John Gillis Sanders

12 August 1891–1 June 1953 (Age 61)
Springhill, Clay, Alabama, United States

The Life of John Gillis

When John Gillis Sanders was born on 12 August 1891, in Springhill, Clay, Alabama, United States, his father, William Bryan Sanders, was 31 and his mother, Buena Vista Gillis, was 20. He married Tessa Anna Wheeler-Wellborn on 19 June 1922, in Pike, Alabama, United States. He lived in Troy, Pike, Alabama, United States for about 20 years. He died on 1 June 1953, in Mobile, Mobile, Alabama, United States, at the age of 61, and was buried in Pine Crest, Jefferson, Alabama, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Gillis Sanders
Tessa Anna Wheeler-Wellborn
Marriage: 19 June 1922

Spouse and Children

19 June 1922
Pike, Alabama, United States

Parents and Siblings




    Helen Saunders


    Dennis Sanders



    Winnie Davis Saunders


World Events (8)

1895 · Alabama State Flag is Adopted

Age 4

Alabama adopted its state flag on February 16, 1895. Act 383 of the Alabama state legislature states, “The flag of the State of Alabama shall be a crimson cross of St. Andrew on a field of white.”
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 5

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
1908 · The Bureau of Investigation is formed

Age 17

Known as the National Bureau of Criminal Identification, The Bureau of Investigation helped agencies across the country identify different criminals. President Roosevelt instructed that there be an autonomous investigative service that would report only to the Attorney General.

Name Meaning

English, Scottish, and North German: patronymic from Sander 1.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • John G Sanders, "United States Census, 1930"
  • J. Hillis Sanders, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Gillis Sanders in household of William B Sanders, "United States Census, 1920"

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