Chalfant Church, built 1811, Washington Township, Coshocton County, Ohio
Francis Asbury Stafford Sr.
Coshocton County, Ohio
Francis Asbury Stafford Sr. was born 22 December 1782 in Frederick County, Virginia, the second of ten children born to Richard and Catharine Brobeker Stafford. He married Elizabeth Mounts Henshaw 27 February 1805 in Allegany County, Maryland. Elizabeth was born 1782, and died 08 November 1836 in Coshocton County, Ohio. She was the widow of Jonathan Seman Henshaw of Berkeley County, Virginia--mistakenly identified in the Henshaw genealogies as Elizabeth Stafford--and brought a daughter Rhua Ann Henshaw into the marriage. Francis and Elizabeth Mounts Stafford had seven children, two sons and five daughters. Francis Asbury Stafford Sr. died 06 September 1868 in Coschocton County, Ohio, and they are buried in Chalfant's Cemetery.
His full name and birthdate are recorded in the Family Bible of Richard and Catharine Stafford. Additional Bible records and their headstones corroborate the dates. Their marriage record is on file in Allegany County, Maryland. Names and dates for their children are also listed in various Bible records, confirmed by the marriage and census records for Coshocton County, Ohio.
It is said they came to Coshocton County, Ohio, in 1808, settling in Washington Township. Land records compiled in Early Ohio Settlers: Purchaser of land in Eastern and East Central Ohio 1800-1830 show that Francis A. Stafford bought land in Muskingum County 27 September 1809. His land, located at r08 t04 s20, was in what would become Coshocton County in 1811. He purchased more land in 1816 and 1824, s 13 and s9 respectively. His brother Richard bought s14 in 1812.
According to the history of Chalfant Church in Coshocton County, Ohio, Francis Stafford was one of the earliest members of the church in 1808, along with Mordecai Chalfant, the Youngs, Reasoners, Peter Camp, Eli McClain, and Daniel Johnson, a freed slave. Chalfant Methodist Episcopal Church is the oldest religious society in
. According to Coshocton County Sesquicentennial, Francis Stafford was among the most prominent keepers of public houses. He apparently ran a hotel and tavern in Coshocton County in addition to his farming. Virginia Township
Francis is recorded in every census from 1820-1860 for Coshocton County, Ohio, but the recording of his family has sometimes been a bit confusing. Marriage records in Coshocton County list six Stafford marriages for the time period 1820-1850, all of them Francis and Eliza Stafford’s children. Their children were William J. Stafford, born 1805; Mary Ann Stafford Compton, born 1807; Eliza Jane Stafford Wright, born 1810; Sarah Stafford Thompson, born 1812; Matilda Stafford Wood, born 1815; Adaline Hariet Stafford Loch, born 1817; and Francis Asbury Stafford Jr., born 1822. In addition, they raised Eliza’s daughter Rhua Ann Henshaw Higbee, born 1800, and an unidentified boy born about 1805, who is recorded in their household during the 1820 & 1830 Census.
Francis Asbury Stafford Sr. may be the man who married Elizabeth Sheppard 22 February 1838 in Muskingum County, Ohio. He also married Elizabeth McCulloch 12 April 1852 in Coshocton County, Ohio. Lastly, he married Isabella McGraw 21 March 1861 in Coshocton County. Isabella survived him.
William J. Stafford
William J. Stafford was born in 20 November 1805 in Allegany County, Maryland, or possibly Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia. He married Maritta Thompson 11 January 1829 in Coshocton County, Ohio. Maritta Thompson was born 1808 in
, the daughter of Joseph and Thankful Aldridge Thompson. This is the family recorded in the 1830 census in Pennsylvania Coshocton County, and in the 1840 census in . In 1840, William and a neighbor George Hopkins got the “western fever” in response to Horace Greeley’s cry, “Go west, young men, go west!” Waiting until after the November election so they could vote for fellow Ohioan William Henry Harrison for president, they made the move together to the wild Muskingum County Missouri frontier, settling in . William has been recorded as both a farmer and a minister, probably Methodist Episcopal. Osage County
William and Maritta Stafford had eight children—Elizabeth Asbury Stafford Gibson, born 1829; Milton D. Stafford, born 1831; Francis Stafford, born 1835; Nancy Stafford, born 1838; William P. Stafford, born 1840; Charles Montgomery Stafford, born 1842; Josephine Stafford, born 1844; and Rhua Ann Stafford LaRue, born 1847.
