J. B. Sanders Research Collection, 1833-1978 | East Texas Research Center

By Kyle Ainsworth, 2011

Collection Overview

Title: J. B. Sanders Research Collection, 1833-1978Add to your cart.

ID: A/273

Primary Creator: Sanders, J. B. (John Barnette) (1903-1980)

Extent: 5.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement: Arranged in 3 series: 1. Alphabetically organized Research. 2. Select Publications. 3. Oversize materials.

Subjects: Center (Tex.) -- History -- Sources, Families -- Texas, East, Family records, Genealogy, Sanders, J. B. (John Barnette), 1903-1980 -- Correspondence, Texas, East -- History -- Sources

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The research collection has a wide range of materials—correspondence, maps, negatives, photographic prints, pedigree charts, research for Sanders’s publications, as well as a few of those publications—concerning the families and places of East Texas. The majority of negatives and prints are photographs of other photographs or documents. Several prints, especially those of a 1928 lynching at the Center Courthouse, are particularly graphic.

There are several oversize documents in the collection which researchers might find particularly interesting. There is a 40-page supplement to The Champion dating to August 7, 1929. It is a special issue celebrating not only the 25th anniversary of the Farmer’s State Bank in Center, and its move to a brand new building downtown, but the general development of the town since the turn of the century. The supplement features congratulatory statements from almost every business in town, as well as articles on the bank, its history and photographs of every current employee. There are articles about local organizations like the American Legion, Chamber of Commerce, Music Study Club, Parent Teacher’s Club, Rotary, Sam Samford Masonic Lodge, Women’s Reading Club, and the Women’s Study Club. The supplement also features articles on local agriculture, businesses and businessmen, churches, the fire department, town government (includes photos of officials), hospitals, schools and the Shelby County Fair.

Other interesting items in the collection include a 1909 issue of the Tenaha Messenger and a 1931-1932 Shelby County School Report.

Collection Historical Note

Born November 15, 1903 to John Arthur Sanders and Sallie Will Barnette Sanders, John Barnette (J. B.) Sanders lived and worked his entire life in Center, Texas. A prolific researcher of East Texas and West Louisiana genealogy and history, he wrote, compiled and/or published over forty books (see below). Sanders was well-known for his knowledge of East Texas and was often contracted by people around the country to do research on their family genealogy. He was also generous with his research, donating copies and microfilm of his publications to local and regional libraries. As the editors of the East Texas Light wrote in a tribute to Mr. Sanders, he “accomplished more than anyone else who had ever lived in Shelby County to preserve the history of the heritage of our county.”

Sanders was also well-known for his business and civic contributions to Shelby County. Educated at a business college in New York, Sanders employed himself as a bookkeeper in Center and later as the city’s water superintendent. In the early 1930s, he not only broadcast Center’s first radio station, but also edited and published a county newspaper, the Shelby Reporter. Sanders operated both enterprises from the basement of his home on Nacogdoches Street. Sanders was a long-time Mason, Shriner, and member of the First United Methodist Church.

Sanders married twice and had three children. He died in Center February 4, 1980.

Sources

Ancestry.com, Social Security Death Index (Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010), online at http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3693 (Accessed 2 May 2011).

“Dedication to his heritage – J. B. Sanders preserved the past for future generations,” East Texas Light, Heritage Edition (16 July 1982), p.2.

“John Barnette Sanders,” OneWorldTree, Ancestry.com, online at http://trees.ancestry.com/owt/person.aspx?pid=3348106&st=1(Accessed 2 May 2011).

PUBLICATIONS (* denotes copy at the ETRC)

The Post Offices & Postmasters of Nacogdoches County, Texas, 1845-1930 (1964)*

The 1850 Census, Panola County, Texas (1966)

The 1860 Census, Panola County, Texas

The Post Offices & Postmasters of Panola County, Texas, 1845-1930 (1964)*

Index to the Cemeteries of Panola County, Texas (1966)

The 1850 Census, Sabine County, Texas (1964)*

The 1860 Census, Sabine County, Texas (1965)*

Postmasters of Sabine County, Texas 1845-1930 (1964)

Index to the Cemeteries of Sabine County, Texas, 1836-1964 (1964)*

A Centennial History of Littleton Fowler Lodge, no.305 A.F.A.M., Hemphill, Texas, 1868-1968, Sabine County, Texas (co-authored with William Tellis Parmer) (1968)*

The 1850 Census, San Augustine County, Texas (1965)

