Mary Hamilton, wife of the Reverend Moses Sanders, 
and Mary, wife of Jacob Saunders

The wife of the Reverend Moses Sanders(1745-1817) had the first name of "Mary." This is known from land records during her lifetime and from the ordinances done for the LDS church in the 1870s by her grandson Moses Martin Sanders (1803-1878). The tombstone erected on her gravesite  about 1904 by her great grandson, Christopher Columbus Sanders, has her given name as "Sally," but the eminent genealogist Elden Hurst believed Christopher Columbus Sanders, who in fact knew little of his great grandparents, confused the name of his great grandmother and one of his great aunts. Mary's maiden surname of Hamilton is based on solid family tradition and is attested by the ordinances done by Moses Martin Sanders in the 1870s. 

The Reverend Moses Sanders married Mary Hamilton about 1768 in Virginia. We know this because census records tell us that their oldest son, Aaron, was born in 1769 and that he was born in Virginia. To find Mary's parents, therefore, we need to establish where Moses and Mary were living in 1768. Before proceeding, though, we need to look at the confusion that has arisen because of another Sanders who married a woman named Mary.

Jacob Saunders of Montgomery County, North Carolina, lived from about 1760 until about 1830. His wife Mary lived a very long life, from about 1760 until 1866. In family tradition she was called “Old Mary” or “Grandma Jacob,”  but there was no family tradition about her maiden name. In the early years of the Internet during the 1990s,  Mary O'Gretta Therrell Saunders, whose husband was a descendant of "Old Mary," came to the conclusion that Mary's maiden name was Hamilton.  I have exchanged e-mail with Gretta and there is no doubt she was the person who first claimed that Mary had the maiden name of Hamilton. Her theory was based on four premises:

The woman who married Jacob Saunders had the first name of "Mary."  

There was a daughter named Mary Sanders mentioned in the will of Joseph Hamilton of Brunswick County, Virginia on May 19, 1780.

Several of Joseph's children moved to North Carolina and at least one moved to Montgomery County.

One of Jacob Saunders' grandsons married a granddaughter of Joseph Hamilton in 1860.

Today, one can find numerous family trees at that accept this theory. All of them are based on the four premises above. All are copied from the research efforts of Gretta Saunders and there is no other evidence or documentation about the maiden name of the wife of Jacob Saunders. 

I do not believe that the evidence support a conclusion that the wife of Jacob had a maiden name of Hamilton or that she was the daughter of Joseph Hamilton of Brunswick County. Mary, the wife of Jacob, was born about 1760, according to census records, and her first child, Jesse, was born in 1780. The marriage of Mary and Jacob must have taken place in 1779 or earlier, and in that year, Mary and Jacob would have been nineteen years old and probably living with their respective parents. 

In 1779 Joseph Hamilton and his wife Anne were living in Brunswick County, Virginia. The nineteen year old Jacob Saunders, on the other hand, was living with his father Isaac Saunders in either Moore(then Cumberland) or Anson (now Montgomery) counties in North Carolina. Either way, he was nearly two hundred miles away from the Hamilton family and we have no evidence that the two families were even aware of each other. It does not make sense that he would travel a long distance to another colony (probably a week or two in colonial times), marry a hitherto unknown to him teenage daughter of a rather well-to-do family, and then trek back to North Carolina with his young bride. It is more logical that he married a local girl in North Carolina, probably the daughter of one of his father's neighbors. The 1850 and 1860 census records confirm that "Old Mary" was born in North Carolina, not Virginia.

Who, then, was the daughter "Mary Sanders" mentioned in the will of Joseph Hamilton of Brunswick County? Her identity is really no big mystery and pretty easy to explain once we abandon the unsupported premise that the wife of Jacob must have been a Hamilton.

We know that the Reverend Moses Sanders(1742-1817) was living in the Brunswick/Halifax area of Virginia in the 1760s (per research of legal records by Jim Sanders) and we have solid documentation his wife was the former Mary Hamilton and that she had a brother named William. Wiliam Hamilton is also mentioned in the will of his father Joseph. Based on records I received from Jim Sanders, Mary is named as Moses' wife in a South Carolina Deed dated 11 Nov. 1798: "Moses Sanders of Franklin County Ga..... and his wife Mary." She signed the deed and relinquished any dower right to the property.  Moses Sanders also names Mary as his wife in his 1817 will. Their marriage probably occurred in Virginia in 1768; the oldest son, Aaron was born in that state in 1769, according to the 1850 census. The records therefore place the Reverend Moses Sanders, not Jacob Saunders, near the family of Joseph Hamilton at the time the Reverend Moses married Mary Hamilton.

