Re: Staffords in Texas and Georgia
I, too, want to know more about the Staffords in Colorado Co. TX.During the 1880 census William Stafford, a farmer, age 46 (b.1834 GA), lived in the 48th enumeration district of Colorado Co., "next to" (rurally-speaking) my husband's gg-grandfather Drury Ashworth.According to the census, both of William Stafford's parents were born in GA. Someone with the last name of Carter lived on the other side of Drury and John E. Stafford, 47, was enumerated next to Carter.The 47th district was the town of Columbus, TX and the 49th was near Oakland, TX (then Oakland Village, situated just east of the Lavaca Co. line).Since Drury Ashworth's household was between the two Staffords I've been hoping to find out if he had "a family connection" to them.If you know, I'd appreciate any information.If not, let me know what kind of info you're looking for on the Staffords.I might have it or might run into it as I'm researching Drury.Two other Stafford households in Colorado Co. TX in 1880 were males P.(or F.?) M. Stafford, age 29 (b.1851 GA), and Ben Stafford, age 34 (who lived next to one another but some distance from John E. Stafford, William Stafford, and Drury Ashworth).
The New Handbook of Texas has an interesting bio on William Stafford (c.1780-1840).It said he was one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred in 1824 TX but killed a man and fled back to the U.S. in 1835.His wife and children stayed in Texas.He was pardoned and returned to Stafford's Point, Stafford, TX, where he died in 1840. This would mean that William Stafford who lived next to Drury was not the son of the "Old Three Hundred" William Stafford (but I suppose he could have been a nephew).
Trudy Stephenson Ashworth