Descendants of Bezaleel Sanford

Researched by Elaine Rathmann


Generation No. 1


1. BEZALEEL1 SANFORD was born July 07, 1786 in Litchfield, CT., and died January 15, 1872 in Davenport, IA. He married ORRA WORTHINGTON October 08, 1818 in Hinsdale, Mass., daughter of WILLIAM WORTHINGTON and SARAH WELLES. She was born June 24, 1790 in Colchester, Conn., and died December 02, 1862 in Davenport, IA.


Bezaleel Sanford Bio

"From History of Scott County, Iowa 1882 Chicago: Interstate Publishing Co."

Bezaleel Sanford was born in Litchfield, Conn., July 7, 1786. He passed his boyhood in his native village, and when a youth joined an elder brother in Central Vermont, becoming a clerk in a store for him, and gaining the rudiments of business education. At the age of 21 he emigrated to the village of Herkimer, N. Y., where he was engaged as a salesman in a store for six or seven years. Desiring to see something of the world of business he removed to the city of New York, where he entered a large store as a clerk. In that city he married Miss Ora * [Orra] Worthington. [According to their marriage record, they were actually married in Hinsdale, MA., October 8, 1818.] She died in Davenport in 1863.

Mr. Sanford enlisted as a soldier in the War of 1812, and did a patriot's duty in defending his country in her last contest with Great Britain. After the war, he returned to New York City, where he pursued his vocation as salesman until about the year 1818, when he became a commercial traveler. In 1838, he concluded to settle in Cincinnati, and the fall of that year found him in the metropolis of Ohio with his family. There he remained, engaging in miscellaneous, business until 1840, when he removed to Davenport, Iowa, his son-in-law, the late Alfred Sanders, having preceded him. Mr. Sanford purchased a farm near Rockingham. He farmed over three years in this place. In 1844 he sold the farm, and moved to the city and went into the drug and grocery trade * [with Charles Lesslie]. He remained in trade here till 1851, when he purchased a lot on the southwest corner of Brady and Second streets for $2,000, a two-story brick residence being included in the purchase. He erected a frame building on the south end of the lot and removed his goods to it.

Mr. Sanford came of a long-lived family. Of eight brothers and sisters, seven lived over 80 years. He was the father of four children. Mrs. M. A. * [Marie Antoinette] Sanders, Mrs. Charles Leslie *[Oriana] (deceased), D. W. C. Sanford and one who died in infancy. Mr. Sanford was an honest and upright man. No one who knew him ever thought of doubting his word. He would keep a promise at whatever cost to himself. he died on the 15th of January, 1873, at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. M. A. Sanders, in his 87th year.

* brackets from information provided by Elaine Rathmann

Found the headstone in June, 2001 in Oakdale Cemetery, Scott Co., Davenport, IA, very worn, can just make out the name.

Bezaleel's brother, John, married Orra's sister, Theodosia Worthington.

Index to the War of 1812 Pension Files, transcribed by Virgil D. White:

Sanford, Bezaliel, SC-2869, srv Capt. Gilbert Burling's Co., NY Militia.

From the biography of J. P. Van Patten, pg. 414 of "History of Davenport and Scott County, Iowa Vol. II": (J. P. Van Patten) "worked for three years in clerking for B. Sandford, a grocer and druggist on Front street. In 1854 Mr. Sandford retired from the firm, selling his interest to C. C. Alvord..." The name Sandford should read Sanford.


The Gazette

September 13, 1849

B. Sanford.

Druggist and Grocer;

At the Old Stand on Front Street, Davenport, Iowa, has laid in a full

assortment of Drugs, Medicines, Chemicals, Groceries, Fruits, Spices, Oils, Paints &c, for the season, comprising almost every article in the

line.-Among which are the following, viz.-

All Dr. Jayne's Medicines

Wistar's Balsam Wild Cherry

Townsend's Sarsaparilla

Hungarian Balsam

Indian Vegetable Tonic

Moffat's Phoenix Bitters

Hayes Linament for Piles

Upham's Pile Eluctuary

Pain Extractor

Linaments all kinds

Jaynes, Moffats, Braggs, Brandreths,

Wrights, Smiths, Peters, Leos,

Porters, Clevelands, and Emersons Pills.

