Malachi Saunders

b. circa 1747, d. circa 1790
  • Malachi Saunders was born circa 1747.
  • He was known as Murphee for his step-father Malachi Murphee, and his childen were named Murphy.
  • Malachi Murphy's will, dated 5 September 1773, was written in Prince Frederick Parish, Craven County, South Carolina. Named in the will as the children of his deceased wife Hannah: Moses Murfee, Malachi Sanders, Nathaniel and James Sanders, Mary Sanders, Massey/Mercy [Marcia], Mercy [Marcia] Pegues, daughter of William Pegues and Elizabeth [Saunders] his Wife deceased; and the Sons and Daughters of the Reverend Nicholas Bedgood and Mary [Saunders] his Wife.
  • He married Sally Jane Knight on 11 August 1775.
  • He married Mary Hicks, daughter of Col. George Hicks and Sarah James, on 14 July 1784 in Cheraw District, South Carolina.
  • Malachi Saunders died circa 1790.
  • Recommended Reading: To family researchers having an interest in the Gibson family, and thus in Hannah Gibson Saunders' descendants, we recommend the following excellent history — The Invisible Line: Three American Families and the Secret Journey from Black to White, by Daniel J. Sharfstein. (New York: Penguin, 2011).
  • Last Edited: 25 Apr 2015

Family 1: Mary Hicks b. say 1759

Family 2: Sally Jane Knight b. say 1755