Saunders or wife of Moses Sanders?
Saunders of Montgomery
lived from about 1760 until about 1830. His wife Mary lived a very long
from about 1760 until 1866. In family tradition she was called
“Old Mary” or
“Grandma Jacob.” For many years researchers have
believed that Jacob’s wife Mary
was the same person as Mary Sanders, the daughter mentioned in the 1785
Joseph Hamilton of Brunswick
members of this Hamilton
family later moved to Montgomery
I formerly assumed that
this conclusion about Mary's parentage was
based on family
tradition, but recently I received information from the original
“Old Mary” that the identification
was premised only on Jacob's wife
having the same given name as the daughter of Joseph and on Jacob's
marrying a great granddaughter of Joseph Hamilton.
the daughter in the will is
not the wife of
Jacob, the other possibility that comes to mind is that she is
Hamilton Sanders, the wife of the Reverend Moses Sanders who also lived
Montgomery County, North Carolina, in the 1770s. Below I have
evidence concerning whether Mary, daughter of Joseph, was the wife of
the wife of Jacob.
We have solid documentation
that the wife of the Reverend
Moses Sanders was named Mary Hamilton and that she had a brother named
William. Based on records I received from Jim Sanders, Mary
as Moses' wife in a South Carolina Deed dated 11 Nov. 1798: "Moses
Sanders of Franklin County Ga..... and his wife Mary." She signed the
and relinquished any dower right to the
property. Moses Sanders also
names Mary as his wife in his 1817 will. Their marriage
because the oldest son, Aaron was born in that state in 1769,
the 1850 census.
Moses Martin Sanders, a
grandson of the Reverend Moses
Sanders, in the ordinances done for the LDS church in the 1880s,
William Hamilton as his great uncle. A William Hamilton
near Aaron and Moses Sanders in Montgomery County
in 1774. According
to Jim Sanders, "Moses was a chain carrier for two of William
grants." Again, according to Jim Sanders,
and William Hamilton entered their property on Barnes
and Duncombe creek
in consecutive numbers, 38 and 39, in the entry takers book of 1778."
Moses, Aaron, George Sanders and William Hamilton were all
order to to
"'view" a road in Anson
in 1774. The road
was adjacent to Aaron's 1774 grant. William Hamilton bought 1200 acres
in 1814 in Bedford County, Tennessee. This was near the
David Sanders, one of the sons of the Reverend Moses Sanders. David
named one of his sons William Hamilton Sanders. In his
Martin Sanders named several of the sons of William Hamilton.
Joseph Hamilton, in his
Brunswick County, Virginia will
that was proved in 1785, named several children. One was Mary Sanders,
was William Hamilton. We don't have, of course, any specific evidence
William Hamilton of Montgomery,
the Mary who
married Moses are the same people as the children of Joseph, though
to be the most obvious conclusion. Another of the sons, Walter, moved
to Montgomery County,
and left numerous descendants.
On the other hand, we have no
documentation about the
maiden name of Mary, the wife of Jacob Saunders. Her grandson,
marry a great granddaughter of Joseph Hamilton, but to
maiden name was Hamilton,
we have to make an inference from her given name being Mary,
the same as
Joseph's daughter; and from the two women having lived in the
of the 18th century.
Even with that assumption, we
would have to further assume that
the parents lived in Brunswick
and their teenage daughter,
who could not have been more than 19 years old in 1779, married Jacob
who lived in Montgomery County,
believe the marriage of Jacob and his
wife took place about 1779 because there appear to
be about six children on the 1790 census in Jacob's household
and if we figure a
born every two years, as was normal then, the marriage must have been
10 years old. Unlike the marriage of Moses and his wife, the marriage
and his wife was most likely occurred in Montgomery
Therefore, the preponderance of
evidence now suggests that
the Mary Sanders of the will of Joseph Hamilton refers to the wife of
Reverend Moses Sanders, not to the wife of Jacob Saunders. Below is
documentation in an article written by Jim Sanders, a descendant of
Francis Sanders, brother of the Reverend Moses Sanders.
