Lester Eugene Sanders

M, b. 2 May 1923, d. 10 February 1992
     Lester Eugene Sanders began military service WWII service. He was born on 2 May 1923 at Tacoma, Pierce Co., WA. He was the son of Harry Melvin Sanders and Donna Crystal Williams. Lester Eugene Sanders married Sarah Leone Whitlock, daughter of Laurence Whitlock and Sybil Allen, in June 1946 at Seattle, King Co., WA. Lester Eugene Sanders died on 10 February 1992 at Seattle, King Co., WA, at age 68 Military funeral, ashes buried at sea.

Louisa Margaret Sanders1

F, b. February 1834
     Louisa Margaret Sanders was born in February 1834 at Cass Co. (probably), IL.1,2 She was the daughter of William Sanders and Lydia DeWald.1 Louisa Margaret Sanders married Nathan Veatch III, son of Nathan Veatch Jr. and Elizabeth Fain Evans, on 1 December 1853 at McDonough Co., IL.2

Children of Louisa Margaret Sanders and Nathan Veatch III


  1. [S1831] 1850 Federal Census, Fulton County, Illinois. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 107.
  2. [S1841] 1900 Federal Census, Woods County, Oklahoma Territory. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 1343; FHL #1241343.

Louise Sanders

F, b. 20 January 1875
     Louise Sanders was born on 20 January 1875. She married H. Frank Orebaugh, son of Lewis Orebaugh and Rebecca Jane Wilkin, on 17 January 1895.

Children of Louise Sanders and H. Frank Orebaugh

Margaret Sanders

     Margaret Sanders was born. She was the daughter of William Sanders and Lydia DeWald.

Martha Sanders

     Martha Sanders married William Eagleton.

Child of Martha Sanders and William Eagleton

Martha Sanders

F, b. 1807, d. after 1 June 1850
     Martha Sanders was born in 1807 at Pennsylvania.1 She married Charles Armstrong. Martha Sanders died after 1 June 1850 at Greene Co., PA.

Child of Martha Sanders and Charles Armstrong


  1. [S3178] 1850 Federal Census, Greene County, Pennsylvania. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 783.

Martha J. Sanders1

F, b. August 1867, d. after April 1930
     Martha J. Sanders was born in August 1867 at Indiana.1 She married James Irons on 17 March 1889 at Crawfordsville, Montgomery Co., IN, Archives of DePauw University; Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church, Greencastle, Indiana; Book Number: Vol 4475, via ancestry.com. Martha J. Sanders died after April 1930.

Child of Martha J. Sanders and James Irons


  1. [S4741] 1910 Federal Census, Montgomery County, Indiana. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T624, Roll 371; FHL #1374384.

Mary Sanders

F, b. 19 August 1823, d. 28 February 1887
     Mary Sanders was born on 19 August 1823 at Hampshire Co. (probably), VA (now WV).1 She was the daughter of William Sanders and Lydia DeWald. Mary Sanders married Anderson Pigg, son of James Pigg and Rebecca Wood, on 9 June 1842 at Fulton Co., IL.1 Mary Sanders died on 28 February 1887 at Fulton Co., IL, at age 63.

Children of Mary Sanders and Anderson Pigg


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

Mary Sanders

     Mary Sanders was also known as "Polly". She married Archibald Henry.

Child of Mary Sanders and Archibald Henry

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 (?)

Samuel Leroy Sanders

M, b. 22 August 1893
     Samuel Leroy Sanders was born on 22 August 1893 at Marion Co., IA. He married Margery G. Koons on 22 October 1919. Samuel Leroy Sanders died on 20 October 1956 at Veterans Hospital, Des Moines, Polk Co., IA, at age 63

Obituary -- (Findagrave.com):

Samuel L. (Roy) Sanders, son of Alvis and Betsy Sanders was born in Marion County August 22, 1891 [1893] and passed away at the Veterans Hospital in Des Moines, October 20, 1956 at the age of 65 years, 1 month and 28 days. He was united in marriage to Margery Koons on October 22, 1919.

Surviving are his wife Margery, two sons William Alvis of Enid, Oklahoma, Richard Lee of Des Moines and one daughter, Martha Collins of Colorado Springs, Colorado, one grandson, LeRoy Alvis Collins of Colorado Springs, Colorado, four sisters; Nettie Cowman of Knoxville; Margie Habelitz , Des Moines; Beulah Clark, Pomona, California and Dorothy Scott, LaCracenta, California; three brothers, Charles of Des Moines; George of Beaverton, Ore., and Bill of Cardiff, California.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, four sisters and one brother, also one grandson, Rickey Lee. He was a World War I veteran. Also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 738, Des Moines. He was a loving husband and kind father, always ready to give a helping hand. He had a host of relatives and friends and was loved by everyone and will be greatly missed by all.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 24, 1956, at 2:00 p.m. from the First Methodist Church in Knoxville with Rev. Arthur Nichols officiating and Rev. M. D. Summerbell assisting. Interment was in Dunreath cemetery under auspices of V.F.W. Post No. 738, Des Moines.

He was buried in October 1956 at Dunreath Cemetery, Marion Co., IA, Findagrave #43689276.

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. March 1887, d. 1950
     Alice Naomi Sanderson was born in March 1887 at Pennsylvania.1 She married John Russell Kline on 19 January 1909 at York Co., PA. Alice Naomi Sanderson died in 1950. She was buried in 1950 at Orange Township Cemetery, Waterloo, Black Hawk Co., IA, Findagrave #95378195.

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.