Mary Elizabeth Sanders

F, b. 17 August 1858, d. 18 December 1947
     Mary Elizabeth Sanders was born on 17 August 1858 at Stonington, Christian Co., IL. She was the daughter of Nicholas Denison Sanders and Sarah Abbie Lankham. Mary Elizabeth Sanders married Robert P. Duncan, son of Joseph Franklin Duncan and Susannah C. DeVault, on 15 October 1890 at Christian Co., IL, no children. Mary Elizabeth Sanders died on 18 December 1947 at Taylorville, Christian Co., IL, at age 89.
Note: Myrna (Brooks) Hood wrote (given to Tracy Devault by Valerie M. Hudson):

Mary Sanders Duncan, who lived into the 1940s, (she died on 18 Dec., 1947) of course I did know --- as did most of my cousins, I'm sure. I remember "Cousin Mary" as an exceedingly prim and proper old lady, whose Victorian sensibilities I was forever being warned not to offend with my tom-boyish ways. As a result, I seemed to always be terminally tongue-tied in her presence. I seem to recall that I never saw her dressed other than in elegant black, usually an ankle-length gown with a white lace collar. Her legs, what one could see of them (and she would have called them "limbs" if she called them anything at all!) were always encased in black silk stockings. She had a rather mournful way of speaking and her accent that of pure New England. She had one stock comment in her conversation which inevitable came out in response to anybody's relating any kind of negative news --- from a cut finger to a total crop loss for the year: "Wa-al," she would drawl -- "Thaht's tooo bahd," in tones as sadly melancholy as a mourning dove's. There's no question but that she was the "grande dame" of the neighborhood; to commit even the slightest impropriety in her presence was unthinkable.

As mentioned elsewhere, Mary did have a husband, rather briefly. She married Robert Duncan (said to have been a minister) on 15 October, 1890. Robert died of typhoid fever on their wedding anniversary four years later. Some nine years after Robert's death, Mary took into her home a nine-year-old niece of Robert's, Donna Duncan. Donna was born on 9 Aug., 1894, in Findlay, Ill. Her father, Martin K. Duncan, had separated from her mother when the couple's four children were young. Lillie, her mother, had gone to California with the two youngest --- Donna and her sister, Pansie. By 1903, the mother's health failed and she sent Donna back to Illinois to live with her relatives. Donna's father was remarried by this time, so Mary Duncan, his sister-in-law, kindly took charge of Donna. Gwen Duncan, who married my father's first cousin, Malcolm Stewart of Moweaqua, was an older sister of Donna's. Malcolm Stewart's mother, born Typhena Brooks -- a sister to my grandfather Charles Brooks -- married as her second husband (and his second wife) the same Martin K. Duncan who was the father of Donna as well as Gwen Duncan, who became Tryphena's daughter-in-law after being her stepdaughter! I know I shouldn't try to describe relationships of this complicated nature - on paper, they never seem to come out right. Suffice it to say, this Martin K. Duncan, brother of Mary Sanders' husband Robert Duncan, father of Gwen and Donna, and second husband of my great-aunt "Pheenie", has been described to me by my father as an utterly despicable character -- "A mean old buzzard", I believe is how he described Duncan. When I inquired as to why Aunt Phennie ever married him, my dad said he didn't know and added, "Anyway, she got rid of him --- divorced him, you know!" [Chalk up two more 19th Century divorces!]

At any rate, Donna Duncan grew up into a spirited and beautiful young lady; no doubt she found the atmosphere of the Garwood-Duncan establishment a bit of a "gilded cage"; it must have been thick with Victorian repression, as well as overstuffed elegance. Perhaps she was happier during her teen years, when she was sent away to school at Monticello Lady's Seminary. Donna died rather suddenly on the 19th of December, 1915, allegedly from and undiagnosed brain tumor. My father, Carl Brooks, who knew Donna very well (they were close to the same age), states that Donna had developed a severe infection of the sinuses in the fall of 1915 --- an infection that quickly worsened, apparently spreading to the lining of the brain, and proved to be incurable in those days before antibiotics. A specialist was called in from Decatur, but he, too, was helpless to find a solution; the solution was still 30 years in the future in the form of penicillin. It's said that the two attending doctors operated on the dying patient as the she lay on her little bed in the downstairs bedroom, as a last desperate measure to locate the suspected brain tumor. As eyewitness, (as I have heard the story, a girl who was hired live-in help at the time) later described the scene as "Blood everywhere -- the mattress was entirely soaked with blood and we later took it out and burned it. It was terrible!" This same young lady was later to hint darkly that Donna's death was a suicide, but I believe she may have been letting her imagination run away with her. My father remembers the occasion very well, and it certainly does appear that Donna died from a raging infection. The death-bed operation, of course, was not only futile, but barbaric when viewed from a present-day perspective.

