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Subject:COL JAMES SAUNDERS SANDERS d 1825 Caswell Co NC and his family--a big mystery
Post Date:May 16, 2007 at 19:26:35
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Does anyone have any proof or info on the parents of COL JAMES SAUNDERS/SANDERS b abt 1733 Middlesex Co VA, died 1825 Caswell Co NC?

I have seen his parents listed as both WILLIAM SAUNDERS b abt 1700 Middlesex Co VA & AGNES ADAMS; and JAMES SAUNDERS who died 1776 Orange Co NC & CASSANDRA HAYDEN/HAIDEN.

I have recently found two wills that have made me even more confused about this Saunders/Sanders family of VA & NC. But more on that in a moment....


COL JAMES SAUNDERS Represented Orange Co NC in the Provincial Congress of 1776

He was one of the founders of Caswell Co NC after it was formed from Orange Co NC in 1777

1790 Caswell Co NC census; Richmond district as "Col James Sanders"

He may have never married or else married and never had children, as his 1825 Caswell Co NC will gives all of his estate to his siblings, nephews & nieces

COL JAMES SAUNDERS was the uncle of NC Senator Romulus Mitchell Saunders:
"His (Romulus Mitchell Saunders') father removed to Somerset county, Tenn., in 1791, on the death of his wife, and died there in 1803. Romulus was adopted by his uncle, Col. James Saunders, a member of the Halifax (NC) congresses. " Source: "Biographies of Notable Americans" publ 1904


ABSTRACT OF WILL OF COL JAMES SAUNDERS/SANDERS Sr July 6, 1825 Caswell Co NC
Nephew James Sanders, son of Thoms Sanders, decd (land on Dan River including Mansion house, 820 acres, at mouth of Little Creek). Nephew Romulus Mitchell Sanders (land on Dan River called lower tract of 875 acres). Faithful old slaves to live on the land. Nephew Alanson Trigg, son of William Trigg decd; niece Martha Trigg, wife of Absolem Trigg; Betsy P Atkinson, wife of Thomas Atkinson and her children; brother Richard Sanders and his daughter Ann P Samuel; James Sanders son of Richard Sanders; Harriott Sanders, daughter of James Sanders and wife of Doctor Nathaniel Sanders; Children of Letitia Allen mentioned. Nephew Francis Sanders, son of Thomas. Niece Sally Moseley and her son Lucien Brown and her daughter by her former husband Bedford Brown; Lockett Sanders some negroes for her life; Niece Elizabeth Jones and her son Thomas Jones and daughter Polly; Nephew William Trigg of Alabama; Kezziah Jeffreys, wife of Thomas Jeffreys (land on Little Creek adj to Archimedes Donoho, said land to go to her children, but if no children, land to Milly Watlington; Nephew Joseph Sanders, son of Richard; Nephew James Sanders, son of Thomas; Nephew Sanders Donoho. Wit: B Yancey (Bartlett Yancey, NC state senator who died 1828), William Harris, David M Sanders. Romulus M Sanders qualified.


This will thoroughly connects COL JAMES SAUNDERS to my ancestor THOMAS SAUNDERS/SANDERS who died 1812 in TN and married MARY MITCHELL (I have a copy of Thomas' will also ) . COL JAMES clearly lists most of THOMAS SAUNDERS/SANDERS' children as his nieces & nephews:

JAMES SANDERS (of Hendersonville, Sumner Co TN), James' daughter HARRIET SANDERS: THOMAS' son FRANCIS SANDERS: LOCKETT/LOCKART/LOCKEY (TRIGG) SANDERS, wife of THOMAS' son EDWARD T SANDERS; and THOMAS' daughters ELIZABETH SANDERS who married WILLIAM JONES, and MARTHA SANDERS who married ABRAM/ABSOLEM TRIGG .