WAS MARY HAMILTON
reported that Joseph Hamilton of Brunswick County,
the father of Mary Hamilton, the wife of Jacob Sanders of Randolph
Carolina. Through communication with other Sanders researchers we now
that this Mary Hamilton may not have been the wife of Jacob Sanders but
instead, the wife of Moses Sanders. In order to provide proof of Mary
Hamilton’s husband we turned to the records of Brunswick,
In a still ongoing review of these available records, we found many
Sanders and Hamilton. Unfortunately, we did not find absolute proof of
marriage to either man. We begin with the 1780 will of Joseph Hamilton:
HAMILTON WILL OF 1780 BRUNSWICK,
by Jim Sanders April
Film # 0030633
name of God
Amen, I Joseph Hambleton of the Parrish of Meherrin in the County of
being in my proper senses calling to mind the uncertain state of this
transitory life and that all must yield unto death when it shall please
call I do make constitute and ordain and declare this my last Will and
Testament I hereby give and bequeath to my loving wife Ann 4 negroes 2
named Ann and Betty one girl named Rashal, one Negro boy named Sterling
life after her death then these three above named negroes to my son
Hambleton, but if my son Walter should die without heir, these said
be divided among all my children, also after the death of my wife, I
the above named negro Betty to my daughter Elizabeth Ezell, also I give
bequeath to my son Walter Hambleton my plantation and 237 acres of land
and 1 negro girl named Charlotte, one bay mare, also I give to my
Elizabeth Ezell 100 acres of land her life, taking of this said tract
on Preston’s line after her death the said land and the negro
Betty to be sold
and all the money to be equally divided among all her children. Also I
bequeath to my son William Hamilton 20 shillings Also I give and
bequeath to my
daughter Ann Upchurch 20 shillings, Also I give and Bequeath to my
shillings also I give
and bequeath to my son Samuel Hambleton twenty. Also I give and
John Hambleton’s heir 20 shillings and do make my wife and my
son Walter my
executors of this my last Will and Testament.
Witness my hand and seal this
day of May in the year of
our lord 1780.
Test. Signed Joseph
also give and bequeath unto Benjamin Walker one certain tract of land
containing 450 acres more or less that the said Walker
has now in possession.
Harrison Jr. Patty Harrison. Registered
in the Brunswick County Court 28
February 1785. Ordered to be recorded by Drury Stith.
been the basis for the reasoning that Mary Hamilton married Jacob
A very simple methodology was
used in making
this decision: Jacob Sanders wife was named Mary and in Joseph
a Mary Saunders is noted as his daughter.
A historic leap of faith was
taken here, perpetuating this belief as
is found adjacent to the Sanders of Barnes Creek in Montgomery
in 1796 when he is noted as a chain Carrier for Joseph Carnes. Carnes
noted that Moses Sanders property was adjacent to Carnes.
identification of Mary
as the wife of Moses Sanders in a grant deed recorded in 1798 in Laurens
SC. (FHL film 024082 page
She is also identified as his
in his will, which was written in 1816, and registered in 1817, upon
1877 and 1878, Moses Martin Sanders, son of David who was the son of
Reverend Moses, baptized his family and friends, who had died, prior to
formation of the Mormon Church.
process is called Vicarious Ordinance or the Endowment for the Dead. On
1877, he baptized his grandmother, Mary Hambleton and his grand
uncle William Hambleton.
He would be
Mary Hambletons’ brother.
William, her brother, went to Bedford
in the early 1800’s when he
purchased 1200 Acres. Jacob
Hamilton were witnesses to the transaction. At the time, David Sanders
(Allred) Sanders, the Reverend Moses’ son and
daughter-in-law, were in Bedford.
David named his secon son William Hambleton! (Bedford
research by Jim Sanders 2004)
Sanders, not knowing his great-grandfathers name on either side of his
or grandfathers family (the Reverend Moses and Mary Hambleton),
as great grandfathers Hambleton and Sanders. (Eldon Hurst research)
Hamilton had at least four sons: Hatton,
Theophilus, John and Isaac…” Jacob and John
Hamilton were witnesses to a 1200
acre purchase by William Hamilton in 1813, Bedford.
Sanders by Jim Sanders 2004)
records of the Groves Level Church of
show that a “Polly” Sanders died in 1828 in
Franklin County, GA. We believe
that this was Mary Hamilton Sanders.
Hamilton, Mary Hamilton’s brother is an also key component to
establishing a theory
that might validate Mary Hamilton as the wife of Moses Sanders. We
will show that Moses and William Hamilton
were closely aligned for more than fifty years.
believe there are two, and maybe more, William Hamiltons in Brunswick
between perhaps as early as 1754
and as late as 1792. Either may be the brother of Mary Hamilton
relationship to each other is undetermined.
It is possible that one is a
son of John and the other a son of Joseph.
The William Hamilton in question [the one who once lived in North
died in Bedford
Eldon Hurst has the name of
William’s wife as Mirrian or Mirran.
Nancy Hamilton’s will is recorded in Brunswick.
The will names
her brother John and Johns eldest son, Duke, who is not yet 21. She
also devises to her brother William
Hamilton, four Negroes, named Frank, Buck, Robin and Charles as well as
remainder of her estate.
named as an Executor. We have not attempted to relate this family to
William Hamilton is first
Lizard Creek. Deed Book 5 page 295.