Elizabeth Gibson had five children and was widowed at 40, but she and her children participated in the Oklahoma Land Rush in 1889. Her son Billy ran with the Dalton Brothers and the Doolin Gang.
Milton died rather young, leaving one daughter who married a railroad engineer and moved back east to New York.
Charles fought for the Union during the Civil War, then married, raised three sons and a daughter in Johnson County, Missouri, and later moved the whole family to Walla Walla, Walla Walla, Washington.
Rhua Ann LaRue had eleven daughters and was widowed at 44. She moved with many of her children to Oklahoma after 1900.
Nothing more is presently known about Francis, Nancy, William, and Josephine.
William J. Stafford died in 1867. Maritta died in 1868 in
. Johnson County, Missouri
Mary Ann Stafford Compton
Mary Ann Stafford was born 28 July 1807 in Winchester, Frederick, Virginia. She married Andrew Compton in
, on 15 September 1827. He was born in 22 February 1808 in New Jersey, certainly a descendant of Andrew Compton, but his relationship to Martha Matilda Compton Stafford is unknown. They apparently lived in Coshocton County, Ohio Ohio until about 1838, when they moved to . Whitley County neighbors Kosciusko County, where Wesley Stafford’s family settled twenty years later. Andrew died 29 October 1852 in Whitley County. Mary outlived him by more than forty years, dying 22 December 1893 in Whitley County. They are buried in the Richland Center (Compton-Norris) Cemetery. Whitley County, Indiana
Mary and Andrew Compton had ten children—Rhua Melvina Stafford Grimes, born 1831; Isaac Newton Compton, born 1832; Stephen James Compton, born 1835; Margaret Jane Compton Van Camp, born 1837; Phebe D. Compton Peddycord, born 1839; Matilda Ellen Compton Sickafoose, born 1842; Aaron Lee Compton, born 1843; and Celetta Compton Christian, born 1846; and Francis W. Compton, born 1850. Another daughter, born about 1828, died in childhood.
Rhua married Mahlon Grimes and had one child, Cassius M. Grimes, who raised his family in Whitley County. They are buried in the South Whitley Cemetery.
Isaac and Stephen both served in Company E of the 44th Regiment of Indiana Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. Stephen was a Second Lieutenant. They both married and raised families in Whitley County, as did their brother Aaron.
Jennie Compton Van Camp was living in Texas in 1907, but nothing further is presently known about her.
Phoebe married Levi Peddycord and they raised their family in Kosciusko County, Indiana, before moving to Snohomish County, Washington.
Ellen married George Sickafoose, and though they lived in Burrien County, Michigan, and raised two sons there, they also did missions work among the Chinese in Portland, Oregon.
Celetta married Wesley Christian and they lived in Kosciusko County. Their only son Clarence married but had no children.
Frank married and raised a family in Kosciusko County, Indiana.
Eliza Jane Stafford Wright
Eliza Jane Stafford was born 26 May 1810 in Muskingum County, Ohio. She married Achor Wright 02 Jul 1829 in Coshocton County. Achor Wright was born 26 October 1806 in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, the son of Nathan and Hannah Worley Wright. Eliza and Achor Wright lived in Ohio until about 1841, when they moved to Bartholomew County, Indiana with the Thompsons and Lochs.
Eliza and Achor Wright had nine children—Amanda Wright Vickers Mitchell, born 1830; Matilda E. Wright Romine, born 1832; Francis Asbury Wright, born 1834; Cleora J. Wright Graves, born 1836; Hester A. Wright Fravel, born 1838; Absalom W. Wright, born 1840; Elizabeth Wright, born 1842; James K. Polk Wright, born 1844; John J. Wright, born 1846; Orlando Allen Wright, born 1850; and Hannah E. Wright Adams, born 1851.
In the mid-1850s, a cholera epidemic swept Bartholomew County, killing an estimated half of the population. Achor & Eliza Stafford Wright, along with son Francis and daughter Elizabeth all died in the spring of 1854, perhaps during that epidemic. Their minor children were left under the guardianship of Samuel Thompson and Stephen & Matilda Wright Romine.
