Mary Barbara Sanders (née Schust) was born on 26 January 1905 in the former coal-mining community of Hargrove, Bibb, Alabama, the third of seven children of Gottscheer immigrant coal miner Matt Schust and Gottscheer-American Mary (Stritzel) Schust. For an unexplained reason, her birth surname was listed as "Schultz" along with at least some of her siblings. She was baptized as "Mary Shust" on 25 February 1905 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in nearby Blocton, and her godparents were listed as Mathew and Sarah Stritzel. She completed up to the 7th grade.
At some point after the deaths of her mother and two youngest siblings, she was placed into foster care along with her four living siblings, most likely so that her father could concentrate on work. The orphanage in which they were placed was Catholic and most likely in Mobile, Alabama, where the youngest Mathew died. They were taken out at some point by their father and the family moved to Pawnee, Sangamon, Illinois sometime before Sept 1918 (as they were living there when her father filled out the 1918 World War I registration card), and they were all living with him in a coal miner neighborhood in Pawnee at the time of the 1920 census.
Mary was married to Russell Lee Sanders on 26 August 1925 in Pawnee, and the marriage produced three children. Mary and her family moved to Parma, Monroe, New York sometime between 1935 and 1940, where they lived on Curtis Rd and worked as sharecroppers. A few years later, the family moved to the Bulger farm on Manitou Road.
↑ "Alabama, County Birth Registers, 1881-1930," database, FamilySearch, MM9.1.1/WDNR-DQMM:, 26 Jan 1905; citing Birth, Hargrove, Bibb, Alabama, United States, multiple county Probate Judges, Alabama; FHL microfilm 007625355.
↑ 2.02.1 "United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch, Mary Sanders, 13 Nov 2000; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).
↑ "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch, Mary Schust in household of Matt Schust, Precinct 49, Jefferson, Alabama, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 135, sheet 10A, family 154, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 18; FHL microfilm 1,374,031.
↑ "Alabama Births and Christenings, 1881-1930", database, FamilySearch, Schultz, 1905.
↑ Mary Shust in Register of Baptisms, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Blocton, Alabama, in possession of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, Montevallo, Alabama.
↑ 6.06.1 "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch, Mary Sanders in household of Russell Sanders, Parma Town, Monroe, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 28-60, sheet 6B, line 80, family 146, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 2679.
↑ "United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch, Mary Shuste in household of Matt Shuste, Pawnee, Sangamon, Illinois, United States; citing ED 196, sheet 4B, line 73, family 387, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 406; FHL microfilm 1,820,406.
↑ "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch, Mary B Sanders in household of Russell L Sanders, Pawnee, Sangamon, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 81, sheet 1A, line 17, family 7, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 558; FHL microfilm 2,340,293.
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