Saturday, February 27, 2016


Taken from book - NEW ENGLAND FAMILIES, GENEALOGICAL AND MEMORIAL, a Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of Commonwealth
and the Founding of a Nation
(Book 3 or 4 books in this series)  Pages 1404-1405

Stephen Flanders, immigrant ancestor of all of the colonial families of this name in Massachusetts and Maine, and possibly of the whole country, was born in England about 1620.  He was a pioneer in Salisbury, Massachusetts, as early as 1640, and a proprietor of that town from 1646 to 1677.  He married Jane ______, who died November 19, 1683.  He died June 27, 1684.  His will was proved September 30, 1684, bequeathing to his eldest son STEPHEN, to daughters Mary, Naomi and Sarah, and to grandchild, Thomas Flanders, the residue being left to sons PHILIP and JOHN.

Children of Stephen and Jane:

A.  MARY died May 4, 1650

B.  STEPHEN was born in Salisbury Massachusetts, March 8, 1646, died October 6, 1744, aged 98 years, 6 months, and 26 days.  He married, December 28 1669, ABIGAIL CARTER, born February 22, 1653, daughter of Thomas and Mary Carter.  Children born at Salisbury:  Thomas, February 17, 1671, died April 1 1672; Stephen, January 31, 1672, married Sarah Blaisdell; Thomas December 3, 1673, married, March 8, 1711, Catherine Hackett; Daniel, March 16, 1676; Joseph, March 28, 1677; PHILIP (see below in blue), Jane, March 1684, married John Martin; Jeremiah, September 1686, married Mary Hayes; Abigail born October 1688, married Jabez Page.

PHILIP, son of Stephen Flanders 2nd was born in Salisbury, January 8, 1681.  He married, February 2, 1710 Joanna Smith.  They settled at Kingston, New Hampshire.  Their children:  Sarah, born November 16, 1710;  PHILIP (see below in red), Zipporah, March 4, 1716; Joanna, May 20, 1719, Abigail, August 15, 1722; Richard, April 6, 1727, June 29, 1728.

PHILIP, son of PHILIP, son of STEPHEN, son of STEPHEN Flanders was born at Kingston or Salisbury, March 13, 1713.  He married October 1735, Hannah Morrill.  Their children:  Sarah born 1736, James 1739, Daniel, Ezra born 1743, PHILIP (1746 see below in purple); Christopher was born in Kingston or Hawke, New Hampshire.  He served in the revolution of the Lexington Alarm, marching from New Ipswich (see Revolutionary Rolls, NH State Papers xiv, pg 34).  The history of Warner says:  "Christopher Flanders, brother of James, came from Hawke, New Hampshire, remained a few years and removed to Canada" (pg 93).  He may have lived at Sutton, New Hampshire for a time, after leaving Warner.  He settled finally in the providence of Quebec, Canada.

The family settled at Hawke, now Dansville, New Hampshire, and many of them went to Warner, New Hampshire.  The history of Warner says:  "Daniel Flanders came from Hawke, now Danville, and lived in the lower village near the Henry B Chase house.  He was Warner's first town clerk.  His farm extended across the river and the lightning struck one of his trees near the Hutchinson place, broke it down and shivered it in pieces.  Flanders hauled it home for firewood and in doing this stuck a sliver into his hand.  He got cold in this slight wound and died.  From that circumstance, most of the people believed that the electric fluid poisons the wood and that a scratch from a splinter of such a tree is sure death.

PHILIP, son of Christopher Flanders, was born about 1790, probably at Warner, New Hampshire.  He settled at Hatley, province of Quebec, Canada.  He married Lydia Hall.  Children:  Craig, George, Hiram, Seth, Mary and Amanda. 

James Flanders from Hawke, now Danville, also came to Warner.  He was a farmer and cordwainer and for 8-10 years a State senator and a leading citizen.  He had sons Calvin, Abner, Ezra, PHILIP and Timothy (pg 250 Warner).