Moses Martin Sanders, a grandson of the Reverend Moses Sanders, in the ordinances done for the LDS church in the 1880s, referred to William Hamilton as his great uncle. A William Hamilton apparently lived near Aaron and Moses Sanders in Montgomery County in 1774. According to Jim Sanders, "Moses was a chain carrier for two of William Hamilton's grants." Again, according to Jim Sanders, "Moses Sanders and William Hamilton entered their property on Barnes and Duncombe creek in consecutive numbers, 38 and 39, in the entry takers book of 1778."  Moses, Aaron, George Sanders and William Hamilton were all order to to "'view" a road in Anson County in 1774. The road was adjacent to Aaron's 1774 grant. William Hamilton bought 1200 acres of land in 1814 in Bedford County, Tennessee. This was near the property of David Sanders, one of the sons of the Reverend Moses Sanders. David Sanders named one of his sons William Hamilton Sanders. In his ordinances for the LDS temple, Moses Martin Sanders identified several of the sons of William Hamilton.

Joseph Hamilton, in his Brunswick County, Virginia will of 1780 that was proved in 1785, named several children. One was Mary Sanders, another was William Hamilton.Another of the sons, Walter, moved to Montgomery County, North Carolina, and left numerous descendants. 

We are never going to find a marriage certificate, of course, but it is far more likely that Mary Hamilton, daughter of Joseph Hamilton of Brunswick County married the Reverend Moses Sanders who was living nearby than that she married another Sanders who lived nearly two hundred miles away. We have solid evidence that the wife of the Reverend Moses was a Hamilton before her marriage; we have no evidence, either in tradition or documentation, that the wife of Jacob Saunders was a Hamilton before their marriage. 

Additional material provided by Jim Sanders of Ojai, California, is presented below. Jim is a descendant of Francis Sanders, brother of the Reverend Moses Sanders.

Gary B. Sanders
May 2008, March 2017



Jim Sanders
May 2008                          

It has been reported that Joseph Hamilton of Brunswick County, Virginia was the father of Mary Hamilton, the wife of Jacob Sanders of Randolph County, North Carolina. Through communication with other Sanders researchers we now believe that this Mary Hamilton may not have been the wife of Jacob Sanders but instead, the wife of Moses Sanders. In order to provide proof of Mary Hamilton’s husband we turned to the records of Brunswick, Virginia. In a still ongoing review of these available records, we found many mentions of Sanders and Hamilton. Unfortunately, we did not find absolute proof of her marriage to either man. We begin with the 1780 will of Joseph Hamilton: 


Transcribed by Jim Sanders April 2008

FHL Film # 0030633 Page 459

In the name of God Amen, I Joseph Hambleton of the Parrish of Meherrin in the County of Brunswick being in my proper senses calling to mind the uncertain state of this transitory life and that all must yield unto death when it shall please God to call I do make constitute and ordain and declare this my last Will and Testament I hereby give and bequeath to my loving wife Ann 4 negroes 2 winches named Ann and Betty one girl named Rashal, one Negro boy named Sterling her life after her death then these three above named negroes to my son Walter Hambleton, but if my son Walter should die without heir, these said negroes to be divided among all my children, also after the death of my wife, I also give the above named negro Betty to my daughter Elizabeth Ezell, also I give and bequeath to my son Walter Hambleton my plantation and 237 acres of land with it and 1 negro girl named Charlotte, one bay mare, also I give to my daughter Elizabeth Ezell 100 acres of land her life, taking of this said tract binding on Preston’s line after her death the said land and the negro Betty to be sold and all the money to be equally divided among all her children. Also I give and bequeath to my son William Hamilton 20 shillings Also I give and bequeath to my daughter Ann Upchurch 20 shillings, Also I give and Bequeath to my daughter Mary Saunders 20 shillings also I give and bequeath to my son Samuel Hambleton twenty. Also I give and bequeath to John Hambleton’s heir 20 shillings and do make my wife and my son Walter my executors of this my last Will and Testament.  Witness my hand and seal this 19th day of May in the year of our lord 1780.
Test.  Signed Joseph Hambleton
Benjamin Harrison, Jr.
Patty Harrison
N.B.  I also give and bequeath unto Benjamin Walker one certain tract of land containing 450 acres more or less that the said Walker has now in possession.
   Signed Joseph Hambleton 

Test. Benjamin Harrison Jr. Patty Harrison. Registered in the Brunswick County Court 28 February 1785. Ordered to be recorded by Drury Stith. 

