Scott Co, Iowa USGenWeb Project

Descendants of John Sanders I

Researched by Elaine Rathmann

Generation No. 1


1. JOHN1 SANDERS I was born Abt. 1684 in VA, and died Aft. 1756 in NC. He married (2) MARTHA UNKNOWN (SANDERS) Abt. 1705.


May have originally been of Hanover Co, Va. He is placed in Quaker records in New Kent and later Henrico Co.'s in Va. Parents unknown as of 2/00. Was condemned May 20, 1708 for marrying out of unity. Some records give his wife's name as Martha. However, it is equally possible that his wife was Susanna Ravenett, daughter of Wm. Ravenett, who was identified as" wife of John Sanders" in her father's will. In 1739, however, John and wife became charter member of Cedar Creek Monthly Meeting House (MMH) and helped to build structure. On September, 11, 1756 he was granted a certificate of removal to North Carolina, probably New Garden MMH or Deep River MMH in Guilford Co., where son John and family eventually moved. This research is from Carol Peterson from Priscilla Sanders.

Marriage Notes for JOHN SANDERS and MARTHA (SANDERS):

Married out of unity (without permission from Quaker authorities).


Children of JOHN SANDERS and MARTHA (SANDERS) are:

2. i. JOHN2 SANDERS II, b. 1706, Guilford Co, NC; d. March 14, 1790, Guilford Co, NC.

ii. HANNAH SANDERS, b. 1708; m. WILLIAM CREW, July 08, 1729; b. Abt. 1702; d. Bef. July 08, 1771.

iii. JANE SANDERS, b. 1712; d. January 10, 1780; m. WILLIAM ELLYSON, August 10, 1734, Friends Meeting House, New Kent Co., Va..

iv. JUDITH SANDERS, b. 1714.

v. ?ELIZABETH SANDERS, b. Unknown.


Generation No. 2


2. JOHN2 SANDERS II (JOHN1) was born 1706 in Guilford Co, NC, and died March 14, 1790 in Guilford Co, NC. He married JANE CREW December 28, 1727 in Friends Mtg. House, New Kent Co., VA., daughter of JOHN CREW and SARAH CREW. She was born 1703 in Guilford Co, NC, and died October 01, 1793 in Guilford Co, NC.


In 1739 charter members of Cedar Creek MM, (Monthly Meeting) Va. They lived in Rowan Co., now Guilford Co, NC. Deep River MMH. From Hinshaw American Quaker Records.

Marriage Notes for JOHN SANDERS and JANE CREW:

The marriage date could have been 1728 due to changes in the Quaker calendar.


Children of JOHN SANDERS and JANE CREW are:


3. ii. JOHN SANDERS III, b. January 01, 1732/33; d. May 14, 1809, Guilford Co, NC.

4. iii. HEZEKIAH SANDERS, b. August 28, 1734, Deep River, Guilford Co, NC; d. May 21, 1789, Guilford Co, NC.


5. v. PRISCILLA SANDERS, b. May 10, 1740; d. April 10, 1781, Guilford Co, NC.

vi. ANN SANDERS, b. October 11, 1743; d. December 15, 1815, Lost Creek, MM, TN.; m. THOMAS ELMORE, JR., 1767, New Garden MM, NC; b. September 05, 1739.

6. vii. JOEL SANDERS, b. March 05, 1744/45; d. March 07, 1814.



Generation No. 3


3. JOHN3 SANDERS III (JOHN2, JOHN1) was born January 01, 1732/33, and died May 14, 1809 in Guilford Co, NC. He married SUSANNA RAVENETT. She was born December 31, 1730, and died November 12, 1800 in Guilford Co, NC.



7. i. JESSE4 SANDERS, b. October 17, 1756.

8. ii. MARTHA SANDERS, b. January 17, 1759; d. March 23, 1801, Guilford Co, North Carolina.

iii. JOHN SANDERS, b. February 04, 1761; d. November 20, 1784, Guilford Co, NC.

iv. FORRIS SANDERS, b. July 23, 1763; d. April 23, 1778, Guilford Co, NC.

v. JAMES SANDERS, b. December 06, 1765; m. PHEBE BEESON, January 26, 1788; b. February 24, 1771.


Disowned at Deep River meeting for marrying out.

vi. JOSEPH SANDERS, b. July 05, 1769; m. HANNAH EYRES.

vii. HEZEKIAH SANDERS, b. December 20, 1773; d. July 1775, Guilford Co, NC.


4. HEZEKIAH3 SANDERS (JOHN2, JOHN1) was born August 28, 1734 in Deep River, Guilford Co, NC, and died May 21, 1789 in Guilford Co, NC. He married MARTHA ELMORE Abt. 1757 in Guilford Co., NC, daughter of JOHN ELMORE and AN-HAH-WAH-KAH WOODY). She was born September 15, 1738 in Guilford Co, NC, and died September 08, 1817 in Guilford Co, NC.


Martha was raised by David and Mary Woody Johnson. She was reportedly the daughter of John Elmore and his Cherokee Indian wife, An-Nah-Wah-Kah, whose English name was Sarah. (Note: Hezekiah's sister, Ann, and brother Thomas married into Thomas Elmore family.) Information on Johnsons from Steve Collins, descendant of David Johnson.