PHILIP  Flanders, was from Hawke, a brother of Daniel (who came to Warner with him) and to James and Christopher (who came afterward).  Philip settled where the symmetrical elm tree now stands, it being the first place on the Schoodac Road.  He was the father of MAJOR PHILIP, who lived on the Pine Plain and who is yet remembered by a majority of the people of Warner.

There was another family distantly related that also settled in Warner.  Zebulon Flanders of South Hampton, married Hannah French, of Kingston and settled where Captain Timothy and Walter M. Flanders afterward lived.  His children were:  Nathaniel, Ezekiel, Zebulon, Benjamin F, Timothy, Hannah, Job and Washington.  Hawke was formerly part of Kingston, New Hampshire.

Isaiah Flanders, another settler in Warner, was from South Hampton, and had daughters who married Nehemiah Ordway, _________ Dike, and _________Tewksbury.

Moses Flanders, of Warner, Zebulon's brother, had sons Ezekiel, Amos, John and Colonel William G. Flanders.

In the Census 1790 we find the following Flanders reported from Warner, s heads of families:  James, PHILIP, Christopher (who had 2 males under 16 and 3 females in his family), Zebulon, PHILIP JR, Moses, Isaiah and Hopk (Hopkins probably).

This picture is the final page of Flanders in this book.  I did not type it all in - as it is extended family, but want it here for the record to be complete:

Friday, February 26, 2016


Philip Flanders, son of Jacob Flanders and Mercy Clough married Mary Martin (widow).  He went to war and was killed at age 28.  Can his son be the Philip Flanders 3rd - father of Collins Eastman Flanders?

