Militia during the Revolutionary War.
Gunnel was a Captain, Henry an Ensign.
The United States's government awarded
land grants to U.S. war veterans in
gratitude for their service to the newly
formed republic. These bounty lands
were in the military district of Virginia
including present day Ohio and
Kentucky. It was because of these bounty
lands that the Saunders family began
their westward migration.
The Saunders, along with Peter Mauzy,
a war veteran who married into the
Saunders family, moved to what is now
present day Fleming County, Kentucky. It
is here that the family grew and dispersed.
2. Phillip SANDERS was born about
1660 in Scotland. He died after Dec 9 1722 in Westmoreland Co.,
The Last Will and Testament of Phillip
Westmoreland County, Va., 1722
((Westmoreland Co., Va, Wills, pg 74,
A.Fothergill c. 1925, Appeals Press)
In the name of God, amen, I Phillip
Sanders of the County of Westmoreland
after being well stricken in years but
of perfect sense and memory and calling
to mind the uncertainty of this life,
do prepare, make and declare this my
last will and testament in means and
form follows: I resign and recommend my
immortal soul into the hands of my blessed
saviour and redeemer Christ Jesus
in firm hope and belief through his
meritorious death and passion to receive
pardon and forgiveness of all my sins
and a joyful resurrection at the last
day to eternal bliss and for what worldly
estate God in the abundant of his
mercy hath been pleased to allow me
I dispose thereof in manner and form the
I give and bequeath to my son William
Sanders, to the heirs of his body the
plantation he, the said William Sanders
lives on and half my land and the
belongings to hold to him my aforementioned
son and to the heirs of his body
It is my will that if by any means my
daughter Urslee Taylor should become
destitute of land to live on that then
an in such case it is my desire that
she have the privilege of house and
land sufficient for her on the plantation
whereon I now live during her natural
I give and bequeath to my grandson John
Sanders, son of the above mentioned
William Sanders, the plantation I now
live on and the other half of my land
with the appurtenances thereunto belonging
to hold to him the said John
Sanders and to the heirs of his body
lawfully begotten but for want of such
heir then I give the said land and appurtenances
to my grandson Phillip
heirs then my will is that the same
land descend to his next heir at law.
I give to my granddaughter Mary Sanders
two pewter basins, two pewter dishes
and half a dozen of pewter plates all
the rest residue and remainder part of
my estate my debts and funeral expenses
I give and devise to be equally divided
between my living son William Sanders
and my loving daughter Urslee Taylor
and my wife Elizabeth Sanders and I do
hereby appoint my aid son William Sanders
whole and sole executor of this my
last will and testament and o hereby
revoke all former other wills and
testaments made by me and I do declare
this none other to be taken for my last
will and testament.
In witness I have hereunto set my hand
and seal this 9th day of December 1722,
Phillip Sanders mark signed sealed and
published in presence of Thomas Asbury,
Phillip married (1) Elizabeth.
Another source names Williams wife as
Phillip Saunders, born Abt. 1660 in
Scotland. He married Ursula Mrs- Saunders
Abt. 1688 in Scotland.
Ursula Mrs- Saunders563, born Abt. 1665
Children of Phillip Saunders and Ursula
i. William Henry Saunders, born Abt.
1690 in Westmoreland, Virginia; died
June 29, 1726; married Elizabeth Mrs-
Saunders Abt. 1718 in Scotland.
ii. Ursalee Saunders, born Abt. 1692
in Westmoreland, Virginia.
Phillip and Elizabeth had the following
+ 3 M i. William SANDERS was
born about 1690 and died Jun 29 1726.
4 F ii. Urslee SANDERS was born
about 1692 in Westmoreland Twp, VA.
Urslee married TAYLOR.
Phillip also married (2) Ursula.
by J.F. Dorfman)
3. William SANDERS (Phillip)was
born about 1690 in Westmoreland Twp, VA. He died Jun 29 1726.
The Last Will and Testament of William
(son of Phillip Saunders)
Westmoreland County, Va., 1726
(Westmoreland Co., Va. Wills, pg 74,
In the name of God, amen, I William
Sanders being of very sick & weak mind of
body but in perfect health of mind &
memory, thanks be to Almighty God for the
same, do make and constitute & ordain
this my Last Will & Testament in manner &
form following; And first I give and
bequeath my Soul to Almighty God my
Creator and my body to the earth to
be decently buried at the discretion of my
Exrs. hereafter mentioned; and for what
worldly goods it hath pleased God to
bless me with my will is that they be
disposed of in manner & form following.
Imprs. I give and bequeath unto my Son,
John Sanders, the land and plantacon
on which I now live to him & his
heirs lawfully begotten of his body and for
default of such heirs to my next rightfully
heirs for ever; I likewise give
him what goods or household stuff of
any kind what ever that he hath already
received from me.
Item. I give & bequeath unto my
Son, Phillip Sanders, the Eighty acres of
land I last purchased of James Taylor
to him & his heirs lawfully begotten of
his body & for default of such heirs
to my next rightfully heirs for ever.
Item. I give & bequeath to my two
Sons, William and James, all the rest of my
land not before bequested to be equally
divided between them only my Son,
James, to have the place now called
the New Plantacon into his part to them &
their heirs lawfully begotten of their
bodies for ever; and for default of
such heirs to my next rightfully heirs
beloved wife Elizabeth Sanders, the choice of
my feather beds with the furniture thereunto
Item. I give my daughter, Mary Sanders,
the next choice of my feather beds &
furniture thereunto belonging.
I give my daughter Ursula Sanders, a
feather bed & the furniture thereunto
It is my will that the rest of my Estate
of any kind what ever be equally
divided between my wife Elizabeth Sanders
and her children, and it is my will
that my children do remain & stay
with the mother during the time that she
shall remain a widow. And whereas I
have hereby given the remaining part of my
estate to be equally divided between
my wife & her children. It is provided
that they pay over & above to my
youngest daughters, Elizabeth & Sarah Sanders
five hundred pounds of tobacco apiece
at the age of eighteen years or the day
of marriage. I do appoint my widowed
wife Elizabeth Saunders and my son John
Sanders, my Exrs, and my friend, Mr.
Thomas Asbury. Executor in Trust to see
this my last Will & Testament well
& truly performed.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set
my hand & affixed my seal this 31st
day of March Anno Dmi; one thousand
seven hundred twenty six.
Signed sealed & published in presence
John Sturman Thomas Cockeril Wm Sanders
Westmoreland ss. At a court held for
the said county the 29th day of June,
1726. The Last Will& Testament of
William Sanders, decd, was presented into
court by Elizabeth, his Relict &
Exrx, (John Sanders his Exr having in court
refused to undertake the burden of the
Exon. of the sd. Will), and she having
made Oath thereto and being proved by
the oaths of John Sturman & John
Cockerill, two of the witnesses thereto
is admitted to record. And unto the
motion of the said Elizabeth, and her
performing what is usual in such cases,
Certificate is granted for her obtaining
a Probate thereof in due for.
Test Tho. Sorrel, Cl
Recordat Septimo die July 1726
William married Elizabeth.
They had the following children:
+ 5 M i. William SANDERS was
born about 1716 and died 1768.
6 M ii. John SANDERS was born
about 1717 in Westmoreland Twp, VA.
7 M iii. Phillip SANDERS was
born about 1718 in Westmoreland Twp, VA.
+ 8 M iv. James SANDERS was born
about 1719 and died Apr 17 1778.
9 F v. Mary SANDERS was born
about 1723 in Westmoreland Twp, VA.
10 F vi. Ursula SANDERS was born
about 1724 in Westmoreland Twp, VA.
5. William SANDERS (William,
Phillip)was born about 1716 in Westmoreland Twp, VA. He died 1768.
Although William lived in Fairfax County,
Virginia probably most of his life,
his Last Will and Testament was entered
and probated in Frederick County,
(Brother of James Saunders)
Frederick County, Maryland, 1768
In the name of God, amen, the second
day of January one thousand seven hundred
and sixty eight, I William Sanders of
Frederick County in the Province of
Maryland being very sick of Body but
of perfect mind & memory Thanks be given
to God therefore, Calling unto mind
the mortality of my body and Knowing that
it is appointed for all me once to die,
do make and ordain this my Last Will
and Testament, that is to say Principally
and first of all I give and
Recommend my soul to God into the Hands
of Almighty God that gave it, and for
my Body I recommend it to the death
to be buried in a Christian like manner at
the descrition of my executors nothing
doubting but at the grand Resurrection
I shall receive the same again by the
mighty power of God and as to (?) such
worldly estate where with it hath pleased
God to (?) me in this life I give
divise of dispose of the following manner
and (?) and first.
I give and bequeath unto my Brother
James Sanders my well beloved son Hardy to
raise and bring up and I give and bequeath
unto my Brother James Sanders. And
I give and bequeath unto James, William,
my well beloved son William Sanders
the (?) sole executor of this my last
Will and Testament. And I give and
bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth
Sanders a feather bed and furniture which
she always (?) & a side saddle &
bridle & I give and bequeath to my well
beloved son William Sanders a feather
bed and furniture belonging to it. And I
give and bequeath to my well beloved
son Elias Sanders a feather bed &
furniture. And I give and bequeath to
my well beloved son John Sanders, a
feather bed & furniture and I give
and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Sanders
six pounds current money of Maryland.
And I give and bequeath unto my well
beloved son Lewis Sanders six pounds
current money of Maryland and I give and
bequeath unto my well beloved son Robert
Sanders six pounds current money of
I give and bequeath unto my well beloved
son Hendry Sanders six pounds current
money of Maryland and I give and bequeath
unto James Wilcoxon a feather bed of
furniture. And I give and bequeath unto
my beloved son William Sanders, all my
wearing apparel. And I give and bequeath
unto my son Elias Sanders a horse
bridle and sadle (sic) that is called
his and all the rest of my Estate to be
equally divided amongst them all except
James Sanders & he is to have no more
of the Estate but five Shillings only.