Amanda Wright married first Thomas Vickers, then James Mitchell. She had a daughter by each man before she died in 1866. Both daughters married and had families in Bartholomew County.
Matilda Wright married Stephen Romine and raised a family of nine children that remained mostly in Bartholomew and Brown Counties, Indiana.
Cleora Wright married John W. Graves, had five children, and lived in Missouri and Iowa before settling finally in Kansas.
Hester Wright went back to live with relatives in Coshocton County, Ohio, where she married William Fravel. They settled in Knox county, Ohio, and had three children before their deaths in 1862.
James Knox Polk Wright also went back to Ohio, settling in Licking County, where he married and had two children.
John J. Wright was living with his maternal grandfather Francis Asbury Stafford in 1860. He enlisted with the 16th Ohio Volunteer Infantry at age fourteen and served three years during the Civil War. Afterward he went to Union County, Iowa, where he married and raised five daughters.
Allen Arlander Wright was living with the Romines during a short stay in Missouri in 1860. He married in Jackson county, Indiana, and lived in Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Arkansas, Texas, and finally Oklahoma.
Hannah Wright married widower Amos P. Adams and had two daughters, living in Orange and Lawrence County, Indiana. She is said to have died in 1889 in Barton County, Missouri, possibly while living with one of her daughters.
Sarah Stafford Thompson
Sarah Stafford was born 16 June 1812 in Muskingum (now Coshocton) County, Ohio. She married Samuel Thompson 12 December 1830 in Coshocton County. He was born in 1806 in Pennsylvania, probably the son of Joseph & Thankful Aldridge Stafford and brother to Maritta Thompson (Mrs. William J.) Stafford. They lived in Ohio until about 1841, when they moved to Bartholomew County, Indiana, with the Wrights and Lochs. In the 1850s, they lived for a brief time in Carver County, Minnesota, before returning to Bartholomew County. Sarah died about 1870, and the rest of the Thompsons went back to Hennepin County, Minnesota, where Samuel died before 1885.
Sarah and Samuel Thompson had seven children—William J. Thompson, born 1833; Maritta Thompson Snyder, born 1835; Robert C. Thompson, born 1839; Mary Thompson Snyder, born 1842; Martha Thompson, born 1844; Sarah Ellen Thompson, born 1848; and Samuel Thompson, born 1850.
With the exception of Maritta, who married James Snyder and moved back to Ohio, all of these lived out their lives in Hennepin County, Minnesota.
Matilda Stafford Wood
Matilda Stafford was born 01 January 1815 in Coshocton County, Ohio. She married Absalom Wood 11 April 1830 in Coshocton County, and they are recorded the same year in the census for Franklin Township. Absalom was born about 1810 in Fauquier County, Virginia, the son of Dickerson & Hannah Withers Wood Jr. A Matilda Wood appears in the 1840 census for Coshocton County, Ohio, but none of the people in her household are the right age to be Matilda Stafford Wood. One Wood family source says Absalom Wood died after 1836 in Montgomery County, Illinois, but nothing certain about them is known after 1830.
Adaline Hariet Stafford was born 04 April 1817 in Coshocton County, Ohio. She married David Loch 04 August 1833 in Knox County, Ohio, and they resided in Crawford County, Ohio, until their move to Bartholomew County, Indiana, in about 1837. It was their move that likely prompted the Wrights and Thompsons, families of Adaline’s sisters, to settle there a few years later. Some records have supposed Adaline was born in 1822, leading some to believe that she was a twin to the Francis Asbury Stafford Jr., but Stafford and Loch family Bible records have cleared that up. David Loch was born 14 April 1808 in Rockingham County, Virginia. He was thought by many to be the son of John Loch (born 1752) & Mary Ann Raider, but Bible records have again corrected a false assumption; he was the son of John (born 1760) & Catharine Loch.
Adaline and David Loch settled on land he had owned in Indiana since 1834, and raised a family of 10 children there: Lyman Lansing Loch, born 1835; Francis Marion Loch, born 1837; Elizabeth Loch Dye, born 1841; John Milton Loch, born 1843; Sarah Ella Loch, born 1845; William Herod Loch, born 1848; Laura Matilda Loch Brown, born 1853; David Albert Loch, born 1855; Samuel Allen Loch, born 1855; and Cassius Marcus Loch, born 1858. They also raised from childhood Ransom Loch, born 1834, but his biological parentage is unknown. Many of their children used the alternate spelling of Locke for their surname.