9. i. JOHN4 SANDERS, b. March 18, 1758, Guilford County, NC; d. December 25, 1792, Guilford Co, NC.

10. ii. DAVID SANDERS, b. September 15, 1760; d. August 17, 1845, North Carolina.

iii. SAMUEL SANDERS, b. March 03, 1762.

iv. JONATHAN SANDERS, b. June 12, 1763.

v. MARY SANDERS, b. May 12, 1765.

vi. ELIZABETH SANDERS, b. June 27, 1767.

vii. MARTHA SANDERS, b. March 17, 1769, Rowan Co., NC; d. November 14, 1851, Orange Co., IN; m. (1) HENRY HENLEY; b. Abt. 1776; d. 1807; m. (2) JONATHAN LINDLEY.

viii. SARAH SANDERS, b. January 29, 1773.

ix. REBECAH SANDERS, b. May 01, 1779.

x. JEMIMA SANDERS, b. September 20, 1784.


5. PRISCILLA3 SANDERS (JOHN2, JOHN1) was born May 10, 1740, and died April 10, 1781 in Guilford Co, NC. She married PHILLIP HAM. He was born Abt. 1736, and died May 28, 1814 in Guilford Co, NC.



i. HEZEKIAH4 HAM, b. November 15, 1768; d. October 15, 1832, IN.

ii. JANE HAM, b. March 15, 1771; m. WILLIAM HINSHAW, March 05, 1795, Stokes Co, NC.

iii. JOHN HAM, b. September 10, 1773; d. February 25, 1819, Guilford Co., NC.

iv. EIZABETH HAM, b. January 28, 1776; m. WILLIAM JOHNSON.

v. JOEL HAM, b. March 19, 1778; d. April 10, 1778, Guilford Co., NC.

vi. ANN HAM, b. February 10, 1779; m. ELIJAH JOHNSON, March 29, 1803, Stokes Co., NC.


6. JOEL3 SANDERS (JOHN2, JOHN1) was born March 05, 1744/45, and died March 07, 1814. He married MARY ELMORE Abt. 1757. She was born September 15, 1738, and died September 08, 1817 in Guilford Co, NC.


Children of JOEL SANDERS and MARY ELMORE are:

i. JESSE4 SANDERS, b. October 20, 1769.

ii. JOHN SANDERS, b. September 11, 1771.

iii. JUDITH SANDERS, b. June 03, 1773.

iv. HEZEKIAH SANDERS, b. December 13, 1775.

v. THOMAS SANDERS, b. August 18, 1779.

vi. PRISCILLA SANDERS, b. July 02, 1781.

vii. JANE SANDERS, b. March 01, 1784.

viii. JOEL SANDERS, b. June 20, 1786.

ix. MARY SANDERS, b. September 12, 1790.


Generation No. 4


7. JESSE4 SANDERS (JOHN3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born October 17, 1756. He married SARAH RUDDICK.



i. FORRIS5 SANDERS, b. February 19, 1799.

ii. JAMIMA SANDERS, b. March 03, 1780.

iii. JOHN SANDERS, b. June 18, 1784.


8. MARTHA4 SANDERS (JOHN3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born January 17, 1759, and died March 23, 1801 in Guilford Co, North Carolina. She married JOHN HUBBARD. He was born July 30, 1752, and died March 27, 1834 in Guilford Co., NC.



i. SUSANNAH5 HUBBARD, b. April 24, 1780; m. JOHN HENLEY, April 18, 1799, Guilford Co., NC.

ii. ELIZABETH HUBBARD, b. February 09, 1781; d. 1836, IN.

iii. JANE HUBBARD, b. July 24, 1783; d. March 07, 1825, Guilford Co., NC.

iv. ANN HUBBARD, b. March 29, 1784; m. ELIAS HENLEY, February 12, 1803, Guilford Co., NC.

v. GEORGE HUBBARD, b. April 21, 1786.

vi. MARTHA HUBBARD, b. July 06, 1791.

vii. JUDITH HUBBARD, b. March 24, 1794; m. JAMES PITTMAN, November 18, 1819, Guilford Co., NC.

viii. JOHN HUBBARD, b. September 12, 1796.

ix. SARAH HUBBARD, b. December 26, 1798; d. September 11, 1824, Guilford Co., NC; m. WILLIAM BOWMAN, December 04, 1817, Guilford Co., NC.


9. JOHN4 SANDERS (HEZEKIAH3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born March 18, 1758 in Guilford County, NC, and died December 25, 1792 in Guilford Co, NC. He married MILLY MOORMAN January 19, 1780 in Cane Creek, MM, Orange Co., NC, daughter of THOMAS MOORMAN and SARAH CLARK. She was born July 18, 1755 in Anson County, NC.



i. JONATHON5 SANDERS, b. May 18, 1781.

ii. SARAH SANDERS, b. May 18, 1781.

iii. THOMAS SANDERS, b. December 03, 1782.

iv. GULIELMA SANDERS, b. 1784; m. ? HIATT.

