Sanford-Shulsen Family

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  • ID: I63173
  • Name: Ephraim SANFORD
  • Suffix: Sr.
  • Title: Sr.
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1
  • Christening: 5 APR 1747 North Killingworth, Middlesex County, CT 1 2 3
  • Death: 1836 in Wayne, Steuben County, NY 1 2 3
  • _UID: 44B8D47A92326F42BC51848F8525A8E6172B
  • Note:
    The "Historical Gazetteer of Steuben County, New York" says "Of the early citizens no one was more generally known than Elder Sanford." He was a Baptist, and was involved in building the Baptist church at Salter Corners in 1794. He "was instrumental in the building of the old Wayne meeting house in 1794, which was constructed without any means of heating the building, the idea prevailing that religious warmth should be sufficient. Elder Sanford was blunt of speech, and his eccentricities have furnished the warp and woof of many a story that has delighted the listener. His former home was in the Wyoming valley. He and his family were among the number chosen for slaughter at the famous Indian massacre. His presence was required in another part of the country on the day fixed for the terrible murder, and by taking his family with him he saved the lives of all his household. This noted divine preached in barns and dwelling houses, whenever and wherever he could secure an audience."
    In 1795 he preached the first sermon in the town of Urbana at the house of Samuel Baker. He never took pay for his services. When the town was being named, he fought earnestly to have the town named Jordan, but the majority won out and it was named Urbana.
    The earliest settlers of the place that became the town of Wayne, Steuben County, New York, were there in the fall of 1791. Zephaniah Hoff, Henry Mapes, Walter Jennings and Solomon Wixon were at that place when it was called Fredericktown, after Frederick Bartles, and early settler. In 1792 they were joined by John Holdrige, Elijah Reynolds and Ephraim Tyer. Ephraim Sanford came from Luzerne County, Pennsylvania in 1793, and he bought 1,864 acres of land from Jacob Hallett of New York City for 466 pounds sterling. Later he sold part of that land for eighteen pence an acre. He set to work at once clearing the land, despite the wolves and bears that roamed there. His son James later had that homestead, and in 1891 his grandson Russell Sandford lived there. The first birth in that town was Elizabeth Wixon, on 6 November 1793, and the first marriage was that of Ephraim Sanford, Jr., and Julia Hoff. The name of the town was changed to Wayne in 1808, in honor of General Anthony Wayne. Rev. Ephraim Sanford was the only clergyman in town for many years.
    In 1802 Ephraim Sanford and Zephaniah Huff came to Allegany County from Wayne, Steuben County and "explored the country bordering upon the east bank of the Genesee from near the transit line in Angelica to Portage, where they crossed the river and continued their explorations along the west shore up to the point where they first struck it." They returned to Steuben County. Huff returned the same year and erected a log house and planted some corn. After harvesting the corn he returned to Wayne for his family, settling across the river from Caneadea. Ephraim Sanford returned to Caneadea in 1803 with eighteen others and purchased land at Caneadea (Oramel). His sons David and Ezra were among the purchasers. In 1804 Ephraim moved his family there. The first religious service in Caneadea was held at his own house in 1804. His daughter Betsey was the first white child born there.
    The first town officers of Caneadea were William Pinkerton, supervisor; Isaac Sanford, town clerk; David Sanford, John Higgins and Asa Harris, assessors; Simneon Gates, Squire Haskell, and James Rice, commissioners of highways; James Sanford, constable and collector; Elisha Chamberlain, and Ezra Sanford, overseers of poor.
    Later Ephraim returned with his family to Wayne, where he died at the home of his son James in the eight-ninth year of his age.

    1790, Luzerne, Pennsylvania. Ephraim Sanford, head of a household which contains 5 males under 16, 2 males 16 and over, and 4 females.
    1800, Painted Post, Steuben County, New York. Ephraim Sandford, head of a household of 2 males under 10, 1 male 26-44, 1 female 16-25.
    1810, Wayne, Steuben County, New York. Ephraim Sanford, head of a household of 1 male 10-15, 2 males 16-25, 1 male over 45, 1 female 10-15, 2 females 16-25, 1 female over 45.
    1820, Wayne, Steuben County, New York. Ephraim Sanford, head of a household of 1 male 45 and over, 1 female 16-25, and 1 female 45 and over.
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  • Change Date: 24 SEP 2016 at 17:30:52

    Father: David SANFORD c: 24 FEB 1711/1712 in Fairfield, Fairfield County, CT
    Mother: Patience BURROUGHS b: 2 JAN 1709/1710 in Stratford, Fairfield County, CT c: 11 MAR 1711 in Stratfield, Fairfield County, CT

    Marriage 1 Esther BROWN b: 29 MAY 1748 in Canterbury, Windham County, CT
      1. Has No Children Abram SANFORD
      2. Has No Children Ezra SANFORD
      3. Has No Children Isaac SANFORD
      4. Has No Children David SANFORD
      5. Has No Children Ephraim SANFORD
      6. Has No Children John SANFORD
      7. Has Children James SANFORD b: in Wayne, Steuben County, NY
      8. Has No Children Betsey SANFORD b: APR 1804 in Oramel, Allegany County, NY

      1. Title: Thomas Sanford, the Emigrant to New England. Ancestry, Life and Descendants. 1632-4
        Author: Carlton E. Sanford
        Abbrev: Carlton E. Sanford
        Publication: Rutland VT: The Tuttle Company, 1911
        Abbrev: Thomas Sanford Genealogy
        Page: 1:118-119
      2. Title: Thomas Sanford, the Emigrant to New England. Ancestry, Life and Descendants. 1632-4
        Author: Carlton E. Sanford
        Abbrev: Carlton E. Sanford
        Publication: Rutland VT: The Tuttle Company, 1911
        Abbrev: Thomas Sanford Genealogy
        Page: 1:157-158
      3. Title: History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, for the Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution
        Author: Donald Lines Jacobus
        Abbrev: Donald Lines Jacobus
        Publication: New Haven CT: Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Co., 1930-1932
        Abbrev: Families of Old Fairfield
        Page: 2:812
        Note: NOTE: the baptism and death dates and places appear to be correct, but Irvin Near's History of Steuben County shows the first marriage in Frederickson, which became Wayne in 1808, was of Ephraim Sanford Jr. and Julia Hoff.
        Text: Ephraim [son of David & Patience Sanford] bapt. 5 Apr 1747 at North Killiingworth, d. at Wayne, Steuben County, N.Y., 1836; m. Julia Hough.
      4. Title: History of the settlement of Steuben County, N.Y.
        Author: Guy Humphrey McMaster
        Abbrev: McMaster
        Publication: Rochester, 1893. Digitized on
        Abbrev: Steuben County, N.Y. Settlement
        Page: p. 123-124
      5. Title: History of Steuben County, New York, and its people
        Author: Irvin Near
        Abbrev: Near
        Publication: 1911, Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago. Digitized on
        Abbrev: History of Steuben County, New York, and its people
        Page: p. 156-157

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