Apparently someone has two Ralph Staffords scrambled.Ralph K(ane) Stafford has the same birthdate that Nicholas Michael Baker has for Ralph Eaton Stafford.
Descendants of Ralph STAFFORD - 19 Jul 2002
1.Ralph STAFFORD1,2,3,4,5,6,7 was born about 1757 in Staffordshire, England.2,3He served in the military between 1778 and 1781 in Yorktown, , VA.8He immigrated in 1785 to to Giles Co., VA.8He died in 1794 in Montgomery Co. (later Giles Co.), Va..He was buried in Old Stafford Cemetery, Staffordsville, VA.Ralph Stafford was the first of the four brothers to come to America abt 1778-79 through the port of Philadelphia, Pa. Ralph and Jane had brought their furniture and household goods from Ireland to America.A present day descendant in Abingdon, Virginia owns a chair of Ralph's which was brought over from his Irish home. Ralph and his wife Jane stayed for some time in Pennsylvania, where their two oldest children were born. Then they migrated to Giles (Montgomery Co.,), VA, in 1785.Ralph's home was in Staffordshire near the present post office, and Highway 100 now crosses the old home site. William Stafford says he served in the Revolutionary Army against England. Ralph Stafford bought 67 acres on west side of
Roakers Creek for 50 pounds from John & Sarah Craig on 2 Nov. 1787 (Summers, ANNALS OF SOUTH-WEST VIRGINIA, p. 919). A letter from Mrs. J.D.Farley, of Bethesda, MD, 16 Mar. 1859, refers to the will of Ralph Stafford of Montgomery Co., VA, dated 15 Apr. 1793. This was before Giles Co. was formed in 1806. He refers to his sons, John, James, and Ralph, who were all under age at that time and his wife was also pregnant with a 4th child, to whom he left 42 acres on Sugar Run. She goes on to say that the son, Ralph Stafford, died young, but she thinks his wife may have been Jean Bogle, and that they "could be the parents of Ralph A. Stafford, her great-great-grandfather.I think she is wrong, since Ralph's son, Ralph, lived into his 80s and had at least 2 other wives.I have recorded the Ralph Stafford-Jean Bogle line, but have not linked it to this one. See Record #617.
The will is published in Roberts, pp. 248-49: "In the name of God Amen I Ralph Stafford of Montgomery County and State of Virginia being weak in body but sound and perfect in mind and memory Blessed be Almighty god for the same, do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say, I desire that my body be decently
Entered, and that all my Lawful debts be paid first I give and bequeath unto my beloved Wife Jean Stafford all my moveable Estate.I further give and devise to my Eldest son JohnStafford his heirs and assigns my tract of a hundred acres of land joining John Wrays land.I further give and devise and devise to my son James Stafford my plantation of two hundred
acres of land on the Chinquepine Spring to him and his heirs and assigns, I also give and bequeath to my beloved Wife the use or rent of the Chinquepine Spring place till my son James comes of age. I also will and bequeath to my beloved Wife one third of the place I now live on during her natural life and also the whole use of said place till my son Ralph
Stafford comes of age if she does not marry sooner and if she married before my son Ralph comes of age then the use of the two thirds of said place is to go to the use of all my Children. I further give and devise to my son Ralph Stafford his heirs and assigns the plantation I now live on containing about two hundred acres be there more or less it being in two Surveys adjoining; I also give and devise to the child my Wife is now pregnant my Tract of land on Sugar Run containg forty two acres and also the rent of the place that I hereby devise to my son John tho in case it dies before my son John comes of age then the Rent of said place is to go to my son John when he comes of age."I hereby appoint Thomas Shannon and John Stafford Executors and my beloved wife Jean Stafford Executrix of this my last will and testament, in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the 15th day of April In the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety three.