In witness my hand and seal this second
day of January, one thousand seven hundred
and sixty eight.
Zachariah Ellis ( ) John Harris ( )
John Asford Good
Another source says he was born in Loudoun,
William married Elizabeth GUNNEL,
daughter of William GUNNEL, about 1736 in Virginia. Elizabeth
was born 1717 in Probably Loudoun, VA. She died 1768.
+ 11 M i. James SANDERS Sr. was
born calculated 1740 and died Apr 21 1797.
12 M ii. Hardy SANDERS.
13 M iii. William SANDERS.
14 F iv. Elizabeth SANDERS.
15 M v. Elias SANDERS.
16 M vi. John SANDERS.
17 F vii. Mary SANDERS.
18 M viii. Lewis SANDERS.
19 M ix. Robert SANDERS.
20 M x. Henry SANDERS.
8. James SANDERS (William, Phillip)was
born about 1719 in Westmoreland Twp, VA. He died Apr 17 1778 in
Loudoun County, VA.
The Family of James Saunders
(James, son of William Saunders)
James m Sarah Gunnel
(? - 17 Apr 1778) (? - 21 Sep 1793)
Children born to this marriage were:
Mary (01 Jan 1739 - before 1778)
William (01 Mar 1741 - before 1778)
John (01 Feb 1746 - 05 May 1797)
Gunnel (10 Mar 1748 - 02 Jun 1825)
James (10 Mar 1748 - 1812)
Barbary (20 Feb 1750 - ?)
Presley (03 Dec 1752 - 31 Aug 1823)
Henry (21 Feb 1755 - 19 Feb 1823)
Moses (24 Nov 1757 - 06 Mar 1830)
Aaron (24 Nov 1757 - 28 Dec 1828)
Cyrus (22 Dec 1760 - Nov 1822)
The Reverend James Saunders, the son
of Henry and Patience Saunders, grandson
of James and Sarah Saunders, was ordained
a minister at 18 years of age in
1803. Much of the Saunders's early birth,
death, and marriage information is
taken from a photostatic copy of James's
bible, the family history pages, kept
at the Thomas Balch Historical Library,
James's bible does not list James &
Sarah's birthdates or birth locations.
Where, and when, James and Sarah married
is not yet known. No cemetery
records researched show where they are
buried. Presumably they died in Loudoun
Last Will and Testament of James Saunders
(Son of William Saunders)
April 10, 1778, Loudoun County., Virginia
(Willbook B, Loudoun Co., Va)
In the name of God, Amen, the tenth
day of April, 1778, I James Sanders of
Loudoun County, being sick and weak
in body but of perfect mind and memory,
thanks be given unto God; Therefore
calling to mind the mortality of my body
and knowing that it is appointed for
all men once to die, do make and ordain
this my last Will and Testament; that
is to say principally and first of all I
give and recommend my Soul into the
Hands of Almighty God that gave it and my
body I recommend to the Earth to be
buried in decent Christian burial at the
discretion of my Executor; nothing doubting
but at the general resurrection I
shall receive the same again by the
mighty Power of God, and as to what
worldly Estate whenever it has pleased
God of his bounty to bless me in this
life, I give, demise and dispose of
the same in the following manner and form,
First I leave Sarah my dearly beloved
Wife in full possession of my whole
Estate real and personal during her
life after which my son Gunnel shall
receive of my Executor's bed and furniture
and twenty pound in money and my
son James twenty pounds and my daughter
Barbera twenty pounds and my nephew
Henry Sanders twenty pounds if he lives
to the age of twenty one years.
The remainder to be equally divided
between my other sons viz John, Presley,
Henry, Moses, Aaron, and Cyrus. I mean
my whole estate including the lease on
W. Mason's land wherein I now live and
my land lately in North Carolina. For
the true performance of which I do constitute
make and ordain. Sarah Sanders,
my dearly beloved wife and John Sanders
and Aaron Sanders my faithful trusty
sons Executor to this my Will and Testament
and I do hereby utterly disallow,
revoke and disannul all and every other
former Testament Wills and Bequests
and Executors by me in any ways before
named. Willed and Bequeathed ratifying
and confirming this and no other to
be my last Will and Testament.
In witness thereof I have hereunto set
my hand and seal this day and Year
above written, signed seal pronounced
and declared by said James Sanders his
last Will and Testament in the presence
In court held for Loudoun County August
the 10th 1778, This Will was proved by
the oaths of Thomas Sanders, and Jonathon
Price witnesses thereto and ordered
to be recorded and on the motion of
Sarah Sanders, John Sanders, and Aaron
Sanders the Executors therein named
who made oath according to law.
James married Sarah GUNNEL, daughter
of William GUNNEL, about 1737 in Fairfax County, VA. Sarah was
born about 1710 in England. She died Sep 21 1793 in Loudoun County,
21 F i. Mary SANDERS was born
Jan 1 1739. She died before 1778.
22 M ii. William SANDERS was
born Mar 1 1741. He died before 1778.
+ 23 M iii. John SANDERS was
born Feb 1 1746 and died May 5 1797.
+ 24 M iv. Gunnel SANDERS was
born Mar 10 1748 and died Jun 2 1825.
+ 25 M v. James SANDERS was born
Mar 10 1748 and died 1812.
26 F vi. Barbara SANDERS was
born Sep 20 1750 in Loudoun County, VA. She died 1822.
Another source says Barbara born 20
27 M vii. Presley SANDERS was
born Dec 3 1752 in Loudoun County, VA. He died Aug 31 1823.
Presley's Will, dated 1823, leaves his
estate to his wife and
for life and then it is to be divided
between his grandchildren,
Presley A. Saunders, John W. Saunders
& John E. Saunders. Presley is
probably buried in the family cem. located
in Camp Highroad. Als o
E. Saunders is buried there (1813-1854).
Presley married Mary SANDERS
on Aug 29 1804 in Loudoun County, VA. Mary was born 1775. She
died Oct 28 1854 in Loudoun County, VA.
Buried in family graveyard located on
Camp Highroad property near
Aldie, Loudoun Co., VA. The house that
is located there (still
standin gas of 1970) was built for Presley
& his family.
+ 28 M viii. Henry SANDERS was
born Feb 21 1755 and died Feb 19 1823.
+ 29 M ix. Moses SANDERS was
born Nov 24 1757 and died Mar 6 1830.
+ 30 M x. Aaron SANDERS was born
Nov 24 1757 and died Dec 28 1828.
31 M xi. Cyrus SANDERS was born
Dec 22 1760 in Loudoun County, VA. He died Nov 1 1822.
Very little info. May have married Penelope
Adams, or Elizabeth ?? ,
Mary Johnston. A Joseph Crane Saudners
listed as young son of Majo
Cyrus married Elizabeth.
11. James SANDERS Sr. (William,
William, Phillip)was born calculated 1740 in Probably Fairfax
County, VA. He died Apr 21 1797 in Natchez Dist., Adams Co., MS.
Info from Mary Elizabeth Sanders Ltr.
William Gunnell Sanders, Sr., and James
Sanders, Sr., of St. Mary Parish, La.,
were brothers. They may have been sons
of James Sanders who was in the
Natchez District [Adams County] by 1787.
If this James Sanders was their
father, their mother and 2 sisters were
in South Carolina in 1797, when the
elder James' will was probated in the
Natchez District; but they may have not
been identified at this writing.
James Sanders, Sr. (Jr. before death
of his father James, Sr - yikes) appears
to have been in Attakapan District about
1800. The James Sanders, Jr., who
appears in the early records of St.
Mary Parish, was son of William G. Sanders,
Sr. James Sanders, Sr., had a son James,
but he was too young to have
participated in the early affairs of
James married Mary GORE calculated
1765. Mary was born in Prince George County, MD.
+ 32 M i. William Gunnel SANDERS
Sr. was born Feb 16 1769 and died 1825.
33 M ii. James SANDERS Jr. was
born calculated 1773 in Loudon, County, VA. He died Oct 22 1839
in St. Mary Parish, LA.
Sanders, Sr., of St. Mary
Parish, La., were brothers. They may
have been sons of James
Sanders who was in the Natchez District
[Adams County] by 1787. If
this James Sanders was their father,
their mother and 2 sisters were
in South Carolina in 1797, when the
elder James' will was probated
in the Natchez District; but they may
have not been identified at
of his father James, Sr - yikes)
appears to have been in Attakapan District
about 1800. The James
Sanders, Jr., who appears in the early
records of St. Mary Parish,
was son of William G. Sanders, Sr. James
Sanders, Sr., had a son
James, but he was too young to have
participated in the early
affairs of the parish.
James married Abagail Ann NIXON
on 1810 in St. Mary Parish, LA. Abagail was born in New Jersey.
23. John SANDERS (James, William,
Phillip)was born Feb 1 1746. He died May 5 1797.
The Family of John Saunders
(Son of James and Sarah Gunnel Saunders)
John (1746 - 1797) m Mary Oxley (26
Jul 1759 - 1797)
They also had an infant, "not yet
named," when John Saunders's will was filed.
Sarah married James Sanders and lived
in Kentucky in 1814.
Elizabeth married Thomas Triplett and
also was in Kentucky in 1814.
Mary (29 Jul 1793 - 11 Aug 1853) married
(9 Sep 1804) Presley Saunders.
Barbary married (12 Feb 1808) William
Darne in Loudoun County, Va..
Nancy Ann (29 Jul 1793-16 Jan 1853)
married (29 Jul 1809) General Samuel M.
