Surnames and Family Research Forum Archive
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
Wife: Malissa Barrett (from her affidavit in the file):
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
Thomas P. FRANCIS
I'm going to post a copy of this in 'Military Research' as well.