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 Richard Twiggs Sanders

Richard Twiggs Sanders

Silver Creek, Marshall County, Tennessee, USA
Death 18 Aug 1858 (aged 30)
Amador County, California, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 26797415 · View Source
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Richard Twiggs was the second child born to Amanda Armstrong Fausett and Moses Martin Sanders Sr.

His older brother, William Carrol was born in Bedford County, Tennessee on December 4, 1826. He died a few months later.

Then Richard Twiggs was born May 31, 1928 in Maury County. In 1829, John's father and his uncles, William and David Sanders and his Aunt Nancy moved to Montgomery County, Illinois where John and the next three children were born: Rebecca Ann Sanders March 5, 1832; Martha Brown Sanders, May 25, 1824; and David Walker Sanders, September 1, 1835.

Mormon missionaries came to their home about this time and his father Moses Martin was baptized January 28, 1835 by an Elder William Joy. Soon the family felt the urge to join with the body of saints in Missouri, but this was a terrible time in church history. Mobbings and persecutions were taking place daily in Missouri. The family arrived just as the saints were being driven from Clay County. Along with the rest of these driven people, they arrived in Far West, Caldwell County, but the persecutions followed and in two years they were on their way again. Despite all these troubles which caused so many to lose their faith and apostatize, the Moses Martin Sanders family remained steadfast. When you realize that their prophet Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon were in the Liberty Jail most of this time facing a very dim future, you realize how strong their faith must have been. In the hard winter of 1838-39, the saints were again driven from their homes and this time followed along the Missouri River to Quincy, Adams County, Illinois where they located before moving up to Commerce, later to become Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois. Moses and Amanda's next child Sidney Rigdon, was born at Adams County April 10, 1839.

Around 1840, the family made the move to Nauvoo and built a little home which the 1840 census shows was next to the prophet's uncles home, John Smith. It was also very near Joseph Smith Sr. home, the prophet's father. On January 23, 1941, a daughter, Eliza Jane Sanders followed on June 4, 1843 and Hyrum Smith Sanders on June 10, 1845. All three of these children were born in Nauvoo. Little six year old Sidney died this same year of 1844.

A month before the big exodus of the saints from Nauvoo in February of 1846, his father and mother were able to go to the almost completed temple for their endowments. They were sealed for time and eternity by Heber C. Kimball, January 20, 1846.

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.

Richard, being the oldest boy, at age 18, joined the Mormon Battalion and marched away on that long trek to California. This was the last sight his mother had of him as after the Battalion disbanded, he remained in California for several years, married a Spanish girl and had a little family. His wife died in 1858 and shortly after, he started for Utah. He was killed on the way, shot in the back with an arrow by Indians. No one has any record of his children.

-from The Sanders Sage newsletter

New Update from Chuck Sanders. Richard Twiggs married Antonio Ruellas and their children are:

John Sanders 20 Aug 1851
Ellen Sanders 18 Aug 1853
Amanda Sanders 28 Feb 1855
Dan Sanders 14 Jun 1857

Richard died in Amador County, California.

Thank you Chuck Sanders for this info.
He settled near this area and married a beautiful Spanish girl by the name of Antonia Ruellas, 12 Jan 1850. They had two little girls and two boys, John, born 20 Aug 1851 in Calaveras County; Ellen, born 18 Aug 1853 at Mokelumne Hill, Calaveras County; Amanda, born 28 Feb 1855 at Volcano, Amador County; and Dan Sanders, born 14 Jun 1857, place not given.

For years no one seemed to know what happened to the children, who raised them and where? But around 1967 when the Sanders Organization was making the big push for family group sheets, a great-granddaughter of Moses Martin Sanders, Sr., Ellen LaFrankie Lindgren, sent in her sheet and it was brought to our attention that her mother, Maude Sanders LaFrankie, a granddaughter of Moses trough Moses Martin Sanders, Jr., had married a grandson of Richard Twiggs Sanders !

So, from this Information, we learned the names of Richard's children and who some of them married. John Sanders, born 20 Aug 1851 md Mary Sanders Ellen Sanders, born 28 Aug 1853 md Emil Dinzler, died 31 July 1937. Amanda Sanders,born 28 Feb 1855,md John LaFrankie, about 1873 died 4 Sep 1927. Dan Sanders born 14 Jul 1857, nothing more known." In 1858, Richards wife, Antonia, died. Richard decided to bring his little family to Utah. They had not gone far when Richard was killed - shot in the back by Indians. His death date is given on one sheet as 1858/59 and on another as 1862.

The Sanders Family organization
Richard was bora 31 November 1828 in Silver Creek, Maury County, Tennessee, the second child of Amanda Armstrong Fausett and Moses Martin Sanders. He married Antonia
Rucelas. She was bom in 1832 in Maury County. Richard served in Company "E" ofthe Mormon Battahon according to Ricketts, page 28. He died 18 August 1858.



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