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: 10 Nov 1870, Paducah, McCracken Co., Kentucky, Bobella Cobb (3 Sep 1848 - 20 Oct 1922)10,11
Death: 16 Aug 1873, Wailuku, Maui, Kingdom of Hawaii12,13
Burial: Oak Grove Cemetery, Paducah, McCracken Co., Kentucky14,15
ChartsDescendants of Linah and Rebeccah (Davis) Mims
Descendants of Gideon Cobb

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Narrative:

     John Bartlett Saunders was born on 30 Aug 1840 in Wetumpka, Alabama.7,8,9
     He appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of Paducah, McCracken Co., Kentucky, in the household of his parents, Reuben Saunders and Adeline S. Roberts.16
     His mother died on 2 Sep 1852, when John was 12 years old.14 He appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Paducah, McCracken Co., Kentucky, in the household of his father, and stepmother, Rebecca. He is listed as a medical student.17
     John attended the University of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia in the 1858-59 session, studying chemistry, medicine, physiology and surgery, anatomy, and botany.18 He graduated from Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 9 Mar 1861 with a degree of Doctor of Medicine. His thesis was on the "Pathology and Treatment of Scarlatina" [scarlet fever].19

Serving in the Confederate Army --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     John enlisted 5 Jul 1861 at Camp Boone, Tennessee, as a private in the 3rd Regiment, Kentucky Infantry.20 By 1 Jan 1862 he was acting assistant surgeon of the regiment.21 On 17 Apr 1862 President Jefferson Davis submitted a group of nominations to the Provisional Confederate Congress which included John, as an assistant Surgeon. The nominations were confirmed by the congress the same day. His was effective 4 Feb 1862.22,23,24
     He was examined by Dr. Thomas F. Clardy, Senior Surgeon, Gen. A. Buford's Brigade in Canton, Mississippi on 23 Nov 1863, who found him unfit for duty because of chronic disease of the lungs. He was then being treated at the officers hospital at Lauderdale Springs.25 On 8 Jan 1864 he submitted his resignation, stating that pulmonary hemorrhage had made him unfit for service, and he believed that "freedom from official duty will more readyly allow me to use means for the restoration of my health." He submitted a second certification from Dr. Clardy, stating that he had been suffering from phthisis pulmonalis [tuberculosis] for 18 months and was unfit for duty. His resignation was passed up the line, but apparently not ultimately approved.26
     He applied for examination to be retired as an invalid 5 Dec 1864, on the grounds that he had suffered from haemoptysis [coughing up blood], extreme emaciation and debility, for 13 months. On 27 Feb 1865 he was officially certified as suffering from those illnesses, contracted in the line of duty. He was classified as permanently disabled, unable to perform any duty, and ordered to report to the military post at Meridian, Mississippi. He was admitted to Way Hospital there on 1 Mar, and to Yandell Hospital 12 Apr 1865.27
     Lt. General Richard Taylor surrendered his command, the Department of Alabama, Mississippi, and East Louisiana, on 4 May 1865, making John a prisoner of war. He was paroled at Meridian, Mississippi in 9 May 1895.28
     After the war he practiced for sereral years in Paducah, Kentucky.29,30 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.31,32 He registered to vote in Los Angeles Co. on 26 Jun 1869.33

Moving to the Kingdom of Hawaii --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     His health improved for a time, but he then suffered a relapse. Seeking a better climate, he went to San Francisco, then to the Kingdom of Hawaii, where he did regain his health.31 He arrived in Honolulu 28 Dec 1869, aboard the S.S. Idaho from San Francisco.34
     John married Bobella Cobb, daughter of Robert Livingston Cobb and Cornelia Barbour Mims, on 10 Nov 1870 in Paducah, McCracken Co., Kentucky, at her parent's residence. Her brother Joshua married his sister Manie the following year.10,11 John and Bobella returned to the Kingdom of Hawaii after their marriage, arriving in Honolulu aboard the S.S. Moses Taylor from San Francisco on 2 Dec 1870.35,36
     In Hawaii he became the traveling physician of Maui, a government position. It has been reported that he was also Court Physician to the King of Hawaii, and as such would have treated the royal family, but no documentation of that has been found.37,38
     He was involved in two business ventures in addition to his medical practice, both in Waiohinu on the island of Hawaii. He held a one-third interest in a general store there operated by the firm of H. Meinecke & Co., of which Heldebert Meinecke was the principal. He held a three-eights interest in Kau Tannery, operated by a Mr. Swain, in which Meincke also held an interest.39,40
     John died on 16 Aug 1873 in Wailuku, Maui, Kingdom of Hawaii, at age 32.12,13 He was buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Paducah, McCracken Co., Kentucky.14,15

