Lt. Col. Peter Hyde SAUNDERS ID#2540, b. 20 September 1748, d. 17 August 1817
Father*John Hyde SAUNDERS1 d. a 1768
Birth*Lt. Col. Peter Hyde SAUNDERS was born on 20 September 1748 in Cumberland County, Virginia.1 
He was the son of John Hyde SAUNDERS.1 
Marriage*Lt. Col. Peter Hyde SAUNDERS married Mary SPARRELL on 31 October 1767.2,1,3

WillIn John Hyde SAUNDERS's will dated 2 February 1768 in Cumberland County, Virginia, Lt. Col. Peter Hyde SAUNDERS was named as an heir.1 
Deed*1770 - Robert Hairston and his sons George and Peter witness a deed between Peter Saunders and Daniel Smith for land in Pittslyvania County, Virginia. - Pittsylvania Deed Book 1, page 62. FSL #7672664 image 246-247.4 
Court Record*Peter Saunders, George Waller, Edmund Lyne and Abraham Penn held the first court in Henry County, Virginia.5,6 
Court RecordOn 20 January 1777, the first county court of Henry County was held. Peter Copeland, Robert Hairston, John Salmon, Edmund Lyne, Abraham Penn, James Lyon, Robert Woods, Jesse Heard, Jonathan Hanby and Peter Saunders. - Henry County Court Order Book 1, page 1. FSL #7898572, image 7.7,6 
WillIn John ROWLAND's will dated 5 July 1780 in Henry County, Virginia, Lt. Col. Peter Hyde SAUNDERS was named as executor; His will mentions "my brother Michael Rowland's eldest son William Roland", "my brother George Rowland", "my wife Mary", "to George Rowland Jr. and William Rowland, sons of Gilbert Roland", "two sons of Joshua Bowls dec'd....their mother Sarah Bowls", Garland Akin, "Mary Isham, wife of James Isham" and Philip and Obedience Ryan. Executors were William Tunstall, Haynes Morgan, Peter Saunders and Josiah Carter. Patrick Henry, John Fountain, John Salmon guardians of Garland Akin. Witnessed by Baldwin Rowland, Henry Barksdale and John Salmon - Henry County Will Book 1, p. 37-39. FSL 7898570-29 NOTE: this is not the first time I have seen a father name a son after his brother and the family starts calling him a junior, as in this case George Jr..8,9
ProbateHe was mentioned in the probate of the estate of John ROWLAND on 29 September 1780 in Henry, Virginia; The will was presented to the court on 29 September 1780 by William Tunstall and Peter Saunders who gave bond with John Fountain and George Hairston. - Henry County Court Order Book 2, page 121. FSL #7898572 image 90.8,9
Military*Was a Lt. Colonel in Revolutionary War.1 
Will*Lt. Col. Peter Hyde SAUNDERS left a will on 15 August 1812 in Franklin County, Virginia. - Franklin County Will Book 2, page 204. Family Search Library Film #7644994, images 368-369.
Death*He died on 17 August 1817 in Franklin County, Virginia, at age 68.1 
Probate*His estate was probated on 1 December 1817 in Franklin County, Virginia.


Mary SPARRELL b. a 1749, d. 25 Nov 1790

Sources (

  1. [S3074] Hale, Nathaniel Claiborne, Roots In Virginia: an Account of Captain Thomas Hale, Virginia Frontiersman, His Descendants And Related Families. With Genealogies And Sketches of Hale, Saunders, Lucke, Claiborne, Lacy, Tobin And Contributing Ancestral Lines. Philadelphia?, 1948., Hathi Trust Digital Library.
  2. [S143] Bible - Robert Hairston 1755-1844. The Holy Bible containing the Old and New Testaments, together with the Apocrypha: Translated Out of the Originial Tongues, and with the Former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised.... Philadelphia, Printed and Published by M. Carey, 1817. State Archives North Carolina 400.1.1.982.
  3. [S27] Early, R H. Campbell Chronicles and Family Sketches: Embracing the History of Campbell County, Virginia, 1782-1926. Lynchburg, Va: J.P. Bell Co, 1927., Personal Collection - printed book.
  4. [S3061] Deed between Peter Saunders and Daniel Smith in Pittslvania, Virginia - 9 June 1770. MSS1H1274b5, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia, unknown repository address.
  5. [S3073] Hill, Judith Parks America, A History of Henry County, Virginia : With Biographical Sketches of Its Most Prominent Citizens and Genealogical Histories of Half a Hundred of Its Oldest Families, Press of Bulletin Printing and Publishing Company, Incorporated, 1925 - Henry County, Va. (THERE ARE MANY ERRORS IN THIS BOOK)
  6. [S22] Hairston, Elizabeth Seawell, The Hairstons and the Penns and Their Relations, Roanoke, Virginia 1940,
  7. [S145] Pedigo, Virginia G. and Pedigo, Lewis Gravely. History of Patrick and Henry Counties, Virginia - Genealogical Publishing Co., 1933 available on - CAUTION - this book was written in 1933 and has many errors regarding the Hairston family., Personal Collection - printed book.
  8. [S3068] Will of John Rowland - 1780 - Henry County, Virginia Will Book 1, page 37-39. Family Search Library Film #7645134, images 29-30.,Family Search Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  9. [S3781] Henry County Virginia Will Book 1-3 1777-1831 - Family Search Library Film 7645134., Family Search Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  10. [S3804] Wingfield, Marshall Pioneer Families of Franklin County Virginia, 1964 The Virginia Book Company., Personal Collection - printed book.
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