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Stafford family papers, 1832-1989.
Stafford family.
Library Call Number Copy Material Location
Vermont Historical Society Library  Doc 347  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Personal Author : Stafford family.
Title : Stafford family papers, 1832-1989.
Physical Description : 4 linear ft.
General Note : Continued in Doc 348-350, XMSC 44, and Ms Size D.
Summary :

The Stafford family papers are made up of the papers Dwight B. Stafford and his sons, Guy L. Stafford and Ralph E. Stafford of South Wallingford, Vermont. Included are account books of the Stafford Brothers farm, ca. 1936-1969, documenting milk and maple syrup production, and personal accounts. There are also diaries of Dwight Stafford, 1881-1908; Guy Stafford, 1915-1930, Ralph Stafford, 1918-1953, and of Ralph's wife, Mabel A. Rice Stafford, 1937-1941. Dwight Stafford's grandfather, Palmer Stafford, is represented in the collection, 1831-1840, as is his uncle Palmer Stafford, 1884-1897.

Records of the Union Driving Park Society, 1902-1961, the Maple Valley Grange, 1904-1960, the Masons, 1907-1989, the Order of the Eastern Star, 1913-1965, and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, 1895 and 1925, are included because of the involvement of family members in these various organizations. The Union Driving Park Society sponsored the annual South Wallingford Fair which included, among other things, horse races.

There are papers in this collection of Ann Brown, 1911-1916; Ida Brown, 1884; and Abbie, Marcella E. and Mrs. Louisa Mason of Cavendish, Vermont, ca 1900-1910. The direct connection of these people to the Dwight Stafford family is unclear.

Biographical or historical data :

Dwight B. Stafford was born January 11, 1860, the son of Boardman Foster and Frances Bruce Stafford. Born in South Wallingford, Vt., on the family farm, he lived there and operated the farm until his death on December 9, 1936. In 1885 he married Esther Cobb and together they had three sons, Miles (1888-1952), Guy Lyman (1890-1979), and Ralph E. (1905-1993). Dwight represented Wallingford in the state legislature in 1908-1909, and was elected state senator in 1936 but died before the term began. He also served as school director from 1892 to 1894, and was a selectman and overseer of the poor for many years. Stafford was active in the Maple Valley Grange, the Chipman Lodge of the Masons, and the Waverly Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Guy (1890-1979) and Ralph (1905-1993) Stafford operated Stafford Brothers Farm. They both served as state representatives and state senators, and were active in business and civic affairs. Guy married Ruth Bell Mathewson (1898-1971) in 1930. Ralph married Mabel Rice in 1942.

Corporate Subject : Union Park Driving Society.
Maple Valley Grange.
Order of the Eastern Star.
Wallingford Fair.
Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
Geographic Term : Wallingford (Vt.) Social life and customs.
Genre/Form : Accounts.
Added Author : Stafford, Mabel A., fl. 1937-1941.
Stafford, Dwight B., 1860-1936.
Stafford, Guy Lyman, 1890-1979.
Stafford, Ralph E., 1905-1993.
Stafford, Palmer, fl. 1831-1840.
Stafford, Palmer, fl. 1884-1897.
Brown, Ann, fl. 1911-1916.
Brown, Ida, fl. 1884.
Mason family.
Added Author : Stafford Brothers Farm (South Wallingford, Vt.).
Electronic Resource : Click here for full text of finding aid.