Bethany married (22 Apr 1801) George
John Saunders was an Ensign in the Loudoun
County, Virginia militia having
enlisted January 13, 1777 at Leesburg,
Virginia during the American
Revolutionary War. An "Ensign"
then was a Lieutenant 3rd Class in the Army.
Author's note: Much of the Oxley family
information is also recorded in the
Rev. James Saunders's bible: a photostatic
copy of the family story pages is
kept at the Thomas Balch Historical
Library, Leesburg, Virginia.
Was an Ensign in the Loudoun County,
Virginia Milita having enlisted on 13 Jan
1777 at Leesburg, Virginia during the
American Revolutionary War. An "Ensign"
at that period of history was a Lieutenant
3rd Class in the Army.
This was in the Northern Virginia Genealogy
Magazine Vol 1 Jan 1996 No. 1.
The number 40 is the the page of the
Magazine it starts on.
40 Northern Virginia Genealogy
Pages from this bible are found in Family
File #506, Thomas Balch Library,
Leesburg, Va. The Bible was printed
27 October 1802 and purchased by James
Saunders 29 April 1803. Spelling and
abbreviations have been copied as they
James Saunders, 3rd son of Henry and
Patience Saunders, born 27th day February
1785. Born of the spirit 1803, 18 years
Henry Saunders, Senr. departed this
life 19 Feb 1823, buried 21st, on which
day he would have been 68 years old
Patience Saunders, wife of Henry Saunders,
Senr. departed this life 31 January
1852, 91 years of age
Cyrus Saunders, son of Henry and Patience,
died 21 Mar 1829, in his 36th year
Delia Saunders, daughter of Henry and
Delia, died 14 Dec 1845, 10 years 27
Eliza North, daughter of Henry and Delia
Saunders, died 18 Jan 1837, 5 years
Mrs. Edith Saunders died 16 Dec 1881
Rev. James Saunders died 18 Mar 1852,
67 years, 12 days
Gunnell Saunders died 4 May 1854
Henry Saunders died 20 Feb 1876
Presley Saunders died 4 Nov 1847
Presley Saunders 2nd son of Henry, married
Mary Saunders, daughter of John
Sanders, 17 Oct 1804
Thomas Saunders married Miss Sarah Hough
Everitt Saunders married Susan Bashaw,
16 May 1816
James Saunders married Priscilla F.
Faman, 2 Jan 1817
William Austin married Anna Saunders,
3 Mar 1805
Henry Austin, son of the above, born
28 Jan 1806
John Saunders married Mary B. Rhodes,
Northern Virginia Genealogy 41
James Sanders Senr. was horn the year
Sarah Sanders wife of James Sanders
was born the _______
Mary Sanders daughter of the aboves
was born the 1st Jany 1739
William Sanders son of the aboves was
born Mar. 1St 1741
John Sanders of d0 was born Feby. 1st
Gunnell & Jas. Sanders was born
Mar 10th 1748
Barbary Sanders was born Sept 2Oth 1750
Presley Sanders was born Decr. 3rd 1752
Henry Sanders was born Feby. 211755
Moses & Aron Sanders was born Novr.
Cyrus Sanders was born Deer 22 1760
James Sanders Senr. Died ApI. 17th 1778
Sarah Sanders died Septr. 21st 1793
Mary Sanders died _____
William Sanders departed this life ____
John Sanders departed this life May
Dr.  John Saunders departed this
life Sept 24th 1811, aged 26 yrs 6 months,
Births (in a different hand)
Anna W. Saunders was born February 22nd
Thomas Saunders was born Feby 2nd A.
Presley Saunders was born Jany 18th
James Saunders was born Feby 27th A.D.
Evrett Saunders was born Jany. 13th
Henry Saunders was born Novr. 5th A.D.
Rama Saunders was born Octr. 22nd 1791
Cyrus Saunders was born Novr. 4th 1793,
died March 1829
Edith Saunders was born Jany 31St 1796
John Saunders was born ApI 19th 1797
Gunnell W. Saunders was born July 24th
Crayton Saunders was born ApI. 23rd
A. D. 1807
42 Northern Virginia Genealogy
Col. R. G. Saunders died 7 Mar 1865,
aged 73 years, 3 mos, 15 days
Elijah Bashaw died 28th Nov. 1863 aged
Thomas Saunders died Mar 24 1856
Jno. Saunders died July 23rd 1880, aged
83 years 2 mos
Ms. Edith Saunders died Dec.16, 1881,
in her 86th year
Everitt Oxley was born Mar 24th 1731
Patience Oxley was born July 12th 1729
Bethany Oxley was born Jany 14th 1750
Jesse Oxley was born Decr. 4th 1752
Britten Oxley was born Mar 19th 1755
Sarah Oxley was born May 16th 1757
Mary Ox ley was born July 29th 1759
Patience Oxley was born Novr. 9th 1761
Ede & Evritt Oxley was born Septr.
Patience Oxley departed this life Octr.
Evritt Ox ley departed this life May
Jesse Oxley departed this life Mar.
Mary Oxley departed this life Apr. 28th
The above Mary Oxley was the wife of
Bethany Rice departed this life Augest
the 21st 1822
Evrett Oxley departed this life December
the 28th 1822
Brittain Oxley departed this life March
Hannah Stephens died 28th Jany 18 ____
Ramy G. Saunders departed this life
7th of March 1865, aged 73 yrs, 3 mos, 15
Elijah Bashaw departed this life 28th
November 1863, aged 90 years.
Northern Virginia Genealogy 43
Sanders Family Bible
Bible published by McCarty & Davis,
Copies of some pages are found in the
Fairfax Circuit Court Archives.
These entries have heen copied as they
George Sanders & Sarah Money his
wife was married the 18th day of January 1810
Wm. H. Sanders was married the 21 of
Thompson H. Sanders was married the
11th day of August 1840
Job H. Sanders and Lucy E. Hutchison
his wife was married the 21 day of
George C. Miller and Zenella M. Sanders
was married the 27th day of Dec 1811
John W. Crouch and Mattie E. Sanders
was married the 12 day of Dec 1900.
George Sanders was born in the year
of our lord 1785 March the 10th day
Sarah Sanders formerly Sarah Money was
born in the year of our lord 1789
September the 9th day
William Harrison Sanders the first son
of the above was born in the year of
our lord 1810 November the 11th day
James Harvin Sanders second son of the
above was born in the year of our lord
1812 November the 26th day
Lewis Henry Sanders the third son of
the above was born in the year of our
lord 1814 November the 23 day
Perry Hampton Sanders fourth son of
the above was born in the year of our lord
1817 May the 10th day
Daniel Sanders my father was horn in
the year of our lord 1750 March the 1St
day [signed] George Sanders
Thompson Haywood Sanders the fifth son
was born in the year of our lord 1819
November the 13th day
Maryann Elizabeth Sanders the first
daughter was born in the year of our lord
1822 September the 17 day
44 Northern Virginia Genealogy
Izza Melinda Sanders the second daughter
was born in the year of our lord 1825
March the 5th day
George Hardy Sanders the sixth son was
born in the year of our lord 1827 June
the 8th day
Sarah Catharine Sanders the third daughter
was born in the year of our lord
1830 December the 19th day
John Hylon Sanders the 7th son of the
1832 March the 25
Daniel Nichol Sanders the eighth son
was born in the year of our lord 1834
September the 21st day
Mariah Louisa Sanders was born in the
year of our lord 1845 March the first
Sarah Ann Powell was born in the year
of our lord 1845 July the 31 Zenella
Moss Sanders was born in the year of
our lord 1866 October the 3rdday
Martha Elen Sanders was born in the
year of our lord, 1868 July the 10 day.
Homer G.S. Garrett was born the fifth
of Dec 1873.
John married Mary OXLEY. Mary
was born Jul 26 1759. She died Apr 28 1797.
departed this life the 1st day of
Sarah Sanders departed this life September
the 27,1862 George Sanders departed
this life May the 2nd 1873
Lewis H. Sanders departed this life
the 25th of April 1840 half past five in
Daniel Sanders my father departed this
life the 3rd day of September 1840
[signed] George Sanders
D/O Evritt & Patience Oxley.
Much of the Oxley family information
is recorded in the Rev. James Saunders's
bible: a photostatic copy of the family
pages is kept at the Thomas Balch
Historical Library, Leesburg, Virginia.
John and Mary had the following children:
+ 34 M i. James SANDERS was born
Feb 11 1783 and died Apr 14 1837.
35 F ii. Elizabeth SANDERS.
Elizabeth married Thomas TRIPLETT.
36 F iii. Patience SANDERS.
37 F iv. Permelia SANDERS.
38 M v. John SANDERS.
39 F vi. Barbary SANDERS.
Barbary married William DARNE
in Loudon, County, VA.
40 F vii. Nancy Ann SANDERS was
born Jul 29 1793. She died Jan 16 1853.
Nancy married General Samuel M. EDWARDS
on Jul 29 1809.
41 F viii. Mary SANDERS was born
Jul 29 1793. She died Aug 11 1853.
Mary married Presley SANDERS,
son of Henry SANDERS and Patience OXLEY, on Oct 7 1804. Presley
was born Jan 18 1784. He died Nov 4 1857.
42 F ix. Bethany SANDERS.
Bethany married George MOUL on
Apr 22 1801.
+ 43 F x. Sarah H. SANDERS was
born about 1787.
24. Gunnel SANDERS (James, William,
Phillip)was born Mar 10 1748 in Fairfax County, VA. He died Jun
2 1825 in Balm, Fleming County, Kentucky.
(Twin) Gunnell Saunders:
Was a Lt. in the Militia of Loudoun
Co., VA. on 1/13/1777. Made two trips
to KY and on 2nd trip (1800) took his
entire family ( 8 children an dwife).
