Barton Stafford

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Barton Stafford, son of William Stafford and Mary Cook, was born at Palmyra, Ontario Co., New York, 7 September 1808.1,2,3,4 He died at Manchester, Ontario Co., New York, 28 September 1878.5,6,7

Barton married Abigail Butts, daughter of Abraham Butts and Abigail (---), 17 April 1834.6

Barton lived on a portion of his father's farm and was a fish peddler. Once a week during the summer he would ride up to Lake Ontario to get the fish which were caught at night. In the morning he would buy his load and journey back to Manchester, selling the fish as he went. "Bart," as he was called, had a peculiar way of blowing his horn that no one else could imitate. He delighted in blowing that horn for everyone knew who was coming.8

In 1833, Barton was asked for testimony as to the character of Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormons:

The Testimony of Barton Stafford
Manchester, Ontario Co., N. Y. Nov. 3d, 1833

Being called upon to give a statement or the character of the family of Joseph Smith, Sen. as far as I know, I can state that I became acquainted with them in 1820, and knew them until 1831, when they left this neighborhood. Joseph Smith, Sen. was a noted drunkard and most of his family followed his example, and Joseph, Jr. especially, who was very much addicted to intemperance. In short, not one of the family had the least claims to respectability. Even since he professed to be inspired of the Lord to translate the Book of Mormon he one day, while at work in my father's field, got quite drunk on a composition of cider, molasses and water. Finding his legs to refuse their office he leaned upon the fence and hung for sometime; at length recovering again, he fell to scuffling with one of the workmen, who tore his shirt nearly off from him. His wife who was at our house on a visit, appeared very much grieved at his conduct, and to protect his back from the rays of the sun, and conceal his nakedness, threw her shawl over his shoulders and in that plight escorted the Prophet home. As an evidence of his piety and devotion, when intoxicated, he frequently made his religion the topic of conversation! !

BARTON STAFFORD.

State of New York, Wayne County, ss :

I certify that on the 9th day of December 1833, he personally appeared before me, the above named Barton Stafford, to me known, and solemnly affirmed according to law, to the truth of the above statement and subscribed the same.

THOS. P. BALDWIN, a Judge of Wayne County Court.9

Family

Abigail Butts b. abt. 31 May 1815, d. 23 Feb 1888
Children
  • Mary J. Stafford10 b. 1835, d. bef. 1878
  • Lydia Mahala Stafford+5,11 b. 9 Jul 1839, d. 31 Aug 1898
  • William A Stafford5,12 b. 1843
  • Abram Stafford13 b. 1846, d. bef. 1878
  • Israel S Stafford5,14 b. 1848
  • Edgar G B Stafford5,15 b. 1857

Citations

  1. [S1961] 1833 & 1856 Bible records, in application file #54834, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Plymouth, Massachusetts.
  2. [S457] United States Census for 1850 [Seventh Census of the United States], Manchester, Ontario County, New York, population schedule, sheet 306, dwelling 81, family 81, Barton Stafford household, age 42, born in New York, a fisherman, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); original data: NARA micropublication M432, 1009 rolls, roll #572.
  3. [S458] United States Census for 1860 [Eighth Census of the United States], Manchester, Ontario County, New York, population schedule, sheet 56, dwelling 410, family 436, Barton Stafford household, age 52, born in New York, a fish pedler with $500 personal estate, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); original data: NARA micropublication M653, 1438 rolls, roll #831.
  4. [S459] United States Census for 1870 [Ninth Census of the United States], Manchester, Ontario County, New York, population schedule, sheet 234/3, dwelling 20, family 21, Barton Stafford household, age 61, born in New York, a farmer with $6000 in real estate, $2000 personal estate, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); original data: NARA micropublication M593, 1748 rolls, roll #1065.
  5. [S1319] New York probate files Ontario Co., Surrogate Court Records, Ontario County Records and Archives Center, Canandaigua, New York, Barton Stafford file, 1878.
  6. [S110] Jo Benear. Billings-Logan Family Records, Clippings and Family Group Sheets, 1988, Compiler's genealogy files, Clarkdale, Arizona.
  7. [S965] Ontario Co., New York, Probate Records, 1795-1924, 58:201, FHL microfilm 834767, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, further cited as Ontario Co., NY Probate.
  8. [S1302] Thomas L. Cook, Palmyra and Vicinity (Palmyra, New York: Palmyra Courier-Journal, 1930), 222, further cited as Cook, Palmyra and Vicinity.
  9. [S1299] John C. Bennett, The History of the Saints; or an Expose of Joe Smith and Mormonism (Boston, Massachusetts: Leland & Whiting, 1842), 73, further cited as Bennett, History of the Saints.
  10. [S457] US Census for 1850, Manchester, Ontario County, New York, pop. sch., sheet 306, dwelling 81, family 81, Barton Stafford hshld, age 15, born in New York.
  11. [S457] US Census for 1850, Manchester, Ontario County, New York, pop. sch., sheet 306, dwelling 81, family 81, Barton Stafford hshld, age 11, born in New York.
  12. [S457] US Census for 1850, Manchester, Ontario County, New York, pop. sch., sheet 306, dwelling 81, family 81, Barton Stafford hshld, age 7, born in New York.
  13. [S458] US Census for 1860, Farmington, Ontario County, New York, pop. sch., sheet 40, dwelling 313, family 313, Chas Payne hshld, age 14, born in New York.
  14. [S457] US Census for 1850, Manchester, Ontario County, New York, pop. sch., sheet 306, dwelling 81, family 81, Barton Stafford hshld, age 2, born in New York.
  15. [S458] US Census for 1860, Manchester, Ontario County, New York, pop. sch., sheet 56, dwelling 410, family 436, Barton Stafford hshld, age 3, born in New York.