Sandra Kay Guenette
Dunham Family Genealogical Research Papers, 1994-2013

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Quantity: 1 box (0.25 cubic ft.), 1 oversized folder
Access: Open to research
Acquisition: Gift of Sandra Kay Guenette, August 2013
Processed By: Kayleigh Paster, Student Assistant (University at Albany), January 2014

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Biographical Note:

Sandra Kay (Payne) Guenette (1945- ) of Saugerties, Ulster County, New York, is the granddaughter of the late Fred R. Dunham (1890-1957) and Edith Robinson (1893-1982). They were married in 1913, and lived in Lexington, Greene County, New York and later West Kill, Greene County, New York. The couple had nine children: Ethel Anna Dunham Payne (1914-1987), Helen Cornelius Dunham Deming (1916-1960), Richard Frederick Dunham (1917-1989), Theda Adalaid Dunham Davis (1919-2012), Viva Ellen Dunham Becker (1924-1995), Hilda Abby Dunham Ballard (1926- ), Daniel Curtis Dunham (1928-1994), Russell Ellroy Dunham (1933-1991), and one stillborn boy (1921).

Fred Dunham’s ancestors include the Ford family (the pre-1604 spelling is “Foord,” which has been retained in some cases), while Edith’s ancestors include the Van Valkenburg and Robinson families. Fred and Edith’s descendents include members of the Payne, Dzilvelis, and Guenette families. Research pertaining to these branches of the Dunham family can also be found in these papers.

In addition to her own research, Guenette draws on information collected by Edith Dunham and earlier work by Hannibal C. Ford. Copies of portions of Ford’s research on the Ford family genealogy are included. The materials in the collection date from approximately 1994 to 2013.

Scope and Content Note:

This collection, compiled by Sandra Kay (Payne) Guenette (1945- ) of Saugerties, Ulster County, New York, is comprised of papers related to the genealogy of the Dunham and allied families. The papers focus primarily on the lineage of Guenette’s maternal grandparents, Fred and Edith Dunham.

The papers related to the genealogy of the Dunham family focus primarily on Fred and Edith Dunham as a starting point for research. Materials pertaining to Fred’s and Edith’s ancestors and descendants comprise the entirety of the collection. This includes research on the Ford, Van Valkenburg, Robinson, Payne, Dzilvelis, and Guenette families, among others. Included in the papers are family photos, photocopies of correspondence, family trees for the Ford and Dunham families, and photocopies of documents used to trace the lineage of the Dunham family, such as marriage and birth registries and school census records. Also included are printed copies of records and notes from Ancestry.com that pertain to the Dunham family and its various branches.

Box and Folder List:


Box Folder Description
1 1
  1. Family photos, including members of the Dunham, Payne, Dzilvelis, and Robinson families
  2. Correspondence: Barbara Dunham Williams to Sandra Kay Guenette
  3. Poems by Barbara Dunham Williams
  4. Genealogical research of the Dunham, Ford (Foord), and Van Valkenburg families
  5. Dunham family tree
1 2
  1. Genealogical research of the Dunham and Ford families
  2. Ford family tree
1 3
  1. Correspondence and genealogical research for the Robinson, Dunham, and Van Valkenburg families
1 4
  1. Genealogical research; for the Robinson, and VanValkenburg families
  2. Family photos, including members of the Dunham and Guenette families, and the Dunham family home in Westkill, New York
1 5 (EL)

Family photos, including members of the Dunham, Payne, Dzilvelis, and Guenette families, and the Dunham family home

  1. Copy of an oil painting of Edith Dunham
  2. Dunham family home, West Kill, Greene County, New York; multiple photographs
  3. Dunham family home and surrounding area; multiple photographs with comments
  4. Dunham family home; multiple photographs
  5. Family photos: Frances Mae (Payne) Dzilvelis, Carl Raymond Payne, Alvin (Buzzy) Frederick Payne, Sandra Kay (Payne) Guenette
Last Updated: December 30, 2014