The 1860 Census, San Augustine County, Texas (1968)*

The Post Offices & Postmasters of San Augustine County, Texas, 1845-1930 (1964)*

Index to the Cemeteries of San Augustine County, Texas (1964)

The 1850 Census, Shelby County, Texas (1963)*

The 1860 Census, Shelby County, Texas

The Post Offices & Postmasters of Shelby County, Texas, 1845-1930 (1964)*

Our Dead, Index to the Cemeteries of Shelby County, Texas, 1838-1964 (1966)*

History of Concord Baptist Church, Shelby County, Texas, 1849-1940

History of Hamilton Church (East Hamilton) Shelby County, Texas (1846)

Index to the Marriage Records of Shelby County, Texas, 1882-1936, in 2 volumes. (1967)*

Book No.1, Index of Shelby County Brides

Book No.2, Index of Shelby County Bridegrooms

Soldiers from Shelby County in the U.S.-Mexican War, 1846-1848

Confederate Soldiers of Shelby County, Texas

Students who have Attended Center Public Schools, 1887-1965 (1965)*

Shelby County Election Returns, 1882-1964

History of Early Shelby County, Texas, schools (1966)*

Minutes of Ramah Baptist Church, Shelby County, Texas, 1874-1960 (microfilm)

All Center High School Annuals, 1904-1964 (microfilm)

Tenaha, Texas High School Annuals, 1946-1965(microfilm)

1915 Rural School Census, Shelby County, Texas (1967)

Hangings in Shelby County, Texas (1966)*

History of Fellowship Community and Baptist Church (by Anne Taylor Irish, 1939) (Reprinted 1967)

Index to the Old Logansport, Louisiana Cemetery, 1836-1964 (1965)*

1850 Census of Sabine Parish, Louisiana (compiled by Sabine Public Library) (1966)*

An Indexed copy of the Cemetery Records of Sabine Parish, Louisiana (by Clara Long Knott) (1966)*

Marriage Records of Sabine Parish, Louisiana, 1843-1900(by Elizabeth Byles McComic) (1966)*

Beulah Methodist Church, Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, 1860-1964 (1965)*

De Soto Parish History and Cemetery Records (by J. A. H. Slawson) (1967)*

1967 Catalog of East Texas and West Louisiana Genealogical Publications (1967)

Subject/Index Terms

Center (Tex.) -- History -- Sources
Families -- Texas, East
Family records
Genealogy
Sanders, J. B. (John Barnette), 1903-1980 -- Correspondence
Texas, East -- History -- Sources

Administrative Information

Repository: East Texas Research Center

Access Restrictions: Open for Research

Separated Materials:

Map Case 3, Drawer 791-820 – Closed Stacks

1) Brochures for Benbrook, Garza Little Elm, Grapevine, and Lavon Dams and Reservoirs (1948-1950)

2) Texas Offshore Lease Map (1965)

3) “Massacre at High Noon,” Houston Chronicle, August 7, 1966, pp.24-25. Articles on the August 1, 1966 shooting by Charles Joseph Whitman from the University of Texas Tower.

4) The Villager, June 1, 1876. Amesbury & Salisbury Mills, MA newspaper

5) Tenaha Messenger, July 23, 1909

Champion Newspapers – Closed Stacks

1) The Champion Supplement, August 7, 1929

Preferred Citation: [Item], J. B. Sanders Research Collection, East Texas Chapter Records (A-273), East Texas Research Center, Ralph W. Steen Library, Stephen F. Austin State University.


