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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.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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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 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 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 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 on Jun 25, 2014 11:33 AM
Burt Family
Thank you for the info you put on some of my Burt family specifically the Hon. Joseph Burt a 5x Great Uncle of mine. Appreciate it and enjoyed the reading.
Added by kate on Apr 26, 2014 9:33 AM
George C. Kelsey
Parents and wife links added. Thanks!
Added by Sabina on Apr 23, 2014 7:55 AM
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.
Celesta Pappas-Boses
Added by cocoplum on Mar 04, 2014 2:32 PM
Grace Younglove Hudson

RE:Grace would you please transfer my cousin Arthur Turner Jr to me?

My Contributor # is 47322896

Added by Grace Younglove Hudson on Feb 14, 2014 11:57 AM
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 !

Added by Karen Foster Montgomery on Feb 12, 2014 12:30 PM
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