This will has been the basis for the reasoning that Mary Hamilton married Jacob Sanders.  A very simple methodology was used in making this decision: Jacob Sanders wife was named Mary and in Joseph Hamilton’s will, a Mary Saunders is noted as his daughter.  A historic leap of faith was taken here, perpetuating this belief as fact. 

Walter Hamilton is found adjacent to the Sanders of Barnes Creek in Montgomery County in 1796 when he is noted as a chain Carrier for Joseph Carnes. Carnes surveyor noted that Moses Sanders property was adjacent to Carnes.

The identification of Mary Hamilton Sanders 

Mary is identified as the wife of Moses Sanders in a grant deed recorded in 1798 in Laurens County, SC. (FHL film 024082 page 409).  She is also identified as his Mary in his will, which was written in 1816, and registered in 1817, upon his death, in Franklin County, Georgia. 

Furthermore, in 1877 and 1878, Moses Martin Sanders, son of David who was the son of the Reverend Moses, baptized his family and friends, who had died, prior to the formation of the Mormon Church.  This baptismal process is called Vicarious Ordinance or the Endowment for the Dead. On January 31st, 1877, he baptized his grandmother, Mary Hambleton and his grand uncle William Hambleton.  He would be Mary Hambletons’ brother.         

We know that William, her brother, went to Bedford TN in the early 1800’s when he purchased 1200 Acres.  Jacob and John Hamilton were witnesses to the transaction. At the time, David Sanders and Mary (Allred) Sanders, the Reverend Moses’ son and daughter-in-law, were in Bedford. Incidentally, David named his secon son William Hambleton! (Bedford research by Jim Sanders 2004) 

Moses Martin Sanders, not knowing his great-grandfathers name on either side of his grandmothers or grandfathers family (the Reverend Moses and Mary Hambleton), baptized them as great grandfathers Hambleton and Sanders. (Eldon Hurst research)         

“…William Hamilton had at least four sons: Hatton, Theophilus, John and Isaac…” Jacob and John Hamilton were witnesses to a 1200 acre purchase by William Hamilton in 1813, Bedford. (Bedford County, Tennessee, Sanders by Jim Sanders 2004) 

The records of the Groves Level Church of Franklin County, Georgia show that a “Polly” Sanders died in 1828 in Franklin County, GA. We believe that this was Mary Hamilton Sanders.

William Hamilton, Mary Hamilton’s brother is an also key component to establishing a theory that might validate Mary Hamilton as the wife of Moses Sanders.  We will show that Moses and William Hamilton were closely aligned for more than fifty years. 

William Hamilton

We believe there are two, and maybe more, William Hamiltons in Brunswick between perhaps as early as 1754 and as late as 1792. Either may be the brother of Mary Hamilton Sanders. Their relationship to each other is undetermined.  It is possible that one is a son of John and the other a son of Joseph. The William Hamilton in question [the one who once lived in North Carolina-gs] died in Bedford TN in 1825.  Eldon Hurst has the name of William’s wife as Mirrian or Mirran.

In 1786 Nancy Hamilton’s will is recorded in Brunswick. The will names her brother John and Johns eldest son, Duke, who is not yet 21.  She also devises to her brother William Hamilton, four Negroes, named Frank, Buck, Robin and Charles as well as the remainder of her estate.  William is named as an Executor. We have not attempted to relate this family to Joseph Hamilton.

1754 A William Hamilton is first noted on Lizard Creek. Deed Book 5 page 295.         

October 1754 William Hamilton, agent for the King against John Milam.  An Alias Capias (Attachment) is awarded against Milam.   

1772 William Hamilton buys property from Edward Carlos.  Book 10 Page 510. 

1786 William sells a piece of property in to Peter Reed.  Book 10 Page 236 

1777 The following Website notes that John Hicks Captain, Lieutenants Lewis Hicks and William Hamilton are members of the Revolutionary force of Brunswick County, VA.         

