Sorry I did not reply sooner. I was not notified that someone had replied to my query.
If you are certain that Stephen Sanders was not the son of James and was born in Halifax Co., NC then it is not likely he connects with my line of Sanders, and I will spare you the details.
The person I am really intrigued about is Julius Sanders. In the 1820's in Wilson Co., he lived near Richard Saunders, a brother of my great (x3) grandfather, William Sanders. In 1830 in Hayward Co. he is listed on the same page as Brice H. Sanders, my great (x2) grandfather's oldest son from his first marriage. In 1840 he is in Monroe Twp. of Sevier Co., AR; my great (x2) grandfather, Thomas Sanders, was living in the neighboring Township of Franklin. In addition, every generation of my ancestors had someone named Julius Sanders living near them: Albemarle, VA circa 1750; Bedford, VA circa 1800; and Sumner, TN circa 1790. I have long suspected a relation, but have yet to find proof of one.
Someone on the Sanders surname DNA Project (FTDNA) lists Julius as his earliest known ancestor, and we do not match. But, from previous experience with other DNA projects (I am the contact person and sponsor of two donors in the Brown Surname Project) I have become accustomed to the idea that claims donors make are often based on faulty research, and I can't help but wonder if that is the case with this donor.
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