Although such scenes of horror were not uncommon in those days, I suppose, it must have been nothing short of ghastly for the dying girl and her anxiety-stricken family. Such a sudden and tragic end to her beautiful young niece must have been a cruel blow to the aunt who had raised her. Small wonder I remember as always speaking in melancholy tones.

Roger and Mary's oldest son, Jake Vangeison, now age 12, confided in me during my latest visit to this house (which, of course is his home) that he doesn't like to be in the "front part of the house". "Have you seen ghosts?" I asked him. "Well --- I don't think so," he said, "but I got this creepy feeling when I'm near that bedroom where she died." I have to agree with the lad --- that small front bedroom where Donna Duncan died, which still contains the same little painted bedstead that was hers, is quite capable of eliciting a very strong emotional response from anyone who is more than usually sensitive to such things. If ever an old house was tailor-made to harbor ghosts, this one surely must answer the description.

Note: Lydia (Ayars) Duncan took three of her daughters to California: Gwen, Donna and Pansie. Gwen and Donna returned to Illinois shortly after the 1900 Census was taken. Gwen married Malcolm Stewart and Donna went to live with Mary Elizabeth (Sanders) Duncan. Pansie remained in California where she lived and died.

Melvin F. Sanders

M, b. 19 September 1914, d. 14 January 1991
     Melvin F. Sanders was born on 19 September 1914 at Vigo Co., IN. He was the son of Harry Melvin Sanders and Donna Crystal Williams. Melvin F. Sanders died on 14 January 1991 at Bothell, King Co., WA, at age 76.

Nicholas Denison Sanders

     Nicholas Denison Sanders married Sarah Abbie Lankham.

Child of Nicholas Denison Sanders and Sarah Abbie Lankham

Patience Dewilmer Sanders1

F, b. 26 August 1889, d. 10 October 1967
     Patience Dewilmer Sanders was born on 26 August 1889 at Pennington Co., MN.1 She married Pitman Cramner Stratton circa 1915.1 Patience Dewilmer Sanders died on 10 October 1967 at Loma Linda, San Bernardino Co., CA, at age 78.

Child of Patience Dewilmer Sanders and Pitman Cramner Stratton


  1. [S4121] 1930 Federal Census, Riverside County, California. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T626, Roll 184; FHL #2339919.

Rebecca Sanders

     Rebecca Sanders married John Henry Snapp, son of John Snapp and Elizabeth Cook, on 14 March 1870 at Sullivan Co., MO.

Children of Rebecca Sanders and John Henry Snapp

Rose Sanders

F, b. 25 July 1913, d. 25 October 2002
     Rose Sanders was born on 25 July 1913 at Fresno, Fresno Co., CA.1 She married Hubert F. Mann.1 Rose Sanders died on 25 October 2002 at age 89.


  1. [S1982] 1940 Federal Census, Los Angeles County, CA. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T627, Roll 377.

S. D. Sanders

     S. D. Sanders married Kitty (?).

Child of S. D. Sanders and Kitty (?)

Stanley Howard Sanders

M, b. 27 July 1947, d. 27 February 1959
     Stanley Howard Sanders was born on 27 July 1947. He was the son of (?) Sanders and Gloria Jean Vogelgesang. Stanley Howard Sanders died on 27 February 1959 at age 11.

Virginia Isabelle Sanders

F, b. 12 January 1911, d. October 1973
     Virginia Isabelle Sanders married Gordon Woodey. Virginia Isabelle Sanders was born on 12 January 1911 at Montgomery Co., KS. She was the daughter of Harry Melvin Sanders and Donna Crystal Williams. Virginia Isabelle Sanders died in October 1973 at Seattle, King Co., WA, at age 62.