1792 William Hamilton sells property to James Huff.  Book 15 Page 240 of Deeds. 

1792  “This Indenture made this 4th day of January 1792, between William Hamilton of  the County of Brunswick & State of Virga. of the one part and Edmund Webb of the same County & State aforesaid of the other part . . . for and in consideration of the sum of eighty two pounds ten shillings . . . doth absolutely bargain and sell unto Edmund Webb one certain tract & parcel of land lying & being in the County of Brunswick on waters of the Lizard Creek and bounded by the lands of Daniel Huff, James Huff, Herbert Haynes and Peter Reed containing by estimation one hundred &    sixty one acres”  Signed by William Hamilton and witnessed by James Huff. Brunswick County Court August 27th 1792. This Indenture of Bargain and Sale was acknowledged by William Hamilton party thereto to be his act and deed and ordered to be recorded. Deed Book 15, page 303. 

1798 Moses Sanders and his son Moses Jr. were in Laurens County, South Carolina, when Judge Jonathon Downs of Laurens County, examined and interviewed Mary Hamilton Sanders upon the sale of the Reverend Moses’ property, in 1798.  She swore that she relinquished any right to Dower regarding the subject property.  Could this indicate that the property may have been devised to Mary?  We have not delved deeply into the records of South Carolina; however, in the 1790s, several William Hamiltons are in found near the County lines of Laurens, Orangeburg and the Ninety-Six District in SC. Which of these is our subject is unclear. 

Pertinent facts regarding Moses and William: 

1) In 1772, Moses Sanders and William Hamilton are both noted in the records of Brunswick. The mention of their names in documents provides information that they were located in the same geographical area.

2) 1771-1774, William and Moses are Chain Carriers for William’s Grant on Barnes Creek, Anson, NC.  Moses is also a Chain Carrier for another of William’ grants in Anson in 1774

3) Moses is entry #38 and William is entry #39 of the Entry Books of Anson.

4) Moses and William are named, together, in 1774, in Anson Road Orders.

5) William Hamilton is found in Bedford, TN in 1813. David Sanders, Moses’ son, is in Bedford in 1810.  David’s son, is named, William Hambleton Sanders. 

We believe that after David’s death in New Orleans in 1815, his mother remarried to a man named Willis Wright.  She died in 1820. (Rock Creek Church Records).The 1820 census of Bedford indicates her children may have been raised in William’s household.

6) The names of William Hamilton’s sons, William, Theophilus and Francis, are also found in the family of Francis Sanders, Moses brother.  Silas, Frances’s son, also named his son Theophilus. 

The Nippers Creek Hamiltons

This Hamilton family is probably the line of Mary Hamilton Sanders. We believe they were located near the NC border in the south Western corner of Brunswick. Deed references of Randal Bracey and a road order in 1741 calling on the Nippers to clear the road from Cockes Creek to Butchers Road, lead us to this conclusion.

1745 John Hamilton receives a patent for 370 acres on the Nippers Creek. Adjoining William Tucker, Thomas Eldridge. 

1749 George Hamilton is noted as a witness in Brunswick in Deed Book 3, Page 570. 

August 20th, 1760 Joseph Hamilton receives a patent for 180 acres on Nippers Creek,Brunswick County, VA.  Randal Bracey’s line is referenced. This Hamilton may be Mary        Hamilton’s father. Bracey sold a property to Benjamin Harrison in 1755. It appears that Joseph and John Hamilton, both on Nippers Creek, could be related. John is noted in Joseph’s Will. 

1762 “By an Indenture made the 5th day of February, 1762, between Robert Jones, Jr., Gentleman of North Carolina and the County of Northampton, and Benjamin Harrison, conveying tract of land adjoining the land of William Betty, Thomas Preston, land of Hamilton (Probably John) and Randal Bracey. Deed Book 7, page 165.   

1763 John Hamilton grants to Benjamin Ezell 100 acres of the 370 acres granted in 1745.  Deed Book 7, Page 350.Ezell was married to one of Joseph Hamilton’s Daughter’s.  (Joseph’s 1780 Will)      

1772 We find what we believe is the only mention of our line of Sanders in Brunswick within the following two documents:
On 26 Feb. 1772 on page 481 of Film #0030665 (order book 11):  A notice of attachment to the estate of Moses Saunders was continued until the next court.

