James C. Sanders

HON. JAMES C. SANDERS, a native of Tennessee, was born in 1816, and is the fourth of eight children born to William and Elizabeth (Bellantfant) Sanders. The parents are natives of North Carolina, and immigrated to Tennessee about 1812, locating in Williamson County, where they remained a few years, after which they permanently settled in Giles County. Here the mother died in 1872, and the father too passed from life about four years later. Our subject passed his early life on the farm and in the district schools. He lived with his father having entire control of the farm until about forty years of age. He was bitterly opposed to secession and stood firm for the Union. During the war he remained at home as quiet and peaceable as man could be under like circumstances. In 1865 he married Catharine Parsons, a native of Tennessee, born about 1830, and the daughter of James W. and Massie (Gordon) Parsons. Our subject began life a poor man, had but poor advantages for an education and yet he is a good neighbor and an energetic, industrious citizen. In 1869 he was elected to the State Legislature to represent the counties of Marshall, Lincoln and Giles. At the end of two years he returned home and confined himself to the farm until 1884, when he was again called upon to appear before the people as an independent candidate for representative, and was duly elected for the years 1885 and 1886. Mr. Sanders resides in the Twelfth District, on an excellent farm of about 500 acres, which is fairly improved.

From: Goodspeed's History of Giles County