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Mary Stfford

Janell Clark (View posts)
Posted: 25 Apr 2001 12:55AM GMT
I am looking for a mary Stafford. Born in New York. About 1729. She Married Ephraim Bennett. Childrens names.-Ephraim-James-Thaddeus-Thomas-Abraham-David Alma-Jonathan Joseph, Bennett. If any one has information please get back to me. Thank you so much. Janell

Ephraim Mary Stafford Bennet

Posted: 7 May 2001 5:56PM GMT
Edited: 7 Jul 2001 7:15PM GMT
I think they were second cousins.

FIRST GENERATION

1. Thaddeus BENNETT.



SECOND GENERATION

2. Ephriam BENNETT1,2,3 was born in 1742. He died in 1826.4 Mike,
Way back in January you sent me an ancestor chart for Mary Stafford. I have not gotten around to analyzing it until just now. It has been very helpful, particularly since you have listed your sources for your information. It helped me fill in many details.
However, the information contained raises several major questions.
The first question is, "Do we have the right Mary Stafford?"
According to Kay, Bernadine Smith; Jehial Bennett: A History of the Forebears and Descendants of Jehial Bennett, First of Our Line in Wisconsin (Wisconsin Dells Events),
"Ephraim [Bennett] was born in 1725 in Rhode Island. He was a soldier in the French and Indian Wars 1756, and was taken prisoner in General Johnson's flight. He was held several years and upon his release he married a Mary Stafford. The exact date of the marriage is unknown but their firstborn was Ephraim, Jr., born 1762, and followed thereafter by James, Thaddeus, Thomas, Abraham, David and Joseph (or Jonathan)."
The DAR Patriot Index - Centennial Edition, Part 1, p. 230 states the following:
"Bennett...
Ephraim Sr: b 4-30-1732 NJ d 10-20-1813 NY m Mary Stafford Sgt NY
Ephraim Jr: b 5-1-1762 NY d 10-26-1845 NY m Hannah Bentley Pvt NY PNSR"
The information on Ephraim Jr. is confirmed in Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files.

Herein lies the rub.
How could Mary Stafford, born October 4, 1750, the daughter of Thomas Stafford and Diademe Carpenter, be the mother of Ephraim Bennett, Jr. b. 5-1-1762? Now, October 4, 1750 may be a baptism date, but it still would not make Mary Stafford old enough to be Ephraim Jr.'s mother.

The mother of Ephraim Bennett, Jr, born 1762 would have to have been born 1746 or earlier. What evidence is there that Mary Stafford b. 1750 married Ephraim Bennett? Is there another Mary Stafford who might fit the bill?

Other questions/issues/additions
1. I believe the name of Thomas Stafford's wife was Diademe (as in crown) Carpenter. That is the spelling given in Austin.
2. His sons, Thomas, Joseph and Benjamin served in the Revolution, as did their uncle Joab. The following is the citation from the DAR Patriot Index:
Stafford...
Benjamin: b 4-25-1761 RI d 1-13-1836 NY m Lydia Lockwood Pvt RI PNSR...
Joab: b 11-14-1729 RI d 11-23-1810 MA m Susannah Spencer Col MA PNSR...
Joseph: b 4-25-1759 RI d 1855 NY m Orpha Sweet Cpl RI PNSR...
Thomas Sr: b 4-20-1723 RI d 7-20-1779 RI m Deadema [sic] Carpenter Pvt RI
Thomas Jr: b 1-19-1755 RI d 7-20-1805 NY m Lydia Corey Cpl Drm RI MA
3. Samuel Stafford, was born in 1636 according to Austin. If so, he would probably have been born in Plymouth, MA, where his father lived at that time, or possibly in Newport, RI, where he lived as of 1638, but not in Warwick, where the first settler was Richard Smith about 1637.
4. According to Austin, Thomas Stafford (I) made his will on November 4, 1677. The will was proved in April 1678. His death would more likely have been a month or so before the will was proved than in November 1677.
5. Austin does not list a child named Deborah for Thomas Stafford (I). Do you know what the source of the IGI assignment of this child to him was?
6. I believe that the mother of the children of Stukeley Westcott was Juliana Merchant or Marchant, and not Rosanna Hill. This is bolstered by the statement in your data base that he married Rosanna Hill in 1617/18 and Juliana Merchant 10/5/1619.
This is the conclusion of the following citation as well:
Stukely Westcott was born in Somersetshire, England about 1592. He married Julian (Juliane) Marchant 5 Oct 1619 at Yeovil, county Somerset...
With his wife and six children Stukely arrived at Salem, Massachusetts in 1635 and was made a freeman in 1636. In town records of 1636 "Stukely Westcott" is recorded as a grantee of land. On 25 Dec 1637 one acre of land was granted to "Stuky Wesket," and old records show that at that time his family consisted of eight persons. His "house lot of one acre" is described in an old colonial deed of 1643 as being bounded on one side by "the salt water."
Stukely was one of Roger Williams' closest friends and shared many of his opinions. Shortly after Roger Williams' banishment from Salem, Stukely and a number of others obtained permission to leave Salem, and went to Rhode Island. Stukely was the first named of the twelve grantees in the initial Deed of 1638, made by Roger Williams and his associates, know as the Proprietor's Company for Providence Plantations...
In March 1639 Stukely and eleven others organized the first Baptist Church of Providence, R.I., the first of the denomination in America. He became an inhabitant of Warwick, R.I.,before 1648; served as deputy to represent Warwick in the Colonial Assembly in 1651, 1655, 1660, 1662 and 1670; as member of the grand and petit juries frequently and as a member of numerous other committees. In 1664 he was authorized to keep an ordinary (inn) and to entertain when the King's Commissioners held court at Warwick. This vocation of inn-keeper was in early times frequently assumed by settlers who owned commodious houses at central points on the post-roads. (See Narragansett Historical Register #5)
Stukely died in 1677 at the age of 85 years, while visiting his daughter at Portsmouth.
Children:
1. Damaris was born ca 1621, Yeovil and married 17 Dec 1640 at Providence, R.I., Benedict Arnold I, who came to New England with his father William Arnold. They were the grandparents of Benedict, the traitor. They had nine children: Benedict...
2. Samuel, b Ilchester, Somerset, bpt 31 Mar 1622/3. Prob died young
3. Robert, b ca 1625/6 Somerset, was killed by Indians during King Phillip's War...
4. Amos, b prob Yeovil, 1631; died Warwick, R.I., after Jan 1686.
5. Mercy...
6. Jeremiah, b ca 1633; m Eleanor England" (1)
1) Padden, Mary Westcott; Ancestors and Descendants of Charles Lee Westcott (1985) p. 1-2

