John Bartlett Saunders1,2,3

ID# 16573, (1840 - 1873)
FatherReuben Saunders4,5,6 (9 Jun 1808 - 13 Dec 1891)
MotherAdeline S. Roberts5 (abt 1822 - 2 Sep 1852)

Key Events:

Birth: 30 Aug 1840, Wetumpka, Alabama7,8,9
Marriage: Bobella Cobb, 10 Nov 1870, Paducah, McCracken Co., Kentucky4
Death: 16 Aug 1873, Wailuku, Maui, Kingdom of Hawaii10,11,12
Burial: Oak Grove Cemetery, Paducah, McCracken Co., Kentucky13,14

Spouse:Bobella Cobb (3 Sep 1848 - 20 Oct 1922)
     Children:

  • Cornelia Saunders4 (Jun 1872 - 12 Jan 1962)
  • Laura B. Saunders4 (abt 1873 - )
ChartsDescendants of Linah and Rebeccah (Davis) Mims
Descendants of Gideon Cobb

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     John Bartlett Saunders was born on 30 Aug 1840 in Wetumpka, Alabama.7,8,9 John appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of Paducah, McCracken Co., Kentucky, in the household of his parents, Reuben Saunders and Adeline S. Roberts.15 He appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Paducah, McCracken Co., Kentucky, in the household of his father, and his second wife, Rebecca.16
Kamehameha V
from Painting in the Bishop Museum17

     John enlisted 5 Jul 1861 at Camp Boone, Tennessee, as a private in the 3rd Regiment, Kentucky Infantry.18 By 1 Jan 1862 he was acting assistant surgeon of the regiment.19 On 9 Apr 1862 President Jefferson Davis submitted nominations to the Provisional Confederate Congress which included John, as an assistant Surgeon. The nomination confirmed the same day.20,21 He was carried on the rolls as assistant surgeon but it is unclear he actually served, as he was reported as absent, sick, from 1 Apr 1862.22 On 8 Jan 1864 he submitted his resignation, which was accepted on the 29th of that month.23
     After the war he practiced for for a year or two in Paducah, Kentucky.24,25,26 With his health not improving, he went to Southern California thinking the dry climate would be helpful. He settled in Los Angeles, operating a drug business and practicing medicine. His health improved for a time, but he then suffered a relapse.27 He moved to San Francisco, then to the Kingdom of Hawaii, where he did regain his health.27 He married Bobella Cobb, daughter of Robert Livingston Cobb and Cornelia Barbour Mims, on 10 Nov 1870 in Paducah, McCracken Co., Kentucky. Her brother Joshua married his sister Manie the following year.4
     He returned home and married Bobella Cobb, then returned with her to Hawaii, arriving aboard the Moses Taylor on 26 Dec 1870.4
     In Hawaii he became the Court Physician to the King of Hawaii. As such, he treated the royal family and the upper classes. The last King of Hawaii, Kamehameha V, died in 1872, during John Bartlett's term in office, though whether he actually treated the king at that time is unknown.28,29,30,31
     John died on 16 Aug 1873 in Wailuku, Maui, Kingdom of Hawaii, at age 32.10,11,12 He was buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Paducah, McCracken Co., Kentucky.13,14
     At his death the state owed him $900 in salary as traveling physician. That amount was paid to his account in Dec 1873, but was not recovered by his widow for several years.32,33

Citations

  1. [S2314] Oak Grove Cemetery, list of burials, S burials 1800 thru 1999, pg 3, shows name as Dr. John Bartlett Saunders.
  2. [S1073] "John Bartlett Saunders", shows full name.
  3. [S1074] Reuben Saunders household, 1850 U.S. Census, McCracken Co., Kentucky, shows name as John B. Saunders.
  4. [S1073] "John Bartlett Saunders."
  5. [S1074] Reuben Saunders household, 1850 U.S. Census, McCracken Co., Kentucky, shows them apparently living as parent and child.
  6. [S1673] R. Saunders household, 1860 U.S. Census, McCracken Co., Kentucky, shows them apparently living as father and child.
  7. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial # 5858474, John Bartlett Saunders, includes photo of tombstone showing date, town, and state.
  8. [S2314] Oak Grove Cemetery, list of burials, S burials 1800 thru 1999, pg 3, shows date and state.
  9. [S1074] Reuben Saunders household, 1850 U.S. Census, McCracken Co., Kentucky, shows age 10 and state.
  10. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial # 5858474, John Bartlett Saunders, includes photo of tombstone showing date, town, and country.
  11. [S1073] "John Bartlett Saunders", shows date, and practiced at Kahului, Maui until his death.
  12. [S2314] Oak Grove Cemetery, list of burials, S burials 1800 thru 1999, pg 3, shows date a resident of Hawaii.
  13. [S2314] Oak Grove Cemetery, list of burials, S burials 1800 thru 1999, pg 3.
  14. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial # 5858474, John Bartlett Saunders, includes photo of tombstone.
  15. [S1074] Reuben Saunders household, 1850 U.S. Census, McCracken Co., Kentucky.
  16. [S1673] R. Saunders household, 1860 U.S. Census, McCracken Co., Kentucky.
  17. [S3458] Wikimedia Commons, online, shows photograph by Cliff from Arlington, Virginia, originally posted to Flickr, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.
  18. [S3313] J. B. Saunders, Compiled Service Records, Confederate, Kentucky, muster roll card, 19 Aug 1861.
  19. [S3313] J. B. Saunders, Compiled Service Records, Confederate, Kentucky, muster roll card, 23 Oct, 1861 to 1 Jan 1862.
  20. [S2965] United States Congressional Serial Set, Senate Doc. No. 234, 58th Congress, 2nd session, Journal of the Congress of the Confederate States of America, 1861-1865, vol 2, 17 Apr 1862, pp 184-6.
  21. [S1073] "John Bartlett Saunders", shows he was a regimental surgeon in the Confederate Army.
  22. [S3313] J. B. Saunders, Compiled Service Records, Confederate, Kentucky, filed and staff muster roll card, Mar & Apr 1864.
  23. [S3313] J. B. Saunders, Compiled Service Records, Confederate, Kentucky, letter of resignation, J. B. Saunders 8 Jan 1864; and certification 7 Jan 1864, acceptance noted on reverse.
  24. [S4541] "Among the Dusky Ones," The Evansville Daily Courier, shows he practiced for a year or two after returning home.
  25. [S1073] "John Bartlett Saunders", shows he practiced in Paduch for 5 years.
  26. [S1673] R. Saunders household, 1860 U.S. Census, McCracken Co., Kentucky, shows occupation as medical student.
  27. [S4541] "Among the Dusky Ones," The Evansville Daily Courier.
  28. [S3007] Chas. T. Gulick letter to Evertt, 8 Dec 1873, shows Saunders was traveling physician of Maui.
  29. [S3008] Saunders, "Re: Good ol' JB Saunders," e-mail to author, 8 Jul 2009, describes role of the traveling physician.
  30. [S3064] Lawson, Irvin S. Cobb, pg 4, shows he had the title of Court Physician to the King of Hawaii.
  31. [S1265] Wikipedia, online, article "Kamehameha V," viewed 28 Sep 2010, describes Kamehameha V as last King, and gives date.
  32. [S3007] Chas. T. Gulick letter to Evertt, 8 Dec 1873, shows payment to his account.
  33. [S3009] Saunders, "Terry  Re: Saunders genealogy," e-mail to author, 2 Jul 2009, citing microfilms of the disposition of his estate in the Archives, describes delay in the widow recovering the funds.