Sanders Jr. 1804-1886
of the representative agriculturalists of this section, whose
keen practicallity, industry and devotion to that science well
deserves more than a mere mention, is George Sanders, Jr. He
is the son of George and Polly (Twombly) Sanders, and was born
in Epsom, NH, November 6, 1832. The ancestor of the Amerian
Family of Sanders was Christopher Sanders, who came from England
in 1671. We cannot fully trace the line to George, nor tell
from which one of the sons of Christopher he is descended.
of the one of whom we now write was George Sanders, a resident
of Rye, NH., where he passed his days, a quiet and useful citizen.
His son John, the pioneer of the family in this town, was born
in Rye, and when a young man came to Epsom, married and became
a resident. He was a stalwart man, vigorous and energetic, and
devoted himself to his farm with all the force of his strong
nature, and as a citizen, was much respected. About 1850 he
removed to Concord, whre re resided until his death, March 13,
1870, aged nearly eighty nine years. George Sanders, Sr., son
of John and Anna Sanders, married Polly Towmbly, of Barrington.
They had three children, -- George and Mary (twins), and John.
Mr. Sanders, inheriting the strong physique and hardy nature
of his father, became a farmer, and in 1832, shortly after his
marriage, he purchased a farm of one hundred and twenty acres,
and by unremitting labors and constant care he brought the land
into such a state of cultivation that is soon became renumerative,
and he was able to increse his first ownership in land some
hundreds of acres by adding to it at various times, and at present
the Sanders family have five hundred and thirty acres in their
possession. It is located in different tracts, but the home-farm
is considered one of the best farms in the town of Epsom. Mr.
Sanders, Sr., has been selectman, and held some minor town offices.
His religious convictions are in accord with the Free Will Baptists,
of which church he has been a member about twenty years. He
is now living, at the age of eighty one. Mrs. Sanders died December
22, 1884, aged eighty-one.
George Sanders Jr.,
could hardly have consistently followed any other vocation than
that of the farmer; having been born and passed his childhood
days where wverything about him revealed the bounteous gifts
of Mother Nature, and also inheriting, in some measure, from
his father and grandfather the characteristics of a good agriculturalist.
He received a good common-school education, supplemented by
a term at Pembroke Academy. He has always resided on the old
place. He married, January 5, 1875, Nancy A., daughter of David
and Mary Ann (Carr) White, of Antrim, N.H., a descendant in
the fifth generation of John White (1) of Ireland, whose son
Patrick (2), studied for the priesthood; but renoucning his
faith in the doctrine of the Catholic Church, he was obliged
to flee to this country, where he made a home. David (3), son
of Patrick, married Sarah Dutton, of Peterborough, and when
the clarion notes of the trumpet called the brave and the willing
to their country's defense, he responed and proved a faithful
soldier to his father's adopted land. David (4) married Mary
Ann Carr, a descendant of William Carr, a prominent man in the
early days of Goffstown. Mr. Carr, in 1787, went to Antrim and
built the house and settled on a farm which is now occupied
by David White. He married Ann Boyce of Bedford, and died at
the age of eighty-three years; his wife lived to be ninety-three.
Mary Sanders, (twin sister of George) married Nathaniel Twombly,
of Barrington. They have four children.
George Sanders, Jr., has always pursued that oldest and most
honorable calling among men, farming, and has proved himself
the right man in the right place. To be convinced of his wisdom
and care, you have only to look on his fields and meadows, his
walls and buildings, his barns and stalls, his stacks and cribs.
But, with all these cares, he has identified himself with the
civil and religious interests of the town, has been selectman
for several years, and is an earnest and liberal member of the
Free-Will Baptist Church. Democratic in politics, he represented
Epsom in the Legislature of 1874-75.
This family, for several generations, have been mostly "tillers
of the soil," industrious, careful, practical working people,
doing their duties well in the sphere of life to which they
were called. They have been men of good judgment, active temperament,
strong physique, and have performed their share of the public
matters of the town, and discharged their social, public and
religious duties conscientiously.
from Hurd's Atlas
of Merrimack and Belknap Counties