Once again, thank you very much.
John Hope

3. Mary STAFFORD1,2,3 was born on 4 OCT 1750 in Coventry, Kent Co., RI.5,6 Ephriam BENNETT and Mary STAFFORD had the following children:

i. Ephraim BENNETT.
ii. James BENNETT.
1 iii. Thaddeus BENNETT.
iv. Thomas BENNETT.
v. Abraham BENNETT.
vi. David BENNETT.
vii. Alma BENNETT.
viii. Jonathan BENNETT.
ix. Joseph BENNETT.



THIRD GENERATION

4. Samuel BENNETT Jr.1,2,3 was born on 14 SEP 1690 in East Greenwich, Kent Co, RI.7,7 He was married to Mary STAFFORD on 15 JUL 1716 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI.8,8

5. Mary STAFFORD1,2,3 was born on 16 SEP 1690 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI.5,9 She died on 24 MAR 1782 in East Greenwich, Kent Co, RI.7,7 Samuel BENNETT Jr. and Mary STAFFORD had the following children:

2 i. Ephriam BENNETT.
ii. Samuel BENNETT1,2,3 was born in 1720 in Coventry, Kent Co., RI.7
iii. Mary BENNETT1,2,3 was born in 1721 in Coventry, Kent Co., RI. She died in 1811 in Plainfield, Windham Co, CT.7
iv. Freelove BENNETT1,2,3 was born in 1723 in Coventry, Kent Co., RI. She died in 1723 in Coventry, Kent Co., RI.7
v. Sarah BENNETT1,2,3 was born in 1726 in Coventry, Kent Co., RI.7
vi. Hannah BENNETT1,2,3 was born in 1731 in Coventry, Kent Co., RI.7
vii. Edward BENNETT1,2,3 was born in 1735 in Coventry, Kent Co., RI.7

6. Thomas (Pvt.) STAFFORD1,2,3 was born on 20 APR 1723 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI.10,11 He died on 20 JUL 1779 in Coventry, Kent Co., RI.5,5 He was married to Diademiah (Diadema) CARPENTER on 28 JUN 1744 in Coventry, Kent Co., RI.12,13

7. Diademiah (Diadema) CARPENTER1,2,3 was born between 25 JUL 1721 and 1725 in East Greenwich, Kent Co, RI. Known as Deiahdema in Coventry, RI and shown the same on the birth
records of her children. Thomas (Pvt.) STAFFORD and Diademiah (Diadema) CARPENTER had the following children:

