They married in England ( most likely Devon) on 3/11/1757 and 3 years later had a son WILLIAM SANDERS. William was born on the 20/8/1760.

He married SARAH STARK on 8/10/1790 and they in turn named their son WILLIAM SANDERS. He was born on 11/11/1792 and on 18/8/1816 he married ELIZABETH GREEN.

The WILLIAM in this photograph is their son. Born on 15/4/1823 in KENTON, DEVON.  He married MARY ANN SKIVINGS who was born in SILVERTON, DEVON, in 1830. They married on  the 28/8/1848 in EXETER and emigrated to AUSTRALIA on the VICTORIA which arrived in Sydney on the 14/9/1849. ( on Reel 58 from State Archives as 2nd Sept 1849 )

On the 13 August 1863 , they purchased land at KINCHELA CREEK.

The NSW State ARCHIVES reel 58 lists them as SAUNDERS . My father Bruce ( Their great grandson) was strongly of the SANDERS NOT SAUNDERS persuasion.  Nevertheless, the authorities list them as SAUNDERS. Dick Sanders ( Another great grandson) also took offence at the U and stated in his research ” SAUNDERS SHOULD READ SANDERS” .

The Archives tell us that WILLIAM SANDERS was a 26 year old butcher born in KENTON, DEVONSHIRE. Son of WILLIAM and ELIZABETH SANDERS. His parents were still living in KENTON. William was C of E ( Church of England ) and he “reads and writes”  . He had no relations in Colony and was in good health. William complained of short issue of rations during the early part of the voyage on the Victoria.

His wife MARY ANN SAUNDERS ( formerly SKIVINGS ) was 19 years old and a farm servant. She was born in SILVERTON, DEVONSHIRE and was the daughter of GEORGE AND GRACE SKIVINGS who still lived in SILVERTON. Also C of E. She too could read and write and had no relations in the Colony. Mary Ann  in good health. 

3 thoughts on “WILLIAM SANDERS”

  1. Hi
    I am the son of Ray Sanders and grandson of Clement Constant Sanders. I was born in Kingsford in 1940. I am not the Dick Sanders to whom you refer above and who apparently organised the Everson’s reunion in 1984 in Kempsey. This was told to me by Noel Everson at my aunt Jessie Boyes (nee Woodward) funeral at Kempsey on 30 Dec 2009. Noel had married Elsie Maud Sanders and told me that his grandmother was Elizabeth Grace Sanders. In the Kempsey Heritage Publications Catalogue, there are two documents: The Everson Families, by Phillip Everson, 1987 L and The Everson Story, by the Everson Reunion Committee, 1984 L. I have obtained extracts that relate to Sanders. Tracing them through I have found that Noel’s grandmother was the sister of my great grandfather Frederick.
    All this though hinges on the fact that both Frederick and Elizabeth Grace were children of William Sanders (1823 – 1910) and Mary Ann Skivings (1830 – 1882).
    Now my brother Bob (born Coledale 1937) has put together our family tree some years ago. In it he did not make a direct link between William and Mary Ann, and our great grandfather Frederick.
    When I asked him if there was a direct link (email 31/1/10) he replied: “many years ago when i was in kempsey, i went to the registry office and made the same enquiry re frederick john. the lady at the desk asked me to wait a minute and disappeared out the back. she reappeared with the traditional dusty tome, and opened it at a page that showed the registration of his birth, the information provided by his father, william, who signed the declaration with an X in the four angles of which the clerk had written william- sanders- his- mark.it made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck. it was like seeing a ghost.”
    Now this strongly suggests that William was illiterate and needed to sign with an X. In your text, though, it says that he “reads and writes”. What do you think is the explanation?
    Note that my brother’s family tree gives William as born in Devon and his father as John. Mary Ann is given as ‘Mary Ann Skimmings’, whose parents were George Skimmings and Grace Daw.
    I am happy to pass on anything that I have that may be useful. I have Bob’s family tree typed up in Word and Excel.
    By the way, the Everson papers extracts show that your Aunty May Sanders Everson (b. 14 Jun 1911) married Ted Everson on 11 Jun 1930. To close the circle of family coincidence, Ted is the brother of the Noel Everson who approached me at the funeral.

    PS Like the other Dick Sanders, I also take offence at the repeated inclusion of the letter U into my surname. I checked once in the Newcastle phone book and Saunders outnumbers Sanders by 5 to 1, so I guess that accounts for it. Still annoying though.

    PPS I haven’t plumbed the depths of your considerable web page yet so apologise if I’ve missed the obvious.

    1. Hello Dick, Now I am truly losing track of what’s where and who’s who. I am newly settled in a new home and need to do some careful examining. I have relied on data sent me a long time ago. It probably needs some serious re-checking as well in case some of those details are not quite accurate.
      I did wonder about the Dick mentioned in the previous comment. I know Chris McCarthy of Port Macquarie has all his research. Thought ghosts were walking for a moment.
      The ‘reads and writes’ is written on the papers I have from Dick Sanders ( the other). I do not know the explanation of the crosses. I was a little surprised that a farm labourer in his position would read and write but one never knows. WE have also found that the error in recording names etc often lies with the recorder and that accents also affect the spelling dependent upon the person taking the details down . I shall take a little time and get out my charts and see what it looks like to me. I shall also invite my brother into it. He has a more clinical and orderly mind than I seem to.
      I would appreciate seeing your brother’s work as offered. Word suits me best. Could you let me know which, if any parts of it, can be put online as I don’t wish to offend.
      My father saw RED at any hint of the U in Sanders but I have needed to allow it in whilst researching so as not to accidentally exclude anything relevant.
      However – that is ‘ for research purposes only’. Yrs Lynne.
      My Auntie May is a clear memory to me, and Uncle Ted.

      1. Hi Lynn
        Happy to send you the family tgree as I have it.
        I’m sure brother Bob wouldn’t mind.
        I will add to it in time the Everson’s branches.
        I am not sure how to send it to you though.
        How do I add an attachment?

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