|Birth: ||Aug. 28, 1791|
|Death: ||Sep. 17, 1869|
In the story of the life of David's father,Ebenezer Sanderson, written in ,The Vermont Historical Gazetteer "A History of each Town" Vol II, published in 1871,pg 233 the author Sarah E.Felton takes a deposition from, Mrs Harriet Sanderson Tenney (David's sister)of Orwell VT.Harriet Tenney was the 2nd oldest daughter of,Ebenezer Sanderson.She gave the account to,Sarah E Felton right before her death in 1871.In it she chronicles her families migration across three states. Combining this,Ebenezer Sanderson's Revolutionary War,DAR,state,town,bible and federal census records along with a hand written Sanderson genealogy passed down in the family,the following is short history of David Sanderson and his family.......
David Sanderson was named after his paternal grandfather who was born June 4,1715 in Watertown,Massachusetts.The elder,David Sanderson married,Abigail Jones on May 11,1743 in Weston,Ma.Prior to relocating to Petersham,Massachusetts in 1745,the elder,David Sanderson and his brother,Nathaniel Sanderson had purchased adjoining farms there in 1741.On Oct 6,1745 David Sanderson and his wife Abigail Jones were dismissed from their church in Weston,Ma to the Church in Nechawog. (The name of Petersham,Ma,before it was incorporated).Once in Petersham the elder David Sanderson and his wife Abigail Jones had a total of eight children. Ebenezer Sanderson was born June 8,1752 and was their fourth child.The elder David Sanderson's parents were Deacon Jonathan Sanderson Jr and Abigail Fisk Sanderson of Watertown,Ma.The Sanderson's were early settlers of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.Settling on property at "Piety Corner" a part of Watertown,Massachusetts, which would someday be set off as Waltham.The above mentioned Jonathan Sanderson Jr was the oldest son of Deacon Jonathan Sanderson Sr, and his wife Abiah Bartlett Sanderson, of Watertown,Ma.It was Jonathan Sanderson Sr's father,Edward Sanderson who with his brother,Colonial silversmith,Robert Sanderson who had come to America in about 1638.Thus making David Sanderson ,the subject of this biography,the 3rd great grandson of,Edward Sanderson the immigrant.
In 1775, David's father,Ebenezer Sanderson joined with his fellow American patriots to serve in the American Revolution and was given the rank of First Lieutenant.One of the most intensive campaigns that,Ebenezer engaged was "General Benedict Arnold's Expedition to Canada",which began in September of 1775 and was described by,Ebenezer as "The terrible march up though the Maine forest to Quebec and that engagement".This expedition,traveling the Kennebec River route though Maine,consisted of around 1,100 men that was short on food,hampered by poor maps,and faced degrading weather.General Arnold lost over half his force en route to Quebec.Having servived this,Ebenezer Sanderson with other soldiers returned via the Lake Champlain route and the military trails over the green mountains via ,Brattleboro and then on the Connecticut River to Massachusetts.Lieutenant Ebenezer Sanderson's next campaign was on April 11,1776 when he received orders from the "Provincial Congress of Massachusetts" charging him for the rounding up and enlisting of men to serve in a regiment.The regiment would serve with Captain Nathaniel White's Company for the purposes of fortifying the town and harbor of Boston.The following year on August 21,1777 under,Col.Nathan Sparhawk's Regiment,Sergeant Ebenezer Sanderson marched nine days from Petersham to Bennington with,Captain Wing Spooner's Company to reinforce the army under General Stark.Ebenezer would serve several other military assignments during the Revolution and after returned home to Petersham,Massachusetts.
On Feb 2,1782,Ebenezer marries his first wife a,Miss Lucy Bragg.Lucy was born Oct 25,1762 and was the daughter of,Ebenezer Bragg(1725-1790)and Sibbilla Bowker(1729-?).Lucy and Ebenezer Sanderson have one daughter,Louisa Sanderson born in Petersham in Nov of 1782.Unfortunately,Lucy Bragg Sanderson does not live and passes away in Petersham in Nov of 1782,likely from complications of child birth.
In 1786 he marries his second wife,Miss Sarah Stone of Ashby,Ma.He and his new wife then move to Westmoreland,New Hampshire in 1786,where his first two children are born,Harriet Sanderson on Mar 30,1787 and Alpheus Sanderson on Jan 21,1789.In the Spring of of 1791 he moves his family to Chester,Vermont via the Oxen route.Once in Chester,Sarah gives birth to their third child,David Sanderson,subject of this biography,who is born on Aug 28,1791.While Sarah and the children stay behind in Chester,Vt,Ebenezer in 1791 goes ahead of the family to get a new home estabished in Frankin,Vermont.He spends that first year in Franklin clearing land,sewing wheat and building a log house.The Home was on a track of land a little to the south of Center Village in town called in 1863 the "Gallup Farm"(later known as the Chadwick Farm).In March of 1792,Ebenezer moves his whole Family with him to Franklin Vermont,and the following year his wife gives birth to their fourth child,Ebenezer "Ebur" Sanderson Jr who is born July 19,1793.Other siblings follow,Harley Sanderson born 1795,Sarah "Sally" Sanderson born Nov 13,1796 married,Virgil Long and lived in Rutland,Vt.,Samuel Sanderson born 1799 only lived 10 mounths.Upon the organization of the town of Franklin in 1793,Ebenezer Sanderson is elected its first town clerk a position he held until his death which accurred April 19,1800.His death being the first Adult death in the town.Ebenezer Sanderson's old Revolutionary Flint-Lock Musket had been saved,however after his death,when the family went their separate ways,it was either lost or stolen.
