Sarah Anna Sanders was the daughter of Henry Sanders and Sarah Tucker. Henry Sanders was a physician in Greene County, Alabama and the grandson of a Danish immigrant named Henry Ditmer. Sarah Tucker was the granddaughter of two Revolutionary War heroes, Godfrey Tucker and Stephen Heard.
Stephen Heard was also one of the first Governors of Georgia, who is said to have almost single-handedly held together the government of the state during the revolution in spite of the British controlling most of the land. Heard was born in Virginia in 1741, the son of an Irish immigrant named John Heard, who allegedly had to leave Ireland in a hurry after attacking a Catholic priest with a pitchfork for raising his rent. Stephen Heard left school to serve with his brothers in the French and Indian War, rising to the rank of Captain. He was awarded 150 acres of land in Wilkes County, Georgia for his service, and there he built Fort Heard (now Washington, Georgia) for protection from local natives. When the revolutionary war began, Heard joined the colonists. While absent from his home, his wife Jane Germany, and their adopted child, were forced by British soldiers out of their home and into the cold, where they both died. Heard took part in the Battle of Kettle Creek in Wilkes County, a turning point in the war. He was later captured by the Tories and was being held awaiting execution when one of his slaves, Mammy Kate, and her husband Daddy Jack helped him escape. I have seen two stories regarding the escape. One is that Mammy Kate, who was a very large woman, was allowed to bring her master clean clothes and take his soiled ones for laundering. Heard was a small man, and she was able to conceal him in the basket of laundry and carry him out. The other story is that Mammy Kate and Daddy Jack coerced the guards into letting them have one final visit with their master, bringing along a basket of food for him. They replaced the food with Heard, covered him with a blanket and were able to sneak him out. Whatever the truth, Heard did escape and Mammy Kate and Daddy Jack are buried in the family cemetery with Heard and his children.
After the war, Heard was given 6,850 acres in Wilkes County for his service. This land was cut out from Wilkes County to form Elbert County. Heard built a home called Heardmont there, and remarried to Elizabeth Darden. They had five daughters and four sons. Heard was an early patron of the Moravian school, now Salem College in Salem, NC. He continued in public service until his death in 1815 in Elbert County, Georgia.
|Stone reads: "Sacred to the Memory of Col Stephen Heard. He was a soldier of the American Revolution, and fought with the Great Washington for the liberties of his country."|
|Revolutionary War Memorial in Elbert County, Georgia. The memorial contains the names of both Stephen Heard and Godfrey Tucker|
|Martha Heard Tucker|
|George Tucker, age 14|
|John Tucker, age 12|
|Richard Tucker, age 9|
|Biddie Tucker, age 7|
Several years after Martha's death, Bartlett Tucker married Nancy Boles and had five more children. They eventually all settled in Abbeville, South Carolina, where he died in 1861.
Bartlett and Martha's youngest child, Sarah, was born in 1822. She married Henry John Sanders on January 27, 1842 in Elbert County, Georgia. They had four children, William, Martha, Sarah Anna and Carrie. The family moved to Alabama before 1850, where they stayed for the remainder of Sarah and Henry's lives. Henry died on January 11, 1887 at age 65. Sarah died on December 14, 1896 at the age of 74. They are buried together at Ebenezer Baptist Cemetery in Clinton, Alabama.