|Birth: ||May 12, 1798|
|Death: ||Jan. 15, 1894|
BEARDSLEY, Sophia nee HANFORD
Mrs. Curtis Beardsley– m. 10 Mar 1816
Daughter of Joseph Whitman and Elizabeth Smith Hanford
B. 12 May 1798 in Norwalk, Fairfield Co. CT
D. 15 Jan 1894 in Canfield Twp., Mahoning Co. OH at 95y 8m 3d
Burial – Jan 1894 in Canfield Village Cemetery, Section C Row 03, Canfield, Mahoning Co. OH
Mahoning Dispatch, Fri, 1898 Feb 11 - Article No. 54
Re: Capt. Philo Beardsley & Family
CANFIELD IN EARLY TIMES.
HISTORY COMPILED BY AN AGED PIONEER.
THE CHANGES OF A CENTURY NOTED.
ANOTHER INSTALLMENT OF AN INTERESTING SERIES
Written in a Highly Entertaining Style
By Dr. Jackson Truesdale of Canfield.
ARTICLE NUMBER 54.
We left Curtis, a younger brother of Philo, with his wife, Sophia, back in 1816 as they were about for the first time to step upon the farm which was to be to them a life work in clearing, building, cultivating the soil and afterwards harvesting its products. Both were quite young and we may suppose that each possessed the inspiration and hopefulness of youth. With Sophia the transition from a well-established home in the east to a rude cabin in a wilderness was indeed great, but we hear of no homesickness or repining. Her parentage was good, being a descendant of Rev. Thomas Hanford, the first minister of Norwalk, Conn., and continued as such for 41 years. About the first work Mr. Beardsley did was the clearing of 10 acres of land and sowing it in wheat. The seed cost him $2 per bushel. When this crop was ready for market it was worth 37 cents a bushel. After many years of constant toil, we find the family housed in a large two-story dwelling with all the necessary out-buildings, surrounded by fenced fields and the forest pushed far to the rear. The whole lives of Mr. Beardsley and wife seemed wrapped up in their children, and to the establishment and maintenance in Canfield of the Protestant Episcopal Church of which they were devoted members. It was at their instance more than anyone else that a neat church building was erected nearly opposite our dwelling on East street. St. Stephen's Parish for a time seemed to promise well. But deaths and removals gradually wore it out of existence, so that at this writing not a vestige of building or church remains. This by no means proves that the zeal, labor and expense of these people resulted in no permanent good. Curtis Beardsley was quiet, modest and unassuming in demeanor - a man of few words, but they fitly spoken. He might be slow to make a promise, but when made it was reliable. He was firm in his quiet way to "maintain the right as God gave him to see it." "Aunt Sophia," while busy as a bee with her hands could at the same time use her vocal organs when necessary.
Curtis Beardsley was born March 1, 1797, and died Jan. 15, 1876, aged nearly 79 years. For a few years before his death he became crippled and otherwise infirm but almost to the last he kept on his feet, performing such labor as he could. His aged companion survived him many years until it seemed that the death messenger was loth to do his work. At length he came and on Jan. 15, 1894, she ceased to live. She was born in Norwalk, Conn., May 12, 1798. These dates will show that she died in her 96th year. After the death of her husband, with her daughters Eliza and Lucy, she made her home in the village. After the death of these daughters she returned to the old homestead.
Mr. and Mrs. Beardsley were the parents of eight children. We will note them in order, but with most will be compelled to omit dates. The first was a son that died a few days after its birth. The second birth was Wm. Hanford, the only child now living, who is in his 79th year. His residence is now and has been for many years in Geauga county. For a wife he married Mary, a daughter of Henry Edsall. The third child was Mary L., who married A. L. VanGorder of Warren. They raised a family of children. She died in 1859. The next birth was Anna S., born in 1824, died in 1844. The fifth child, Eliza M., never married and died in 1879 at the age of 52 deceased. Next comes Sarah Ann, who married P. A. Spicer of Berlin. A short married live and the birth of one child completed her history. Lucy M., the seventh child, lived a useful life. For more than 30 years she was a faithful, conscientious and successful teacher. I knew enough of Eliza and Lucy to be able to say in all candor that they were the "excellent ones of earth." The youngest child of Curtis and Sophia Beardsley was Henry C., born March 12, 1838. He married Mary J., a daughter of C.C. Hine. Henry in the prime of life and at the time he was most needed for the support of his family and an aged and dependent mother, was called upon to give up an honorable and useful life. The grim monster does not select his victims as we would if we had his work to do. Henry died in April 15, 1887. His widow is now a resident of the village. Henry and Mary were the parents of Oda and Edward C. The former married George Woolf, now of Cleveland. She was a well educated and accomplished lady, and it was sad, while yet in the bloom of life, to called away. Edward C. married a daughter of Clark Ewing. He occupies the old farm and in connection with a young son are the only representatives left in Canfield of Curtis and Sophia Beardsley. Edward starts off well, and why should he not if "blood tells." In his veins may be found the blood of the Beardsleys, Hanfords, Hines, Schofields, and Wadsworths.
J. TRUESDALE [To be continued.]
Canfield Village Cemetery
Section C Row 3
Canfield, Mahoning Co. OH
Curtis Beardsley (1797 - 1876)
William Hanford Beardsley (1819 - 1906)*
Anna Sophia Beardsley (1824 - 1844)*
Eliza M. Beardsley (1827 - 1879)*
Sarah M. Beardsley Spicer (1832 - 1857)*
Lucy Beardsley (1834 - 1886)*
Henry C. Beardsley (1838 - 1887)*
Canfield Village Cemetery
Plot: Section C Row 3
Maintained by: Kelly
Originally Created by: Jennifer L. Neff
Record added: Nov 22, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 23028637