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William Sanford 1794-1970


Posted By: cheryl moonen (email)
Date: 9/10/2017 at 20:47:41

Thursday, December 22, 1870
Paper: Anamosa Eureka (Anamosa, Iowa)
Page: 3

From the Morrow, Ohio Co. Sentinel

At the residence of Joseph Conway, in South Bloomfield Twp., on the 24th of Nov. 1870, WILLIAM SANFORD, one of the early settlors of this county.

The deceased was born in the state of Vermont, September 20th, 1794; and emigrated to that state in 1817; entered a quarter section of land in Bloomfield Twp. and put up a log cabin on it. On the 23d of day of November 1819, he was married to Miss Malvina Hubbell, and moved to his home in the wilderness, where he remained into 1854, where he sold out his possessions here and removed to Jones Co., Iowa. His first wife died June 29th, 1823, leaving an infant; only child which is now the wife and companion of said Conway. He was subsequently married to Lydia Howe, of the township, May 6th, 1823, and she died about nine years ago, leaving three sons–now living in the State of Iowa.

Mr. Sanford was a man of firm integrity and unyielding moral principal, he possessed a great intellect, and uncommon prowess of mind for the acquisition and retention of knowledge; he could read, and comprehend and retain the purport of his reading. Although his advantages of school education were limited, he could master any branch of science he undertook, with comparative ease, without the aid any instructor; he could solve the most difficult mathematical problems without any apparent difficulty. The political history of his country seemed to have been written on elaborate tablets in his memory; he was prepared to give almost any required information relative to the several political parries which have existed, and for the Administration of the Government, from the date of Washington done to the period when his mental and physical powers began to fail. His superior mental endowment amply qualified him to be leader among his fellows, but he seemed to have no desire or aspiration to seek for positions of eminence but rather chose to walk in the humble paths of a quiet and peaceful life.

This brilliant mind has passed away from earth and gone to God who gave it, where the wicked cease from troubling and the weary are at rest; and his remains have been deposited by the side of his first bosom companion, the old Bloomfield Cemetery.
J. Conway


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