|Birth: ||Sep. 5, 1842|
|Death: ||Aug. 5, 1920|
Father - Dr. James Stafford, b. MD
Mother - Mary Rowland, b. PA
STAFFORD, EDWARD J.
The Muscatine (Iowa) Journal and News Tribune
Tuesday, 10 August 1920, page 12
Nichols, Ia., Aug. 10. – Edward J. Stafford was born at Clarksville O. September 5, 1842, and died at Nichols, Ia., August 5, 1920, aged 77 years, 11 months.
He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife, one daughter, Mrs. Ella Suttlers, of Farmington, Ill.; four brothers, Jack Stafford of West Liberty, Freeman of Virginia, James of What Cheer, and Thomas of Audubon. Two sisters, Caroline Gilbert of Walnut Grove, O., and Julia Price of Victor, Ia.; also a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. One son, R. E. Stafford, preceded him in death only a few months, passing away May 7, 1920.
The deceased became an active member of the Methodist Episcopal church January 20, 1908, under the pastorate of Rev. J. C. Brown. He was a long-time member of the official board of his church, serving continually as secretary of the board of stewards until January 26 of this year, when he declined re-election because of failing health, and on which occasion the official board, by unanimous vote of the quarterly conference, expressed to him their appreciation of his long and faithful service. Truly his death is a distinct loss.
The following account of his fraternal life was written several years ago. The Secret society life of E. J. Stafford possesses a great deal of interest, he being the oldest Knight living in Iowa. His life as a Pythian Knight began in 1867 in Evansville, Ind. When the order was still in its infancy. He joined the Odd Fellows six years after he became a Knight, becoming a charter member of Nichols Lodge No. 664. He also passed through the masonic fraternity, being a member of Stainless Lodge No. 445. He was also a charter member of the Bridgeman Rebecca Lodge No 14. He served as secretary of the Masons for a number of years, resigning about one year ago on account of his health.
He was a member of the Shelby Norman Post, G. A. R. of Muscatine, having served through the Civil war with honor and distinction, being promoted Sixth corporal, October 1, 1862; Fifth corporal, October 15, 1862; Fourth Corporal, February 1, 1863; Third corporal, June 13 1864; Second corporal, august 1, 1864. He was mustered out October 3, 1864.
He had been a resident of Muscatine county for more than 50 years, and his life has been an exemplary one, in that it was one of usefulness and kindness; always ready to extend a helping hand in time of need or sorrow, and to do his full part in promoting the best interests of the community. He was a tireless worker and although an invalid and almost helpless for the past nine months, yet he remained at his desk as much as possible to care for his business interests.
Funeral services were held from the M. E. church at Nichols, Sunday, August 8, conducted by the pastor, Rev. A. J. Worrell of Nichols, assisted by the Rev. H. C. Millice of Lexington, Ia. Interment was made in the Nichols cemetery.
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James Thomas Stafford (1811 - 1884)
Anna B Stafford (1864 - 1946)*
Ella May Stafford Settles (1869 - 1951)*
Sally Stafford (____ - 1840)*
Edward J. Stafford (1842 - 1920)
Plot: Lot 78 N Grave 1
Created by: Stoneseeker
Record added: Jul 18, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 39610295
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