On page 51 of FHL film # 0030666, order book 12, 1772-1774, dated 28 July 1772 we find this: An attachment attained by Thomas Preston, Plaintiff, against the estate of Moses Saunders is dismissed being agreed by the parties. “Estate”, as used in Brunswick documents, is “all goods and possessions of the defendant”. It is of note that Thomas Preston is a neighbor of the Hamilton’s.  Although Moses is not mentioned again in either Deed records or Lease records of Brunswick, the attachment against his estate is strong circumstantial evidence because it places a Moses Saunders and a Mary Hamilton in the same, immediate geographic area as well as the correct time frame. 


1) Hamilton’s are first noted in Brunswick in 1745. 

2) Hamilton Grants to Ezell in 1763.  Joseph Hamilton’s daughter, Elizabeth marries an Ezell.  (Joseph Hamilton will of 1780).

3) Benjamin Harrison Jr. (neighbor of John) was a witness to Joseph Hamilton’s Will.  Randal Bracey sold property to Harrison on Nippers Creek)

4) In 1772, Thomas Preston sues Moses Saunders. The mention of Thomas Preston is significant as he is an adjacent neighbor of the Joseph Hamilton’s.

5) We can justify the connection between Moses Sanders and Mary Hamilton in Brunswick with circumstantial evidence.  However our research to date, will not support a conclusion of any sort that his brothers, William Aaron, Francis, or Isaac were ever in Brunswick.

6) The only reference to the Sanders line of Moses, Francis and William Aaron, is the above attachment to the estate of Moses Saunders.  Perhaps Moses was an interloper and was passing through when he met and married Mary Hamilton. Since he owned no property in Brunswick he may have lived with the Hamilton’s.  Moses and Mary’s oldest son, Aaron was born in VA in 1769. (1850 Franklin GA census). 

A thorough check of the grant deed index exposed only the Edward Saunders line with the given names of Thomas, Hubbard, James and Joseph.  We haven’t made any connection with Edward’s line as of yet. 

7) In addition to the Hamilton connection in Brunswick, we found what we believe to be 2 associate families of our line; the Steeds; John Sr. and sons Nathaniel, Moses, Mark and John Jr., and Abby Sanders father, John Robbins.  .

 John Robbins in Brunswick

John Robbins was the father of Abby Robins who married John Sanders in Franklin County, Georgia in 1811. John Sanders was the son of the Reverend Moses Sanders. We can place a John Robbins in Brunswick in 1776.  Here is how we got there:

Moses Marion Sanders, a son of John Sanders and Abby Robbins and a gandson of the Reverend Moses, wrote a history of his family in 1880.  We have included a paragraph of that history herein, which provides a bit of additional evidence of a connection of our line to Brunswick County, Virginia.

 “…John Robbins was a merchant in VA.  He was born about 1750 in Orange County, VA where he married Elizabeth Dogan in 1771…”  Another Website with Robbins information:

John and Rueben Robins are listed on the tax List of Surry County, North Carolina in 1774. In 1785-1790 He is found on the tax lists of Wilkes County, NC.  A John Robbins Jr. and Sr. as well as Rueben Robins, are noted.  The Reverend Moses Sanders is also noted, as is his brother Francis, as freeholders through 1794. The location of their properties is near the county corners of Surry, Wilkes and Iredell.

John Robins Jr. was taxed on 780 acres in 1785. He is also noted in 1786, 1787, and 1788 and by 1789 he has 880 acres.  He is indexed in Captain Judd’s District, which includes the Hunting Creek and is near the “Grassy Knob” where the Reverend Moses Sanders family lived in the 1778-1790’s. In the 1790 and 1800 census of Montgomery and Anson counties, North Carolina, a John Robins is listed and may be John Robins Jr.

The following case describes a John Robins and he may be the father of Abby Sanders. If so, this case strengthens the connection of the line of Moses Sanders to Brunswick.


