|Birth: ||Jul. 24, 1837|
|Death: ||Nov. 28, 1903|
Aaron Sanders was born July 24, 1837, in Jackson County, Alabama, the son of Isaac Sanders and Elizabeth King. Whether his middle name was Benjamin is disputable. Barbara Radcliffe Rogers used family records and papers in her research on the family in the 1970s and 1980s and she placed a question mark by the middle name of Benjamin in her family group sheet. No contemporary record gives Aaron a middle name or initial and family tradition remembers only the name of “Aaron.”
Aaron’s parents moved to Tishomingo County, Mississippi, in 1841 and remained there until 1850 when they moved to Montgomery County, Arkansas.On April 7, 1859 Aaron married his first cousin, Deborah Ann Swaim. They had one son, William Isaac who was born on December 29, 1859 and who died on January 23, 1860. Deborah Ann died on May 3, 1860. On the 1860 census, which was probably done in June, Aaron is enumerated twice, once with his parents' household and once in a separate household. Perhaps he was planning to move back home with his parents at that time.
During the Civil War, on July 17, 1861, Aaron and his brothers, Benjamin and Isaac, and his father, Isaac, Sr., signed up with the Montgomery County Hunters, a unit that later became Company F, 4th Arkansas Infantry under the command of Captain John W. Lavender. Aaron is listed on the roster for February 1862, but whether he continued to serve after that date is uncertain.
In January 1862 Aaron’s brother Isaac, Jr. died from disease or injury while in the Confederate service.
In April 1862 Aaron’s father, Isaac Sanders, was discharged from service for health reasons.
In April 1863 Aaron’s brother Benjamin was serving with the Confederate forces at Shelbyville in Tennessee. There is no other record of him until he married in February 1874 in Sebastian County, Arkansas.
In June of 1863 Aaron and his brother Jesse and their father Isaac appear on the roster of Earnest's Defense Company Montgomery County. This was a local defense company under the control of the Confederate army. The commander, Captain Jeremiah Earnest, was captured by the federal forces in the fall of 1863 and hanged for murder late in 1864. Whether the Sanders men were active participants in the company is unknown. Later events would show that some of them were not firmly committed to the Confederate cause.
During the fall of 1863 through spring of 1864 several cousins and relatives of the Sanders family signed with Union Forces. This was also when the Union forces were establishing control in central Arkansas. According to Wikipedia: "When the Civil War broke out, most of Montgomery County favored the Confederacy. Mount Ida settlers John Lavender and John Simpson formed one company to serve in the Confederate Army, and the 4th Arkansas Infantry originated in Mount Ida also, but after the war few from the company organized by Lavender and Simpson returned to Montgomery County. With mostly women left to tend to the farms, soldiers from both the Confederate and the Union Army raided homes and farms for supplies, leaving settlers with little to eat."
In February of 1864 Aaron’s young brother Jesse enlisted in the Union cavalry.
In March 1864 Aaron’s father Isaac enlisted in the Union cavalry, then in a skirmish near Dardanelle on May 17, 1864, he and many other men were separated from their unit during the confusion of the fighting.Whether he returned to the unit at a later time is unclear. Many records and muster rolls have been lost.
What Aaron was doing during the period from June of 1863 until the summer of 1865 is not entirely clear. After his death on November 28, 1902 (or 1903 according to his tombstone), his second wife and widow, Hester Ann Champion filed for a Confederate widow's pension.In her 1904 application she stated that he enlisted in Sevier County Arkanas in 1861,served in Company F of Hardiman’s Regiment, and served four and one half years. She stated that his Captain at one time was Simpson who was killed at the battle of Elkhorn. (Captin John Simpson-gs). She added that he was mustered out at Marshall, Texas, on August 9,1865.
In a 1916 application, she said Aaron served in Company H, Regiment 31, Texas Dismounted Cavalry, Harrison’s Brigade. She recorded that he enlisted in 1861 and served until the close of the war and was mustered out in August 1965. Once again, she said he was living in Sevier County, Arkansas when he enlisted.
I think it is possible to explain the small discrepancies in Hester’s applications. Aaron was not living in Sevier County, Arkansas, when he enlisted in 1861, but the family may have moved there after the war, before they went back to Mississippi. Aaron’s brother Calvin was married in Sevier County in 1867. At some point after 1863 when he was in Earnest's Company in Montgomery County, Aaron ended up in Harrison’s Brigade of the Texas Dismounted Cavalry. The Confederates were facing severe manpower shortages and often combined units. What is harder to explain is that Hester said Aaron was mustered out in August 1865,but the war had ended in May.
In 1868 or 1869 Aaron’s father and mother, Isaac and Elizabeth, and their children moved back to Booneville, Mississippi. Aaron may have moved with them but he is not on the 1870 census.
On September 2, 1872, Aaron married Hester Ann Champion in Prentiss County, Mississippi(Prentiss had been created from Tishomingo in 1870). The fact that he and his father had served in different armies during the later years of the war did not seem to affect their relationship. For the rest of his life, Aaron worked in his occupation of blacksmith, and he and Hester raised five children.
Children of AARON SANDERS and DEBORAH SWAIM:
i. WILLIAM ISAAC7 SANDERS, b. December 29, 1859, Montgomery County, Arkansas; d. January 23, 1860, Montgomery County, Arkansas.
Children of AARON SANDERS and HESTER CHAMPION:
MARY ANN ALICE SANDERS, b. June 23, 1873, Booneville, Prentiss county Mississippi; d. 1966, Kentucky (Fulton County, probably).
CALVIN NEWTON SANDERS, b. June 05, 1874, Booneville, Prentiss County, Mississippi; d. October 19, 1957, Mississippi County, Arkansas.
LEVI LINDSEY LEE SANDERS, b. November 30, 1877, Booneville, Prentiss County Mississippi; d. September 30, 1952, Milan, Gibson County, Tennessee.
NANCY ELIZABETH BESSIE SANDERS, b. June 22, 1884, Booneville, Prentiss County, Mississippi; d. 1964, Milan, Gibson County, Tennessee.
JESSE BERTRAM (BENJAMIN?) SANDERS, b. July 13, 1889, Booneville, Prentiss County, Mississippi; d. December 27, 1973, Collierville, Shelby County, Tennessee.
Isaac Sanders (1817 - 1885)
Hester Ann Champion Sanders (1854 - 1920)
Jesse Benjamin Sanders (1889 - 1973)*
Aaron Benjamin Sanders (1837 - 1903)
Jesse Sanders (1845 - 1903)*
Note: The tombstone has 1903 death year but his wife stated on her pension application that he died in 1902. If 1903 is correct, he died 15 days before his brother Jesse died in Murchison, Henderson County, Texas.
Created by: Gary B. Sanders
Record added: Nov 28, 2010
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