COL JAMES SAUNDERS in his will also clearly indicates the children of SARAH SAUNDERS b abt 1743 and WILLIAM TRIGG as his nieces and nephews: ALANSON TRIGG; WILLIAM TRIGG of Alabama; and SARAH SALLY TRIGG who married 1s) BEDFORD BROWN and second 2) PETER GUERRANT MOSELEY.

The other beneficiaries of his estate appear to be his siblings, as I have found them: RICHARD SANDERS of Caswell NC, and his children; KEZIAH SANDERS who married THOMAS DONOHO and 2nd) THOMAS JEFFREYS; LETITIA SANDERS who married an ALLEN; and ELIZABETH BETSEY P SANDERS who married THOMAS ATKINSON.


These are what I previously had believed to be the children of WILLIAM SAUNDERS b abt 1700 & AGNES ADAMS:

THOMAS SAUNDERS/SANDERS b abt 1727-1728 poss Middlesex Co VA who died 1812 TN m MARY MITCHELL

RICHARD SAUNDERS /SANDERS b 1720s-30s m Unknown; at least three children as per will of Col James Saunders

CAPT WILLIAM SAUNDERS/SANDERS b abt 1735 m ELIZABETH MITCHELL and 2nd) NANCY CUNNINGHAM (as per DAR Patriot Index), father of ROMULUS MITCHELL SAUNDERS

COL JAMES SAUNDERS/SANDERS b abt 1733 Middlesex Co VA; died 1825 Caswell Co NC (possibly never married?)

AGNES SAUNDERS/SANDERS b 1720s-30s m WILLIAM RICHMOND (DAR Patriot Index)

ADAM SAUNDERS /SANDERS b abt 1720s-30s (not sure he is part of this family???)

LETITIA SAUNDERS/SANDERS b 1720s-30s m unknown ALLEN

KEZIAH SAUNDERS/SANDERS b 1720s-30s m THOMAS DONOHO, 2nd ) THOMAS JEFFREYS

ELIZABETH BETSEY P SAUNDERS/SANDERS b 1720s-30s m THOMAS JONES

SARAH SAUNDERS /SANDERSb abt 1743 m WILLIAM TRIGG (DAR Patriot Index shows him as Wm Trigg Jr)


Then very recently I found a 1776 will from Orange Co NC (from which Caswell co NC was formed) for JAMES SANDERS/SAUNDERS Sr, who married CASSANDRA HAYDEN (as per DAR Patriot Index) that has me completely stymied:


Will of James Sanders, Sr., Record No. A-197, dated 28 Feb 1776, proved
May 1776. Wife mentioned, name not given. Sons: James Sanders, Richard,
William. Daughters: Sarah, wife of William Trigg, Cassandra, Susannah,
wife of Robert Terry, Fanny, wife of William Sanders, the Elder. Grandson:
Jeremiah Terry, son of daughter Susannah. Granddaughter: "Casandra's oldest
daughter." Executors: son James, Richard Sanders, Wm. Trigg. Witnesses:
Andrew Haddock, James Sanders, Robin Terry.



In this 1776 will, SARAH SAUNDERS wife of WILLIAM TRIGG is listed as the daughter of JAMES SAUNDERS who died in 1776. JAMES, RICHARD , WILLIAM and SARAH all match as some of the siblings in the list ablove , but THOMAS, KEZIAH, LETITIA , AGNES and ELIZABETH BETSEY P SAUNDERS, who were recipients of Col James Saunders 1825 estate are not at all mentioned in James Sanders Sr's 1776 Orange Co NC will . Additional children of JAMES SANDERS who died 1776 Orange Co NC are CASSANDRA, SUSANNAH and FANNY, who are not at all mentioned in COL JAMES SAUNDERS/SANDERS 1825 will.


Can anyone explain this? Was COL JAMES SAUNDERS/SANDERS who died 1825 Caswell Co NC the son of JAMES SANDERS Sr who died in Orange Co NC 1776, or was he the son of WILLIAM SAUNDERS and AGNES ADAMS (who by the way I have unable to verify in records).

Any help or comments greatly appreciated