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: