Likely the son of Johnson Sands, but not necessarily the son of Rosalia A. Lee Sands, both also on this stone.
THE VIRGINIA GAZETTE JANUARY 7, 1915
FORMER WILLIAMSBURG MAN
The following, taken from a Washington newspaper, will be of interest to a number of Williamsburg people. Mr. Sands was a cousin of our follow-townsman, Mr. C. D. Lee: "Johnson Hamilton Sands, an old-time attorney, wounded while serving with the Confederate army; itinerant preacher, who for the last three years has led the noon-day meetings at the Central Union Mission, died Tuesday at his residence, 1510 9th St. Northwest.
"Mr. Sands was born in Williamsburg, Va., August 8, 1836. He attended old William and Mary College, studied law and was admitted to the bar before he was twenty-one. "When the civil war broke out he entered the Confederate service as captain of artillery, Sands' Light Battery. He was later staff officer under Gen. Hindman. He was wounded in the service. Afterward he was appointed Confederate status commissioner. "Following the war, he resumed the practice of law. For the past thirty-eight years he devoted his time exclusively to religious work, carrying the gospel free to the poor and seamen in Baltimore, Richmond, Alexandria and Washington. "For the last three years he led the noon-day meeting at Central Union Mission until Monday, October 19, since which time he had been confined to his home. Interment will be in Rock Creek cemetery."
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