i. Abigail STAFFORD1,2,3 was born on 15 MAR 1745 in Coventry, Kent Co., RI.5,6
ii. John STAFFORD1,2,3 was born on 8 MAY 1747 in Coventry, Kent Co., RI.5,6
iii. Mercy (Massey) STAFFORD1,2,3 was born on 29 DEC 1748 in Coventry, Kent Co., RI.14,14 She died on 28 NOV 1749 in Coventry, Kent Co., RI.5,5
3 iv. Mary STAFFORD.
v. Barbary STAFFORD1,2,3 was born on 16 AUG 1752 in Coventry, Kent Co., RI.5,6
vi. Thomas STAFFORD1,2,3 was born on 19 JAN 1755 in Coventry, Kent Co., RI.15,15 He died on 20 JUL 1805.5,16
vii. Richard STAFFORD1,2,3 was born on 8 NOV 1756 in Coventry, Kent Co., RI.5,6
viii. Joseph STAFFORD1,2,3 was born on 25 APR 1759 in Coventry, Kent Co., RI.5,17 He resided in 1804 in Hillsborough, Essex Co., NY. He died on 13 MAR 1855 in Essex Co., NY.18 He was buried in Lake View cem, Essex Co, NY. Revolutionary War Service - RI - S#17,124 - NY N.#24,951

Joseph was a Private in the Regiment commanded by Col. Brown in the RI Troops Line for 2 years.

Joseph is listed in the 1850 census as living with his son Oliver as Head of Household.

ix. Benjamin STAFFORD1,2,3 was born on 25 APR 1761 in Coventry, Kent Co., RI.5,6 He died in 1836 in Essex Co., NY.
x. Amos STAFFORD1,2,3 was born on 4 OCT 1765 in Coventry, Kent Co., RI.5,6 He died in 1825 in New York.



FOURTH GENERATION

10. Capt. Amos STAFFORD1,2,3 was born on 8 NOV 1665 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI.19,20 He died on 8 OCT 1760 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI.7,7 He was married to Mary BURLINGAME on 19 DEC 1689 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI.21,21

11. Mary BURLINGAME1,2,3 was born on 14 JAN 1668.7,7 She died on 14 OCT 1760 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI.5,5 Capt. Amos STAFFORD and Mary BURLINGAME had the following children:

5 i. Mary STAFFORD.
ii. Samuel STAFFORD1,2,3 was born on 24 SEP 1692 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI.8,8 He died on 16 MAR 1752.22
iii. Mercy STAFFORD1,2,3 was born on 21 SEP 1694 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI.5,23 She died in 1754.7
iv. Capt. Amos STAFFORD Jr.1,2,3 was born on 24 APR 1702 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI.5 He died after 1790.24
v. Stukeley STAFFORD1,2,3 was born on 7 NOV 1704 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI.5,9 He died before 28 AUG 1733.25 According to "The History & Genealogy of Stukely Westcott" by Roscoe L. Whitman Stukely was a Master Mariner, commandinf the sloop "Little Mary" in the West Indies trade.
vi. Patience STAFFORD1,2,3 was born on 21 APR 1707 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI.8,26 She died on 27 APR 1711 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI.5,5
vii. Freelove STAFFORD1,2,3 was born on 14 OCT 1709 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI.9,27 She died in NOV 1778 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI.7,7

12. Capt. Thomas STAFFORD1,2,3 was born in 1682 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI.28 He died on 18 NOV 1765.29,29 He was married to Audrey GREENE on 16 JUL 1719 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI.8,8

13. Audrey GREENE1,2,3 was born on 18 JAN 1693 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI.30 She died on 7 APR 1763.7,7 Capt. Thomas STAFFORD and Audrey GREENE had the following children:

i. Eleanor STAFFORD1,2,3 was born on 25 APR 1720 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI.5,9 She died in 1775.31
ii. Richard STAFFORD1,2,3 was born on 24 SEP 1721 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI.5,9
6 iii. Thomas (Pvt.) STAFFORD.
iv. Samuel STAFFORD1,2,3 was born on 6 DEC 1724 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI.5,9 He died Young.
v. Amie (Almy) STAFFORD1,2,3 was born on 19 APR 1728 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI.5,9 She died in 1799.7
vi. Col. Joab STAFFORD1,2,3 was born on 14 NOV 1729 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI.32,32 He died on 23 NOV 1801 in Cheshire, Berkshire Co, MA.30,30 He was a Farmer,Lumberyard. Capt. in Col. Simmon's Regiment. Wounded, Aug 1777 at Bennington, in his foot and nose.
vii. Audry STAFFORD1,2,3 was born on 8 FEB 1731 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI.5,9
viii. John STAFFORD1,2,3 was born on 5 MAY 1735 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI.5,9 He died in 1785 in Guilford, Windham Co., VT.33 John is listed on the RI Freeman List of Registered Voters
1747-1755 as a Freeman of Scituate RI in 1755. There are two John
Stafford listings in the 1774 census. The two listings are
identical except one female under 16 is missing in one listing.

14. John CARPENTER1,3 was born between 1690 and 1703 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI. He died after 14 JUL 1748 in East Greenwich, Kent Co, RI. He was married to Elizabeth GRINNELL before 1721 in Rhode Island.

