Saturday, February 21, 2009

Ann Stanhouse 1823 letter

Ann Stanhouse Lenderson, born 5 Oct 1733 died 12 Oct 1837 a 104 years on Colonial America's

frontier. She was the daughter of JaCheck Spellingmes Stenhouse and Anna Margaritha Veeder.

Ann at the age of 90 wrote a letter to her grand-daughter, Caty Ann , wife of Hezekiah Lenderson, before her 17th birthday, the said Caty Ann at age 85 stated in a letter to Mrs John Doran that Ann Stanhouse at the "age of 18 {1751} accompanied only by a cow walked from Canada to the Mohawk Valley in a week, then purchased a large farm on the south side of the Mohawk."

She Ann , also stated her father was from {the name was on the fold of paper and some of it was missing} looks like E siden --co There are Stanhouse families in Essendon, Lincoln, Huntingdon, England.

What a wonderful bit of history-at first glance

Lets look at the facts:AnnStanhouse father James Stenhouse resident of Livingston Manor, was married 16 Sep 1732 Albany Dutch Ref Church,Albany, N.Y. see Persons families page 106. He and his two sons were harvesting and selling "Ginseng Root" the Viagra of the 18th century. they 0wned 11,000 acares of land east of Sabbathday Point. The two sons had permission from Sir Wm Johnson the stay in the Indian village in the winter months. the father lived in Livingston Manor.

Ann's mother was Anna Veeder daughter of Corset Veeder and Margriet Barret this Margriet

had a sister Magdalena Barret born 31 Aug 1701 who was the wife of Jan Leendertse, born 11 Aug 1700. She also had brother William Barret born 18 Jan 1699.

Now this William Barret and Jan Leendertse held a land patent on the north side of the Mohawk river across from Randel, N.Y.

Our Ann Stanhouse married John Lenderson the son of Jan Leeendertse and Magdalena Barret, John and Ann Lived on a large farm right there across the river from his father and Ann's Uncle William Barret, so this family owned this land, and were intermarried, the farm Ann lived on was mentioned i n Will of her father in law Jan as passing to her husband and her in 1768

I am sure Ann walked many miles and many days from the settlement in Livingston Manor to the Mohawk Valley, but it would have been extremely hazardous to make a trip from Canada in 1751. The French and wood eater Indians controlled everything from the St Lawrence river south to Crown Point and the English with the Mohawks controlled the land from Albany to Fort Edward. The 60 or so miles between these outpost was sure death to anyone captured by either tribe of Indians.

Ann Stanhouse Lenderson, her husband John Lenderson , along with some of there children and grandchildren are all buried on the old Lenderson farm in a family plot once surrounded with cut lime stone wall and iron fence, containing a dozen or more large marble markers. This site is about 500 feet from the old homestead on a slight knoll. Unfortunately this area has been used as a barn yard and now the wall and stones are knocked over.

Ann and her husband are my 5th great Grandparents, it is very upsetting to see the diregard some peoiple have for our ancestors, in this particulate case the owner of the Lenderson farm in the 70's when I lived in the area was also the leader of the local Morman church. In my 60 or more years of cemetery searching have found a great number of these destroyed family plots,

without a doubt this trend will continue in years to come.