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Sanders and Related Families


Somtime in the early 1830s, the earliest known Sanders in this family tree headed westward from the State of Virginia to Rutherford and Gibson Counties in Tennessee. Shortly after the Chickasaw Indians ceded  land east of the Mississippi River to the United States, the Sanders again migrated to Marshall and Lafayette Counties in northern Mississippi.  This region had been opened to settlers around 1836 and the Sanders family settled there sometime in the late 1840s. They lived and farmed in northern Mississippi for nearly 50 years.

Around 1900, three generations of Sanders left their Mississippi farm and again traveled westward, settling in Logan County, Arkansas. It is unclear why the family moved to Arkansas around 1900; however, one possible reason may have been the economy. The price of cotton fell throughout the decades following the end of the Civil War (1865), and Mississippi was in an agricultural depression into the 1890s. The family settled in Paris, Logan County, Arkansas, which is known as the "Gateway to Mount Magazine"  - the highest point in the State of Arkansas.

The eldest Sanders died in western Arkansas and are buried in Oakwood Cemetery. The last members of Mississippi Sanders then established their home in Holdenville, Hughes County, Oklahoma.  While some of the Sanders children remained in Oklahoma, the others chose to move onward into Texas, California, Indiana, and Oregon.