11. v. HEZEKIAH SANDERS, b. September 24, 1786, Guilford Co, NC; d. January 06, 1836, Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., OH.

vi. JOHN SANDERS, b. October 10, 1788.

vii. SAMUEL SANDERS, b. January 15, 1791.

viii. MARTHA SANDERS, b. March 27, 1793; m. ? CHERRY.


10. DAVID4 SANDERS (HEZEKIAH3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born September 15, 1760, and died August 17, 1845 in North Carolina. He married SARAH BRAZELTON May 21, 1783 in Deep River MM, Guilford Co, NC. She was born May 15, 1762 in Frederick Co., MD, and died August 13, 1821 in North Carolina.



i. SAMUEL5 SANDERS, b. March 17, 1785; d. July 22, 1821.

ii. ELIZABETH SANDERS, b. June 20, 1786; d. May 29, 1844; m. SOLOMON HORNEY, February 20, 1812, Deep River MM, Guilford Co, NC.

iii. HEZEKIAH SANDERS, b. June 21, 1788.

iv. WILLIAM SANDERS, b. March 20, 1790.

v. JACOB SANDERS, b. March 22, 1792; m. SARAH HOOVER, March 31, 1819, Whitewater MM, Indiana.

vi. MARTHA SANDERS, b. August 13, 1796; m. ELIAS ELLIOTT, January 11, 1827, Deep River MM, Guilford Co, NC.

vii. SARAH SANDERS, b. August 13, 1796; m. ?SHIELDS, Abt. 1814, Guilford Co., NC.

viii. JANE SANDERS, b. February 22, 1798; m. DAVIS PEGG, September 09, 1824, Guilford Co., NC.

ix. DAVID SANDERS, b. October 30, 1801.


Generation No. 5


11. HEZEKIAH5 SANDERS (JOHN4, HEZEKIAH3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born September 24, 1786 in Guilford Co, NC, and died January 06, 1836 in Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., OH. He married MARY SUFFRINS December 24, 1807 in Burlington, NJ, daughter of DAVID SUFFRINS and DEBORAH MORRIT. She was born May 11, 1788 in Henrico Co., VA, and died April 17, 1867 in Richmond, Wayne Co., IN.


No will has been found in Hamilton, Co., OH., where he died.

I am sure that Hezekiah and family moved north to Ohio as part of the general migration of Quakers who went en masse to Ohio and Indiana in disgust over the slavery issue.

(Copyright 1988 pub. The Custom House) 1788 at Wells Meeting in Perquimans County the yearly meeting was held with reps from North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

"As it appears that all Friends have not yet cleansed their hands of slave holding this meeting directs the inferior meetings to put the former advices of our yearly meeting in practice such who continue to hold them as slaves and hand up a report of their service to next yearly meeting to be held at Centre Meeting in Guilford County for further trial with which this meeting concurs." The old committee was discharged a new committee appointed 24 prestigious Quakers of NC were to lead the fight-a lifetime commitment for all of them.

Zacharias Dick,David Vestal, Jeremiah Reynolds, Thomas Winslow, John Talbot, Obediah Harris, Jesse Coffin, Strangeman Stanley John Carter, Joseph Cloud, John Beals, Samuel Millikan, Hezekiah Sanders, Tristain Barnard, William Coffin Jr., John Hackett, John Davis, Samuel Chambers, Issac Beeson, Benjamin Coffin, John Sanders, Seth Coffin, Thomas Thornbourgh, William Tomlinson."

The underground railroad and the Manumission Society (the Manumission and Colonization Society of North Carolina) were both tools of the Guilford Co., North Carolina Quakers.



Henrico Co., VA



i. DAVID ALANSON6 SANDERS, b. October 08, 1808, Xenia, OH; d. 1879, Madisonville, OH; m. LUCY WRIGHT.

12. ii. JULIA ELMA SANDERS, b. September 30, 1810, Xenia, Greene Co., OH; d. 1890, Richmond, Wayne Co., IN.

iii. JOHN MILTON SANDERS, b. April 18, 1815, Cincinnati, OH; d. January 21, 1880, San Domingo City,?; m. SUSANNE GILBERT.


These references were found on the internet. I could not locate a source other than the man who copyrighted the articles. Searched under "J Milton Sanders daugerreotypes"

Sanders, J. Milton

Noted as Professor Sanders, he was a daguerreian in Cincinnati, Ohio, 1851-1852. Sanders, along with E.C. Hawkins, assisted A.T. Earle at his "daguerreian institute" on Vine Street, and taught there. Information corrected to November, 1997; © 1996, 1997 John S. Craig

Earle, Austin T.

