Rev William Franklin Sanders “Sam” McCarty

Rev William Franklin Sanders “Sam” McCarty

Greene County, Missouri, USA
Death 25 Mar 1926 (aged 85)
Webster County, Missouri, USA
Burial Christian County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 16705535 View Source


Bro. W. F. S. McCarty passed peacefully away the twenty-fifth day of March, 1926. He was eighty-five years, nine months and nineteen days old. His memory was wonderfully preserved to the last, and it was a delightful privilege to his many friends to sit and listen to this old defender of the cross, quote the precious gems of the Book by heart, and open to them their fathomless richness. The peculiar circumstances of his ministry called for just such a man as he. Faithfully he wielded the word for the cause of truth. Adversity was no stranger to him, but his untiring zeal and faith was equal to the them all. With a determination to defend the cause till his head be severed from his body, he was more than victor through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Bro. McCarty was confined to his bed for many months and through them all he showed great patience and his willingness for his Lord to have His way. He greeted his friends always with a smile, and gave them his assurance of his hope of a home beyond this world of sorrow.

He was Civil War veteran and served his country faithfully. He was converted at Sparta, Missouri, and later moved into the Smyrna neighborhood and joined the church there. He was also licensed to preach by the Smyrna Church, and also ordained by her December 10th, 1893. He had been a faithful minister and through his preaching many people now living have learned the way of Salvation. He leaves his wife and seven children besides many other relatives and a host of friends to miss him and his good counsel and kindly advice.

"His presence, his counsel from us is taken. But oh, to what beauty and joy he'll awake. With more than man's allotted time was he blessed, This solder of the cross who sweetly went to rest. To rest with the Captain in a mansion above, Where strife cannot enter the City of Love."

From The Christian Messenger Volume 1. Number 8 Published by the Fordland Baptist Church, Fordland MO. May 1926.

William Franklin Sanders McCarty was called Sanders to distinguish him from his Uncle William Franklin McCarty Overtime Sanders became San, a name that sounded so much like the more common name of Sam that people often called him Sam and he became known as Sam or Samuel McCarty.

Sanders was a son of Jonathan Loven McCarty and Sytha (Sissy) Kirk McCarty He was born on his grandfather's, John McCarty's farm in Greene County Missouri. Sometime after his gradfather's death in 1843 his father moved the family to Madison County, AR and then about 1846 they moved to Grainger County, TN where he, Jonathan, had been born. They lived there until 1848 when they returned to Greene County, MO. His mother would die in November 1849 when Sanders was nine years old. His father soon headed to California during the gold rush and in 1852 was declaired dead, he wasn't. Sanders and his younger brother, Levi, were bonded out to George Gibbon to learn how to farm.

In 1858 Sanders would meet Sarah Catherine Stapp who he would marry on May 10, 1860 in Greene County, MO. In 1861 he would join The Greene and Christain Home Guard, Union. In December 1861 he and many of his Union neighbors left for Rolla Missouri as refugees of war. There he would join Company "D" of Phelp's Infantry, Union. He was in the Battle of Pea Ridge, AR a Union victory which helped keep Missouri in the Union and make southwest Missouri a safer place for Union people to live. After the battle he returned to Greene County and would join the 74th EMM.

Sarah would give birth to three children,
Mary Ann
Burton Henry
John Louis

She would die in 1867 and Sanders would then marry Francis Adalyssa Goode on February 02, 1868. To this union seven children were born,
Amanda Catherine McCarty
Maranda Cordely McCarty
Daniel Baxtor
Elnora Jane McCarty
William Hiram McCarty
Abner Allen McCarty
Lydia Armida McCarty Campbell


In 1893 Sanders would become a Southern Baptise Misister. He was licensed to preach by the Smyrna Church and was also ordained by her December 10, 1893.

Francis would die on July 23, 1910 and Sanders would marry for a third time to Sarah Delilah (Brown) Hargis on July 27, 1912.

Sanders would die on March 25, 1926 just four days before Sarah.

Links to his siblings
Thomas Loven McCarty
Martha Angiline McCarty

Isaac Levi Sterling McCarty

Christian County, MO Online Marriges

Scroll down page to McCarty, Samuel to Francis and W F S to Sarah Hargis.

Missouri online Soldiers' Records
Greene and Chrisstian Home Guard
should read McCarty Wm. not McCarty W. M.
Phelps' Regiment Missouri Volunteers
74th Regiment E.M.M.


Wm F S McCarty CO D Phelps INF