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  • Name Billington McCarter SANDERS 
    Relationshipwith Regis John CARR
    Born 02 DEC 1789  Columbia County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 12 MAR 1854  Penfield, Greene, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Age 64 years 
    Buried Aft 12 MAR 1854  Penfield Cemetery, Penfield, Greene, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    • Billington McCarthy (sic) Sanders 1833-1840

      Teacher, clergyman, farmer. Born Columbia Co., GA., 2 December 1789; died Penfield, Ga., 12 March 1854. Son of Ephraim and Nancy Sanders. Married Martha Lamar, 17 March 1812. Children: nine, names unknown. Married Cynthia Holliday, 25 February 1824. Children: thirteen, names unknown. Education: Kiokee Seminary; University of Georgia (1806-8); South Carolina College, A.B. (1809).

      Orphaned at the age of ten, Billington Sanders was reared in the home of Ambrose Jones. After graduation from South Carolina College, he taught for two years at Appling Academy in Columbia County and for the next twenty years was a farmer and a preacher, struggling with a health problem involving his lungs. He was baptized at the age of twenty-one (January 1810) by Abraham Marshall at Kiokee Baptist Church. Licensed to preach in 1823, he was ordained in 1825 in order to accept a call to Williams Creek Baptist Church; and the presbytery at his ordination was headed by Elder Jesse Mercer. In 1831 Georgia Baptists invited Sanders to take charge in planning a classical and theological seminary, and on the second Monday in January 1833, Mercer Institute began at Penfield, Ga., "with two double log cabins, with a garret to each for dwelling, dining room and study for both teachers and students." Present were thirty-nine students, seven of whom were studying for the Christian ministry. Sanders had one assistant and his wife to help direct the school. He was superintendent, teacher, steward, and farmer, as well as president. Mercer Institute began as a manual-labor school but in 1838 became Mercer University, which by that time had seven good buildings and ninety-five students. Sanders resigned in December 1839 but continued to serve as treasurer, without salary, for the next five years. He also remained a member of the board of trustees. Sanders served one year (1817) as a representative in the Georgia legislature but was so disenchanted that he vowed never again to participate in politics. His several Georgia pastorates included Penfield, Shiloh, Greensboro, and Griffin. He was clerk for the Georgia Association and moderator for nine years. He was chairman of the executive committee of the Georgia Baptist Convention and served as its president for six years. For a time he was editor of the Christian Index. He and his second wife, Cynthia, lie buried in Penfield Cemetery, where Mercer University was founded. One of his friends said of Sanders, "He is good at everything, he is a good preacher, a good pastor, a good teacher, a good farmer, a good carpenter, a good brick mason - good at whatever he undertakes." To establish Mercer University, another said, "he left the comforts of home, sacrificing his farm and went into the crude new quarters of a log cabin." One admirer noted that "as a preacher he was neither logical nor eloquent, but he was earnest, persuasive, unselfish and very successful in winning people over to his views." His motto was "Owe no man anything." Elder Mercer and B.M. Sanders differed in their judgements in locating Mercer Institute, but Sanders and Greene County prevailed, and the friendship of the two founders continued to the benefit of the school. Writing to Samuel Wait in 1833, Sanders gave this description of the new school: "We are always in school by sun rise, spend in study on an average more than 7 hours per day - besides about 2 at night. . . . I find less difficulty to get the students to labor than to study. I go with them myself - never hesitate to assist them in the most unpleasant part of it. I endeavor to have it considered honorable to volunteer in the most humiliating labor. If something is to be done more disagreeable than common I ask for volunteers. If they hesitate I volunteer myself and ask, who will assist me." He advised Wait, who wished to start a new school, "to begin upon a smaller scale than we did, vary your plans as experience shall dictate, have everything simple and plain, be at no great expense. . . . Our plan is to do without what we cannot pay for." In his valedictory address in 1839 he emphasized substance rather than show and the value of the faculty as of much more importance than buildings.

