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John Clay Harris (#47322896)
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Bio Photo A Miami Florida Native who has found ,Find a Grave a valuable tool to further my family's history.It also has become a place in which I can honor my family and friends by writing their individual biographies when possible.I have had the pleasure of living and working in Miami,Chicago,Orlando,Boston and Vermont the native state of my paternal great grandfather U.S.Army Quartermaster Corps Captain, Charles Winfred Sanderson .I currently live in North Carolina the native state of my 4th gg father, Robert Sandlin and 5th gg father, John King .

My interest in genealogy began years ago when I was still living in Miami.My dear grandmother,Gertrude(Trudy)Sanderson Harris,was a major influence in sparking my interest in pursuing my family history.With her superb memory she was an excellent source of information when we started together compiling the familiy history.My grandmother,Trudy,all her life had a fear of flying due to an incident in which my grandfather, Harry Lee Harris, took her,just after they were married,flying upside down in a bi-winged acrobatic airplane. She,as I, was very enthusiastic about the prospects of furthering the family genealogy should we make a trip to New England.So,Grandma Trudy was able to overcome her fear of flying,giving her the chance,as she had in her childhood,to see Vermont,the native state of her father,Charles Winfred Sanderson again.On June 26,1992,we boarded a flight to Boston,Massachusetts where we took a twelve day driving trip that took us though Vermont,New Hampshire,Maine and Canada.In preparation for our trip we had done some preliminary research that allowed us to visit several Sanderson family sites and former homes.The first important site was the cemetery where my grand mother's Grandfather,Civil War Union Veteran,William Harley Sanderson ,was buried.His grave along with his father David Sanderson and mother Lucy Elwell were at Brandon,Vermont's Pine Hill Cemetery.David Sanderson's father was, Ebenezer Sanderson ,a Revolutionary War veteran,who had come to Vermont from Petersham,Massachusetts in 1790.Another stop was to see the former Art Studio,at 20 Beacon Street in Boston,of Uncle Charles Wesley Sanderson ,older brother of above mentioned William Harley Sanderson.Charles Wesley,a successful artist and musician,had studied in Paris at the prestigious,Ecole des Beaux Arts.He had exhibited his art work in Boston,New York,London ,Munich and the Hague.In Boston he was well known in literary and artistic circles.His close friend ,concert pianist, Johann Ernst Perabo performed at many of the receptions that Charles gave in Boston.The guests list often included Henry Wadsworth Longfellow , Ralph Waldo Emerson , Harriet Beecher Stowe , and many others.In Boston he also became a benifactor of Boston socialite, Mrs Isabella Stewart Gardner , a patron of the arts who encoraged his work and purchased many of his paintings.A final stop was to the Grove Hill Cemetery in Waltham, Massachusetts where we had discovered our first generation Sanderson relative. Deacon Jonathan Sanderson, was born Sep. 14,1646 and was the first generation American born son of the immigrant Edward Sanderson(1615-1660).Edward with his brother,Colonial Silversmith Robert Sanderson(1608-1693) had come to America in about 1638.

Continuing on these early successes I have recently had more time to spend on doing genealogy ,enabling me to make great progress in advancing my family tree.My southern ancestor's were pioneer settlers of the state of Florida,migrating from Georgia,North and South Carolina and Virginia including numerous Revolutionary War,Indian Wars and Confederate Veterans and whose surnames partially include,Harris,King,Lee,Turner,Sandlin,Smith and my 3rd great grandfather,William Baldwin Harrison a Savanna,Georgia Newspaper Pubisher was a forebear of, Benjamin Harrison signer to the Declaration of Independence as well as two U.S.Presidents,William Henry Harrison and Benjamin Harrison. My northern ancestors whose names partially include Bartlett,Elwell,Foster,Gray,Howe,Kelsey,Sanderson,Stone,and Whipple,is where I have made the most progress futhering my family tree in the past few years.I have identified most them as early colonial settlers of The Massachusetts Bay Colony immigrating here from England between 1620-1640.

A few of my most recent discoveries have been of my New England family of Howe. My 7th great grandfather,Nehemiah How and his son , Caleb How with wife,Jemima Sawtell were among the first white settlers in the 1740's to settle lands on the "Great Meadow" on the frontier of Vermont and New Hampshire.Their story is well known to most Vermont and New Hampshire historians as it has been written about in multiple historical publications though the years.The first account was "A Narrative of the Captivity of, Nehemiah How" published in 1748 from his hand written journals he took while held in a French Prison in Quebec,Canada. Just seven years later Nehemiah's son Caleb Howe and his wife Jemiama would make their own mark in the history books when Caleb Howe was killed by Indians who then took his wife and children captive.

knowing how my ancestors stood strong and survived despite the hardships and obstacles they faced ,gives me a deep respect admiration and pride for all they went though in order for me to have the life I have today.
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karen parker-galvin
RE: memorial #74140734
Hi John, thanks so much! Hope all is well with you and that you will gave a wonderful Holiday season.
Thanks again and my best to you and your family,
Added by karen parker-galvin on Nov 09, 2014 6:28 AM
Brian Backes
RE: Ref: Memorial # 74140734
You're very welcome. I'm glad I could be of some help.

