Julia Sanderson was the mother of John Jr., Carl Sanderson and Alicia Sanderson. She was dying from a terminal illness and asked Charles to find a suitable home for her children. After she died Charles struggled to find a home for them. Fortunately Mr. Edwards and Grace Snider agreed to adopt all three children so they would not be separated from one another. Having lost both parents, the children were grateful to be able to stay together with the Edwards' as their children.