Confederate pensioner is topic at Monday meeting of Sumter Genealogical Society

BY IVY MOORE
Special to The Sumter Item
Posted 10/12/18

The story of a local African-American Confederate pensioner will be the topic at Monday's meeting of the Sumter County Genealogical Society. The society and guests will meet at 7:30 p.m. at Swan Lake Presbyterian Church, 912 Haynsworth St., to hear …

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Confederate pensioner is topic at Monday meeting of Sumter Genealogical Society

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The story of a local African-American Confederate pensioner will be the topic at Monday's meeting of the Sumter County Genealogical Society. The society and guests will meet at 7:30 p.m. at Swan Lake Presbyterian Church, 912 Haynsworth St., to hear William Sanders' presentation on his ancestor, Nina L. Sanders Brown.

According to her 1919 application for a pension, Brown's husband, R. Sebastian Brown, served under Capt. James Span in Company G, Hampton's Legion and in Company K, 7th Regiment, South Carolina Cavalry. Married to Nina Sanders Brown since 1879, Sebastian Brown died in January 1918. At the time of her application, Nina Brown lived in Borden.

The S.C. Attorney General approved the application on May 23, 1919. Brown, who was 69 years old at the time of her application, received a pension as widow of a Confederate veteran until her death in 1925.

Brown's mother, Agnes Sanders, had lived on property she owned on the old Providence road near Rembert. Brown and her mother are buried at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church of Rembert, according to Edwin W. Sanders, a deacon and clerk of the church.

Presenter William Sanders is the son of the late John W. Sanders and Pearline Alston and a 1967 graduate of Ebenezer High School. He served a tour in Vietnam and later graduated from Morris College. The 33-year military veteran said his research on Nina Sanders Brown was inspired by records in the Bible of his grandfather, Edwin W. Sanders.

William Sanders is a member of the Historical Commission of Sumter County and the Sumter County Genealogical Society. He is married to the former Peggy E. Richardson, and they are the parents of four children.

The Sumter County Genealogical Society meets monthly from September through May. Visitors are welcome and encouraged to attend. Admission is free to the public, and refreshments will be served following the presentation. Those interested may join the society at Monday's meeting or by calling (803) 774-3901. Membership includes nine monthly newsletters during the year and free use of the Sumter County Genealogical Society Research Center. Annual dues are $30 for an individual membership and $35 for family. Call the society's research center for more information at (803) 774-3901.