"Uncle John Sanders"

*Contributed by Ron Sanders.  Thanks, Ron!

Pub. Times, March 13, 1924


The faint echo of Taps has been heard in the distance and another veteran of the Civil War has answered the last great roll call, leaving behind scarcely a dozen of the old silver-haired veterans that composed the once strong G. A.R. Post of this city.
John Sanders, son of Elisha and Sallie Sanders, was born in Tennessee July 13, 1843.  In an early day he came to Illinois in an ox wagon.
He was united in marriage to Nancy Elizabeth Price (Spry), February 22, 1871
and to this union eight children were born, three of whom have preceded him in death.  Also, his wife, who passed away about nine years ago.  He leaves three daughters, Theresy Kingston, Malinda French and Elvira Smith; two sons,
William and Ben Sanders; one brother, Wilmore Sanders and a number of other relatives and friends to mourn their loss.
The deceased served four years in the Civil War, having lost an arm in battle.  He was a member of the G. A. R. Post of McLeansboro, the members of which took part in the funeral services held at the Arlington Hotel Monday at 10:30 a.m. after which the body was conveyed to the Carmi Cemetery for burial.
The funeral was conducted by Rev. W. D. Richardson, Mrs. E. H. Powell, Mrs. Elnora Ledbetter and Mrs. J. O. Kelley had charge of the music.

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John Sanders, known as "Uncle John Sanders" was born July 13, 1843, in Jackson Co., TN and died March 8, 1924, at the Arlington Hotel in McLeansboro, Illinois.  His parents were Elisha and Sarah (Gordon) Sanders.  John had lost an arm during the Civil War.  John was a Private of Captain D. M. Maulding's Company "H" of the 6th Illinois Regiment of United States Volunteer Cavalry, and was enlisted by Captain John J. Richey of the 6th Regiment of Illinois Cavalry at McLeansboro, Illinois on the Nineteenth day of October 1861.

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