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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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Adelina N Healy
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Thank you so much for the information on the Patriot. Oura chapter of the DAR will be placing a marker at his grave site. We are in the process of validating his birth, death, and service record. Thank you for your hard work.

Adelina Healy
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Added by Adelina N Healy on May 02, 2015 8:04 AM
Grace E Shepardson Fleming family links
Could you please link my great great grandparents with their daughter? Daughter is: Grace Elizabeth Shepardson Fleming (134798423) father is George (99918876) mother is Frances Garland Shepardson (99918868).

Thank you.
Added by FAMGENE91 on Apr 17, 2015 8:31 PM
James Bianco
Sorry about that! I just transferred her and husband as it appears they are related to you. Jim
Added by James Bianco on Feb 19, 2015 6:26 PM
Mjr. Hilkiah Grout gravestone photo
May I have your permission to download the photos of the gravestone of Helkiah Grout (Memorial #78867843)?
I would like to upload it into my Ancestry family tree. I also noticed the photos of other Grout family members' gravestones. Would it be ok to download/upload them also?
Thank you for your consideration.
-Ro Fleury
Added by MissKitty on Feb 05, 2015 12:01 PM
James Bianco
No problem, Springfield is very close and I am often in the Worcester area. As soon as all this snow starts to melt I'll go get the photos for you. Jim
Added by James Bianco on Jan 28, 2015 7:03 PM
Robin Knowles Miner
RE: Hi Robin
I don't have a burial location for J L Sandlin, either. Here is what I know:
Born: 24 Feb 1830 in Blounts Ferry, Columbia, Florida and died 1893 in Columbia County, FL

He married Caroline E. Phelps on 4 Jun 1850 in Blounts Ferry, Columbia County, Florida

He married Lucy Lee on 16 January 1876 in Clay Landing, Lafayette County, Floirda

Lucy remarried William M. Peed and is buried in the Santa Fe Cemetery.

I cannot find James or Caroline's graves. He would have been my Great Great uncle. Thanks for writing.
Added by Robin Knowles Miner on Dec 12, 2014 7:48 AM
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
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