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Locating a cenotaph for a Massachusetts mariner who died in Cuba.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  In the 1840's and 1850's my ancestors brother was a resident of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.  I understand that Capt. Clifford Dunham died in Cuba in the 1850's.  Can you suggest where I might find something on him?


Answer:  On I was able to locate his marriage record in Tisbury, Massachusetts.  This is part of the pre-1850 Massachusetts Vital Series database. Clifford Dunham, 23, mariner, son of Saunders and Mary Dunham, and Mary Dexter, 29, dau.  of Benj[a]m[in] and Betsey Dexter, July 3, 1849. There is a very well constructed website for gravestones on Martha's Vineyard located at:  Located in the West Chop Cemetery in Vineyard Haven is a cenotaph memorial to Capt. Dunham who died at Havana, Cuba 18 July 1854.  It appears he died from yellow fever while serving aboard the Bark Scotland. Here is a direct link to the memorial online:


Posted by David Lambert at 03/16/2011 11:45:17 PM | 

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