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Sylvester Vanderford (4004)

Father: Eli Vanderford (3003)
Mother: Margaret Barbara (Barbary) Swaim

b. July 21, 1833 in Elk Township, Vinton County, Ohio [census-Iowa]

d. May 21, 1886 at Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, buried at Old Pauls Valley Cemetery, Garvin County, Oklahoma. [Hunt Fam]

m. December 30, 1858 in Marion County, Iowa, Francina Brannon [Marriage,1980], b. July 28, 1838 in Union County, Ohio [Hunt Fam&census-Iowa], d. between June 25, 1877 and September 23, 1878 [JC], buried at Cedar Point, Kansas [Hunt Fam] Daughter of Joseph William Brannon (bran3001) and Nancy Ann Bacon. [erbert]

Issue: [Hunt Fam]

William Harrison Vanderford (5001), b. December 3, 1859, d. 1922 [LDS]

John Austin Vanderford(5002), b. January 9, 1861, d. October 16, 1947 [LDS]

Eyra Craton Vanderford, b. July 13, d. July 21, 1862 in Knoxville, Marion County, Iowa [LDS&Hunt Fam]

Mary Ellen Colorado Vanderford (5004), b. July 25, 1863, d. October 16, 1886

m2. December 14, 1878 in Jewell County, Kansas , Florence Foote , b. 1856/7 in Illinois [census-Kan]


Fred Vanderford, b. 1877 in Kansas [census-Kan]

Ida Vanderford, b. 1882 in Colorado [census-Co]


July 12, 1860:
Sylvester bought two parcels from George and Sarah Miller for $200.[MC deed L:793]

Sylvester was a farmer and lived in Swan Township, Marion County, Iowa with his wife and 7 month old son William. The value of his personal property was $300.

July 15, 1862:
Sylvester deeded the property he bought in 1860 to his father, Eli, for $200. [MC deed L:794]

August 15, 1862:
Sylvester joined the Union Army, enlisting as a private in Company A of the 40th Regiment. [Roster,1911]

September 26, 1862:
Sylvester mustered into service at Iowa City, Iowa. (No further military record is available. He was most likely unofficially excused to return to his family.) [Roster,1911]

Sylvester, with his family, traveled by prairie schooner to the Colorado Gold Rush. A chicken coop was tied on the back of the wagon and they drove a pair of cows. At day's end they would graze and milk the cows and let the chickens out of the coop. Mary Ellen was born along the way. [Hunt Fam]

Sylvester lived in Swan Township, Marion County, Iowa with his wife, 2 sons and daughter. The value of his personal property was $420.

Sylvester lived in Big Timber and Sinclair Townships in Jewell County, Kansas. [Jewell Co]

December 14, 1878:
On his marriage license, Sylvester lists his age as 40 (he was 45 at the time). [Orig Doc]

Sylvester was living in Washington Township, Jewell County, Kansas with his new wife, young son, and two boarders. He was "braking prairie" as an occupation. [census-Kan]

Sylvester was a farmer and living in Pitkin County, Colorado with his wife, son and daughter. Also living with them was 25 year old S. A. Foot [Florence's brother?] [census-Co]

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