Interim Content

Sanders, Ellis Mendenhall


5 Dec. 1808–15 Jan. 1873. Farmer. Born near Stanton, New Castle Co., Delaware. Son of Ellis Sanders and Hannah Mendenhall. Married Rachel Broome Roberts, 8 Nov. 1830, in Chester Co., Pennsylvania. Baptized into Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by William A. Moore, 18 Sept. 1843, in Wilmington, New Castle Co. Served as Delaware delegate at convention to select JS as U.S. presidential candidate, 17 May 1844, in Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois. Ordained an elder, May 1844, in Nauvoo. Presided over church at Wilmington upon his return. Moved to Nauvoo, May 1845. Ordained a high priest by Isaac Morley and Samuel Bent, 18 Dec. 1845, in Nauvoo. Served as bishop at what became Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie Co., Iowa Territory, beginning 17 July 1846. Moved to Winter Quarters, unorganized U.S. territory (later in Omaha, Douglas Co., Nebraska), 1846. Arrived in Salt Lake Valley, fall 1848. Served colonizing mission with family to southern Utah Territory, 1862, and settled in St. George, Washington Co., Utah Territory. Served as Washington Co. assessor, collector, road supervisor, and water master. Died at St. George.