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Moses Martin Sanders, Jr.

Male 1853 - 1926  (73 years)


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  • Name Moses Martin Sanders 
    Suffix Jr. 
    Born 21 Feb 1853  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 23 Mar 1926  Duncan, Greenlee, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 27 Mar 1926  Franklin, Greenlee, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Carter, Kate B. Treasures of Pioneer History, vol. 3 or 4. Salt Lake City: Daughters of Utah Pioneers, 1954.

      My father, Moses Martin Sanders, Jr., was the son of Moses Martin Sanders and Amanda Armstrong Faucett, pioneers of 1850. He left Tonto Creek, Arizona, with mother and my two little sisters aged three years and eight months, traveling in a light wagon for Old Mexico, arriving there April 1, 1885. At first the Mexican people refused to sell him land; but, they were allowed to pitch their tent on the land owned by a Mexican until a delegation of men had been sent to President Diaz regarding the purchase of property. In August, 1886, a townsite was surveyed, four miles from the Spanish town of La Ascencion, and at a meeting held Nov. 5, 1886, the townsite was named Colonia Diaz. The Casas Grande river ran between the two towns.

      Mr. William Derby Johnson arrived in the Mexico the same day as my father. Later, when they built their homes, they ran a race to see who could finish first and father won by one shingle. Father learned to speak the language fluently and was often called to the border to help emigrants through the Custom House so they would not be charged exorbitantly in paying duties on their goods and machinery. He always tried to be fair to both sides, so he was often called on to settle disputes between the natives and the Latter-day Saint people.

      Since there were no doctors or dentists in the community, father spent much of his time takin care of the physical and dental needs of both Mexicans and his own people. He also owned a country store and many were the charge accounts never paid. He was a breeder of find horses and the owner of a pair of grey Arabian mares which were his pride and joy. He also owned another large black horse and a mule.

      One day father and a brother had just made camp for the night when some renegade Mexican soldiers rode up and asked form the darkness, "Who is there?" Father answered, "Martin Sanders." The leaders said, "Martine, amigo mio," "Martin, my friend," and came up and embraced father. He proved to be a man whom father had attended through a severe illness when he was a young boy and he had not forgotten. He told father he wanted a horse--that one of their's had gone lame. Father explained that he had only his team and was far from home without supplies. Through his love for father he said if he would deliver their guns, etc., at a certain place, they would not take his horses.

      When the Latter-day Saints left Colonia Diaz, my people came to Duncan, Arizona, where they made their home after leaving practically all of their possessions int he Mexican colony. Father passed away March 23, 1926. ---Maude Sanders LaFrankie
    Person ID I5590  Pioneer Ancestry
    Last Modified 30 Jul 2007 

    Father Moses Martin Sanders,   b. 17 Aug 1803, Fredricksburg, Franklin, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Nov 1878, St. George, Washington, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Mother Amanda Armstrong Fausett,   b. 6 May 1810, West Columbia, Maury, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Apr 1885, Tonto Basin, Yavapi or Gila, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 12 Jan 1826  , Maury, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1209  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart