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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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RE: Wood Memorials
I have added photos to the two new memorials.
Added by Graceti on Oct 05, 2017 12:20 PM
Don Blauvelt
Your insert picture on #34791476

Please consider deleting your added photo of a page from Cutter to the memorial for the 1632 Scituate, Mass. immigrant Edward Foster. Cutter copied word for word Franklin Clifton Pierce's 1899 "Foster Family" (p. 922). Pierce's claim of who Edward Foster's father was is a fabrication. Pierce also, misstated/misrepresented actual recorded facts regarding Edward and the page is chock full of inaccuracies.

The current sketch in the memorial itself is from portions of the well documented sketch of Edward Foster in the NEHGS Great Migration Study Project (Great Migration Begins), Vol. I-III, pp. 690-92. However, the creator of the memorial failed to credit her source.

Edward Foster was the brother-in-law of my immigrant ancestor.

Added by Don Blauvelt on Sep 06, 2017 9:38 PM
Robin Knowles Miner
Photo of James Jackson Knowles home
I was going through some of my older entries and say the wonderful photo you added on James' grave! How kind of you to add that bit of history for all to enjoy. Photos were such a rarity in those years and those that survived the Florida heat are precious indeed! A very large home for a family of 6 in that day!

I know that James served as a Member of the House of Representatives, Columbia County in 1895 and that he was in the Confederate Army.
Added by Robin Knowles Miner on Sep 05, 2017 8:49 AM
Blake Howell
Sandlin Relative

Thanks for your work on the Sandlin Graves. Robert Sandlin is also my 4th GG. My Maternal grandmother was born Frankie Jean Sandlin died March 23, 2017 as Jean Howell. Her Parents were Joe Sandlin Sr. and Cuba Carter Sandlin. She was the last of her generation. You still have many Sandlin kin folks here in Echols county Georgia and Lowndes county. I love learning about my ancestors too. It's amazing to think about all the hardships they endured. Such faith! I've recently started digging into the Sandlins. I was pleased to find what you have posted. Thanks again!
Added by Blake Howell on Aug 15, 2017 7:39 PM
RE: Some more Seeley Related memorials in Dunham
Ok, I'll check for the headstones sometime before winter.

I've been underwhelmed by the new site. I rarely use it. I was trying to add many Davidson names to a cemetery. First and last names were the same, but not the dates. No matter what I tried I always got a message that it was a duplicate. I added the names on the old site. I also added a photo on the new site but it didn't seem to show up, but then I realized it was over to the side and down a bit. It was also very small.

One welcome change is an easier cemetery search outside of the US.
Added by Graceti on Aug 15, 2017 12:03 PM
RE: Other Seeley names
OK, I've just added photos to your new memorials.
Added by Graceti on May 21, 2017 10:08 AM
Other Seeley names
I just sent you an email using the Edit tab on Israel's memorial.
Added by Graceti on May 20, 2017 10:25 AM
RE: Sarah Stone and Israel Seeley
You're very welcome.

I have added the photos to the memorials.
I also have some photos of other Seeley headstones.
Are you interested in creating memorials?
Added by Graceti on May 19, 2017 5:14 PM
RE: Sarah Stone and Israel Seeley
I have some photos for Israel and Sarah but both memorials have no room for more photos.
Added by Graceti on May 16, 2017 2:48 PM
Aaron Gleim
RE: Memorial# 91930409
Hello John ,

My 5th great grandfather was named Abel White ( b. circa 1747 - died 1823 in Greenup Co.Kentucky ) .He was born in Connecticut & he married Rebeckah ( Sollis ) born 8 July 1755 - d. 29 Mar.1827 ) ..She was the daughter of Joseph Sollis ( Solace ) & Susanna ( Johnson ) .. at some point they moved to Rutland Co. VT..

sometime around 1812 , Abel , Rebeckah , and several children migrated west . Abel & Rebeckah settled in Greenup County Kentucky , and several of their children settled across the Ohio River in Scioto County Ohio . two sons , John White & my 4th gr. grandfather Daniel White both fought in Ohio during the War of 1812 . In fact , several of the " White " children and their spouses were early settlers of Scioto County, Ohio in the early 1800's.

Abel White's WILL was recorded in 1823 in Greenup County Kentucky , listing his wife and children , and listing his son Daniel White ( my 4th gr. grandfather ) as Executor of his will . It is assumed he died in 1823 . however I havent been able to find his grave site .

Some people believe Abel White also married to a Sarah Comfort while living in Kentucky , however I have seen no evidence to support this . There is also those who believe ( some of my own family do ) that out WHITE family traces back to Peregrine White of the Mayflower . however this is also hard to prove .

Abel White & Rebeckah , had at least 10 children .

1. Seth White ( b. circa 1779 Tinmouth, Rutland , Vermont - died between 1850 - 1860 Woodland Co. Illinois . shows up in the 1850 Census . he married Laura Ann Benham ( c. 1783 -c. 1860 )

2. Susanna White ( 1780 -1830 ) married Brice Kilpatrick , both buried in Pike Co.Ohio

3.Abel White Jr.( 1783 - 1819 ) m. Abigail Green . both buried in Steuben Co. NY

4.Rebecca White ( 1789 - 1861 ) married Nathaniel Searl . both died in Scioto County,OH

5.Mary White ( 1790 -1852 ) m. Wyatt Chamberlin ( Wyatt also fought in Ohio during the War of 1812 , fought in the same regiment as brother-in laws John White & Daniel White ) . Mary & Wyatt both died in Scioto Co.Ohio

6.Daniel White ( 1792-1857 ) m. Sarah Osborn . my 4th gr. grandparents .both died in Scioto Co

7.John White (1794- 1874 ) m.Sylvia Wyman. both died in Scioto Co.Ohio.

8.Asa White ( 1798- 1882 ) married first Catherine Peto , married 2nd Harriet Otis , married 3rd. Eleanor Howard . Asa White lived in Illinois and Texas. he died in Texas.

9.Jeremiah White ( 1801 - 1868 ) m.Sally A. Gallaher ( Galliher ) . both died in Scioto Co.

10 Joel White ( 1802 - 1837 ) married first Elizabeth Galliher . married second Mercy Martha Titus . Joel lived in Knox Co.Illinois , buried Pulaski Illinois.

I probably didnt help much on your SETH WHITE ..however it is possible that your SETH and my SETH could be related .


Added by Aaron Gleim on Mar 04, 2017 8:39 AM
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