I have a little information for you concerning the wife of Stephen C. Saunders/Sanders; you can mull it over and decide if you need to change anything in your database.I have seen her name as Heisey and Helksey.I suggest that it is actually Hixey or Hixie; the spelling varies as you might expect, but almost always there is an "x" in the name.This odd name is found in several related families from Montgomery Co. NC.One instance is Hixie Harris (b. ca. 1817 NC, dau. of Littleton Harris and Temperance Williamson) who mar. Pinkney Haltom (b. 1813, son of Charles Haltom and Rhoda Rosina Harris).If you look at the 1850 census of Madison Co. TN, Stephen Sanders is at house no. 106.If you look further up the page at house no. 102, you will find Green Haltom; he is a brother of Pinkney Haltom whose wife is Hixie Harris.
Pinkney and Green Haltom also have a sister named Hixie Haltom b. 1819 who mar. J. Dumas Coggins (1850 census Montgomery Co. NC, no. 826: J. D. Coggins 30, Hixy 31, Caroline 9, Brantly 6, Pleasant 3, all b. NC).Some people named Hixie also have the middle initial H. (for example, Stephen Sander's wife - by the way, I show her father as Levi Simmons but have nothing further than that) - this middle initial may stand for Harris, or maybe Haltom.There is a slightly older Hixie whose surname is Harris - my notes have her as Hixsey Harris (b. ca. 1802, d. aft. 1894, dau. of Nelson Harris and Nancy Long).I don't have all the Harris families from Mont. Co. NC figured out (not my lines), but perhaps the first Hixie, after whom the rest of them were named, is from the Harris family; the namesake for the younger ones might be this Hixsey Harris b. ca. 1802, or maybe there is an even older Hixie.Hixie seems like a nickname, but if so, I don't have any suggestions for what the name might actually be, or how it might properly be spelled, or what its origins are.It may have something to do with the surname Hicks, also a name common in Montgomery Co. NC (and one of my lines), but I have not seen the name used by the Hicks family.
I have only ever seen the name in families from Mont. Co. NC.Maybe someone else can enlighten us about the name.