David Loch ran the Rockford Flouring Mill in Bartholomew County, and later worked for the railroad which took him to Minnesota in the 1850s. He filed a homestead on some land near Minnetonka, Hennepin County, Minnesota in 1855, but returned to Indiana where he was Superintendent of the County Infirmary during the Civil War. In 1862, he bought 40 acres in Hennepin County but did not relocate until 1865. He brought his family to Minnetonka in 1866, where Adaline died 17 July 1872. David Loch died there 17 April 1877.
Ransom Locke married Lucy Ann Orcutt, had four children, and settled in Green County, Wisconsin, before moving to Smith County, Kansas in 1895.
Lyman, Frank & John Locke enlisted in the 22nd Indiana Volunteer Infantry in August 1861, but Frank & John died within days of each other before the year was out. The trainmen stopped the train in the country near the County Infirmary and carried the bodies to the home of their parents, an act of kindness greatly appreciated by the citizens of Bartholomew County.
Lyman married Susan Carter and they had eight children. They settled in Hennepin County, Minnesota, shortly after the Civil War.
Elizabeth married George Dye and had ten children. They raised their family in Hennepin County, Minnesota, but later lived on the West Coast in California and Washington with several of their children.
Sara Ella Loch was an artist in Minneapolis who never married.
William was a Methodist Episcopal minister educated at the University of Minnesota and Garrett Bible Institute in Evanston, Illinois. He married Grace Brown and had two daughters, living in Illinois.
Laura married Dr. William Brown, and their son was a doctor in
David Albert and Samuel Allen were both doctors, receiving their degrees from Harnnewain Medical College in Chicago. They both practiced medicine in
until their deaths. Albert never married, but Samuel was married to a woman named Grace, and they had two sons. Minnesota
Cassius was also educated at the University of Minnesota. He owned and managed the Minneapolis Shade Cloth Company. He married Roberta Pratt, and they had no children.
Francis Stafford was born in July 1822 in Coshocton County, Ohio. He married Martha Matilda Compton 02 February 1843 in
. Martha was the daughter of William and Phebe Compton, born in May 1821 in Coshocton County, Ohio . New Jersey
Francis was a farmer and raised livestock in Coshocton County. In 1872, he still owned three hundred acres of his father’s original farm in
, next to his brother-in-law Stephen D. Compton. He was a member and director of the County Agricultural Society, which put on the county fair each year. He also ran a tavern in the Wakatomika area. (It may be that Francis Sr. never operated a tavern, only his son.) Washington Township
Francis and Martha Stafford had ten children—a Son, born 1843; Matilda Stafford, born 1844; William R. Stafford, born 1845; Mary Elizabeth “Libby” Stafford Huff, born 1846; Phoebe P. Stafford Stanford, born 1849; Leroy Holmes “Roy” Stafford, born 1850; Francis Montgomery “Mont” Stafford, born 1852; Sarah “Sadie” Stafford Johnson, born 1854; Ellen Stafford, born 1856; and Eliza Lydia “Lyda” Benton, born 1858. The first son, Matilda, William and Ellen all died as children. Most of the others and their families continued to live around Coshocton County, Ohio.
Libby Stafford married George Washington Huff and had ten children. They farmed near Wakatomika.
Phoebe Stafford married James Stanford and had six children. They owned a thriving business in Coshocton.
Roy Stafford married Lucy Hamilton and had six children. They farmed around Washington Township until 1900, when he moved to Dresden, Ohio.
Montie Stafford married Alice Newcombe and lived at Coshocton. They had no children.
Sadie Stafford married Eugene Johnson. He worked for the railroad, and they traveled a lot in later years, keeping two homes in San Diego, California, and Dresden, Ohio. They had no children.
Lyda Stafford married Lyman Benton, and they had no children. They died in Charlevoix, Michigan.
Martha Compton Stafford died 06 December 1890 and is buried in the Hamilton Valley Cemetery, Coshocton County, Ohio. Francis married secondly Elizabeth Buxton on 05 August 1897 in
. He died 23 April 1900 in Coshocton County , and is buried beside his wife. Coshocton County