John VANSANDT 1791-1847
Attached is my Payne descendant database, compiled to the best of my ability (at this time). Hopefully there are few to no errors within, but gratefully accept corrections from those better informed. I included notes on Zadok Payne written by a man who knew the family well. On an historical note, Zadok's wife was sister to John Vansandt, an abolitionist whose exploits are well documented and who was a prototype for a character in "Uncle Tom's Cabin". For edification abt him, I include an attachment. Saves me from typing since I'm far from proficient.
Thanks for trying to enlighten me on DNA results and please, feel free to email anytime. ONE MORE question for you: can Sam Payne's DNA sample be upgraded by FTDNA considering it was originally tested by another firm?
Thanks for your help.
Teddy firstname.lastname@example.org - January 4, 2007
Generation No. 1
1. John VANSANDT, born
Notes for John VANSANDT:
[ inscribed on tombstone of John VanSandt ]
"IN HIM CHRISTIANITY HAD A LIVING WITNESS. HE SAW GOD AS HIS FATHER AND RECEIVED EVERY MAN AS A BROTHER. THE CAUSE OF THE POOR, THE WIDOW, THE ORPHAN, AND THE OPPRESSED WAS HIS CAUSE. HE FED, CLOTHED, SHELTERED, AND GUARDED THEM. HE WAS THE EYES TO THE BLIND AND FEET TO THE LAME. HE WAS A TENDER FATHER, A DEVOTED HUSBAND AND A FRIEND TO ALL. HE WAS WHAT IS HERE DESCRIBED BECAUSE HE WAS A CHRISTIAN PHILANTHROPIST, WHO PRACTICED WHAT HE BELIEVED, AND WHO THUS LIVED PRACTICING HIS FAITH"
THE BEGINNING OF THE
1800's found that the United States had increased in size by 885,000 square
miles with the purchase, by President Thomas Jefferson, of the Louisiana
Territory in 1803 and the Lewis & Clark Exploration to the Pacific Ocean,
thus moving the boundaries of our country further West and opening up more
migration to the West. This time frame
also created more states with the inherited problem of Slave States and
John VanSandt was born
The VanSandt name
holds a place of honor among those who believe in freedom for all people for
John VanSandt was the actual prototype "JOHN VAN TROMPE", a character
in Harriet Beecher Stowe's book, UNCLE TOM'S CABIN. Like John VanSandt, Van Trompe, who appears
in chapter IX of the book, had made his home a haven for runaway slaves en
The real John VanSandt
was once a slave owner in
In this period of the early 1800's, it was not safe to be an Abolitionist. But John could not have lived with his conscience had he not tried to help the Black People find freedom and equality.
The critical point in
his life came on
Among his neighbors were many friends of the institution of slavery. They knew there were rewards for capturing runaway slaves. They were suspicious of John VanSandt's actions. Two of them, named Margraves and Hefferman, were awakened that Sunday morning to the sound of VanSandt's wagon being rapidly driven down the road. The two men mounted their horses and started after him.
They overtook John and
his passengers near Bates, a small town southwest of
Salmon P. Chase, later
Chief Justice of the
The case was appealed
by Chase, and contested until it finally reached the Supreme Court of the
It was said that no
stronghold of the Abolitionists was better known through the South than John
On a rainy night in
June, 1843, an Attorney was returning from
In September 1893, BIXBY'S Magazine had a multiple page article on "A SKETCH OF JOHN VAN SANDT " (VOL VIII), which concluded:
"The costs of the
case were now enormous. His
Administrators compromised and paid off the Judgement and costs, a procedure
"Time made its
ravages in the little churchyard at
[***The above data was taken from THE VAN ZANDTS IN AMERICA webpage at: http://home.pacifier.com/~vansandt/john.html***]
2002...Locating John Vansandt's final resting place was no easy task. I
contacted anyone and everyone whom I thought might pinpoint the location of a
cemetery known over a century ago as "Cumminsville". Thru many emails
and trips into
The site, created by Sherri Hall, is beautifully designed and chocked full of information..... Teddy Brock]
In 1853 Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote a 500 page follow-up book to UNCLE TOM'S CABIN titled "THE KEY TO UNCLE TOM'S CABIN"....a book designed to validate the incidents and characters in the original book as having their basis in fact & real life people. In seeking documentation to prove, for myself, that Mrs. Stowe had indeed patterned her character of John Van Trompe after my ancestor, John Vansandt, I knew the answer I sought may just reside within the pages of that book. Luckily, I was able to obtain it thru Inter-Library loan and found confirmation on page 36 of Chapter V., titled "Eliza".
EXCERPT and quote by Harriet Beecher Stowe: "They drove about 10 miles on a solitary road, crossed the creek at a very dangerous fording, and presented themselves, at , at the house of John Van Zandt, a noble-minded Kentuckian, who had performed the good deed which the author, in her story, ascribes to Van Trompe."
I no longer will feel so timid when telling the story of this worthy citizen and humanitarian who just happened to become one of the characters, introduced as John Van Trompe in chapter 9, pp. 92 & 93, in the immortal works known as "Uncle Tom's Cabin".
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