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William Sanders

Male 1810 - 1881


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  • Name  William Sanders  [1
    • According to the 1880 census, William's parents were both born in Rhode Island. [1]
    Born  15 Feb 1810  Winfield, Herkimer, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Gender  Male 
    Residence  Before 1846  Amboy, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • William Sanders, who was born in Herkimer county on February 15, 1810, first settled in Amboy, where he built and kept a tavern in early life, and also engaged in lumbering. [4]
    Residence  1846 - 1849  Mexico, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Occupation  1849 - 1857  Cleveland, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Lawyer 
    • After the burning of [William Sanders] mills [in Amboy] he read law in Mexico, was admitted in 1846, and in 1849 located in Cleveland village, where he acquired a fine country practice ... and was also special surrogate of Oswego county. [4]
    Residence  1849 - 1863  Cleveland, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    • According to the 1860 census, real estate value is noted at $5,100 and personal estate at $5,500. [2]
    Occupation  1857 - 1863  W.&L.J. Sanders, Cleveland, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Lawyer, Partner 
    • Lucian J. Sanders, a young man of much promise, became [his father, William Sanders, law partner in 1857, under the name of W. & L. J. Sanders. [5]
    Occupation  1861 - 1864  Cleveland Glass Works, Cleveland, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Glass Factory Worker, Owner 
    • [William Sanders] also kept a hotel, conducted a stage line,and at one time manufactured glass [in Cleveland]. [4]
    Residence  1863 - 1879  Syracuse, Onondaga, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Occupation  1863 - 1879  Syracuse, Onondaga, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Lawyer 
    • [William's son, Lucian] died in 1863, and Mr. Sanders closed up his law business in Cleveland and removed to Syracuse, where he practiced until 1879, when he returned to Cleveland. [5]
    Occupation  1880  Cleveland, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Lawyer & Justice of the Peace 
    • The law office of Wm. Sanders is being fixed over, partitions taken out, and made over into one front room. [6]
    18800501- Ad, William Sanders
    18800501- Ad, William Sanders
    Cleveland Lakeside Press
    05.01/1880, Business Ad
    Residence  1879 - 1881  Cleveland, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Attorney Sanders, of Syracuse, is making arrangements to take up his residence again at Cleveland. Then we will have four lawyers. [8]
    • George Harding has resigned the office of justice of the peace, and William Sanders has been appointed to fill the vacancy. [9]
    Occupation  Village of Cleveland, Cleveland, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Mr. Sanders drew the charter of Cleveland Village. 
    Died  12 Apr 1881  [5
    Cause: Consumption 
    • William Sanders died Tuesday morning last, at half-past 4 o'clock. His death was not unexpected, as he had been failing steadily for several months. Consumption had finally wasted him away to a mere shadow. In his death we lost one the very oldest and most prominent of our residents, one identified with the early history of the place.

      Deceased was born in the town of Winfield, Herkimer Co., this state, Feb. 15th, 1810, which would make his age 71 years, 1 month and 27 days. He came of a family of 11 children, and his father died when he was but 4 years old. About the age of 20, he with his brother Ebenezer started from their mother's home, on horseback, and brought up at Amboy Centre. They engaged in the lumber business, and also built a hotel and saw-mill. There he was married to Miss Anna Morey, of this village. During his residence there, he was elected justice of the peace, supervisor, and held other major positions. After he had been there about 5 years, his mill, with a large quantity of lumber of burned and he lost nearly everything. His brother then offered to support the family if William would study law, which he determined to do, and entered the office of attorney Robinson at Mexico. He progressed rapidly, and was admitted to one bar about 1846 in the city of Oswego.