Black and Cayenne Pepper

Allspice, Cloves, Mace, Nutmegs

Cinnamon, Race, W. L. and Ground

Ginger, Saleratus, Sal Soda, Allum

Copperas, Salt Peter

Chalk, Pitch and Rosin

Dried Apples and Peaches

Raisins, Figs, Prunes

Currants, Tamarinds

Citron and Dates

Imperial Gun Powder

Young Hyson, and Black Teas

Codfish, Mackerel, Smoked Herring

Tobacco, Segars, Snuff and

Pipes, all kinds;

Liverpool Blown, Ground Alum

Turks Island, and Table Salts

Paints, Oils, Turpentine, Varnishes

Brushes, Glass, Putty, Nails, Cordage

Lines and Sacking Twine

Gun Powder, Shot, Lead and P. Caps

Indigo, Madder, Logwood, Fustic,

Red Wood, Annatta &c

Cocoa and Chocolate, Old Java, Rio and

Havanna Coffee, Rice, Tapioca

Pearl Sago, Arrow Root, Pearl Barley

Vermiulla, Soda, Butter and Sweet

Crackers, Loaf, Powdered, Crushed,

Clarified and N. O. Sugars

Golden and N. O. Syrups

S. H. and N. O. Molasses

Old Otard and Seignette Brandy

Port, Madeira, Sweet Malaga, and

Claret Wines, Holland and Baltimore

Gin, Jamaica Rum, and Old Monengahela

Whiskey, for Medical purposes

Abscynth, Alcohol, Cider Vinegar

and Lime Juice, Sperm, Star and

Tallow Candles, Castile Rosin

Almond, Windsor and other Soaps

Candies Ass'd, Wistat's Cough Candy

Ginger Nuts, Writing and Letter Paper

Blk., Blue and Red Ink

Superior Steel Pens, Quills, &c

Almonds, Brazil Nuts, Filberts and

Hazlenuts, Pen and Pocket Knives

Razors, Scissors, Pocket Purses

Wallets, Silk and Cotton Purses

Combs, Ass'd. Violin Strings

Hair Brushes, &c, &c.

The above with at least 500 different articles not enumerated are all

warranted of the best quality, and will be sold as low as at any Store in the county. Cash or goods will be paid for Butter, Cheese, Tallow, Eggs, Oats, Grass Seed, Flaxseed, &c.

B. Sanford

Davenport, Dec. 14, 1848.



Found the headstone in 2001 in Oakdale Cemetery, Scott Co., Davenport, IA--very worn, can just make out the name.



2. i. ORIANA2 SANFORD, b. December 13, 1819, New York City, NY; d. January 17, 1867, Davenport, Iowa.

3. ii. MARIE ANTOINETTE SANFORD, b. December 23, 1821, New York City, NY; d. February 08, 1902, Davenport, IA.

4. iii. DEWITT CLINTON SANFORD, b. July 28, 1824, New York City, NY; d. November 02, 1891, St. Louis, Mo.

iv. WALTER HOMER SANFORD, b. October 21, 1831, Cincinnati, Hamilton, OH; d. June 24, 1832, Cincinnati, Hamilton, OH.


Generation No. 2


2. ORIANA2 SANFORD (BEZALEEL1) was born December 13, 1819 in New York City, NY, and died January 17, 1867 in Davenport, Iowa. She married CHARLES LESSLIE September 17, 1845 in Davenport, Scott Co., Iowa, son of EDWARD LESSLIE and GRACE WATSON. He was born June 17, 1811 in Dundee, Scotland, and died February 02, 1884 in Davenport, Iowa.


Oriana Sanford worked closely with Annie Wittenmyer to found the Iowa Soldiers Orphans Home. "Leslie Cottage" is named for her at the Annie Wittenmyer Complex. (Source for this information, Tom Wilson, CEO, Family Resources, Inc., which now owns part of the buildings at the Complex.)



i. ANNA WORTHINGTON3 LESSLIE, b. August 30, 1846, Davenport, Scott Co., Iowa; d. August 08, 1847, Davenport, Scott Co., Iowa.

ii. CHARLES CLINTON LESSLIE, b. August 14, 1857, Davenport, Iowa; d. December 28, 1896, Mt. Pleasant, Henry County, Ia.


