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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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Henry Lowenthal
Hi John, are you related to David Richard Harris and his wife Florence "Flossie" Renn-Harris? Henry's wife was their neice.-Stephen
Added by sanford on Sep 03, 2016 7:38 AM
C. Krueger
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John I thoroughly enjoyed reading your bio and the connecting links in it. Your trip with your grandmother was a wonderful gift to not only her, but your extended family with all the genealogy you have done. Great work. Most Sincerely - Carolyn Krueger
Added by C. Krueger on Aug 06, 2016 3:39 PM
M Gaulden
Cary Vriginia Cashion

I doing some research into this family. Jessie Mae Cashion was born October of 1914 according to her birth certificate. "North Carolina Birth Index, 1800-2000," database, FamilySearch ( : 8 December 2014), Lettie M Little in entry for Jessie May Cashion, 30 Oct 1914; from "North Carolina, Birth and Death Indexes, 1800-2000," database and images, Ancestry ( : 2005); citing vol. 1, p. 66, Lincoln, North Carolina, North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh.

The Tressie May Cashion in this Memorial, Should be for Cary Virginia Cashion who died of Whooping cough in May of 1921."North Carolina Deaths, 1906-1930," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 8 December 2014), Lettie M. Littel in entry for Cary Virginia Cashion, 04 May 1921; citing Mecklenburg, North Carolina, reference nc 346, State Department of Archives and History, Raleigh; FHL microfilm 1,892,689.



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Added by M Gaulden on Jul 30, 2016 2:41 PM
Adelina N Healy
RE: Ens Timpthy Foster Jr
We will be marking Lieutenant Mark Elwell grave this October, 2016 We are going to do it on Columbus day.
Hope you can join us. We will be having a reception t the Black Tavern after the ceremony.
Added by Adelina N Healy on Jun 24, 2016 7:37 PM
Adelina N Healy
RE: Ens Timpthy Foster Jr
Your welcome.
Added by Adelina N Healy on May 01, 2016 9:40 AM
Adelina N Healy
RE: Ens Timpthy Foster Jr

I do not remember if I answered you about your 5th great gradfathers. Yes, we will be honoring them both. I will let you know when we do. We have just identified the first five Patriots. But yours are on the list to honor.
Added by Adelina N Healy on May 01, 2016 8:53 AM
Adelina N Healy
RE: Ens Timpthy Foster Jr
Hi, Just getting your email. Yes we will be placing markers on both of these graves. If you email me I will let you know when tha
t will happen.
Added by Adelina N Healy on Apr 21, 2016 1:07 PM
Bruce D. Rutherford
RE: Callie Stewart Parker
Here is the link.

You had posted a marriage license for this memorial. This has been resolved. The census in question was incorrect.

Thank you.

Added by Bruce D. Rutherford on Mar 17, 2016 5:45 PM
Bruce D. Rutherford
RE: Callie Stewart Parker
I am sorry but that has been a while ago and I have been working on a cemetery in North Caroline for eight days. I cannot remember what I wrote you.

Added by Bruce D. Rutherford on Mar 17, 2016 1:09 PM
Bruce D. Rutherford
Callie Stewart Parker
I received a request to link Mary Stewart Smith to James W. Stewart and Annie Dillard Stewart. The 1880 census has her father as George D. Stewart. I would like some clarification if you have any. Thank you. Bruce
Added by Bruce D. Rutherford on Mar 08, 2016 5:48 AM
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