David Stanford and Cynthia A. Pearl's 121th 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 needed 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 118 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 191 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 Stowe is 430 years old today, born in 1581. John is the boys' 11th great-grandfather. He married Elizabeth Bigge and begot Thomas Stowe in 1615. Thomas married Mary Griggs December 4, 1639 in Roxbury Massachusetts and begot 8 children with Mary Marie Stowe being the 3rd born. Mary married the Rev. John Cotton around 1666 in Concord Massachusetts and they are the boys' 9th great-grandparents.
John Henry Chambers is 163 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 and Mason'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 and Mason'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 and Mason'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), Wilma Hulgan (1945-2010), Johnny Wayne Hulgan (1947-1962) and Duard Robert Hulgan (1953- ).
Mary Jane Martin died 86 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.
Jefferson Wooden and Mary Emeline Wilson's 167th anniversary is today, married in 1844 when he was 22 in Owen Indiana. Jefferson is the boys' 3rd great-granduncle, the brother of 3rd great-grandfather, Andrew Jackson Wooden, the last born of 11 to Robert Miller Wooden and Malinda Mahala Wilhoite.
Wilburn Butler is 89 years old today, born in 1922. Wiburn is the husband of the kids' great-grandaunt, Nena Mildred Myer, the sister of Roland Max Myer. Nena and Wilburn have one child, Jimmy Rogers Butler who married Judith Helen Parrot and begot 3 children, John Christopher Rogers Butler in 1968, Stephen Todd Butler in 1970 and Michael Scott Butler in 1973. Stephen married and begot Stephen Paul Butler in 1988, who is the kids' 2nd cousin once removed.