JAMES L. SANDERS, farmer, P. O. East Cape Girardeau. One of the most extensive farmers of Alexander County is the gentleman whose name heads this brief sketch. His grandfather, John Sanders, was a native of Jefferson County, Tenn., and there William Sanders, the father of subject, was born, grew to manhood's estate, and there married Maria Jane Thompson, daughter of Ephraim Thompson. The twain remained in their native State for a few years, and then moved to Jefferson County, Mo., where our subject was born November 13, 1834, the fifth of eleven children. The father, when subject was about twelve years old, came to this county and settled on the farm now owned by his son. The educational advantages of our subject were but limited, but he made the best of these. When his father died in 1860. Mr. Sanders, then in his twenty-sixth year, assumed charge of the place, and now has a farm of 560 acres, situated in Section 19, Range 3 west. Of the whole tract, about 530 acres are improved. There are also about five acres in orchard. Mr. Sanders was married the first time. March 4, 1869, to Miss Hattie B. Steward, daughter of Chester Steward, of Cobden. One child, Albert Steward Sanders, who was born November 3, 1870, was the result of this union. This lady died November 14, 1870. He was married the second time, April 1, 1881, to Miss Virginia B. Tibbetts, daughter of Mrs. Martha Tibbetts. She is the mother of one child, Helen, born February 20, 1883. In politics, Mr. Sanders is a Republican. Has served one term as County Commissioner; has also been Justice of the Peace.
Extracted 29 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, pages 238-239.
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