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The Flanders Family: From Europe To America, 2nd ed.
Authored and Compiled by
E.F. Dunbar (decd.) & Dr. Charles M. Flanders
Copyright ©, 1996, by Dr. Charles M. Flanders
All Rights Reserved
his work is dedicated to my dear wife Paula, who means more than life to me. Without her help both mentally and fiscally, this book would have not been possible. She is the epitome of what a wife and lady should be. I thank God for her and for bringing us together, for that's when life began for me.
EDITH FLANDERS DUNBAR (deceased)
y sincere thanks are extended to the many who have cooperated with me to make this family history a fitting memorial to these early ancestors of ours, who came to this country when it was little more than a wilderness, and who by their patient industry, courage and endurance, have left us an inheritance of which we should be justly proud. Special mention should be made of those who have made available many records which, otherwise, it would have been practically impossible to have obtained, as they came in a large part from a generation whose lips have long been silent.
Miss Ella Flanders of Franklin, New Hampshire, spent many years of tireless effort in collecting this material on the Flanders family, all of which, she has most generously
contributed to the present volume.
Mrs. Charles Brown, of Fall River, Massachusetts, loaned the records her father, Abiel Chandler Flanders, had collected during this same period, working in collaboration with Miss Ella Flanders. Through the courtesy of Miss Flanders and Mrs. Brown it has been possible to obtain much material on the intermediate generations of the family, which otherwise would have been irretrievably lost, as much of this was contained in personal letters from a generation which has since passed on.
Miss Louella Ward Flanders of New Orleans, Louisiana, spent many months gathering together the data on her own branch of the family, and from family papers has compiled a most interesting and valuable account of the lives and activities of those who settled in Louisiana in the early days.
Mrs. Sidney Stevens of Stanstead, P.Q., Canada, has assisted very materially with the Canadian branch, of the family, contributing an old genealogy compiled in 1848, as well as many personal accounts of the live's of her father's family. Mr. Lewis Flanders of Brookline, Massachusetts, has also given much time to the collecting of records pertaining to this Canadian branch, of which he is a descendant. He has in his possession many old documents relative to Gov. Alvan Flanders, and a most interesting old diary kept by his grandfather when he went from his home in Canada to settle in Boston, Mass.
Miss Minnie L. Flanders and Mrs. Farwell P. Merrick of Warner, N.H.; Mrs. Lewis Burton Flanders of Bridgeport, Illinois, and Mrs. Charles Roscoe Flanders of Rockland, Maine, have also been untiring in their efforts to obtain data for this family history, and have made most valuable contributions.
Mr. Harry Grant Flanders of Chicago, Illinois, who has been encouraged for many years in collecting family records, very courteously assisted with the results of his research.
My special thanks are given to Mr. Carl Lawrence Flanders of Amesbury, Mass., for the constant encouragement he has given me from the time this work was first undertaken up to the present time. He has been an unfailing source of inspiration, as well as a most valuable contributor.
During the course of the compilation of this family record, many have passed away, who took a very active interest in the work and whose loss has been deeply felt by the compiler. Among these are Mr. James Allen Flanders of Framingham, Mass., and Mr. Edwin Aiken Flanders, of San Francisco, Calif.
Mr. George McK. Roberts of New York City, who is collecting material for a history of Enfield, N.H., has been most kind in assisting with all records pertaining to the Flanders family which he obtained in the course of his research. Mr. Harry Hequembourg Pierson of the American Legation at Bogota', Colombia,S.A., who has in preparation of a genealogy of the Hequembourg family, has also been a valuable contributor. Mr. Charles Preston French of Chicago, Illinois, who is compiling a genealogy of the French family very courteously sent in material he had obtained on the Flanders family.
The Illustrations in this book were made by Walter L. Flanders of Dover, N.H., who is an expert in photography, and it is due to his skill and patience that such excellent reproductions were made, in nearly all cases, from most unpromising material. Due to age, many of the photographs were badly faded. Others were merely small tintypes. His contribution is most gratefully acknowledged.
