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Cyrus R. Saunders
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Birth: 1795
Virginia, USA
Death: Aug. 11, 1822
Washington County
Maryland, USA

Age at death: approximately 27 years.

Born ca. 1788-1796.

1817 - The Genius of Liberty, which supported Democratic-Republicans, had originally been established as a weekly, on January 11, 1817, by Samuel B. T. Caldwell. It supported the Republican cause as outlined in the
first issue. From February until April 15 in its first year, the paper was printed by Cyrus R. Saunders.

March 17, 1819 - in the Farmer's Repository (Charles Town), there is a reference to a "Cyrus R. Saunders" who is identified, along with John S. Gallaher, in starting the Centinel of Freedom (Rockville, Maryland). There is also a Cyrus R. Saunders on a "List of Letters in the Post Office, Charlestown, Virginia", June 30th, 1815, as listed in the Farmer's Repository, July 6, 1815.

From p. 2, column 4 of the Farmer's Repository, March 17, 1819:

For Publishing,
In Rockville, Montgomery County, Maryland,
A Weekly Newspaper,
To be Entitled

The undersigned have been induced to present their claims to public patronage from various considerations: - amongst these are, the increasing importance of the section of country in which they intend to locate themselves, and the general disposition manifested by the community to encourage the multiplication of vehicles of intelligence. They will not insult the public understanding by professing to be actuated, alone, by feelings of their fellow men; but, in that spirit of candor which they hope ever to be governed by, they will acknowledge that their own interest forms no small portion of their care; and, if, in a laudable exertion to secure for themselves an honest livelihood, they serve the interests or gratify the expectations of the public, their utmost objects will have been attained.

In attempting to be faithful "centinels" of the public weal, the principles they will endeavor to inclulcate shall be purely AMERICAN; tending, as far as their humble labors can have any effect, to perpetuate our present happy form of government, Reared, themselves, in the lap of freedom, nurtured and supported by the blessings which emanate from free institutions; their interests cannot be otherwise than identified with those of their country.

In their efforts to disseminate useful and correct information, they will not indulge in a garrulous propensity to palm upon their readers the bantlings of their fancy, with a view to lead or direct pulic opinion; it will be their aim, however, to leep a vigilent eye on the conduct of those in public life, in order to guard against the inroads of intrigue and corruption, from whatever source they may spring. But they will strive to avoud all false alarms; and, if a sense of duty compels them to censure, or to point out the errors of any, they will never suffer calumny to enter the lists, nor shall the sanctuary of private character be invaded, to subserve the views of the party, or to gratify the spleen of discontent. They will rather labor to allay, bt a calm and dispassionate course, the heat of political feeling, than to aggravate, by scurrility and abuse, the fervor of unpleasant, and, at best, unprofitable, controversy. The leading features of their publication will be as follows:

Well-written essays on agriculture, improvements in husbandry and political economy, inventions, &c will find a ready, insertion in their journal; and choice selections on the above subjects will occupy a considerable portion of their columns.

The latest items of intelligence, foreign and domestic, will be carefully collected, and published in a concise shape.

An abstract of the proceedings of the national and state legislatures will also be given.

In short, they will endeavor to render their paper interesting and instructive to the farmer, merchant, and mechanic; nand the lovers of poetry and miscellany will also be indulged with port ions of their chiocest fare.

They confidently hope that the public will afford them an opportunity of rendering their performance at least equal to promises; but should they fail in this anxious wish, they trust it will not be ascribed to a lack of ambition to plense their patrons, or to add to the beat interests of their country; and, with these pretensions to patronage, they submit to the decision of a liberal and enlightened community.

Feb. 22,1819"

May 17, 1822 - Book FF page 739 (Washington County, Maryland) - Constables Bond - Cyrus Saunders, James Moore and Cyrus R. Saunders bound to the state for $800. Cyrus Saunders is appointed Constable for Williamsport from first Monday May 1822 to first Monday May of 1823.

"DIED, on Sunday evening last, at the house of Mr. George Lowe, in this county, after a short illness, in the 26th year of his age, Mr. Cyrus Saunders, Jr., Printer, son of Mr. Cyrus Saunders, Sen. Of WilliamsPort. The deceased was a worthy young man, and his loss will be sensibly felt by his numerous friends, & particularly by his aged parents to whose declining years he was at once a prop and a solace."

If the obituary is correct, birth date would have been ca. 1795/96.

Family links: 
  Cyrus Saunders (1760 - 1822)
  Elizabeth Saunders (1766 - ____)
  Cyrus R. Saunders (1795 - 1822)
  Mary Francis Saunders Moore (1796 - 1854)*
  Joseph Crane Saunders (1801 - 1820)*
*Calculated relationship
Created by: Cenantua
Record added: Nov 24, 2012
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Cyrus R. Saunders
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