3G George W. Sanderson & Abigail Swain
George W. Sanderson was born Nov 11, 1824[i] (stone) in Watertown, Ma the son of Ebenezer C. Sanderson & Mary Jane Cox [ii]. George and Abigail Swain Warren were married on July 5, 1846 in Dover, NH by Rev Dunn (Intention Jun 21 1846)[iii]. Abbie was born June 12, 1828 in Dover, NH and the daughter of Chadbourne Warren and Sally Swain. She died April 17, 1905 in Haverhill, MA[iv]. George W. Sanderson Nov 1, 1887 in Biddeford, Me, age 62y,11mo,21,days of aproplexy (grave says Oct 30 1887)[v]. They are buried in Hilldale Cemetery, Haverhill, Ma in the Sanderson-Martin plot #299 which is located in the first gate (if headed to Atkinson) down the hill to the intersection at the bottom, turn left, then it is immediately to the left.
George always refers to himself humbly as a shoemaker or bootmaker, but his grave & other sources indicate he was in fact a minister. Hilldale Cemetery says Rev. Geo W Sanderson & has placed a Veteran sticker on his grave, but he was a Chaplin to the Veterans after the war, not actually a veteran that I can find. There was another George W. Sanderson who was from elsewhere in Massachusetts & was a civil War Veteran, and I suspect my George has been confused with him. My George is list as "Chaplain, G. W. Sanderson" on June 28 1870, 71, 72, 74, on Haverhill Microfilm. He is also noted as a Chaplin in Haverhill: Foundation Facts Concerning its Settlement pg 24 for similar years.
In a death notice published in The Congregationalist, Nov 17 1887, it states: SANDERSON-At his home in Haverhill, Nov 6, Rev. George W. Sanderson, aged 63 yrs. He was ordained at Manchester, N.H. in 1875, and preached afterwards for churches in Lynn & Stratham.” The next week’s issue on Nov 24, 1887 must have garnished some complaints that he was not a Congregationalist as it states: “----Though Rev George W. Sanderson, who died recently at Haverhill, where he was a resident more than thirty years, was a Baptist Minister, he had often supplied Congregational pulpits.” It seems according to the listings as early as 1870 in Haverhill, the ordained date of 1875 in the paper is probably incorrect, but it’s possible Geo. W. Sanderson may have been appointed Justice of the Peace in Manchester, NH in 1878 per the New Hampshire Register, State Year-book and Legislative Manual, 1878.
I did see a section in a book about "Mr. Martin" which talked about his business, wife & father-in-law but it was rather inaccurate as far as George. See -----Municipal history of Essex County in Massachusetts, Volume 4 By Benjamin F. Arrington pgs 248 & 249 It states: "Mr. Martin married, in 1882, Mary Sanderson, daughter of George W. and Abigail (Warner) Sanderson. Her father, a clergyman, was pastor of a Dover, New Hampshire church, and that was the home town of the mother and their daughter, Mrs. Martin. Later, the Rev. Sanderson was for many years at Watertown." Everything italicized seems to be off a tad.
George and Abbie had the following children:
1. George A Sanderson b: 1849 in NH[vi]
2. Charles E Sanderson b: June 8, 1852 in Dover, NH[vii] married Eliza Woodsum on Dec 22
1871 in Haverhill, MA, dau of Benj. & Eliza J. Woodsum b. 1871, born in Portsmouth, NH[viii]
Not together on 1880 census & apparently divorced, no children found[ix]. He died April 14, 1916 and is buried in Hilldale Cemetery[x].
3. Mary A Sanderson b: June 22, 1856 in Dover, NH recorded in Haverhill[xi], MA age 25
married Oscar A. Martin of Haverhill, MA on May 25, 1882. He was 21 &
born in Salem, NH on Jul 16 1862 son of Nehemiah & Augusta Martin[xii]. She died Mar 26,
1932 and he died Oct 1933[xiii]. No children. Both buried in Hilldale Cemetry, Haverhill, MA – his parents too[xiv]
4. Sybil Newman Sanderson b: Oct 30, 1860 in Haverhill, Ma[xv] Didn’t marry. She died Sept
18, 1888 in Haverhill, MA 27y 10m 18d of Phthisis (Consumption; Tuberculosis) Hilldale
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[i] Hilldale Cemetery, Haverhill, MA, date recorded on his headstone.
[ii] Geo W Sanderson Death: Nov 1, 1887 (stone says died Oct 30 born on Nov 11) Haverhill, MA 62yrs, 11mo, 21days; of Aproplexy Died in Biddeford, ME Shoemaker; b: Watertown; Mother: Mary J. b: Watertown; no F, but born in Watertown. (Indexed as Geo H.) Checked Biddeford, ME record for more details – they don’t have a record at all. See proof summary further in document.
[iii] New Hampshire Vital Records, Marriage of George W. Sanderson and Abigail Warren both of Dover, NH on July 5 1846 in Somersworth, NH; 1850 US Census Dover, NH, George W. Sanderson a23 b. Ma Shoe maker, Abigail 22 NH,George A 1 NH, Sally Warren 59 MA; 1860 US Census, Haverhill, MA, George W. Sanderson 35, Abbie 33, George A 11, Charlie 8, Mary A 4, Sallie Warren 63; also see 1870 US Census, Haverhill, Ma; 1880 US Census Haverhill, MA
[iv] Haverhill, Massachusetts Death Record Abbie S. Warren Sanderson d. Apr 17 1905 a76y10m5d widow b. Dover, NH Calculated birthdate Jun 1 1828, dau of Chadband Warren b. Kennebunk, ME & Sally Swain b. unknown, widow of George W. Sanderson, informant Mrs Oscar A. Martin, 6 Talmouth Ave. buried Apr 19 1905, undertaker C.A. Twombly 18 Court St., Arterio-sclerosis & senile dementia, Dr. Duncan MacDougall of 131 Main St ; no birth record at NHVR; Hilldale Cemetery, Haverhill, MA her headstone says born June 12, 1828)
[v] Geo W Sanderson Death: Nov 1, 1887 (stone says died Oct 30 born on Nov 11) Haverhill, MA 62yrs, 11mo, 21days; of Aproplexy Died in Biddeford, ME Shoemaker; b: Watertown; Mother: Mary J. b: Watertown; no F, but born in Watertown. (Indexed as Geo H.) Checked Biddeford, ME record for more details – they don’t have a record at all.
[vi] See http://nhgenealogist.com/2/post/2013/09/surname-saturday-george-a-sanderson-nancy-emma-smith.html
[vii] Hilldale Cemetery, Haverhill, MA, date recorded on headstone
[viii] Haverhill, Massachusetts Marriage Record Dec 22 1871 available at NEHGS or FamilySearch.org – states: Charles E. Sanderson a19 Shoemaker b. Dover, NH son of Geo W. & Abigail S. to Eliza J. Woodsum a20 b. Portsmouth, NH dau of Benj. & Eliza J., married by J.C. Emery Clergyman
[ix] 1880 Haverhill, Massachusetts Census via Ancestry.com he is with his parents. She seems to be in Haverhill, MA 1880 listed under “Lilla Sanderson”, widow, in a rooming house, On the death record of Eliza’s mother, Eliza J. (Ham) Woodsum, which is recorded in Haverhill, MA Sept 15 1910, the informant is “Mrs Lila Sanderson of Charlestown, MA”; Lila (Woodsum) Sanderson married in Somerville, Ma 1912 Charles H. Mason, she is listed as a widow a49 and a lodging house keeper at 11 Monument St Charlestown, Charles is a Chef next door. 1900 US Census Boston, Ma Lila Sanderson, single, born May 1870 (incorrect-should be 1851ish) is the Head of a rooming house on Main St, William Foster is with her & listed as her brother-in-law; 1920 US Census Charles & Lila Mason are in Ward 4 Dist 83 – ages incorrect
[x] Hilldale Cemetery, Haverhill, MA, date recorded on headstone
[xi] Haverhill MA Birth Record & also gravestone in Hilldale Cemetery, Haverhill, MA
[xii] Haverhill, MA Marriage Record May 25, 1882 Mary Sanderson & Oscar Martin
[xiii] NH Birth Records, Salem, NH; Hilldale Cemetery, Haverhill, MA date recorded on headstone
[xiv] Hilldale Cemetery, Haverhill, MA date recorded on headstone
[xv] Haverhill MA Birth Record; Hilldale Cemetery, Haverhill, MA date recorded on headstone
[xvi] Hilldale Cemetery, Haverhill, MA date recorded on headstone
[xvii] Birth of Ebenezer Chenery Sanderson in Watertown, MA Apr 8 1803
[xviii] Marriage of Ebenezer C. Sanderson to Mary Jane Cox on Aug 29 1824 in Watertown, MA
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One of my brickwalls involves my GGGG grandfather, Walter Swain of Tewksbury, MA. While I can piece together his family, his parents & origin are a mystery. Some seem to think he was the son of Nathan Swain & Phebe Wilson born in Arlington, MA in 1776- further still, some think he divorced Abigail & married someone else...I have seen zero evidence for any of this. I do not feel like a birth for a Walter in the time period suffices as evidence, especially when there are no other connections to Arlington, MA at all. It seems to me that bad information & assumptions have just spread through unsourced online trees. Although, I will say I did not look for a divorce record yet, so I can't say if one does or does not exist. If there is evidence to any of that, please enlighten us all.
