Re: Isaac Stafford of North Carolina
I have a few corrections/additions to make.I'll document as best I can:
Isaac Stafford's date of birth was given as 13 May 1823 by a granddaughter of his son George Austin Stafford, who had access to the family Bible.She is the daughter of Eddie Oscar Hillyer and Annie Ophelia Stafford, one of George's children.This is also the source of Isaac's date of death.According to family information, he died 7 August 1898 in Montague Co., TX (he definitely was living there at that time) but his grave is not yet located (probably in the uncatalogued Belcherville Cemetery), so I put a question mark beside the location.
Isaac and Sarah Ann Williams Stafford migrated to Montague Co., TX around 1870, settling in the Belcherville area.Isaac received Fannin County school land (land sold by the State of Texas to fund school development in an already existing county, in this case, Fannin) located in Montague County in January 1888.Their youngest children (George Austin, Martha Jane and Isaac B., not J.B.) migrated with them.The two eldest, Thomas W. and Jesse Parker, apparently stayed behind in Moore Co, NC.I don't know what happened to Alfred Stafford, I have not been able to find him on any census after 1860.
After Sarah Williams Stafford died on 8 September 1881 in Montague Co., TX, Isaac remarried to a widow named Martha A. McClung on 3 November 1881 in Montague Co.I don't know whether she preceded Isaac in death or where she wound up.
George Austin Stafford was born 12 September 1851 in Moore Co., NC and died 31 August 1935 in Sour Lake, Hardin Co., TX, not Montague Co., TX.George Stafford and Eliza Ophelia Hill had 14 children, not 9.All the Staffords left Belcherville in Montague County (where they had been a well-known, bustling family) during the early 1900s, going to Hardin Co.After George's death, his widow moved to Corpus Christi in Nueces Co., TX.This is information I received directly from his daughter Jessie Stafford Osburn before her death.
Martha Jane Stafford married James C. Cook around 1877 in Montague Co., TX, according to census extrapolation.I have not followed this family out to see what became of them past 1880.
Isaac B. Stafford, according to family story, moved to Indian Territory/Oklahoma and settled there, but I have not documented this, either.
For all the information I have about this Stafford line, including descendants, check my web page titled "The Forefolk of Meg Barnett" at RootsWeb.com.