Advertised a "daguerreian institute" on Vine Street, west side, above Fourth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1851-1852. He advertised as an "Artists Exhibition Gallery for the Annual Distribution of Art." Further"the gallery is open...for reception of all works that may be consigned to it for exhibition and sale, or contributed to the annual drawing designed to be made in October..." No individual listing appears for Earle. Another source placed the Institute over E.C. Hawkins' Gallery, and noted that Hawkins and Professor J. Milton Sanders assisted Earle and taught at the Institute. Sanders assisted in the theoretical and chemical; he was from the Eclectic Medical College. Another source has documented Earle as a daguerreian in Cincinnati as early as 1849. Information corrected to November, 1997; © 1996, 1997 John S. Craig

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The Daily Gazette (Davenport, Iowa)

Tuesday, Apr. 3, 1860

"The following from the List of Patents issued for the week ending March 27, very emphatically knocks one of "M. D.'s statements in the head: J. Milton Sanders, of Cincinnati, O.; for improvement in production of illuminating *as. Patented July 27, 1858. Reissued March *7, 1860."

I don't know who "M. D." is, referred to above. Maybe there was a previous article re: J. Milton?

The following is written on the back of a picture of J. Milton found in the scrapbook for this program: "John Milton. learned and brilliant chemist, inventor, Proffessor of Chemistry, Author of Textbooks on chemistry, used in colleges for many years. Made the first diamonds and other gems in the U.S. Tiffany's experts pronounced them perfect. Discovered water Gas.

13. iv. ALFRED SANDERS, b. March 13, 1819, Cincinnati, OH; d. April 25, 1865, Davenport, IA.

v. ADDISON HIATT SANDERS, b. September 13, 1823, Cincinnati, OH; d. November 07, 1912, Marshalltown, IA; m. (1) LIZZIE DONALDSON; m. (2) AMELIA BARROWS, September 05, 1866, Davenport, Scott Co., Iowa; b. August 15, 1840, Davenport, Scott Co, IA; d. April 09, 1925, Davenport, Scott Co, IA.


Grandma's (Mary Edith Raff) notes on Addison state: "Col. Add. Sanders lost his wife and 3 little girls just before the Civil War. At the close of the Civil War he came back to Davenport and was part of his brother Alfred's family on College Ave. He brought his valet with him and both he and the valet contracted Typhoid Fever. Alfred Sanders died at age 36 (really 46) of Typhoid Fever which he caught from his brother Addison. Col. Add. Sanders married Dr. Burroughs daughter, Amelia, in Davenport. Their children were Egbert, Elma and Harold. Egbert married a Southern girl and lived in the south. Elma married a Southerner named Walter Carter. After his death she lived in Chicago at King Br**ant House. She was buried in the South besides her husband. Harold Sanders lived in Chicago until his death in 1963 at 85 years. He is buried in Oakdale Cemetery."

Biography of Addison H. Sanders


from History Vol. 2 History of Davenport and Scott County" by Harry E. Downer - S. J. Clarke Publishing Co. 1910 Chicago

Addison H. Sanders was born on the 13th of September, 1823 in Cincinnati Ohio. His education was begun in a printing office of his native city and completed at Cincinnati College. In 1845 and again in 1846 he came to Davenport where his brother, Alfred, was struggling to put his Gazette on a paying basis. During each of these visits he stayed several months taking editorial charge of the paper and thus relieving his overworked brother so that he might bring the business department into better condition. When the city had grown large enough to demand a daily paper, Addison H. Sanders removed to Davenport, in October 1856, took editorial charge of the Daily Davenport Gazette and continued in that position until he entered the Union Army. At the beginning of the Civil War no newspaper in Iowa had wider influence than the Daily Gazette of Davenport.

Early in 1861 Addison H. Sanders was commissioned aid to Governor Kirkwood, serving with Judge Baldwin of Council Bluffs and later in the year he was placed in command of Camp McClellan, at Davenport, where the Union volunteers were mustering for the organization of regiments and for drill. The Sixteenth Regiment was organized early in the winter of 1862 and Governor Kirkwood was so impressed with the excellent work and superior qualifications of Addison H. Sanders that he offered him the position of colonel of the new regiment. But having observed the disadvantage of placing inexperienced officers at the head of new regiments, he declined the command, urging the selection of a regular army officer for the place. The governor and General Baker realized the wisdom of such a selection and Captain Alexander Chambers of the Eighteenth United States Infantry was appointed colonel and Mr. Sanders was commissioned lieutenant colonel. The regiment received its "baptism of fire" at the desperate and bloody battle of Shiloh and at Corinth Lieutenant Colonel Sanders was wounded very severely. He did gallant service during the war, often in command of the regiment. At the battle of Atlanta, July 22, 1864, Colonel Sanders was taken prisoner, suffering everything but death in the Confederate prison, and when exchanged was so low with starvation and fever that for a long time his recovery was doubtful.

On the 2d of April, 1865, General Sanders was discharged from the service for disability, having been brevetted brigadier general for gallant conduct on many battlefields. Upon his return home he was appointed postmaster of Davenport. In 1870 he was appointed by President Grant secretary of Montana territory and became acting governor. In 1872 he was appointed registrar of the United States land office for Montana. He returned to his old home at Davenport, where for many years he was engaged in editorial work on several of the daily papers. As a writer General Sanders for a third of a century ranked among the ablest in the state. He is now enjoying the reminiscent twilight of a long and active life in his latest home in sunny Georgia.*

*I donít know whether this is true, as he died in Marshalltown, IA. However notes written by his niece indicate several of his children married southerners and lived in the south.


