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Frank (Francis) Sanford 1829-1923 Richland Center, WI
Posted by: John Kemmerer Ivey (ID *****7904) Date: June 18, 2005 at 20:59:56
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I am looking for information concerning my ancestor Frank Sanford of Richland Center, WI, any descendants on this board?

Descendants of Frank Sanford

Generation No. 1
1. FRANK SANFORD was born January 15, 1829 in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, and died March 14, 1923 in Richland Center, Richland County, Wisconsin. He married CAROLINE CLEM(S) October 08, 1855 in Viola, Richland Township, WI. She was born July 15, 1829 in Scotland, and died October 21, 1910 in Richland Center, Richland County, Wisconsin.


2. i. GEORGE W. SANFORD, b. September 19, 1858, Viola, Richland Township, Wisconsin; d. May 09, 1937, Dallas, Dallas Co., Texas.
ii. LOUIS SANFORD, b. March 30, 1860.
iii. ELLA SANFORD, b. December 18, 1862.
iv. CAROLINE SANFORD, b. November 29, 1869.
v. ANNA SANFORD, b. Aft. 1869.

Generation No. 2
2. GEORGE W. SANFORD was born September 19, 1858 in Viola, Richland Township, Wisconsin, and died May 09, 1937 in Dallas, Dallas Co., Texas. He married MARY BELLE NICKOLS, daughter of UNKNOWN NICKOLS and CATHERINE. She was born 1878, and died 1957 in Dallas, Dallas Co., Texas.

3. i. CATHERINE CLEM SANFORD, b. August 10, 1905, Oshkosh, Wisconsin; d. October 07, 1987, Fort Worth,
ii. FRANK L. SANFORD, b. January 21, 1901, Council Bluffs, Iowa; d. December 15, 1987, Irving, Dallas Co.,
iii. ELOISE SANFORD, b. 1897, Iowa; d. Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas.

Biographical information from

Frank Sanford came to Richland county in 1867, and purchased a tannery located west of Richland Center, and operated the same about three years, since which time it has been idle. Mr. Sanford was not engaged in any regular business until 1878, when he built a livery and feed barn and established a livery business, which he sold out in February, 1879, and re-purchased in 1881, and has since carried on an extensive livery business besides operating the stage lines between Richland Center and Viola, West Lima and Cazenovia. Mr. Sanford was born in Mercer Co., Penn., Dec. 14, 1830. The family in 1833 removed to Michigan, where the father died in 1845, and as the family were left in moderate circumstances, the subject of this sketch worked at various employments during the summer seasons, and attended school winters. He went to Galena, Ill., in 1848, and in 1851 came to Wisconsin and had charge of a lead furnace until 1856, when on account of failing eyesight, he spent a season in St. Louis. In 1857 he returned to Mineral Point and engaged in the livery business. In 1862 he went to Idaho and worked at mining four years, then again returned to Mineral Point, where he was employed in the tanning business, coming from thence to this county in 1867, as before stated. He was married in 1858 to Caroline Clems; they have five children --- George, Lewis, Ella, Caroline and Anna. Mr. Sanford is a Royal Arch Mason.

Business Directory.
In 1884 the business interests of Richland Center were represented as follows:

Livery. --- Frank Sanford and Obadiah Driscall.

Village Government.

In September, 1866, a movement was put on foot to secure the incorporation of Richland Center, as a village, under the statutes of the State. And was so incorporated in October of the same year. The first meeting of the trustees of the newly organized village was held Feb. 1, 1867, in the room over D L Downs' store. The officers who were present were as follows: D L Downs, president; D E Pease, G H James, C Waggoner, John Fitzgerald, C H Smith and L D Gage, trustees; after the organization of the board, they proceeded to elect Fred. H Tuttle, clerk; J L McKee, treasurer and Thomas Cholerton, marshal. The board then appointed a committee consisting of D L Downs, L D Gage and C H Smith to draft by-laws and to make a design for the village seal. The first ordinance passed by this august body was one for the prevention and extinguishment of conflagrations in the village.

1881 --- Henry Toms, president; W C S Barron, Norman L James, H T Bailey, A H Krouskop, G H Strang and Frank Sanford, trustees; William Wulfing, clerk; T M Hart, treasurer; W H Waters, marshal; George Jarvis, police justice; George Spangler, constable.

1882 --- Henry Toms, president; Warren C S Barron, Norman L James, G H Strang, Frank Sanford, George Krouskop and H B Allen, trustees; C C Fries, clerk; T M Hart, treasurer; George L Spangler, marshal; George Bennett, police justice; John Houston, constable. Mr. Fries not qualifying, William Wulfing was appointed in his place.

1860 Census

Mineral Point, Iowa County, Wisconsin

Francis Sanford, age 30, City Treasurer, born Michigan
Wife Caroline Sanford, age 27, born England
George Sanford, age 2, born Wisconsin
Lewis Sanford, 3 mo., born Wisconsin
Oliver Sanford (brother?), age 22, born Michigan
Mary Clary, age 26, "servant girl," born Ireland

Francis Sanford, City Treasureer

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