Virginia L. Sanders

F, b. 3 March 1910, d. 14 December 1985
     Virginia L. Sanders was born on 3 March 1910 at Tennessee.1 She married Harvey Ross Kiddoo, son of Albert Ross Kiddoo and Lula Ethel Stoner, on 6 December 1928 at Clayton, St. Louis Co., MO. Virginia L. Sanders married Joseph C. Mowry circa 1929. Virginia L. Sanders died on 14 December 1985 at age 75. She was buried in December 1985 at Oak Hill Cemetery, Kirkwood, St. Louis Co., MO, Find A Grave Memorial# 29417646.


  1. [S1156] 1920 Federal Census, Saint Louis Independent City. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T625, Rolls 947 - 961.

Walter Freeman Sanders

M, b. 10 February 1886, d. 30 September 1957
     Walter Freeman Sanders was born on 10 February 1886 at McGregor, McLennan Co., TX. He married Bessie Amazon Jones. Walter Freeman Sanders died on 30 September 1957 at Dallas, Dallas Co., TX, at age 71. He was buried in October 1957 at Frost Cemetery, Frost, Navarro Co., TX, Findagrave #6835329.

Child of Walter Freeman Sanders and Bessie Amazon Jones

Walter J. Sanders

M, b. circa 1891
     Walter J. Sanders was born circa 1891 at Kansas.1 He married Margaret A. (?).1

Child of Walter J. Sanders and Margaret A. (?)


  1. [S2236] 1920 Federal Census, Wilson County, Kansas. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T625, Roll 554.

William Sanders

     William Sanders married Lydia DeWald, daughter of Philip DeWald and Catharine Lang, on 21 September 1817.

Children of William Sanders and Lydia DeWald


  1. [S1831] 1850 Federal Census, Fulton County, Illinois. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 107.

William Sanders

M, b. circa 1829
     William Sanders was born circa 1829 at Ohio.1 He was the son of William Sanders and Lydia DeWald. William Sanders married Margaret Pierce, daughter of Richard Pierce and Mary (?), on 6 May 1858 at Fulton Co., IL, no evidence of any children as of 1870 census. William Sanders lived in 1860 at Bernadotte Twp., Fulton Co., IL. He lived in 1870 at Bernadotte Twp., Fulton Co., IL.


  1. [S1831] 1850 Federal Census, Fulton County, Illinois. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 107.

Willie Ferne Sanders

F, b. 11 October 1916, d. 5 June 1975
     Willie Ferne Sanders was born on 11 October 1916 at Frost, Navarro Co., TX. She was the daughter of Walter Freeman Sanders and Bessie Amazon Jones. Willie Ferne Sanders married Harry Alonza McCoy Jr., son of Harry Alonzo McCoy and Mary G. Tofall, on 14 December 1941 at Yuma Co., AZ. Willie Ferne Sanders died on 5 June 1975 at Tucson, Pima Co., AZ, at age 58. She was buried in June 1975 at East Lawn Palms Cemetery and Mortuary, Tucson, Pima Co., AZ, Findagrave #123740463.

Child of Willie Ferne Sanders and Harry Alonza McCoy Jr.

Alice Naomi Sanderson1

F, b. circa 1887
     Alice Naomi Sanderson was born circa 1887 at Pennsylvania.1 She married John Russell Kline circa 1909.1

Child of Alice Naomi Sanderson and John Russell Kline


  1. [S2123] 1910 Federal Census, Black Hawk County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T624, Roll 392; FHL #1374405.

Carolyn Janelle Sanderson

     Carolyn Janelle Sanderson was the daughter of David Sanderson and Viola Belle Olmstead.

David Sanderson

M, b. 27 July 1915, d. 25 October 1971
     David Sanderson was born on 27 July 1915 at Chicago, Cook Co., IL. He was the son of David Sanderson. David Sanderson married Viola Belle Olmstead, daughter of Edmund Walter Olmstead and Loretta Elmira Miller, on 5 July 1937 at Bethany, MO. David Sanderson died on 25 October 1971 at Des Moines, Polk Co., IA, at age 56.

