|John Clay Harris (#47322896)|
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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.Having had worked in Miami,Chicago,Orlando and Boston in the fields of Interior Design,Set Design and Landscape Design,I now call my paternal great grandfather U.S.Army Quartermaster Corps Captain, Charles Winfred Sanderson's native state of Vermont home.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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|cocoplum||James and Frances Hodge|
I would like to thank you for taking the time to find the headstone for my 2nd great grandparents, James and Frances Hodge. It is much appreciated. Thank you again.
Added by cocoplum on Mar 04, 2014 2:32 PM
|Grace Younglove Hudson||Turner|
RE:Grace would you please transfer my cousin Arthur Turner Jr to me?
My Contributor # is 47322896
|Karen Foster Montgomery||Timothy Foster, Find A Grave # 93902412|
How great to know that history about the Summerall cemetery and thank you for passing it on to me.
As for being related, one never knows down the road; however, I believe Timothy would be called a cousin-in-law to me. Here is how I see the picture.
1) Abijah 'Habijah' Foster, born Ipswich, MA, 1707 = 2nd cousin 7x removed
2) (son) Samuel Foster, born 1742 New Ipswich, NH = 3rd cousin 6x removed
married Tabitha Hodgkins, born 1745 Hillsborough Co NH, married in New Ipswich, NH, 24 Oct 1764.
Samuel Foster died 01 Oct 1778 in Hartford, CT.
Per a letter found in his pension file, Tabitha remarried 31 Dec 1789, to Jonathan Onion (III), in Shrewsbury, Rutland, VT.
Jonathan Onion (III) born 1747 MA is son of Jonathan Onion Jr. and Sarah May.
Sarah May is sister to Mary 'Molly' May (born 1719) who married Ensign Timothy Foster Sr. (born 1715).
The round-about way Ancestry explains their relationship of me to Ensign Foster of: husband of aunt of husband of wife of 3rd cousin 6x removed !
|Karen Foster Montgomery||Thomas Anthony Summerall|
Find A Grave Memorial# 110606245
Thank you for the great memorial for my 4th great grandfather. Appreciate it.
Karen Foster Montgomery
|Lori Humble||Henry Lowenthal|
I added his father's link to his memorial and also transferred the memorial to your care. Have a great day!
|Irish-ish||Georgia Harris Frink Dozier|
Thank you for your help with this memorial. Since she is a cousin to you, would you like me to transfer this memorial to you? I am always happy to transfer memorials to family members if they would like. :)
|Halsey||W. Ray transferred|
Hello. I transferred W. Ray's memorial to you per your request. Have a great Thanksgiving.
Added by Halsey on Nov 26, 2013 6:53 PM
|MHN||Annie Hycienth Parker Hancock|
I added the information and the link. Take a look and see if it is alright. If not I will fix it. MHN
Added by MHN on Nov 21, 2013 5:47 AM
Added his middle name. Thank you. MHN
Added by MHN on Nov 20, 2013 4:59 PM
|MHN||RE: Callie Parker|
You are more than welcome to your great-grandfather's memorial. I am glad that it was there for you. MHN
Added by MHN on Nov 20, 2013 2:23 PM
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