Candis Lee Cattley-Sanders & Related Families

Research & Extraction by:  Candis Lee Cattley-Sanders,  
Copyright [1990-2006] All rights reserved© Updated Aug 2007

You have only a "window in time" and tomorrow it might be to late. Researcher: Candis Lee Cattley-Sanders for the Sanders family, Copyright [1990-2006] All rights reserved©

Email: candissanders@bctonline.com



An open letter to descendants of Louise Irene "Lou C." Prince...

This family at this date of Aug 2007 have a window of opportunity to do a DNA test of the known female (mother to daughter) descendants of Martha Jane Nunley the known daughter of Delilia Sanders and test the known female (mother to daughter) descendants of Louise Irene "Lou C." Prince and compare these 2 test results to determine if Delila Sanders is the mother of Louise Irene "Lou C." Prince.

The information from a family that claims a link into Southerland "Southey" Sanders/sp Nancy Summers through their daughter, Delila Sanders b. 4 Jul 1834, Franklin Co., TN, d. 1884, Pulaski, Giles, TN and her marriage 28 Mar 1852 to William Carrol Nunley b. 1829, Warren Co., TN, d. Jun/Jul 1870, Lewisburg, Marshall, TN. Has conflicting information found through "oral history" from Lou C. Prince, aka, Louise Irene, b.1874, Pulaski, Giles, TN and on her (considered a secondary source of information) death certificate dated 16 Jan 1952, TX and gives her father as ___ Nunley. Also on one marriage certificate she is giving her maiden name as Nunley m. Wooley.

The next information found is the 1880 Giles Co., TN for Lou C. Prince gives her as the Daughter of Isaac Prince:

On this census Martha Jane Nunley (step-daughter) is by 1886 married to Jeremiah Lee Prince (not shown on this census) son of Isaac Prince by his 1st wife Sarah Dean (d. 1874/5)

1st wife of Sarah Dean m. abt 1847

2nd wife Delila Sanders m. 1879

3rd wife Betsey Hobbs m. 1885

4th wife Ellen Howell m. 1887

Now in following Delila Sanders back to 1870 census Lewisburg, Marshall, TN: 

Delila Nunley a widow on this census does show the claim of William Carrol Nunley is not  the father of Lou C. Prince as Delila did not remarry until 1879 to Isaac Prince on Lou C. Princes death certificate (considered a secondary source of information).

Starting with the 1850 Census and using the ages there for b. years and following up to the last census for Sarah Dean to be the mother of Lou C. Prince and using no family information for the b. years, to show the age of Sarah to be still young enough to be her mother in 1874.

Isaac Prince b. 1824, TN m. Sarah Dean b. 1831

1. Elizabeth b. 1849 (Sarah age 18 at birth of this child)

2. James b. 1852 (Sarah age 21 at birth of this child)

3. Mary b. 1855 (Sarah age 24)

4. Hardy b. 1857 (Sarah age 26)

5. Margaret b. 1860 (Sarah age 29)

6. Jeremiah Lee b. 1863 (Sarah age 32)

7. William R. b. 1868 (Sarah age 37)

8. Lou C. aka Louise Irene b. 1874 (Sarah age 43)

Sarah Dean by age is the mother of Lou C. Prince by Isaac Prince and is not the daughter of William Carrol Nunley/sp Delila Sanders.

With no birth certificate (primary source) for Lou C. Prince to back up the death certificate (secondary source) this family of descendants of Lou C., aka Louise Irene, Prince can not prove the information on her death certificate.



Source:  http://genealogy.about.com/library/lessons/blintro4d.htm

...Introduction to Genealogy

Lesson 4d: Death Records

Death records are primary source records because they are completed at, or close to, the time of the death by someone who was present at the death. Death records are especially helpful, because they are the most recent record available about an ancestor and may often exist for persons who have no birth or marriage records. The validity of information on death certificates can be a little tricky, however, because information on the deceased individual (other than the time, date and place of death) is provided by someone who knew the deceased (an informant). Therefore, a death certificate is considered a secondary source for information such as the birth place, birth date and parents' names of the deceased....



Source: Tennessee Archives & Library, microfilm #74, Volume 2 1832-1837, p. 382.

Another point for doubting the "oral" information from Lou C. Prince is this family has added a 1st name to Delila Sanders but She has a  Court: Certificate of Birth for Triplets of George Washington Sanders, Delila Sanders, Telitha Sanders, 4 Jul 1834, , Grundy, Tennessee, USA. 20 It appearing to the satisfaction of the Court that Nancy Sanders, wife of Suddy Sanders, had at one birth on the fourth day of July 1834 three children which are now alive, to wit: George Washington Sanders, Delila Sanders, and Telitha Sanders. Where upon it is ordered by the Court that the said Suddy Sanders, the father of said children, receive a certificate thereof. Source: Franklin County, Tennessee, County Court Minutes.

I don't see any Mary with the name of Delila Sanders, a triplet. The research does show that Delila Sanders had a sister named Mary Emiline Sanders.



This family at this date of Aug 2007 have a window of opportunity to do a DNA test of the known female (mother to daughter) descendants of Martha Jane Nunley the known daughter of Delilia Sanders and test the known female (mother to daughter) descendants of Louise Irene "Lou C." Prince and compare these 2 test results to determine if Delila Sanders is the mother of Louise Irene "Lou C." Prince.

As a Sanders Family researcher it is not my responsibility to prove/disprove a family connection in the above situation. I do help those that are trying to prove their own links into the family by researching with the use of documentation to further their knowledge about their families and if the results are found that they are, by combining their research and mine, "they are part of this family", then I have helped to link them to this family. But in the above case of which is the correct mother, Sarah Dean or Delila Sanders and the DNA is the only way to prove it, it is not my responsibility to follow through with the test to prove any link, nor do I feel any responsibility to continue the research when this type of problem arises. I have found in this case that even to help to find the descendants of Martha Jane Nunley/sp Jerimiah Lee Prince would/could help as this is the responsibility of the descendants of either questioning family.

You have only a "window in time" and tomorrow it might be to late. Researcher: Candis Lee Cattley-Sanders for the Sanders family, Copyright [1990-2006] All rights reserved©


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