Without the assistance of my son, Francis Flanders Dunbar, much of the material in this book could not have been collected. He has been of invaluable assistance in locating practically forgotten cemeteries, overgrown with almost impenetrable thickets, piecing together the broken stones and deciphering the nearly obliterated inscriptions. He has also aided in copying records, both in this country and in Europe. In the latter, the records were in the old handwriting of the priests and were written in medieval Latin, French and old Flemish.
My thanks are also extended to my sister, Miss Ellen I. Flanders, who has also assisted in the copying of records and cemetery inscriptions.
It is to be regretted that lack of space does not permit a personal acknowledgement to the many members of the family who have contributed their records. The assistance rendered by those whose names will be found listed in sections J, Q, R, and S, under Source Material has nevertheless been very deeply appreciated.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT II, 2nd ed:
nytime someone tackles the job of rewriting a legendary work such as the one done by Edith (Flanders) Dunbar and her associates, it cannot be accomplished without the help of many people. This was the case in the original work done by Edith (Flanders) Dunbar, and such is the case with my feeble attempt.
Without the help and interest of my family members, who's interest level wasn't always on par with mine, but tolerated never-the-less, my incessant phone calls, queries, letters other types of bombardment, such as visits, both announced and unannounced, this publication, crude as it is, would not have come to fruition.
I would be terribly remiss, if I did not thank my cousin Tommy Gray Webb, Dekalb County, Tennessee Historian, who made major contributions to this text.
I thank Mr. Fred D. Flanders, whose contributions at age 94, both orally as well as written, were quite insightful and contributed greatly to his line and others. The establishment of a friendship with him has been a wonderful thing.
I must also thank Robert D. Lawrence for his contributions of the Burba descendants and the allied Flanders lines, as well as editorial and technical help. I must thank Bob's friend, Mr. Leroy Pearl, of Wichita, KS, for his kind, technical, assistance with computer problems, especially indexing large documents.
The many resource centers, such as the LDS Family History Center personnel, the Clayton Genealogical Library staff in Houston, Texas, and the many government agencies queried were also keys in this research.
I must thank my mother, my dad, my grandmother, who at age 100+, was quite revealing. I must thank my aunts and cousins, for without them I would have accomplished nothing. Their contribution is incalculable. I am thankful for their foresightedness in saving the "crackerbarrel" and the trunks of contemporary materials which aided this process.
I must thank my wonderful wife, for whom this work is dedicated, whose inspiration, devotion, sacrifice, labor and dedication to and for me, provided the resources both mental and physical, allowing me to start and finish this text (although it is never done). Her tolerance is greatly appreciated.
A final thanks to Edith (Flanders) Dunbar and all of the now deceased contributors, who provided the bulwark of this work. A special thanks to anyone I may have missed, who sent materials to me for the update of this edition.
I must thank Herb Clark, whose computer expertise bailed me out so many times he feels like a bondsman. His was a special contribution of time, inspiration, insightfullness and patience.
I must thank Almighty God, for waking me each day and allowing me to serve him and to be blessed enough to live in a land that allows this type of activity.
This volume brings the family Flanders from the pre-colonial period to the emergence of a new nation. The hardships of building homes on the frontier, the Indian menace coupled with the provocative French, wreaked death and privation on our ancestors. The service of our ancestors in all of the wars our Republic was involved in is a credit to the stock we come from. Their contributions in all facets of the society were evident in these records, coupled with their personal stories. Read on.
Dr. Charles M. Flanders, 1996
Table of Source Materials
xplanation: The bracketed references listed throughout the text will be found to contain a capital letter followed by a number. The letter refers to a group of source material,while the number refers to a given item within that group. For example, the reference (B:1), indicates Group B of source material (Cemeteries), and the first township listed under that group (Alstead, NH)
B.CEMETERIES: Cemeteries mentioned in the text have been visited by the compiler within the respective townships, listed below, to which their numbers refer. In order to condense and simplify the list as much as possible, reference numbers have been assigned to townships only (Except for Canada). For example, all cemeteries mentioned in the text and bearing the reference (B:5) will be found in he township of Bath, NH. Villages liable to be mistaken for separate townships have been itemized following the township in which they lie. For this reason, Pettyboro and Swiftwater have been grouped with Bath, NH, as they lie in the township of Bath. In Canada, where the numbers of cemeteries visited was relatively small, separate numbers have been given to all settlements within the townships, a well as to the townships themselves.
