I am a descendant of a Sanders family that has been identified through DNA testing to be of Native American heritage. We descend from John W. Sanders, b. <1799> NC.
I have researched and followed Elias Sanders postings due to our confirmed connection to Samuel Blake Sanders, b. 1822 TN, and the possibility that Elias Sanders is Native American, plus the fact that his son's name was Samuel B. Sanders.
It would be great if you did do a DNA test and eliminate or confirm that Elias is of Native American heritage.