Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Anderson Children, Windham, New Hampshire

This gravestone was photographed at the Cemetery on the Plain, Windham, New Hampshire

ERECTED in the memory of five children
of Mr. James Anderson & Mrs. 

Mr. Samuel
died Febry 10
in ye 24 yr
of his age

Mr. John
died Febry ye 18
in ye 22 yr
of his age

Miss Janny
died Febry ye 25
in ye 19 yr
of his age 


David Anderson
died Oct. ye 4 1776
in ye 2 yr of his 

James Anderson
died Sept ye 24 1776
in ye 2 yr of his

This very sad tombstone shows that the first three children listed all died in the month of February 1793, and the set of two year olds (twins?) died in the fall of 1776.   All their children died young! 

Perhaps the stone originally commemorated the first three children, and the second two were added. This is my theory since there are three portraits in the top of the stone, and the first three names are under each one? 

We will never know, will we? 

From History of Windham in New Hampshire (Rockingham County) 1719 - 1883, by Leonard A. Morrison, page 308:
"James (3), m. Nancy or Agnes Armstrong; they were the first occupants of the James Armstrong, now W. C. Armstrong farm in Windham.  They had children; all died in infancy or youth.  They gave the farm to John Armstrong, for taking care of them in their old age.
1. Samuel (4), b. Oct. 13, 1769; d. Feb. 10, 1793, ae. 24 years.
2. John (4), b. March 31, 1771; d. Feb. 18 1793, ae. 22 Years.
3. David (4). b. 1774; d. Oct 4, 1776, ae. 2 years
4. James (4), b. 1774; d. Sept 24, 1776, ae 2 years" 

Note that the daughter Janny is not mentioned in the History of Windham.  I estimate she was born about 1774.  The father, James Anderson, was the son of David Anderson and "Miss Wilson", and the grandson of the first James Anderson in Windham, who lived in the Double Range. He was one of the first sixteen settlers in Nutfield in 1719.  


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