1861----July 1, appointment of Add. Sanders to the position of staff officer to the governor.

Add. H. Sanders appointed Lieut.-Colonel of the 16th Regiment Iowa Infantry, quartered at Camp McClellan. Dec. 5, presentation of a sword and revolvers to Lieut.-Colonel Sanders by Col. Hill. Dec. 17, Charleston, S. C. in flames.

1862----Oct. 14, Col. Sanders returns home badly wounded by a minie ball in his right leg, which he received while leading his regiment against the enemy, his horse being shot from under him. The Colonel procured another horse and remained with his men till dark.


Comprised of 919 officers and men, 62 were killed, 255 died, 211 were discharged, 311 were wounded, 14 were missing, 257 were captured and 29 were transferred.


Mustered into service of the United States at Davenport, Dec. 10, 1861.

Mustered out July 19, 1865 at Louisville.


Colonel Alexander Chambers

Lieut. Colonel A.H.Sanders; Davenport

Major William Purcell, Muscatine



Shiloh, Siege of Corinth, Luka, Corinth,Kenesaw Mountain,Nickajack Creek and the various battles around Atlanta; in Sherman's campaigns and those in the Carolinas.


Co A-Clinton Co. with men from Scott Co. as follows:


Addison H. Sanders

Sanders, Addison Hiatt - Lt. Col., 16th Regt. Iowa Volunteer Infantry Brevet Brig. Gen. U.S.V. March 13 1865.

President Lincoln was assassinated in 1865, and Andrew Johnson reigned in his stead, and many were the official heads that tumbled into the gutter in those days. On the first of December in that year, Gen. Add. H. Sanders, the eighth postmaster of Davenport, presented A.J.'s commission and took Mr. Russell's place. This was taken from "Chronology of Scott County, 1832-1881".

A photograph of Addison and his black servant is filed in the "Prints and Photographs Division" at the Library of Congress. The caption is as follows:

"Addison H. Sanders, Bv't. Brig. General and servant" (Lt. Col. 16th Iowa Inf.) Shows general and his black servant standing, posed in front of a studio backdrop.

Reproduction number: LC-B812-9098 (glass negative).

Call number: LOT 4192


This is strictly conjecture--I believe Lizzie might be the daughter of Dr. A. C. Donaldson.

Dec 21, 1848


In St. Louis, 29th ult., at the residence of his brother, Dr. A.C.

Donaldson, Thomas Lyon Donaldson, aged 25 years of consumption


1867 Marriages--Dec. 16, Donaldson, Egbert B. to McCabe, Susan at Pleasant Valley by J. W. Clark. Witness Jesse Dodds.

at Pleasant Valley by J. W. Clark Witness: Jesse Dodds



In notes Mary Edith Raff wrote, Amelia was the daughter of Dr. Barrows.

Addison H. Sanders and Amelia Barrows Sanders are buried next to E. S. Barrows, M. D., in Oakdale Memorial Gardens.

Dr. E. S. Barrows settled in Rockingham, being the first physician in the county and second one in the Territory.

vi. CAROLINE ELIZABETH SANDERS, b. September 27, 1826, Cincinnati, OH; d. April 11, 1900, Richmond, IN.

vii. HENRY SUFFRINS SANDERS, b. March 31, 1832, Cincinnati, OH; d. April 1900, San Francisco, Ca; m. KATE SHURNARD; d. April 01, 1900, San Francisco, Ca.


Hinshaw says he was born in Miami Co., Oh. Dropped from membership in Miami MM on July 20, 1865.


Generation No. 6


12. JULIA ELMA6 SANDERS (HEZEKIAH5, JOHN4, HEZEKIAH3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born September 30, 1810 in Xenia, Greene Co., OH, and died 1890 in Richmond, Wayne Co., IN. She married RICHARD COMLY May 08, 1833 in Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., OH, son of JAMES COMLY and ELIZABETH NISBET. He was born July 25, 1808 in Philadelphia, PA, and died October 21, 1891 in Richmond, IN.


According to LDS files, middle name might be Nisbet.



i. DAVID SANDERS7 COMLY, b. February 13, 1835, Cincinnati, Hamilton, OH.

ii. CHARLES HAMMOND COMLY, b. February 11, 1837, Dayton, OH.

iii. CLIFTON COMLY, b. May 31, 1841, Dayton, OH; d. April 17, 1894, New York Arsenal, Goernor's Is., New York, NY.

iv. MARY ELMA COMLY, b. July 23, 1845, Dayton, OH.


13. ALFRED6 SANDERS (HEZEKIAH5, JOHN4, HEZEKIAH3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born March 13, 1819 in Cincinnati, OH, and died April 25, 1865 in Davenport, IA. He married MARIE ANTOINETTE SANFORD March 15, 1842 in Davenport, Iowa, daughter of BEZALEEL SANFORD and ORRA WORTHINGTON. She was born December 23, 1821 in New York City, NY, and died February 08, 1902 in Davenport, IA.


