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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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Sherry Wolfe
Clarence Douglas "Callie" Harris

My name is Sherry and I recently found i am related to the Harris family by Mary Jane Harris Berryman. I am ading some info of her parents and more from findagrave but I have a question. The one memorial of Clarence Douglas "Callie" Harris, is that aman or a woman? it seems like a guys name but the nickname seems more like a girls. if you know please let me know. it would be greatly appreciated.

Added by Sherry Wolfe on Aug 13, 2015 11:56 AM
John P. S. Quinn
RE: Dolores Alane Locklear Barnett
That's fine. I'm working on my memorials this evening. My regular email is
Added by John P. S. Quinn on Jun 19, 2015 8:28 PM
John P. S. Quinn
Hello John
Hi John...I don't know if you remember me but, I was a research buddy of Dell Barnett. I see that you are maintaining her Findagrave memorial and glad that you are. Hope you're doing well.
John Quinn (formerly Smallwood)
Added by John P. S. Quinn on Jun 19, 2015 7:37 PM
Robin Knowles Miner
RE: Hopewell Cemetery
We are related somehow, but those calculations make me dizzy!

Anyway, there is a lady, Joyce Douglass, who use to have acess to a lot of info on Columbia County. She has a web site that I hope is still active at

I also found this listing:
"Many of my relatives are buried at Hopewell, My Great Uncle donated the land where the old Church and Cemetery are on. I will be happy to visit the Cemetery and photograph the marker for your ancestor if you would like. Drop me a line at or Phone 386-752-7247"

I don't know what else to do, as I have looked all over the web. Perhaps one of these two will help. Please let me know what you had to do to add the marker, as my great grandparents, Elizabeth Sandlin Knowles son wife, do no have a marker at White Springs.

Best wishes in your quest -
Robin Knowles Miner
I think you would be my 3rd cousin, once removed. 3rd cousin does it for me - never use the removed
Added by Robin Knowles Miner on Jun 06, 2015 8:29 AM
Clifford Laureno
Maj. Benjamin Whitcomb


Thank you so much for adding the hand colored drawing of a Scout at Ft. Ticonderoga in 1777 and the Roster of Benjamin Whitcomb's Rangers to his Memorial. What a pleasant surprise!! I have never seen either one. And the Rutland Historical Society 1978 article "Living History" about Benjamin Whitcomb's Independent Corps Of Rangers. I can't thank you enough! Cliff
Added by Clifford Laureno on May 29, 2015 9:52 PM
Adelina N Healy
Ens Timpthy Foster Jr
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
Dudley, MA
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
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