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 David Albert Sanders

David Albert Sanders

Charlton, Wychavon District, Worcestershire, England
Death 23 May 1941 (aged 92)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Farmington, Davis County, Utah, USA
Plot E-51-10
Memorial ID 135623 · View Source
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Son of William Sanders and Elizabeth Hunt

Married Lucy Grover, 4 Jan 1868, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Married Elzada Hess, 17 Feb 1873, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Married Mary Ann Van Fleet, 10 Jan 1885, Logan, Cache, Utah

Married Phoebe Atkinson, 23 Mar 1931

History - David Albert Sanders was born on July 14, 1848, in the little hamlet of Charlton, in the parish of Cropthorne, Worcestershire, England. The first historical event of his early life took place when his parents, William and Elizabeth Hunt Sanders, had him christened in the Church of England at the Cropthorne village church on the 25th day of December, 1848

Very little is known of David's first two years of life. It is assumed that he led a normal childhood. His father must have been engaged in agriculture since the area where the family lived in 1848 was made up of small tenant farms. It remains so even today.

Early records show that while living in Cropthorne, David's father worked as a "labourer," a "groom," and a "gardener." His mother's occupation was undoubtedly that of a housewife. However, she may have worked for a time in a nearby glove factory since several of her descendents remembered her skill at glove making.

When David was two-years old, the family decided to migrate to America. They left their home in Cropthorne and traveled to Liverpool. In Liverpool, they booked passage on a ship bound for New Orleans, Louisiana. The shop, the Thomas Church of Bristol, set sail on November 25, 1850. According to the ship's manifest, the following members of the Sanders family were on board: William, 37; Elizabeth, 35; Emily, 11; William Jr., 9; Ael John, 6; Charles, 4; and David Albert, 2.

Some sources say that the Atlantic crossing took just over nine weeks. The weather must have been bad and the water rough. Most shops of similar type and size were able to sail the distance in just under six weeks, so if the crossing took longer there must have been a good reason for the extra time.

One can only speculate on the hardships, suffering, and problems that the land loving passengers must have endured. Even the best sea voyage brought many unfamiliar and unexpected hardships, and a rough nine week crossing must have been extremely difficult on the parents and the five small children.

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, Philemon C. Merrill Company (1856); Age at departure: 8




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  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 135623
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for David Albert Sanders (14 Jul 1848–23 May 1941), Find A Grave Memorial no. 135623, citing Farmington City Cemetery, Farmington, Davis County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by SMSmith (contributor 46491005) .