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Romulus Mitchell Saunders

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Milton, Caswell County, North Carolina, United States of America, Milton, Caswell County, North Carolina, United States
Death: April 21, 1867 (76)
Raleigh, Wake Co., NC, Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina, United States
Place of Burial: Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina, United States of America
Immediate Family:

Son of Capt William Saunders and Elizabeth Saunders (Mitchell)
Husband of Rebecca Payne Saunders and Anna Hayes Saunders
Father of Judge Camillus Bradford Saunders; Rebecca Saunders; James Franklin Saunders; Anne Paine Saunders; Margaret Madeline L'Engle and 5 others
Brother of Alethia Lethe Saunders and Franklin Sanders
Half brother of Ethelbert Watkins Saunders and Judge Lafayette Saunders

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About Romulus Mitchell Saunders

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Romulus Mitchell Saunders (3 March 1791 – 21 April 1867) was an American politician from North Carolina. Saunders was born near Milton, Caswell County, North Carolina. He was the son of William Saunders and Hannah Mitchell Saunders, attended Hyco and Caswell Academies and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was a lawyer, legislator, Speaker of the North Carolina House of Commons, U.S. Representative from 1821 to 1827, North Carolina Attorney General, North Carolina Superior Court Judge, and the unsuccessful Democratic Party nominee for Governor in 1840 (losing soundly to John Motley Morehead). President James K. Polk appointed him to minister to Spain (1846–1849).

Saunders served on the University of North Carolina Board of Trustees for forty-five years. Saunders first married Rebecca Peine Carter on 27 December 1812. They had five children-James, Thomas Franklin, Camillus, Anne Pine, and Rebecca. After her death, he married Anne Heyes Johnson (daughter of Supreme Court Justice William Johnson (judge)) on 26 May 1823. They had six children—Louis McLane, William Johnson, Sarah E., Margaret Madeline, Jane Claudia, and Julia A. His daughter, Jane Claudia Saunders Johnson, was the wife of Confederate General Bradley Tyler Johnson.) He died 21 April 1867, at Elmwood, his home at Raleigh, North Carolina, and is buried in the Old City Cemetery.[1] He is believed to have resided at Longwood early in his career.[2] Elmwood was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975 and Longwood in 1976.[3]

According to biographer H. G. Jones, "He was a man of considerable ability and talent, but he was rough-hewn in his appearance and speech, often intemperate in his statements, and intensely partisan in his associations. He was popular among the rank-and-file Democrats, but his inveterate pursuit of public office eventually diminished his influence among party leaders."

Carolina Hall, formerly known as Saunders Hall, on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill was often thought to have been named after Romulus M. Saunders. Instead, it was named for William L. Saunders. Wikipedia



Info added per DAR's "Lineage Book of the Charter Members" by Mary S Lockwood and published 1895





Biography

Honorable Romulus Mitchell Saunders, Esq was born on March 3, 1791, in Milton, Caswell County, North Carolina, USA, Milton, Caswell County, North Carolina, United States. His parents were Capt William Saunders and Elizabeth Saunders.

Romulus married Rebecca Payne Saunders on December 22, 1812, in Caswell Co., NC. Together they had the following children:

Romulus married Anna Hayes Saunders on June 10, 1823, in Charleston. Together they had the following children:

He died on April 21, 1867, in Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina, USA, Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina, United States, and was buried in City Cemetery, Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina, USA. Reference: Find A Grave Memorial -






  • Reference:

Appletons' Cyclopedia of American Biography, 1600-1889 for Romulus Mitchell Saunders Vol V: Pickering - Sumter

Saunders died on April 21, 1867, and is buried in the Old City Cemetery, Raleigh, North Carolina.

Romulus M. Saunders was the father of Jane Claudia Saunders Johnson, wife of Maryland CSA General Bradley T. Johnson. He was instrumental in helping his daughter secure supplies and uniforms for her husband's Confederate Maryland troops (of the 1st & 2nd Maryland Infantry, CSA.)

Note: Many mistakes were made for the Saunders lineage on The Alabama, Surname Files Expanded, 1702–1981- follow the original documentation only.

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Romulus Mitchell Saunders's Timeline

1791
March 3, 1791
Milton, Caswell County, North Carolina, United States of America, Milton, Caswell County, North Carolina, United States
1817
1817
Raleigh, Wake, North Carolina, United States
1817
North Carolina
1819
1819
North Carolina
1820
1820
North Carolina
1830
March 14, 1830
Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
1832
March 8, 1832
Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina, USA, NC, United States
1835
January 3, 1835
North Carolina