Born in 1845 in Old Tishomingo County, Mississippi, Jesse lived in Arkansas with his parents from 1850 until they moved back to Tishomingo County about 1868. During the war, along with his father,he joined COMPANY D,4TH ARKANSAS CAVALRY REGIMENT of the Union Army:
SANDERS,. JESSE Pvt - Enl 5 Feb 1864 at Cedar Glades, AR. Age 18, ht 5' 8", eyes blue, hair lt, complx fair, farmer, born in Tishamingo Co, MS.
In October 1864, near Little Rock, he left his unit and never returned.His parents moved back to Mississippi after the Civil War, but Jesse is not listed with them on the 1870 census. He was probably on his way to Texas. Family tradition is that he left Booneville in Prentiss County, Mississippi, and moved to Texas. On October 31, 1871, in Erath County, Texas, he married Mary Amanda Pickering, who had been born in Henderson County, Texas. He appears on the 1876 tax list of Erath County as owning one horse worth $25 and four goats and five hogs worth $35. After remaining in Erath County for five years, he and Amanda returned to Henderson County in 1876, where they lived the rest of their lives. They had seven children, two of whom died at an early age. Six of the seven children are buried at the Red Hill Cemetery near Murchison, Texas.
Jesse Sanders farmed land in Murchison, near the county seat of Athens in Henderson County, for many years without a clear title to it. On February 20, 1896 he was given a land grant of 87.8 acres of land by Governor James Hogg. Part of this land remained in the possession of his family until the death of his daughter, Sarah Elizabeth, in 1974.
Jesse applied in 1899 for a pension based on his service in the Union army, but the request was denied. There are no authenticated pictures of Jesse or Mary Amanda. The only known signed document of his is a note by which he borrowed $25 dollars from Dan Murchison, a banker in Athens, Texas. Jesse Sanders died on December 12, 1903.The cause of his death is listed on the death certificate as "malarial fever."
Mary Amanda Pickering Sanders
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