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Melvin Stafford of Middlebury Ctr. PA.

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Samual Stafford born in New York and Wife Julia Campbell born in New York and lived in Wells Township, Penna. where some of their children were born and the rest were born in Tioga Township. They had 5 sons John, Warren, Alva, Frank and Charles and 2 daughters Alice and Anna. I have information on the five brothers and their descendants stored in a gedcom file for any one who would like to have it. I am looking for information on Samual Stafford and Julia Campbell, their life, parents and where they came from.
The 1860 Federal Census Pennsylvania,Tioga County has The Stafford family listed with ages and birth states except for the two youngest boys who were not born yet. I have found census reports of Julia and Samuel living in Wells township from 1850 and Samuel living in wells as a single free man in 1850.Samuel and Julia showed up in the 1860 and 1870 census in Tioga Township. In 1870 Thurston Township in New York Julia was in the census with the younger children but Samuel was missing and may of passed away.
Uriah Stafford b. c. 1794 Connecticut and wife, Desire b. c. 1805 Delhi, New York - resided near Andes, Delaware County and were enumerated there in 1820 and 1830 before removing to Wells. First appear on the 1840 assessment list of Wells. Enumerated 1840 and 1850 census of Wells. Samuel Stafford b. c. 1818 New York state was perhaps a son of Uriah by a first marriage. Uriah and Desire perhaps buried Mosherville Cemetery without markers.
1. Samuel Stafford b. c. 1818 New York state.
2. Lucy Stafford b. 1 May 1827 Delhi, New York m. Oliver Adams.
3. Andrew Jackson Stafford b. 28 Apr 1829 New York.
4. Franklin Stafford b. c. 1833 New York.
5. Lemuel Stafford b. 25 Feb 1836 New York.

The 1880 Murder Of Warren Stafford
Wellsboro Agitator 1880
1880 27-Jul D Stafford, Warren Died Warren Stafford of Westfield about 25 yrs of age, died in Chatham township last Sunday
On the 27th of January 1882 Floyd Whitney, of Chatham township, was arrested in Michigan and placed in the Tioga county jail at Wellsboro, to be tried in May following for the murder of Warren Stafford of Chatham township about eighteen months before. Whitney admitted killing Stafford with a club, but claimed that the blow was not struck with the intention of committing murder.
Elkland Journal Selections 1880s
1882 April 7, Whitney, Floyd No civil causes will be tried at that term. It is expected that the trial of Floyd Whitney, of Chatham, for the murder of Warren S. Stafford, will occupy the attention of the court during the whole term and that little other business will be transacted.
FREE PRESS Westfield, Pa. Thursday, July 29, 1880.
Horrible Murder in The TOWNSHIP OF CHATHAM
A Man’s Brains Dashed Out With A CLUB!
Last Sunday Mr. Warren Stafford, of Westfield, was visiting at the house of his brother-in-law, Elijah Whitney, who lives in Chatham township, when some difficulty arose between Mrs. Floyd Whitney and Mrs. Elijah Whitney, the step-mother of Floyd Whitney, over a fruit jar. Mr. Stafford, wishing to maintain peace, stepped between the two women and separated them and told them they must not quarrel. After the separation of the women, Floyd Whitney’s wife went home and informed her husband that Warren Stafford had struck her. Whitney immediately started for his father’s house where Stafford was.
Whitney was not seen until he stepped up to the door, and placing one hand on the side of the door, and with the other he raised a murderous-looking club, and struck the said Stafford (who was sitting just inside the door) on the head, killing him almost instantly. Warren Stafford was a man of about 25 years of age, and Whitney about 30. The funeral services of Stafford were largely attended, on Tuesday of this week, at the Jamerson school house, Rev. Peck, of this place, officiating.

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