You may remember that we exchanged e-mails about Nancy Sanders and Richard Mauldin some time ago. I’m glad to see that you are making progress on your Mauldin genealogy, especially through DNA testing.
The late Elden Grant Hurst, in his booklet published in 2000 and called “Reverend Moses Sanders,” extensively researched the family of Moses Sanders. Although Hurst was a firm skeptic on the tradition that Moses was a Revolutionary War Patriot and that he was born in England, he accepted that there was a daughter named Nancy and that she married Richard Mauldin. However, he did not attribute any children to this marriage and may have believed that Nancy died shortly after the marriage began.
In a family group sheet at the end of the book, Hurst lists the dates when Moses Martin Sanders (1810-1885), grandson of the Reverend Moses Sanders, performed various “ordinances” for his ancestors in the Mormon temple. For Moses Martin Sanders’ aunts and uncles Aaron, Moses, Sarah, David, Amos, and John, one date provided is January 31, 1877. On another page of notes, he includes “uncle in law: Richard Maldin and Obediah Hooper” and “aunts; Sally Sanders Hooper & Nancy Sanders Maldin.”
To seek further confirmation, I e-mailed Jim Sanders of Ojai, California. Jim has done some research in Mormon records, subsequent to that of Elden Hurst.
Jim Sanders provided the following reply:
beginning of Jim's message
From my notes and review of the following films:
Film 170,840 St George Temple Baptisms for Dead Book A :
Page 236 21 Feb 1877
Rebecca Ann Sanderson [Rebecca Ann Sanders,1832-1907, daughter of Moses Martin Sanders, married Henry Weeks Sanderson. Her daughter, also named Rebecca Ann married Phillip Hurst, ancestor of Elden Hurst-gs] was proxy for:
(relationship to Rebecca Sanders in parentheses:)
#4399 Sarah Sanders Hooper -(grand niece)
#4400 Mary Sanders Hambleton - (great grand daughter)
Page 72 Book A 6 Feb 1877
Moses Martin Sanders proxy and heir for:
(Relationship to Moses Martin Sanders in parentheses):
#1309 David Sanders died 11 Jan 1815.(M.M. Sanders'father)
#1312 Moses Sanders died 1817 (Moses Martin's grandfather)
#1313 Moses Sanders Jr. died 1847 (M. M. Sanders' uncle)
#1314 Aaron Sanders died 1854, (another uncle)
#1315 Amos Sanders (another uncle)
#1316 Francis Sanders -(Moses Martin's grand-uncle)
#1317 Silas Sanders - 2nd cousin(Silas and David[father of Moses Martin Sanders-gs]were first cousins,making Moses Martin Sanders a 2nd cousin to Silas)
#1318 Peter Sanders - 2nd cousin =Silas' brother
Page 88 Book A 6 Feb 1877
Moses Martin Sanders, proxy
The relationship of M.M. Sanders to each is cited:
#1629 John Sanders- (Uncle of M M Sanders)(John was the Rev. Moses youngest son.)
#1630 Richard Malden -nephew in law(So stated by M. M Sanders in 1877!)(Or M.M. Sanders' Uncle, by marriage).
#1631 William Hambleton -grand nephew (Or Moses Martin Sanders' grand uncle, by marriage, Mary Hambleton's brother)
#1632 Theophilus Hambleton - 2nd cousin (Of Moses Martin Sanders)
#1633 Whatnot Hambleton - 2nd cousin(Of M M Sanders)
#1634 John Hambleton - 2nd cousin (Ditto)
#1635 Isaac Hambleton - 2nd cousin (Ditto)
#1636 Obadiah Hooper - nephew in law
#1637 - 1643 Richard Hooper, John Hooper,Carter Hooper, John Lane,Allen Lane,James Lane & John Leeper all friends
Don't know how much proof one would need but the citation above would certainly provide fairly conclusive evidence that M.M. Sanders, in 1877, believed Mauldin was married to Nancy.
end of Jim's message
The will of the Reverend Moses Sanders is not very helpful. Richard Mauldin was given two dollars, which even in 1817 was a pretty small bequest. It is a natural conclusion to think that Mauldin may have had some claim on Moses Sanders’ property (as a former son-in-law) and the two dollar bequest was a legal precaution. Regardless of the reason, however, as Jim Sanders points out, there seems to be evidence that Moses MartinSanders in 1877 thought his aunt Nancy had been married to the Richard Mauldin mentioned in his grandfather’s will.