15. Elizabeth GRINNELL1,3. John CARPENTER and Elizabeth GRINNELL had the following children:

7 i. Diademiah (Diadema) CARPENTER.



FIFTH GENERATION

20. Samuel STAFFORD1,2,3 was born in 1636 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI.34 He died on 20 MAR 1718 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI.35,35 He was buried in Old Stafford Cem, Conabicut Pt, Warwick, Kent, RI. He was married to Mercy WESTCOTT on 24 FEB 1660 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI.36,36

21. Mercy WESTCOTT1,2,3 was born about 1632/33 in Yeovil, Somersetshire, ENGLAND.37 She died on 25 MAR 1700 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI.5 She was buried in AUG 1700 in Old Warwick RI. Samuel STAFFORD and Mercy WESTCOTT had the following children:

i. Stukley Wescott STAFFORD1,2,3 was born on 7 NOV 1661 in Newport, Newport Co, RI.38,38
10 ii. Capt. Amos STAFFORD.
iii. Mercy STAFFORD1,2,3 was born on 8 JUL 1668 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI.39,40
iv. Sarah STAFFORD1,2,3 was born on 18 APR 1669 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI.41,42
v. Sarah STAFFORD1,2,3 was born on 18 APR 1671 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI.38
vi. Samuel STAFFORD1,2,3 was born on 19 NOV 1673 in Newport, Newport Co, RI.38,43
vii. Patience STAFFORD1,2,3 was born in 1675.36 She died on 23 OCT 1721.44,44
viii. Freelove STAFFORD1,2,3 was born in 1677.7
ix. Elizabeth STAFFORD1,2,3 was born in 1680 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI.7
12 x. Capt. Thomas STAFFORD.

24. Samuel STAFFORD is the same as person number 20.

25. Mercy WESTCOTT is the same as person number 21.

26. Richard GREENE1,3. He was married to Eleanor SAYLES.

27. Eleanor SAYLES. Richard GREENE and Eleanor SAYLES had the following children:

13 i. Audrey GREENE.



SIXTH GENERATION

40. Thomas STAFFORD1,2,3 was born about 1605 in Warwickshire, ENGLAND.45 He emigrated in 1626 from Warwickshire, ENGLAND. He died on 4 NOV 1677 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI.46 He was buried in Old Stafford Cem, Conabicut Pt, Warwick, Kent, RI. He was a Miller. In John Osborne Austin's "Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island"(GDRI)it is stated that Thomas first landed at Plymouth, Mass. His occupation is listed as a miller and he is said to have built the first mill for grinding corn with water-power. On May 20, 1638 his name appears on a list of inhabitants of Newport, Rhode Island. In Gary Boyd Roberts's "Genealogies of Rhode Island Families" quotes two other genealogy works that Thomas and his brother John arrived in The New World in a vessel of their own. I have not been able to find any
other trace of John. It also states the Thomas and John were the sons of Lord Stafford of
Staffordshire. In 1655 he was recorded in "the Roule of ye Freeman of ye Colonie" as "Freeman of the Towne of Warwicke" (GDRI). In John Osborne Austin's "Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island"(GDRI) it is stated that Thomas first landed at Plymouth, Mass. His occupation is listed as a miller and he is said to have built the first mill for grinding corn with water-power. On May 20, 1638 his name appears on a list of inhabitants of Newport, Rhode Island. In Gary Boyd Roberts's "Genealogies of Rhode Island Families" quotes two other genealogy works that Thomas and his brother John arrived in The New World in a
vessel of their own. I have not been able to find any other trace of John. It also states
the Thomas and John were the sons of Lord Stafford of Staffordshire. In 1655 he was recorded in "the Roule of ye Freeman of ye Colonie" as "Freeman of the Towne of Warwicke" (GDRI).
He was married to Elizabeth about 1633.36,36

41. Elizabeth1,2,3 was born in 1614.45 She died about 1677 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI. Thomas STAFFORD and Elizabeth had the following children:

i. Thomas STAFFORD Jr.1,2,3 was born in 1632/33 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI.47 He died on 26 JAN 1723 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI.48 Made Freeman in 1675 (GDRI). In his will made his son executor. To my wife Sarah, all movables in doors and out for life. To son Thomas, 5 shillings. To daughters Eleanor, Amey and Elizabeth, 20 shillings, each. to ganddaughter Mary King, 20 shillings. To son Thomas, all land in Warwick or elsewhere and my mansion house after decease of his mother, he paying her annually 3 pounds, 10 shillings.
20 ii. Samuel STAFFORD.
iii. Hannah STAFFORD1,2,3 was born in 1640 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI.34 She died in 1692.
iv. Sarah STAFFORD1,2,3 was born in 1646 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI.47 She died in 1669.
v. Joseph STAFFORD1,2,3 was born on 21 MAR 1648 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI.49,50 He died on 5 JAN 1727. Apprenticed to Thomas Smith as a tailor for 8 years 11 Apr 1665. Made a freeman of Warwick in 1677.Apprenticed to Thomas Smith as a tailor for 8 years 11 Apr 1665.
Made a freeman of Warwick in 1677.
vi. Deborah STAFFORD1,2,3 was born in 1651 in Warwick, Kent Co, RI.34 She died in 1706.

