David Stanford and Cynthia A. Pearl's 120th anniversary is today, married in 1890 when he was 52 and she was 56. I would love to know more about Mr. Stanford. He seems to be a very complex individual. When Cynthia and David married he still probably had a couple of kids at home. The 1880 federal census looks like this:
Home in 1880: Stanford, Clay, Illinois
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1838
Relation to Head of Household: Self (Head)
Spouse's Name: Nancy A.
Father's birthplace: Ohio
Mother's birthplace: Ohio
Neighbors: View others on page
Marital Status: Married
David Stanford 42
Nancy A. Stanford 35
Margret J. Stanford 14
Catharine E. Stanford 12
Ammand M. Stanford 9
William H. Stanford 7
Etta May Stanford 1M
Effa June Stanford 1M
>From what I've read about him, he need to have some one help with the kids. Nancy Ann Kenley, our great-grandmother, died in Oct of 1888. A little more than a year later he married Cynthia. Here is his Obituary from May 30th 1912:
"David Stanford passed to his reward on the evening of May 30th, Memorial Day, having experienced seventy-five years of Earth's joys and sorrows.David is the boys' 3rd great-grandfather.
Mr. Stanford was a native of Indiana but had resided most of his life in Illinois, and for about thirty years had lived in Douglas County. He was a farmer until 1892, in which year he engaged in mercantile pursuits in Old Villa Grove, which occupation followed until advancing years compelled him to retire from active life.
Mr. Stanford was married three times and was the father of sixteen children, his first wife being the mother of of three and his second wife, thirteen. Five of the latter are now mourning the loss of their father, Mrs. Jennie Woodson (sic, Wooden) and Mrs. Katherine Wishard, of Appleton City, Missouri, Mrs. Dora (sic, Cora) Bryan of Champaign, Illinois, and William Stanford and Mrs. Bertha Anderson of this city. His aged and faithful wife is also left behind together with four brothers and four sisters and a number of their relatives and friends.
During the war of the rebellion, Mr. Stanford served in the 36th Illinois Infantry, from which he was honorably discharged at the close of the hostilities.
In the year 1868 the subject of this sketch became a member of the Christian Church, and it was under the auspices of that organization that his remains were taken to their last resting place on Sunday, June 2, 1912. The services were held in the Christian church. Rev. C.H. Soriven officiating, before a large concourse of mourning relatives and sympathizing friends.
Mr. Stanford will be missed in Vill Grove. He was a man of sterling worth, he had firm convictions and the courage to live them."
James Parkinson died 117 years ago today in 1893 at age 87. James is the husband of the boys' 4th great-grandaunt, Mahala Earnest, born in 1811 in Kentucky. Mahala is the sister of Rachel Earnest who is the 7th born of the 10 that Jacob A. Earnest and Elizabeth Sims begot. Rachel married Resin D. Brown in Sangamon Illinois May 15, 1834 and they begot 12 Brown children with Charlotte, the mother of Lottie B. Ray, being the 4th born.
Mary Ann Cleveland is 190 years old today, born in 1820. Mary Ann is the boys' 1st cousin 6 times removed, the 3rd born of the 14 her father John Platt Cleveland and her mother begot. Her mother is Nancy Ann Cotton, the sister of Ira Cotton, 2 of the 5 children born to the boys' 6th great-grandparents, Thomas Cotton and Anna Hubbard who were married in Middletown, CT October 31, 1787.
John Henry Chambers is 162 years old today, born in 1848, in Hall county, GA. He died on May 31 1916 in Cherokee county, GA. Just down the street from us, Really. John Henry lived to be 68. He is Ella's 3rd great-grandfather. John and Sarah Matilda West married on Dec 24th 1871 in Hall County, GA. They begot 9 children: William Samuel Chambers (1872-1937), Washington Columbus Chambers (1874-1944), James Talley Chambers (1875-1875), Mary Luvady Chambers (1876-1959), John Jovas Chambers (1877-1947), Noah Benjamin Chambers (1879-1943) - Ella's great, great-grandfather, Robert Fletcher Chambers (1880-1952), Infant Chambers (1881-1881), Walter Arny Chambers (1884-1918). Noah Chambers married Dellia Keever in 1908 and begot Nellie Chambers (1909-1973) - Ella's great-grandmother, Gid Chambers (1907- ), Ede Chambers (1908- ) and Mary Dee Chambers (1919-1982). Nellie of course married Cecil Robert Hulgan and begot 8 more children that I'm not perfectly clear, or have much info, on. What I do have is this:
Gwen Hulgan (?), Lucille Hulgan (?), Raymond Hulgan (?), Syble L. Hulgan (1928- ), Verom Hulgan (1939-1940), Freda Kay Hulgan (1943-1969), Johnny Wayne Hulgan (1947-1962) and Duard Robert Hulgan (1953- ).
Mary Jane Martin died 85 years ago today in 1825 at age 73. Mary Jane is Steve's 3rd great-grandmother, the wife of Thomas Jefferson Everhart. They begot 9 children with Elmer Elsworth Everhart, Steve's 2nd great-grandfather, being the 2nd born. This family is the tale of electricity, trains, beer and Texas oil.