As Henry SANDERS, he was first found in 1755 in Dorchester Co., MD when he and
a Richard SANDERS sold livestock and furniture.1  He appeared as Henry SAUNDERS
in the 1776 census Transquakin Hundred, Dorchester County census with:2
		0-10	10-16	16-21	21-30	30-40	50-60
males		 3	  1    	  0	  1	  0	  1
females		 4	  1	  1	  1	  1

As Henry SAUNDERS, he was listed in the 1783 tax list for the Lower District of
Dorchester Co., with one male slave, 6 hogs, 14 cattle, and 12 white inhabitants.3

He moved to Rockingham Co., NC by the early 1790s. In the 1800 Rockingham
County, census, Henry had:
	0-10	10-16	16-26	26-45	45+
males	 1		  1		1
females	 	 	  1		1

In December 1800 he sold his land there,4 and purchased 270 acres in Rowan
(now Davie) Co., NC the following February.5 In 1802 he sold 90 acres to
William,16 and 90 acres to John, who was "of Rockingham County."17  Henry
was living in 1805 when he made a deed of gift to his son Hugh, in what
was essentially a last will.6 

In this document, Hugh was referred to as "our Loving Son," and it is
beleived he is the only child by Henry's wife Nancy.  On the same date in
1805, Henry sold his remaining land (now 128 acres) to William.18  William
sold this land to Hugh in 1808, for the same price.19  Hugh in turn,
sold the land back to William on 5 Sep. 1810 for the same price.20

In the 1810 Rowan County tax list, Hugh was taxed for land, but had no poll
tax.21  As of 1801, the taxable age in NC was 21-50. As no exemptions were
found in the court minutes for Hugh, the indication would be he was under
21 at the time of the 1810 tax.  As a man had to be 21 to sell land, Hugh
had turned 21 by 5 September, indicating he was born in 1789.

The 1776 census and 1783 tax list would indicate that all of Henry's elder
10 children were probably born by the former date, and almost certainly by
the latter.  Because of the large age gap between Hugh and the other
children, all the elder children are believed to be children of Henry's
wife Mary WEST.

Henry was married twice, first to Mary WEST,7 and second to Nancy6 LINZY.7  

Children, first ten born Dorchester Co., MD.  Birth order uncertain:
1. James7 SAUNDERS; m. Esther TAYLOR; living 1795;8
2. Sarah7 SAUNDERS
3. Margaret7 SAUNDERS
4. Mary7 "Molly, Polly" SAUNDERS b. 1760-1770;9 m. Noah STAPLEFORD;
   d. 27 Oct. 1838 Adam-ond-Ahman, Daviess Co., MO10
5. Nancy7 SAUNDERS
6. Elizabeth7 SAUNDERS b. before 1774;35 m. John Horford TAYLOR;7 living
   1800 Rockingham Co., NC35
7. William7 SAUNDERS b. ca. 1771;56 m. Sarah "Sally" SHEEK;11 d. 29 Jan.
   1846, bur. Whitaker's Meeting House Church Cem., Davie Co., NC56
8. Rebecca7 SAUNDERS
9. John7 SAUNDERS born say 1775;22 living 1815 Rowan Co., NC36
10. Henry7 SAUNDERS
11. Hugh7 SAUNDERS b. 1789; living 1810 Rowan Co., NC13

William SAUNDERS and Sarah "Sally" SHEEK had children all born in (now)
Davie Co., NC:
1. Adam14 SAUNDERS b. ca. 1803;32 Rebecca HANLINE 23 Apr. 1834;15
   m.2. Mary GIBSON 1835;24 d. between 185331-1860 Gordon Co., GA33
2. James14 SAUNDERS b. 7 Oct. 1804;50 Mary O. "Polly" CUMMINGS
   9 Mar. 1840;23 d. 6 May 1850, bur. Olive Branch Cem., Davie Co., NC50
3. Susanna14 SAUNDERS b. ca. 1807;26,27 Jesse VESTOL, Jr. 14 Jan. 1829;25
   d. Jan. 1850 Surry Co., NC26
4. William14 SAUNDERS b. 2 Feb. 1809;49 m. Nancy J. THOMAS;37,46 d. 15 July
   1891, bur. Smith Grove Cem., Davie Co., NC49
5. Jacob14 SAUNDERS b. 29 Nov. 1815;43 Drucilla CUMMINGS 25 Sep.
   1845;43 d. ca. 1861 Wilkes Co., NC45
6. Mary23 "Polly"14 SAUNDERS b. 1815-1820; John WALKER 14 Dec. 1842;23
   living 184314
7. John14 SAUNDERS b. ca. 1822;47 m. Elizabeth S. THOMAS;46 d. between
   4 Oct. 1863 and 30 June 1866 Davie Co., NC28
8. Elizabeth14 "Betsy" SAUNDERS b. 3 Mar. 1822;12 Reuben FOOT
   28 Oct. 1847;23 m.2. David HARRIS 9 Apr. 1857;29 m.3. George RICHARD(S)
   3 July 1867;29 d. 22 June 1874, bur. Smith Grove Cem., Davie Co., NC12
9. Jincy14 SAUNDERS b. ca. 1825; Calvin BEEDING 19 Apr. 1848;23
   d. before 15 Aug. 184923

