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 Mary Jane <I>Sparks Sanderson</I> Sanders

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Mary Jane Sparks Sanderson Sanders

  • Birth 16 Nov 1809
  • Death 20 Nov 1898 Fairview, Sanpete County, Utah, USA
  • Burial Fairview, Sanpete County, Utah, USA
  • Plot L1_69_1
  • Memorial ID 25961334

Mary Jane Sparks was the daughter of Mercy Thayer and David Sparks.

She married James Sanderson July of 1827. To this union they had three children: Henry Weeks Sanderson, Mary Jane Sanderson and Maria Louise Sanderson.

In 1845, Mary Jane Sparks Sanderson had brought the body of her husband, James Sanderson from St. Louis to Nauvoo for burial. This little family was left very impoverished. Moses Martin Sanders befriended them and rented them a small log cabin which he owned.

Later she married Moses Sanders Sr. March 21, 1847.

When the Sanders family left Nauvoo with the exodus, they settled at Pigeon Grove, near Council Bluffs and here Moses worked in a saw pit during the year of 1847. The saw was run by hand and was a very slow, hard process.

Mary Jane's son, Henry Weeks Sanderson, had joined the Battalion. Before he left, he loaned Moses Martin his team and several head of oxen. So in 1848, Moses, Mary Jane, Mary Jane's daughter Marie and Moses' son David, age 14, left for Utah to prepare a home in Salt Lake Valley for the others who would follow as soon as they were able.

No children were born to Moses and Mary Jane.


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  • Created by: Rhonda
  • Added: 13 Apr 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 25961334
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Jane Sparks Sanderson Sanders (16 Nov 1809–20 Nov 1898), Find A Grave Memorial no. 25961334, citing Fairview Pioneer Cemetery, Fairview, Sanpete County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Rhonda (contributor 46869790) .