with the generous help of Gerry Merrick, Ken Nichols, and numerous other researchers
|Sanders / McDonald
- these are my grandparents so you can work back from this generation
Sanders / Gay - the English line
- these are the earliest ancestors from the Sanders line of Devon
| Doble / Good / Merrick
- these are the earliest ancestors from Ireland
William Bertram Sanders & Verna May McDonald
I am Irish on my Mother's side - both her father and her mother - with a little bit of Scottish and English thrown in the mix. This generation is where my lines from Quebec and my lines from Ontario cross. This is also where the Irish and the Scottish are mixed together.
For more information on the ancestors of Verna please follow this link.
William Bertram, or Bert as he was called, was born in Ontario in 1904. His father was J.J. (John James) Sanders - the English gentleman with an Irish mother. His mother was Catherine Merrick, with Irish roots in County Mayo.
Choiceland history book on-line
Bert and Verna were married in 1926 in Vanscoy, Saskatchewan with a honeymoon overnight in Saskatoon. Bert ran the general store in Vanscoy with his mother Catherine while his father ran the general store in White Fox. Prospects must have looked better in Choiceland as Bert and Verna moved there in 1946 and raised a family of six children.
and her husband Obituary for John Wall 1929 - 2011
John James Sanders & Catherine Ann Merrick
J.J. was born in Brock Township, Ontario and married late in life. While still unmarried, he appears in the 1881 census at 14 years, the 1891 census as a School Teacher, 24 years old, and the 1901 census at 34 yrs as a General Merchant, living with his mother and sister.
J.J. parents were Joseph Sanders and Bridget Golden
J.J. in the 1901 census - scroll down to the highlighted line. To view the actual census image go to the top of the page and click split screen.
Catherine Ann Merrick
Catherine was born in Scott Township, Ontario and also married late. She appears with her family in the 1881 and 1901 census.
Catherine's parents were William Merrick and Maria Golden
Children of J.J. Sanders and Catherine Merrick
William Bertram "Bert" Sanders m. Verna May McDonald
Earle Goldwin Sanders b. about 1906, died May 21 1936 in White Fox, Saskatchewan
James "Harvey" Sanders b. 1907, died Mar 28, 1946 during a fire in the Sanders general store. He married Madelaine Oliver from Kansas. They had no children and were divorced about 1944