Biographical information on William Saunders.
William SAUNDERS and Nancy J. THOMAS had children, all born Smith Grove,
Davie Co., NC:
1. Sarah44 Elizabeth52 SAUNDERS b. 9 Jan. 185052/1851;37 m. Giles Murphy CALL44
   11 Apr. 1875;58, d. 15 Dec. 1916;37,52 bur. Smith Grove Cem., Davie Co., NC37,52
2. Emeline44 SAUNDERS b. ca. 1854;38 m. Thomas F. HOWARD44 18 Sep. 1883;30
   d. before 1923; bur. Smith Grove Cem., Davie Co., NC
3. John Henry44 SAUNDERS b. 5 Aug. 1856;39 m. Minnie Elizabeth
   HOSKINS 1230/1439 Sep. 1881; d. 3 Feb. 1933 La Mesa,
   Dona Ana Co., NM;39 bur. Evergreen Cem., El Paso Co., TX48
4. Rhoda44 T. SAUNDERS b. 5 July 1860;40 m. Charles H. LONG44 9 Sep. 1883;30
   d. 26 May 1936;40 bur. Oak Grove United Methodist Church Cem., Davie Co., NC40,53

Henry SAUNDERS and Minnie HOSKINS had children, all born Smith Grove:
1. Kenneth Murchison SAUNDERS b. 30 June 1886;39 m. Lena Blanche
   STROUD 14 Sep. 1912;39 d. 28 Nov. 1964 La Junta, Otero Co., Colo.;
   bur. Rocky Ford, Otero Co., Colo.34
2. Jesse Franklin SAUNDERS b. 5 Feb. 1889;39 m. Juta Linda MIKELSON
   27 Mar. 1921;39 d. 18 Jan. 1965, bur. Canutillo, El Paso Co., TX41
3. Mary SAUNDERS b. 16 Sep. 1890;39,51 d. 26 June 1891, bur. Smith Grove
   Cem., Davie Co., NC39,51
4. Willis Lawrence SAUNDERS b. 29 Sep. 1893;39 m. Ruth E. LITTLE 25 Dec. 1919;39
   d. 7 Apr. 1982 NM;42 bur. Masonic Cem., Las Cruces, Dona Ana Co., NM55
5. Silas Anthony "Doc" SAUNDERS b. 5 Apr. 1895;39 m.1. Mrs. Flora Lily
   HALBROOKS 7 Nov. 1925;57 m.2. Eddith BARTON;41 d. 6 Apr. 1970,
   bur. Show Low Cem., Show Low, Navaho Co., AZ54

