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 Americanancestors.org 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: http://history.vineyard.net/cemetery/cemlist.htm. 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: http://history.vineyard.net/cemetery/wc/wc1016.htm