Re: Mary Stafford / Washington Co. TENN 1850
I believe that the Mary Staffordyou inquire about may be my great great grandmother, but as yet I have no proof. My only basis is that my great grandfather was Andrew J. Stafford, who would have been six years old in 1850. Andrew J. Stafford married my grandmother , Ann Doty, on 4 May 1869 in Parke County IN. (Ann Doty was born Ann Hawkins on 20 May 1842, and her first marriage was to James G. Doty on 20 May 1841 in Vermillion County IN.)
The 1860 census shows Mary Stafford and her family living in Lynn Camp District, Knox County KY:
Mary Stafford, 53, born in NC
Makinda, 19, born in TN
Andrew, 16, born in TN
Susan, 13, born in TN
The 1879 census has Andrew J. Stafford living in Rosedale, Florida Township, Parke County IN:
A. J. Stafford, 26, born in TN
Ann Stafford, 25, born in IN
Mary Doty, 10, born in IN
Sarah Stafford, 4, born in IN
I don’t know what happened to Andrew J. Stafford after 1873.In the 1900 census his wife Ann Doty Stafford is listed as divorced, but in the 1910 and 1920 censuses she is listed as widowed.
Ann Doty Stafford with her son-in-law, two daughters, and one son arrived in Harrison AR around 1896 where she lived until her death.
The son of Andrew J. Stafford and Ann Doty was my grandfather Robert Newton Stafford, who was born June 1873 in Parke County, IN and died 5 July 1942 in Miami OK. Robert Newton Stafford married Mary Elizabeth Covington and had nine children in Harrison AR.
One of my first cousins, James Stafford, had a 32-marker yDNA analysis that showedhe shared a relatively recent ancestor in common with Kenneth Stafford of Texas. Kenneth’s line goes back to a Samuel STAFFORD who was born in 1724, probably in VA. He raised his family in NC, and his descendants are listed in < http://www.wfnforum.net/index.php?PHPSESSID=566f6972c757e9acc229d74ed368018b&topic=425.15>http://www.wfnforum.net/index.php?PHPSESSID=566f6972c757e9acc229d74ed368018b&topic=425.15>.
I have been trying to the husband of Mary Stafford. My first guess was that Andrew J. Stafford named his only son Robert after his father. One of the possibilities is Robert Stafford listed in the 1840 census for Washington County TN, and a possibility for the grandfather of Andrew is the Nimrod Staffford listed in the 1830 census for Rutherford County NC.
I have also conjectured that my grandfather's middle name, Newton, might have been his grandmother's maiden name, but that idea has led nowhere. Your mention of Mary Hutchins and her marriageto a Robert Stafford in 1828 is new to me, and I appreciate the tip. Have you more information?