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Standeford Family Bible
Submitted by S. Aaron Ellis
Squire Standeford and Mary Stuckcr were married on Thursday August 6th
1835. The ceremony was performed by Rev. E. Whittcn of M.E. Church,
Andrew J. Eslinger and Elisabeth J. Standeford were married on Monday,
March 17th 1856. Ceremony by Rev. J.C. King of the M.E.C.
John W. Armstrong and Elizabeth Eslinger were married on Tuesday Aug
16th 1836. The ceremony was performed by Rev. William Martin of the
Form attached—'The License of Squire Standeford to preach in the
Methodist Episcopal Church, is renewed by order of the Quarterly
Meeting Conference of Greenville Circuit. New Albany District, Indiana
Conference, Sept 24,1853. John Kigne. L.E."
Squire Standeford and Elizabeth Armstrong were married on Thursday June
16th 1859. Ceremony by E.P.E Well. M.E.C.
Elizabeth Standiford Died March 21st 1877 her funeral was preacher by
Note attached—"Daniel Beard was Boren January 30th 1849 and joined th ME
church March 8th 1873.
Died June 14,1878 Age 29 years 4 month and 15 days."
A note loose in the Bible—"Mary J. McPheeters Died June the 8th 1887.
Robert Armstong Died May the 15th 1888."
Squire Standeford. son of Aquilla and Elisabeth Standeford was born June
Mary, his wife, daughter of Philip and Mary Stucker. wee born Wednesday
July 8th 1818.
Elisabeth Jane, born on Tuesday, Sept 13th 1836.
Wm. Mc Standeford, born Tuesday, Oct 30th 1838.
Lydia Ann, born on Monday Oct 26th 1840.
Mary Evalinc, born on Wednesday, April 26th 1843.
Sara Eliza, born Wednesday, Feb 19th 1845.
James Nathan, born on Thursday June 29th 1848.
Susanna, born Thursday May 29th 1851.
Joseph B. born on Friday, Nov 4th 1853.
Emma Catharine, born Tuesday Nov 14th 1854.
Martha Caroline, born Monday Aug 17th 1857.
John Armstrong was bom April 13th 1808.
Elizabeth Enslinger was born May 4th 1813.
Robert Armstrong was born Nov 22nd 1837.
Sarah Catharine was born Jan 1st 1840.
William Alexander was born July 11th 1843.
James Wood was born Sept 6th 1846.
Mary Jane was born Aug 23rd 1849.
Walter Lee Armstrong was born Nov 7th 1850.
John R. Beard was born October 27th 1873.
Laura E. Beard was born January 9th 1876.
Elmer Dodge was born October 29th 1880. and died July 4th 1890.
John R. Beard June 9, 1849 in Jcffcrsonville, Ind. Thursday Buried at
Chapel near Fredericksburg Sunday 9-12-49. Robt. Rogers of Methodist
James W. Armstrong and Josephine Cromer were married Dec 16th 1879
Ceremony by Rev. Asbury M.E.
"Rev. S.H. Standerford died twelve miles south of Salem, Washington
county, Indiana. April 19th. He was born in Nicholas, Kentucky. June 26.
seven years of age his parents emigrated to Indiana, and Settled in
Harrison county, near the place of his death. He joined the Church when
ten years of age,
and was hopefully converted, thenceforward he lived a consistent
Christian. He was licensed to preach in 1850, and for fourteen years
labored as a local
preacher with great acceptability. For several years he was afflicted
with hemorrhage of the lungs, and in 1864 his health began to fail,
consumption took a
firm hold, and he gradually grew worse, and finally all hope of his
recovery was gone. When spoken to in reference to his departure, he
by quoting the passage. "Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him;"
or. "I know that my Redeemer liveth," etc. When the moment of his
he was ready. As a preacher he was practical, genial in manner and
feelings, and at times his pulpit labors were of such a nature as to
arouse the careless and
electrify his auditors. He was a devoted husband, a kind father, a
faithful Christian, beloved by all who knew him. He was buried at
Snider's Chapel, where he had done most of his preaching.
Peter St. Clair"
"Married—Mr. John L. Martin and Miss Laura E. Beard were married Sunday,
October 20, 1895, at the res of the bride's parents, two miles northeast
Fredericksburg, Rev. S.J. Shake officiating. A feast was enjoyed by some
over twenty invited guests. The young couple have the best wishes of
friends, the Gazette included, for future happiness and prosperity."
Squire Standeford and Mary Stucker were married on Thursday August the
1835. The ceremony was performed by Rev. E. Whittcn of the M.E. Church.
Andrew J. Eslinger and Elizabeth J. Standeford were married Monday March
the 17 1856. Ceremony by Rev. J.C. King of the M.E. Church.
Notes and Newspaper clippings:
John R. Beard was born October 17th 1873. Laura E. Beard was born Jan
1876. Elmer Dodge was born Oct 29th 1880.
Charles Watts died at his home three and one half miles northeast of
Fredericksburg April I4lh, 1897. His remains were interred in the Big
[a poem follows)
The many readers of the NEWS will be shocked to learn the sad
intelligence of the death of their friend and acquaintance, Mr. James
Standiford. the efficient
and popular merchant of Bryantsville. But such is the fact. He died at
his residence at Bryantsville, Aug. 17th, of typho-malarial fever. He
was sick but a
short lime. Mr. Standiford was born in Palmyra, Harrison county,
Indiana, June 20,1848, and was reared to manhood's estate in that
neighborhood. Was united
in marriage to Miss Lizzie Baker, of Galena, Ind.. May 27, 1874, with
whom he lived pleasantly and happily until his death. Their happy home
broken up by
the loss of a kind and affectionate husband. As a brother he was
faithful; as a friend he was true. The bereaved and broken-hearted wife
has the sympathy of
many friends in her sad affliction. Nothing but the softening influence
of her friends and time can assuage her distressing grief and reconcile
here to her
great loss. His noble acts we may all remember and his destiny on this
earth we shall soon reach, and though we shall see him no more nor hear
voice, yet we shall cherish ever the name of James Standiford. A Friend.
Obituary of Aquilla Standeford
March 4—At his residence, in Harrison county, Indiana, of affection of
the heart. Aquilla Standeford. in the seventy-seventh year of his age.
He was born in Maryland. June 3. 1870, and, with his parents emigrated
to Kentucky, when it was a wilderness.
His parents were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and, though
a religious influence were thrown around
him, like too many other young men, he lived destitute of the enjoyments
of religion till about the thirteenth year of his age, when it pleased
God to awaken
him to a sense of his condition. In the year 1817 with his family he
emigrated to Indiana when it was a wilderness. Here he suffered a heavy
affliction in the
death of his companion, leaving him with seven small children, in a new
country. Methodists were scarce. However, the itinerants soon found his
where they commenced preaching, and a good society was soon formed. His
house continued to be the preaching place for several years. He raised a
family, all of who united with the Church in early life. He rejoiced,
and bore his afflictions with resignation.
He was an exhorter and class leader of good acceptance, and a member of
the Church forty years.
•The title page of this Bible is missing; it appears to have been Squire
Standeford's. The known custody chain has been: John R. Beard (grandson
Squire Standeford); Ola Beard (Mrs. John R. Beard); Frances Beard
of John R. Beard); S. Aaron Ellis (great-great-grandson of Squire
Published in The Hoosier Genealogist Vol. 38 No 4 December 1998 Transcribed and contributed to
genealogy trails by Barb Z.