History of Merrimack and Belknap Counties, New Hampshire, Philadelphia:  J.W. Lewis & Co.,  1885.     Page 169
"The town of Boscawen is located near the center of the county, and is bounded as follows: North by Salisbury; East by Northfield and Canterbury; South by Concord and West by Webster.
The original grant of this town was made to John Coffin and eighty others by the government of Massachusetts Bay, June 6, 1733. It was named Contoocook, and bore that name until it was incorporated as a town, April 22, 1760, for a term of two years, by the government of New Hampshire, and given its present name in honor of Admiral Edward Boscawen, of the British navy.  This charter was continued for an indefinite term, by the same authority, October 7, 1763.  The first proprietor's meeting was held in Newbury, Mass, in 1733, and thirty-three of the proprietors commenced settlement in the town the following spring.
Mr. Richard Hazen, an experienced surveyor, who had been employed by the proprietors of Penacook to survey that plantation, was engaged to make the first survey of Contoocook.  The original plot, as laid by him, is on file in the archives of the Secretary of State, Boston.
During the year 1734 thirty-three settlers came to Contocook to begin life anew in the wilderness.  Rev. Mr. Price has handed down the names of twenty-seven only; but from a deposition made by Moses Burbank in 1792 the number is stated as being thirty-three as follows: David Barker, Sinkler Bean, John Bowen, Josiah Bishop, Andrew Bohonnon, Moses Burbank, Philip Call, Thomas Cook, John Corser, William Dagodon, William Danforth, Nathaniel Danforth, Joseph Eastman, Edward Emery, Edward Fitzgerald, Jacob Flanders, Richard Flood, John Fowler, Stephen Gerrish, Ambrose Gould, Richard Jackman, George Jackman, Joel Manuel, Nathaniel Meloon, William Peters, Nathaniel Rix, Daniel Rolfe.  (Jacob Flanders and Philip Call were best friends)
It is not probable that many of the settlers' families came in the spring, but most were there before the close of the year.  November 8, 1734, a meeting of the proprietors was held at the house of Archelaus Adams, in Newbury. It was voted that a saw-mill should be built at the charge of the proprietors, and Daniel hale, Joseph Gerrish and Thomas Thoria were chosen a committee to attend to the matter.  The same committee was empowered to rectify a mistake made in the laying out of lots, and John Brown, the surveyor, was engaged to go to Contoocook to show the proprietors the locations of the lots.
Five of the proprietors (Joseph Lunt, John Coffin, Thomas Thorla, Benjamin Lunt, Benjamin Coker, and Edward Emery) entered their dissent in regard to the power of the committee. 
December 18th, 1734 another meeting was held. It was voted that the intervale should be fenced by the 15th of May the following year, at the expense of the owners of the lots, and any proprietor neglecting to build his proportion should make satisfaction. It was also voted that Joseph Tappan should obtain a grindstone for the common use of the proprietors.
At this meeting further action was taken towards building a sawmill.  The year opened auspiciously to the settlers, for, on January 7th, a daughter was born to Nathaniel Danforth, the first birth in the plantation.  The infant was named Abigail, grew to womanhood and married Thomas Foss, whose name frequently appears in the records of the town.
From the action taken in regard to the discharge of the bond given by the fifteen who obligated themselves to build the saw-mill, the evidence is conclusive that the mill had been created. "Voted that the bonds of the men, which have built the saw mill will be delivered and to lay out the bonds for building said mill according to vote as by record."  It was a pioneer mill of this section of the Merrimack Valley.  The saw-mills of that period were such as any carpenter might construct.  This mill had no "nigger" wheel to move the "carriage" back after the saw had passed through the log; that labor was done by a man treading upon the cogs of the "ratchet-wheel"--labor exceedingly fatiguing.  For many years it was the only saw-mill in the town, and several of the houses now standing on King Street are covered with boards which were sawn in this first mill.
THE FIRST FORT--It was voted that a fort should be erected at the expense of the proprietors, the enclosure to be one hundred feet square, built of hewn logs, seven feet high and eight inches thick when hewn, "to be built three feet above the logs with such stuff as shall be agreed upon by the committee."  From this record it may be inferred that there was an upper work,--a chevaux-de-frise of pointed, projecting timbers, designed to prevent the enemy from climbing over the wooden walls, which undoubtedly were loop-holed for the use of musketry.    It was voted to locate the fortification on the "school lot."  The probabilities are that it was erected a few feet south of that lot, near the spot upon which the first framed house was subsequently erected by Rev. Robie Morrill.
It being found that the enclosure was not large enough to accommodate the entire community, another fortification was erected during the winter.  No record has been preserved in regard to the dimension of the garrison, but it probably was somewhat smaller, and designed as a retreat for the settlers on Queen Street in case of sudden surprise.  Through the years of trouble with the Indians, these garrisons served to protect the resolute men, who, during the most exciting times, when other frontier settlements were abandoned, never thought of yielding the ground to the foe.
The first attack of the Indians upon Contoocook was made about 1744, though the exact date is unknown.  Josiah Bishop, who was at work in his field at the lower end of King Street, was surprised by a party of Indians. They took him into the woods, probably up the rocky hill west of the lower end of King Street. He made an outcry, and quite likely preferred death to captivity.  As was subsequently learned from the Indians, he resisted bravely, and they dispatched him with their tomahawks.  The capture naturally threw the settlement into commotion; but the citizens having located their homes, determined to defend them. The summer was one of great anxiety. The families took refuge in the garrisons, while sentinels were ever on the watch while the citizens were at work.
The chief item of interest in the call for the annual meeting of the proprietor’s in 1752 was the erection of a second fort.  The meeting was held May 20th, and the following vote passed:
 "Voted to raise L200 old tenor to be laid out in building a garrison or fort & to be built forthwith and to be set on Samuel Gerrish's lot which was originally laid out unto Richard Greenough, said fort to be one hundred & ten feet square or otherwise as the committee shall Judge, allowing said building to cover the land."
This second fort was erected on the hill.  Stephen Gerrish, Jacob Flanders, and Richard Jackman were placed in charge of the work. It is probable that this fortification stood on the site of the smaller fort, erected during the previous troubles.
We have not been able (says Mr. Coffin) to ascertain what citizens of Contoocook enlisted in the war against the French and Indians. It is not likely that their names would be found on the proprietors' records.  It is known that Philip Flanders was killed at Crown Point. He was a ranger in Major Rogers' company. He was the son of Jacob Flanders, one of the first settlers (10th of 13 children – his mother was Mercy Clough) and lived at the south end of Water Street. He was brother of Deacon Jesse Flanders, who was in one or more of the campaigns against the French and Indians.
Andrew Bohonon, one of the first settlers of Contoocook, also served in one or more campaigns. He was brother-in-law of Philip and Jesse Flanders, having married their oldest sister Tabitha."

