If anyone is still researching the line of George Washington Sanders (b. 1839, Hempstead AR, d. 1917 Marion Co. AR, s/o Mary Magdalene Brown and his unknown father), I have some important news regarding a recent DNA match to my test results.
My 67 marker test results have been registered on the Sanders Surname DNA Project for about two years, and for which results I have no matches. I expanded those results with the "all surnames" option, and recently received notification of a match to the surname Welborn (Welbourn, Wilbourn, Wilburn, etc.). The Welborn donor and I are a genetic distance of -2, which in DNA terms is considered "closely related." I've received interpretations of our results that vary somewhat, but it appears that the two of us share a common ancestor somewhere in the last 1-6 generations. Counting myself as generation No. 1, generation No. 6 would be the grandfather of George W. Sanders, someone born about 1760-1780.
Unfortunately, since neither the Welborn donor nor myself have matches to anyone else of our respective surnames, we cannot tell whether I am a biological Welborn, or if he is a biological Sanders. So, the match in itself has not proved helpful in shedding immediate light on the mystery of who George's father was. All that can be said for certain at this moment is that we are closely related.
I've been working with a researcher who is the contact person for the Welborn donor. We are trying to locate the father of her earliest known ancestor, who was b. abt. 1815 in KY, and whose father represents generation No. 6 in her line. If any descendents of George W. Sanders are interested in learning more about this development, please contact me.
Justin Sanders, Great-grandson of George W. Sanders.