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Birth: 1827
Cumberland County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Mar. 8, 1900
Peoria County
Illinois, USA

Private BENJAMIN F. ERFORD, Co. I, 86th Illinois

Benjamin F. Erford was born in 1827, possibly on January 14th, in East Pennsborough, Pennsylvania in Cumberland County, the son of John Anthony Erford and Elizabeth (Livingston) Erford. John was born in Germany in 1776 and died in 1846, while Elizabeth was born on January 10, 1783 and died on November 20, 1854. John and Elizabeth are buried in the Enola Cemetery in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.
Benjamin Erford was married to Lydia Fake on __________ __, 184__ (c. 1846/47) in __________, Pennsylvania. Lydia was born on February 26, 1828 in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Leonard Fake and Sarah Frances (Bashores) Fake.

1. John W. ERFORD, born 1847/48, died 1930
2. Isabella ERFORD, born 1849 - 1923
3. Elizabeth Phian ERFORD, born __________ __, 1852; married to Private Victor R. Champ, who served in Co. D of the 86th Illinois, the same regiment that Elizabeth's father had served in; Elizabeth died on __________ __, 1895.
4. Sarah ERFORD, born 1854 -
5. Simon H. ERFORD, born __________ __, 1855; died __________ __, 1916; buried in Springdale Cemetery in Peoria, Illinois.
6. Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Erford, born 1857 - 1930
7. Mary M. ERFORD, born __________ __, 1860; died __________ __, 1959
8. Eva Clarananna ERFORD, born 1862 - 1903
9. George W. ERFORD, born born 1864 - 1877
10. Ida May ERFORD, born 1867 - 1936
11. Lydia A. ‎(Agnes?)‎ Erford, born July __, 1870; died __________ __, 1877.

At the time of the 1860 census of Illinois the Erford family is found in Timber Township in Peoria County, Illinois;
2565 Erford Benjamin 33 farmer 800 350 PA
2565 Erford Lydia 32 PA
2565 Erford John 11 PA
2565 Erford Isabella 10 PA
2565 Erford Elizabeth 8 IL
2565 Erford Simon 5 IL
2565 Erford Benjamin 2 IL
2565 Erford Mary 3/12 IL

Illinois Civil War Detail Report
Name ERFORD, BENJAMIN Rank PVT
Company I Unit 86 IL US INF
Personal Characteristics
Residence LANCASTER, PEORIA CO, IL
Age 35 Height 5' 6 1/2
Hair DARK Eyes BLUE
Complexion DARK
Marital Status MARRIED
Occupation FARMER
Nativity EAST PENSBOROUGH, CUMBERLAND CO, PA
Service Record
Joined When AUG 11, 1862
Joined Where LANCASTER, IL
Joined By Whom A L FAHNESTOCK
Period 3 YRS
Muster In AUG 27, 1862
Muster In Where PEORIA, IL
Muster In By Whom Muster Out
Muster Out Where Muster Out By Whom
Remarks DISCHARGED FOR DISABILITY JUN 8, 1863 AT CHICAGO ILL

At the time of the 1870 census of Peoria County, the Erfords are still found in Timber Township;
122 Erfert Benjamin 43 farmer 1,500 150 Pennsylvania
122 Erfert Lydia 42 wife Pennsylvania
122 Erfert John 22 farmer Pennsylvania
122 Erfert Isabella 20 at home Pennsylvania
122 Erfert Elizabeth18 at home Illinois
122 Erfert Simon H. 15 at home Illinois
122 Erfert Franklin 12 at home Illinois
122 Erfert Mary 9 Illinois
122 Erfert Clara 7 Illinois
122 Erfert George 5 Illinois
122 Erfert Ida 3 Illinois
122 Erfert Lydia 1/12 deceased Illinois July

Private Benjamin Erford died on March 8, 1900 in __________, Illinois. His earthly remains were laid to rest in the Penn Ridge Cemetery near Trivoli, Illinois. Lydia (Fake) Erford died on __________ __, 1912. Her earthly remains were laid beside those of her husband of more than 50 years in the Penn Ridge Cemetery.

by Baxter B. Fite III

(Baxter would enjoy hearing from anyone, especially descendants of the Erford family, who might be able to add to the biographical material that we have on Private Benjamin Erford and the Erford family. Baxter would also love to copies of any photographs of Private Benjamin Erford that may have survived the years, especially any showing him in uniform from his days in the service, added to his Find A Grave site for all to see.)

 
 
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 Parents:
  John Anthony Erford (1776 - 1846)
  Elizabeth Livingston Erford (1786 - 1854)
 
 Spouse:
  Lydia Fake Erford (1828 - 1912)*
 
 Children:
  Isabelle Erford McAvoy (1849 - 1923)*
  Elizabeth Phian Erford Champ (1851 - 1895)*
  Simon H. Erford (1855 - 1916)*
  Benjamin Franklin Erford (1857 - 1930)*
  Mary Erford Rhoads (1860 - 1959)*
  Ida M Erford Jackson (1867 - 1936)*
 
 Siblings:
  Jacob Erford (1806 - 1856)*
  Susann Erford Bretz (1810 - 1898)*
  Benjamin F. Erford (1827 - 1900)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Penn Ridge Cemetery
Trivoli
Peoria County
Illinois, USA
 
Created by: Baxter B. Fite III
Record added: Nov 04, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 61109519
Pvt Benjamin F. Erford
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Pvt Benjamin F. Erford
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Pvt Benjamin F. Erford
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 Added: Nov. 19, 2010
 
 
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