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Mary Jane Sanders Biddie

Randolph County, North Carolina, USA
Death 1852 (aged 28–29)
Des Arc, Prairie County, Arkansas, USA
Burial Non-Cemetery Burial, Specifically: died and buried on road while traveling buried near Des Arc, Prairie County, Ark.
Memorial ID 101899654 · View Source
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Mary Jane Sanders moved to Arkansas in 1851 with her husband, James Jones Biddy. One of her daughters gave the following testimony in 1903:

Q.Your mother was named Mary SANDERS?
A.Yes sir.

Q.Was your father married before that?
A.He had three children by his first wife.

Q.What was the name of his first wife?
A.I cannot tell you.

Q.When did your mother die?
A.She died while we was on White River.

Q.In Arkansas?
A.Yes sir.

Q.Did your father marry after that?
A.Yes sir.

Q.Who did he marry after that?
A.Elizabeth KINZEY.

Q.Where did he marry her?
A.I believe in Montgomery County.

Q.Do you remember whether you came through Corinth, Mississippi after leaving Decatur?
A.I remember going through swamps, but I don't know the towns.

Q.How long did it take you to go through from GUNTER'S Landing to Arkansas?
A.I cannot tell you; five or six weeks, or may be eight.

Q.How did you travel?
A.In wagons and in a buggy.

Q.About how many of you were there?
A.Five wagons and two buggies.

Q.Who were along with you?
A.Some of my mother's family, the SANDERS.

Q.They were white people?
A.Yes sir.

Q.You all traveled in wagons and buggies when you came to the Mississippi River?

A.Yes sir.
Q.Where did you cross the Mississippi River?

A.At Memphis.
Q.The other people did not claim to be Indians?

A.No sir.
Q.They were white people?

A.Yes sir.
Q.Did they say they were coming to the Choctaw Nation?

A.No sir, they were coming to Arkansas.
Q.When he left Alabama and came west, did your father have any well-defined idea of coming to the Choctaw Nation on that trip?

A.That was his talk.
Q.What did the other people say as to where they were going?

A.They wanted to come to Arkansas or Texas.
Q.Why did you not come to the Nation?

A.My mother did not want to come to the Nation to have her children raised with the Indians.

Q.Your father agreed with her and did not come?
A.Not until after her death.

Q.In what year did she die?
A.I cannot tell you.

Q.How long after your father came to Arkansas?
A.About a year.

Q.You landed in Arkansas about 1851, that is true is it not?
A.Yes sir.

Q.Your mother died then, about a year after that time?
A.Yes sir. She died when we first came there.

Q.Your statement is that your mother would not come?
A.Yes sir.

Q.It is a fact that your father did not move to the Choctaw Nation until 1873?
A.Yes sir.

Q.And then lived on White river in Hempstead County, in Montgomery County and made crops in Arkansas for more than twenty years?
A.It might have been.

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  • Created by: Gary B. Sanders
  • Added: 8 Dec 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 101899654
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Jane Sanders Biddie (1823–1852), Find A Grave Memorial no. 101899654, ; Maintained by Gary B. Sanders (contributor 47044379) Non-Cemetery Burial, who reports a died and buried on road while traveling buried near Des Arc, Prairie County, Ark..