August 21, 2012

Joseph B. Sanborn and Mary Jane Smith Sanborn: Tombstone Tuesday

Loudonville Cemetery sits on a serene hillside in the heart of Loudonville in Ashland County, Ohio. This monument in the older section of the cemetery marks the final resting place of Joseph Beverly Sanborn, born March 6, 1810, in Chichester, New Hampshire, and his wife Mary Jane Smith Sanborn, born September 16, 1810, in New Hampshire.(1) Joseph B. Sanborn was a schoolteacher in Loudonville for many years.(2) Buried with them is their son, George P. Sanborn, who died at 11 years old.

The inscription reads:
MARCH 6, 1810
MARCH 8, 1882
SEPT. 16, 1810
MARCH 19, 1870
DEC. 30, 1833
SEPT. 25, 1845 (3)

Joseph B. Sanborn was my husband’s great-great-great-great-uncle.

(1) For Joseph B. Sanborn’s birth date and place: William H. Jones, Vital Statistics of Chichester New Hampshire 1742-1927 (Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, 2000), p. 35. For Mary Jane Smith’s birth place: 1850 U.S. Census, Hanover Township, Ashland County, Ohio, population schedule, p. 126B (stamped), p. 252 (written), dwelling 71, household 71, J.B. Sanborn; digital image, Ancestry ( accessed 24 June 2012); citing NARA microfilm publication M432, roll 658.
(2) 1860 U.S. census, Loudonville, Ashland Co., Ohio, population schedule, p. 177 (stamped), p. 197 (written), dwelling 1358, household 1401, Joseph B. Sanborn; digital image, Ancestry ( accessed 24 June 2012); citing NARA microfilm publication M653, roll 930.
(3) Joseph B. Sanborn, Mary Jane Smith, and George P. Sanborn tombstone, Loudonville Cemetery, Loudonville, Ashland County, Ohio; photographed by Shelley Bishop, June 2012.

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  1. Wow, I'm a Sanborn descendant, too, but I still live in New Hampshire. My great grandmother was born in Chichester. Interestingly, there is a town near Chichester called Loudon. I wonder if there is a connection to the name of the county in Ohio?

    1. That IS curious, Heather. I confess I haven't looked into how Loudonville got its name, but I'm going to now. I wouldn't be surprised if there's a connection between the two--a lot of Ohio towns were named after hometowns in the East.

      We should compare notes and see if we can figure out how and where your Sanborn line intersects with my husband's!

  2. The inscription is so clear and well preserved, and the photograph is fully lighted. For the 1800s, that seems amazing. Or maybe it's mainly the contrast with my own ggfather's tombstone photo, which the DAR regent and I were straining to read last week.

    1. I think this monument must be a replacement for the older original tombstones, Mariann. The marker for Joseph's brother, Jeremiah, from the same time period is older looking, pitted, and much harder to read. This one looks likes it will last for many years to come.

      Are you working on a DAR application? Best wishes with it!


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