In August the Davenport Weekly Gazette was started by Alfred Sanders; and it took prominence immediately in Journalism as a finely printed and ably edited sheet. It espoused Whig principles, and has occupied a leading position in politics to the present time. It eventually expanded into the Daily and Tri-weekly and weekly Gazette, and has undoubtedly amply remunerated its enterprising proprietor.


A biography of Alfred Sanders (copied below) can be found in "History of Scott County, Iowa" 1882 Chicago: Interstate Publishing Co. Alfred is listed as a pioneer of Davenport, Iowa. Davenport was incorporated as a city in 1837. Alfred came here in 1840. He founded the first newspaper, "Weekly Gazette".

Biography of Alfred Sanders

From "History of Scott County, Iowa 1882 Chicago: Interstate Publishing Co."


"The subject of this brief memoir was born in Cincinnati, O., on the 13th day of May, 1819, and died at his residence in East Davenport, Iowa, April 25, 1865, aged 46 years. His disease was typhoid fever. His body was conveyed to the Christian chapel in his adopted city, attended by the "Old Settlers" and a large company of his fellow citizens. Appropriate services were observed by the Church of which he was a member; and a suitable address was made by the pastor, Elder James Challen. His body reposes in Oakdale Cemetery.

He was the third son of Hezekiah Sanders, one of the pioneer settlers of Cincinnati, who died in 1836, leaving a wife and a family of five sons and two daughters. His parents belonged to the Society of Friends. Among the survivors is Gen. Add. H. Sanders, who was long associated with him as co-editor of the Daily Gazette, and who, by his ready pen and spicy articles, full of wit and humor, has won for himself an enviable reputation as public journalist. His eminent services in the late war have enrolled his name among the patriots and defenders of his country. Alfred Sanders received a good education, and finished his Academic course of studies in Woodward College, Cincinnati. He had the reputation of being a good scholar, - moral, upright, courteous and kind. He was ambitious to excel in those studies that pleased him, and took a high position in the several classes in his favorite Alma Mater. In 1841 (I believe he actually arrived in 1840-see Bezaleel Sanford's bio.) he arrived in Davenport, Iowa and was married in 1842 to Miss M. A. Sanford, the youngest daughter of B. Sanford, Esq. They had six children, two sons and four daughters, of whom four survive.

On the 11th of August, 1841, he brought to the city the press and materials for a printing establishment, and soon opened an office and commenced the publication of the Weekly Gazette, the first number of which was issued on the 25th of August of the same year. In August, 1853, he commenced a tri-weekly, with most favorable prospects; and in October, 1854, the first number of the daily was issued. Alfred Sanders continued his services as principal editor until, in 1862, he sold out his entire interest to the present proprietors, and retired to a less active employment in life. By his pen and tongue he urged the election of John C. Fremont in 1860, and afterward, that of Abraham Lincoln to the presidency, and stood by our chosen chief to the last, and sought no reward but that which conscience and sense of duty would grant.

He was a devoted student of the natural sciences. In early life he made botany a specialty, and was very successful in its prosecution. During the first year of his residence in Iowa he spent much time in the prairies and woods making collections of plants, analyzing and classifying them. He was an antiquarian, and especially was he fond of that branch of it that is denominated numismatics. For many years he was engaged in collecting coins and medals, and whatever would represent their values. He paid much attention to conchology, and made a large collection of shells from our Western waters in addition to those obtained from abroad. These he classified and named, and designed to arrange in his cabinet. In the latter years of his life he was zealously devoted to the study of geology. His library was enriched with works upon this subject, and he constantly read and studied them, and practically engaged in its pursuit."


At the end of his life, Alfred, along with several other prominent men of the community, had begun to develop an idea for a museum. The Davenport Academy of Sciences, which was the first public museum in Davenport, was organized in 1867. It became the Davenport Public Museum in 1927, and finally, the Putnam Museum of History and Science.

On the evening of Dec. 14, 1867, four persons met in a small real estate agency office in Davenport, and agreed and pledged themselves to each other and to the community, that their efforts, feeble as they might be, and must be, should be united and directed toward the acquirement and dissemination of scientific knowledge, and that the limited means at their command should be used to the best of their knowledge and ability, to awaken an interest in such studies, to unite the influence of those who were already interested, to encourage scientific research and scientific reading, and to promote the introduction of practical scientific instruction in the public schools. In this attempt they were merely taking the initiatory steps, relying upon the co-operation of others of equal earnestness and greater ability, who should join in the good work and carry it forward.

During several years previous this matter had been discussed from time to time between Mr. Barler, Alfred Sanders, Mr. Riepe, Prof. D. S. Sheldon, Dr. Parry, Mr. Tiffany and myself, and perhaps some others whom I do not now recall, with the rather vague determination of doing something sometime, and a full conviction that something ought to be done by united effort. The untimely death of Mr. Sanders and the loss of his talent, experience and influence before any definite action had been taken, was a serious drawback and discouragement, and doubtless somewhat delayed action in the matter. This paragraph was taken from "Chronology of Scott County 1832-1881".

