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b. born BLW Bounty land warrant (grant of land for military service) Ch children Co. county Dist. Court districts in South Carolina before counties were formed. Mar. married
Sanders - Saunders in the Revolutionary War
Connecticut Militia. He applied for a veteran's pension 27 Mar 1818 when living in Hartford Co., Ct. He stated his daughter Nancy Saunders, age 31 was living with him and had been bothered with fits for 14 yrs; also living with him was his sister-in-law Huldah Williams who "was in a state of total derangement". His brother Peter Saunders who had served with him, made an affidavit in his behalf 25 Aug 1819.
Pennsylvania Militia. Abraham moved to Washington Co., Oh., where he was living when he applied for a veteran's pension 7 May 1818 at age 69. On 26 Nov 1822, he moved to Gallia Co., Oh. and stated he had no family living with him and was supported by his children.
North Carolina Militia. Served as a Colonel of the North Carolina Militia. Born 1732 in Middlesex Co., Va., a son of William Sanders Sr. and Agnes Adams. Adam died sometime before 1820 in Caswell Co., NC.
South Carolina Militia. Andrew served for 42 days in the Militia during 1781 under Colonel Taylor.
AUGUSTUS SAUNDERS Sr.
Rhode Island Militia. Augustus was a son of Stephen Saunders of Westerly, RI and died 20 Sep 1813 at Brookfield, NY. Married Elizabeth Tars 31 Dec 1778 at Westerly. They had three ch: Elizabeth Saunders, Augustus Saunders Jr. and Lydia Saunders. His widow died 7 Jul 1845. The son applied for benefits on 12 Nov 1850 while living at Brookfield, NY, aged 66. He stated an older sister had died young and that he was born 12 Jul 1784 at Westerly, RI and lived there until 1800, then moved with his parents to Brookfield. Augustus' grandson
New Hampshire Militia. Born at Old Chester, NH Aug 1761. Lived at Haverhill, NH when he enlisted. He moved to Pembroke, Clinton Co., NY in 1814 and applied for a veteran's pension there in Jan 1833.
BENJAMIN SANDERS Sr.
Massachusetts Militia. Lived at Billerica, Ma. when he enlisted in the Militia. He applied for a veteran's pension 2 Apr 1818 at age 62 while living in Ma. Married Mary Stickney 7 Sep 1784 in Tewksbury, Middlesex Co. He died 15 Jun 1837 at Tewksbury, Ma. His widow applied for a pension there 1 Oct 1838 at age 73. She died there 16 May 1852, leaving 8 ch: Ann Burtt, Martha Swartz, George R. Sanders, Polly Clark, Rizpah Stackpole, who was already deceased by 1852, Fanny Livingston, Alice Swallow and Benjamin Sanders. (see also brother Joshua Sanders)
South Carolina Militia. Charles was appointed a Cornet on 6 Dec 1781 in the Second Regiment under Capt. William Fishburn.
North Carolina Militia. At the time of his enlistment, he was living in that part of Edgecombe County which later became part of Ashe County, NC. Cornelius was born 10 Mar 1762 in Edgecombe Co. In 1808, he moved to near the county line of Rutherford and Wilson counties, Tenn., within Rutherford Co. He applied in Wilson Co. for a veteran's pension on 25 Oct., 1832. Private, North Carolina Line, $53.33 Annual Allowance $159.99 Amount Received March 21 1833 Pension Started Age 72 in 1835 on the TN Pension Roll.
South Carolina Militia. Served as a footman (infantryman) during 1782 in the SC Militia under Capt. John Mapp and Col. Roebuck.
Virginia Militia. Applied for a veteran's pension 17 Mar 1834 while living in Fairfax Co., Va. at age 84.
Rhode Island Militia. B. 1757 at Charlestown, RI and lived there when he enlisted in the RI Militia. Moved to Grafton, Rensselear Co., NY in 1802 where he applied for a veteran's pension in 1832.
