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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Folder 1: “G” – J. J. E. Gibson, Col. Walter Gresham, Milton GarrettAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Gismont FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Graves FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: “H” – Heath; Shelby County Historical Society; Sally Harrison; Sarah Ellen Hollis; Gene Haley arrowheads; Virginia Haydens; John Brown Humphreys; Harrison County; H. L. Hunt; and  Thomas Adolphus HawthornAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Hairgrove FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Halbert FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Hanks FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Harper FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Harris FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Jonas HarrisonAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Hendrix FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Hooper Family (Sanders family history)Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Horton FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Houston Post, November 11, 1918 (front page) (Mann Pinkston) (negative)Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Hughes FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Hull FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Hunt Family, Rusk CountyAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Hurst FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: City of Huxley Gas Rates, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 20: “I” - Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation History and Present Program Bulletin, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 21: "J" - Susana Jackson FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Lucille Jasper LetterAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Jennings FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Johnson FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Johnson FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: Jones FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Kay FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: L. W. Kemp, Heroes of San Jacinto, etc.  (Sanders family history)Add to your cart.
Folder 29: William Kimbro FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: King FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: Koonce FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 32: “L” – 1964 Houston Chronicle article on Abraham Lincoln; 1964 True magazine article on Abraham Lincoln; Lincoln, NM courthouse; and Lampley FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 33: L. D. S. Church Mailing AddressAdd to your cart.
Folder 34: Latham FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 35: Louisiana Plantation HomesAdd to your cart.
Folder 36: Lucas FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 37: “M” – Malone Family; and R. W. Mills & Nancy Ann Powell Bible RecordAdd to your cart.
Folder 38: “Mc” – McLendon Family; McCord; Free Masons; McKnight; and McClelland (prints and negatives)Add to your cart.
Folder 39: McAdams FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 40: McMahan’s Methodist ChapelAdd to your cart.
Folder 41: Unbound copy of Memories of Sabine County, Texas, by Robert Austin Gomer, compiled by Helen Gomer Schluter (Center, TX: J. B. Sanders, 1967).Add to your cart.
Missing pages 55 and 57 (The ETRC has the 1984 2nd edition, but this volume does not have the maps or the same pagination)
Folder 42: George MenefeeAdd to your cart.
Folder 43: Miscellaneous – Shelby County map, 1833 Receipt, 1876 Massachusetts newspaper (Oversize – see Separated Materials), 1900 English newspaper (Oversize – see Bundle 1), copy of 1783 Nacogdoches criminal codeAdd to your cart.
See SEPARATED MATERIALS for Massachusetts newspaper and OVERSIZE for the English newspaper.
Folder 44: Miscellaneous Photographs – 4 documents, smashed airplane, old wagon (prints)Add to your cart.
Folder 45: James Sidney MonkAdd to your cart.
Folder 46: Morris FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 47: Morrison FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 48: Muckleroy Family IndexAdd to your cart.
Folder 49: B. H. Munnerlyn Diary, etc.Add to your cart.
Folder 50: Nacogdoches County – Ralph W. Steen 1959 Inaugural Luncheon Program; Historic Nacogdoches brochure; Daily Sentinel Supplement, July 17, 1918 (Election Results); J. E. Mayfield, “Nacogdoches Traditions,” Daily Sentinel (1920s); History-related articles from the Daily Sentinel; 1952 broadside for garden and history tours; Ralph W. Steen 1959 Inaugural Ceremony ProgramAdd to your cart.
Folder 51: Oates FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 52: “The Old Churchyard” – Poem from the family Bible of William Sanford, Center, TXAdd to your cart.
Folder 53: Oliver FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 54: Owens FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 55: Panola County Historical DataAdd to your cart.
Folder 56: PatroonAdd to your cart.
Folder 57: Paul FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 58: Payne Family (photographs and negatives)Add to your cart.
Folder 59: Pearson FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 60: Perkins FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 61: Polley FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 62: Porter FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 63: Post Office under Republic of Texas – Rusk draft, Shelby, Bowie, and Camp Counties (1 of 3)Add to your cart.
Folder 64: Post Office under Republic of Texas – Cass, Cherokee, Delta, Franklin, Harrison, Hopkins, and Lamar Counties (2 of 3)Add to your cart.
Folder 65: Folder 1:Post Office under Republic of Texas – Marion, Morris, Panola, Red River, Rusk, Titus,  and Wood Counties (3 of 3)Add to your cart.
Folder 66: William Tell PouAdd to your cart.
Folder 67: Powdrill FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 68: “R” – Garfield Richards; Moses F. Roberts; and Rowe FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 69: Bernard Gavzer, “The Strange Case of James Earl Ray,” Houston Chronicle (January 19, 1969), 1A-8AAdd to your cart.
Folder 70: Thomas Ardis RayAdd to your cart.
Folder 71: Redding FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 72: Reeder FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 73: Roberts FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 74: Rogers FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 75: Runnels FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 76: “S” – Stephens Family; Cleo Samford; Stor(e)y Family; L. A. Sinclair; F. B. Sexton; and Earl D. SextonAdd to your cart.
Folder 77: Sabine County, Texas (prints, negatives, maps)Add to your cart.
Folder 78: Sabine Parish, Louisiana – Fort Jesup CemeteryAdd to your cart.

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