Genealogy of Philip Flanders (son of Philip Flanders who was killed at Crown Point
1. Steven Flanders married to Jane Sandusky                 birth 1620
2. Corp John Flanders married to Elizabeth Sargeant    birth 1658
3. Jacob Flanders married to Mercy Clough                     birth 1689
4. Philip Flanders married to Mary Martin (widow)       birth 1729
5. Philip Flanders (Steven Call guardian)                   est. birth 1757
If this Philip married Eunice Eastman in 1796 he would have been 39 years old, and Eunice (born 1776) would be 20 years old.  If Collins Eastman Flanders (born 1814) then his father would have been 57 years old at time of his son's birth.
6. Philip 3rd - Is there a son born approx. 1775-1776?

Saturday, August 22, 2015

PHILIP FLANDERS 3RD - Will the REAL Philip 3rd please stand up???

Steven Flanders (a Puritan) is the first recorded Flanders in America.  He arrived at Salisbury, Massachusetts before 8 March 1646 - as the first record of him is the birth of his son on that date.  He was not in Salisbury in 1640 when a complete list of inhabitants was made.

It appears that he married Jane Sandusky prior to arriving in Salisbury, and that their daughter, Mary, was born elsewhere.  There are no listings on any ships of his name sailing to America, but it is common for people who were escaping the reign of King Charles I to use an assumed name.

After 1643 more Puritans returned to England than came to America because things had settled down and they were more safe from religious persecution.

Salisbury was the most northern of the 30 Massachusetts Bay Colonies - located 40 miles along the sea coast above Boston.

Several documents were signed by Steven Flanders, and he would not have been allowed to sign documents unless he was a Puritan.  Some were church documents and also the Oath of Fidelity to Cromwell's Puritan Commonwealth in 1651, 2 years after the beheading of King Charles.

18 February 1650 a general meeting was held and Steven Flanders was made a townsman on condition that he constantly keep the town herd of cows.  At that time there were only 1300 cattle in New England for a population of 20,000 people, and their value had risen to great heights.  After a few years with this responsibility he turned to having a plantation of his own.

"Pioneers of Massachusetts" (by Pope) lists Stephen Flanders as PLANTER OF THE PLANTATION OF SALISBURY.  In those times a man who owned much property outside of a city was termed a "Planter".  Steven was not a rich man, but he was steadily a prosperous man, buying and selling real estate until 4 years prior to his death.

Steven died 27 June 1684, shortly after the death of Jane (19 November 1683).  There appears to be  a talent for public service in the blood lines of the Flanders family, as four of his descendants were governors of States of Territories, there were Generals in the US army, judges, congressmen and senators, revolutionary patriots, minister to France, secretary of War, etc.

At his death his estate of about 30 pounds of sterling was divided into 5 pounds for each of his 6 living children - thus he left his children well provided for.  He had given a substantial dowry to his daughter Sarah and had set up his 2 oldest sons on separate farms (with cows, horses, swine, sheep, meadowland, pastures).

(1)  Mary        Birthdate and place unknown.  Died 4 May 1650 (child)
(2)  Stephen    Born 6 March 1646.  Married Abigail Carter
(3)  Mary        Born 7 May 1650.  Married ________Feavor
(4)  Philip       Born 14 July 1652.  Married Martha Eaton Collins
(5)  Sarah        Born 5 November 1654.  Married John Newhall
(6)  Naomi      Born 15 December 1656.  Married __Darling, (2) Benjamin Eastman
(7)  John         Born 11 February 1659.  Married Elizabeth Sargent

Child #4, Philip, married Martha Eaton, widow of Benjamin Collins.  They had no children of their own but he raised her two sons (John and Benjamin Collins).  Philip was a huge blessing to each of his siblings throughout the years, as well as a very respected man in the community.  Thus, many people were named after him ... thus causing the problem with 5 lines of PHILIP 3RD (grandfather to Collins Eastman Flanders) that can possibly be our genealogy line.  I AM LOOKING FOR ANY DOCUMENTATION:

