Biography - D Sanders

REV. D. B. SANDERS, physician, Jonesboro, was born July 26, 1844, in Benton County, Tenn. His ancestors were prominent in the Revolutionary war. His great-grandfather came from England. His grandfather was born in South Carolina, where he died on the Pedee River. He married Sallie Langum, born in Virginia; she died in 1861, in Williamson County, Ill. She was the mother of seven children. Her son Abraham, was born in South Carolina, and died in Williamson County, Ill., in 1867. He married Jerusha Hopkins, born in Kentucky; she died in Williamson County, in 1868. She had ten children, of whom David R. is next to the youngest. She is a descendant of the Hopkins of Colonial fame, one of whom served in the Colonial Congress. Her father, David Hopkins, was a Drum Major in the war of 1812, participating in a volunteer corps in the battle of Horseshoe Bend. Our subject received a common school education in Williamson County, Ill. In August, 1862, at the age of eighteen, our subject enlisted in the army and served as Second Lieutenant in Company E, of the Eighty-first Regiment Illinois Volunteers, Col. James J. Dollins. He served till the close of the war, participating in the battles of Thompson's Hill, Raymond, Jackson, Champion Hill, siege of Vicksburg, Fort De Russy, Nashville, Mobile and others. After the war, he settled down to farming and teaching. He commenced the study of medicine under Dr. F. M. Agnew, of Makanda, Ill., in 1872. In 1873, he took a course of lectures at the Medical College of Ohio, after which he practiced four years and then graduated at Cincinnati in 1877. Returning to Williamson County, he practiced there till 1880, when he came to Jonesboro, where he followed his profession. He is also the pastor of the Baptist Church in Jonesboro, having been ordained as Elder in 1861. In theology, he is self-educated. The Doctor was married in 1866, to Delphinia E. Gallegly. She is the mother of Minnie J. Mrs. D. E. Sanders died in 1875. Dr. Sanders was married a second time in 1876, to Lydia E. Rauch, of German descent, born in 1858. She is the mother of three children, viz.: Clyde, Carl and Ora. The Doctor is a member of the Masonic fraternity, also of the I. O. of G. T., and member of the Southern Illinois Medical Association. In politics, he is a Republican.

Extracted 02 Apr 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, page 112.

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