Lee County Biography

Henry Sanderson
Lee Township


Henry A. Sanderson, farmer, section 29, Milan Township, is the owner of 6o acres of the undivided estate which was once a portion of his father’s homestead, and he is also the proprietor of 8o acres of land on section 20. The entire amount in both tracts is under ex­cellent improvement. He is the son of Sander H. and Anna (Morland) Sanderson. His father was born March 12, 1825, in Norway, and came to the United States in 1843. He has held the office of Justice of the Peace about 10 years, and other minor offices. He has also been in the mercantile busi­ness, at Lee, Lee County, for about three years: the firm name was S. Sanderson & Son. He died Dec. 1, 1881. His wife, Anna Sanderson, was born May 5, 1832 and died Nov. 24, 1881

Mr. Sanderson is the oldest of 10 children, one of whom died in infancy. His birth occurred Oct. 14, 1851, in La Salle County, and he remained an inmate of his paternal home until the death of his father and mother, and has since continued there resident.

He was married Jan. 17, 1884, in York Township, Green Co., Wis., to Melinda Nessa. Mrs. Sanderson is the daughter of Nels and Isabella (Moland) Nessa. Her parents were born in Norway, where they were married, and in 1854 emigrated to the United States. Their daughter was born in Norway, Nov. 24, 1853. On first coming to America they fixed their residence in Green Co., Wis., and are still living in York Town­ship. They have reared a family of eight children, of whom Mrs. Sanderson is third in order of birth, and three of her brothers and sisters are deceased.

Politically, Mr. Sanderson is a Republican, and both he and his wife are members of the Lutheran Church.

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