Moses Junior was born 21 February 1853 in West Jordan, Salt Lake County, Utah Territory to Moses Martin Sanders (1803-1878) and Amanda Armstrong Fausett (1810-1885) and died 23 March 1926 Duncan, Greenlee County, Arizona of unspecified causes.

Biography

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Moses Martin Sanders, Jr., was the son of Amanda Armstrong Fausett and Moses Martin Sanders Sr., pioneers of 1850. In later years he was described as a big man, weighing about 350 pounds but with small feet that could not support his weight, so that he traveled everywhere on horseback or on a horsedrawn buckboard.

In all he would merry 3 times and have 29 children. From 1885 to 1912 he was a successful rancher/farmer in one of the Mormon Mexican colonies, Colonia Diaz. The revolutionary army of Pancho Villa changed all of that for him when he was 59 years old, forcing him and his families back to the U.S. where he had to start all over again.

Early Life

Moses Martin Jr was born in the Salt Lake Valley, and at an early age his family moved to Fairview in the Sanpete County area. There he would court his first wife, Elizabeth Ellen Cheney when he was 19 years old. At age 26 he became a polygamous when he married his second wife, Lora Ann Amelia Starr (in 1879).

In 1880 Moses Martin and his families were living in Mineville, Kane County Utah.

In 1882, Moses moved to join his mother and brother living in Tonto Basin, Arizona in western Gila County. Also known as Punkin Center, it is today a small hamlet along State Route 188, just north of Roosevelt Lake.

Colonia Diaz

Map of Mormon Colonies in Mexico 1885-1912 - Credit Mapping Mormonism

He left Tonto Creek, Arizona, with wife and his two little daughters, aged three years and eight months, traveling in a light wagon for Old Mexico, arriving there April 1, 1885. At first the Mexican people refused to sell him land; but, they were allowed to pitch their tent on the land owned by a Mexican until a delegation of men had been sent to President Diaz regarding the purchase of property. In August, 1886, a townsite was surveyed, four miles from the Spanish town of La Ascencion, and at a meeting held Nov. 5, 1886, the townsite was named Colonia Diaz. The Casas Grande river ran between the two towns.

While there, in 1890, Moses Martin married his third wife, Lillian May Jackson, in 1901. She would bare him seven children, the last two after the exodus from Mexico.

Return to Arizona

Gravesite of Moses Martin Sanders Jr

When the Latter-day Saints left Colonia Diaz, his people came to Duncan, Arizona, where they made their home after leaving practically all of their possessions in the Mexican colony. Moses passed away March 23, 1926. -Maude Sanders LaFrankie, his daughter

Marriages

Wives: Elizabeth Ellen Cheney, Lora Ann Amelia Starr and Lillian May Jackson. Altogether, Moses Junior had 29 children.

Marriage to Elizabeth Cheney

At age 19, Moses Jr, courted Elizabeth Ellen Cheney, daughter of Elam and Margaret Cheney, a prominent founding pioneer family of Fairview, Utah in Sanpete County. They were joined together in a civil marriage there on Nov 23, 1872. They later went to the Mormon Temple in St George to have their marriage sealed in 21-Feb-1878.

Their first child, their only daughter, was born stillborn in 1873. After that they had 11 healthy sons.

Marriage to Lora Ann Starr

Moses Martin received Lora Ann Amelia Starr, in plural marriage as his second wife in a ceremony at the St George Temple on 25 Mar 1879 at age 26.

Marriage to Lillian Jackson

Moses Martin married his third wife, Lillian May Jackson, on February 21, 1901 at Colonia Juarez, located a short ways south of their hometown at Colonia Dias. She bore him seven children. The first five were born in Diaz before the exodus: Brigham, February 23, 1902; Malcolm, June 10, 1904; Ezra, May 15, 1906; Leonard, May 20, 1907 and Alroy, June 16, 1910. The last two born in Hachita, New Mexico after their expulsion were: Mary, November 25, 1912 and Ellen, January 1, 1915.