David Sanderson


Child of David Sanderson

David Sanderson III

     David Sanderson III was the son of David Sanderson and Viola Belle Olmstead.

Elsie Thalimer Sanderson

     Elsie Thalimer Sanderson married Darcie Campbell Bard.

Child of Elsie Thalimer Sanderson and Darcie Campbell Bard

Franklin Sanderson

     Franklin Sanderson married Mela Elzona Nolder, daughter of Orrin Nolder and Martha C. Short, on 12 May 1908 at Delavan, Tazewell Co., IL.

Hugh Sanderson

M, b. circa 1832
     Hugh Sanderson was also known as George.1 He married Elizabeth A. Sonner, daughter of Jacob Sonner and Christina Ambrose. Hugh Sanderson was born circa 1832 at Ohio.1

Child of Hugh Sanderson and Elizabeth A. Sonner


  1. [S232] 1860 Federal Census, Highland County, Ohio. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 987; FHL #803987.

John Campbell Sanderson1

M, b. 27 November 1816
     John Campbell Sanderson was born on 27 November 1816 at Ohio.1 He married Margaret Smith circa 1840.

Child of John Campbell Sanderson and Margaret Smith


  1. [S268] 1850 Federal Census, Fayette County, Ohio. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 678.

Martha Sanderson

F, b. 1747, d. before 1898
     Martha Sanderson was born in 1747 at Cumberland Co., PA. She married Robert McCormick circa 1770.1 Martha Sanderson died before 1898 at Augusta Co., VA.1

Child of Martha Sanderson and Robert McCormick


  1. [S41] M.D., M.A. William Henry Egle, Pennsylvania Genealogies, p.448.

Mary Sanderson1

F, b. circa 1858
     Mary Sanderson was born circa 1858 at White Oak Twp., Highland Co., OH.1 She was the daughter of Hugh Sanderson and Elizabeth A. Sonner.1


  1. [S232] 1860 Federal Census, Highland County, Ohio. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 987; FHL #803987.

Mary Sarah Sanderson

F, b. 17 December 1845, d. 24 December 1927
     Mary Sarah Sanderson was also known as "Sally". She was born on 17 December 1845 at Jefferson Twp., Fayette Co., OH.1,2 She was the daughter of John Campbell Sanderson and Margaret Smith.1 Mary Sarah Sanderson married James Russell Coil, son of Elias Coil and Mahala Rankin, on 31 May 1866 at Fayette Co., OH. Mary Sarah Sanderson died on 24 December 1927 at Fayette Co., OH, at age 82.

Children of Mary Sarah Sanderson and James Russell Coil


  1. [S268] 1850 Federal Census, Fayette County, Ohio. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 678.
  2. [S263] 1900 Federal Census, Fayette County, Ohio. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 1266; FHL #1241266.

Robert Sanderson

     Robert Sanderson married Ruth C. Munzinger, daughter of Heinrich Munzinger and Amanda Ficks. Robert Sanderson died possibly the Robert Sanderson, b.23 JAN 1913, d.MAY 1983, SSAN 393-07-4648 issued Wisconsin, found in SSDI.

Herman Carlson Sandgren

M, b. 3 October 1885, d. 14 March 1953
     Herman Carlson Sandgren was born on 3 October 1885 at Sweden. He married Anna Hedvig Carlson circa 1904, Marriage record not found -- there may or may not have been a legal marriage. Herman Carlson Sandgren died on 14 March 1953 at San Bernardino Co., CA, at age 67.

Child of Herman Carlson Sandgren and Anna Hedvig Carlson

Marjorie Irene Sandgren

F, b. 25 February 1905, d. 15 June 1992
     Marjorie Irene Sandgren was born on 25 February 1905 at Moline, Rock Island Co., IL. She was the daughter of Herman Carlson Sandgren and Anna Hedvig Carlson. Marjorie Irene Sandgren married Ernest Lynn McCoy, son of Jesse Elmer McCoy and Ethel Owesa Hume. Marjorie Irene Sandgren died on 15 June 1992 at Kern Co., CA, at age 87. She was buried in June 1992 at Hillcrest Memorial Park, Bakersfield, Kern Co., CA, Findagrave #183246652.