From the book :Descendants of Stephen Flanders (1932) by Ellery Kirke Taylor


For 15+ years I have been mapping the huge family of Steven Flanders and Jane (Sandusky) to find which Phillip Flanders 3rd is the father of Collins Eastman Flanders.  There are 4+ possible lines with Philip 3rd.  Steven and Jane had 7 children.  Child #4 Philip (married to Martha Eaton Collins) didn't have children of his own, but was very successful and helped many family members - thus many named their sons Philip to honor him.
           1.       Steven and Jane Flanders’ Child #1 (Steven Flanders b.8 Jan 1646) had 11 children, the 8th named Philip (m to Joanna Smith) had 7 children (pg 45-47 Flanders Family book). They moved to Warner, NH with brother Daniel (History of Warner pg 85). Their 2nd child was named Philip Jr (m to Hannah Morrill) had 8 children.  Their 5th named Philip 3rd (pg 76-77 Flanders Family book).  He was born 22 Jun 1746 (pg 144 Flanders Family Book) and married Jemima Bennett.  The 1790 Census shows them with 2 children:  Anna (8 May 1777) and Philip (24 Jun 1780).  If this Philip married Eunice Eastman in May 1796 he would have been 16 years old and her 20 years old.  PROBABLY NOT due to his age.  However, the location (Warner) is accurate. (Purple line on my chart)

 2.       Steven and Jane Flanders’ Child #7 (Corporal John Flanders b.11 Dec 1658) had 9 children (m to Elizabeth Sargeant) pg 50-53 Flanders Family Book.  Their 1st child (Jacob 1689 m to Mercy Clough had 13 children.  The 10th child Philip (m to Mary___ Martin) 23 Oct 1753 (pg 89 Flanders Family book and Vital records of Salisbury Mass to end of year 1849).  Philip was killed in the Crown Point War 1 Nov 1758 (age 28), 5 years after marriage (pg 89 Flanders Family book and 172 History of Merrimack County).  Son Philip (minor above 14 years) was assigned to Stephen Call (guardian) 3 Jun 1773.  This Philip enlisted 1 Jan 1777 as Continental Soldier and discharged 1 Jan 1782 after serving 5 years in army (pg 175 Boscowen History, Merrimack County).  IF HE MARRIED AND HAD SON PHILIP, IT WOULD BE PHILIP 3RD – thus date for him marrying Eunice Eastman 19 May 1776 would show him appx 19 years of age and her at 20 years of age.  YES, POSSIBLE.  Warner and Hopkinton in Merrimac County is an accurate location.  (Green line on my chart) Highest possibility!

 3.       Steven and Jane Flanders’ Child #7 (Corporal John Flanders b.11 Dec 1658) had 9 children (m to Elizabeth Sargeant). Their 6th child Philip Jr. 19 Oct 1702 (m to Abigail French) had 3 children, all died in infancy, and adopted a 4th from Henry and Rhoda Osgood which they named Philip  (18 Aug 1757).  He was blessed South Hampton Church Vol 53).  If this Philip married Eunice Eastman he would be 19 years old at time of their marriage and he could have listed his name as Philip 3rd.   YES, POSSIBLE.  Property records show all transactions in Salisbury and South Hampton – thus location may not be accurate.  (Blue line on my chart)

 4.       Steven and Jane Flanders’ Child # 7 (Corporal John Flanders b.11 Dec 1658) had 9 children, married to Elizabeth Sargent.  Their 2nd child Lieutenant John (b.1691) married Sarah Prince and they had 9 children – with Philip (the youngest b. 13 Apr 1739) who married Ruth Gretchel 1 Jan 1759.  From South Hampton.  MOST LIKELY NOT THIS LINE  (Red line on my chart)


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

JANE SANDUSKY FLANDERS - First Flanders Woman in America


There are many mysteries to be solved in the Flanders family history line, and JANE FLANDERS is one of them!