 “…KNOW all men by these presents that I, William Boswell Executor of the Last Will and Testament of my brother Thomas Boswell who was admtor of his father William Boswell, decd. of the County of Brunswick & State of Virginia for divers consideration & good causes me hereunto moving have made ordained constituted and appointed and by these presents do make ordain constitute and appoint my trusting friend James Saunders of the County aforesaid my true and lawful attorney for me in my name & to my use to ask demand recover or receive at and from John Robins lately removed from the State of Virginia to the State of North Carolina the sum of One Hundred Pounds . . . but to be discharged by the payment of Fifty Pounds of like lawful money with interest from the 19th day of February 1776 till paid and costs upon the same by obtaining a judgment up or the same in the County Court of Glouster which judgment the said Saunders is now ready to produce with the seal of the state of next giving and by these presents granting to my said attorney my sole and full power & authority to take persue & follow such legal causes for the recovery receiving and obtaining of the same as I myself might or could do were I personally present and uponreceipt of the same acquitance & other sufficient discharges for me and in my name to make sign seal & deliver of as also one or more attorney or attorneys under him to substitute or appoint and again at his pleasure to make and further to do perform & execute for me and in my name all and singular thing or things which shall or may be necessary touching and concerning premises as fully fairly & entirely as I the said William Boswell in my own person ought or could do in and about the same ratifying allowing and confirming whatsoever my attorney shall lawfully do or cause to be done in and about the execution of the premises by virtue of these presents In Witness where of I have hereunto set my hand and seal the twelth day of June One Thousand Seven Hundred &Ninety Two. Signed by William Boswell, Brunswick County Court June 21st, 1792. This Power of Attorney was acknowledged by William Boswell party thereto to be his act and deed & ordered to be recorded. Deed Book 15, page 244…”(This James Sanders is the son of Thomas Sanders of the Edward Sanders line.)

Jim Sanders
May 2008

Arthur Hamilton and Martha Conyngham of Augusta County, Virginia and their daughter Mary

If one consults family trees on the Internet, one will find hundreds that identity Arthur Hamilton and Mary Conyngham as the parents of the wife of the Reverend Moses Sanders,  Mary Hamilton. I do not know when this theory first appeared but it probably goes back several decades even though there is no evidence for it at all. In fact, it is easy to demonstrate that it is incorrect. I assume, like the myth of the Reverend Moses Sanders' being a scion of a family from Downton, England, this theory orginated because someone wanted to claim illustrious ancestors for the Reverend Moses Sanders (among the descendants of Arthur and Martha was a governor of Tennessee).

The family of Arthur and Martha was researched by Margaret Campbell Hamilton Pilcher (1843-1921) in her book Historical Sketches of the Campbell, Pilcher, and Kindred  Families,  published in 1911. The book was well-researched and based on interviews with elderly family members and orginal records. Mrs. Pilcher was a descendant of Mary Hamilton (1716-1801), daughter of Arthur and Martha Hamilton.

Based on the material in her book, here is a summary of the genealogy of this family:  

Arthur Hamilton and Martha Conyngham were from Londonderry in Ulster. They married about 1715 and had two children, Mary 1716-1801), and Arthur (about 1720-about 1797). Arthur died after the birth of the two children and Martha married a second time, to her cousin Walter Conyngham. In 1726 the couple and their two Hamilton children and their young daughter Jane Conyngham emigrated to Virginia, eventually settling in Augusta County.

Mary Hamilton (1716-1801), daughter of Arthur and Martha. married David Campbell, called David "White" Campbell to distinguish him from his distant cousin with a more swarthy complexion of the same name. Their descendants moved to Knox and Wilson counties in Tennessee.

Arthur Hamilton (about 1720-1797), son of Arthur and Martha, married Barbara Campbell. They had eight children. John and Arthur, two of the boys, never married and three of their sisters, whose names are unknown, never married either. All five  unmarried children remained on the family estate in Augusta County until they died of old age. William, another of the children, died while on a business trip to Louisiana territory. James, another of the sons, married and had a large family, but his descendants are not known. The other daughter, Martha, married Abraham Goodpasture and their descendants are known.

Jane Conyngham (about 1722-about 1759), daughter of Walter Conyngham and Martha, and a half-sister to Mary and Arthur Hamilton, married David "Black" Campbell, distant cousin of David "White" Campbell who married Jane's half sister, Mary Hamilton.

The Hamiltons of Augusta County, Virginia, do not appear to have any connection to my family, and I have not found any documentation that they are related to the Hamiltons of Brunswick County who did intermarry with the Sanders. Rather, the purpose of this discussion is to establish that Mary Hamilton, of the Augusta County Hamiltons, did not marry a Sanders. In fact, Arthur Hamilton died over twenty years before the wife of the Reverend Moses Sanders was born. 

