Elizabeth Saunders (Elkins) (1762 - 1851)

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Birthplace: Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
Death: Died in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Managed by: Erica Isabel Howton, (c)
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About Elizabeth Saunders (Elkins)

From Massachusetts Historical Society - Saltonstall Family Papers - Guide to the collection

Elizabeth Elkins Sanders [or Saunders] (1762-1851) was the daughter of Thomas Elkins and Elizabeth White Elkins of Salem. She was an author and social critic, particularly on issues of injustices to Native Americans and wrongs perpetrated by foreign religious missions. She published Conversations, Principally on the Aborigines of North America (Salem, Mass. 1828); First Settlers of New England (Boston, 1829); and Tract of Missions (Salem, 1844), the last when she was 82. She also published numerous essays of literary criticism.

She married Thomas Sanders [Saunders] in 1782, and was the mother of Charles Sanders (b. 1783); Catherine Sanders [Pickman] (b. 1784); Mary Elizabeth Sanders [Saltonstall] (1788-1858); Caroline Sanders [Saltonstall] (1793-1882); Lucy Sanders (bapt. 1793); and George Thomas Sanders (b. 1804).


  1. http://famousamericans.net/elizabethelkinssanders/
  2. Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of ..., Volume 1.  edited by William Richard Cutter.  Page 324-328 "Thomas Saunders (d 1844) married, 1782, Elizabeth Elkins, an author of note in her day, a woman of admirable qualities of heart and mind. She died February 19, 1851, in her eighty-ninth year. " 8 children
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Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
Age 20
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Essex, Essex, MA, USA
February 29, 1788
Age 26
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Age 31
February 19, 1851
Age 89
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States