Buried on farm of S.E. Ringo near Balm,
Fleming Co., KY.
is here that the family grew and dispersed.
The Family of Gunnel Saunders
Gunnel (10 Mar 1748 - 02 Jun 1825) married
Gunnel died at Balm, Kentucky.
Nancy (12 Oct 1771 - ?)
Harry (Henry) ? (1773 - ?)
Sylvanus (1778 - 11 Jul 1875)
William (11 Mar 1780 - 21 Feb 1870)
Gunnel (27 Jul 1783 - 26 Oct 1848)
Oliver (05 Mar 1787 - 28 Jun 1871)
Aaron (20 Aug 1792 - ?)
Moses (20 Aug 1792 - 10 Feb 1870)
Nancy married Henry Hall of Bourbon
Sylvanus married Mary Burk, (1798 -
12 Jan 1852).
William married Margaret Mauzy,(1781-
Jun 1869), on 2 Sep 1801.
Gunnel married Margaret's sister, Mary
Mauzy,( Apr 1789-18 Oct 1851), on 1 Apr
1801. Margaret and Mary's father was
Peter Mauzy. He was a Revolutionary War
veteran having served with Captain Mountjoy
from Fauquier County, Virginia.
Oliver married Elizabeth Dayley on 30
Moses married Ruth Stewart, (1807 -
1875), on 22 Apr 1823.
Aaron married Mary Dailey (Dayley?).
Gunnel married Ellen ROBINSON
on 1768 in Virginia. Ellen was born about 1745 in Georgia.
Ellen came to Virginia and while there
married Gunnell Saunders. After the
birth of their 2nd child she returned
to GA for a visit, but was unable to
return to VA for 3 years, due to Indian
problems. Children stayed with their
grandmother Saunders and on of them,
Ellen, fell into a spring and drowned.
Ellen ROBINSON Saunders is buried o
n afarm owned by S. E. Ringo in Balm,
Fleming Co., KY.
Gunnel and Ellen had the following children:
44 F i. Sarah SANDERS was born
about 1770 in Loudoun County, VA. She died Jun 30 1850 in Balm,
Fleming County, Kentucky.
Sarah married Thomas MCKINNEY
on Dec 15 1792 in Kentucky.
45 F ii. Nancy SANDERS was born
Oct 12 1771 in Loudoun County, VA. She died Oct 8 1843 in Springfield,
Another source identifies a spouse as
Lewis McKinnie m. Abt 1793, KY.
Nancy married Henry HALL. Henry
was born in Bourbon County, Kentucky.
46 M iii. Harry SANDERS was born
1773 in Loudoun County, VA.
Harry married Joanna OXLEY on
Sep 17 1812 in Fleming County, KY.
47 F iv. Ellen SANDERS was born
about 1774 in Virginia.
Fell into a spring and drowned while
staying in GA with her
48 F v. Mary SANDERS "Polly"
was born about 1777 in Virginia.
49 M vi. Sylvanus SANDERS was
born 1778. He died Jul 11 1875.
Another source: Sylvanus Saunders, born
March 05, 1788 in , Loudoun,
Virginia; died July 11, 1875 in , Fleming,
Kentucky; married Mary
Johnson December 22, 1807 in , Fleming,
1850 Fleming Census:
Salvanus Sanders 65 Farmer KY
Mary Sanders 50 KY
James Sanders 20 Farmer KY
Albert Sanders 18 KY
????? Sanders 13 KY
Samuel Sanders 27 Farmer KY
Sylvanus married Mary BURK. Mary
was born 1798. She died Jan 12 1852.
+ 50 M vii. William SANDERS was
born Mar 11 1780 and died Feb 21 1870.
+ 51 M viii. Gunnel SANDERS Jr.
was born Jul 27 1783 and died Oct 26 1848.
52 M ix. Oliver SANDERS was born
Mar 5 1787 in Loudoun County, VA. He died Jun 28 1871 in Fleming
FAMILY # 742
Oliver Sanders 63 Farmer VA
Louise Sanders 66 PA
Nancy McClane? 14 KY
Oliver married (1) Elizabeth DAYLEY
on Aug 30 1807 in Fleming County, KY. Elizabeth was born Aug 30
1790 in Washington Twp, PA.
Oliver also married (2) Louise T.
DAILEY on Feb 26 1835 in Fleming County, KY.
53 M x. Aaron SANDERS was born
Aug 20 1792 in Loudoun County, VA. He died Nov 16 1862 in Fleming
Aaro Sanders 57 Farmer KY
Elizabeth Sanders 45 KY
Rebecca P. Sanders 26 KY
Angeline R. ??? 12 KY
Sarah M. Chadwick 7 KY
Peter S. Plummer 18 KY
Aaron married (1) Mary DAILEY.
Aaron also married (2) Sarah DAILEY
on May 2 1811 in Fleming County, KY. Sarah was born Dec 15 1792
in Washington Twp, PA. She died Aug 31 1849.
Aaron also married (3) Elizabeth
PLUMMER on Apr 29 1850.
54 M xi. Moses SANDERS was born
Aug 20 1792 in Loudoun County, VA. He died Feb 10 1870 in Fleming
Moses Sanders 58 Farmer KY
Ruth Sanders 41 KY
Odd Biggerstaff 20 Farmer KY
Ruth W. Biggerstaff 17 KY
Eli Biggerstaff 12 KY
Louisa H. Biggerstaff 10 KY
Moses married Ruth STEWART on
Apr 22 1823 in Fleming County, KY. Ruth was born 1807. She died
25. James SANDERS (James, William,
Phillip)was born Mar 10 1748 in Loudoun County, VA. He died 1812.
James m Elizabeth
(1748 - 1812)
Elizabeth's last name is not yet known
nor is her birthdate or date of death.
Children born to this marriage were;
James (? - ?)
Ackley (1775 - Oct 1822)
Mary (? - 1812)
Permelia (? - 1812)
Ackley married Mary (unknown last name).
Her nickname was "Polly."
Mary married Truman Day.
Permelia married Charles Eaton.
The Last Will and Testament of James
Saunders is filed in Willbook A, page 22,
Fleming County, Kentucky records.
Fleming County, Kentucky, April 10,
(Willbook A, page 22, Fleming Co. Ky,
In the name of God, Amen, I, James Saunders
of Fleming County, and the State
of Kentucky, being weak in body but
of sound and perfect mind and memory,
blessed be almighty God for the same,
do swear and publish this, my last will
and testament in manner and to will
the following, that is to say. First I
give and bequeath unto my beloved wife
Elizabeth Saunders, during her natural
life, all that tract of land wherein
I now dwell and the place I bought of
John Weaver together with all the buildings
and improvements and belongings.
Also a Negro woman named Dark to serve
fifteen years and then be free and at
full liberty and in case of issue during
her servitude, they shall be free at
the age of twenty seven years. Also
a Negro boy named Bill to serve for twenty
three years and then be free at full
liberty, also to have cows her choice of
the stock. Also twelve head of sheep,
her choice of the stock, also a bay mare
named Cloc, will all my household and
kitchen furniture, her choice except the
bedding and I leave her three beds and
furniture, her choice.
I do also give and bequeath unto my
son Accley Saunders, one Negro man named
Joseph to serve for fifteen years and
to be free and at full liberty, also a
yellow girl named Milly to serve fifteen
years and be free and at full liberty.
And in the case of issue during her
servitude, they shall be free at the age
of twenty seven years. The price I fix
upon Joe is eighty pounds and upon
Milly, sixty pounds. I also give and
bequeath unto my son James Saunders, one
Negro man named Godfrey to serve fifteen
years and then be free and all full
liberty, value eighty pounds. I also
leave it as an injunction not to separate
them from said family.
I also give and assign unto the heirs
of my daughter Mary Day, deceased, all
that tract of land lying where George
Knaaill formally lived, to hold to them
the heirs of said Mary Day, their heirs
and assigns forever, I also price said
land at six dollars per acre. I do also
give and likewise unto the heirs of my
daughter Permelia Eaton, all that tract
of land wherein Charles Eaton now
lives and assigns forever. I also price
said land at four dollars per acre.
Also one tract of land to the heirs
of said Permelia Eaton, lying on the
waters of Locust where Marsh Hunt now
lives to hold to them their heirs and
assigns forever. Which land I rate at
five dollars per acre.
The land I myself settled that lays
near to my son Accley Saunders, for which
he now has a deed, I price at six dollars
per acre. Also the land that Truman
Day now lives on, I price at three dollars
per acre. Likewise the place I gave
him near the Bannons, I rate at three
dollars per acre. The place I gave to my
son James, where John Pearch now lives,
I rate at twenty shillings per acre.
And the place where the widow Oxley
now lives, I price the whole at one
hundred and twenty five pounds.
I do also give and bequeath and assign
to my sons Accley and James Saunders
and Truman Day, a certain tract of land
lying to the west of Accley Saunders
and in the northwest of Fowler's claim
which land is in dispute and in case
this land should be lost out of my estate,
put provided the rights should be
good, I will and desire that it be equally
and jointly among the
aforementioned Accley and James Saunders
and Truman Day to hold to them their
heirs and assigned forever and I further
will and order that in the division
or selling of my estate that the several
titles to the aforementioned property
may be decisive and final. In regard
to the land mentioned that I settled near
to Accley Saunders, estimated at six
dollars, I mean to include the
I so also will and order that all the
rest or residue and remainder of my
personal estate, goods and chattels
of what value and kind, be sold and after
my just debts are paid, to be equally
divided among the aforementioned Accley
Saunders, James Saunders, and the heirs
of Mary Day and the heirs of Permelia
Eaton, but that no division should take
place until after the first day of
January next year. I do also further
will and order that my wife Elizabeth
Saunders shall have one half of the
crops that is made in the present year.
