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Sanders Street
Dr. John Sanders, early settler of Indianapolis

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John H. Sanders was born in Bourbon County, Kentucky in 1791, and lived and worked there before first moving to New Castle and then to Indianapolis in 1829.
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In the spring of 1830, Sanders and Nicholas McCarty (see McCarty Street) bought land on the near southeast side of downtown.  He lived on the land for several years and then sold a portion of his land to Calvin Fletcher.  Sanders also bought three lots on the northwest corner of Market and Illinois streets and built a house which he later sold to the state for use as the governor’s residence.
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In 1839, Sanders and his family moved to Ozark Mountains in Missouri, but returned to Indianapolis two years later and built a house on South Meridian Street.  In 1850, he went to visit his daughter, who at the time lived in New Orleans.  On the return trip home, he was stricken with cholera and died on April 4 aboard a steamer on the Mississippi River.
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He was survived by his wife and several daughters, one of whom was Zerelda Wallace, the wife of former Governor David Wallace, step-mother of General Lew Wallace and one of the nation’s leaders of the women’s suffrage movement.  Another daughter, Jemima, was married to Dr. Richard Gatling , inventor of the Gatling gun.

All photos courtesy of Sergio Bennett.

2 responses to “What’s in a Name: Sanders Street”

  1. basil berchekas jr says:

    Very interesting, especially the notables his daughters married. Saw the street sign showing the intersection of Sanders and Barth. I believe the Barth family was an early settler family that used to farm on the South Side near Pleasant Run, but I don’t know more than that, plus the Carson family that had two family farms…one now close to downtown off South Meridian Street, with state street names like Arizona, etc. The other “Carson farm” was south near Southport, and Carson Avenue connected them. There is a short stretch of that thoroughfare left near the pre-Unigov corporate limits, but I don’t know any more than that.

  2. Libby Cierzniak says:

    Do you know whether John Sanders is related to William Sanders, who built the Sanders-Childers house on Palmer Street? According to various sources, the house dates from the early 1820s and is the oldest remaining private residence in Indianapolis.

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