From the History of Davenport, 1882


was organized in 1872, the first meeting for that purpose being held in the old High School building, corner of Maine and Sixth streets. James De Armond was elected president of the society for one year, the number of graduates at that time being about 50. The first reunion and banquet of the society was held at the "Newcomb House" on Thursday evening, June 26, 1873. It was one of the most successful and pleasant gatherings ever assembled in this city. There appeared to be, and was evident to all, a feeling of great cordiality among all who were present, and such a unity of thought and a degree of genuine pleasure at the reunion of persons who had been old schoolmates in years gone by, and who now are among the most respected residents of this and other cities, that the occasion could not but be an agreeable one. The society has since that time maintained its annual reunions and festivals except in 1881, and now numbers some 350 members. The following is a list of the presidents of the society from 1872 to the present time. List of presidents D. H. S. A.: 1872, James M. Dearmond; 1873, Frank S. Balch; 1874, Wm. M. Middleton, M. D.; 1875, Edwin G. Sawyer; 1876, Jacob J. Nagle; 1877, James M. Dearmond; 1878, Charles C. Leslie; 1879, Charles Davison; 1880, Alfred D. Churchill; 1881, John M. Dearmond.

iii. MARY HELEN LESSLIE, b. May 04, 1854, Davenport, Iowa; d. October 02, 1854, Davenport, Iowa.

iv. HELEN WORTHINGTON LESSLIE, b. September 10, 1857, Davenport, Iowa; d. March 05, 1859, Davenport, Iowa.

v. ANNETTE SANDERS LESSLIE, b. July 28, 1861, Davenport, Iowa; d. July 28, 1861, Davenport, Iowa.

vi. LIZZIE SANFORD LESSLIE, b. July 28, 1861, Davenport, Iowa; d. August 21, 1861, Davenport, Iowa.


3. MARIE ANTOINETTE2 SANFORD (BEZALEEL1) was born December 23, 1821 in New York City, NY, and died February 08, 1902 in Davenport, IA. She married ALFRED SANDERS March 15, 1842 in Davenport, Iowa, son of HEZEKIAH SANDERS and MARY SUFFRINS. He was born March 13, 1819 in Cincinnati, OH, and died April 25, 1865 in Davenport, IA.

Notes for Marie Antoinette Sanford: Marie Antoinette Sanford worked closely with Annie Wittenmyer to found the Iowa Soldiers Orphans Home. "Sanders Hall" is named for her at the Annie Wittenmyer Complex. (Source for this information, Tom Wilson, CEO, Family Resources, Inc., which now owns part of the buildings at the Complex.) She also did philanthropical work for the Academy of Sciences, and the Ladies Industrial Relief Society.


i. EDWIN KENT3 SANDERS, b. March 06, 1843, Davenport, IA; d. July 28, 1843, Davenport, IA.


Davenport Gazette

Davenport, Scott, Iowa


In this place on Friday last, 28th ult. Edwin K. son of Alfred and M.

Antoinette SANDERS, aged 4 months and 22 days.

ii. JULIA ELMA SANDERS, b. July 27, 1844.

5. iii. GEORGE CLINTON SANDERS, b. January 03, 1843, Scott Co., Davenport, IA; d. July 28, 1883, Scott Co., Davenport, IA.

6. iv. ELLA WORTHINGTON SANDERS, b. December 22, 1849, Davenport, Scott Co., IA; d. January 12, 1918, Muscatine, Muscatine Co., IA.

v. CAROLINE (CARRIE) ELIZABETH SANDERS, b. March 02, 1853; d. November 18, 1930; m. JOHN GOULD, June 01, 1875, Davenport, IA; b. September 12, 1850, Cranston, RI; d. April 09, 1883.

vi. ANNA LESSLIE SANDERS, b. March 03, 1857, Davenport, Scott County, Iowa; d. October 17, 1860, Davenport, Scott County, Iowa.


4. DEWITT CLINTON2 SANFORD (BEZALEEL1) was born July 28, 1824 in New York City, NY, and died November 02, 1891 in St. Louis, Mo. He married ELIZABETH H. SLAYBACK Bet. 1848 - 1849 in Nashville, TN, daughter of DR.ABEL SLAYBACK and ANNA HALL. She was born Abt. 1826 in Ohio, and died April 19, 1900 in St. Louis, Mo.


