Town of Minden
Montgomery County, NY
The original reading below and the story of his discovery and family search was contributed to our site by Rick Sanders in 1999. This may be the first reading of a forgotten cemetery tucked away on an old homestead. Knowledge of an earlier reading, persons below, or leads to Rick's 4th great-grandfather would be most appreciated.
"About 5 years ago [NOTE: ca. 1994] I was in Montgomery Co. trying to track down my ancestors. My 4th great-grandfather was named Henry Sanders and for a number of years I thought that he was the Henry Sanders of Minden who fought in General Herkimer's Regiment at Oriskany. I had a nice visit, met a lot of wonderful folks, but did not find any information linking Henry Sanders to my 3rd great-grandfather David. I did however record some cemetery information that you may find useful or at the least a Sanders might find useful.
At the corner of Sanders and River Roads in (Ft Plain?) Minden, there is located an old brick house that overlooks the NY Thruway (90) and the river. There is a cemetery there that contains some old graves that I uncovered from beneath the thick berry bushes. They are listed below. It is a Sanders cemetery and the folks buried there are descendents of the Henry Sanders that fought with General Herkimer. Henry is mentioned in the history of the Battle of Oriskany.
The cemetery inscriptions below are listed from the back to the front of the cemetery. The cemetery is located near the corner of Sanders and River Roads in I believe Ft. Plain NY, Montgomery County. "
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1. Mary E. - daughter of D.D. and L. Diefendorf died September 20, 1818
2. Mary Nellis - Born February 20,1881
3. James H.
5. Mary - wife of Henry C. Sanders - she is gone but not forgotten - died March 14, 1860, aged 31 years 5 mo 21 days
6. Herbert - son of Henry and Mary C. Sanders - died March 8, 1859, 3 months ,12 days.
7. Charles H. Sanders - son of Henry C. and Mary Sanders - died February 23, 1858 - 3 months 2 days
8. Mary Sanders - born July 13, 1819; died December 12, 1916
9. E.S. - (small stone)
10. M.S. (small stone)
11. Emma (at foot of small stone #9)
12. Sanders Stone - four inscriptions
Charles W. Sanders - March 10, 1848
Emma C. Moyer - his wife - August 9, 1852 - June 9, 1898
Jacob Sanders - March 3, 1816 - February 13,1895
Anna M. - his wife - October 2, 1820
18. Calvin I. Son of Jacob and Anna Marie Sanders died April 11, 1813 aged 1 mo, 12 days
19. Elizabeth - daughter of Jacob and Anna Marie Sanders - died August 25, 1856 aged 3 years and 26 days - inscription on bottom unreadable
20. Henry J. - son of Jacob and Anna Marie Sanders Jr. - died September 1, 1856 aged 4 years 6 months 10 days
(same stone) Helen M. - daughter of Jacob and Anna Marie Sanders Jr. - died September 2, 1856 aged 6 years 3 months 22 days - 2 inscriptions on bottom
21. Elizabeth - wife of Jacob Sanders - died December 3, 1825 aged 36 years
(same stone) Nancy - daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth - died October 3, 1826, age 1 year 4 mo. 26 days.
22. Jacob Sanders- died April 21, 1856 age 76 years 28 days
23. Can't read, too old, something Elizabeth, daughter of
24. Ann Maria - wife of Henry C. Sanders - died August 28 , 1848 - 21 years old
25. Front of Cemetery by the gate - 10 feet high - inscriptions on all sides:
On one side:
Henry C. Sanders - died April 21, 1887 age 73 years , 1 month 1 day
Mary, his wife - died May 14, 1860 - age 31, 5 months, 21 days
Herbert - son of Henry C. and Mary Sanders - died May 8, 1858 - 3mo 12 days
Charles - son of Henry and Mary - died Feb. 20, 1858 - 3 mo 2 days
Anna Marie - wife of Henry C. Sanders died August 28, 1848 - 21 years
Mary Elizabeth - daughter of Henry and Mary - died Sept. 11, 1846 - 8 mo 22 days
James H. - son of Henry C. and Mary Sanders - February 1, 1894 - 33 years 10 months 25 days
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