Added by Brian Backes on Nov 08, 2014 10:35 PM
Robin Knowles Miner
Sandlin, Pattersons
I am so glad to meet you! Robert Sandlin was my 3rd great grandfather. I am descended from his daughter Elizabeth, who married James Jackson Knowles. James and Elizabeth's son, my great grandfather, married Virginia Adella Patterson, daughter of Nathaniel John Patterson and his second wife Mary Ann Brown (who was the sister of his first wife). Such great family history and such wonderful stories you have included in your entries. Just wanted to say hello to a new found cousin.
Robin Knowles Miner in Alabama :)
Added by Robin Knowles Miner on Sep 30, 2014 6:31 AM
Thank you for sharing information
Some of my ancestors are Joseph Harris; General George Aldrich, Joshua Howe and Matthew Pratt.
You can see these people behind my great great grandfather Harrison Harris on my Ancestry tree. Harrison came from Ontario, Canada about 1865 to be a founder of Pelican Rapids, Otter Tail County, Minnesota.
Added by Sue on Aug 28, 2014 2:41 PM
Laverne Tornow
Jessie Turner
Thank you, I am descended from your Jessie Sr's sister Cynthia Luthentia Turner Garrett. I have scanned the estate Records of Jessie and Cynthia's father Jesse Turner Sr of Appling Co GA then Hamilton County FL. Please contact me if interested in having a copy of them.

Laverne Hammock Tornow
Brooksville, FL
Added by Laverne Tornow on Aug 27, 2014 11:39 AM
Charlotte Ann Price
Memorial# 10297978
May I use the CSA photo Of Mr Turner?
Added by Charlotte Ann Price on Jul 07, 2014 1:35 PM
RE: Oxford history
Great thanks John.
Added by Ryan-O on Jun 25, 2014 12:52 PM
Oxford history
I just double checked the History of Oxford I found on line:

In the genealogy section under Amidown see Jeremiah. His son Isaac b. 1772 married Hannah dau. of Ebenezer Foster.

So this corroborates that it's not Hannah dau. of Timothy.

Added by Ryan-O on Jun 25, 2014 11:48 AM
age difference
p.s. - Plus there is the fact that Isaac Amidon was born in 1772 and it is possible but unlikely that he married the Hannah Foster born in 1750 - 22 years older than he was.

Added by Ryan-O on Jun 25, 2014 11:37 AM
RE: Hannah Foster Info
Hi John - thanks for getting back to me.

Here's what happened. Charles Baker originally created the memorial for Hannah (Foster) Amidon (1773-1840). Contributor ASB took the photo of her stone. She put a caption on the picture that you can read if you click on it. It reads "Stone identical & next to husband Isaac. Age 67 yrs legible at bottom."

He transferred the memorial to you. I'm not sure if you changed any of the info after acquiring it. But the current info is definitely incorrect.

If look at the vital records of Dudley, massachusetts to 1850 online at the link below:

You will see there were two Hannah Fosters born in Dudley:

First one was Hannah born March 18, 1750 to Timothy and Mary.

The other was Hannah born April 4, 1773 to Ebenezer and Mary. That is who this memorial is for when Charles Baker created it before he transferred it to you.

The 1st Hannah b. 1750 did marry Amos Hooker March 10, 1768 in Dudley as you can see in the Vital Records link I gave you.

The 2nd Hannah b. 1773 married Isaac Amidon, intentions filed in Dudley March 1, 1794.

If you click on the grave photo for Hannah on her memorial you can see contributor ASB typed a message saying "Stone identical & next to husband Isaac. Age 67 yrs legible at bottom."

The death record for Hannah Amidon is in the Vital Records link as well she died in 1840 and it says she was 67 years old to the day. And if she was 67 years old that would be 1773. Also on your memorial under Note is says "age 67yrs; wife of Isaac" So this cannot be the Hannah you think it is. Your Hannah was born in 1750 and her gravestone nor Amos Hooker's have not been found yet.

I hope this helps and I hope you can fix it for me. The Hooker part of her name should be deleted and her birth date should be April 4, 1773.

Thanks so much. Sorry about the long message.


Ryan Amidon
Added by Ryan-O on Jun 25, 2014 11:33 AM
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