5.Bath, NH , Pettyboro, Swiftwater
B. CEMETERIES: (Continued)
17.Chautauqua, NY (MS record)
21.Coaticook, P.Q. (in Barnston Twp.)
51.Magnolia Springs, NY (MS record)
55.Mt. Holly, VT
56.Mt. Vernon, NH
57.New Boston, NH
60.New Hampton, NH
61.New London, NH (Elkins)
62.Newport, NH (Guild)
64.North Hatley, P.Q. (Hatley Twp.)
66.Nyack, NY (MS record)
72.Salisbury, NH (Smith's Corners)
75.Sharon-Strafford, VT (cem. on town line)
77.South Hampton, NH
B. CEMETERIES: (Continued)
80.Stanstead, P.Q. (in Stanstead Twp.)
85.Thetford, VT (Union Village)
1. U.S., 1790, 1st Census
2. Amesbury, MA 1865
3. Haverhill, MA 1865
4. Lawrence, MA 1865
5. Lynn, MA, 1865
6. Marblehead, MA 1865
7. Newburyport, MA 1865
8. Salem, MA 1865
9. Salisbury, MA 1865
10. Malone, NY, Kimball's Dir., 1865
11. St. Lawrence Co., NY,Dir., 1862
12. Hillsboro Co.,NH, Dir., 1853
13. Belknap Co., NH Town Register, 1908
14. Franklin, NH, Souvenir Dir., 1895
15. NH, Northern: Crowley & Lunt's Dir., 1932-34
16. Hardin Co., KY, 1820-1880
17. Chautauqua Co., NY 1840-1860
18. Austin, Stephen F.'s, Colonies of Texas
D. CHURCH RECORDS
1. Buxton, ME
2. Cambridge, MA
3. Hatley, P.Q. Old Church
4. Kingston, NH
5. London, England:Cornhill.
6. London, England:St.Botolph's
7. Plymouth, MA
8. South Hampton, NH
9. St. Johnsville, NY
D. CHURCH RECORDS: (Continued)
10. Concord, NH, 1st Cong. Ch.
11. Salisbury & Amesbury, MA: Hist. of 1st Bapt.Ch.
12. Salisbury, MA, 1st Ch. Records
13. Hawke, N.H. (now Danville, NH)
14. Birth & Christ. Recs Dutch Ref. Church, NY, NY
E. GENEALOGIES: Family:
1. Abbe & Abbey Family, (Abbe & Nichols).
2. Abbott Genealogy, (A.&E. Abbott,1847).
3. Abbott, Desc. of Geo., (L.A. Abbott).
4. Alden Memorial, (E. Alden).
5. Arndts, Story of the, (J.S. Arndt).
6. Ashley Genealogy, (F.B. Trowbridge).
7. Averell,-erill,-ery Family,( W.& A. Averell).
8. Bacon Genealogy, (T.W. Baldwin).
9. Bailey Genealogy, (H.R. Bailey).
10. Baldwin Genealogy, (C.C. Baldwin).
11. Balch Family, (G.B. Balch).
12. Bigelow Family, (G.B. Howe).
13. Booth Genealogy, (H.S. Booth)
14. Boynton Family History, (J.F.& C.H. Boynton).
15. Brace Lineage, (J.S. Brace).
16. Bradley of Essex Co., (E.B. Peters).
17. Brett Genealogy, (L.B. Goodenow).
18. Brigham Family, History of, (W.I.T.Brigham).
19. Brown Genealogy, (Cyrus H. Brown).
20. Brown Memorial, Chad, 1638-1888.
21. Buck Family Geanology, (C.B. Harvey).
22. Burbank, Bray, Wellcome, Sedgely, & Welch Families (G.B. Sedgely).
23. Burhans Genealogy, (Samuel Burhans).
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