Saunders Historical Photographs
James Powers Saunders is the eldest Saunders from whom a direct lineage
to the present generation can be established. He was a character
who was completely engaged in the great events of the time that shaped
this country. I wish I could have known him. He was a true
"Son of the South" and Confederate Patriot. He was also a "southern
gentleman" and a man of good breeding. He very much looks the part.
God bless great-great-granddad. As I processed this photograph I
couldn't help but find myself whistling Dixie. - JRS Jr. -
Nancy Looney Long Saunders was the great, great grandmother of my generation
of Saunders(es). Her hard appearance in this photograph hides what
was by all accounts a gentle and loving personality. She was affectionately
known by subsequent generations of Saunders as "Mother Saunders"
She was a woman who had a lot to her inside. In this photograph she
was 43 years old, had delivered six children (the last in the middle of
the Civil War), survived the Civil War in Kentucky basically on the front
lines with six children to care for and her husband off fighting, and was
still the linchpin of the Saunders clan. You can't help but respect
I believe that Mother Saunders proves there was no "Greatest Generation",
just great people from all generations. All Saunders can be proud
of these ancestors. - JRS Jr. -
above photograph was taken by Lilliebelle Hollifield Saunders in 1890.
She had labeled it as the "Post Office" and it probably served that purpose
as well. It was also "Dowlin's Mill" that was established in 1857.
For many years this small bit of civilization was what was Ruidoso, New
Mexico other than Fort Stanton which was established in 1855.
Hollifield Saunders married William Henry Saunders, son of James Powers
Saunders. Sadly, no photograph of William Henry Saunders is known
to exist. The following photographs of Dr. Hollifield's residence
were taken by Lilliebelle as well in 1893. Dr. Hollifield was Lilliebelle's
brother. The reason for her visit to Milburn, Texas and her brother's
residence was undoubtedly to see the new baby.
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