The Saunders brothers.

The family of Bennie and Nathaniel Saunders paid tribute to them in Calvary Presbyterian Church‘s centennial anniversary booklet.

Bennie Saunders (1894-1980).

Nathaniel Saunders (1914-1991).


In the 1900 census of Elm City, Toisnot township, Wilson County: fireman Branch Saunders, 41; wife Polly, 24, washerwoman; and sons Isah, 8, Bennie, 5, and Paul B., 1.

In the 1910 census of Dry Well township, Nash County, North Carolina: lumber mill laborer Branch Sanders, 50; wife Polly, 38; sons Isaah 17, and Benjamin, 16, both Lumber mill laborers, Paul B., 11, Marcus H., 9, and Richard T., 6; plus five boarders, all lumber mill laborers.

In the 1920 census of Dry Well township, Nash County: on Opossum Road, lumber mill engineer Branch Sanders, 60; wife Polly, 42; and sons Bennie, 24, and Mark, 18, both lumber mill laborers, Richard, 16, and Nathaniel, 6.

On 30 October 1927, Bennie Sanders, 30, of Wilson, son of Branch and Pollie Sanders, married Nannie Farmer, 36, of Wilson, daughter of Tom and Senora Farmer. Presbyterian minister A.H. George performed the service in the presence of Vicia Thompson, Lula Bunn and Janie Diamonds, all of Wilson.

In the 1930 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 916 Washington Street, owned and valued at $2500, body plant laborer Benjamin Saunders, 36; wife Mamie, 43; father Branch, 71; and brother Nathaniel, 16.

In 1940, Nathaniel Saunders registered for the World War II draft in Wilson. Per his registration card, he was born 2 December 1914 in Middlesex, North Carolina; resided at 102 North East Street, Wilson; his contact was Mrs. Nathaniel Saunders; and he worked for T.A. Loving Company, Goldsboro, North Carolina.

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