      He came to Cleveland in 1849 and rented a small building - a 'smoke house' it was generally dubbed - just across from where the Marble Hotel stood. Mr. Sanders used to tell with relish of his first suit, his client being Freeman Vandyke, who brought an action against Mr. Phillips. Sam made a practice of turning his cattle into Vandyke's premises at night while Vandyke was boating. Sanders agreed to try the case for $1.50. It was a jury trial, and they brought in a verdict in favor of Vandyke, and also allowed Sanders $3 for counsel fees in settling up with Vandyke, Sanders told him that the jury had showed him $3 extra for counsel fee; but Vandyke said: 'You agreed to do it for $1.50; a bargain's a bargain, and I won't give no more.'

      Besides the practice of his profession, he had a stage line running to McConnelsville. Dick Hartley drove his stage several years. He also kept for a short time a temperance hotel in the house now occupied by Dr. Allen.

      His wife died in 1861, and his son Lucien, an able and worthy young man, university liked, died two years later, at the age of 3?.

      In 1862, he married to M. Harriet Arey of Philadelphia, an exceptional lady, who survives him, and by whom he has had 8 children, six of them living, 4 girls and 2 boys, their ages ranging from 5 to 11 years.

      Mr. Sanders was instrumental in securing the charter of this village, drawing the charter and by-laws himself. He was the first president of the village.

      In 1861, he secured control of the Cleveland glass works, and operated them for three years. At the end of that time he sold out to Caswell & Getman, and moved to Syracuse. When he left here it is said he was worth $25,000. At Syracuse he continued the practice of law, and was also interested in the glassworks there, and later, in the Covington glass works. In this last venture he was unsuccessful, and with the depreciation of real estate in Syracuse and unfortunate investments, he lost everything.

      He returned here in the fall of 1879. His business prospects were good, but his health steadily declined til his death.

      His loss is sincerely regretted, by the Bar, of which he was an active and respected member, and by numerous friends at home and abroad and general sympathy is extended to be bereaved many.

      The ritual services were held Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock, Rev. McCarthy, of the Presbyterian Church, officiating. [3]
    Person ID  I1324  CHS Genealogy
    Last Modified  26 Oct 2017 

    Family 1  Anna Morey,   d. 1861 
    Children 
     1. Lucian J. Sanders,   b. 1836,   d. 12 Jun 1863
    Last Modified  26 Oct 2017 
    Family ID  F878  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Harriet Arey,   b. Abt. 1833, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1862  [1, 3
    Children 
     1. William Sanders, Jr.,   b. Abt. 1863, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Edwin P. Sanders,   b. 1867, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1921
     3. Maud Sanders,   b. Abt. 1869, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Grace Sanders,   b. Abt. 1871, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Bertha Sanders,   b. Abt. 1874, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Harriet Sanders,   b. Abt. 1876, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  26 Oct 2017 
    Family ID  F339  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S21] 1880 United States Federal Census, 37 (Reliability: 2), 21 Jun 1880.
      State: New York; County: Oswego; Town: Constantia; Village: Cleveland; ED: #231; ED Date: 06/21/1880; SD: #8; Sheet No: 37; Line No: 1-8

    2. [S32] 1860 United States Federal Census, 10 (Reliability: 2), 21 Jun 1860.
      State: New York; County: Oswego; Town: Constantia; Village: Cleveland; ED Date: 06/21/1860; Page: 10

    3. [S11] Cleveland Lakeside Press (Reliability: 1), 16 Apr 1881.

    4. [S40] Landmarks of Oswego County, Henry Perry Smith, W. Stanley Child, (Higgins Book Company - 1895), 253 (Reliability: 1), 1895.
      Bar of Oswego

    5. [S40] Landmarks of Oswego County, Henry Perry Smith, W. Stanley Child, (Higgins Book Company - 1895), 254 (Reliability: 1), 1895.
      Bar of Oswego

    6. [S11] Cleveland Lakeside Press (Reliability: 1), 5 Jun 1880.

    7. [S11] Cleveland Lakeside Press (Reliability: 1), 1 May 1880.

    8. [S11] Cleveland Lakeside Press (Reliability: 1), 12 Jul 1879.

    9. [S11] Cleveland Lakeside Press (Reliability: 1), 18 Sep 1880.