Hello; I'm looking for information about Willie Alice Sanders 1877-1947 in Ft Worth, Texas.

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Hello;   I am James William Masner, son of  William Maurice Masner, and Grandson of  Willie Alice Sanders Masner who was born in Kaufman, Texas in 1877.   Dad,  Grandmother and Grandfather have all passed away and I'm trying to answer some questions about his family.   Dad didn't talk about his family much.   He was adopted by Willie Alice Sanders and George Tavner Masner right after his birth.   He was told he was born November 4, 1926 in Ft Worth, Texas at St Mary's Hospital.   His Mother got his birth certificate in 1942 from Austin, Texas which shows Alice and George as the birth parents.   His Mother told him that he was adopted because he was the thirteenth child of  Vera Dodson from Dallas, Texas and that they could not take care of him.   His Mother died in 1947 in Ft Worth and his Dad died in 1946 in Clovis, New Mexico.   Dad said he had a cousin named Dewey Masner who also lived in or near Ft Worth.   Dad never tried to find his real family according to my Mother but she did say she knew he wanted to.   I precipitated in the DNA program through Ancestry.com which shows he is related to his adopted Mother and her Father John but not his Dad (George Masner).   You could have knocked me over with a stick.   Wow!   I'm now looking for one of his cousins or aunts because I believe his Mother,  Alice, would have been past child bearing years at 49.   Perhaps you could help. Please contact me at any time. jwmasner@yahoo.com (435) 864-7324 Sorry to ramble on. Thanks you
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From reading a little at Wikipedia, it's possible to conceive at age 49, but the likelihood of it happening is very low.

All children inherit mtDNA from their mother. Only the female children can pass it on to their children. You would have inherited mtDNA from your mother and she in turn would have inherited identical mtDNA from her mother. A mutation is possible, but not likely from what I have read in "Deep Ancestry, Inside the Genographic Project," by Spencer Wells.
by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.2m points)
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Thank you very much.   I will read the article.
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George & Julia Masner Family Tree
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Willie Sanders
Birth:  dd mm 1877 - Kaufman
Death:  date - city, Tarrant, Texas, United States
Marriage:  date - city, Texas
Spouse:  George Tavern Masner


F:  John Benton Sanders
M:  Mary Ann Desdemona Bragg
by Chris Mckinnon G2G6 Pilot (363k points)
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Sanders/Allen Family Tree
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John Sanders
Birth:  dd mm 1852 - Cherokee, USA
Death:  date - Navarro County (Navarro), Texas, USA
Marriage:  date - city, Texas
Spouse:  Mary Ann Desdemona Bragg
F:  Stephen Nathaniel Sanders I
M:  Telitha Elon Hightower
by Chris Mckinnon G2G6 Pilot (363k points)
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Dewey Admiral Masner

Birth:  Jan. 19, 1898
Independence County
Arkansas, USA
Death:  Feb. 14, 1954
Stephens County
Texas, USA
son of J.W. Masner, TN

Dewey Masner, 57, operator of the Masner Tourist Courts on East Walker Streeet and active in church and lodge circles, died following a heart attack.

Mr. Masner complained of feeling ill and was taken to a local hospital following an examination by a physician.

Mr. Masner was a member of the First Christian Church, had been active in Boy Scout work, and had held different offices in the Knights of Pythias Lodge. He once held different offices in the Knights of Pythias Lodge. He once served as district deputy of this order and was a member of the D.O.K.K.

He came to Breckenridge during the boom days.

Services were held at the First Christian Church with Rev. J.E. Montgomery, pastor, officiating.

Survived by his wife; one son - David Masner at TCU; one sister - Mrs. W.S. Turnbaugh of Goldsmith.

16 February 1954
Family links: 
  Tabitha Adilene Townes Masner (1905 - 1985)
Breckenridge Cemetery
Stephens County
Texas, USA
Created by: Searchers of our Past
Record added: Jan 23, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 83915440
by Chris Mckinnon G2G6 Pilot (363k points)
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John Benton /Sanders/

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11 July 1852

Forney, Kaufman, Texas, USA

1 1880 United States Federal


28 January 1923

Navarro County, Texas, USA



Forney, Kaufman, Texas, USA

1 1880 United


Stephen Nathaniel /Sanders/


Telithia Elon /Hightower/



Mary Ann Desdemona /Bragg/


4 July 1869

Kaufman, Texas


1880 United States Federal Census, Year: 1880; Census Place: Forney, Kaufman, Texas Ancestry.com :  

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "Pedigree Resource File," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/2:2:3WG4-HYB : accessed 2015-10-20), entry for John Benton /Sanders/.


by Chris Mckinnon G2G6 Pilot (363k points)
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My name is Beverley.  I am the great grand daughter of John Benton Sanders and Mary Ann Desdemona Bragg.  My grandmother, on my mother's side, is Ida Sanders who is the oldest of John and Mary Ann's family.  My mother had been told Mary Ann Bragg Sanders was of Cherokee Indian descent.  Do you have any information on her family?  If so, please contact me.  I live in New Braunfels, TX.  My email is bevjack5158@gmail.com
by Beverley Kirk G2G Rookie (260 points)

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