I do also leave it with my Executor
to pay the heirs of my daughter Mary Day
and Permelia Eaton, their respective
shares in property. And lastly, I appoint
my sons Accley and James Saunders Executors
of this my last will and testament.
In witness thereof, I have hereunto
set my hand seal this tenth day of April
in the year of our Lord, One thousand
Eight Hundred and Twelve.
Joshua Stockton, Clerk
James married Elizabeth NASH
about 1767 in Loudoun County, VA. Elizabeth was born about 1745
+ 55 M i. James SANDERS was born
+ 56 M ii. Ackley SANDERS was
born 1775 and died Oct 1822.
57 F iii. Mary SANDERS died 1812.
Mary married Truman DAY.
58 F iv. Permelia SANDERS died
Permelia married Charles EATON.
28. Henry SANDERS (James, William,
Phillip)was born Feb 21 1755 in Loudoun County, VA. He died Feb
The Family of Henry Saunders
(son of James and Sarah Gunnel Saunders)
Henry (21 Sep 1755 - 19 Feb 1823) m
Patience Oxley (9 Nov 1761 - 31 Jan 1852)
Anna (22 Feb 1781 - ?)
Thomas (02 Feb 1783 - 24 Mar 1856)
Ramy G. ( 1792 - 07 Mar 1865)
Presley (18 Jan 1784 - 04 Nov 1857)
James (27 Feb 1785 - 15 Mar 1852)
Everett (13 Jan 1787 - 1868)
Henry (05 Nov 1788 - 20 Feb 1876)
Cyrus ( 1793 - 21 Mar 1829
Edith (31 Jan 1796 - 16 Dec 1881)
John (19 Apr 1797 - 1880)
Gunnel (24 Jul 1801 - 4 May 1854)
Craighton (23 Apr 1807 - ?)
Thomas and Henry (Jr.) served in the
War of 1812.
Ramy was a Colonel in the United States
Anna married (1805) William Austin in
Loudoun County, Virginia.
Thomas married (1832) Mary Meade also
in Loudoun County, then married Sarah
Presley married (7 Oct, 1804) Mary Sanders,
John Sanders's daughter.
James married (2 Jan, 1817) Priscilla
Henry married Delia (? last name)
Everett married (16 May 1816) Susan
Bashaw. Susan's father was Elijah Bashaw
(1773 - 28 Nov 1863)
Many members of the Henry Saunders family
are buried in Union Cemetery,
Henry (Sr) moved to Adair County, KY.
On 30 October, 1812, Henry (Sr) filed
a Power of Attorney in Adair County,
Kentucky authorizing Newton Coffey and
Reatherford Coffey: "to in my name to
ask for and demand and receive such
part and proportion of the estate of James
Saunders, now deceased, late of the
County of Loudon and State of Virginia,
both of the real and personal as I may
be entitled to either by inheritance or
by last will and testament of the said
James Saunders, dec'd."
James Saunders died in Loundon County,
Virginia in 1778. Why Henry waited
until 24 years later to file an estate
claim is not yet known. One possible
theory is James Saunders's estate may
have been contested or a dispute over
property rights may have happened. This,
however, is only speculation as of
this writing and is not proven.
Said to have served in Revolutionary
Henry Saunders Sr moved to Adair County,
Kentucky. On 30 Oct 1812, He filed a
Power of Attorney in Adair County, Kentucky
authorizing Newton Coffey and
Reatherford Coffey: "to in my name
to ask for and demand and receive such part
and proportion of the estate of James
Saunders, now deceased, late of the
County of Loudon and State of Virginia,
both of the real and personal as I may
be entitled to either by inheritance
or by last will and testament of the said
James Saunders, dec'd.
James Saunders died in Loudon County,
Virginia in 1778. Why Henrt waited until
24 years later to file an estate claim
is not yet known. One possible theory
is that James Saunders's estate may
however, is only speculation as no
proof has been found.
Henry married Patience OXLEY
about 1780. Patience was born Nov 9 1761 in Virginia. She died
Jan 31 1852.
+ 59 F i. Anna SANDERS was born
Feb 22 1781.
60 M ii. Thomas SANDERS was born
Feb 2 1783. He died Mar 24 1856.
Thomas married (1) Mary MEADE
on 1832 in Loudon, County, VA.
Thomas also married (2) Sarah HOUGH.
61 M iii. Presley SANDERS was
born Jan 18 1784. He died Nov 4 1857.
Presley married Mary SANDERS,
daughter of John SANDERS and Mary OXLEY, on Oct 7 1804. Mary was
born Jul 29 1793. She died Aug 11 1853.
62 M iv. Rev. James SANDERS was
born Feb 27 1785. He died Mar 18 1852.
of Henry and Patience Saunders,
grandson of James and Sarah Saunders,
was ordained a minister at 18
years of age in 1803. Much of the Saunders's
early birth, death, and
marriage information is taken from a
photostatic copy of James's
bible, the family history pages, kept
at the Thomas Balch Historical
Library, Leesburg, Virginia.
James married Priscilla T. FORMAN
on Jan 2 1817.
63 M v. Everett SANDERS was born
Jan 13 1787. He died 1868.
Everett married Susan BASHAW
on May 16 1816.
+ 64 M vi. Henry SANDERS was
born Nov 5 1788 and died Feb 20 1876.
65 M vii. Ramy G. SANDERS was
born Oct 22 1791. He died Mar 7 1865.
66 M viii. Cyrus SANDERS was
born Nov 4 1793. He died Mar 21 1829.
67 F ix. Edith SANDERS was born
Jan 31 1796. She died Dec 16 1881.
68 M x. John SANDERS was born
Apr 19 1797. He died Jul 23 1880.
69 M xi. Gunnel W. SANDERS was
born Jul 24 1801. He died May 4 1854.
70 M xii. Craighton SANDERS was
born Apr 23 1807.
29. Moses SANDERS (James, William,
Phillip)was born Nov 24 1757 in Loudoun County, VA. He died Mar
6 1830 in Franklin County, IN.
The Family of Moses Saunders
Moses m Leanah Begerly
(24 Nov 1757 - 06 Mar 1830?) (1770 -
They married Jan 1785 in Loudoun Co.,
Va. Moses died in Franklin Co., In.
Moses (24 Mar 1806 - 08 Sep 1886)
Sarah (28 Jan 1808 - 18 Jan 1888)
John (1794? - ?)
Thomas (1800? - ?)
Moses (Jr) married (03 Oct 1825) Elizabeth
Blackstone (14 Apr 1799 - 04 Jun
married (27 Nov 1854) Nancy Smith (14
Jun 1834 - 26 Jul 1898)
Moses (Jr) lived in Fleming Co., Ky..
He and both wives, are buried in Locust
Cemetery, Fleming Co., Ky..
Children born to Moses (Jr) and Elizabeth
Jonathan Smith (17 Aug 1826 - 01 Apr
William Blackstone (23 Dec 1833 - 14
Thomas (25 Feb 1836 - 03 Jan 1928)
Moses married Leanah BEGERLY
on Jan 1785 in Loudon, County, VA. Leanah was born 1770.
James Franklin (1837 - 1880)
Amanda (Dec 1827 - Feb 1913)
Jeptha (13 Feb 1830 - 29 Jul 1847)
Coleman (11 Apr 1832 - 16 Dec 1841)
Infant (twins) (stillborn 08 Feb 1838)
Children born to Moses (Jr) and Nancy
Stillborn Infant (20 Oct 1855)
Bruce (15 Oct 1857 - 04 Jul 1927)
Raleigh (17 Jan 1860 - 1931)
Maguire "Doc" (30 Aug 1862
Martha Jane (02 Jul 1865 - 10 Jun 1945)
Ulysses Grant (27 Mar 1868 - 1919)
Bertha Ann (20 Dec 1873 - 1967)
Twin Moses Saunders:
Was in U.S. Army in the 28th Inf. Enl:
Flemingsburg, KY on 2/19/181 4at age
48; Dis: 2/18/1815.
Made application for land due her husband,
Moses, for service in th eWar of
1812. Stated they were married in Loudoun
Co., VA in Jan. 1785.
Moses and Leanah had the following children:
+ 71 M i. Moses SANDERS was born
Mar 24 1806 and died Sep 8 1886.
72 F ii. Sarah SANDERS was born
Jan 28 1808. She died Jan 18 1888.
73 M iii. John SANDERS was born
74 M iv. Thomas SANDERS was born
30. Aaron SANDERS (James, William,
Phillip)was born Nov 24 1757 in Loudoun County, VA. He died Dec
28 1828 in Loudoun County, VA.
The Family of Aaron Saunders
Aaron m Susan C.
(24 Nov 1757 - ?) (1771 - 26 May 1846)
Alfred R. (1765 - 1843.
The Aaron Saunders family is buried
in the Saunders Family cemetery, on the "
Prosper Well" Farm, just north
of Leesburg The farm is at the northeast corner
of state highway 15 and state highway
661 just a few miles north of Leesburg,
Aaron Saunders named the farm "Prosper
Well." The Saunders family sold the
farm to John Henry Whitmore. Mrs. Sarah
Whitmore as of this writing, owns the
farm. A delightful southern lady, she
loves to talk about the farm's history.
The farmhouse itself takes you back
into time. Aaron's original log house was
torn down and the present day stone
house was built. Two additions to the
house can be seen.
The cemetery is at the southeast corner
of the farmhouse grounds. The
headstones are in good condition and
are readable as of this writing. The
discrepancies between the information
from the Balch Library records and the
recorded gravestones haven't been cleared
as of this writing.
