Name: Bird Lewis STAFFORD
Sex: M 1
Birth: 30 SEP 1796 in Leasburg, Caswell County, North Carolina
Death: 2 MAR 1867 in Buffalo, Dallas County, Missouri
Burial: Mt. Olive Cemetery, Dallas County, Missouri
Occupation: Blacksmith, farmer
Change Date: 26 DEC 2008
Family stories say Bird Stafford and John Parker (father of Lucy Ann Parker) were in Illinois in 1820, near Shawneetown. We don't know why they were there. I have found the following:
No.: [540 Indicates name also in State Census for 1818.*Indicates name also in Federal Census for 1820.?]
Heads of families: Bird Stafford
Free white males 21 & upwards: 1
All other white inhabitants: 3
Illinois Census Returns 1820
LIST OF NAMES IN FEDERAL CENSUS FOR EDWARDS COUNTY, 1820 Filed April 2, 1821 Census Taken by Guy W. Smith
Lived in Jackson and Hardeman County, Tennessee. The family later moved to Dallas County, Missouri. Bird was a farmer and blacksmith. He first married 1814 Lucy Parker in Jackson County, Tennessee. Lucy was born January 31, 1798 in Caswell County, Tennessee and died June 15 , 1863 in March, Dallas County, Missouri. He served in the war of 1812.
Bird and Lucy moved to Dallas Co., Missouri in February 1840. They settled near March, in the southern part of the county. Although a Democrat in politics, he was a strong supporter of the Union losing two of his five sons while serving in the Civil War.
Bird L. Stafford - Land patent made 1 May 1845 in Dallas County, Missouri. (MO5220 173. block 14 NWNW. Bounty Land Application, 18 November 1850, Dallas Co., MO.
Federal Land Patent 1 Nov 1852, twp 32, range 20 for Stafford, Bird L. There is also a land patent in the same twp and range for a James M. Stafford in 1 July 1852 and two more by James on 15 May 1857. Bird made a second and third land patent that same May 15, 1857. Note that a John F. Norton also made a land patent there on 30 Oct 1857. James M. made two more on 1 June 1859 , another two on 1 Nov 1859.
Bird L. Stafford age 54, Private in Co. C West Tennessee Footmen. Drafted at Nashville 1 October, 1814 for 6 months and honorably discharged at the Tennessee line bordering the Indian Nation on 1 April 1815. Did not receive a written discharge.
Additional application 26 September 1855, Bird age 55. - Application of Elizabeth Stafford as a widow of Bird Lewis Stafford from Boyd, Dallas Co., MO, 27 June, 1879. Soldier received land warrant #10118.
Abstracted from "History of Laclede, Camden, Dallas, Webster, Wright, Texas, Pulaski, Phelps & Dent Counties, Missouri," Published 1889, Goodspeed Publishing Company.
.... Bird and Lucy (Parker) Stafford, both of whom were born in North Carolina, and died in Dallas County, MO., whither they had come from Hardeman County, Tenn., in 1840. (Bird) was a soldier in the War of 1812, and although previously a Democrat, during the late war was a strong Union man. He was a successful blacksmith and farmer, and in 1863 was married to Miss Eliza Wingo, but died three years later. To his first union eleven children were born, James M. and L.L. being the only ones who are now living.
Genealogical Data from Southwest Missouri Newpapers 1860-1870 (pg 140)
Buffalo Weekly Reflex, Dallas Co., Missouri
John Robinson, Sarah Robinson wife, Elizabeth Stafford, Lewis L Stafford, James M Stafford, John L Stafford, Joseph Stafford, C.J. Chapman
John F Norton, Lucy E Norton wife, Permelia A Stafford, Lucy C Stafford, William F Stafford, Lucy A Stafford, A.R. Stafford, A.L. Stafford, M.E. Stafford, Joseph T Stafford, Lucy J Stafford, Susan L Stafford, L Stafford
*in partition of real estate of late B.L. Stafford. A copy of this lawsuit record is needed.
In 1820 there is a Bird Stafford listed as living in Gallatin County, Illinois. Quality of census record is very poor and I cannot read the details.
The 1850 US Census lists Bird L. Stafford as a HH (Head of Household). He was a 55-yea r-old blacksmith at the time of the census. Lucy was 52. 1850 Dallas Co., Missouri. District 26. Listed as Bird Stafford, a blacksmith, with wife Lucy and children Jackson and Louis.
Frances Ashley's notes on the Family Group form: "[Bird L. Stafford] came to Jackson County TN at age 10 - to Hardeman County TN in 1822. Bird L. Stafford was a blacksmith. He has miltary records for the War of 1812. The sources for the Stafford-Parker marriage are same as for the children of that marriage.
Father: William STAFFORD b: ABT 1770 in Caswell County, North Carolina
Mother: Sarah "Salley" JOHNSON b: ABT JUN 1772
Lucy Ann PARKER b: 31 JAN 1798 in Caswell County, North Carolina
in Jackson County, Tennessee
- Sealing Spouse:
8 DEC 1992
- Joseph Adderson STAFFORD b: 11 FEB 1815 in Jackson, Tennessee
- John Lewis "Dutch" STAFFORD b: 27 NOV 1817 in Jackson, Tennessee
- Nancy Periney STAFFORD b: 6 MAR 1819 in Jackson, Tennessee
- Sarah Ann STAFFORD b: 28 OCT 1820 in Jackson, Tennessee
- William Green STAFFORD b: 12 OCT 1822 in Jackson, Tennessee
- Nancy Caroline STAFFORD b: 15 SEP 1824 in Hardeman, Tennessee
- Leviney STAFFORD b: 25 DEC 1825 in Hardeman, Tennessee
- James Madison STAFFORD b: 5 FEB 1827 in Hardeman, Tennessee
- Lucy Elvira STAFFORD b: 18 Jun or 25 Dec 1828 in Humpreys County, Tennessee
- Andrew Jackson STAFFORD b: 19 AUG 1831 in Hardiman, Tennessee
- Cynthia (Cinthia) Jane STAFFORD b: 22 JUN 1833 in Hardman, Tennessee
- Bird Lafayette STAFFORD b: 2 MAY 1835 in Hardeman, Tennessee
- Louis Lafayette STAFFORD b: 13 APR 1836 in Hardeman, Tennessee
- Male STAFFORD b: 2 AUG 1841 in Hardeman, Tennessee
Elizabeth NIMMO b: 19 DEC 1830 in Barren, Kentucky
17 DEC 1863
in Buffalo (March), Dallas County, Missouri
- Sealing Spouse:
8 MAR 1966
- Lucy Caroline STAFFORD b: 5 NOV 1864 in March, Dallas County, Missouri
- Permelia E. STAFFORD b: 7 JUN 1867 in March, Dallas County, Missouri
- Type: Gedcom File
Title: Stafford Family Tree
Date: 18 June 2003