42. Stukeley WESTCOTT1,3 was born in 1592 in Somersetshire, England. He was buried in JAN 1677 in Portsmouth RI. He died on 12 JAN 1677 in Portsmouth RI. Mrs. Sieck just sent information that Stukeley Westcott married
Juliana
Merchant. She was the daughter of John Merchant who was baptized at
Yeovill
8/8/1571 and the granddaughter of John Merchant and Eva Cominge who
were
married at Yeovill 7/18/1568, John Sr died 1593.He married Juliana
Mechant
10/5/1619 in Yeovill England He was married to Rosanna HILL about 1617/18 in England.

43. Rosanna HILL1,3 died in 1670 in Warwick RI. She was buried in OCT 1670 in Warwick RI. Stukeley WESTCOTT and Rosanna HILL had the following children:

i. Damaris WESTCOTT1,3 was born in 1620 in Yeovill Eng. She was christened on 27 JAN 1621 in Yeovill Eng. She died after 1678 in Newport RI. She was buried after 1678 in Newport RI. married Benedict Arnold
ii. Samuel WESTCOTT1,3 was born in 1622 in Yeovill Eng. He was christened on 3 MAR 1623 in Yeovill Eng. He died after 1635 in Massachusetts. He was buried after 1635 in Massachusetts. died as young man, not married
iii. Robert WESTCOTT1,3 was born between 1624 and 1626 in Yeovill Eng. He died in 1675 in Warwick RI. He was buried in 1675 in Warwick RI.
iv. Amos WESTCOTT1,2,3 was born in 1631 in Yeovill Eng. He died after JAN 1686 in Old Warwick RI. He was buried after JAN 1686 in Old Warwick RI.
21 v. Mercy WESTCOTT.
vi. Jeremiah WESTCOTT1,3 was born between 1633 and 1635 in Yeovill Eng. He died in 1686 in Warwick RI. He was buried in 1686 in Warwick RI.
SOURCES

1. Susan DeHart. GEDCOM file imported on 3 Jul 2000.
2. Kenneth Stafford. GEDCOM file imported on 3 Jul 2000.
3. Stafford Branch 4
GEDCOM file imported on 2 Nov 2000.
4. DAR Patriot Index Vol I.
5. Descendants of Thomas Stafford by R.J. Curfman.
6. Descendants of Thomas Stafford by R.J. Curfman, VRRI Arnold.
7. Letter from Mike Stafford.
8. Vital Records of RI 1636-1850 by James N. Arnold,IGI-LDS.
9. Descendants of Thomas Stafford by R.J. Curfman, VRRI,IGI-LDS.
10. Vital Records of RI by James N. Arnold,IGI-LDS.
11. VRRI by James N. Arnold,IGI-LDS,H&G Stukely Westcott.
12. RIVR by Arnold, IGI-LDS, Hist & Gen Stukely Westcott.
13. Rhode Island Vital Records by Arnold, IGI-LDS.
14. Vital Records of Rhode Island by James N. Arnold,IGI-LDS.
15. Vital Records of Rhode Island by James N. ARnold,IGI-LDS.
16. DEscendants of Thomas Stafford by R.J. Curfman.
17. Descendants of Thomas Stafford by R.J. Curfman, VRRI ARnold.
18. Ernest N. Stafford. Laban Stafford his Ancestors & Descendants.
19. Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island, IGI-LDS.
20. Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island, IGI-LDS, VRRI.
21. New England Marriages prior to 1700, Gen of RI Families,VRRI.
22. Ruby McNeill Simonson. Page 8. Rhode Island Families - Vol 2 p. 332-333.
23. Descendants of Thomas Stafford by R.J. Curfman, VRRI.
24. Ruby McNeill Simonson. Page 8. Rhode Island Families - Vol 2 p. 332-333.
25. Ibid. Page 8. Rhode Island Families - Vol 2 p. 332-333.
26. VRRI 1636-1850 by James N. Arnold,IGI-LDS,H&G Stukely Westco.
27. Ruby McNeill Simonson. Page 8. Rhode Island Families - Vol 2 p. 332-333.
28. Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island
Birth year per Fred R. Whitten 72420.2616@CompuServe.com.
29. Genealogy of the Stafford Family by Henery Benedict.
30. Genealogy of the Stafford Family by Henry Benedict.
31. Hist & Gen Stukely Westcott.
32. Vital Records of RI 1636-1850 by James N. Arnold, IGI-LDS.
33. Ltr Mike Stafford.
34. IGI-LDS.
35. Vital Records of RI 1636-1850 by James N. Arnold.
36. New England Marriages prior to 1700 by Torrey.
37. VRRI 1636-1850 by James N. Arnold,Hist & Gen Westcott.
38. Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island,IGI-LDS,VRRI by Arno.
39. Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island,VRRI by Arnold.
40. Gen Dictionary of Rhode Island,VRRI by Arnold,H&GStukely Wes.
41. Vital Record of Rhode Island by Arnold.
42. VRRI by Arnold, Hist & Gen Stukely Westcott.
43. Gen Dictionary of Rhode Island,IGI-LDS,VRRI by Arnold.
44. Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island.
45. "Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island" by John Austin.
46. Letter from Mike Stafford, Ltr Calvin Down.
47. Ancestral File LDS.
48. Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island,Ltr Nancy Sieck.
49. Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island by John Austin,IGI.
50. "Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island" by John Austin,IGI.