The gravestones read:
Capt, Aaron Saunders, 24 Nov 1757 -
28 Dec 1828
Susan C. Saunders 1771 1846
Alfred R. Saunders 29 Mar 1798 - 29
Alcinda 29 Mar 1826 - 11 Jun 1834
Ann B. Saunders 1813 1835
(consort of Aaron R.)
Will C. Saunders 1832 26 May 1842
Curtis R. Saunders 20 Nov 1800 - 3 Dec
Aaron Saunders stone reads:
"Sacred to the memory of Capt.
Aaron Saunders who was born on the 24th day of
November AD 1757 and departed this life
on the 28th day of December AD 1828.
Aged 71 years, 1 month, and 4 days.
Lamented and respected by all his
acquaintance particularly by the poor,
whose friend he was indeed. An honest
man, the noblest work of God.
(Twin) Aaron Saunders:
Was a Rev. War Soldier. Buried at Prosperwell
Farm, off RT. 15, North of
Leesburg, VA. Tombstone: Sacred to the
memory of Capt. Aaron Saunders who
was born on the 24th day of Nov. A.D.
1757 & departed this life on the 28th
day of Dec. A.D. 1828. Lamendted &
respected by all his acquaintanc epart.
by the poor, whose friend he was indeed....
Burial: December 1828, Aaron Saunders
Cem, "Prosper Well" Farm, Leesburg,
Aaron married Susan C.. Susan
was born 1771. She died May 26 1846 in Loudoun County, VA and
was buried in Saunders Family cemetery, on the "Prosper Well"
Buried on Prosperwill Farm, off Rt 15,
north of Leesburg, Loudoun Co., VA.
Buried under a lilac hedge. The farm
is now owned by John M. Whitmore.
Burial: May 1846, Aaron Saunders Cem,
"Prosper Well" Farm, Leesburg, Virginia
Aaron and Susan had the following children:
75 M i. Thomas R. SANDERS.
76 F ii. Susan R. SANDERS.
77 F iii. Francis R. SANDERS.
32. William Gunnel SANDERS Sr.
(James, William, William, Phillip)was born Feb 16 1769 in Loudon,
County, VA. He died 1825 in Wilkinson County, MS.
An entry in the Shelburne Parish, Loudoun
County, Virginia records, 10 May,
1778 reads: "The Church Wardens
of Shelburne Parish bind Wm. Gunnel Sanders,
aged 16 year the 16th of Feby, last
to Edward Stephens to learn the trade of
Blacksmith accg. to law."
William Gunnel Sanders later moved to
Chester County, South Carolina in 1799
where he married Mary Young known to
be a resident of Chester County. He moved
west and finally settled in Adams County,
and Natchez, Wilkinson County,
Mississippi. (The Bulletin, Chester
Genealogical Society, Richburg, SC., Dec
1992, VOL XVI. No. 4)
William Gunnell Sanders, Sr., Dec. 15
Jared Y. Sanders is petitioner, for
himself and representing Eleanor Young
Sanders, a minor heir of deedent; Nancy
Sanders, wife of William George Dixon
[of East Feliciana Parish, LA]; James
Sanders, Jr., petitioner for himself and
representing Thomas Young Sanders and
Davis H. Sanders, 2 minor heirs; William
Gunnell Sanders, Jr.; and wife Mary
Sanders, wife of John Watkins (of
Wilkinson County, Miss.), petitioners,
all legal heirs of William Gunnell
Sanders, Sr., and Mary Young Sanders,
his wife, both deceased, late of
Wilkinson Co., Miss.
Fam. meeting: Jared Y. Sanders, brother;
and Robert Trousdale, Edmond M. Sale,
Levi Porter, and Joseph Theall, friends
of the minors [in lieu of other
relatives in the parish].
In 1804 and 1805 William Gunnell Sanders
sold his Chester County property and
in 1807 he owned land in Adams County,
Miss. [from the Adams County Tax Roll,
Mississippi State Department of Archives
and History, Jackson, Miss.] In 1815,
as a "resident of Adams County,
Miss." he purchased land in Wilkinson Co.,
Miss. In 1813 he purchased land in St.
Mary Parish, La., but apparently he
and his wife never lived in Louisiana.
Their older sons apparently took care
of the St. Mary Parish property. William
died in Wilkinson County in 1825
and Mary in either 1827 or 1828.
William married Mary YOUNG, daughter
of William YOUNG and Elender MCCLURKIN, about 1790 in Chester
County, SC. Mary was born 1784. She died 1827/1828 in Wilkinson
78 M i. Jared Y. SANDERS I was
born Mar 8 1791 in Chester County, SC. He died Nov 1862 in Inglewood
his plantation near Brashear City now Morgan City.
Jared Young Sanders, born 8 Mar 1791
in Chester Co., SC. He
apparently came to St. Mary Parish in
1813 when his father purchased
land here. On 29 Apr 1818 he married
Rachel Nixon Hulick, eldest
daughter of Barnet Hulick. This first
J. Y. Sanders became St. Mary
Parish's 4th sheriff, serving from 1818
- 1821. He died in November
of 1862 at his plantation near Brashear
City [now Morgan City], "
Jared married Rachel Nixon HULICK,
daughter of Barnet HULICK, on Apr 29 1818 in St. Mary Parish,
79 F ii. Nancy SANDERS was born
1793 in Chester Co., SC. She died Aug 12 1851 in East Feliciana
Parish, LA and was buried in Carruth Plantation, East Feliciana
Nancy married William George NIXON
on Dec 28 1811 in Adams County, MS.
80 M iii. James SANDERS Jr. was
born about 1796 in Chester Co., SC. He died about 1839 in Wilkinson
James married Lucretia SWAYZE
on Mar 11 1826 in Wilkinson County, MS.
81 M iv. William Gunnell SANDERS
Jr. was born Mar 11 1801 in Cheraw County, SC. He died 1835/1836
in St. Martin or St. Mary Parish, LA.
William married Rebecca HALL
about 1824 in St. Martin or St. Mary Parish, LA.
82 F v. Mary SANDERS was born
about 1804 in Cheraw County, SC.
Mary married John WATKINS on
Dec 13 1820 in Wilkinson County, MS. John died 1850 in Wilkinson
83 F vi. Eleanor Young SANDERS
was born about 1810 in Adams County, MS. She died Nov 30 1842
Eleanor married Rankin ROGERS
about 1830 in St. Mary Parish, LA.
84 M vii. Thomas Young SANDERS
was born about 1813 in Adams County, MS. He died about 1841 in
Wilkinson County, MS.
85 M viii. Davis H. SANDERS was
born about 1816 in Wilkinson County, MS. He died Dec 1853 in Wilkinson
Davis married Elizabeth in Wilkinson
34. James SANDERS (John, James,
William, Phillip)was born Feb 11 1783. He died Apr 14 1837.
James served in the United States Army
from 1808 - 1815. He was discharged as
James married Lucy Herd LEE on
Jul 13 1815 in Norfolk, Virginia. Lucy was born Sep 1 1789. She
died May 20 1852.
86 M i. John SANDERS was born
Dec 29 1816. He died May 3 1884.
John married Emily Catherine WHITE
on Nov 17 1852.
87 F ii. Mary Laetitia SANDERS
was born Apr 22 1821. She died Jun 14 1823.
88 F iii. Mary Jane SANDERS was
born Dec 16 1823. She died Mar 17 1858.
Mary married Clement A. PECK
on Dec 18 1849.
89 M iv. Richard Evers Lee SANDERS
was born Jun 19 1826. He died Oct 6 1838.
90 F v. Ann Amelia SANDERS was
born Jun 22 1829. She died Jun 2 1874.
Ann married Robert Grant DAVIDSON
on Jan 19 1853.
43. Sarah H. SANDERS (John, James,
William, Phillip)was born about 1787.
Sarah married James SANDERS,
son of James SANDERS and Elizabeth NASH, about 1814 in Kentucky.
James was born about 1774.
91 M i. Oliver SANDERS was born
Oct 15 1798 in Kentucky. He died Sep 22 1868 in Kentucky and was
buried 1868 in Sherburn Cemetary, Fleming County, KY.
92 F ii. Mariah SANDERS.
50. William SANDERS (Gunnel,
James, William, Phillip)was born Mar 11 1780 in Loudoun County,
VA. He died Feb 21 1870 in Mt. Pleasant, Henry, Iowa.
1850 Fleming County Census:
William Sanders 70 Farmer VA
Margaret Sanders 69 VA
The Family of William Saunders
(Son of Gunnel and Ellen Robinson Saunders)
William (11 Mar 1780 - 21 Feb 1870)
m Margaret Mauzy (1781 - 15 Jun 1869)
William Gunnel m Harriet Eliza Saunders
Austin m Olevia Ringo
Eleanor m Issac Fouche
Mary Ann m William T. Saunders
Sarah m James Grant
Ann m Matthew G. Jones
Elizabeth m Charles Saunders (brother
of Wm T.)
Margaret m James Garvin
Aaron m Mary Wrenchy
The children of Aaron and Mary Saunders
Margaret, Alice, John, James, Squire,
The Aaron and Mary Saunders family is
buried in Blythdale, Missouri.
William married Margaret MAUZY,
daughter of Peter MAUZY and Sarah HUGHES, on Sep 2 1801 in Sherbourne,
Fleming County, KY. Margaret was born Mar 12 1781 in Fauquier,
VA. She died Jun 15 1869 in Mt. Pleasant, Henry County, IA.
+ 93 F i. Mary Ann SANDERS was
94 F ii. Elizabeth SANDERS.
Elizabeth married Charles SANDERS,
son of Ackley SANDERS and Mary. Charles was born 1818.
Charles Sanders 40 Farmer KY
Elizabeth Sanders 38 KY
Marion 12 KY
95 M iii. William Gunnel SANDERS.
William G. Sanders 35 Merchant KY
Harriet E. Sanders 27 KY
William married Harriet Eliza SAUNDERS.
