Sanders found laboring work with the Norfolk and Western Railway from 1909. While working on the railroad, he met Josephine King of Jasper, Alabama, and they were married shortly afterwards on June 15, 1909 in Jasper, Alabama. They would go on to have 3 children, Margaret Josephine Sanders, born March 29, 1910 in Jasper, Alabama and died October 19, 2001 in West Palm Beach, Florida, Harland David Sanders Jr. on April 23, 1912 in Tuscumbia, Alabama, who died in September 15, 1932 in Martinsville, Indiana from infected tonsils, and Mildred Marie Sanders Ruggles, born October 15, 1919 in Jeffersonville, Indiana and died September 21, 2010 in Lexington, Kentucky. He then found work as a fireman on the Illinois Central Railroad, and he and his family moved to Jackson, Tennessee. By night, Sanders studied law by correspondence through the La Salle Extension University. Sanders lost his job at Illinois after brawling with a colleague. While Sanders moved to work for the Rock Island Railroad, Josephine and the children went to live with her parents.