Steven Flanders is the first Flanders listed in America.  It is said that the ship that he sailed on towards America sunk before reaching land, and that his wealth and possessions were lost.  However, due to him having "spektacles" (eyeglasses), he was known to be of European higher-class and educated.  He married a woman named Jane, listed as 'Sandusky Indian', and family stories state that she was an Indian princess. 

As early as the late 1500's, the Sandusky tribe lived on the banks of the Sandusky River in Ohio.  For some reason the tribe splinteed and went in opposite directions; some to Oklahoma, the rest to New York.  The New York tribe was absorbed into the Iriquois tribe.  Some of the early missionaries from Jamestown reached that area and took some of the tribe to upper New England to be Christianized.  Tradition says that Jane was a Christianized Indian, and this could explain how she would have been in Georgeana, Maine (now known as York) when Steven Flanders arrived to America.

There are several reasons to believe that Jane was an Indian princess. Colonial records indicate that she had an excellent command of the English language, causing questions to arise as to her origins.  On the other hand, she was recorded as being an exceptionally fierce and violent woman, characteristics not usually associated with Puritan female colonists:
She was referred to by colonist William Osgood as “a foresworn wretch.”
A complaint to Salisbury court brought by Goodwife Flanders against Samuel Gachall and his wife for calling her vile names: 
"She and her daughter went into Gachell’s field to see where their cattle had broken in and Goodwife Gachell met them and asked if they had come to steal their corn. I said no, I haue no need of yor corn; then shee said  ‘Geet of my ground thou pennycoinquick –  I am sheure you are com to stell my corn.’ Shee had a pumkeng in har hand.  She held it up & said shee woold staue my hed wth it. Then I said if my Cattell haue stooid your corne your piggs haue stooyd mine wheat.  Then shee said ‘Com doun St Donstone to heare how the Deuill lies’ & Likewise good man Gacheall doe often prouocke mee by calling my Children Deuills etc .”

The epithet “pennycoinquick” that Goodwife Gachall hurled at Jane Flanders, when Jane and her daughter allegedly entered the neighbor’s cornfield in search of the Flanders’ cows, is a mystery. It sounds like it could be an Indian word, but could also be some obscure English insult. There was a prison at ”Pennycomequick” near Plymouth, England. “Pennycomequick” comes from the old Celtic name “Pen y cwm coet, meaning “the head of a wooded valley”, or “Pen y cwm gwyk, referring to a nearby creek.
On October 16, 1649, Jane was also brought before the local Court for abusing her husband and neighbors.
Excerpt from The Flanders Family: From Europe To America (2nd ed. volume I) by Stephen M. Flanders (2000): “Jane Sandusky, was purported to be of Indian descent. This is a tradition in the family; however, there has never been a tribe of Sandusky Indians in the region of New England which she was found in. However, there has not been enough evidence found to refute it either.

She had “A ready tongue, together with no hesitancy to use it, and these attributes of hers could not pass unrecorded in a community of Puritans, who tolerated nothing. After reading the old court records, one."
It was common during that time to press civil charges against individuals who displayed rudeness, aggression, and unkindness. It would make sense for a woman of Indian background to be somewhat wild compared to the Puritans, as well as to struggle with the harsh Puritan code of living. Puritan life would have taken away a more free lifestyle she had previously known.  Plus, they had a constant struggle against hardships of deprivations in this new land, as well as cultural and language differences.
There was an old GEDCOM listing for a “Jane ‘Sandusky’, Indian”, who married Stephen Flanders, which is documented. It says that she was Iroquois of Sandusky descent. It quotes as sources: Eunice Allen, genealogist, Mary Parrish, Genealogy Files of Mary Parish, Columbus, Wisconsin and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Ancestral File.
According to Henry Howe, an early Ohio historian, the origin and meaning of the name “Sandusky” was also a matter of some dispute. However, William Walker, principal Chief of the Sandusky Wyandot tribe living at Upper Sandusky, Ohio in 1835-36, claimed that it meant, “at the cold water,” and should be pronounced “San-doos-tee.”

