John Edmond Sanders was the last of four sons of Andrew Jackson Sanders and Mary E. Williams, who are buried in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. John, born in 1859, was probably named after his fatherís brother who was killed during the civil war and is buried in Short Cemetery. John E. had 3 brothers Lewis William, who was a cotton broker in North Carolina. Henry B. who changed the spelling to Saunders and moved to Lacleade Co. MO., he is buried in Bearthicket Cemetery, and William C. who is buried in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Henry and William married sisters, Mary and Missouri Frazier, daughters of Captain John and Carolyn Stone.
Nancy Jane was the second child of Thomas Wright and Frances Angeline Bryd, was born in 1864, she and John were married just before Christmas 1880. She was a petite woman with sparkling blue eyes, I remember she wore her grey hair in a bun. Blue must have been her favorite color, most of her dresses were blue with flowers. She was buried in a blue dress with white flowers. I remember seeing her when she was bedfast, lying under a double wedding ring quilt. She looked so small.
Neither one made over the grandchildren much, I guess they loved us in their own special way. I got to sit on a little green metal stool at grandmaís when we went to visit, I thought that was great. Her kitchen was small, she had a china cabinet with pretty dishes in it. After she died all us kids got to pick out a dish from this cabinet. With Momís help, as I was only four, I picked out a clear cut glass pickle dish. I still have it and use it on special occasions.
John and Nancyís children were Henry Arthur, called Arthur, William Edward, called Ed, Louis Efton, called Efton, Ella Ethel, my mother, James Elbert, called Elbert, Mary Francis, called Della and John Onis, called Onis. My mother was the only one who used her first name, I have no idea why. John was a tall man with red hair and green eyes.He owned a filling station in Coffeyville, his sons Elbert, Onis and Efton ran it.
I remember him coming to see us after Grandma died. He had a big black car and would stay a few days. He always wore a suit and top hat and carried a cane. He lived his last days with his son Ed and wife Ethel. After he got sick, Dad would drive Mom over to see him. It took a while to get there as Dad would only drive about 15 miles an hour. I think he checked all the crops and maybe the fence posts between here and Coffeyville.
When grandpaís brother Lewis died, he left grandpa a lot of money. Family
stories tell he blew it a short time on liquor and women. Must be true
as much as it was told, maybe the rest were just sore because none of it
came their way. Mom said she thought he died of cancer of the stomach.
He and Nancy Jane are buried at Edna, Kansas.