|Birth: ||Mar. 7, 1872|
|Death: ||Dec. 20, 1898|
St. Francis County
Daughter of James and Henrietta (McCreary) Stafford. Married Mathias O. Andrewson on February 22, 1893 at Millerton, Nebr. by Rev. Alfred Ayers of the Congregational Church, David City, Nebr.
People's Banner (David City, Nebr.), January 13, 1899, p. 5, col. 4
Cora L. Stafford was born in Missouri, March 7, 1872, and died in Goodwin, Ark., Dec. 20, 1898, being 26 years, 9 months and 22 days of age. She came to Butler county with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Stafford, at the age of 2 years. She was married February 22, 1893, to M. O. Andrewson. In May, 1895, she with her husband and child moved to Indian Territory, where they remained one year, but finding the climate died not agree with them they again started out in Nov., '96, this time to try their fortunes in Florida, stopping in Arkansas to visit relatives. Their child was taken very sick there so they concluded to remain. When war with Spain was declared Mr. Andrewson was one of the first to respond to the call and in May, 1898, enlisted in the service of the United States. Mrs. Andrewson, or Cora, as she was familiarly called, remaining at home with her little girl, bravely fighting the battles of life alone, she and the little girl being sick most of the time. In August she was so very sick that her neighbors despaired of her recovery, but by the kindness and care of the physician and neighbors, she was partially restored to health. November 1st she wrote to friends here of the serious illness of the little girl and her mother, Mrs. James Stafford, started to Arkansas to care for them through their sickness and to try to persuade them to return to Nebraska. On November 29th, a baby boy came to gladden the home. Mrs. Stafford remained with them until the little one was two weeks old and Mrs. Andrewson was thought to be out of danger. Mrs. Stafford left there Dec. 14th, leaving her daughter reasonably well, able to be about the house and with the promise that they would in a short time move to Kansas. Mrs. Stafford stopped in Kansas to visit friends and while there received the sad news that Cora had passed away on the 29th of December, the babe being just one mont old. When she was taken worse the doctors pronounced it spinal meningetis, which finally developed into typhoid fever. Mrs. Andrewson was a Christian woman, having been awakened to a sense of her lost condition and became converted to Christianity at the age of 18, under the preaching of Rev. Crosthwaite, when pastor of the M. E. church in David City. She was a most patient woman, bearing the trials, disappointments and cares of life without a murmur of complaint.
Deceased was well known in David City, and was loved by all who knew her. She leaves a husband broken down in health, having contracted rheumatism while in camp at Chicamauga, during the past summer. He was honorably discharged from the service on account of disability, arriving home Nov. 25th. Two children, a girl five years old and a babe one month old, are left without a mother's love and care. Besides her parents, who reside in this city, and two sisters, Mrs. Sarah Hamilton and Mrs. Lula Patterson, who reside on farms in this county, she leaves a host of friends here to mourn her early death. Her parents desiring that her remains be brought here for burial Mr. Stafford telegraphed transportation to Mr. Andrewson to bring the body here, but through carelessness of R. R. officials the tickets were not delivered. After keeping the body four days it was interred at Goodwin, Ark., January 2nd.
Mr. Andrewson is expected here the last of this week with the children, who will be cared for, for the present by their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Stafford. The sorrowing husband and relatives have the sympathy of the community in their bereavement.
Henrietta McCreary Stafford (1843 - 1892)
Mathias O. Andrewson (____ - 1939)*
Baby Boy Andrewson (1898 - 1899)*
Goodwin Memorial Cemetery
St. Francis County
Maintained by: Ancestor Hunter
Originally Created by: Scott
Record added: Feb 22, 2014
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