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 Cyrus Sanford

Cyrus Sanford

Birth
Bristol, Addison County, Vermont, USA
Death 16 May 1900 (aged 86)
Springville, Utah County, Utah, USA
Burial Springville, Utah County, Utah, USA
Plot Blk. 8 Lot 1 Pos. 5
Memorial ID 85096 · View Source
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Son of Ira Sanford and Margaret Vandenburg

Married Sylvia Elmina Stockwell, 5 Oct 1836, Dekalb, St. Lawrence, New York.

Children - Happylona Sanford, Saphronia Sanford, Melissa Sanford, Mary Abigail Sanford, Cecelia Elmina Sanford, Cyrus Nathaniel Sanford, Sylvia Eliza Sanford, Martha Elvira Sanford, Margaret Elmira Sanford.

Married Happylona Soffrona (Saphronia) Clark, 5 Oct 1863, Dekalb, St Lawrence, New York.

Child - Clara Jane Sanford.

Married Olive Pixley

Married Mary Coon Johnson

History - Sanford's childhood was passed at Canton, St. Lawrence County, New York, where he worked with his father, who was a farmer and potash monger. Stock-raising and farming placed the family in moderate circumstances, and the boy was enabled to attend school. Having attained the age of twenty-one he moved to Schuyler County, Illinois, where he continued farming. At Steam Mill Branch, Adams County, in the year 1840, he was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Four years prior, in October, 1836, he had married Sylvia Elmina Stockwell, who became the mother of his nine children.

In the exodus of the Saints to the West, Mr. Sanford and his wife left Illinois, crossing the Mississippi at Warsaw. They were fitted out with two wagons, two yoke of cattle and a span of horses. Mrs. Sanford had charge of one wagon and five children on the journey to the Missouri. Mr. Sanford was ill when the Mormon Battalion was organized, or in all probability he would have been a member of that organization. He and his family remained at Council Bluffs three years before undertaking to traverse the western plains. William Snow was captain of the Hundred and James McLellan captain of the Fifty, in which they came to Utah. Cholera attacked the camp and fifteen persons died. About the middle of October, 1850, the company reached Salt Lake City.

The Sanfords settled at Springville, which was then called Hobble Creek. The head of the house was one of those who went with Anson Call to locate the town of Fillmore. He was successively captain and major of militia, and in the Blackhawk and Walker Indian wars carried express and saw the thickest of the fighting. He was constable of Springville for four years, city marshal for a like period, mayor for the same length of time, and justice of the peace for fourteen years. It was Mayor Sanford who entered the townsite. He assisted the early emigration from the frontier, and in 1871–2 fulfilled a brief mission to the State of Illinois, where he obtained his genealogy.

Orson F. Whitney, History of Utah, Vol. 4, p. 430



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  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 85096
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Cyrus Sanford (16 Dec 1813–16 May 1900), Find A Grave Memorial no. 85096, citing Historic Springville Cemetery, Springville, Utah County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by SMSmith (contributor 46491005) .