My Grandma, Ola Ruth Hargreaves Gunning used to tell me that we were related to the 2nd President of the United States, John Adams. (Still haven’t discovered if that is true or not). Her youngest brother, Alfred Sunderland Hargreaves and his wife Clara were some of my favorites. I stayed with them a few days in the late 1960’s when a group of girls from my high school went to a summer camp in Portland, Oregon. Uncle Alfred loved driving us around. Sweet Aunt Clara was a wonderful hostess. They lived on beautiful Lake Oswego. At the time I married in 1974 Aunt Clara was teaching macramé. She presented my husband and I with a wall hanging . She also made me a purse. Gorgeous work. I treasure those memories. My Dad felt that Sunderland name came from a grandfather who was killed in a War . That was probably Nathaniel Sunderland who enlisted at Fayetteville, Tn 18 Feb 1814 and he died 1 Feb 1815 while in the hospital at Pearce’s Mill while in the War of 1812. (Genealogical Abstracts of Rev. War Pension Files, Vol. III: N-Z, pg 2522. Do you know where Pearce’s Mill is located? The Abstract says the Mary Ann Reeves Sunderland (Nunnelee) and Nathaniel had 1 son (not named) . Would that be Elizabeth Sunderland Adams (daughter)?
My Dad (Clarence Richard Gunning) tells of Lizzie (Mary Elizabeth Adams Hargreaves) the grandmother who lived with them alot while he was growing up. He remembers that she lived to a ripe old age… and was enormous. He tells of Fanny McVay (Lizzie’s mother) whose husband, Edward and Father-in-law, Benoni were killed at home during the Civil war by bushwackers - Jayhawkers (probably neighbors). The Adams were Confederates. Fanny was pregnant at the time. According to my Dad, the baby daughter was named Sarah Edward. He called her Aunt Eddie. Seems there is another sister Sophronia Adams? Although some of the family traveled West overland, I was told by someone (maybe Grandma Ola) that Fanny ‘s new husband, a Mr. Haight, had her take the boat through the Isthmus of Panama. He felt it too dangerous for her to travel overland. Supposedly this gentleman discovered the Donner Pass route to California. The Haight’s settled in Crescent City, California, had many more children and built a mansion there. I believe that it still exists.
I would love to hear your history and see if it connects with mine! I've just started to put family tree information into Ancestry.com