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In the course of retrieving records for SANDS, I have come by the Civil War pension file of PLEASANT SAUNDERS/SANDERS (and every once in a while SANDS).

Born: Lexington, KY
Enlisted: 6 July 1864
Served: Co. A 12th Reg USCT Heavy Artillery
Hon. Discharged 26th April 1866
Longtime resident: Springfield Ohio, Clark County
Died: 7 May 1903, age 76 [dropsy; general debility; kidneys]
Owned house at 163 Winter St, Springfield Ohio

Wife: Malissa Barrett (from her affidavit in the file):
we were "first married by consent of master and mistress about five or six years before the war of rebellion, at Lexington KY by Watson Williams," then "married Ohio laws May 13, 1866 at Springfield by Reuben Miller, JP recorded in Volume 6, page 370, probate court, Springfield, Clark County, Ohio."

Writing in 1904, at age 70: "I know of no person who knew us when we became of marriageable age. I know well that Pleasant Sanders was never married before his marriage to me, and I was never married till I married him. We was raised children together and I have known him ever since I was big enough to know anyone. We was raised children together during slavery in the State of Kentucky. I belonged to a woman called Mrs. TOLOSON (FOLOSON?) and Pleasant Sanders belonged to old man Richard HIGGINS. My mistress and his master bought land on Cat Island shoot on the river in Tennessee and moved from Louisville Kentucky when we were very young....After we were grown up, they allowed us to get married and during the war of the rebellion he went to the army and while he was in the army I ran away and came to Springfield, Ohio. When Mr. Sanders was discharged from the army he came to see me at Springfield Ohio," where we "have remained ever since," and "we both went to work for a lady named Mrs. Perry BECHEL in Springfield..."

"We never had any children."

Affidavits/statements/witness signature in the file from other veterans of 12 USC Heavy Artillery

John GEORGE alias James WILLIS (407 W State St Springfield in 1900)

I'm going to post a copy of this in 'Military Research' as well.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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