Peter Sanders Sr. born in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, in 1792, came to Ohio in 1829, and first settled in Stark County, where he remained six years. In 1835, he came to Ashland County and settled in Lake Township, on the farm now owned by Peter Sanders, Jr. By trade he was a weaver, and worked at that business as long as he lived; he was a member of the German Baptist church. \
In Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, he married Hannah Botenstat. She died in 1867, and he died in 1876, the father of ten children: Peter, Jacob, who married Mary Karns, and lives in Indiana; Fannie, wife of Fleetus Dow; Samuel, who married Sarah Wright, Hannah, wife of George Wolf; George, Henry and Susan, who died when young; Mary and John.