"Witnesses:John Hicks, Edward Stafford and Elisabeth Bogle."At Montgomery August Court 1794: The last will and testament of Ralph Stafford decd. was exhibited in Court and proved by the oaths of John Hicks, Edward Stafford and Elizabeth Bogle the witnesses thereon and ordered to be recorded And on the motion of John Stafford one of the
Executors and Jane Stafford the Executrix therein named certificate is granted them for obtaining a probate thereof in due form they having first made oath and entered into Bond as the law directs. "Charles Taylor C.M.C."
Ralph Stafford was one of the early group of many who left County Fermanagh to come to Virginia in late 18th century.
He was married to Jean (Jane) KANE in 1778 in Ireland.4Jean (Jane) KANE1,9,2,4,6,7 was born in 1760 in Ireland.4She died in 1800 in Virginia.C.W.Stafford, Index, calls her Jean Kane.Also Ralph Stafford's will
(q.v.) calls her Jean Stafford, but elsewhere she is referred to as Jane
Kane, even in the statement of execution of that same will. She came to
Philadelphia with Ralph Stafford abt. 1777/1778 and then to Giles Co., VA.
There is reference to a John Kane and a Jacob Kane, both of Montgomery
County, VA, in Augusta B. Fothergill & John Mark Naugle, VIRGINIA TAX
PAYERS 1782-87 OTHER THAN THOSE PUBLISHED BY THE UNITED STATES CENSUS
BUREAU (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1966), p.70. One of these
could be her father.Ralph STAFFORD and Jean (Jane) KANE had the following children:
+2 i. John STAFFORD (born on 17 FEB 1779).
+3 ii. James (Jimmie) STAFFORD (born on 4 JUL 1780).
4 iii. Anne STAFFORD2,6,7 was born on 5 NOV 1786 in Virginia.1She died in Virginia (died young).2Anne Stafford elder brother John was made her guardian upon the death of
her father even before his birth.Died in Virginia (died young).
+5 iv. Ralph K[ane?]. STAFFORD (born on 3 JUL 1792).
+6 v. Thasamine ("Tamsy") STAFFORD (born on 1 MAY 1793).
2.John STAFFORD1,2,10,11,12,13,14,15,6,7 was born on 17 FEB 1779 in en route from Ireland.He died on 22 MAY 1865 in White House, Johnson Co., KY.2,3He was buried in His Farm, Whitehouse.He has reference number Stafford26.Appears that John was born while his parents were en route to VA from Ireland.They entered via Philadelphia.Died on 22 May 1865 in White House, Johnson Co., KY [S6,S4].He had more than 3 children, but I am not sure by which wife.Born in PA, in 1779, his parents brought him to Giles Co., VA, in abt. 1785.He moved from Giles Co. VA to Floyd Co., KY, sometime between 1811 and 1820, and between 1820 and 1830 to Lawrence Co.,
KY and to Johnson Co., KY between 1840 & 1850, based on census reports (Roberts, p. 251).John Stafford and his 2d wife, Mary, & their 4 small children, moved in 1808 from Giles Co., VA, to the Big Sandy River Valley in Kentucky, settling on White House Branch of the Levisa River, abt. 20 mi. above the forks of the Big Sandy. There John acquired much land and became very wealthy. Roberts gives a list of the tracts he acquired (Roberts, p. 251). He was quoted as writing in a family record book in 1810: "John is my name, America is my nation, Walkers Creek, my to dwelling place but Christ is my salvation." He settled in the Big Sandy Valley of Ky. at White House, and became wealthy, with many descendants in
region.He was "a distinguished old time Methodist" and most of his ancestors were Methodists or Christians. The Stafford mansion was a "great stand for the early itinerant preachers, who preached in the house."Census of 1860 for Johnson Co., KY shows John Stafford, 81, Mary, 71, and the following grandchildren:Sarah Stafford 21; Lydia Stafford 16; John Stafford 20; Thomas Stafford 16; Jefferson Stafford 16; and John Burgess 24. ANNALS OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINA, by Summers, show that on 2 Dec. 1794, John Stafford was appointed constable, and that on 21 Apr 1798 he sold to James Stafford 120 acres on W. end of Buckeye Mtn., on Whitleys Branch bordering on Walker's Creek. W.W.Stafford points out that he was Methodist Minister.Also says that source for birth of his children is Vital
Statistics of Johnson Co., KY.