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Series 1: ResearchAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: “A” – Hendrick Arnold; Abbot Family (negative); Aloy Family; and Selina AdkinsAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Abernathy FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: A Legend of Caddo Lake by Alonzo P. Hope and edited by V. H. Hackney (Marshall National Bank, 1965) [poem]Add to your cart.
Folder 4: “Ancestor Hunting” by Mildred S. Watkins, Shreveport Journal (1963-1964)Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Anderson County TrailsAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Anderson Family (see Brittain as well)Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Antioch ChurchAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Armstrong FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: "B" - Bagwell Family ResearchAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: William Acie Baggett Death CertificateAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Baker FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Baldwin FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Baptist Church Associations, etc.Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Barbour County, Alabama – Roster of the “Barbour Yankee Hunters"Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Barnhill FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Bazer Family (prints and negatives)Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Beauchamp FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Adam J. Bennett Family BibleAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: William J. Blake FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Blankenship FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Bogard Family (see Burleson and Blankenship as well)Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Bolton-Askins FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Booth Family; and List of Confederate Soldiers of Shelby County, Texas, by Bennie E. Nix (Nacogdoches: J. B. Sanders, 1965).Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Bouland FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Matthew BrinsonAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: Brittain Family (prints)Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Brooks FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Paul Bryan LetterAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: Bullock FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: Burns Family Pedigree ChartsAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: “C” – Carroll Family Bible; Mrs. Phillip Chance Obituary; Calcote Family Bible Record; Cleancy (??) photograph; Civil War gunboat Cairo; George C. Childress article; and Crawford marriages (Panola)Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Carrico FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 33: Center Daily News, November 16, 1903 (prints and negatives) J. B. Sanders Birth Announcement (6 negatives of newspaper)Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Center Daily News, February 23, 1909 (5 negatives)Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Center Daily News, August 20, 1910 (4 negatives and prints); and print of the 8/3/10 Champion, p.2Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Center Daily News, March 9, 1911 – Pictures of persons killed in Mistrot fire in Center (Mann Pinkston) (4 negatives)Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Center Hangings (print and negative of 1906 and 1928 hangings) [graphic imagery]Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Center High School  (negative)Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Center High School; Newsletters (1946); and town photographs (prints)Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Center High School postcardAdd to your cart.
Folder 41: Center Photographs (prints and negatives)Add to your cart.
Folder 42: The Champion, July 20, 1904 (Mann Pinkston) (prints and negatives)Add to your cart.
Folder 43: The Champion, December 7, 1904 (prints and negatives)Add to your cart.
Folder 44: The Champion, August 3, 1910 (prints and negatives)Add to your cart.
Folder 45: The Champion, December 3, 1919 (negatives)  (Mann Pinkston)Add to your cart.
Folder 46: The Champion-Press, June 13, 1894 (negatives and prints) Mann PinkstonAdd to your cart.
(Envelop showed material to be received from Louisiana State Library, April 1963)
Folder 47: The Champion Supplement, August 7, 1929Add to your cart.
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Folder 48: W. Henry ChanceAdd to your cart.
Folder 49: Chapman FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 50: Choate Family (prints and negatives)Add to your cart.
Folder 51: William Clark and FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 52: Confederate Reunions in Center (1 of 2) (prints and negatives)Add to your cart.
Folder 53: Cozart FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 54: Crawford FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 55: Creech Family (negative)Add to your cart.
Folder 56: Crenshaw FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 57: An Historical Sketch by George L. CrocketAdd to your cart.
Folder 58: Dennis Crosby WillAdd to your cart.
Folder 59: "D” – Dill; Dick Dowling; Darnells; James Augustus Davis; Professor A. E. Day; and L. L. DavidgeAdd to your cart.
Folder 60: Ephraim Daggett in Fort Worth; and Fort Worth, 1800 to Now, by Robert K. Taylor (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 1963)Add to your cart.
Folder 61: Dam and Reservoir Brochures – Lavon, Grapevine, Garza Little Elm & BenbrookAdd to your cart.
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Folder 62: Nathan DavisAdd to your cart.
Folder 63: Rudelle Mills DavisAdd to your cart.
Folder 64: De Soto Parish Historical Society Annual Report, 1965-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 65: De Soto Parish, Louisiana Resources and Facilities. Survey by De Soto Parish Development Board (Department of Public Works, Planning Division, November 1949)Add to your cart.
Folder 66: De Soto Parish Police Jurors Birth DatesAdd to your cart.
Folder 67: DoctorsAdd to your cart.
Folder 68: Duke FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 69: East Hamilton (formerly Hamilton) – Photo prints of Hamilton Baptist Church Membership and Minute Book “B” (1861-1866)Add to your cart.
Folder 70: Edwards FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 71: English-McKnight FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 72: “F” – The 25 Flags of Texas (#s 13-25), Houston Chronicle (March 1, 1964)Add to your cart.
Folder 73: The History of Fairplay, Panola County, Texas, by S.T. Allison (Henderson, TX: Park Printing Co.) [typed copy of the text]Add to your cart.
Folder 74: Farrar FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 75: First Baptist Church, Center, Texas – Photograph of a postcard (print and negative of a postcard)Add to your cart.
Folder 76: First M. E. Church, Center, Texas (prints and negatives)Add to your cart.
Folder 77: An Index to the House of Fowler, compiled by Grover P. FowlerAdd to your cart.

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