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Rev D. R. Stanford, is one of the prominent pioneers of Cedar Township.
He came to the county in 1869 and located on a homestead of
Government land of 160 acres, which he has since improved and made his
home. He was born in Berkshire, Massachusetts, May 12, 1819
is a son of Ebenezer and Mary (Hawks) Stanford. They were the
parents of five daughters and seven sons, of whom our subject was the
oldest. Mr. Stanford was united in marriage, May 9, 1843 to
Martha Peck, a native of Massachusetts, and a daughter of Obed and
Lydia (Allen) Peck. In 1868 he removed to Dane County,
and in 1869 to Cherokee County, Iowa as before stated. Eight
children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Stanford: Leroy, Margaret (died
aged sixteen) Susan, James H., Moses A., Mary Amna, Abbie and Corrinna.
Mr. Stanford has been an ordained minister in the Wesleyan
Methodist Church for the past forty years and has done faithful work in
his Master's cause. His neighbors and friends have displayed
confidence which they have in him by calling him to fill most of the
township offices, the duties of which he has discharged with unfailing
energy and integrity. His children have received a good
and most of them have been successful teachers and a credit to their
parents' training and teaching.
Source: Biographical History of Cherokee County, IA, W. W. Dunbar & Co Publishers, 1889
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