1754 William Hamilton,
agent for the King against John Milam. An
Alias Capias (Attachment) is awarded
William Hamilton buys property
from Edward Carlos.
Book 10 Page 510.
sells a piece of
property in to Peter Reed.
Book 10 Page
1777 The following Website notes
that John Hicks
Captain, Lieutenants Lewis
Hicks and William Hamilton are members of the Revolutionary force of Brunswick
1792 William Hamilton sells
property to James
Book 15 Page 240 of Deeds.
Indenture made this 4th
day of January 1792, between William Hamilton of the
County of Brunswick & State of Virga.
of the one part and Edmund Webb of the same County & State
aforesaid of the
other part . . . for and in consideration of the sum of eighty two
shillings . . . doth absolutely bargain and sell unto
Edmund Webb one certain tract & parcel of land lying &
being in the County of Brunswick on waters of the Lizard Creek and
bounded by the lands of Daniel
Huff, James Huff, Herbert Haynes and Peter Reed containing by
sixty one acres” Signed
by William Hamilton
and witnessed by James Huff. Brunswick County Court
1792. This Indenture of Bargain and Sale
was acknowledged by William Hamilton
party thereto to be his act and deed and ordered to be recorded. Deed
Moses Sanders and his son Moses Jr. were in Laurens County,
Carolina, when Judge
Jonathon Downs of Laurens
interviewed Mary Hamilton Sanders upon the sale of the Reverend
property, in 1798.
She swore that she
relinquished any right to Dower regarding the subject property. Could
this indicate that the property may
have been devised to Mary?
We have not
delved deeply into the records of South Carolina;
however, in the 1790s, several William
Hamiltons are in found near the County lines of Laurens, Orangeburg and
Ninety-Six District in SC. Which of these is our subject is unclear.
Moses and William:
1772, Moses Sanders and William Hamilton are both noted in the records
The mention of
their names in documents provides information that they were located in
same geographical area.
1771-1774, William and Moses are Chain Carriers for William’s
Grant on Barnes
Moses is also a Chain Carrier
for another of William’ grants in Anson in
Moses is entry #38 and William is entry #39 of the Entry Books of
Moses and William are named, together, in 1774, in Anson Road Orders.
William Hamilton is found in Bedford,
in 1813. David Sanders, Moses’
son, is in Bedford
David’s son, is
believe that after David’s death in New Orleans
in 1815, his mother remarried to a man named
She died in 1820. (Rock
Records).The 1820 census of Bedford
indicates her children may have been
raised in William’s household.
names of William Hamilton’s sons, William, Theophilus and
Francis, are also
found in the family of Francis Sanders, Moses brother.
also named his son Theophilus.
Nippers Creek Hamiltons
probably the line of Mary Hamilton Sanders. We believe they were
the NC border in the south Western corner of Brunswick.
Deed references of Randal Bracey
and a road order in 1741 calling on the Nippers to clear the road from
Creek to Butchers Road,
lead us to this conclusion.
John Hamilton receives a patent for 370
acres on the Nippers Creek.
Adjoining William Tucker, Thomas Eldridge.
Hamilton is noted as a
witness in Brunswick
in Deed Book 3, Page 570.
1760 Joseph Hamilton receives
a patent for 180 acres on Nippers Creek,Brunswick County,
Bracey’s line is referenced. This Hamilton
may be Mary
sold a property to Benjamin Harrison in 1755. It appears that Joseph
Hamilton, both on Nippers Creek, could be related. John is noted in
an Indenture made
day of February, 1762,
Robert Jones, Jr., Gentleman of North Carolina and the County
and Benjamin Harrison,
conveying tract of land adjoining the land
(Probably John) and Randal
Bracey. Deed Book 7, page
to Benjamin Ezell 100 acres of the 370 acres granted in 1745.
Book 7, Page 350.Ezell was married to one of Joseph
Hamilton’s Daughter’s. (Joseph’s
1780 Will) http://www.milam.com/frontpg/recordstidbits.htm
We find what we believe is the only mention
of our line of Sanders in Brunswick
following two documents:
On 26 Feb. 1772 on
page 481 of Film #0030665 (order book 11):
A notice of attachment to the
estate of Moses Saunders was continued
until the next court.
page 51 of FHL
film # 0030666, order book 12, 1772-1774, dated 28 July 1772 we find
attachment attained by Thomas Preston, Plaintiff,
against the estate of Moses Saunders is dismissed being agreed by
the parties. “Estate”, as used in Brunswick
documents, is “all goods and possessions of the
defendant”. It is of note that
Thomas Preston is a neighbor of the Hamilton’s.
Moses is not mentioned again in
either Deed records or Lease records of Brunswick,
the attachment against his estate is strong circumstantial evidence
places a Moses Saunders and a Mary Hamilton in the same, immediate
area as well as the correct time frame.
are first noted in Brunswick
Grants to Ezell in 1763.
