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Updated December 24, 2020

William Perley Annis

William Perley Annis was born May 24, 1857 at Stoneham, MA, the son of Perley Mason and Rosilla (Coburn) Annis. Although there is very little information available about his youth, he did begin playing professional baseball for the Worchester (later Boston) Red Stockings in 1884 when he was 27 years old. Although from his record, it does not appear that he was a stand-out player, he did play in twenty seven games that year and continued with the Red Stockings until at least 1888.

He was described as a right-handed batter, weighed 150 pounds and was 5' 7" tall.

He was married Valentine's Day, February 14, 1880 to Ella F. Nichols at Stoneham, MA and they evidently separated and divorced, because he married again on December 24, 1899 to Lillian Hayden Brown at Stoneham, MA He resided at 6 Avon Street, Stoneham, MA in 1904 and in 1911 he received an Honorary Degree from Wilberforce University.

He died at Kennebunkport, ME on June 10, 1923 and was buried at Lindenwood Cemetery, Stoneham on June 12, 1923. There are no recorded children from either of his marriages.

Lineage: Perley Mason, Joseph David, David, Daniel, Abraham, Cormac Annis

Robert Joseph Annis

Robert “Bob” Joseph Annis (September 5, 1928 – March 31, 1995) was an American soccer defender. He was a member of both the 1948 United States Olympic soccer team and the U.S. team at the 1950 FIFA World Cup. He is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
Annis was a member of the St. Louis Simpkins-Ford club from at least 1948 to 1950. During that time, Simpkins was a dominant team, winning both the 1948 and 1950 National Challenge Cup championships. Bob was selected for the American squad at the 1948 Summer Olympics. However, he did not play in the only U.S. game of the tournament, a 9–0 loss to Italy. Later that summer, he earned his only caps with the national team, a 3–1 win over Israel on September 26, 1948. In 1950, Annis was part of the U.S. team at the 1950 FIFA World Cup, but never entered a game as the U.S. went 1–2 in the first round.
He was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1995, along with the rest of the 1950 U.S. World Cup squad.
Born September 5, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri, he was the son of Frank Charles Annis Sr. and Katherine Anna (Tomasek) Annis, died March 31, 1995 at Ballwin, Missouri. He married Lena Montani and there are no known records of any children His grandfather was a later immigrant who came to the United States from Germany/Poland in 1882.

He died at Ballwin, MO on March 31, 1995 and was buried at Resurrection Cemetery, Affton, St. Louis County, Missouri.

Lineage: Frank C. Annis Sr. (1903-1979) , Robert J. Annis (1866-1945).

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Caroline Elizabeth Annis

Caroline Elizabeth Annis was born September 20, 1980 in Tampa, Florida, the daughter of Michael David and June (Sutton) Annis.
Caroline attended St. Mary's Episcopal Day School, H.B. Plant High School and Stanford University. Caroline is an accomplished runner in track, cross country and marathons. At Plant High School, Caroline was a four-time Florida class 5A cross country state champion, a 1996 and 1997 Footlocker cross country finalist, and a two-time Florida state 1600m champion and a three-time Florida state 3200m champion in track. Running highlights from Stanford University include placing 40th and achieving NCAA All-American status at the 1998 NCAA Cross Country championships; producing Top 10 finishes at the Pac-10 Track and Field Championships in 1999, 2000 and 2002; being Cross Country Team Captain in her senior year; and participating in the NCAA 10,000m track championships in 2002. Additionally, in 1999, Caroline represented the United States at the World Junior Cross Country Championships in Belfast, North Ireland. After college, Caroline participated in the Women’s US Olympic Marathon Trials in 2004 and 2008. Additionally, in 2005, Caroline finished as the 13th overall female and 2nd American female in the Boston Marathon.
Caroline graduated from Stanford with a B.A. in Human Biology and a M.S. in Epidemiology in 2003. During her senior year at Stanford, she received an NCAA post-graduate scholarship, given to a select group of NCAA student-athletes to pursue post-graduate studies. She is currently the Senior Director of Clinical Science at Agios Pharmaceuticals.
In 2008, Caroline married Eric S. Almon and they have three children: Hadley Jewell, born 2012; Blake William, born 2013; and June Margaret, born 2018.

A Brief Biography

She writes: "Born on September 20, 1980 in Tampa, Caroline Annis is a true Floridian. She has lived in the same house, even in the same room, for the 18 years she was raised in Tampa. She had a memorable childhood and from her early years had close relationships with her older sister and brother. Today her sister Natalie C. is 48 and her brother Jeffrey S. "Jay" is 45 and they all still continue frequent contact.
Caroline attended St. Mary's Episcopal Day School and then became a fighting panther at H.B. Plant High School. After high school, she decided to move on to Stanford University and become a Cardinal
She could not pass up the opportunity to attend this glorious institution! She immediately fell in love with the campus and could not ignore the challenging academics nor the remarkable sports program. The weather was also a determining factor for her since she is from Florida and prefers the temperate climate. Not to mention the fact that her aunt and uncle reside in
San Francisco - there was no reason for her not to go to Stanford."