He was a well-known old time Methodist who allowed early itinerant preachers to preach in his home.
He also married Mary (Polly) DAVIS on 9 Apr 1809 in Giles Co., VA [S6,S18,S4].After first child, they moved to White House, KY.Mary (Polly) DAVIS [S6,S4] was born on 8 Dec 1789 in Montgomery Co., VA [S6,S4].1810 census for Giles Co. VA shows her age as under age 26.(Record dated Feb. 1811) (Roberts, p. 251).Died on 25 Aug 1877 in White House, KY [S6].The Stafford family chart which I have in my possession shows only 2 wives, the second being Mary Mollett.Roberts, p. 252, on the other hand, shows also only two wives, with Mary Davis being the second.It also, unlike the Stafford chart I have, shows which children belonged to Nancy Munsey (1st wife), with the remainder belonging to Mary
Davis.I will need to get some verification on this point, although it is clear that my own ancestor is his 1st wife, Nancy Munsey. It appears that the chart may be wrong about Mollet (should be Davis).Stafford and Davis, according to Roberts and W.W.Stafford, moved to Whitehouse, KY, where they had several more children and prospered.
He was married to Nancy MUNSEY on 10 MAY 1803 in Giles Co., VA.Nancy MUNSEY1,6,7 was born on 12 MAY 1778 in Montgomery Co. (Now Giles Co.), VA.2,8She died on 1 APR 1808 in Giles Co., VA.2,8Nancy MUNSEY (MUNCY?) [S1] was born in 1783/1784 in Montgomery Co. (Now
Giles Co.), VA [S6].Died in 1808 in Giles Co., VA [S6].John Denton
Carter, THE MUNSEY ANCESTORS OF RHODA MUNSEY WEEMS CARTER (1814-1899) OF
RUSSELL COUNTY, VIRGINIA, AND NEWTON COUNTY, MISSOURI (Typescript in
Library of Congress [CS71.M792 1969]) does not link that family directly
to this Nancy Munsey, but it appears that she may have been a daughter of
Skidmore Munsey.The ancestors I have entered of Nancy Munsey are based
on that possibility and it may be wrong.Carter mentions a work that
might clear up the question:Mary Edith Shaw, THE DESCENDANTS OF FRANCIS
MUNCY I AND ALLIED FAMILIES (1948), a copy of which is in the DAR library
of Washington, DC.John STAFFORD and Nancy MUNSEY had the following children:
+7 i. Mary "Polly" STAFFORD (born on 8 JUL 1804).
+8 ii. James Munsey STAFFORD (born on 27 FEB 1806).
+9 iii. Ralph Monroe STAFFORD (born on 20 NOV 1808).
He was married to Mary "Polly" DAVIS (daughter of John DAVIS and Elizabeth MILIAM) on 9 APR 1809 in Giles Co., VA.Mary "Polly" DAVIS2,3,6,7 was born on 8 DEC 1789 in Montgomery Co. (Giles Co.), VA.2,3,8She died on 25 AUG 1877 in White House, KY.2She was buried in A Very Old Cem On Their Farm.John STAFFORD and Mary "Polly" DAVIS had the following children:
+10 i. Elizabeth "Betsy or Betty" STAFFORD (born on 8 APR 1810).
+11 ii. Julia STAFFORD (born on 2 DEC 1811).
+12 iii. William STAFFORD (born on 22 MAR 1813).
+13 iv. Abigail "Abbie" STAFFORD (born on 2 APR 1815).
+14 v. Jane STAFFORD (born on 6 MAR 1817).
