Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Meet the family for November 8, 2011


David Stanford
is 174 years old today, born in 1837.  David is the boys' 3rd great-grandfather.  The following is his obituary:
"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.
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 (Wooden) and Mrs. Katherine (Catherine) Wishard, of Appleton City, Missouri, Mrs. Dora (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 Villa Grove.  He was a man of sterling worth, he had firm convictions and the courage to live them."


William Riley Burt
is 144 years old today, born in 1867.  William is Ella and Mason's 1st cousin 5 times removed.  His mother is Tempa Copeland and her brother is Tillman R. Copeland, Ella and Mason's 4th great-grandfather.


Garrett Akins
is 10 years old today, born in 2001.  Garrett is the kids' 2nd cousin once removed, the son of 1st cousin twice removed Stacey Mechelle Burt whose mother is Phyllis Joan "Joan" Myer who is the sister of Great-grandfather Dick Myer.

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