My great grandfather Carroll M. Sanders was born in 1862 in Calcasieu Parish, La. I searched for his parents for years before I found out on the census of 1870 that he was an orphan, at least by the age of 8, living in the household of a William & Minerva Perkins in Calcasieu Parish, La. by 1870. His brother, Thomas, age 20 was working for another Perkins family, and two others siblings, Mary, age 12, and Joseph were living in the household with him. His parents, Celia Morgan and William Sanders, of Washington Parish, La. were in the census of 1840 and 1850 in Washington Parish but by the census of 1860 were in Calcasieu Parish. They obviously died between 1860 and 1862. What happened to his parents and older siblings has always remained a mystery since the Courthouse burned in Calcasieu Parish. Carroll was happily married to Judith Alice Cagle, but she died at the age of 34 yrs., 7 months, and a poignant epitaph on her tombstone at the Sugartown Baptist Church Cemetery in Sugartown, La. gives evidence of his love and feeling of loss for her. Carroll's three daughters, Avis Annette Sanders O'Quinn, Janie S. Shaw, and Verda S. Malone all moved to Texas when they were young adults. Grandfather Carroll Sanders was left with one son, Walter, to rely upon in his old age. He had such a tragic life.
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