+15 vi. Emily STAFFORD (born on 11 APR 1819).
+16 vii. John STAFFORD Jr. (born on 14 FEB 1821).
+17 viii. Catherine STAFFORD (born on 6 MAY 1823).
+18 ix. Davis STAFFORD (born on 15 JUN 1826).
+19 x. Lydia STAFFORD (born on 27 NOV 1830).
+20 xi. Calistia STAFFORD (born in 1832).
3.James (Jimmie) STAFFORD3,2,16,6,7 was born on 4 JUL 1780 in Cumberland Co., Pennsylvania.He resided about 1794 in Floyd Co. (Now Johnson Co.), Kentucky.He died after 1860 in Lewis Co., Kentucky.He was buried in Stone Cemetery, Lewis Co., KY.3He has reference number Stafford27.James came to Kentucky about 1798 and acquired a large tract of land in Paintsville, Johnson County; he brought his family there in 1808. He built the first house in the Paintsville area on the high point near what is now the Wells-Buckingham Cemetery.James had married Abigail Davis about 1800 or a little later.James became a wealthy farmer of Paintsville, and was one of the largest landowners of the area.He kept his money in a small
hollow log, which he kept under his bed. James had only gold and silver for he thought that paper money would soon become valueless. After Abigail died James sold and gave his farm to his son John, and moved to Lewis County, Kentucky.There he married his second wife, Polly Cooper, who was born in North Carolina.
Many of his descendants still live in Johnson County and are found among the tradesman, professional men, and businessmen and farmers. (Roberts, 252)William W. Stafford, in STAFFORD DATA, vol. 12 and Carolyn Stafford Price, in vol. 16, both say that he married a second time to Polly Cooper Patton.
He was married to Abigail DAVIS (daughter of John DAVIS and Elizabeth MILIAM) in 1803 in Montgomery Co. (later Giles Co.), Va..James Stafford and Abigail Davis moved to what is now Johnson Co., Ky. in
1808 and became properous farmers.Abigail DAVIS1,2,6,7 was born in 1787 in Giles Co., VA.17She died in 1825 in Paintsville, KY.She was buried in Stafford Cem., Paintsville, KY.8James (Jimmie) STAFFORD and Abigail DAVIS had the following children:
+21 i. John STAFFORD (born on 15 DEC 1804).
+22 ii. Elizabeth (Betsey) STAFFORD (born on 24 AUG 1806).
+23 iii. Ralph STAFFORD (born on 5 MAY 1808).
+24 iv. Mary STAFFORD (born in 1809).
+25 v. Catherine "Catie" STAFFORD (born in 1813).
+26 vi. Jeanne "Jane" STAFFORD (born on 26 MAR 1815).
+27 vii. James STAFFORD Jr. (born on 26 MAR 1815).
+28 viii. Thomas STAFFORD (born on 5 MAR 1819).
+29 ix. William STAFFORD (born in 1822).
He was married to Mary "Polly" H. COOPER PATTON in 1835 in Johnson Co., Kentucky or Carter Co., KY.8,16Mary "Polly" H. COOPER PATTON16,6,7 was born on 15 MAR 1803 in North Carolina.She died on 7 JAN 1870.She was buried in Stone Cemetery, Lewis Co., Ky..She was buried in Stone Cemetery, Lewis Co., KY.3James (Jimmie) STAFFORD and Mary "Polly" H. COOPER PATTON had the following children:
30 i. Rebecca STAFFORD7.
31 ii. Sylvester STAFFORD7.
5.Ralph K[ane?]. STAFFORD1,2,8,6,7 was born on 3 JUL 1792 in Montgomery Co. (later Giles Co.), VA.He died on 2 FEB 1879 in Staffordsville, Giles Co., VA.3,18He served in the military War of 1812.8According to Roberts, p. 253, he settled in Giles Co., VA, and is listed in the 1820 census for Giles Co.Served in War of 1812 in Capt. George W. Camp's Co.,4th Regt., VA Militia, from 16 Oct. 1813 to 10 Mar. 1814 (Muster rolls and pension applications in National Archives.
