Pvt. Richard Sanders was born 31 May 1828 in Silver Creek, Marshall County, Tennessee to Moses Martin Sanders (1803-1878) and Amanda Armstrong Fausett (1810-1885) and died 18 August 1858 in Amador County, California of unspecified causes. Ancestors are from the United States, the United Kingdom.



Richard Twiggs Sanders & wife Antonia Ruelas

Richard Sanders was one of Co E of The Mormon Battalion, enlisting along with his step-brother, Henry Weeks Sanderson (1829-1896), who maintained a detailed journal of their tour of duty and other important family events. It is found here on

Moses Martin Sanders (1853-1926) rode on horseback from Old Mexico to California & found his brother, Richard Twiggs Sanders children. According to Maud M Sanders (1887-1966), his sister, Richard was killed in 1858 by Indians and his wife died of a broken heart. The wife's brother raised the children.

Mormon Battalion Service

When the Sanders family left Nauvoo with the exodus, they settled at Pigeon Grove, near Council Bluffs and here Moses worked in a saw pit during the year of 1847. The saw was run by hand and was a very slow, hard process.

Richard, being the oldest boy, at age 18, joined The Mormon Battalion, Company E and marched away on that long trek to California. This was the last sight his mother had of him as after the Battalion disbanded, he remained in California for several years, married a Spanish girl and had a little family.

Sanders Family legend is that after his close friend joined the Battalion (Henry Weeks Sanderson (1829-1896), who later married Richard's sister) that Richard wanted to join also but was turned down because he was barely 18 and slight of build. He donned his father's boots, long cloak and high hat and got in line again at the end. His dress did not fool Pres. Brigham Young who said: "well, my boy, if you want to go that bad, you may go.".

Several family members served with Richard in the Mormon Battalion:

Calaveras County Family

He settled near this area and married a beautiful Spanish girl by the name of Antonia Ruellas, 12 Jan 1850. They had two little girls and two boys, John, born 20 Aug 1851 in Calaveras County; Ellen, born 18 Aug 1853 at Mokelumne Hill, Calaveras County; Amanda, born 28 Feb 1855 at Volcano, Amador County; and Dan Sanders, born 14 Jun 1857, place not given.

For years no one seemed to know what happened to the children, who raised them and where? But around 1967 when the Sanders Organization was making the big push for family group sheets, a great-granddaughter of Moses Martin Sanders, Sr., Ellen LaFrankie Lindgren, sent in her sheet and it was brought to our attention that her mother, Maude Sanders LaFrankie, a granddaughter of Moses trough Moses Martin Sanders, Jr., had married a grandson of Richard Twiggs Sanders !

One story is told that his wife died in 1858 and shortly after, he started for Utah. He was killed on the way, shot in the back with an arrow by Indians.

So, from this Information, we learned the names of Richard's children and who some of them married. John Sanders, born 20 Aug 1851 md Mary Sanders Ellen Sanders, born 28 Aug 1853 md Emil Dinzler, died 31 July 1937. Amanda Sanders,born 28 Feb 1855,md John LaFrankie, about 1873 died 4 Sep 1927. Dan Sanders born 14 Jul 1857, nothing more known." In 1858, Richards wife, Antonia, died. Richard decided to bring his little family to Utah. They had not gone far when Richard was killed - shot in the back by Indians. His death date is given on one sheet as 1858/59 and on another as 1862.

Famous Ancestors


Offspring of Pvt. Richard Sanders and Antonia Ruelas (1829-1957)
Name Birth Death Joined with
John Sanders (1851-1908) 20 August 1851 Calaveras County, California 1908 Mary Sanders (1855-)

Ellen Sanders (1853-1937) 18 August 1853 Mokelumne Hill, Calaveras County, California 31 July 1937 California Emil Dinzler (1854-1936)

Amanda Sanders (1855-1927) 28 February 1855 Volcano, Amador County, California John Le Franchi (1839-1910)

Dan Sanders (1857-1875) 14 June 1857 Volcano, Amador County, California 1875


Offspring of Moses Martin Sanders Sr and Amanda Armstrong Fausett (1810-1885)
Name Birth Death Joined with
William Carl Sanders (1826-1827) 4 December 1826 Bedford, Bedford County, Tennessee 18 August 1827 Maury, Tennessee
Richard Twiggs Sanders (1828-1858) 31 May 1828 Silver Creek, Marshall County, Tennessee 18 August 1858 Amador County, California Antonia Ruelas (1829-1957)

John Franklin Sanders (1830-1896) 5 March 1830 Montgomery, Illinois 18 March 1896 Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona Mary Irene Clement (1830-1896)
Jane Gibson (1842-1929)

Rebecca Ann Sanders (1832-1907) 5 March 1832 Irving, Montgomery County, Illinois 6 October 1907 Fairview, Sanpete County, Utah Henry Weeks Sanderson (1829-1896)

Martha Brown Sanders (1833-1897) 23 May 1833 Barmont, Montgomery County, Illinois 31 December 1897 West Warren, Weber County, Utah Alonzo Knight (1830-1921)
Reddin Alexander Allred (1788-1870)

David Walker Sanders (1835-1914) 1 September 1835 Montgomery, Kane County, Illinois 11 February 1914 Kimball, Graham County, Arizona Sarah Jane Vance (1841-1873)
Rebecca Emily Pritchett (1852-1930)

Joseph Moroni Sanders (1836-1916) 25 December 1836 Far West, Caldwell County, Missouri 23 December 1916 La Verkin, Washington County, Utah Hulda Charlotte Zabriskie (1844-1908)

Sidney Rigdon Sanders (1839-1845) 10 April 1839 Adams, Adams County, Illinois 1845 Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois
Emma Sanders (1841-1916) 23 January 1841 Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois 5 October 1916 Moroni, Sanpete County, Utah James Harvey Tidwell (1829-1896)

Eliza Jane Sanders (1843-1847) 4 June 1843 Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois 4 April 1847 Winters Quarters, Douglas County, Nebraska
Hyrum Smith Sanders (1845-1846) 10 October 1845 Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois 27 September 1846 Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois
Moses Martin Sanders (1853-1926) 21 February 1853 West Jordan, Salt Lake County, Utah Territory 23 March 1926 Duncan, Greenlee County, Arizona Elizabeth Ellen Cheney (1857-1940)
Lora Ann Amelia Starr (1858-1924)
Lillian May Jackson (1878-1942)

Vital Records

1852 California State Census

  • R.B. Sanders - m/23 - Calaveras Co, California - b:Tenn



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