Jane “Sandusky” Flanders died on November 19, 1683 at about age 61 at Salisbury, Massachusetts.


was born on 6 March 1814 in Warner, Merrimack, New Hampshire to:
PHILIP FLANDERS 3rd (of Warner, New Hampshire) and
UNIS EASTMAN (of Hopkinton, New Hampshire) 

Hopkinton, NH Vital Records / Marriages 1737-1858
Mr. Philip Flanders 3rd of Warner and Miss Unis Eastman of Hopkinton were married at Hopkinton May 19, 1796 by Benjamin justice of the peace.

Book:  The Flanders Family from Europe to America (page 832) shows: 

Collins Eastman Flanders, born March 6, 1814, at Warner, NH, married first in New Hampshire:

(1) Mehitable Dow of Boscowen, NH, married on 29 Dec 1834, by Daniel Moody.  She was presumably the daughter of Nathaniel Dow and Sarah Pettingill.  Collins was 20 years old at the time of this marriage.  On his arm he had tattooed a picture of a woman with the name Mehitable beneath it.  It is possible that his wife Mehitable Dow, died before he went to Hawaii or later to Utah.

(2) Kealakahionua (no children listed) married in Hawaii on May 13, 1854 - 20 years after his previous marriage.  (source call #1014414 film, Source M518961 (dates 1826-1885).  There are no records of him traveling to Utah with any of the pioneer wagon trains, thus he most likely learned about the Church of Jesus Christ while living in Hawaii and then traveled to Utah from there.

Two months later Collins Eastman Flanders was baptized a member of  the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (a Mormon) on July 17, 1854 by P.B. Lewis in the Salt Lake Temple, SLC, Utah. (40 years old)

Two years later he received his patriarchal blessing on July 30, 1856 in Santaquin, Utah from Isaac Morley (Volume 18, page 32, No. 26).  (42 years old)

One year later he was ordained into the 15th Quorum of Seventies on March 9, 1857, by H.W. Mikesell, signed by Joseph Young, President,.  By virtue of his office, was called to preach the gospel and officiate in all the ordinances thereof. (Robert Campbell, clerk).  From early Church records (Info file 1,750,676) shows Father as Phillip and Mother as Eunice Eastman.

He received his endowment in the Salt Lake Temple July 10, 1857 (43 years old) (which was the same date as his marriage to the following woman):

(3) Ellen Sophia Jacobs was sealed to Collins Eastman Flanders in the Salt Lake Temple on July 10, 1857.  She was born April 6, 1832 at Stangvik, Norway (daughter of Goodman Jacobs and Betsey ____).  Record (AFN:BXR9-QN) also show her married to Dimick Huntington.
Their Children:
1.  Ellen Sophia (1860 census shows her full name)
3.  Collins Eastman Jr.
4.  Sarah Olive
5.  Oden Goodman (Ricky Ralph Gurney is from this line)
Joseph Smith Flanders (a child age 5, born 1855) is listed on the 1860 census.  The child would have either been born to them prior to their temple sealing, or from a prior marriage (Dimick?), as Collins Eastman Flanders married Ellen Sophia Jacobs in 1857.

Six months later he married (in polygamy) to:

(4) Anna Joneson Simonson was born 15 December 1820 in Sweden.   They were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on 20 Dec 1857 (she was 37 years old).  She died 30 December 1872 (15 years later).  They were married for 15 years.
Their children:
1.  Eunice Jemima - born 25 Sep 1858 at Santaquin, Utah.
2.  Hyrum Smith - born 7 Feb 1861 at Moroni, Utah
3.  Nancy Colburn - born 4 June 1864, died 1943
Mary A. Simonson Flanders - born in Sweden - a 10 year old child who was living with the family at time of 1860 Census, appears to be Anna's child from a previous marriage.