Mary Stafford

Janell Clifford (View posts)
Posted: 10 Jun 2001 1:13AM GMT
Dear Mike Stafford;
Just a note to tell you how over come I am from all the information you have sent me.Surprised Yes I about fell out of my Chair.I could have steped on my bottem lip as my mouth was wide open.
What a gift, --Wow. Thank you so very much.
I want to thank you for all your inforamation. Many hour's of research, and confermation of your research. About mary Stafford birth date. I will go through my records when I am not so tired just got home from my daughter's for three days. She and her husband have five Children. I had a great time, but ready to go to bed. So will check this out and see what I have done? You can bet it is my mistake. I will get back to you. Your my Hero, and I don"t even know you. You really opend a big door for me. It has taken me a very long time to get back and check this message board. I had nothing on the Stafford side. My best to you and yours Sincerely Janell Clark

Re: Ephraim Mary Stafford Bennet

Posted: 3 Nov 2002 6:34PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 16 Jun 2003 2:19AM GMT
I also question a 12 year old Mary Stafford marrying Ephraim Bennett about 1760. Right now my best candidate is Mary b.1734, daughter of the Alice Shearman who married into the Stafford family when daughter Mary was 3 years old. The Shearman family and the Stafford family appear at the Nine Partners Meeting, which is not far from where the Bennetts were located at that time (Ridgefield CT). In later life Mary married off two of her sons to the Bentleys who were also at Nine Partners.

Re: Ephraim Mary Stafford Bennet

Posted: 3 Nov 2002 10:48PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 22 Mar 2004 2:24AM GMT
I have different spouses for that Mary.

Descendants of Joseph STAFFORD - 3 Nov 2002
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FIRST GENERATION

1. Joseph STAFFORD1,2 was born about 1701 in Tiverton, Newport Co., Rhode Island. He died on May 31, 1773 in Tiverton, Newport Co., Rhode Island. From an article by John L. Brooke

In a noted review of occult practice in 18th century New England, the Rev Erza Stiles of Newport RI wrote in June 1773 of a "Mr Stafford of Tiverton lately dead who was wont to tell where lost things might be found and what day, hour and minute was forturnate for vessels to sail?. Stiles probably had seen the notice in the Newport Mercury of 31 May 1773, listing the death at Tiverton of "Joseph Stafford, Esq, a very celebrated astrologer."

Joseph Stafford came from a family well outside of the orbit of Puritan orthodoxy. His grandfather, Sylvester Stover, settled at Cape Neddick in York, Maine in 1649, where he joined a fishing partnership and served as ferryman. Stover's household on the Cape Neddick River was located in an outlying area in a town given to some religious diversity. The early church in York was nominally Anglican in doctrine, but when in 1689, the settled minister tried to disrupt a meeting of "traveling Quakers" a number of the town's leading men were willing to testify against his conduct before a grand jury that summer. Stover died around 1689, having sailed for England in 1688, and in the following years his family was driver from York by Indian attacks. Some children to other Maine towns, his wife to Scituate, MA and his son Josiah, changing his name to Stafford, to Tiverton, then part of Bristol Co. MA, a town just east of Newport, RI. Predominatly Baptist and Quaker, the people of Tiverton and adjacent Dartmouth struggle for decades against the efford of the MA authorities to impose church taxes. Finally Tiverton was annexed to RI in 1746. Stafford were amoung the Quaker families in Tiverton, as were the Durfees and Chases.

