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Cyrus Saunders

  • Birth 22 Dec 1760 Loudoun County, Virginia, USA
  • Death 28 Dec 1822 Williamsport, Washington County, Maryland, USA
  • Burial Unknown
  • Memorial ID 52408278

The 1810 census suggests that he may have had three sons and three daughters.

Married 1780, Penelope Adams

Married 1782, Elizabeth. Maiden name may have been Crane/Crain, but nothing proven.

1783 - Cyrus is listed as "Syrus Sanders" on Walter Baker's Tithable List No. 11, Berkeley Co., Va. At the time, Cyrus owned 2 horses, 3 cattle, and no slaves.

1/2/1787 - listed in Berkeley County Book 1, p. 441, as a witness to the will of Benjamin Rankin.

1787 - listed on Berkeley County Tax List A.

11/11/1793 - Berkeley County, Va.; listed as one of the party in a sale, Book 2, p. 210.

1/27/1795 - as "Cyrus Sanders", on list of subscribers, in the Constitution of the Charles Town Academy. Contributed $6 dollars (1 pound, 6 shillings).

1795 - birth of son, Cyrus R. Saunders.

6/8/1796 - birth of daughter, Mary Frances Saunders.

7/29/1796 - Berkeley Co., Va.; listed in sale, Book 3, p. 29.

1/19/1797 - Berkeley Co., Va.; listed in Book 3, p. 438.

1798 - Berkeley Co., Va.; listed in the Slaves Tax Book as owning six slaves.

1/27/1800 - Berkeley Co., Va.; listed in a slave sales transaction, Book 3, p. 280.

8/11/1800 - Berkeley Co., Va.; listed in Book 3, p. 332.

*1801 - Jefferson County is formed from the eastern portion of Berkeley County, Va.

1801 - birth of son, Joseph Crane Saunders.

ca. 1801 - birth of daughter, Sarah G. Saunders.

11/10/1801 - in Jefferson County Book of Deeds, deputy sheriff in Charles Town, Jefferson County, Virginia.

9/1802 – Jefferson County Court to Virginia Governor James Monroe: recommends Cyrus Saunders for appointment to escheator.

11/1802 - Entry in Jefferson County Book of Deeds

ca. 1803 - birth of daughter, Barbara A. Saunders.

1/9/1804 – Shepherdstown. John Baker to Major Hugh Holmes. "Enclosing the certificate of Cyrus Sanders, Escheator of Jefferson County, of the services of John Baker as attorney at sundry times at the house of Wm. Graham, deceased, in a controversy in which the Commonwealth was party; for which service the said Baker claims compensation of five dollars."

1804 – Listed as "Capt. Cyrus Sanders". Ran, as a Democrat (actually, the "Democratic-Republican Party"), for the Virginia 1804 House of Delegates, Jefferson County. Voting closed on April 13, 1804. With 238 votes, he placed third behind Abraham Morgan (Federalist, 254 votes), and George Tate (Federalist, 283 votes), and ahead of James Hite (Democrat, 194 votes).

2/12/1805 - Trust entry in Jefferson County Book of Deeds.

4/10/1805 - Entry in Jefferson County Book of Deeds

12/10/1805 - Entry in Jefferson County Book of Deeds

6/11/1806 - listed on a Bill of Sale, with Jacob Kellenberger, Jefferson County. Book 3, p. 146.

8/29/1806 - named as one of the assignees in the surveys of several small acreages (respective tracts were 18, 7.5, 6.75, 5.75, and 2.5 acres) of land near Little's Falls, Jefferson County. This was also a section through which canal operations of the Potowmack Navigation Company flowed through.

6/9/1807 - Entry in Jefferson County Book of Deeds

12/2/1807 - Purchases 1/2 a lot in Winchester, Virginia from Patrick Daugherty & wife, Mary(Bk 31:94).

2/9/1808 - Entry in Jefferson County Book of Deeds

4/1/1808 - on a "List of Letters" waiting at the post office, in the Farmer's Repository newspaper, Charles Town.

7/22/1808 - on a "List of Letters" waiting at the post office, in the Farmer's Repository newspaper, Charles Town.

7/29/1808 - on a "List of Letters" in the Farmer's Repository newspaper, Charles Town.

8/4/1808 - on a "List of Letters" in the Farmer's Repository newspaper, Charles Town.

8/12/1808 - on a "List of Letters" in the Farmer's Repository newspaper, Charles Town.

8/19/1808 - on a "List of Letters" in the Farmer's Repository newspaper, Charles Town.

8/26/1808 - on a "List of Letters" in the Farmer's Repository newspaper, Charles Town.

3/27/1809 - documented in the April 7, 1809 edition of the Farmer's Repository (Charles Town) as a witness to a political conversation which took place, November 1808, in Mr. J. Anderson's Tavern.

9/12/1809 - Entry in Jefferson County Book of Deeds

1810 - Appears in the census for Jefferson County, Virginia; p. 77, line 22 – 1 White male age 0-10; 1 male age 16-26; 1 male age 26-44; 1 male age 44+; 1 female age 10-16; 2 females age 16-26; 1 female age 44+; 4 slaves. Based on the names of other families around Cyrus Saunders, he may have lived near Bloomery.

