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Sanders Kenyon (1815 - 1903)

Sanders Kenyon
Born in North Carolinamap
Husband of — married 5 Jan 1839 (to 30 Jul 1853) in Putnam Indianamap
Husband of — married 30 Jul 1853 in Putnam Indianamap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 87 [location unknown]
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Sanders was born in North Carolina. Some research shows him born in Indiana, but this may be because his grandson Sanders Kenyon, son of Samuel Kenyon, was born in Indiana in 1875. [1]

1850 Census (Greencastle, Putnam, Indiana). [2]

  • Saunders Kenyon (35) b. North Carolina
  • Nancy Kenyon (27) b. Kentucky
  • James H Kenyon (16) b. Indiana
  • William C Kenyon (8) b. Indiana
  • Samuel M Kenyon (3) b. Indiana
  • Wylie Kenyon (infant) b. Indiana

He married Anna Catherine in Putnam, Indiana, on July 30, 1853.[3]

Article from Rockville Indiana library: Jackson Township #5 School:

“About the year of 1860 a new frame school-house was built north of the site of log school by Thomas Winkler and Sanders Kenyon while G.K. Langford was trustee. This building was about 24x26 feet with six windows in both sides of the building, each containing 24 panes with one door in the south end. The building was heated by a wood stove that stood in the center of the house. The seats were made of poplar lumber and nailed fast to the floor. Some of the seats were large enough for two or more pupils.”

1870 Census (Indiana). [4]

  • Sanders (55) b. North Carolina
  • Wife Katherine (42 VA) b. Virginia
  • Son Sami M (22)
  • Son Joseph (20)
  • Daughter Laura (15)
  • Son Charles (13)
  • Daughter Adaline (7)
  • Son Wellington (6)
  • Daughter Ida (3)
  • Son James (30)

1880 Iowa Census shows Sanders’ father born in Virginia and mother born in NC. 1880 Census (Beaver Dallas IA)

  • Sanders (64)
  • Wife Catherine (56)
  • Daughter Adaline (18)
  • Son Wellington (17)
  • Daughter Ida (11)
  • Son Charles (23)
  • Daughter Laura (26)

1895 Iowa Census (Dallas, Iowa). [5]

  • Sanders Kenyon Male 79
  • Catharine Kenyon Female 71

1900 Census (Minburn IA)

  • Sanders (85) Wife
  • Catharine (74)

He died in Dallas, Iowa. Buried Elmwood Cemetery Minburn IA. [6]


  1. "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 19 August 2017), Sanders Kenyon in household of Samuel Kenyon, Jackson, Parke, Indiana, United States; citing enumeration district ED 184, sheet 594B, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), FHL microfilm 1,254,303.
  2. "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), Saunders Kenyon, Greencastle, Putnam, Indiana, United States; citing family 72, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. citation needed
  4. "United States Census, 1870", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 8 June 2019), Sanders Kenyon, 1870.
  5. "Iowa State Census, 1895," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 10 March 2018), Sanders Kenyon, Dallas, Iowa, United States; citing p. 136, 1895, State Historical Society, Des Moines; FHL microfilm 1,020,195.

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This profile was started from family research that Joyce (Freestone) McClellan did in 1985.

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Kenyon-1676 and Kenyon-3 are not ready to be merged because: Birth place of Kenyon 3 needs updated
posted by Joe Kenyon
Thank you, Joe. I'm going to do some research right now just to confirm that we are not conflating two different Sanders Kenyons.
posted by Chris Whitten
OK, it appears that the Indiana birth location was probably just a mix-up with Sanders' grandson Sanders, son of Samuel.
posted by Chris Whitten
No problem, Samuel's son died in Iowa, born in Indiana. You related? My family had no idea that Sanders had a done Joseph w Kenyon, they just gave me middle name because of my great grand father, but guess I know how he got his name now
posted by Joe Kenyon
Kenyon-1676 and Kenyon-3 appear to represent the same person because: I believe these are the same person since information is the same.
posted by Nancyann Larsen
Hi Cindi! A reply to your question on the Sanders Kenyon page. His son, Wellington Peach Kenyon, was my maternal grandfather of Dallas County. My mother was born in 1892. Maybe your Sanders Kenyon is a relative? I am very familiar with Gardiner and Perry, Iowa.

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