Hi Sharon - we've got a match! Here's what I have...
George Washington Sanders (1825-1883) married twice.
First wife = Elizabeth Frances Yancey (m. 1843, Shelby Co.,TN) - their children were: Sarah, William H., Martha Bell G., Eujene T, Millie A.E.J, John Washington (my great-grandfather), Mark, Minerva, Laura.
Second wife = Caroline Elizabeth Thorton (widow of James Nelson, who died during the Civil War). George & Caroline's children were: Carrie, Nannie Floyd, Della and Robert Wheeler. GW and Elizabeth were in the 1850 Panola Co. (MS) and 1860 Tippah Co (MS). GW and Caroline are in the 1870 Shelby Co., TN Census: District 13, p. 344. I haven't found GW in the 1880 census (so far). I found a notation for George and Caroline graves (but haven't laid eyes on the site myself):
Source: Gravestone Inscriptions from Shelby County, Tennessee Cemeteries, Vol.1 (1971, Elam):
Oakville Methodist Church (Forest Chapel) Cemetery:
corner of Democrat and Oakville Drive; behind Oakville School on Lamar (this is off I-240 in Memphis)
- December 25, 1825
- March 21, 1883 (Footstone GWS)
Wife of G.W. SANDERS
- Sept. 10, 1842
- Dec. 20, 1878 (Footstone CES)
My grandfather was Ollie Jesse Sanders (son of John Washington Sanders and Minerva Alice Jones)
Hope this helps a little!