(1) ELISHA BENTLEY TANNER (1801-1858)
John's wife Tabitha died seventeen days later, on the 9th day of April,
at only 20 years of age. The baby lived to be raised by his grandmother,
and later by his stepmother.
(2) WILLIAM STEWART TANNER (1802-1875) (3) MATILDA TANNER (1804-1888) (4) WILLARD TANNER (1806-1807)
John Tanner was 29 years of age at this time, with his own family to care for, but as the eldest son he took up the business of his father, running the farm, settling the estate and taking responsibility for his widowed mother, his brothers, and some of his sisters. John's five sisters were:
Mary Tanner Baker (31) (wife of Thomas Potter Baker, a farmer and lumberman) Thankful Tanner Barber (27) (wife of Alpheus Barber) Susannah Tanner Place (23) (wife of Godfrey Place) Betsey Tanner (22) (married Newman Perkins in 1810) Esther Tanner (19) (later married John Wellwood)
Only the two youngest of John's sisters were still living at home in 1807, when their father died. John's four younger brothers and their ages in 1807 were:
Pardon Tanner (16) (later married Harriet Dean) Francis Tanner (14) (later married Alcey Morey) Joshua Tanner, Jr. (12) (later married (1) Survival Bishop and (2) Sally Wells) William Tefft Tanner (8) (later married Lydia Foster and moved to Pennsylvania).
John Tanner's own children in 1807 were Elisha (6), William (4), and
Matilda (2). So there were nine whom John and Lydia were responsible for
-- ten counting John's widowed mother, Thankful Tefft Tanner (age 50).
(5) SIDNEY TANNER (1809-1895) (6) JOHN JOSHUA TANNER (1811-1896) (7) ROMELIA TANNER (1814, lived only two weeks) (8) NATHAN TANNER (1815-1910) (9) EDWARD TANNER (twin) (1817, lived three weeks) (10) EDWIN TANNER (twin) (1817, lived 5 days).
In the spring of 1818, free from the cares of his father's family,
John Tanner moved with his wife and family of six surviving children
about 40 miles north of Greenwich, to Northwest Bay overlooking beautiful
Lake George, in Warren County, New York. Lake George has been called
the most beautiful lake in America. Its water drains northward, into
Lake Champlain and eventually into the Saint Lawrence River near Montreal,
then eastward to the North Atlantic. This whole area was strategically
important historically, since it controlled the invasion route
by water from Canada. Fort William Henry was built on the south end of
Lake George; Fort Ticonderoga to the north on Lake Champlain; and Crown
Point (Fort St. Frederic) to the north of that. Many battles were
fought on and around Lake George and Lake Champlain during the French
and Indian Wars (1689-1763), the Revolutionary War, and the War of 1812.
(11) LOUISA MARIA TANNER (1818-1906) (12) PARDON TANNER (1820-1821) (This child, who died young, was apparently forgotten and left out of the family records. He was not mentioned in the John Tanner Family book, which says that John was the father of 21 children, when he actually had 22) (13) MARTIN HENRY TANNER (1822-1907)
John's mother Thankful Tefft Tanner died 18 November 1822, at 65 years of age. In 1823, John and Lydia again moved their family, this time about six miles south, to Lydia's hometown, Bolton (or Bolton Landing), on the west shore of Lake George; where in 1825 another son was born,
(14) ALBERT MILES STANDISH TANNER (1825-1879)
In May of that year John's second wife Lydia Stewart Tanner died, at 41 years of age, leaving him a widower for the second time, at the age of 46, with nine children to care for. In those times it was nearly impossible for a family to get along without two parents (much more difficult than today, because without any of our modern conveniences and labor saving devices, both earning a living and housekeeping required very strenuous physical labor. Both farmers and housewives worked extremely hard, from sun-up to sundown, just to meet the family's basic needs), so people usually remarried as quickly as they could when a spouse died. John was no exception, and he married a third wife, Elizabeth Beswick (1803-1890), on November 3, 1825. She was 25 years younger than John, being 21 and he 47 when they married. Elizabeth eventually had six sons and two daughters, making a total of 17 sons and 5 daughters in the family; 14 of whom (12 sons and 2 daughters) survived to adulthood.
(15) MYRON TANNER (1826-1903) - Born in Bolton, NY (16) SETH BENJAMIN TANNER (1828-1918) - Born in Bolton, NY (17) FREEMAN EVERTON TANNER (1830-1918) - Born in Bolton, NY (18) JOSEPH SMITH TANNER (1833-1910) Born in Bolton after the family had joined the church (19) PHILOMELIA TANNER (1835-1838) - Born in Kirtland, Ohio (20) DAVID DAN TANNER (1838-1918) - Born in Kirtland, Ohio (Dan was the last to survive to adulthood; two more children were later born in Iowa, but died as children.) (21) SARIAH TANNER (1840-1853) - Born in Montrose, Iowa (22) FRANCIS TANNER (1843-1844) - Born in Montrose, Iowa
(Note: John's last child was 42 years younger than his first child, who had been born in 1801. John was 22 when his first child was born, and 64 at the birth of the last -- although not a record, it's quite a span of years!).