Re: New Flanders book & Benjamin 1779>John 1752
I have an electronic copy of the new edition.I too am descended from Benjamin, son of John Flanders and Phoebe Colburn.I do not think that there is very much new, this is what it now says:
"NOTES for John: John Flanders, b. Sept.27, 1752, Salisbury, MA; d. 1784, drowned in Peaslee's Mill pond at Weare, NH; m. Phebe Colburn; she m.(2) Ebenezer Sargent; b. ca 1754, Weare, NH;d. ca 1828, Chautauqua, NY; son of Philip Sargent and Hannah Hadley; he m.(1) Esther Quimby, who d. Oct.8, 1788. Ebenezer Sargent was a soldier in the Revolution. The surname of Phebe, wife of John Flanders, has not been found in the records, but as John and Elijah Flanders both resided in Weare at about the same period, it seems probable that John's wife was Phebe Colburn, in view of the following evidence: The genealogy of the Colburn-Coburn Families containst the statement that Elijah Flanders married Phebe Colburn, but this has been shown to be incorrect, for Elijah Flanders married Sarah Colburn (History of Weare). This is corroborated by the land deeds. The inaccuracy in the Colburn genealogy would suggest that a Phebe Colburn married a Flanders of Weare. Coupling this with the fact that the wife of John Flanders of Weare was a Phebe_____, then it is very likely that his wife was indeed Phebe Colburn, and perhaps, also, a sister of Sarah, wife of Elijah Flanders. John Flanders served many enlistments in the Revolution; enlisted for 18 months in 1775, and he was at the battle of Bunker Hill. He served in 1776 and 1777, enlisted for 3 years; was discharged Jan.22, 1780. His wife Phebe and her second husband Ebenezer Sargent accompanied the Flanders clan when they removed to western NY to buy land there from the Holland Land Co. They remained there, while his brother, Jacob Adams Flanders, traded their NY holdings to Gideon Granger, and removed to Larue Co., KY. The Flanders brothers had seen the land in western NY when they served in Gen. Sullivan's Battalion during the Revolutionary War. They encouraged other family members to go to NY with them by way of VT, and eventually to Ontario Co., and Chautauqua Co.'s, NY. John was never to see the land of his dreams, due to his tragic drowning in Peaslee's Pond a scant two years after his return frm the war (Fenton Historical Museum, Jamestown, NY) (R:13:14)."