--Gary B. Sanders
March 29, 2017

The following is from Mrs. Pilcher's book:

pp. 5-6

THIS genealogy is not the product of an abundance of leisure, but rather the work accomplished in time taken from the exacting duties of a mother, and housewife. From an early age I have enjoyed the study of family history, and have pursued it for the past twenty years, hoping to leave valuable records, yet it has never seemed to me urgent that my manuscripts should be published; it is a labor of love freely given for my three children—Frances Oven, Stuart Carothers, and William Bowen Campbell Richer. I expected to leave the results of my investigations to them alone, but have been persuaded to have these records published, as manyothers desire copies.

Much of my information has been gathered from conversations with my father's mother, Mrs. Catherine Bowen Campbell, who lived in my fathers home, "Campbell," near Lebanon, Tennessee, during the last four years of her life. She died at the age of eighty-three, a woman of rare intelligence and memory. I also gained a vast amount of data from manuscripts and letters of Governor David Campbell, who spentyears in collecting papers in regard to historical facts. These were left to my fathers sister, Miss Margaret H. Campbell, and she gave them to her nephew, Lemuel Bussell Campbell, of Nashville, Tennessee. Other itemsof interest have been taken from the papers of my father, the late Governor William B. Campbell, written during the years 1830 to 1867, which are valuable from both political and historical standpoints. I have added to this collection extracts from general and local histories, periodicals, and special publications, court, town, and church records, authentic family papers and traditions. and information acquired by correspondence with old persons who were related to or connected with the families named in this volume, whose recollection of past events and persons have never been placed upon record. Valuable assistance has been rendered by my husband, James Stuart Pilcher, though he has had little time to devote to matters outside of his profession —the law. These pages will necessarily be dull and of
little interest to those who are not related to or connected with the various families herein mentioned. They contain simply chronological sketches of thesefamilies.

I am indebted to Mr. Charles Campbell, of Ironton, Ohio, for manuscripts in regard to the descendants of Robert and Dugald Campbell, sons of Duncan and Mary McCoy Campbell; also for photographs of some of Robert CampbelPs descendants. Mr. Calvin McClung, of Knoxville, Tennessee, has kindly furnished a sketch of the McClung family of Tennessee, who are also descendants of the above named Duncan and Mary McCoy Campbell.

NASHVILLE, TENN., August 15, 1910.

p. 24-25
Patrick Conyngham was a Colonel commanding a regiment at the battle of the Boyne, under King William of Orange. He married Euphemia Vesse. They had two children that we have on record: James and Martha Conyngham. Martha Conyngham married first Arthur Hamilton and after his death she married her cousin Walter Conyngham, with whom and with her two children, Mary and Arthur Hamilton, she emigrated to America in 1726. At this time her daughter Mary Hamilton was ten years of age in 1726. She had several children by her second husband Walter Conyngham but of these we have no record except of Jane Conyngham who married another David Campbell called "Black David" because of his dark complexion, to distinguish him from his relative of the same name "White" David Campbell who married Mary Hamilton, the half sister of Jane Conyngham. Thus, it will be noted that the half-sisters Mary Hamilton and Jane Conyngham married each a David Hamilton, distant cousins, who were of the same clan in Scotland.

"White David Campbell was a large, stout man with silken yellow hair, fair skin, and blue eyes. He was as remarkable for the eveness of his temper as his wife Mary Hamilton was for the excitability and pride of hers."

Arthur Hamilton, Mary's brother, married and had eight children: John, Arthur, William, James, and Martha; the names of the other three are not recorded.

John and Arthur Hamilton never married but lived to old age with their three sisters who did not marry. They lived on the paternal state and died at very advanced ages.

William Hamilton died while on a business trip to Louisiana.

James Hamilton married and had a large family; no record of his children.

Martha Hamilton, the eldest daughter,  married Abraham Goodpasture and they had a large family. Their eldest son married Sarah Lockhart, daughter of William Lockhart and his wife, Mary Campbell. Historical sketches of the Campbell, Pilcher and kindred families : including the Bowen, Russell, Owen, Grant, Goodwin, Amis, C [database on-line]. Provo, UT: Operations Inc, 2005.
Original data: Pilcher, Margaret Campbell.. Historical sketches of the Campbell, Pilcher and kindred families : including the Bowen, Russell, Owen, Grant, Goodwin, Amis, Carothers, Hope, Taliaferro, and Powell families. Nashville, Tenn.: Press of Marshall & Bruce Co., c1911.

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