According to the 1850 Census of Hamilton Co., OH, 7th Ward, Roll 189, pg 274, D. W. Sanford's occupation was "Clerk on the river".


The Gazette

Davenport, Scott, Iowa

Feb 15, 1849


In Cincinnati, on the 24th ult., by Rev. Dr. Stockton, D.W.C. Sanford, Esq,

formerly of this place to Miss Lizzie, daughter of the late Dr. Slayback, of

that city.


Daily Gazette

Davenport, Scott, Iowa

Friday, April 13, 1860

Francis W. Crane D. W. C. Sanford


Brokers in Provisions

and Breadstuffs

No. 89 Second Street, cor. of Locust

St. Louis.........Missouri



i. ROE WHITAKER3 SANFORD, b. June 10, 1870, New Orleans, LA; d. January 10, 1875, St. Louis, MO.


Generation No. 3


5. GEORGE CLINTON3 SANDERS (MARIE ANTOINETTE2 SANFORD, BEZALEEL1) was born January 03, 1843 in Scott Co., Davenport, IA, and died April 10, 1883 in Scott Co., Davenport, IA. He married LOUISA SMITH CHRISTIE March 01, 1873 in St. Louis, Mo., daughter of ROBERT CHRISTIE and LUCY HOGE. She was born June 09, 1852 in Scott Co., Davenport, IA, and died December 08, 1878 in Scott Co., Davenport, IA.


Louisa’s father, Robert Christie was an early settler in Davenport, arriving in 1838. He erected the first sawmill in East Davenport in 1851. He was elected and served as Alderman in 1859 and served on the Fair Board. Christie Street is named for him. Louisa’s mother, Lucy Welles Griffin Hoge was first married to David Hoge, also an early settler in Davenport, and on his death she married Robert Christie.

Louisa died of "Quick Consumption" and is buried in Oakdale.



i. ALFRED4 SANDERS, b. December 28, 1873.

ii. JOSEPHINE SANDERS, b. February 04, 1877; d. 1942; m. UNKNOWN HOGE.


Josephine lived in Chicago and was known for her beauty and sophistication.


Given name might have been Albert or Alfred, she refers frequently to an "Al" in her letters.

6. ELLA WORTHINGTON3 SANDERS (MARIE ANTOINETTE2 SANFORD, BEZALEEL1) was born December 22, 1849 in Davenport, Scott Co., IA, and died January 12, 1918 in Muscatine, Muscatine Co., IA. She married ALMON KEELER RAFF May 25, 1871 in Davenport, IA, son of JESSE RAFF and MARGARET DOUGHERTY. He was born March 04, 1842 in Stark Co., OH, and died October 30, 1903 in Muscatine, Muscatine Co., IA.


Children of ELLA SANDERS and ALMON RAFF are:

7. i. MARYEDITH4 RAFF, b. November 17, 1883, Muscatine, Muscatine Co., IA; d. December 17, 1968, Davenport, Scott Co., IA.

ii. NELLIE ANTOINETTE RAFF, b. August 28, 1872, Davenport, IA; d. February 08, 1894, Muscatine, IA.

iii. ALFRED (FRED) SANDERS RAFF, b. April 23, 1877, Muscatine, IA; d. 1935.


His funeral bill (found in Mary Edith Raff's effects) was from Edward C. Jana, Funeral Director and Embalmer, 1758 West 51st Street, Chicago, Ill. dated May 7, 1938. Josephine Sanders paid for the funeral.


Generation No. 4


7. MARY EDITH4 RAFF (ELLA WORTHINGTON3 SANDERS, MARIE ANTOINETTE2 SANFORD, BEZALEEL1) was born November 17, 1883 in Muscatine, Muscatine Co., IA, and died December 17, 1968 in Davenport, Scott Co., IA. She married CORNELIUS MARION BELL August 27, 1919 in Muscatine, Muscatine Co., Iowa, son of WILLIAM BELL and MARIAH BELL. He was born March 23, 1863 in Shelbyville, Shelby Co., MO, and died January 01, 1946 in Davenport, Scott Co., IA.