Hamilton’s daughter, Elizabeth marries an Ezell.
Hamilton will of 1780).
(neighbor of John) was a witness to
Joseph Hamilton’s Will. Randal
sold property to Harrison
on Nippers Creek)
4) In 1772, Thomas
Preston sues Moses Saunders. The mention of
Thomas Preston is significant as he is an adjacent neighbor of the
5) We can justify
connection between Moses Sanders and Mary
Hamilton in Brunswick
with circumstantial evidence.
our research to date, will not support a conclusion of any sort that
brothers, William Aaron, Francis, or Isaac were ever in Brunswick.
6) The only
the Sanders line of Moses, Francis and
William Aaron, is the above attachment to the estate of Moses Saunders. Perhaps
Moses was an interloper and was
passing through when he met and married Mary Hamilton. Since he owned
property in Brunswick
he may have lived with the
and Mary’s oldest son, Aaron was born
in VA in 1769. (1850 Franklin GA census).
A thorough check
grant deed index exposed only the Edward
Saunders line with the given names of Thomas, Hubbard, James and Joseph. We
haven’t made any connection with Edward’s
line as of yet.
7) In addition to
connection in Brunswick,
we found what we believe to be 2 associate families of our line; the
John Sr. and sons Nathaniel, Moses, Mark and John Jr., and Abby Sanders
Robbins in Brunswick
the father of Abby Robins who married John Sanders in Franklin
in 1811. John
Sanders was the son of
Moses Sanders. We can place a John Robbins in Brunswick
Here is how we got there:
Sanders, a son of John Sanders and Abby Robbins and a gandson of the
Moses, wrote a history of his family in 1880.
We have included a paragraph
of that history herein, which provides a
bit of additional evidence of a connection of our line to Brunswick County,
was a merchant in VA.
He was born about
1750 in Orange County,
where he married Elizabeth Dogan in
Website with Robbins
and Rueben Robins are listed on the tax List of Surry County, North
1774. In 1785-1790 He is found on the tax lists of Wilkes County,
John Robbins Jr. and Sr. as well as Rueben
Robins, are noted.
The Reverend Moses
Sanders is also noted, as is his brother Francis, as freeholders
The location of their properties is near the county corners of Surry,
Robins Jr. was taxed on 780 acres in 1785. He is also noted in 1786,
1788 and by 1789 he has 880 acres. He
indexed in Captain Judd’s District, which includes the
Hunting Creek and is
near the “Grassy Knob” where the Reverend Moses
Sanders family lived in the
1778-1790’s. In the 1790 and 1800 census of Montgomery and
Anson counties, North
Robins is listed and may be John Robins Jr.
following case describes a John Robins and he may be the father of Abby
Sanders. If so, this case strengthens the connection of the line of
Sanders to Brunswick.
all men by these presents that I, William Boswell Executor
of the Last Will and Testament of my brother Thomas Boswell
who was admtor of his father William Boswell, decd. of the
County of Brunswick & State of Virginia for divers
& good causes me hereunto moving have made ordained
constituted and appointed and by these presents do make
ordain constitute and appoint my trusting friend James Saunders
of the County aforesaid my true and lawful attorney for me
in my name & to my use to ask demand recover or receive
at and from John Robins lately
removed from the State
to the State of North
the sum of One
Hundred Pounds . . . but to be discharged by the payment of
Fifty Pounds of like lawful money with interest from the 19th
day of February 1776
till paid and
costs upon the same by
obtaining a judgment up or the same in the County Court of
Glouster which judgment the said Saunders is now ready to produce
with the seal of the state of next giving and by these
presents granting to my said attorney my sole and full power
& authority to take persue & follow such legal causes
the recovery receiving and obtaining of the same as I myself
might or could do were I personally present and uponreceipt
of the same acquitance & other sufficient discharges for me
and in my name to make sign seal & deliver of as also one or
more attorney or attorneys under him to substitute or appoint
and again at his pleasure to make and further to do perform
& execute for me and in my name all and singular thing
or things which shall or may be necessary touching and concerning
premises as fully fairly & entirely as I the said William
Boswell in my own person ought or could do in and about
the same ratifying allowing and confirming whatsoever my
attorney shall lawfully do or cause to be done in and about
the execution of the premises by virtue of these presents
In Witness where of I have hereunto set my hand and seal
the twelth day of June One Thousand Seven Hundred &Ninety
Two. Signed by William Boswell, Brunswick
June 21st, 1792. This Power of Attorney was acknowledged
by William Boswell party thereto to be his act and
deed & ordered to be recorded. Deed Book 15, page
James Sanders is the son of Thomas Sanders of the Edward Sanders line.)