While the families of his two other wives migrated back to Utah. Moses lived with Lillian and the family with his youngest children at Greenlee County, Arizona. Which is where he is at when he passed away.




Children



Offspring of Moses Junior and Elizabeth Ellen Cheney (1857-1940)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Elizabeth Ellen Sanders (1873-1873) 1873 Fairview, Sanpete County, Utah 1873 Fairview, Sanpete County, Utah
Martin Franklin Sanders (1874-1957) 16 November 1874 Fairview, Sanpete County, Utah 15 January 1957 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Ellen Lee (1859-1937)
David William Sanders (1876-1953) 9 October 1876 Fairview, Sanpete County, Utah 24 October 1953 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California Nora Amelia Lemmon (1879-1931)
Joseph Le Roy Sanders (1879-1965) 2 January 1879 Fairview, Sanpete County, Utah 18 December 1965 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Gladys Annette Jakeman (1886-1929)
John Elam Sanders (1880-1970) 12 December 1880 Fairview, Sanpete County, Utah 10 March 1970 Menlo Park, San Mateo County, California Sarah Maria Jorgensen (1888-1920)
James Richard Sanders (1883-1958) 25 July 1883 Tonto Basin, Gila County, Arizona 3 July 1958 Redwood City, San Mateo County, California Adela Alday (1887-1963)
Moses Elijah Sanders (1885-1928) 21 July 1885 Punkin Center, Gila County, Arizona 10 January 1928 Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico Mary Fern Cluff (1885-1981)
George Henry Sanders (1888-1955) 13 October 1888 Colonia Díaz, Chihuahua, Mexico 19 March 1955 Malta, Cassia County, Idaho, United States Ethel Mae Brown (1897-1988)
Hyrum Peter Sanders (1890-1918) 10 February 1890 Colonia Díaz, Chihuahua, Mexico 10 June 1918 Burley, Cassia County, Idaho, United States Rose Anna Clawson (1893-1956)
Charles Alma Sanders (1892-1940) 25 September 1892 Colonia Díaz, Chihuahua, Mexico 21 June 1940 Dietrich, Lincoln County, Idaho, United States Gladys Ione Brown (1893-1985)
Francis Francis Sanders (1895-1983) 27 April 1895 Colonia Díaz, Chihuahua, Mexico 28 April 1983 Goldendale, Klickitat County, Washington, United States Esther Elmira McVey (1902-1978)
Lee Washington Sanders (1897-1989) 17 March 1897 Colonia Díaz, Chihuahua, Mexico 17 March 1989 Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona, United States Zetta Fern Mortensen (1899-1975)



Offspring of Moses Junior and Lora Ann Amelia Starr (1858-1924)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Lora Amanda Sanders (1880-1880) 2 October 1880 Fairview, Sanpete County, Utah 15 October 1880 Fairview, Sanpete County, Utah
Elizabeth Starr Sanders (1881-1926) 12 December 1881 Millville, Kane County, Utah 26 November 1926 Henry Flint Galbraith (1887-1958)
Ethel May Sanders (1884-1957) 1 June 1884 Tonto Basin, Gila County, Arizona 1 June 1957 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah John Junior Patterson (1880-1965)
Edward Sanders (1887-1887) 19 February 1887 Colonia Díaz, Chihuahua, Mexico 19 February 1887 Colonia Díaz, Chihuahua, Mexico
Maud M Sanders (1887-1966) 27 December 1887 Colonia Díaz, Chihuahua, Mexico 22 March 1966 Los Angeles County, California, United States Amel Samuel Lafrankie (1877-1968)
Orson Sanders (1890-1890) 23 July 1890 Colonia Díaz, Chihuahua, Mexico 23 July 1890 Colonia Díaz, Chihuahua, Mexico
Ellen Minnie Sanders (1891-1891) 26 September 1891 Deming, Grant County, New Mexico 7 October 1891 Deming, Grant County, New Mexico
Eoline Sanders (1893-1961) 8 March 1893 Colonia Díaz, Chihuahua, Mexico 4 March 1961 Logan, Cache County, Utah, United States Hans Andersen (1865-1946)
Zibina Sanders (1895-1895) 20 February 1895 Colonia Díaz, Chihuahua, Mexico 21 February 1895 Colonia Díaz, Chihuahua, Mexico
Martin Reginald Sanders (1897-1968) 4 February 1897 Colonia Díaz, Chihuahua, Mexico 6 June 1968 Logan, Cache County, Utah, United States Sylvia Pearl Benson (1899-1978)



