Bonnie I am searching this same family also, I have the following:I know my James Sanders (abt 1734)from Anson to Spartanburg who died before 1810, had a wife Mary based on many deeds, but she would have been much too old to have the Sanders daughters mentioned in the will of John Gowan. I have often wondered if the Polly, mother of the daughters listed in the will of Major Gowan was the widow of one of my James' sons.I have only 3 accounted for and think there were others. Maybe, more DNA will tell. My James Sanders brother Patrick (abt 1732)also migrated to Spartanburg in the 1790s and he could also be a possibility as follows: 1800 United States Federal Census
Name: Patrick Sanders (senior)
Home in 1800 (City, County, State): Spartanburg District, South Carolina
Free White Persons - Males - Under 10: 2
Free White Persons - Males - 45 and over: 1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 10: 2 (who is this?)
Free White Persons - Females - 26 thru 44: 1 (who is this)
Free White Persons - Females - 45 and over: 1
Number of Household Members Under 16: 4
Number of Household Members Over 25: 3
Number of Household Members: 7
(I have no females in this age group listed for Patrick Sr.)
Deed Bk L p303 # 1301 21 Nov 1788, James Sanders of Spartanburg Co SC "Plaintiff" to James Phillips of Rutherford for 100 ps NC money 100 acres on Main Broad River signed James Sanders and Mary Sanders Received Nov 1794. Thomas Warren, David Watkins, Elisha Thompson.("Of Spartanburg" is clearly written in original deed. I have a copy and several others mentioning James, Mary and my Wm Moses Sanders as son who died in Rutherford/Cleveland.
I know Richard Sanders (on a deed with my James)also came to this Rutherford/Spartanburg area at the same time and Major Gowan is listed in his will.I have a good bit on Richard. His wife was Anne and 4 females mentioned in the 1790 census for Spartanburg but only one person mentioned in Richard's will: his son John b abt 1765 NC.Could Polly have been a widow of one of Richard and Anne's sons? Why did he not mention Dorindas Atlantie? Great mystery!
1778 Aug 28, p 467: James Saunders of Anson Co to Richard Saunders of Tryon Co 100 Pounds Nc Currency 150 Acres near Ferguso granted to Jeremiah and Catherine Smith 25 Feb 1775. James Saunders Seal Witness George Lampkins, and Daniel Gray,(D) Recorded April term 1779.
Original will File # 1813 Will of Richard Sanders of the County of Spartanburg:
The plantation that I now live on,part to be sold to pay for the remainder at cash price,negro wench to my wife Ann,her lifetime then to be sold and divided among the children, to my son John, the plantation that I own in Richland Co SC, 100 a my friend Major Gowan.5 Apr 1793.(Major John Gowan) wit Thomas Sturman? , Michael Miles and Richard Gibbs. Richard Sanders his mark.(A John Gowan appears with Lewis Sanders in Fairfax Co Va.early 1700s . Our old William/James and brother Patrick Sanders line matched DNA of all descendant lines of Lewis Sanders.They were from Halifax Va to Anson to Rutherford to Spartanburg. Could the above Major John Gowan be his grandson? I have not done a lot on the Gowans
SCMAR, Vol. XX, Summer 1992, No. 3, p.135
Will of William Gowen of Ninety-Six District, State of South Carolina, planter.… I do constitute and appoint my son John Gowen and my Wife Sarah Gowen executors; to my well beloved wife Sarah Gowen, all my stock of cattle, hogs & Horses (Except Two Cows & Calves for my daughter Anne Easily) which with all my household furniture she my sd wife is to hold as her property during her life and at her death to be the property of my sd son John Gowen; to my daughter Anne Easily, 270 acres of land it being part of a survey of 395 acres run for me on the sink hole fork of Tyger River begining for the deviding line at a stump agreed upon between her & John Gowen & running a south course to the other line of sd tract; to my son John Gowen all the remaining part of sd tract of land; dated 10 March 1785. William Gowen (X). Wit: David Jackson, Millentun Easley.
I also found this:The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research (Was this another child of Polly Sanders Gentry? In 1779, he would possibly have been at least 18. So was Polly Sanders, his mother, a sister of Major John Gowan?)
SCMAR, Volume X
Number 2, Spring, 1982
Spartanburgh County Records of the Commissioners of the Poor (Continued from Vol. 9, p.211)
SCMAR, Vol. X, Spring 1982, No. 2, p.80
Abraham Sanders son of Polley Sanders a poor boy an illigitimate child was bound unto Mary Cantrell untill he shall arrive at the age of 12 years.SCMAR, Volume V
Number 4, Fall, 1977
List of Prisoners, Ninety Six Jail, 1779
In the 1790 census for Spartanburg SC my James has 6 females in the census but possibly they are the children of one of his his sons, whose DNA also matched and settled in SC. My Wm Moses (1774)had not married, so he would be one of the 3 males over 16 listed.
1790 United States Federal Census
Home in 1790 (City, County, State): Spartanburg, South Carolina
Free White Persons - Males - Under 16: 4
Free White Persons - Males - 16 and over: 3 (Old James, son Wm Moses and another possible son?)
Free White Persons - Females: 6
Number of Household Members: 13
Carolina; Series: M637; Roll: 11; Page: 32; Image: 38; Family History Library Film: 0568151
I have searched for the daughters of MaryPolly Sanders Gentry for a very long time and found nothing.
If you solve this mystery please contact me. Thanks, Josie