Walter Swain was born about 1771, but it could have been earlier, in New Hampshire or Massachusetts. He may have died while he lived in Tewksbury, MA, although no record seems to exist in the state. He married Abigail Kittredge b. Jan 17 1774, dau of John Kittredge & Abigail Dutton on Jun 13, 1796 in Tewksbury, MA. She died Feb 17 1844 in Tewksbury, MA. The death record available from americanancestors.org states her parents name, and in tiny letters next to that it says "son, Levi Swain". Some have made the assumption she was married & this is her husband, but it does not say she was married & it does say "son". They are on the 1800 Census in Tewksbury, Ma, but not after that. Walter dies/disappears somewhere after Jan 1802 when his youngest son, Benjamin, would have been conceived.
Their children were as follows:
1. Levi Swain He married Phebe Gowing (1796-1879) on Apr 12 1818 in Wilmington, MA and continued to live in Wilmington during their life together. They can be found on the 1820, 1850, 1860 & 1880 censuses, and likely others with some effort. Levi, or someone else notes on the 1880 census that his father was born in NH. Levi was born Feb 1, 1797 in Tewksbury, MA and died on Jan 2 1881 in Wilmington, Ma and on his death record it states his father Walter was born in Gilmanton, NH.
Levi & Phebe had: Abigail, Charles, Sarah, James, Edward, Levi Jr. & possibly others.
2. Sally Swain was my GGG Grandmother. She was born Dec 9 1798 in Tewksbury, MA and married Chadbourne Warren III on Feb 12 1817 in Berwick, ME. South Berwick town clerk & Historical Society both say: Intention to marry on Oct 31, 1816; it was certified Nov 23 & they married on Feb 12, 1817 in Berwick, Me. by Rev Thompson & she lived in Wilmington, MA. Chadbourne Warren was [edited as "possibly"] the son of Chadbourne Warren & Hannah Hodsdon born about 1785 and died May 4, 1839 in Maine as noted in Capt Elisha Goodwin’s Record Book.
Sally is a widow in 1850 and is with her daughter, Abigail Swain (Warren) Sanderson & her husband George A. Sanderson in Dover, NH. They are my GG grandparents. By the 1860 census they have all moved to Haverhill, MA & can also be found there in 1870 together. Sally passes away Oct 6, 1870 in Haverhill, MA. Her death record in Haverhill states: widow; 76yrs; consumption; her father's name is not given, but his birth says Wilmington, MA. Her mother is listed as: Sally Warren, also born Wilmington, MA but it would seem Abigail, or someone else, was likely confused by the question. No other information is given on the original record. Sally was buried in Pine Hill Cemetery, Dover, NH. The burial record says "Swain", the grave says "Warren".
Sally & Chad had: William S. Warren (1820-1872); Moses Pray Warren (1822-1896); Samuel Warren (1823-1878); Chadbourne H. Warren (1824-1909); Abigail Swain Warren (1828-1905) & Benjamin Warren (1835-1907), possibly others but unconfirmed are: Charles Warren who married Mary Perkins & George
3. William Swain b. Sept 2 1800 in Tewksbury, MA d. unknown
4. Benjamin Swain Benjamin was born Sept 10, 1802 in Tewksbury, Ma. Mar 20 1823 he lived in Reading, MA and married Asenath Trull in Andover, MA. He died Jan 10 1867 in Wilmington, MA. His death records states both his parents were born in Tewksbury, MA.
Benjamin & Asenath had Benjamin Swain Jr. (1827-1892)
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