Born around 1700, Josiah's son, Joseph Stafford, was both a man of local standing and practitioner of the occult. Signing his will in 1770 as "esquire", he was apparently a justice of the peace as well as a physician of local reputation. He was also a writer of almanacs and teller of fortunes. It is impossible to say exactly which sect he adhered to, but in 1778 his brothers Abraham and David Stafford were attending the Sixth Principle Baptist Church located on the Tiverton-Dartmouth line. The minister, Peleg Burroughs, describe by one historian as "tinctured" with Quakerism, was married to a devout Seventh Day Baptist, Keziah Burdick, a granddaughter of one of the founders of the Westerly branch of the Newport Sabbatarian church.

His June 1700 will split his farmstead between his older sons, John and Samuel. But to his younger son Lilly, presumably name for William Lilly - the astrologer, he left money, notes, book debts, as well as "all my library of books with all my apothecary stuff and phials with the book case tha the books are in .... and a small chest in the Chamber with apothecary stuff in it..." These items surviving a wagon trip to western New York around 1820, have remained together in family hands for two centuries, passing down to Marie Stafford Stokoe and her son William Stokoe.

Joseph apparently had hopes of finding buried treasure. A slip of paper notes money paid to Abraham Stafford in 1768 for "digging", perhaps in the search for Mr. Wing's treasure in Sandwich, a Quaker town 45 miles to the east on Cape Cod.

Joseph and Abraham Stafford probably found nothing at Sandwich, but their brother David's children were still looking for treasure a half-century later. Stafford, Durfees, and Chases from Tiverton all settled in the Quaker settlement of Farmington, in Ontario Co. NY, early in the 19th century. Here Staffords and Chases searched for treasure in the hills, looking for magical direction in bits of stream-polished stone. Joshua Stafford had "a peepstone with looked like white marble"; Sally Chase's stone was green glass. And here they knew another family inclined to the magical, the family of Joseph and Luck Mack Smith, arriving from Vermont in 1816, for whom the hunt for earthly treasure was only a prologue to the miricles and visions which announced the emergence of the Mormon church.



He was married to Alice (Alse) SHEARMAN (daughter of Joseph SHEARMAN and Ase) on April 22, 1737. Alice (Alse) SHEARMAN2 was born on September 15, 1719. Joseph STAFFORD and Alice (Alse) SHEARMAN had the following children:

+2 i. Mary STAFFORD (born on November 1, 1739).
+3 ii. Deborah STAFFORD (born on December 31, 1741).
+4 iii. Hannah STAFFORD (born on April 1, 1743).
+5 iv. John STAFFORD (born on July 20, 1745).
+6 v. Samuel STAFFORD (born on February 18, 1747).
+7 vi. Lilly STAFFORD Sr..



SECOND GENERATION

2. Mary STAFFORD2 was born on November 1, 1739 in Tiverton, Newport Co., Rhode Island.

Silas DEVOL2 was born on June 24, 1743 in Tiverton, Newport Co., Rhode Island. He died in 1778 in NY Harbor (POW on British prison ship).

She was married to Justus ALLEN on June 23, 1791.

3. Deborah STAFFORD2 was born on December 31, 1741 in Tiverton, Newport Co., Rhode Island.

She was married to John JENNINGS Jr. on November 1, 1762. John JENNINGS Jr.2 was born on March 8, 1738 in Tiverton, Newport Co., Rhode Island. He died about 1773 in Tiverton, Newport Co., Rhode Island.

4. Hannah STAFFORD2 was born on April 1, 1743 in Tiverton, Newport Co., Rhode Island.

Paul COOK2 (son of John COOK and Martha) was born on June 5, 1745 in Tiverton, Newport Co., Rhode Island. He died about 1806.

5. John STAFFORD2 was born on July 20, 1745 in Tiverton, Newport Co., Rhode Island.

Judeth TABER2 was born on March 6, 1745. She died on March 7, 1802 in Tiverton, Newport Co., Rhode Island. John STAFFORD and Judeth TABER had the following children:

8 i. Abial STAFFORD2 was born on January 18, 1769 in Tiverton, Newport Co., Rhode Island.
9 ii. Elizabeth STAFFORD2 was born on June 3, 1771 in Tiverton, Newport Co., Rhode Island.
10 iii. Elsie STAFFORD2 was born on January 17, 1778 in Tiverton, Newport Co., Rhode Island.
11 iv. Hannah STAFFORD2 was born on December 15, 1780 in Tiverton, Newport Co., Rhode Island.
12 v. Joseph STAFFORD2 was born on October 28, 1783 in Tiverton, Newport Co., Rhode Island.
13 vi. Mary STAFFORD2 was born on August 28, 1787 in Tiverton, Newport Co., Rhode Island.