He was married to Elsie (Alecy) DUNCAN on 15 MAY 1822 in Giles Co., Virginia.8Bride listed as Alecy Duncan.1Ralph K[ane?]. STAFFORD and Elsie (Alecy) DUNCAN had the following children:
+32 i. Granville Bambridge STAFFORD (born in 1822).
+33 ii. Wyatt Perry STAFFORD (born in 1822).
+34 iii. Sophrania STAFFORD.
+35 iv. Perry STAFFORD.
+36 v. William STAFFORD.
+37 vi. DeMarquis STAFFORD.
38 vii. Marian STAFFORD1,6,7 has reference number Stafford79.
+39 viii. Elmira STAFFORD.
40 ix. Jane STAFFORD1,6,7 died in deceased.She has reference number Stafford81.
+41 x. James STAFFORD.
He was married to Mary "Polly" TERPIN in APR 1835.Mary "Polly" TERPIN1,6,7 was born on 10 JUN 1810.8Ralph K[ane?]. STAFFORD and Mary "Polly" TERPIN had the following children:
+42 i. Hugh STAFFORD (born in 1827).
6.Thasamine ("Tamsy") STAFFORD1,2,4,6,7 was born on 1 MAY 1793 in Giles Co., VA.2,8She has reference number Stafford30.
Nathan MOLLET1,4,6,7 was born about 1786 in Virginia.3He died on 16 NOV 1852 or 1859 in Johnson Co., Kentucky.3,4Thasamine ("Tamsy") STAFFORD and Nathan MOLLET had the following children:
+43 i. Elizabeth MOLLET (born in 1810).
+44 ii. James (Bay) MOLLET (born in 1814).
+45 iii. David MOLLET (born in 1815).
+46 iv. Hiram MOLLET (born in 1817).
+47 v. Abigail "Abbie" MOLLET (born in 1814).
1.Woodward Family Papers, in possession of
R. L. Woodward, Jr.,Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.
2.Roberts, George Braden.Genealogy of Joseph Peck and Some Related Families.Washington:Author, 1955.
3.Stafford, William W. (401 E. Franklin, Lake Elsinore, CA 92330)."Branch #60,".Stafford Data, vol. 12 (1987), pp. 21-25.
4.Adams, Bob .GEDCOM file imported on 24 Aug 1998.
5.Stafford, Larry A..GEDCOM file imported on 7 Nov 1998 from Larry A. Stafford.Larry A. Stafford, 1100 SW 18th Street, Boca Raton, FL 33486 .citing Giles County History - Families.
6.GEDCOM file imported on 14 Aug 2000.
7.Stafford Branch 60
GEDCOM file imported on 1 Nov 2000.
8.Stafford, Larry A..GEDCOM file imported on 7 Nov 1998 from Larry A. Stafford.Larry A. Stafford, 1100 SW 18th Street, Boca Raton, FL 33486 .
9.Stafford, Charles Warner (8 Hidden Harbour, Stuart, Florida 33494)..The Stafford Index. Vol. 1:The First Six Generations of New England Staffords.Typewritten ms. in vertical file, Local History Room, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
10.Census of 1810, Giles Co., VA.
11.Census of 1830, Lawrence Co., KY.
12.Census of 1840, Lawrence Co., KY.
13.Census of 1820, Floyd Co., KY.
14.Census of 1860, Johnson Co., KY.
15.Census of 1850, Johnson Co., KY.
16.Price, Carolyn Stafford (10510 Six Pines Drive, #8209, The Woodlands, TX 77380)."Branch #60".Stafford Data, vol. 16 (1989), pp. 19-22.
17.World Family Tree.Broderbund.Vol. 8.
18.Edgar Smith to Michael Stafford, 3 July 1995.