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The Sanders came to Australia from DEVON in England. I had some information about this but now thanks to Jan and Barry Maurice I have a good deal more as well as some padding. A visit to the Macleay District Museum is on the Books . I went there once but was looking at the memorial for my Fathers Uncle Bert who was killed in WWI. I was surprised then when the Assistant recognised the family look and told me a little about BlackBerry Sanders . I now know a good deal more about that too. I am doing research for Izzy on Melinda McNally Kendall and despite the Literary nature of the family and the established Kendall identity in the Illawarra have had very little feedback – but when it come to SANDERS – there seem to be a lot of us with the same passion for detail and inquiring minds. My Father Bruce who was the son of John George who was the son of Frederick John who was the son  of BlackBerry Bill – kept a diary throughout his entire time of service in WWII and thereafter chronicled his daily life with detailed accuracy  . I have the letters he wrote home almost weekly during the war – – still a little messy but I will get to them and now thanks to equally pedantic cousins – I have Images and anecdotes in abundance. Well- being a Sanders Myself – I could always do with MORE details. I am adding what I can here in the confidence that those who have given me these things wish as I do for the Sanders not to be lost in a box, or disposed of inadvertently.

10 bert grandpa maude & grandma

The lad on the left is the handsome Uncle Bert of my childhood legends – Herbert Burdett Sanders , who died overseas. He is with his father Frederick John Sanders , Sister Maude ( who never married) and Grandma Sanders ( Lucy Jane Hurrell).

10 jg & an english relative 

John George Sanders  with an English relative during WWI. John George was gassed in WWI and left without a sense of smell . Nevertheless he endeavoured to enlist for WWII but was refused . Both his sons – Bruce and Clyde served overseas.

( I am aware that I would do well to be providing source notes and references and will do when able. This however is not an official site for anything so here we are with info from Jan and from the Macleay River Historical Society. Its our family . If you locate any errors – that will be my transcribing – please let me know and I will do something about it. If you have anything to add – it would be appreciated .)

Thomas Sanders was born in 1686 app at Kenton Devon England. In Kenton On 29-9-1707 he married MARTHA BOND who was born app 1689. Detailed dates and notes can be found on

Thomas and Martha had 5 children all born in Kenton Devon.

  1. Thomas 28-7-1707
  2. JAMES 2-11-1711
  3. SAMUEL 8-3-1713
  4. JOHN 20-4-1716
  5. THOMAS ? 1-12-1719

JOHN married SUSANNAH KERSWELL who was born app 1732. They in turn bore all their children in KENTON, DEVON. They had 10 children

  2. JOHN
  4. BETTY
  7. MARIA
  9. SARAH
  10. RICHARD ?

BETWEEN the years 1758 – 1779 . Check

for dates of birth.

WILLIAM SANDERS on 8-10-1790 married SARAH STARK ( dob 1768 app) In KENTON.

They have 3 Kenton children

  2. ANN
  3. JANE

In 1792,1798 and 1800.

WILLIAM SANDERS then married ELIZABETH GREEN ( dob 1793 app) They were married in DAWLISH, DEVON.

Their children were all born in KENTON.

  2. ANN
  3. JOHN

Between 1823 and 1832.

WILLIAM SANDERS ( dob 15-4-1823) married MARY ANN SKIVINGS at EXETER DEVON on 20-8-1848

MARY ANN SKIVINGS 0 0 william sanders


This is the world they left behind and I have some 19th century newspaper clippings to add later.


KENTON. below are some Kenton Links : and perhaps other parts of Devon we are known to have stemmed from.
[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)]

“KENTON, a parish in the hundred of Exminster, county Devon, 8 miles S.E. of Exeter, its post town, 5 N. of Dawlish, and 1½ from the Starcross railway station. It is situated at the junction of the rivers Ken and Exe, and contains the villages of Cofton and Starcross. It was formerly held by the Heles, Hungerfords, Monk, Duke of Albemarle, &c., and subsequently passed to the Courtenays of Bordenham. It was once a borough and market town, and is still a populous village, extending along the road from Exeter to Dawlish. About two-thirds of the land is arable, the remainder pasture. The surface’ is hilly, and the soil rather light. Courts leet and baron are held annually by the lord of the manor. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Exeter, value £265, in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter of Salisbury. The parish church, dedicated to All Saints, is an ancient redstone structure, with a pinnacled lofty tower containing six bells. In the interior are a carved pulpit and screen. In addition to the parish church there is a district church at Starcross, the living of which is a perpetual curacy,* value £210, also a district church at Cofton, the living of which is a curacy The tithes have been commuted. The parochial charities produce about £16 per annum. The Wesleyans have places of worship. There is a National school for both sexes, in which a Sunday-school is also held. The Earl of Devon is lord of the manor.”