From "Recollections and Sketches" by Edward H. Stiles. Published in DesMoines in 1916 by The Homestead Publishing Co. Preface: "This book documents recollections and sketches of notable lawyers and public men of early Iowa."




Among my grandmother's (Mary Edith Raff) effects was a pamphlet called " An Achievement of Iowa Club women Fifty Years Ago". The pamphlet must have been written Abt. 1925, and in pencil at the top was written "To be kept for Marian", my mother who was born in 1920. Some of the text of the pamphlet follows.

"In the Women's Pavilion of the Centennial Exposition at Philadelphia in 1876 there was on display a copy of Volume I of the Proceedings of the Davenport Academy of Natural Sciences.

It was a unique exhibit--creditable to a young growing city already showing interest in the intellectual and esthetic side of life--creditable to the scientific society not yet ten years old but maintaining a museum, conducting explorations, holding meetings and lectures and exerting a noteworthy educational influence--creditable as well to the women who appreciated what the society was trying to do and with enthusiasm, hard work and pluck aided it when aid was needed.

Here is the story of the Exhibit.

The Davenport Academy, now the Davenport Public Museum, was organized in 1867 by a small group of scientific men. Its members in the collecting and exploring had accumulated material that was a "contribution to knowledge" and needed to be published."

Several Davenport women wanted to do something for the Philadelphia Exposition and had organized the Women's Centennial Association. They decided the best way would be to publish the first volume of proceedings of the Academy. They held two fundraisers. The first raised $176.00. The second was held February 22, 1876 in Hills block, at the corner of Brady and Third Streets. Unfortunately, later that night, Hills block burned to the ground in the "most noteworthy fire in the history of the city" at that time." The women felt a moral responsibility to pay for the damage." In less than three weeks they raised the $1,000 needed to repay the fire debt. They continued raising money until the volume of 300 pages and 30 plates was published.

In May of 1877 two copies were taken to Philadelphia and placed in the Woman's Pavilion and the Iowa Educational Department.

"The printing committee consisted of Mrs. M.A. McGonagal, Mrs. Thomas McCullough, Mrs. S.B.R. Millar, Mrs. Charles E. Putnam, and Mrs. M. A. Sanders." (Mrs. M. A. Sanders referred to Alfred's wife, Marie Antoinette).

"Among other women who have taken an active part in the work of the museum are Miss Lucy Pratt, Miss Julia Sanders, Mrs. Ruth Irish Preston..." (Miss Julia Sanders was the daughter of M.A. Sanders).

Mrs. Alfred Sanders also contributed a large collection of minerals, fossils and recent shells which alone occupied the second cabinet case we procured, and others soon began to hand in such specimens as they happened to have.


Marie Antoinette also was a founder, along with Oriana Lesslie, Annie Wittenmyer and others, of the Iowa Soldier's Orphans Home in 1863, the forerunner to the Annie Wittenmyer Home.



i. EDWIN KENT7 SANDERS, b. March 06, 1843, Davenport, IA; d. July 28, 1843, Davenport, IA.


Davenport Gazette

Davenport, Scott, Iowa

Aug 3, 1843


On the 19th ult. By Rev. Mr. WORTHINGTON, Mr. Stephen SCHOOLFIELD, to Miss

Parthenia A. PLUMMER, both of this place.


In this place on Friday last, 28th ult. Edwin K. son of Alfred and M.

Antoinette SANDERS, aged 4 months and 22 days.


ii. JULIA ELMA SANDERS, b. July 27, 1844.

iii. GEORGE CLINTON SANDERS, b. January 03, 1843, Scott Co., Davenport, IA; d. July 28, 1883, Scott Co., Davenport, IA; m. LOUISA SMITH CHRISTIE, March 01, 1873, St. Louis, Mo.; b. June 09, 1852, Scott Co., Davenport, IA; d. December 08, 1878, Scott Co., Davenport, IA.


Search for a child "___" Christie Sanders. Children are sometimes given the mother's maiden name.


The Gazette

Davenport, Scott, Iowa

Feb 19, 1846

In this place on Tuesday morning, 17th inst, Mary Josephine, infant daughter

of David and Lucy G. W. HOGE, aged 4 months and 22 days. Her funeral will be

attended on Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock.

The Gazette

Davenport, Scott, Iowa

April 5, 1849


In Davenport, on Monday evening last, 2nd inst., by Rev. E. Ripley, Mr.

Robert Christie, of Le Claire to Mrs. L.G.W. Hoge* of Davenport

(L.G.W. stands for Lucy Griffin Welles)

Louisa died of "Quick Consumption" and is buried in Oakdale.


iv. ELLA WORTHINGTON SANDERS, b. December 22, 1849, Davenport, Scott Co., IA; d. January 12, 1918, Muscatine, Muscatine Co., IA; m. ALMON KEELER RAFF, May 25, 1871, Davenport, IA; b. March 04, 1842, Stark Co., OH; d. October 30, 1903, Muscatine, Muscatine Co., IA.


Ella Sanders Raff was a prominent citizen of Muscatine, Iowa. The following obituary was taken from a Muscatine newspaper dated January 12, 1918.