96 M iv. Austin SANDERS.
Austin R. Sanders 42 Merchant KY
Ivela M. 38 KY
Matilda C. 15 KY
Austin married Olevia RINGO.
97 F v. Sarah SANDERS.
Sarah married James GRANT.
98 F vi. Ann SANDERS.
Ann married Matthew G. JONES.
99 F vii. Margaret SANDERS.
Margaret married James GARVIN.
+ 100 M viii. Aaron SANDERS.
101 F ix. Eleanor SANDERS.
Eleanor married Issac FOUCHE.
51. Gunnel SANDERS Jr. (Gunnel,
James, William, Phillip)was born Jul 27 1783 in Loudoun County,
VA. He died Oct 26 1848 in Mt. Pleasant, Henry, Iowa.
Gunnel (27 Jul 1783 - 26 Oct 1848) m
Children born to Gunnel and Mary Mauzy
Jonathon R. (17 Feb 1802 - 08 Apr 1886)
Nancy (16 Mar 1806 - ?)
Francis (21 Feb 1807 - 24 Feb 1878)
Presley (11 Jul 1809 - 19 Jul 1889)
George (06 Aug 1811 - 12 May 1898)
Alvin (12 Jul 1815 - 01 Nov 1899)
William A. (04 Aug 1818 - 14 Feb 1865)
Presley Saunders founded the city of
Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. A great many of the
Saunders family resided in Mt. Pleasant.
Alvin Saunders was the first
territorial governor of Nebraska. Saunders
County, Nebraska is named in his
Jonathon married (18 Dec 1823) Sarah
Nancy married Amos Locke. With children
Mary Ann, Frances, Sarah Jane, Nancy,
Alvin, James, and Louisa
Francis married Robert Mackey and then
the Rev. Arthur Miller
Presley married Edith Cooper and then
Alvin married (03 Nov 1856) Martha Barlow.
William A. married (23 Oct 1850) Louisa
Notes from Shirley McNeely:
Gunnell migrated on May 10, 1828 into
Sangamon County, IL. He migrated in 1846
to Mt. Pleasant, Henry County, IA. He
was a soldier from Fleming County, KY in
the War of 1812. Gunnell Saunders was
found dead in his carriage 60 miles from
Gunnel married Mary MAUZY, daughter
of Peter MAUZY and Sarah HUGHES, on Apr 1 1801 in Kentucky. Mary
was born Apr 1789. She died Oct 18 1851.
D/O Fayette & Sally Peyton BRADFORD
Mauzy. May have married a Dr. Samuel Rixey
after death of Gunnell.
Margaret and Mary's father was Peter
Mauzy. He was a Revolutionary War veteran
having served with Captain Mountjoy
Mary and her parents moved to Bourbon
County, KY and from there to Fleming
County, KY. After the death of her husband,
Mary continued to live in Mt.
Pleasant until her death. She died from
the effects of a dose of arsenic
carelessly put up by a druggist in place
Gunnel and Mary had the following children:
102 F i. Nancy SANDERS was born
Mar 16 1806 in Flemingsburgh, Fleming County, KY. She died Apr
5 1844 in Bloomington, Monroe County, IL.
Nancy married Amos LOCKE on Jul
4 1822 in Fleming County, KY. Amos was born 1801.
+ 103 M ii. Presley SANDERS was
born Jul 11 1809 and died Jul 19 1889.
104 M iii. Alvin SANDERS.
Mrs. Mary Saunders Harrison
DAR ID Number 52065 Also No. 51199
Born in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa Wife of Russell
Descendant of Peter Mauzy
Daughter of Alvin Saunders and Marthena
Barlow, his wife
Granddaughter of Gunnell Saunders and
Mary Mauzy, his wife
Gr-granddaughter of Peter Mauzy and
Sarah Hughes, his wife
Peter Mauzy (1751-1841) was placed on
the pension roll of Kentucky,
1832, for service as private in the
Virginia troops, 1777-81. He was born
in Fauquier County, Virginia.;
died in Fleming County, Kentucky
Alvin married Marthena BARLOW.
55. James SANDERS (James, James,
William, Phillip)was born about 1774.
James married Sarah H. SANDERS,
daughter of John SANDERS and Mary OXLEY, about 1814 in Kentucky.
Sarah was born about 1787.
56. Ackley SANDERS (James, James,
William, Phillip)was born 1775. He died Oct 1822.
The Family of Ackley Saunders
(Son of James Saunders)
(Grandson of James and Sarah Gunnel
Ackley (ca. 1775 - 1822 m Mary ("Polly")
(Apr 1789 - 18 Oct 1851)
James (? - Nov 1852)
Charles (1818 - ?) m Elizabeth Saunders
Squire (1813 - ?) m Harriet
William T. (1820 - 1849) m Mary Ann
Sally (1806 - ?) m William Prather
Ann (1807 - ?) m James Wrenchy
Mary (? - ?) m Cornwell
Elizabeth (1805 - ?) m Isaiah Plummer
Lewis (1803 - ?)
Louisa (1821 - ?) m Prather
Mary Ann and Elizabeth Saunders were
sisters: the daughters of William and
Margaret Mauzy Saunders.
The Last Will and Testament of Ackley
Saunders is filed in Willbook C, page
243, Fleming County records, Fleming
Last Will and Testament of Ackley Saunders
Fleming Co., KY, July 12, 1822
(Willbook C, pg 243, Fleming Co., KY
July the twelfth, eighteen hundred and
twenty two, I Ackley Saunders of
Fleming County and state of Kentucky,
being of sound mind but weak in body and
calling upon the uncertainty of this
life, I do hereby declare this to be my
last will and testament. After my disease
when it may please almighty God to
take me home, my body I command to its
mother earth till it all please him
that to raise it again and my spirit
to the same Gracious God.
With regard to my worldly goods after
all my debts are paid, I will and
bequeath all my estate both real and
personal to my beloved wife Polly
Saunders during her widowhood, but in
case she may unchange her situation by
marrying again, she shall have only
her things as the law directs during her
To my beloved daughter Elizabeth Plummer,
I will and bequeath to her the land
now in till and son-in-law Isaiah Plummer
her husband with what small matters
I have done for her in all that I am
able to do for her. To my beloved sons
James and Lewis Saunders, I will and
bequeath to them after their mother's
death or change in situation by marrying
again if such a thing should take
place, one hundred acres apiece with
its proportional part of timber and
cleared land that is to say fifty acres
apiece out of the tract of land where
I now live. But my beloved wife Polly
Saunders in whose direction I have the
utmost confidence as a mother may have
the same heirs of and give to them
either of them as she may think best
to do for her and their material good.
The residue of my land where I now live
being one hundred and thirty acres
more or less.
I will and bequeath to my beloved sons
Charles Saunders, Squire Saunders,
William Saunders, to be equally divided
amongst themselves after the decease
of their mother.
To my beloved daughter Sally Saunders
I will and bequeath to her one hundred
and fifty dollars in spices to had at
the discretion of my beloved wife Polly
With regards to my undivided part of
my farm estate both real and personal
when it my be necessary for the property
of my heirs my executor or executrix
both as the case may be is directed
to sell all the part both real and
personal and may fall to me or my heirs
for the purpose of paying my daughter
Sally her legally mentioned in this
will all the balances of my whole estate
after the death of my beloved wife after
the herein mentioned are provided for
or paid shall be equally divided in
the manner and form following.
To say to be equally divided amongst
my beloved children, James Saunders,
Becky Saunders, Lewis Saunders, Anna
Saunders, Sally Saunders, Polly Saunders,
Charles Saunders, Squire Saunders, Louisa
Saunders, and William Saunders, or
above mentioned at the death or change
of life of my beloved wife even the
decision shall be at the discretion
of my beloved wife to give any child or
children at the managed such proportion
of the estate and may suit hereon and
their good taking are not to excuse
their proportion and provided in this will
and I would and advise my beloved wife
should any of my children marry to give
then such aid as her situation will
admit. Always taking proper vouchers or
receipts for the same and if any of
my children shall arrive at the age of
twenty one during the life of my wife.
Whom she is disposed to advance she is
advised to aid them if in her power
by giving them their equal proportion of
my estate or such part then of as in
her discretion she may think proper
whether they are married or single.
It is moreover my last request that
my trusty friend William Kennan will unite
with my beloved wife in the execution
of this my last will and testament and
it is my wish that my beloved wife Polly
Saunders my not be required to give
security or executrix hereof unless
she should marry and it is my request that
she may be compelled to give ample security.
Nothing in this my last will and testament
shall be so construed as to deny my
wife of her absolute right to the full
enjoyment of my whole estate during her
widowhood and in case of her marriage
to the third part thereof during he
natural life, except as such part thereof
I have already given both real and
personal to my beloved daughter Elizabeth
Plummer and my son-in-law Isaiah
Plummer, I mean the land on which they
live and such chattels as I have
thought proper to bestow on them.
This will is erased in two places on
the second page the words of my whole
estate and the forth page the words
or widowhood are intended to be stricken
out. Given in my hand and seal as the
day and date first written.
Ackley married Mary "Polly".
Polly was born Apr 1789. She died Oct 18 1851.
107 M i. James SANDERS died Nov
(son of Ackley and Mary Saunders)
Fleming County, Kentucky, 1852
In the name of God, amen, I, James Saunders
of the County of
Fleming and state of Kentucky, being
weak in body but of sound mind
and memory, thanks to Almighty God for
the same, do make and publish
my last will and testament in manner
and form following that is to
1st It is my will and desire that after
my decease, my body by
burial in a decent and Christian like
manner and that my just debts
together with my funeral expenses be
punctually and speedily paid.