4/16/1813 - on a "List of Letters" in the Farmer's Repository newspaper, Charles Town.

After 1813, no longer appears to reside in Jefferson Co., Va.

Residing in Washington County, Maryland by 1820.

3/14/1820 - daughter, Mary Francis Saunders, marries James Draden Moore, in Washington County.

8/7/1820 - Appears as "Chyphurs Sanders" or "Chyphuis Sanders"; in the census for Washington Co., Md., Election District #3, p. 95 – 1 White male age 16-18; 1 white male age 16-26; one white male age 26-45; 1 white male age 45 and up; 2 white females age 16-26; 1 white female age 45 and up; 1 male slave age up to 14; 1 female slave age up to 14; 1 female slave age 14-26. Two family members noted as involved in agricultural occupation.

9/10/1820 - Referred to as "Major" in the announcement about the death of son, Joseph. From the Genius of Liberty newspaper, Leesburg, Va., Oct. 10, 1820 - "At Hagerstown, Md. d. on 10 Sept., Joseph Crane Saunders, age 19, youngest son of Maj. Cyrus Saunders of Washington Co."

12/23/1820 - Washington County Book EE page 942 - Bill of Sale - Cyrus Saunders to John B. Lynch for $200 one negro woman named Nancy about 20 years of age and her child Mary Catherine aged about 2 years.

6/26/1821 - as advertised in the Torch Light & Public Advertiser:

"To The Voters of Washington county.

I offer myself to your consideration a candidate for the next SHERIFFALTY; and in asking your suffrages, fellow citizens, to elect me to that important office, my pretensions are grounded upon my situation in life, the encouragement of friends, and a consciousness, on my part, of performing, if elected, the duties thereof, with humanity and justice.

November 21"

Thirteen candidates ran for office, with J.W. Swearingen winning the office. Heaviest amount of votes for Saunders were from "Fiery's", which later became the Clear Spring District (In Fiery's, Saunders received the second highest number of votes, next to Swearingen, who received 235). Actual vote for Saunders = 64 (Fiery's), 19 (Hagerstown), 2 Hancock, 1 (Sharpsburg)

Appearing in the Hagers Town Torch Light and Advertiser, Monday, Feb. 12, 1822.

ON application, by petition in writing, of CYRUS SAUNDERS, of Washington county and state of Maryland, to me the subscriber one of the Justices of the Orphans' Court for the county and state aforesaid, for the benefit of the act of assembly, entitled, "an act for the relief of sundry insolvent debtors", passed at November session eighteen hundred and five and the several supplements thereto, a schedule of his property, and a list of his creditors, so far as he can ascertain them on oath being annexed to his said petition; and being satisfied that the said petitioner hath resided in the state of Maryland for two years next preceding the date of his said petition; and being also satisfied by the certificate of the Sheriff of Washington county, that the said SYRUS SAUNDERS is now confined in the public jail of said county for debt, and for no other cause; and the said petitioner having taken the oath prescribed by law, and entered into bond, with security, for his appearance in Washington county Court on the fourth Monday of March next, to answer such allegations as his creditors may propose to him –
I do therefore order and adjudge, That the said CYRUS SAUNDERS be discharged from the custody of the Sheriff of said county, and that the said fourth Monday of March next, be, and hereby is, appointed for the said petitioner to deliver up his property, and to have a trustee appointed for the benefit of his creditors; & that the said petitioner by causing a copy of this order to be inserted in one of the Hagerstown newspapers, for three months successively, before the said fourth Monday of March next, give notice to his creditors to be, and appear, at the day and place aforesaid, to recommend a trustee for their benefit, and to shew cause, if any they have, why the said CYRUS SAUNDERS should not have the benefit of the act of Assembly and supplements aforesaid as proved. Given under my hand this first day of December, 1821. Tho. Keller. Dec. 24, 1821

5/17/1822 - Book FF page 739 - Constables Bond - Cyrus Saunders, James Moore and Cyrus R. Saunders bound to the state for $800. Cyrus Saunders is appointed Constable for Williamsport from first Monday May 1822 to first Monday May of 1823.

8/11/1822 - death of son, Cyrus. "DIED, on Sunday evening last, at the house of Mr. George Lowe, in this county, after a short illness, in the 26th year of his age, Mr. Cyrus Saunders, Jr., Printer, son of Mr. Cyrus Saunders, Sen. Of WilliamsPort. The deceased was a worthy young man, and his loss will be sensibly felt by his numerous friends, & particularly by his aged parents to whose declining years he was at once a prop and a solace."

Though some genealogies make the claim that Cyrus Saunders (senior) died in Fleming County, Kentucky, in 1822, the December 31, 1822 issue of the Torch Light and Public Advertiser reveals the following: "Died at Williams-Port on the morning of 28th ult., Cyrus Saunders at an advanced age." It is correct, however, that several of Cyrus' family members moved to Fleming County, as I have seen reference to it in period documents reviewed during my research.

*daughters Sarah G. (born ca. 1801) and Barbara A. (born ca. 1803, died Nov. 1883, Flemingsburg, Ky.) are listed in the 1850 census for Fleming Co., Ky. Barbara was listed as married to John A. Cavan. Also present in the household was niece, Virginia C. Moore.

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