Cyrus Saunders (1760-ca. 1822)

Birth: Dec. 22, 1760
Loudoun County, Virginia
Death: unknown

Married 1780, Penelope Adams

Married 1782, Elizabeth Crane

1/27/1795 – as “Cyrus Sanders”, on list of subscribers, in the Constitution of the Charles Town Academy.

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

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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

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 – Ran, as a Democrat (actually, the “Democratic-Republican Party”), for the Virginia 1804 House of Delegates, Jefferson County. 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.

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

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.

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

1810 – Appears in the census for Jefferson County, Virginia.

4/16/1813 – on a “List of Letters” in the Farmer’s Repository newspaper, Charles Town.

Residing in Washington County, Maryland by 1820.

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

9/10/1820 – death of son, Joseph Crane Saunders. From the Genius of Liberty newspaper (Leesburg, Va.), issue of Oct. 10, 1820:

At Hagerstown, Md. d. on 10 Sept., Joseph Crane Saunders, age 19, youngest son of Maj. Cyrus Saunders of Washington Co.

10/28/1820 – Appears as “Chyphurs Sanders” in the census for Washington Co., Md.

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.

CYRUS SAUNDERS
November 21

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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).

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 Gore Saunders.

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*Though it is without a doubt that family was in Fleming County, Kentucky well before 1822, I remain skeptical that Cyrus Saunders died there (as some suggest), on November 1, 1822 (in part, my doubt is because of the obligation that he entered into on May 17, 1822, in which role he was supposed to continue through May 5, 1823).

Parents:
James Sanders (1719 – 1778)
Sarah Gunnell Saunders (1710 – 1793)

Spouse:
Elizabeth Crane Sanders (1766 – ____)

Children:
Cyrus Gore Saunders (1795 – 1822)
Mary Francis Saunders Moore (1796 – 1854)
Joseph Crane Saunders (1801 – 1820)

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