2nd I give and bequeath to my sister
Sarah Prater, one bedstead and
beds and bedding consisting of seven
pieces of sheets, blankets and
spreads, 2 pillows and 8 cases, one
bureau and all my wearing
apparel, one roan mare, 2 glap jars,
1/2 doz. silver teaspoons, also
my individual interest in the land which
descended from Thomas
McKinney to my mother Mary Saunders.
Also 1 small rifle 1 man's
saddle bags and pictures in frames.
3rd I give and bequeath to my sister
Elizabeth Plummer one thick
comforter, one blanket, one set of knives
and forks, 1 large rifle
gun, the book of the life of General
Taylor, the pine bucket.
4th I give and bequeath to my sister
Louisa Prater one mantle clock,
2 glap jars, one leather trunk.
5th The notes and accounts I hold against
my brothers, Charles,
Squire, and William, I give them as
their portion and release them
from paying the same.
6th It is my will that the remainder
of my property both real and
personal be sold and the proceeds arising
therefrom after the
payment of my just debts ad funeral
expenses be divided among my
five sisters, Elizabeth Plummer, Ann
Wrenchy, Sally Prater, Louisa
Prater, and Mary Cornwell. And lastly
I hereby nominate and appoint
William Alvin and Samuel T. Blass executors.
July 11, 1852
108 M ii. Charles SANDERS was
Charles married Elizabeth SANDERS,
daughter of William SANDERS and Margaret MAUZY.
109 M iii. Squire SANDERS was
FAMILY # 740
Squire Sanders 37 Farmer KY
Harriet Sanders 27 KY
Mary Sanders 10 KY
Lewis? Sanders 8 KY
Pa??? Sanders 6
Virginia Sanders 4
Rachel E. Sanders 3
Lewellyn Sanders 1 month
Squire married Harriet.
+ 110 M iv. William T. SANDERS
was born 1820 and died 1849.
111 F v. Sally SANDERS was born
Sally married William PRATHER.
112 F vi. Mary SANDERS.
Mary married CORNWELL.
113 F vii. Elizabeth SANDERS
was born 1805.
Elizabeth married Isaiah PLUMMER.
114 M viii. Lewis SANDERS was
115 F ix. Louisa SANDERS was
Louisa married PRATHER.
59. Anna SANDERS (Henry, James,
William, Phillip)was born Feb 22 1781.
Anna married William AUSTIN on
Mar 3 1805 in Loudon, County, VA.
116 M i. Henry AUSTIN was born
Jan 28 1806.
64. Henry SANDERS (Henry, James,
William, Phillip)was born Nov 5 1788. He died Feb 20 1876.
Henry married Delia.
Henry and Delia had the following children:
117 F i. Eliza SANDERS died Dec
Eliza married NORTH.
71. Moses SANDERS (Moses, James,
William, Phillip)was born Mar 24 1806. He died Sep 8 1886.
1850 Fleming County Census
Moses Saunders 47 Farmer KY
Elizabeth Saunders 57
James F. 12
Moses married (1) Elizabeth BLACKSTONE
on Oct 3 1825. Elizabeth was born Apr 14 1799. She died Jun 4
118 M i. Jonathan Smith SANDERS
was born Aug 17 1826. He died Apr 1 1914.
Jonathan Sanders 23 Farmer KY
Nancy Ann 15
119 F ii. Amanda SANDERS was
born Dec 1827. She died Feb 1913.
120 iii. Jeptha SANDERS was born
Feb 13 1830. Jeptha died Jul 29 1847.
121 M iv. Coleman SANDERS was
born Apr 11 1832. He died Dec 16 1841.
122 M v. William Blackstone SANDERS
was born Dec 23 1833. He died Jan 14 1919.
123 M vi. Thomas SANDERS was
born Feb 25 1836. He died Jan 3 1928.
124 M vii. James Franklin SANDERS
was born 1837. He died 1880.
Moses also married (2) Nancy SMITH
on Nov 27 1854. Nancy was born Jun 14 1834. She died Jul 26 1898.
125 M viii. Bruce SANDERS was
born Oct 15 1857. He died Jul 4 1927.
126 M ix. Raleigh SANDERS was
born Jan 17 1860. He died 1931.
127 M x. Maguire SANDERS "Doc"
was born Aug 30 1862. He died 1940.
128 F xi. Martha Jane SANDERS
was born Jul 2 1865. She died Jun 10 1945.
129 M xii. Ulysses Grant SANDERS
was born Mar 27 1868. He died 1919.
130 F xiii. Bertha Ann SANDERS
was born Dec 20 1873. She died 1967.
93. Mary Ann SANDERS (William,
Gunnel, James, William, Phillip)was born 1819.
Mary married William T. SANDERS,
son of Ackley SANDERS and Mary, on 1839 in Fleming County, KY.
William was born 1820. He died 1849.
Mary Sanders 31 KY
Worthy Sanders 8 KY
William P. Sanders 5 KY
The Family of William T. Saunders
William T. (ca. 1820 - 1849) m Mary
Ann Saunders (1819 - ?)
Worthy S. (02 Jun 1841 - 29 Nov 1928)
William Presley (1845 - ?)
Worthy married Mary Rachel Jenkins,
and William married Jennie Claude.
(unknown last name).
William T. and Mary Ann married in 1839
in Fleming County, Kentucky and
initially resided in Sherburne, Fleming
County, Kentucky, a small town on the
Licking River. William T. died shortly
after his sons were born. No death
record exists as of this writing, but
an 1852 Fleming County Circuit Court
docket entry lists William T. as deceased.
The Fleming County tax records
continually show entries relating to
William T. until 1849 when he is no
William T. and his brother, Charles,
were business partners and throughout the
Fleming County, Kentucky, tax records
they are listed as being in business
with each other.
William T. Saunders was not financially
secure and the Fleming County Clerk of
Court records shows the following agreement:
10 July, 1843. We do hereby lease or
rent unto William T. Sanders for 2 years
the following property for sum $10.00,
1 wagon, 1 brown horse, 1 black mare, 3
pair gears, 1 mantle clock, 1 bureau,
1 set chairs, 2 dressing glasses, 1
shovel and tongs, 1 bucket, pans, 4
pieces of pot metal.
signed: William G. Saunders, Austin
R. Saunders After William T.'s death,
Mary Ann and her sons, Worthy and William
P., moved from Sherburne to
Flemingsburg, Fleming County, Kentucky,
and lived next door to Charles and
Elizabeth Saunders: William T.'s brother.
On November 11, 1850 Mary Ann
married Cummins Brown, a local businessman
in Fleming County. The family moved
to Mt. Pleasant, Iowa where Mr. Brown
died. Mary Ann later married William
Toole. They moved to California in later
years and it is presumed she died
William and Mary had the following children:
131 M i. Worthy S. SANDERS was
born Jun 2 1842. He died Nov 29 1928 in Garden County, Nebraska
and was buried in Antelope valley Cemetery, Oshkosh, Nebraska.
Worthy S. (02 Jun 1842 - 29 Nov 1928
) m Mary Rachel Jenkins (21 Mar
1843 - 13 Jun 1918)
They married September 28, 1865 in Mt.
Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa;
moved to present day Garden County,
Nebraska. They both died there
and are buried at the Antelope valley
Cemetery, Oshkosh, Nebraska.
Presley Elmer (25 Aug 1866 - 1 June
Orva Francis (11 Dec 1869 - 20 Apr 1954)
Clarence Leslie (22 Sep 1872 - 09 Mar
Arpel May (30 Sep 1876 - 23 Aug 1953)
William Clyde (11 Nov 1877 - 14 Jun
George Chester (29 May 1881 - 14 Sep
Pearl Aubrey (04 Nov 1883 - 08 Nov 1964)
Worthy married Mary Rachel JENKINS
on Sep 28 1865 in Mt. Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa. Mary was born
Mar 21 1843. She died Jun 13 1918 in Garden County, Nebraska and
was buried in Antelope valley Cemetery, Oshkosh, Nebraska.
132 M ii. William Presley SANDERS
was born 1845.
William married Jennie Claude.
100. Aaron SANDERS (William,
Gunnel, James, William, Phillip)died in Blythdale, Missouri and
was buried in Blythdale, Missouri.
FAMILY # 757
Aaron Sanders 28 Farmer KY
Mary Sanders 23 KY
Margaret Sanders 3 KY
J. ?udly Sanders 2 KY
Aaron married Mary WRENCHY. Mary
died in Blythdale, Missouri and was buried in Blythdale, Missouri.
133 F i. Margaret SANDERS died
in Blythdale, Missouri and was buried in Blythdale, Missouri.
134 F ii. Alice SANDERS died
135 M iii. John SANDERS died
136 M iv. James SANDERS died
137 M v. Squire SANDERS died
138 F vi. Elizabeth SANDERS died
103. Presley SANDERS (Gunnel,
Gunnel, James, William, Phillip)was born Jul 11 1809 in Fleming
County, KY. He died Jul 19 1889 in Mt. Pleasant, Henry County,
Presley married (1) Edith COOPER
on 1830. Edith was born 1810. She died 1836.
Presley and Edith had the following
139 F i. Amanda J. SANDERS was
140 M ii. Cyrus E. SANDERS was
born Apr 20 1833.
141 F iii. Mary SANDERS was born
Presley also married (2) Hulda BOWEN
after 1836. Hulda was born 1817 in Chillecothe, OH.
142 F iv. Eliza SANDERS.
143 M v. Smith SANDERS was born
Feb 3 1838.
144 M vi. Alvin B. SANDERS was
145 F vii. Etna SANDERS was born
Jul 11 1846.
110. William T. SANDERS (Ackley,
James, James, William, Phillip)was born 1820. He died 1849.