Name: * William SAUNDERS
Given Name: * William
Birth: 2 Feb 1809 in Rowan (now Davie) Co., NC
Death: 15 Jul 1891 in Davie Co., NC
Burial: Smith Grove United Methodist Church Cem., Davie Co., NC
Additional information on the Saunders family.
Change Date: 19 Dec 2010 at 00:00:00
William Saunders, the son of William Saunders and Sarah Sheek was born 2 February 18091 in that part or Rowan County, North Carolina that became Davie County in 1836. In 1830 he was apparently still living with his parents. He did not appear in the 1840 census, but is possibly the age 30-40 male living in Davie County with his brother Adam who was age 30-40.
William was married to Nancy J. Thomas,2 daughter of Elijah Thomas3 and Elizabeth "Betsy" Black.4 No marriage record has been found, but they were probably married about the time as Nancy J. Sanders joined on 27 September 1848 the Methodist Episcopal Church South.5 She had been born 10 September 1826, also in what became Davie County.6
At the time of the 1850 Davie County census, William was a farmer and had $440 personal and real estate. He owned 24 acres of improved land and 31 unimproved acres. He had 1 horse, 1 milch cow, 1 "other" cattle, and 24 swine with the value of his livestock as $125. He produced 52 bushels of wheat, 450 bushels of Indian corn, 10 bushels of Irish potatoes, 35 bushels of sweet potatoes, and 2 tons of hay. He had $10 of homemade manufactures and $25 of slaughtered animals.7
By 1860 the value of his real estate had grown to $1100 and his perosnal estate was valued at $600. After the Civil War, these amounts decreased to $450 and $350 respectively.
In 1956 Sallie (Call) Horn wrote the following about her mother Sarah and grandparents William and Nancy Saunders.8 "When Sara was in her early teens and probably younger she had an unusual exciting thing happen to her. This was during the Civil War. The Yankee were going all over the country robbing the people of all their money, food, stock or anything they could take so my Grandparents Nancy and William Saunders heard they were coming out the road in the direction of their homes they hurridly ran out and hid their gold and valuables then started driving their horses, cows and hogs off into the fields where the Yankees could not see them, they had told Sara to stay close & take good care of the smaller children & Nancy their mother would be right back as soon as she could help get the stock all out of sight. But in case she didn't get there before the Yankees did to be nice to them & not be afraid if they tried to take things let them do so, but not tell them any thing where their parents were & if they had any money or what ever, so the Yankees got there by the time their parents were out of sight well and Sara & all the children were afraid when they saw the men in their uniforms & bright shinny button etc. and their bayonets in their hands. The little children began to cry and Sara took the baby child Henry [sic, Rhoda was the youngest, born in 1860] on her lap, the soldiers marched up & stood in front of her right at her knees & asked where the gold was. she told them they had none, and where was their stock she didn't know where were her parents she did not know but sure did wish her Mommie & Daddy come soon. he reached over and Patted her on the shoulder and said you are a big brave girl. They didn't take anything and left at once. her mother was coming then and saw the Yankees ride away. Sara said she was never so glad to see any one all her life as she was to see her mother right then."
Nancy died on 13 February 18799 and William on 15 July 1891.10 Both were buried in Smith Grove Methodist Church Cemetery.
1. William Saunders headstone, Smith Grove Methodist Church Cemetery, Davie Co., NC.
2. Sarah Call death certificate, NC Board of Health, NC State Archives, File 210, #23, FHL microfilm 1,892,159.
3. Sallie (Call) Horn, granddaughter of William Saunders and Nancy Thomas, family record written in 1956. Photocopy in my possession.
4. Elijah Thomas-Elizabeth Black marriage bond, Rowan Co., NC marriage bonds, FHL microfilm 0,500,956.
5. Early Church Records of Rowan, Davie, Iredell and Stanley Counties 1790-1843, p. 99, FHL microfilm 0,313,885.
6. Nancy J. Sanders headstone, Smith Grove Methodist Church Cemetery., Davie Co., NC.
7. Steven E. Murdock, The 1850 Federal Census and Supplementary Schedules of Davie County, North Carolina, (Winston-Salem, North Carolina: Forsyth County Genealogical Society, 1987).
8. Sallie (Call) Horn, family record written in 1956. Photocopy in my possession.
9. Nancy J. Sanders headstone.
10. William Saunders headstone.
William is listed as having died 15 July 1892 The original estate sale list in my possession is dated 24 August 1891 The application for administration on William's estate was dated 3 August 1891. From those it is believed the headstone may have been erected several years after his death, and the year remembered incorrectly.
Father: * William SAUNDERS b: ABT 1771 in Dorchester Co., MD
Mother: * Sarah "Sally" SHEEK b: 12 Nov 1785 in Rowan (now Davie) Co., NC
* Nancy J. THOMAS b: 10 Sep 1826 in Rowan (now Davie) Co., NC
- Sarah Elizabeth SAUNDERS b: 9 Jan 1850/1851 in Davie Co., NC
- Emeline SAUNDERS b: ABT 1854 in Davie Co., NC
- * John Henry SAUNDERS b: 5 Aug 1856 in Davie Co., NC
- Rhoda T. SAUNDERS b: 5 Jul 1860 in Davie Co., NC