Sanford <I>Mather</I> Marthar

Sanford Mather Marthar

Pennsylvania, USA
Death 22 Dec 1875 (aged 74)
Clinton County, Iowa, USA
Burial Elvira, Clinton County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 45243646 · View Source
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Eldest son of Cotton Smith Mather, b. Providence, RI, 1770, d. North East, PA, 1812, and Charlotte Daggett. Sanford was likely born at North East, PA. My descent is through Sanford's son Cotton Smith Mather, 1831, who is interred with his wife, Mary Lepper, at Greenfield Cem, Knierim, IA.

Of Sanford's children, with the possible exception of Clarissa-of which nothing further is known, the eldest were born in Pa. the rest born in Ohio except the last one, who was born in Iowa. The 1850 census (and 1856 Iowa census) is the source for this information, which also shows them in Saybrook, Ashtabula, Ohio; the children's birth info indicates they were in Ohio from about 1835.

Clarissa b.22 Dec, 1829; Pa (?) m. Carpenter, 1873

Cotton Smith, b.25 Mar, 1831; Pa.

Charlotte, b.25 Aug, 1832, Pa, Married Edwin Morey

Mary M., b. 19 Nov, 1833; Pa., m. Hedder

Harriet (C.?), b. 9 Jun, 1835; Oh, m. Waddell

Sanford Jr., b.9 Nov, 1837; Oh

Charles, b. 10 Mar, 1839; Oh, d. 3 Sept 1868

James, b.9 May, 1841; Oh

Sarah M. (or E.), b.11 Oct, 1843; Oh, m. Suiter

William, b. 20 Oct, 1846; Oh

Nancy, b. 1850, Oh, enumerated in the 1850 census at 2 mos.


The 1856 census of Clinton Co. IA, Eden township:

Sanford, 54, Pa

Betsey, 47, NY

Sanford Jr., 18. Oh

Charles 17, Oh

James, 15, Oh

Sarah, 12, Oh

William, 9, Oh

Adelaide, 6, Oh (Likely Nancy?,) m. Charles H. Taylor

Alice, 2, Ia (b. 23 Nov 1853)



Birth dates and spouse surnames are from The Lineage of Rev Richard Mather, 1890, p. 106.

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For reasons unknown, the name was spelled several ways in Iowa. You will note Sanford's Marthar, of his three sons in Findagrave, one used the spelling "Marther", and the others "Mather"- which is the old, correct English spelling.

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  • Created by: Kent Gebhard
  • Added: 8 Dec 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 45243646
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sanford Mather Marthar (22 Feb 1801–22 Dec 1875), Find A Grave Memorial no. 45243646, citing Elvira Cemetery, Elvira, Clinton County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Kent Gebhard (contributor 47001358) .