Richard STAFFORD - Beaufort District, SC 1860
In the 1860 census of Beaufort District, there is a Richard STAFFORD listed, age 54 with wife (Helty Ann, I believe).I've been told that my great grandfather George Washington STAFFORD (b. 19 Dec 1849 in Bft, d. 30 Mar 1927 Screven County, Georgia) was Richard's son...and that his mother was a Mary WARNOCK.
My George first married Elizabeth "Libbie" BELGER abt. 1872 in Beaufort District.They had several children including Mary Ella, Charles Samuel, Hallie - then they all moved to Screven County in the late 1870's.There they had more children, including George B., Grover Carson, Brooks Barney and Hollie Ruth STAFFORD.Soon thereafter, Elizabeth BELGER-STAFFORD died.George remarried to Martha "Mattie" SHUMAN from back home in Beaufort. She was the daughter of James Allen C. SHUMAN and Evelina FITTS of Beaufort District (Silver Hill PO, modern day Hampton County).Interestingly before first wife Elizabeth died - you can find future 2nd wife Martha SHUMAN's brother living with George W. STAFFORD and Elizabeth BELGER in the 1880 census of Screven County.So, George STAFFORD obviously kept in touch with folks back across the Savannah River.After marrying Mattie SHUMAN, they had four children - Lillie Bell, William Jefferson, Jerusha Arnell and Robert Causey STAFFORD.William Jefferson STAFFORD is my maternal grandfather.
What evidence do I have that Richard STAFFORD is George's father?Little concrete evidence exists.Family of Hollie Ruth STAFFORD say that George's parents were Richard STAFFORD and Mary WARNOCK.In the 1900 census of Screven County, "mother Mary STAFFORD" is living with son George STAFFORD.All of the SHUMAN, FITTS, LONG and STAFFORD families that I mentioned all lived near one another in SC.However, I can NEVER find George W. STAFFORD as a child in any household in 1850 or 1860.Where did he go?
Any help with this puzzle would be appreciated.THANKS>