Salt Lake Cemetery records show death for Anna Flanders as 28 Dec 1872 and birth date as 1818.  Also, that she died in Salt Lake City and is buried in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.  It shows a child listed as:  Nina Colby Tubesing (?) Nancy Colburn? would only have been 8 years old at time of her death.
Nancy Colby Tubesing's info in Find-a-Grave shows her:
Death:   Oct. 12, 1943 in Ely, White Pine County, Nevada, USA
Spouses:    Eugene Whitear (1861 - 1923)  John Henry Tubesing (1861 - 1940)  
James Wesley King (1854 - 1946)*
Anna May King Will (1885 - 1970)*
Burial:  Cloverdale Memorial Park, Boise, Ada County, Idaho, USA

Nine months after Anna's death Collins married (57 years old):

(5) Harriet Husbands Bell (a widow)
Born:               13 Feb 1832 in London, England                  
Died:               15 Aug 1899 in Salt Lake City, UT
Marriage:       29 Sep 1871
Their Children:
(1)  Eliza Ann Flanders (Twin) (1871-1932) Married a Meredith
(2)  Ruben P. Flanders (Twin) (1871-1874)  Died at 3 years old

Thomas Husbands had moved from his rural home in the village of Bishop's Frome, Hereford County, England, to London to obtain work in one of the breweries there.  In London, he met and married Margaret Maria Weaight and they raised a family of seven children.  Their second daughter, Harriet, was born in London on 15 February 1832.  Thomas was killed in an accident at the brewery on 13 May 1857.  His widow, who had been converted to the Mormon faith, decided to leave England for America.  They travelled on the clipper ship Underwriter, which arrived in New York on 1 May 1860.  They then travelled to the Mormon camp at Florence, Nebraska, (on the site previously known as Winter Quarters), followed by an additional eleven weeks crossing the plains to Salt Lake City, arriving there on 30 September 1860.
Ten weeks after her arrival in Salt Lake, the 28-year-old Harriet Husbands married 45-year-old Millard Bell were married.  Six children were born to this marriage, three of whom survived to adulthood.  Millard operated a lumber yard in Salt Lake City.   There is an old family story that at some point it suffered a devastating fire.  Eight years after their marriage, Millard Bell died of "apoplexy" (a stroke) on 18 August 1868.  

Following her husband's death, Harriet married into the polygamous family of Collins Eastman Flanders, on 29 September 1871.  She was the fifth of his five wives and bore him three children.  Harriet Bell (she retained the Bell surname) died of paralysis and myelitis (an inflamation of bone marrow) on 28 August 1899.  She is also buried in the Salt Lake City cemetery. 

The Salt Lake City Directory (1874) shows Collins Eastman Flanders in the 20th Ward (page 216) occupation as a stonecutter.

1850 Census in Hopkinton, Merrimack, New Hampshire
shows Collins E as 36 years old, a stonecutter with Mehitable H (age 44) and 3 children:  Judith Augusta (9) born in 1841, Mary A (Alice) (7) born in 1843, Harriet S (6) born in 1844.  It also shows Polly Eaton (age 59) living with them.  Mehitable was 8 years his senior.

June 1860 Census in Sanpete County, Fort Ephraim, Utah (page 47) shows Collins Eastman Flanders (age 46 years), stonecutter, with real estate value $100 and personal property valued at $200.  It shows Ellen Sophia (age 38), her son Joseph Smith (5 years) and Ellen Sophia, daughter (3 years).  It also shows Anna (age 40 years) with daughter Mary A (10 years) and Eunice Jemima (1 year old).  A man, Samuel Martin (age 27) from England lives with the family, as well as Mary (age 20, Samuel (age 7), Mary E (age 2) and Martha (age 1).  

Collins Eastman Flanders died at the St. Mary's hospital 28 January 1916 and was buried in the pauper's section of the Salt Lake City Cemetery in an unmarked grave.  It is said that he worked for 20 years as a stonecutter in building the Salt Lake Temple.

In gratitude to him, I would like to find family members who are willing to get together, order a headstone for Collins Eastman Flanders's grave!  I am truly grateful for his courage to become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and to gift us (his posterity) the privilege of the ordinances and teachings of Jesus Christ.  If you are not a member and have not received the required ordinances of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, you can learn more here: