1.DNA proven. 2.Robert Wards will. 3.Joseph Hackney"s (Mary Ward Sanders grandfather)will.
Robert Ward had sons Henry Ward and Hiram Ward. Mary named her sons Henry Ward and Hiram Sanders.
Mary's sister Franky who married Joseph C. Burke also moved to Tallapoosa Co. Al.after the death of her husband. You will find many Wards and Foshee's in Tallapoosa Co.
The list of James and Mary's children are:
Joseph Sanders 1797-1843
John W. 1800-
Amy Pless -1810-1885
William G.1816- After 1870
Hiram W. 1817-1895
Mary Ann 1819
Henry Ward Sanders 1821-1867
Martha 1822- married John Buce Martha is the daughter enumerated on the 1840 Census in Mary's household. All the other daughters were already married. Martha didn't marry John Buce until 1843.
I am a DNA project administrator for FamilyTree DNA and have taken many tests (family finder) and match not only these Sanders but Wards and Hackneys.
Hope this sheds a little light on these Sanders.