1. Dorchester Co., MD deeds Liber Old 15:291-292, FHL microfilm 0,013,897. 2. Gauis Marcus Brumbaugh, Maryland Records, Colonial, Revolutionary, County and Church, (Baltimore: Genelogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1975), Volume 2, p. 108. 3. Dorchester Co., MD, Assessment of 1783, Lower District, p. 12, MD Hall of Records. 4. Rockingham Co., NC deeds G:129. 5. Rowan Co., NC deeds 18:270-272. 6. Rowan Co., NC deeds 19:575-576 Henry Sanders deed of gift transcription. 7. Salt Lake Temple and Endowment House Records, Baptism for the Dead, D, pp. 224-225. Done in 1873 for Thomas Stapleford Woodland, and Nancy (Woodland) Whitaker, great-grandchildren of Henry. Their mother Celia (Stapleford) Woodland, granddaughter of Henry was living at that time (age 72) and probably the source of the information, as she also had work done for her husband at the same time. 8. Rockingham Co., NC deeds E:161. 9. 1830 Edwards Co., IL census, Noah Stapleford household, p. 50. 10. D. P. Woodland, "My Grandfather John Woodland", p. 3. "While at Adam-Ondi-Ahan Brother John Woodland's wife's [Celia Stapleford] mother [Mary (Saunders) Stapleford] died on October 27, 1838." 11. Rowan Co., NC deeds 32:487-488. 12. Davie County Historical and Genealogical Society, Davie County Cemeteries, (Mocksville, NC: author, 1998). 13. Rowan Co., NC deeds 22:414-416. 14. William Saunders will, Davie Co., NC original wills, NC State Archives, Recorded copy, Book 1:79. William Saunders will transcription. 15. Rowan Co., NC marriage bonds. Adam Sanders-Rebekah Haneline, Bondsman: William Sheek. 16. Rowan Co., NC deeds 18:367-368. 17. Rowan Co., NC deeds 18:382-383. 18. Rowan Co., NC deeds 19:541-544. 19. Rowan Co., NC deeds 21:182-184. 20. Rowan Co., NC deeds 22:414-416. 21. 1810 Rowan Co., NC tax list, Capt. Frost's Company. 22. 1800 Rockingham Co., NC, John SANDERS household, p. 473. John is believed to be the 16-26 male, with the 26-45 male, his elder (unmarried) brother William. John also had an apparent wife, and two sons under age 10. 23. Davie County, NC Marriage Bonds James Sanders-Mary Cummings Bondsman: David -?- John Walker-Mary Sanders Bondsman: John Beauchamp Reuben Foot-Elizabeth Saunders Bondsman: Isaac Vestal Calvin Beeding-Jinsey Saunders Bondsman: Calvin W. Rich Calvin S. Beeding-Delitha Jacops Bondsman: John Gullit 24. Lois Smathers Neal, Abstracts of Vital Records From Raleigh, North Carolina Newspapers 1830-1839 (Raleigh, NC: NC Genealogical Society, 1995), III, part 2: 321. 25. Surry Co., NC marriage bonds. Jesse Vestal Junr.-Sussana Sanders, Christopher Weatherman bondsman. 26. 1850 Surry Co., NC, Mortality Schedule, Susanna Vestol entry, Line 9. Susannanh Vestol 42, married, born NC; died Jan. 27. 1840 Surry Co., NC, Jesse Vestol, Jr. household, p. 115. Female age 30-40. 28. John Sanders original will, Davie Co., NC original wills, NC State Archives. Recorded copy, Book 1:199. 29. Davie County, NC record of marriages 1851-1867, FHL microfilm 0,572,606. p. 32 David Harris-Elizabeth Foote p. 101 George W. Rickard-Elizabeth Harris 30. Davie Co. NC 1877-1922 Marriage Register. 31. Davie Co., NC deeds 4:516. 32. 1850 Murray Co., GA census, Adam Sanders household. 33. 1860 Gordon Co., GA census, Mary Sanders household, p. 359. Mary is an apparent widow. 34. Kenneth M. Saunders obituary, La Junta Tribune Democrat, La Junta, Colorado. 35. 1800 Rockingham Co., NC census, Harford Taylor household, p. 474. 36. Jo White Linn, 1815 Rowan County, North Carolina Tax List, (Salisbury, NC: Salisbury Printing Co., 1987). 37. Sarah Call Death Certificate, NC Board of Health, NC State Archives File 210, #23, FHL microfilm 1,892,159. 38. 1860 Davie Co., NC census, Wm. Saunders household, p. 86 [43B]. 39. John Henry Saunders Bible, original was in possession Willis Saunders, Las Cruces, NM (deceased). Photographs in my possession. 40. Rhoda T. Long death certificate, NC Board of Health, NC State Archives, File 1876, #354. 41. Letter Willis Saunders to Carol Buchanan, 15 Mar. 1972. 42. Information received at time from son, James Saunders. 43. Information Dorothy "Dot" Crook, Evergreen, Al. (deceased 2002). 44. William Sanders estate file, Davie Co.,NC estate files, NC State Archives, FHL microfilm 1,954,913, frame 1047. 45. Wilkes Co., NC court of pleas and quarter sessions, 1860-1868 book, unpaginated, April 1861 session, James M. Call appointed administrator on the estate of Jacob Sanders. 46. Sallie (Call) Horn, granddaughter of William Saunders and Nancy Thomas, family record written in 1956. Photocopy in my possession. 47. 1850 Davie Co., NC census, John Saunders household. 48. John Henry Saunders headstone, Evergreen Cemetery, El Paso, El Paso, Co., TX. 49. William Saunders headstone, Smith Grove Methodist Church Cem., Davie Co., NC. William listed as died 15 July 1892 Original sale list in my possession is dated 24 Aug. 1891 The application for administration on William's estate was dated 3 Aug. 1891 (see #44). From those it is believed the headstone may have been erected several years after his death, and the year remembered incorrectly. 50. James Saunders headstone, Olive Branch Cem., Farmington, Davie Co., NC. 51. Mary Saunders headstone, Smith Grove Methodist Church Cem., Davie Co., NC. 52. Sarah Elizabeth Call headstone, Smith Grove Methodist Church Cem., Davie Co., NC. 53. Rhoda Long headstone, Oak Grove United Methodist Church Cem., Davie Co., NC. 54. Silas A. Saunders headstone Show Low Cemetery, Show Low, Navajo Co., AZ. 55. Willis L. Saunders headstone Masonic Cemetery, Las Cruces, Dona Ana Co., NM. 56. William Sanders headstone Whitakers Meeting House Church Cemetery, Davie Co., NC. 57. Valencia Co., NM, Marriage Record 6, p. 113. 58. Davie Co., NC 1867-1876 Marriage Register, pp. 27-28.


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