What does her school have to say about her?

"Stanford: An NCAA veteran with outstanding range on the track.
1999 Track & Field Season (Freshman): A versatile athlete who competed in the 1500, 3000, 5000 and 10,000 meters… Ran the 5000 and the 10,000 meters at the Pac-10 Track & Field Championships, finishing fifth in the 10,000 meters, and ninth in the 5000 meters.
1999 Cross Country Season (Sophomore): Ran in five races, including helping the Cardinals to victory at the Pac-10 Championships … Produced two Top 10 finishes ... An alternate at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.
1998 Cross Country Season: Stanford's fourth woman and an NCAA All-American with a 40th place finish ... Helped Stanford win the Pac-10 and NCAA Regional titles, and third place at the NCAAs ... Produced two Top-10 finishes, including fourth place at the Fresno State Invitational ... Represented the U.S. at the IAAF World Junior Cross Country Championships in Belfast, Ireland.
High School: A four-time Florida class 5A cross country state champion ... A 1996 and 1997 Footlocker finalist ... A two-time Florida state champion in track ... A three-time state 3200 meter champion ... Holds state records in the 1600 and 3200 meters.
Cardinal Catalogue: A 1999 Pac-10 Academic cross country selection ... Graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA ... Human Biology major.
Collegiate Career Bests: 1500 meters (4:44.30); 3000 meters (9:58.31); 5000 meters (16:51.33); 10,000 meters (35:45.95)"

What does the press have to say about Caroline? Dave Galloway in a multimedia report from Tampa Bay Online and NewsChannel 8 called "Tampa Bay's All Century Team" writes:

"As an eighth-grader at St. Mary's Episcopal Day School, Caroline Annis fell in love with distance running. She wanted to run for Plant High, which had won three consecutive state championships in girls' cross country.
When she arrived in 1994, Plant's program got even better.
Annis won individual state titles in four consecutive years - the first Floridian to accomplish that since Bradenton's Betty Jo Springs during the 1970s - and led Plant to three state crowns and one runner-up trophy in cross country.
In track, Annis captured six state championships - the 3,200-meter run three straight times from 1995-97, the 1,600 twice and another title in the 4 X 800 relay. She set state records in the 3,200 and 1,600, finishing with a county-record 10 state titles.
She never expected such glory.
"I was running well as a freshman and for much of the season, I was trading the No. 1 spot on our team with (1993 state cross country champion) Rayane Lawrence,'' Annis said. "But I really didn't think much of it all until I won the district meet that year. That was sort of a breakthrough race for me, I suppose, because it came against runners from outside the county. That showed me that maybe I had some talent for it.''
Annis also qualified to run against the nation's best by reaching the finals of the Foot Locker National Cross Country championships during her junior and senior seasons. To do that, a runner must finish in the top eight of a 12-state regional meet in North Carolina.
Plant coach Roy Harrison, who had two runners reach the nationals, considers Annis his best athlete. Also, one of the most thoughtful.
"She's so considerate and respectful of the people around her and she always made a point of telling me how much she appreciated what I did,'' Harrison said. "That meant so much to me as a coach and with Caroline, she naturally felt that way, she always let you know it.
"The only difficulty I've ever had with her was to get her to run slow, to back off on the easy days. I'm not sure if I'll ever get to coach another one like her but, hey, I'm just glad I had one runner like this. Some people go 20 years without getting to coach someone like her.''
While at Stanford University, Caroline earned All-American honors as a freshman with a 40th-place finish at the NCAA meet. This fall, two freshmen - Erin Sullivan and Lauren Fleshman - have made a huge impact for the Cardinal. At last week's regional finals, they finished 2-3 behind Stanford star Julia Stamps, a junior. Annis was rested for the meet and is unsure if she will run in this week's NCAA championships in Indiana.
But whatever happens, Annis said she'll take it in stride and continue to train hard. Running, she hopes, will be a lifetime sport.
"I've been thinking about a marathon but I know it's way too early for me to train for that distance [26.2 miles],'' said Annis, 19. "Hopefully, I've got a lot of good races still to run here for Stanford before I go on to that phase of my career.''

Caroline Annis (Right Front) and Friends

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Caroline's lineage is: Michael David Annis (1942- ), Jere Wright Annis (19019-1989), Homer Burnham Annis (1882-1954), Jere Wright Annis (1844-?), Abiathar Wright Annis (1813-1876), Nathaniel Flood Annis (1788-1877), David Annis (1753-1824), Daniel Annis (1711-1790), Abraham Annis (1668-1738), Cormac Annis (1638-1717)

Claude E. Annis

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