Virginia Militia. Born 1760 in Hanover Co., Va. and lived there when he enlisted in the Va. Militia in 1780. He also lived in Charlotte Co. during the war. He applied for a veteran's pension 21 Aug 1832 while living in Bedford Co., Va. He mar Lockey Leftwich 4 Sep 1788 in Bedford Co. He died there 28 Sep 1842, and Lockey applied for a widow's pension there 28 Aug 1843, at age 70.
Virginia Militia. Lived in Goochland County, Va. where he enlisted in the Va. Militia. He applied for a pension 8 Aug 1832, while living in Logan Co., Ky. On 5 Sep, 1832, he was age 70.
New Hampshire Militia and Continental Service. Born 1754 in Salem, NH. He lived at Bath, NH when he enlisted in the New Hampshire Militia. He applied for a veteran's pension 11 Feb 1833 while living at Wentwordk, Grafton Co., NY. He mar Hannah Pudney (Putney) 10 Jan 1782, both living at Dunbarton, NH at the time. He died 26 Nov 1836. His widow applied for a pension 21 Sep 1838 at Wentworth, aged 81. Her brother James Putney mae affidavit in Aug 1838.
Massachusetts Militia. He mar Lydia Gifford of Sandwich, Ma. 17 Mar 1770, while living in Wareham, Ma. He died there 1 May 1785. His widow later mar Zephaniah Thomas who died 10 Sep 1810. She applied for a widow's pension 14 Jul 1837 at Fairhaven, Ma., aged 91. Son Abraham Sanders made affidavit in 27 Jun 1849, stating his mother Lydia had died in Fe 1842. Date of death was given in Probate Court of Taunton as 17 Feb 1841, leaving five children: Abraham Sanders, Betsey Sanders Besse, Shepard Sanders, David Sanders and Jonathan Sanders.
South Carolina Militia. Francis served during 1778 in the Charleston Militia Regiment under Capt. James Bentham.
South Carolina Militia. Fred served as a surgeon's mate in the Pulaski Legion during 1779 and 1780.
Maryland Militia. Enlisted in Militia at Chestertown, Md. Served as a private in the Md. Militia. Received a BLW in 1790. He applied for a pension 24 Mar 1826 while living in Kent Co., Md. at age 70.
Virginia Militia. George lived in Caroline Co., Va. when he enlisted in the Va. Militia. He applied for a veteran's pension 15 Aug 1832 while living in Caroline Co. at age 70. He mar Elizabeth ??? in 1792. George died 14 Apr 1847. His widow applied for a pension 14 Nov 1848 at age 78. Her daughter made an affidavit in her behalf in Jan 1851 stating children and births were: Thornton Saunders (10 Mar 1793), Robinson Saunders (25 Aug 1795), Henry Saunders (27 Mar 1797), Eliza Saunders (30 Aug 1803), Lucy Saunders (11 Jul 1805) and William Saunders (13 Nov 1808). Widow's sister Lucy Kidd made affidavit 25 Feb 1850.
GEORGE BERRY SANDERS
New Hampshire Militia. Information from the DAR states: "served as private in Capt. Nathan Brown's company, Col. Jacob Gales Regiment of New Hampshire Volunteers, which marched from NH, 1778, to join the Continental Army in Rhode Island. He was born in Rye; died in Epsom, NH" (1805)
HENRY SANDERS Sr.
South Carolina Militia. B. 26 Oct., 1751 in Perquimans Co., NC, son of Joseph and Mary Sanders.. He lived in Fairfield Co., SC when he enlisted in the Militia. He served under Captains Lewis, Samuel Boykin, Thomas Starke and Col. Taylor. He served about two yrs as a commissary. He participated in several military skirmishes and the Battle of Rocky Mount. He mar Dicy (Dica) Blake 18 Oct 1779 in Fairfield Co. He later lived in NC, Tennessee, Kentucky and finally moved to Monroe Co., In. where he died 13 Feb 1834. Ch. included Pherebe (Fearibe) Sanders, Joseph Sanders, Mourning Sanders, Priscilla ("Prosilah) Sanders, Henry Sanders Jr., John Sanders, Wright Sanders, Dicy (Dica) Sanders and Benjamin Sanders.