6. Samuel STAFFORD2 was born on February 18, 1747 in Tiverton, Newport Co., Rhode Island.

He was married to Zilpha "Zilphy" DEVOL on August 4, 1768 in Tiverton, Newport Co., Rhode Island. Married by Restcome Sanford, Justice. Samuel STAFFORD and Zilpha "Zilphy" DEVOL had the following children:

+14 i. Alice STAFFORD (born on February 26, 1769).
15 ii. Joseph STAFFORD2 was born on July 30, 1770 in Tiverton, Newport Co., Rhode Island. Joseph's father, Samuel, sold him land in Tiverton RI on 10 Sep 1798,
+16 iii. Zilpha "Zilphy" STAFFORD (born on July 10, 1773).

7. Lilly STAFFORD Sr.2. Lilly Sr. was a silver and gunsmith by trade and passed his life in Massachusetts.

He was married to Thirza WOOD on June 21, 1795 in Dartmouth, Bristol Co. MA. Lilly STAFFORD Sr. and Thirza WOOD had the following children:

+17 i. Lilly STAFFORD Jr..

He was married to Abigail (Nabby) WOOD on March 15, 1804.



THIRD GENERATION

14. Alice STAFFORD2 was born on February 26, 1769 in Tiverton, Newport Co., Rhode Island.

She had marriage banns published on January 6, 1787 in Dartmouth, Bristol Co. MA.3 She was married to Pardon DEVOL (son of Daniel DEVOL and Phoebe BROWNELL) on June 10, 1789 in Tiverton, Newport Co., Rhode Island. She had a marriage annulled abt 1810 ? in Dartmouth, Bristol Co. MA.4 Pardon Devol of Dartmouth and Rachel Hefford of Middleborough intentions 6 Apr 1810.
"Westport April 19th 1810 ... forbid ... as I have been lawfully married to him ___ Alice Devol." "Pleas to disanull that letter I sent to your honor -- Sir for you not to give Pardon Devol a Sertificate ... Westport May 15th Alice Devol."5 Alice STAFFORD and Pardon DEVOL had the following children:

18 i. Mary DEVOL2 was born in 1789. She died in 1809.
19 ii. Sarah DEVOL2 was born in 1791.
20 iii. Pardon DEVOL2 was born in 1793.
21 iv. Joseph DEVOL2 was born in 1794.
22 v. Phebe DEVOL2 was born in 1798.
23 vi. Jonathan DEVOL2 was born in 1807.

16. Zilpha "Zilphy" STAFFORD2 was born on July 10, 1773 in Tiverton, Newport Co., Rhode Island. She died on December 31, 1858 in Tiverton, Newport Co., Rhode Island.

Abraham WORDELL2 (son of Gershom WORDELL and Hulda FOX) was born on January 14, 1780 in Tiverton, Newport Co., Rhode Island. He died on February 24, 1853 in Tiverton, Newport Co., Rhode Island.6 The Abraham Wodell (the modern spelling is Wordell) who married Zilpha Stafford was the son of Gershom4 (Gershom4-2, William1) Wordell of Tiverton and his first wife, Hulda Fox. Abraham's grandfather was representative from Tiverton to the Massachusetts General Court (at that time Tiverton was still in MA) and was impeached three times from that office, which is probably still a record. The root of the problem was Tiverton's refusal to support a Puritan/Congregationalist minister with taxpayer money, a directive which the Quakers and Baptists of Tiverton, and other places, found offensive. Gershom3 inherited the independent streak of his grandfather, William1, who was a follower of Anne Hutchinson and banished from Boston, then became a follower of Samuel Gorton and narrowly escaped the death penalty in those adventures, then finally defied his Quaker brethren by marrying his former daughter-in-law.


17. Lilly STAFFORD Jr.2 died on February 14, 1843. Lilly STAFFORD, son of Lilly and Tirzah (WOOD) STAFFORD, was an early settler of Collins, Erie county, where he died. He has in his possession the coat of arms of the STAFFORD family handed down from his great-grandfather, of England. (?)

He was married to Elizabeth RUSSELL on March 10, 1815. Elizabeth RUSSELL2 was born on October 11, 1793 in Dartmouth, Bristol Co. MA. She died on February 14, 1867. Lilly STAFFORD Jr. and Elizabeth RUSSELL had the following children:

+24 i. Phebe STAFFORD (born about 1821).
+25 ii. Leander STAFFORD (born on May 9, 1824).
+26 iii. Timothy R. STAFFORD (born on April 14, 1826).
+27 iv. Oliver R. STAFFORD (born in June 1834).
SOURCES

1. John L. Brooke. Wonders of the Invisible World: 1600-1900
"The True Spiritual Seed" Sectarian Religion and the Pesistance of the Occult in Eighteenth Century New England. Boston University - 1992. Pages 107-124.
2. Stafford Branch 14
GEDCOM file imported on 2 Nov 2000.
3. Page 163.
4. Ibid. Page 163.
5. Dee, Orville A. "Davol-Dee Genealogy" pp 20-21.
6. Wodell, Eli - "Genealogy of the Wodell Family" pg 59. Page 55.
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