Alexander County

Biography - W O Sanders

W. O. SANDERS, farmer, P. O. East Cape Girardeau. John Sanders, the grandfather of the gentleman whose name heads this brief sketch, was a native of Jefferson County, East Tenn., and there William Sanders, the father, was born, grew to manhood and married Miss Jane Thompson, a daughter of Ephraim Thompson. The father followed farming in that State until he was thirty years of age, and then moved to Jefferson County, Mo., and remained there about twelve years, and then came to Alexander County, and settled on the farm now owned by J. S. Sanders. There our subject was born July 17, 1849, attended school in his native county until he was seventeen, and then, his father having died, he farmed the old homestead in connection with his brother James. At the age of twenty-one. having married, he took part of the home place, and farmed it himself There he remained until 1880, when he came to his present farm, a tract of fifty-two acres in Section 12, Town 14, Range 4 west. Mr. Sanders was married, August 22, 1870, to Amanda J. West, daughter of Mrs. Nancy West. Mrs. Sanders was the mother of two children, Wilburn West, born January 12, 1872, and Clarence E., born September 2, 1871. This lady died February 6, 1876. He was married the second time, August 17, 1876, to Mrs. Ellen DeWitt, nee King, daughter of Capt. Ezra King. The result of this union was three children, one of whom is living — Gertrude, born January- 13, 1882. In politics, he is a Republican, and is now serving as Deputy Sheriff and Collector.

Extracted 29 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, page 239.

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