South Carolina Militia. Isaac served in the SC Militia 183 days during 1781 and 1782. During 1781, he was stationed at Congrave Fort, Orangeburg, SC; he also participated in an expedition to Monck's Corner under Capt. Craig and Col. Taylor. Under Col. Taylor, he was at Four Holes and South Edisto in 1782.
Massachusetts Militia. Applied for veteran's pension 31 Mar 1818 while living in Rutland Co., Vt. He was 61 years old in 1820, with wife Hannah, aged 58 and ch: Polly, 23, Nancy, 20, son (name torn off) 17. He made affidavit at Rutland 4 Sep 1843.
New Jersey Militia. Served as private in NJ Militia. Given BLW #8701 and 8816-100-21 on Feb 1793.
North Carolina Militia. Born 18 Mar., 1762 in Johnston Co., NC in the area which later became part of Wake Co. He later moved to Surry Co., NC and enlisted there in the Militia. He later moved to Wilkes Co., Ga. in the part which became Oglethorpe Co.
South Carolina Militia. James served as a Lieutenant in the Rangers during 1775 under Col. Thomson.
South Carolina Militia. Served under Lt. John Mayfield, Capt. Frost and Col. Lacey.
Virginia Militia. Born 24 Dec., 1761 in Westmoreland Co., Va. He lived there when he enlisted. After the war, he lived in Amelia Co., Va. for 6 years, then moved to Chatham Co., NC where he lived 13 years; he then moved to Grainger Co., Tn. for one year, then moved to Kentucky and lived in Lincoln & Mercer counties for 10 years. In 1818, he moved to Smith Co., Tn. He applied there in 1832 for a veteran's pension. Private, Virginia Line, $80.00 Annual Allowance $240.00 Amount Received April 6 1833 Pension Started Age 73 (1835 Tn Pension Roll)
Virginia Militia. Born 18 Apr., 1761 in Fairfax Co., Va. He lived in Loudoun Co., Va. when he enlisted in the Militia. He was still living there when he died 3 Oct., 1833.
Virginia Militia. B. in Glouceser Co., Va. (no date given). Enlisted in Militia while living in Berkeley Co. He applied for a veteran's pension 13 Aug 1833 when living in Allen Co., Indiana at age 76. He was a brother of Capt. William Cely Saunders and Capt. William Saunders who both commanded ships during the War. He died 2 Feb 1834, leaving a widow.
Virginia Militia. Enlisted in the Militia in Albemarle Co., Va. In 1832, he was living in Fluvanna Co. when he applied for a veteran's pension. Died in 1841.
North Carolina Militia. John enlisted, he lived in old Dobbs Co. (now Greene and Lenoir counties) in 1781 in the Dobbs County Regiment of North Carolina Militia. He was age 18 and served in Capt. Johnston's Company. He later moved to Surry Co., where he mar. Mary Ann ("Molly") Stotts (Statts), 17 Aug., 1780. He applied for a pension in 1833 when he lived in Claiborne Co., Tn., aged about 80. He died there 6 Apr., 1833. His wid. applied for a pension in 1843, while living in Campbell Co., Tn., aged 81. She died 18 Aug., 1845 (or 27 Aug., 1847--both dates given). Pension Number: W3873 Died: April 6, 1833, Claiborne County Wife: Mary An "Molly" Stotts/Statts Married: Aug 17, 1780, Surry Cty, NC Military: North Carolina Line Applied: Jan 4, 1833, Claiborne County Applied: Aug 5, 1843, Campbell County (Widow's Pension) Ref: WH3, p. 3010; RD, p.47. Private, North Caroline Line, $30.00 Annual Allowance $62.86 Amount Received March 2 1833 Pension started Age 81 while living in Claiborne Co., Tn. Died April 22 1833 (1835 Tn Pension Roll)
North Carolina Militia. Lived in Chatham Co., NC when he enlisted in the NC Militia. He mar. Elizabeth Ray there on 13 June, 1783. They later moved to Pickens Dist., SC, where he died 7 Apr., 1823. His wid applied for a pension there 6 Nov 1846 at age 81; had 1 ch.