Resolving his Estate --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     John died intestate (without leaving a will). Letters of administration for his estate were issued on 11 Sep 1873, to Thomas W. Evertt, after testimony from a witness that he had seen the dead body, that the deceased had left a wife and one child, no will, cash of about $1,800, household furniture, and an interest in a store and tannery worth about $700. The U.S. Consul had been consulted and declined to act in the case. The administrator was ordered to post a bond of $2,500.41
     The final account of the estate was filed on 15 Mar 1875. He reported he had recovered a total of $7,791, from the following sources:
cash in bank $1,194
salary due from government 900
outstanding bills collected 734
sale of drugs and surgical instruments 295
sale of furniture, medical books, outbuildings 668
proceeds from store and tannery 3,130
sale of horses and carriage 549
sale of whiskey and brandy 209
note collected and miscellaneous 108
     After settling accounts due of $164, paying taxes and expenses of $182, and paying $501 for the family's expenses, $6,888 was paid to the heirs, one-third to his widow and two-thirds shared by his daughters and paid to their mother as guardian. The death of his business partner, Heldebert Meinecke, in Oct 1873 at age 25, and the many small accounts at the store, delayed final settlement of the estate.42,43,40

Children:
     Children with Bobella Cobb:

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. [S8325] John B. Saunders, probate packets, notes of clerk 16 Dec 1873, shows her brother Linah testified of date, city, and at their mother's home.
  11. [S8293] Mrs. B. A. James obituary, Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle, shows has her first marriage.
  12. [S8325] John B. Saunders, probate packets, notes of clerk 11 Sep 1873, shows testimony of W. C. Parke shows date and he saw the dead body at Wailuku.
  13. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial # 5858474, John Bartlett Saunders, includes photo of tombstone showing date, town, and country.
  14. [S2314] Oak Grove Cemetery, list of burials, S burials 1800 thru 1999, pg 3.
  15. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial # 5858474, John Bartlett Saunders, includes photo of tombstone.
  16. [S1074] Reuben Saunders household, 1850 U.S. Census, McCracken Co., Kentucky.
  17. [S1673] R. Saunders household, 1860 U.S. Census, McCracken Co., Kentucky.
  18. [S8333] Catalogue of the University of Virginia, pg 19.
  19. [S8327] Annual Announcement of the Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia: Session of 1861-62, pp 4, 7.
  20. [S3313] J. B. Saunders, Compiled Service Records, Confederate, Kentucky, muster roll card, 19 Aug 1861.
  21. [S3313] J. B. Saunders, Compiled Service Records, Confederate, Kentucky, muster roll card, 23 Oct, 1861 to 1 Jan 1862.
  22. [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.
  23. [S8332] Jno. B. Saunders, Compiled Service Records of Confederate General and Staff Officers, and Nonregimental Enlisted Men, Register of appointments card, last dated 30 Jan 1864, shows confirmation and effective dates.
  24. [S1073] "John Bartlett Saunders", shows he was a regimental surgeon in the Confederate Army.
  25. [S3313] J. B. Saunders, Compiled Service Records, Confederate, Kentucky, letter 23 Nov 1863.
  26. [S3313] J. B. Saunders, Compiled Service Records, Confederate, Kentucky, letter of resignation, J. B. Saunders 8 Jan 1864; letter 7 Jan 1864.
  27. [S8332] Jno. B. Saunders, Compiled Service Records of Confederate General and Staff Officers, and Nonregimental Enlisted Men, application 5 Dec 1864; medical certificate 27 Feb 1865; register of Way Hospital card; register of Yandell Hopital card.
  28. [S8332] Jno. B. Saunders, Compiled Service Records of Confederate General and Staff Officers, and Nonregimental Enlisted Men, parole 9 May 1865.
  29. [S4541] "Among the Dusky Ones," The Evansville Daily Courier, shows he practiced for a year or two after returning home.
  30. [S1073] "John Bartlett Saunders", shows he practiced in Paduch for 5 years.
  31. [S4541] "Among the Dusky Ones," The Evansville Daily Courier.
  32. [S8334] John Bartlett Saunders, Great Register of Los Angeles County, shows occupation as physician.
  33. [S8334] John Bartlett Saunders, Great Register of Los Angeles County.
  34. [S8323] Idaho arrival 28 Dec 1869, Records of Passenger Arrivals and Departures.
  35. [S8324] Moses Taylor arrival 2 Dec 1870, Records of Passenger Arrivals and Departures.
  36. [S8293] Mrs. B. A. James obituary, Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle, shows their married life was spent in the Hawaiian Islands.
  37. [S3007] Chas. T. Gulick letter to Evertt, 8 Dec 1873, shows Saunders was traveling physician of Maui.
  38. [S3064] Lawson, Irvin S. Cobb, pg 4, shows he had the title of Court Physician to the King of Hawaii.
  39. [S8325] John B. Saunders, probate packets, report of master 20 Mar 1875, pg 4.
  40. [S8326] H. Meinecke, probate packets, petition for probate, 11 Oct 1873; will, 7 Aug 1873.
  41. [S8325] John B. Saunders, probate packets, order 11 Sep 1873; notes of clerk same date.
  42. [S3007] Chas. T. Gulick letter to Evertt, 8 Dec 1873, shows salary payed to account of deceased.
  43. [S8325] John B. Saunders, probate packets, final account of administrator 15 Feb 1875; report of master 20 Mar 1875.
  44. [S8325] John B. Saunders, probate packets, petition for guardianship 14 Dec 1873.
  45. [S8293] Mrs. B. A. James obituary, Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle.