Newspaper Articles

of the

Sanderson/Loomis Family


Salisbury NY

Contributed by Lisa Slaski

The following is some information on the Sanderson family of Salisbury which I found while doing research for another person. Two brothers married daughters of Heman Loomis, also of Salisbury, and some info is also included on this family. I am not related to this family, nor do I have any further information. Also, this is NOT a complete record of the family! - Lisa Slaski

Zackius Sanderson was born about 1789 in MA. He is found in the town of Orleans, Jefferson county in 1840, 1850 and 1860 and died sometime after 1860. He was married to Margaret Visger born about 1816 in NY. They had children:

*   Sarah Sanderson, b. about 1836
*   Nancy Sanderson, b. about 1839
*   James Francis Sanderson, b. abt 1844, Civil War Veteran
*   Delila Sanderson, b. about 1847
*   Lavina Sanderson, b. about 1849, m. M. E. Spencer (obit. Utica Herald Dispatch, 17 Jan 1905)
*   Orlando Sanderson, b. about 1854
*   Addie Sanderson, b. about 1857, m. Merton Miller (obit. Utica Daily Press, 22 Dec 1938)
*   William Sanderson, b. about 1859

Zackius Sanderson's son, Orlando, is found in the 1900 census, Salisbury, Herkimer, NY; District 64:

*   Sanderson, Orlando, head, Feb 1854, 46, married 16 yrs, NY, Wales, Germany
*   Sanderson, Hattie R., wife, June 1868, 31, married 16 yrs, 3 children/2 surviving, NY, NY, NY
*   Sanderson, George O., son, May 1886, 14, NY, NY, NY
*   Sanderson, Floyd E., son, Nov 1889, 9, NY, NY, NY (yes, it does read born Nov 1889 age 9)

The following newspaper articles were all found regarding this family on

Richfield Springs Mercury, Sep 11, 1924

William Sanderson and daughter, Pearl, and his son, Jesse Sanderson, and wife were in Salisbury last week attending the funeral of his brother, O. Sanderson, who was killed while crossing the West Shore tracks in Ilion.

Utica Observer Dispatch, 3 Jun 1937

Mrs. Hattie Sanderson

Herkimer - Mrs. Hattie Sanderson, 68, died yesterday, June 2, 1937, at the County Home Hospital, following a long illness. She was a former resident of East Herkimer. Mrs. Sanderson was born Jun 30, 1868?, at Chenango Forks. She was the widow of Cyrus Sanderson of East Herkimer. Mrs. Sanderson leaves a son, Floyd of Utica, and a grandson, Bradford of Herkimer.

Richfield Springs Mercury, 1919-1920 (exact date unknown), under South Columbia

J. F. and Orlando Sanderson of Salisbury Center are the guests of their brother, William Sanderson.

Richfield Springs Mercury, 11 Jun 1925, under South Columbia

The funeral of Mrs. William Sanderson, who died June 2nd, was attended at her late home Friday at 11:30 a.m. by a very large circle of friends. The mortal form, wasted by months of suffering, in a rosehued robe, rested in a magnificent casket covered and surrounded on all sides by beautiful, fragrant floral pieces. Rev. Mr. Gardner of Richfield spoke comforting words and the Millers Mills choir added their vocal message. After a substantial lunch the sad cortage (sic) started on its journey to Salisbury. The deceased, born Fanny Loomis, Oct. 12, 1871, was united in marriage to William Sanderson Mar. 12, 1889, at Salisbury. She is survived by her husband, a daughter, Pearl, of Utica, and a son, Jesse, of Hubbardsville, besides many of her kindred. Glancing rearward, the mother of the deceased, Olive Foster Loomis, was a daughter of Elkanah Foster, one of the younger brothers of the renowned trapper, hunter and scout, Nathaniel Foster, who was born in Windham Co., Vt., in 1767. About 1790 he married Jemima Streeter of New Hampshire and soon came to Salisbury, where he remained a resident about forty yours, hunting and trapping in the northern wilds of Herkimer and Hamilton counties, sometimes realizing over $1,200 from his catch in a single season. His father, also known as Nathaniel, and brothers, Shubal and Elisha, came to Salisbury. Mrs. Sanderson's mother remembers Nat Foster often being a guest at her father's house when she was a child. He died in Oneida Co. in March, 1841, and was buried near Salisbury, his grave marked only by a field stone. At the beginning of the last century the Indians thought the vast woods and many lakes of northern New York, were theirs by possession and resented interference and Foster, then a resident of Brown's Tract, regarded the densely wooded wilderness free to all. His trial for shooting Peter Waters, a St. Regis Indian, early in 1834 is a matter of history and an unusual feature of the event is recalled. The circuit Judge, Hon. Hiram Davis, was assisted at the trial by four county judges. James Cleland. John B. Dygert, Abijah Osturn and Richard Henderson. When Foster's council asked a witness if he had heard the Indian threaten Foster's life, the prosecution objected and Judge Davis sustained the objection without consulting the county judges whereupon Judge Cleland dissented from the decision and was sustained by two of the others, thus overruling the presiding judge, and Foster was acquitted by the jury.

Richfield Springs Mercury, 22 May 1913

Mrs. William Sanderson was called to Salisbury last week by the death of her father.

Richfield Springs Mercury, 10 Apr 1913

Mrs. William Sanderson is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Heman Loomis of Salisbury Center.

Utica Daily Press, 22 Dec 1938

Mrs. Addie E. Miller

Salisbury Center- Mrs. Addie E. Miller, 80, died Dec. 21, 1938, at the Little Falls Hospital where she was receiving treatment, following a stroke four weeks ago.

She was born in Stone Mills, Jefferson County, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Zuechius Sanderson. She was married in 1873 to Merton Miller, who died in 1927.

There survive two sons, Floyd and Ernest, Salisbury Center; two brothers, William Sanderson of South Columbia, and Frank Sanderson of Salisbury Center; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be held Friday at 2 p.m. from the home of the son, Ernest, this place. The Rev. C. F. Moulton, pastor of the Universalist Church, will officiate and the body will be placed in the Dolgeville vault for interment in the spring in Rural Grove Cemetery at Salisbury Center.

Utica Daily Press, 10 Oct 1966

Just 25 Years Ago

James Frank Sanderson died at the age of 98 yesterday at his Salisbury Center home. He is believed to have been Herkimer County's last Civil War veteran and one of three in the county to have fought at Gettysburg. He had resided at Salisbury Center since 1869 and for over 30 years recited Lincoln's Gettysburg Address at the community's Memorial Day services.

Utica Herald Dispatch, 17 Jan 1905, under Dolgeville

Mrs. Lavina Spencer

Her Death Followed Brief Illness of Typhoid Pneumonia

Dolgeville, Jan. 17, - Mrs. Lavina Spencer died at her home in Salisbury Center yesterday after a brief illness of typhoid pneumonia. Mrs. Spencer was born in this vicinity about 50 years ago and she became the wife of Mr. Spencer about 1879. Since that time she had lived at Salisbury Center and Emmonsburg. The surviving relatives are her husband, M. E. Spencer, of Salisbury Center: one daughter, Mrs. Eva McLane, and one son, George, both of Salisbury Center; a stepson, Delton Spencer, of this village; one sister, Mrs. Merton Miller, of Salisbury Center, and three brothers, Frank Sanderson of West Winfield, and William and Orlando Sanderson of Herkimer. The funeral will be held from the house Wednesday at 1 p.m., the Rev. S. G. Dopp officiating.

Utica Herald Dispatch, 13 May 1913, under Dolgeville

Funeral of Heman Loomis

The funeral of the late Heman Loomis will be held to-morrow afternoon at 2 o'clock from his home at Salisbury Corners. Mr. Loomis was born in 1842 and had spent practically his whole life in Salisbury, where he was highly esteemed. Fifty-five years ago he was united in marriage to Miss Ollie Foster. Mr. Loomis's death occurred Tuesday night. He is survived by his widow; by six daughters, Mrs. Clayton Sponable of Salisbury, Mrs. Lafe Hughes of Salisbury, Mrs. Clemons of Cedarville, Mrs. William Sanderson of Richfield Springs, Mrs. Mabel Timmerman of Miolt (Minot?) and Mrs. Frank Sanderson of Salisbury; two brothers, Calvin Loomis of Salisbury and William of Little Falls; and one sister, Mrs. Ecret? of Utica. The service to-morrow will be held from the Salisbury Baptist Church, the Rev. O. E. Croft officiating and interment will be made in the Salisbury Cemetery.

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