Ebenezer Sanderson's son's David Sanderson and Alpheus Sanderson probably move to Brandon,Vermont after their fathers death in 1800.David Sanderson's Home at,27 Marble Street was built in 1809.David is also mentioned in a Brandon,Vermont town history living in Brandon at the age of 20 years old or 1811.
On Jan 18,1827 David Sanderson marries Lucy Elwell of Dudley,Ma.Lucy was the daughter of,Abiel Elwell and Rachel Foster Elwell.The Elwell's and the Foster's were prominent families of Massachusetts.Lucy Elwell's, maternal,Timothy Foster born June 20 1741 and her paternal, Mark Elwell born Sep 17,1730, grandfathers,both fought in the Revolutionary War.
The first Masonic organization in Brandon Vermont was Washington Lodge 21 founded Oct 15,1802.Records show that David Sanderson served as treasurer of that Lodge in 1827.David Sanderson took on a prominent roll in Brandon town affairs and government.In 1827,David Sanderson was chosen to serve as a "Justice of the Peace" for Brandon,Vermont,a position he held for 24 years(1827-1851).David and his family appear in the US Census records in Brandon,Vermont in 1830,1840,1850 and 1860.His occupation is listed as a Carpenter in 1850 and 1860.
David and Lucy had a total of six children in the following order..
1)Rachel Foster Sanderson born Sept 16,1827 was named after her maternal Grandmother Rachel Foster.Rachel married late in life when she married ,William Morris Catlin in 1880.They lived in Brandon,Vt,Rachel dies in Brandon in 1897.
2)Lucy Maria Sanderson was born Oct 23 1829 and dies at the young age of 2 on June 3 1832.
3)Harriet Sanderson born in 1830 dies in infancy that same year.
4)Charles Wesley Sanderson born July 6,1833,who never marries, becomes an accomplished Artist and Musician.Charles Wesley dies at the home of his brother William Harley in Dayton Ohio on Mar 8,1905.
5)Eliza Jane Sanderson born Oct 5,1839 also marries late at the age of 46.She marries William Frances Leavitt and they take up residence in Kalamazoo,Michigan which was not far from her brother Charles Wesley's Lake Michican Estate in Ceder Falls,which they were frequent guest of during the summer month's.Eliza Jane dies at the age of 90 on May 27,1930 in Topeka,Kansas while living with her step daughter,Charlott Mendell Leavitt.
6)William Harley Sanderson born Apr 11 1844.After serving, with the rank of Sergeant,in the 9th Vermont regiment and other regular army regiments of the Union Army during the Civil War he first marries Frances Ellen Lewis Feb 26 1867.Just six days short of her one year wedding anniversary Frances falls ill with pneumonia and dies Feb 20,1868.William Harley Sanderson waits almost a decade before he marries again.This time to Elizabeth Augusta Howe of Middlebury,Vt.
Elizabeth was the 3nd great granddaughter of Nehemiah Howe one of the first settlers on the Vermont Fronteer,who was taken captive by Indians near Ft Putney,Vermont.Just before his release he became ill and died.
David Sanderson and Lucy Elwell live out their lives in Brandon,Vermont.The Sanderson homestead,pictured here,is at 27 Marble St in Brandon.The house still stands to this day.In 1869 David Sanderson falls ill and dies of tubular consumption. David's brother Alpheus Sanderson also had a large family in Brandon Vt.David and Alpheus's descendants make up many of the current day descendant's in and around Rutland County and beyond today.With the exception of Davids daughter Eliza Jane Sanderson,who is buried in Michigan, David and Alpheus Sanderson's children are all buried at Pine Hill Cemetery in Brandon,Vt.
Sources:Census,state,town and bible records,The Vermont Historical Gazetteer "A History of each Town" Vol II,published in 1871,pg 233,a hand writtin Geneology told by,William Harley Sanderson in the possission of the author of this biography,John Clay Harris.
Ebenezer Sanderson (1752 - 1800)
Sarah Stone(Sanderson) Seeley (1766 - 1840)
Lucy Elwell Sanderson (1802 - 1867)
Rachel Foster Sanderson Catlin (1827 - 1897)*
Lucy Maria Sanderson (1829 - 1832)*
Charles Wesley Sanderson (1833 - 1905)*
Eliza Jane Sanderson Leavitt (1839 - 1930)*
William Harley Sanderson (1844 - 1911)*
Louisa Sanderson Brooks (1782 - 1845)**
Harriet Sanderson Tenney (1787 - 1871)*
Alpheus M Sanderson (1789 - 1864)*
David Sanderson (1791 - 1869)
Note: The Hand Written Geneology mentioned in Sources was recorded by word of mouth From ,William Harley Sanderson to his daughter,Frances Elizabeth Sanderson
Pine Hill Cemetery
Created by: John Clay Harris
Record added: Apr 25, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 68913743