In the 1790s Richard Vanderford, Josiah's father, moved his family from North Carolina to northern Georgia. Good farming land was opening up and it was an opportunity to get a good start in life. It also meant living in close proximity with the local Indians. In 1801, Richard's in-laws, the Bonnors, had two horses stolen by the Creek Indians.
In Georgia when a new county was opened for settlement there was a land lottery. To be eligible for the drawing you had to be a free white male over 21, a U.S. citizen and have lived in Georgia for over a year. District surveyors would number the available lots and once a week there was a drawing. A name was drawn and then a lot was drawn and the recipient was required to pay a small fee to cover the expenses of the lottery. Each recipient received a deed signed by the Governor and the great seal of the State stamped on a wax pendant was attached by a ribbon. In the 1805 land lottery, Richard drew two blanks (no lots). But in the 1820 lottery he drew lot 354, section 8 in Appling County.
As the northern lands in Mississippi opened up, many of the Georgia Vanderfords moved west including Josiah and his brother Barzillia. Most of them were farmers and did most of the work themselves, owning very few slaves.
During the Civil War the southern Vanderfords lost heavily. Many saw the value of their personal property drop drastically: Barzillai Vanderford, a large land owner and an influencial man in Alcorn County, saw his personal property drop from $40,000 in 1860 to $700 in 1870, and Josiah saw his drop from $9,000 to $1,380. These were losses in crops, livestock and property. (The Vanderfords: Early Settlers of America, Cheryl Lynds Jensen)
The first recorded record of Joshia in Mississippi is that January 16, 1847 he bought the 160 acres of the north east quarter of Section 20, Township 3, Range 8 East of the Chickasaw Survey for $175.(recorded April 16, 1847)Alcorn County Deeds.
The last recorded record mentioning Josiah is in 1885:
Josiah's grandchildren, Minnie, Arie and Archie were attending the Sandess School House in Alcorn County, Mississippi. Alcorn County Schools.
By the 1900 Census Josiah's widow Louisa was living with her daughter Georgia Springer in Alcorn County, Mississippi.
Josiah and Louisa "Liza" are buried in the Vanderford Cemetery in Alcorn County, Mississippi. Family lore indicates that the land for the cemetery was owned by Josiah.
BROTHER: William Vanderford
Louisa Taylor Vanderford (1816 - ____)*
Sanford Jabez Vanderford (1833 - 1880)*
Julia Ann Vanderford Owen (1838 - 1906)*
Albert Taylor Vanderford (1844 - 1926)*
Georgia Ann Vanderford Springer (1848 - 1917)*
Alameda Elmira Jane Vanderford Cathey (1849 - 1931)*
Richard Posey Vanderford (1850 - 1934)*
Marcus Coleman Vanderford (1854 - 1942)*
Maintained by: Paula
Originally Created by: Patty Sand
Record added: Jun 02, 2008
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