      Bibliography: Encyclopedia of Southern Baptists, vol. 2; Spright Dowell, A History of Mercer University, 1833-1953 (1958); C.D. Mallary, Living and Dying unto the Lord (1954); Manuscripts and letters, Special Collections, Stetson Library [now Jack Tarver Library], Mercer University, Macon, Ga.

      from: Mercer University Presidents, Georgia Baptist History Depository: Special Collections (Baptist & University Archives) Jack Tarver Library, Mercer University
      @http://tarver.mercer.edu/archives/MercerPresidents/sanders.htm, February 4, 2005
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    • Billington McCarter Sanders

      Born December 2, 1789, in Columbia Co., GA, he died March 12, 1854, at Penfield, Greene Co., GA. He first married Martha Lamar of Columbia County on March 17, 1812; they had nine children. His second wife was Cynthia Holliday of Lincoln County; they had thirteen children. Baptized by Abraham Marshall in January 1810 into Kiokee church, he later joined Union (Warren) where he was licensed to preach in 1823. At the request of Williams Creek church he was ordained in January 1825. Sander's education began at Kiokee Seminary, was continued at the University of Georgia, and was completed at the University of South Carolina where he was graduated December 4, 1809. After teaching school two years, he spent the next twenty years farming.
      When Mercer Institute was establish in 1833 he was chosen president. "At once he began to discharge the duties of landlord, farmer, teacher, preacher and financial agent." He led Mercer into the status of a college in 1839. He resigned as president that year, but continued to serve in various other positions.
      In Georgia Association he served as clerk four terms (1832, 1833, 1834, 1847) and moderator nine terms (1840-1846, 1848, 1850). For six terms he was president of the Georgia Baptist Convention. He was a delegate from Georgia to both the Triennial and south Baptist conventions.
      "As a preacher he was neither logical nor eloquent; but he was earnest and persuasive, and abundantly successful in winning souls to Christ."
      C.D. Mallary's memorial sermon at the convention which met in Washington in April 1854 was printed by the souther Baptist Publication Society in Charleston. It was titled "Living and Dying Unto the Lord. A Discourse in Commemoration of The Life, Services and Death of Elder Billington M. Sanders.

      He married ______Lamar. He served as a president of what is now Mercer University. He was the father of Dickerson Sanders.

      from: A History of The Georgia Baptist Association, 1784-1984 by Robert G. Gardner, Charles O. Walker, J.R. Huddlestun, & Waldo P. Harris, III, (Atlanta, Georgia Baptist Historical Society, 1988), pp. 192-193:
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    • "Living and dying unto the Lord. A discourse in commemoration of the life, services and death of Elder Billington M. Sanders"; delivered before the Georgia Baptist Convention at Washington, Wilkes County, GA on Lord's Day, April 23, 1854.

      https://ia600502.us.archive.org/29/items/livingdyinguntol00mall/livingdyinguntol00mall.pdf
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    Person ID I19143  Carr-Scott
    Last Modified 20 APR 2016 

    Family Ancestors Cynthia HALIDAY
              b. 28 OCT 1804
              d. 24 MAY 1887  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 25 FEB 1824 
    Children 
     1. Martha Elizabeth SANDERS
              b. 29 SEP 1827, Penfield, Greene, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 21 MAR 1849, Penfield, Greene, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 21 years)
     2. Billington McCarter SANDERS, Jr.
              b. 23 AUG 1833, Penfield, Greene, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 21 JUN 1883  (Age 49 years)
     3. Mary Ellen SANDERS
              b. 12 MAR 1837, Penfield, Greene, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 21 JUN 1884, Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years)
     4. Dennis N. SANDERS
              b. 04 MAY 1839, Penfield, Greene, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 06 SEP 1897  (Age 58 years)
     5. Caroline Olivia SANDERS
              b. 1841
              d. 1917  (Age 76 years)
     6. Charles Mallory SANDERS
              b. 28 DEC 1843, Penfield, Greene, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 05 JUN 1919, Commerce, Jackson, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     7. Joseph W. SANDERS
              b. 27 JUL 1850, Penfield, Greene, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 09 DEC 1885, Penfield, Greene, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years)
    Last Modified 18 APR 2016 
    Family ID F5830  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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