GEORGE W. SANDERS, one of the pioneers of Benton County, and a resident of Bruce Township, was born in Pittsylvania County, Va., April 16, 1828. He is the son of Booker and Lottie (Mage) Sanders, natives of Virginia. In 1832 they emigrated to Indiana and settled in Vermilion County. Mr. and Mrs. Sanders were the parents of eight children, six of whom are living: Leonard; George W.; Frances, widow of James White; John B. and Jacob. In 1853 Mr. Sanders and family removed to Benton County, locating in Taylor Township, where the father died in December, 1875. Mrs. Sanders' death occurred in September, 1856. They were both members of the United Brethren Church. The subject of our sketch was married in Vermillion County, Ind., Sept. 8, 1854. The lady who became his wife was Ellen Goff, a native of Vermillion County, born June 4, 1832. She was the widow of Edward Goff, and a daughter of Jacob and Christine C. Haine, natives of Berks County, Pa., who made settlement in Indiana early in life. Mrs. Sanders was one of a family of thirteen children born to her parents, nine of whom lived to attain maturity: Ellen J., Margaret E., John, William, Kate, Susan, Samuel, James M. and Martha A. Mr. Haine died in 1876, in Indiana. He was a member of the Old-School Presbyterian Church. Mrs. H. is still living, having attained the age of seventy-six years. Mr. and Mrs. George W. Sanders came to Iowa, settling in Taylor Township, and in 1870 removed to Bruce Township, where they have since resided.
Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies" [database online] Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <http://iagenweb.org/benton/>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 335.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on February 18th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.