Lee County Biography


J.F. Sanders, who died in Texas in 1905, was for many years connected with agricultural interests of Lee county. His birth occurred here March 9, 1855, his parents being Henry and Rachel (Morgan) Sanders, the former a native of Pennsylvania and the latter of Ohio. The parents came to Lee county, Illinois, in their early years and both passed away here.

J.F. Sanders was reared in Lee county and following the completion of his studies engaged in farming. In the spring of 1889 after the death of his first wife, who passed away in 1888, he, with his two sons, moved in with his brother, John W., and they farmed together for a year or two. In 1891 he was again married. In 1905 he moved to Texas where he had bought two hundred and thirty-six acres of land, upon which his death occurred in the same year. His widow still owns the property but after her husband's death returned to Lee county, where she now resides.

In January, 1881, Mr. Sanders married Miss Martha George, a native of Lee county, daughter of David and Susan (Reed) George, and moved on his father-in-law's farm in Bradford township, where he farmed until 1889. To this union were born three children: Nathan H., who now lives in Ashton; Clarence D., who lives on his farm in Bradford township; and Grace M., who was born in May, 1888, and died the same year. Mr. Sanders also lost his wife in that year. In 1891 he married again, his second union being with Miss Annie L. Sanders, a native of Pennsylvania and a daughter of Daniel and Sarah (McCleaf) Sanders, both born in Adams county, that state. Mr. and Mrs. Sanders became the parents of two sons: Robert F., a resident of Iowa, and Roger A., at home. Mrs. Sanders is a member of the Lutheran church and is widely known in Lee county, where she is recognized as a woman of exemplary character and high principles.

Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1914 History of Lee County Illinois Vol 2 by Frank E. Stevens.


Back Home