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At a Glance

Sarah Elizabeth Sanders married UNC graduate and physician Farquhard [II] Campbell Smith (sometimes spelled  "Farquard,"  whose family owned Lebanon Plantation, site of the Civil War Battle of Averasboro. They were married for 32 years and were the parents of seven children [1].


Sarah Elizabeth  "Bettie"  Sanders and her younger sister Lauretta Winifred Sanders  of Johnston County, NC were the daughters of Ransom Sanders and his second wife, Sarah Campbell. Ransom Sanders was a planter and descendant of early 18th century settlers in what became Johnston County, NC (see additional family history below).. The sisters attended the Burwell School in 1856, the year before it closed.

In 1861, Lauretta Winifred Sanders  married William Stevens Long of Caswell County, NC, but died in 1866 at the age of twenty-four (see her entry in the website). In 1868, Sarah Elizabeth Sanders married UNC graduate and physician Farquhard [II] Campbell Smith (sometimes spelled  "Farquard." 

Farquhard [II] Campbell Smith 's mother was Sarah Slocumb Grady and his father was Farquhard C. Smith, [Sr.], a wealthy planter before the Civil War and large landowner in Cumberland County, NC where his ancestors were among the earliest settlers on the Upper Cape Fear River. Farquhard C. Smith, [Sr.] inherited from his father, Lebanon Plantation, Harnett County, NC where the Civil War battle of Averasboro took place. The house is now a historic site because of its use during the Civil War as a military hospital.

Farquhard Campbell Smith and 7 of his brothers all served in the CSA during the Civil War. Remarkably, none were killed.

After Bettie Sanders and Farquhard [II] Campbell Smith 's marriage, they lived with her widowed mother, Sarah Campbell, in Johnston County, NC. The couple eventually moved to Harnett County, NC (formed from Cumberland County, NC in 1855) where Farquhard [II] Campbell Smith 's family land then lay.He carried on an extensive medical practice there for fifty years.

Sarah Elizabeth Sanders and her husband Farquhard [II] Campbell Smith 's graves lie with their infant daughter Bettie Smith in Sardis Presbyterian Cemetery in Cumberland County, NC

Additional Family History

Sarah Elizabeth  "Bettie"  Sanders' paternal great great grandfather, James Sanders (1713-1764) was born in Nansemond County, VA. He moved to NC and built an estate named Sanders Grove. He is buried in Sanders Grove Plantation Family Cemetery in Johnston County, NC. Her paternal great grandfather, Hardy Sanders (1747-1812) DAR # A099709, James' son, was born on Four Oaks Plantation in Johnston County, NC. He served in the American Revolutionary War and was Captain of a Company of Wake County, NC Militia, obtaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1881. Her paternal grandfather Reuben Sanders (1764-1829) son of Hardy Sanders was also born on Four Oaks Plantation. He was married twice, first to Deliah Hunter and then to Keren Smith. He served in the NC State Senate, representing Johnston County, NC and also as Clerk of Court in Johnston County. Reuben and his wife Keren were the owners of White Oak Plantation. In 1786, Reuben began acquiring land and owned over 6000 acres and 125 slaves at the time of his death. His son, Ransom Sanders Sr. (1797-1844) is Bettie Sanders' father.

Bettie Sanders' maternal great grandfather Farquhard Campbell (ca.1721-ca.1808) DAR # A018577 was born in Islay or Jura, Scotland. He arrived in Cumberland County, NC in 1740. He was married three times, first to Isabella McAllister, to Elizabeth Smith or Whitfield (sources are unclear) and then to Rachel Whitfield. By the end of the 18th century, he was reported to be the wealthiest man in Cumberland County. By 1790, he owned 50 slaves. During the American Revolutionary War, he refused to align himself with either side. By some he was accused of giving aid to both sides before or at the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge, February 1776.

James Campbell (1782-1816) was Bettie Sanders' maternal grandfather. James and his wife, Winifred Turner (1789-1852) had twin daughters Mary Campbell (1814-1886) and Sarah Campbell (1814-1882) who was Bettie's mother, as well as two other children, Elizabeth Campbell (1810-1844) and Farquhard Campbell (1812-1878) [1] [2] [3].

Biographical Data

Sarah was called Bettie.

Important Dates

Sarah Elizabeth Sanders was born on March 1, 1840, in Smithfield. She died on August 10, 1900.

Places of Residence

Schools Attended

  • Burwell School, from 1856. Bettie Sanders and her younger sister Laura Sanders attended the Burwell School in 1856, the year bedore it closed [1].



  1. Mary Claire Engstrom. The Book of Burwell Students: Lives of Educated Women in the Antebellum South. (Hillsborough: Hillsborough Historic Commission, 2007).
  4. Great Granddaughter of Farquard Campbell Smith