Samuel Saunders born
5 Apr 1817 [Saunders family records]; died ___; married 19 Dec
1861 [Saunders family records] Martha A. Swepson b. ca. 1829.
will of her father, William Mallory Swepson.[Sadie Greening
& Judy Baugh]) Samuel and Martha A. Saunders apparently died
between the 1880 Lunenburg Co., VA Census and Lunenburg Chancery
case 23 in 1892 (Chancery Index). By
1892, [Gregory family letters] the children were in Knoxville,
TN with their uncle Robert Swepson.
Dr. Samuel Saunders is
listed as a physician, address "Haleysburg," in New
River Notes, Elliott
and Nye's Virginia Directory and Business Register for 1852.
The family of Dr. Samuel
Saunders was enumerated on the 1870 Census in Macon Co, North
Carolina, Franklin T/S P 312 HH 197-213 [Records of Sadie
Sparks - 2003]
S. Saunders 53 WM
Physician, 6,000/1385. Born Va
Martha A. " 42 WF Born Va Keeping house (Swepson)
E. Hebble Saunders 7 WM Va (Ebenezer Hepburn Saunders)
Mary V. Saunders 4 WF Va (Mary V. Lillian Swepson Saunders)-see
& next door-HH 198-214
John R. Walker 46
WM Va farmer 8,000/1065.
Elizabeth " 35 WF Va (Mary Elizabeth Swepson)
George S. " 12 WM Va
Hellen A. " 10 WF Va
M. Carl " 7 WM Va (McHarg)
Mary " 4 WF Va
Samuel and Martha A.
Saunders were listed on the 1880 Census of Lunenburg Co., VA
with two children.
Children of Samuel
and Martha A.(Swepson)Saunders:
Some Descendants of William Mallory Swepson.)
1. Ebenezer H. Saunders
b.1861; single in 1900. [1900 Knoxville, TN census]
2. Lillian Swepson Saunders b. 20 Apr 1866, Mecklenburg Co.,
VA, married 24 Jun 1896, Lewis Hopkins Spilman, lawyer, b. 8
Mar 1860, Covington, Garrard Co.,KY, son of Jonathan Edwards
Spilman and Eliza S. Taylor). Lewis died 23 May 1938, Knoxville,
[Spilman family information from 1900 &
1910 Censuses, Knoxville, TN, and from the files of Sharon Clark]
Redd Spilman b. 27 Sep 1899, Knoxville, TN.
Saunders Spilman b. 14 Oct 1901, Knoxville, TN, m. Fran Catlett
Taylor Spilman b. 27 Mar 1904, Knoxville, TN.
Anderson Spilman b. 11 Nov 1906, Knoxville, TN, m. Martin
Lee Spilman b. 21 Jan 1911, Knoxville, TN, m. Ben A. Batson.
In 1871, Robert R. Swepson, unmarried uncle of Martha, bought and
gave to her an 814-acre tract of land, a tract that had been purchased
by Dr. William Edward Dodson from the Hyde
Saunders estate (unmarried uncle of Dr. Sam Saunders). Though
the name "Dr. Dodson" appears in that vicinity on the 1864 Gilmer
map of Lunenburg, land tax records do not show that either Hyde
Saunders or Dr. Dodson were taxed for buildings on the land. The
1814 [correction 814-acre tract] lay in both Lunenburg and Mecklenburg, so deeds
appear in both counties. (See the full deed recorded in Mecklenburg. [Sadie Greening Sparks & Judy
Baugh]) The first indication of buildings on the land are the 1875
Land Tax record showing $2000.00 tax for buildings. The comment
column shows the land was obtained in 1871 from R. R. Swepson and
in quotes: "New buildings"
The exact location of the home or graves of Dr. Samuel and Martha
A. Saunders has not been determined. The "Ellis Farm" at the dead end of #631 on the WPA map might be a clue.