Well known resident of City Passes Away


Was Active in Church and social circles of

City for Years----Funeral Services on Monday

One of Muscatine's prominent church and social workers, Mrs. Ella Sanders Raff, succumbed to a brief illness at her home, 509 Sycamore street, at mid-night last evening. Mrs. Raff had been ill less than one week. She was in her usual good health early Monday morning, January 7, but about 8 o'clock became unconscious and since then has never rallied.

Ella Sanders, was born in Davenport, December 22, 1849, and came to Muscatine in 1871, just after her marriage to Captain A. K. Raff, who was then engaged in the implement business here. Muscatine has been her home continuously since that time and on all occasions was interested in its welfare and improvements. She was an active member of the local First Baptist church, and one of the leaders in the work of the local Young Women's Christian Association, of which she was a board member.

Mrs. Raff is survived by two sisters, Miss Julia Sanders of Muscatine, and Mrs. Carrie Gould of San Diego, California, one son, Fred S. Raff of Chicago, and one daughter, Miss Edith Raff, at home. One daughter, Nellie, preceded her in death, also her husband who passed away October 30, 1903.

Funeral services will be held at the First Baptist church Monday at 1 o'clock, the Rev. J. W. Graves to be in charge of the services. Interment will be made in the Oakdale cemetery at Davenport.


In 1852 the name Raffensperger was shortened to Raff.

The following is what my grandmother Edith Raff wrote in the 1930's about her father, Almon:

Almon Keeler Raff was one of seven children living in Akron Ohio. [I believe she made a mistake re: the city, I believe it was Canton]*

Their father and mother died of cholera when A. K. Raff was seven years of age. His brothers were Alf and Barney. His sisters were Ethalinda, Margaret, Rose and Polly House. [I don't if she was confused about these last two sisters or if a different family adopted them.]*

Their relatives adopted these children. A. K. Raff was adopted by Uncle Daniel and Aunt Elizabeth (called Grandma and Grandpa Raff.)

Uncle Daniel and Aunt Elizabeth had four children of their own, Francis, Mary, Rebecca and Henry.

Francis married Monroe Ebi and Becky married Charlie Cock. Henry married Laura and they had three daughters, May, Lida and Nettie. Mary was a Latin teacher and coach in Davenport. She taught Latin and Algebra during the summer months to prepare students for college. Mary looked after Grandma Raff until her death in 1894.

Uncle Daniel's family moved to Davenport Iowa at the close of the Civil War.

Uncle Monroe [Ebi] and Aunt Frank [nickname for Francis]* had two children--Helen Elizabeth Ebi and Albert Raff Ebi. Helen married Earl Snider and they had 2 children--Elizabeth and William Herbert.

Elizabeth married Elwyn Simmons and Herbert did not marry.

Elizabeth had two children--Susan and John.

Lida Raff married John Jordan and they had Marie. Marie had one son, Philip Messenger.

* Brackets are my own comments.

Almon K. Raff, with many other Ohio Raffenspergers changed his name from Raffensperger while still in Ohio, in 1853.

During the Civil War he joined the 19th Ohio Infantry and rose to the rank of Captain by the end of the war. According to the Ohio Historical Society, some of the battles he fought in were: Shiloh, Tenn., (April 6-7, 1862), Corinth, Miss., (May 30, 1862), Stones River, Tenn. (Dec. 31, 1862, Jan.1-2, 1863), Chickamauga, Ga. (Sept 19-20, 1863), Mission Ridge, Tenn. (Nov. 25,1863), Kenesaw Mountain, Ga. (June 9-30, 1864), Atlanta Ga. (July 22, 1864), Nashville, Tenn. (Dec. 1-16, 1864). This information was taken from the "Roster of Ohio Soldiers 1861-1866".

I believe that his aunt Elizabeth, Uncle Daniel and the family moved to Davenport before the Civil War's end, because in a letter from Almon to Frank (Frances) dated 1864, he complains that he hasn't heard from "Auntie" and wonders why it takes the mail so long to reach him from Iowa.

A small stone near his grave is engraved with the letters "ESR".

A. K. Raff--bill for funeral, found in my Grandma's effects.

The letterhead reads:

Davenport, Iowa,

M. V. Boies Company

Funeral Directors

Merton E. Bowling, Manager

No. 348 Perry Street


4 Carriages--$10.00

Pall Bearers Coach-$5.00

Pall Bearers Gloves--$1.50

Grave & Lining--$8.00

Wagon Work & Services--$15.00

Paid cash--$55.00

The total should have been $49.50. G grandma either overpaid, or a nice tip was included.

We know Almon and Ella moved from Davenport to Muscatine between Nellie's birth in 1872 in Davenport and Fred's birth in 1877 in Muscatine.



v. CAROLINE (CARRIE) ELIZABETH SANDERS, b. March 02, 1853; d. November 18, 1930; m. JOHN GOULD, June 01, 1875, Davenport, IA; b. September 12, 1850, Cranston, RI; d. April 09, 1883.

vi. ANNA LESSLIE SANDERS, b. March 03, 1857, Davenport, Scott County, Iowa; d. October 17, 1860, Davenport, Scott County, Iowa.