JOHN SANDERS, Sr.
South Carolina Militia. B. 22 May 1751 in St. Bartholomew Parish, SC. He served as a Lieutenant in the Horse Shoe Company of the Colleton County Regiment of Foot during 1775. He became a Captain in 1775. He was later promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and then Colonel. He was taken prisoner by the British.
South Carolina Militia. Served 900 days from 1 Oct 1778 to 31 Mar 1781 under Capt. Taylor and Col. Thomas. Served 118 days as a footman (infantryman) from 2 Jul 1781 to 25 Oct 1782 under Capts. Vandry McBee, John Mapp and Col. Roebuck
South Carolina Militia. John served in the SC Militia under Gen. Francis Marion during 1780, 1781 and 1782.
Virginia Militia. B. 14 Apr., 1751 near Queen Anne's Bridge, Maryland. He lived in Berkeley Co., Va. when he enlisted in the Va. Militia. After the war, he lived in Wheaton, Va. for 6 yrs, then moved to Scott Co., Ky. for 2 or 3 yrs. In 1801, he moved to Owen Co., Ky. He applied there for a pension in 1832.
Virginia Militia. He applied for a pension in 1832, while living in Wayne Co., Ky., aged 78.
Virginia Militia. He applied for a pension in 1818, while living in New York City. He 1830, he was age 63, with a wife aged 56 and no ch living at home.
Virginia Militia. B. 4 May 1760 in Hanover Co., Va. and enlisted there in the Militia. He applied for a veteran's pension 23 Oct 1832. He listed his brothers and sisters as Nancy Saunders (25 Jul 1756), Betty Saunders (4 Jan 1762) and George Saunders (19 Mar 1768).
Virginia Militia. B. Goochland Co., Va. and lived there when he enlisted in the Va. Militia. He lived in Louisa Co., Va. for 40 yrs after the war before returning to Goochland Co., where he applied for a pension 11 Jul 1837 at age 73. His son Samuel H. Saunders made an affidavit in his behalf in Mar 1838 in Goochland Co.
Connecticut Militia. Served as private in the Connecticut Militia. He received a veteran's BLW 28 Jan 1792.
Massachusetts Militia. He lived at Haverhill, Ma. when he enlisted in the Ma. Militia. He applied for a veteran's pension at age 75 while living at Sanbornton, Strafford Co., NH on 16 Aug 1832
New Hampshire Militia. Enlisted at Haverhill, NH in the NH Militia. Applied for pension 9 Jul 1818 in Franklin County, NY In 1820, he was 59 yrs old living at Fort Covington, NY. His only family was a daughter Polly Sinclair aged 30 and 6 grandchildren, children of his daughter Polly: Ester, 13, Caroline, 11, Polly 9, John 7, Walter 5 and Ruth, 3.
New Jersey Militia. Born 18 Oct 1753 in Bucks County, Pa. Received two Bounty Land Warrents Dec 1790. He applied for a veteran's pension 15 Sep 1832 while living in Greene County, Oh. Mar Phebe Davis 15 Apr 1809 in Berkeley Co., Va. He died 11 May 1838 in Greene Co., Oh. His widow applied for pension in 1853 in Jay Co., Indiana at age 86. She also applied for BLW on 12 Apr 1855.
Rhode Island Militia. Served as private in the RI Militia. Received BLW 29 Dec 1794 and sold this to Ephraim Cutler.