George W. Sanders, a well-to-do farmer of Pleasant Township, was born in Botetourt County, Va., December 31, 1831. He was the son of John and Elizabeth (Obenshain) Sanders, both of whom were also natives of Virginia, the former of Rockbridge County, and the latter of Botetourt County. The paternal grandparents of Mr. Sanders were Philip and Rachel Sanders, the former of whom was born in Pennsylvania. His maternal grandparents were Philip and Sarah (Brothers) Obenshain, natives of Maryland. His boyhood was spent on a farm in his native county. At seventeen years of age he accompanied his parents to this state, and located with them on a farm in Marion County, where he remained with them until his marriage. He was married November 26, 1856, to Elizabeth R. Wheatcraft. She was born in Perry County, Ohio, April 2, 1836, and was the daughter of Malachi and Sophia M. (Bradford) Wheatcraft, who were respectively natives of Wayne County, Penn., and Lincoln Co., Me. For four months after their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Sanders resided in Marion County. Since 1873, they have occupied their present home. The entire attention of Mr. Sanders is given to farming. He owns fifty-six acres of good land, most of which is in cultivation. He and wife have had five children, as follows: Mary B., born December 21, 1857: Elmer E., February 21, 1862; Alice E., May 10, 1864, deceased; Carrie E., August 22, 1869, and Annie M., August 17, 1871, deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Sanders are members of the Presbyterian Church. He is a member of the K. of H. Lodge, and he and wife are both members of the Society of Chosen Friends.

Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker

Banta, D. D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888, page 811.