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Rev D. R. Stanford

Rev D. R. Stanfordis 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 and 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 Miss Martha Peck, a native of Massachusetts, and a daughter of Obed and Lydia (Allen) Peck.  In 1868 he removed to Dane County, Wisconsin 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 the 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 education 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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