Offspring of Moses Junior and Lillian May Jackson (1878-1942)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Brigham Jackson Sanders (1902-1981) 23 February 1902 Colonia Díaz, Chihuahua, Mexico 30 December 1981 Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona, United States Lurline Daniel (1909-2003)
Malcolm Martin Sanders (1903-1981) 10 June 1904 Colonia Díaz, Chihuahua, Mexico 25 November 1981 Chandler, Maricopa County, Arizona, United States Blanche Evelyn Clark (1900-1992) Blanche Evelyn Clark (1900-1992) Louise N Simmons (1916-1999)
Ezra Anthony Sanders (1906-1906) 15 May 1906 Colonia Díaz, Chihuahua, Mexico 26 June 1906 Colonia Díaz, Chihuahua, Mexico
Leonard Fythias Sanders (1907-1975) 20 May 1907 Colonia Díaz, Chihuahua, Mexico 14 June 1975 Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona, United States Nellie Jones (1904-1991)
Alroy Roosevelt Sanders (1910-1987) 16 June 1910 Colonia Díaz, Chihuahua, Mexico 21 March 1987 Florence, Pinal County, Arizona, United States Hilda May Burt (1914-1985)
Mary Amanda Sanders (1912-1994) 25 November 1912 Hachita, Grant County, New Mexico 2 June 1994 Gila County, Arizona Golden Lorenzo Hunsaker (1900-1954)
Ellen Mae Sanders (1915-1916) 1 January 1915 Hachita, Grant County, New Mexico 1 July 1915 Hachita, Grant County, New Mexico








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Vital Records

1870 US Federal Census

Household #1 in Washington, Washington Co, Utah - 6-Jul-1870.

  • Sanders, Moses M/66 - Ocp Farmer - Head - Moses Sr. - B: Georgia
  • Sanders, Imminent F/60 - Ocp Keeping House - Mother - B: Tenn
  • Sanders, Moses M/17 - Ocp: Work on Farm - Son - B: Utah

1880 US Federal Census

Taken at Fairview Precinct, Sanpete Co, Utah - 1st June 1880.

  • Sanders, Martin - M/27 - B:Utah / Ocp: Stock Man
  • Sanders, Elizabeth - F/23 - B:Utah - wife
  • Sanders, Martin F. - M/5 - B:Utah - son
  • Sanders, Dana W. - M/3 - B:Utah - son
  • Sanders, Jos L - M/1 - B:Utah - son
  • Sanders, Larna Ann A - F/22 - B:Utah - Wife
  • Danson, William - M/37 - B:Illinois - Boarder - Ocp: Laborer


1920 US Federal Census

Household #20 - Hachita, New Mexico, Precinct #20 - 23 Jan 1920.

  • Sanders, Martin M - m/66 Head - - b:utah - parents b:missouri
  • Sanders, Lillian - f/42 Wife - b:utah - parents b:england
  • Sanders, Brigham - m/17 Son - b:Mexico
  • Sanders, Malcolm - m/15 Son - b:Mexico
  • Sanders, Leonard - m/12 Son - b:Mexico
  • Sanders, Roosevelt - m/9 Son - b:Mexico
  • Sanders, Amanda - f/7 Daughter - b:New Mexico
  • Burris, Loretta - f/18 Boarder - b:Connecticut


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