Stafford Family Papers,1862-1975 (bulk:1862-1889)

Descriptive Summary

Title
Stafford Family Papers,1862-1975 (bulk:1862-1889)
Creator
Stafford Family
Extent
65 items
Subjects
Stafford, Alexander, b. 1833
Stafford, Alexander, b. 1833 Correspondence
Stafford, America -- Correspondence
Prisoners of war -- Confederate States of America -- Correspondence
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Prisoners and prisons
Confederate States of America -- Army -- Kentucky Volunteers -- Capt. Corbin's Company
Confederate States of America -- Army -- Kentucky Volunteer Mounted Rifles -- Jessee's Battalion
Stafford family.
Kentucky -- Grant County -- Genealogy
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: Staff; machine-readable finding aid created by:Eric Weig
Repository
Kentucky Historical Society

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Alexander Stafford, born in 1833, married America Burns in Grant County, Kentucky, in 1852. They later moved to Carroll County, Kentucky. In Boone County, Alexander enlisted in the Confederate Army in M. Corbin's Company July 22, 1862. He was captured at Mt. Sterling, Kentucky with Corbin's guerillas July 29, 1862, and was imprisoned at Johnson's Island, Ohio. Stafford was repatriated to the C.S.A. and served in Jessee's Battalion of the Kentucky Volunteer Mounted Rifles in 1863. Alexander and America Stafford had five children: Martha A. (who married Henry Speagle), Elizabeth (who married Samuel Rex), Mary E. (who married B. F. Stetson), John (who married Millie Stephenson), and George (who married Malinda Bell Beach).
Scope and Content
This collection, dated 1862-1975, mainly consists of letters written by Alexander Stafford to his wife in Ghent, Kentucky, during the Civil War. Stafford's letters concern his imprisonment as a Confederate prisoner of war at Johnson's Island, near Sandusky, Ohio. Also included are transcripts of the letters; photocopies of Stafford's service records; a brief Stafford family genealogy; letters mostly concerning family news written by William Tillett, Mary F. Stafford, Armanda Stafford, Mary Ellen Stafford, Mollie Tillett, Fannie Tillett, Mary E. Carroll, and Mary C. Hall; and deeds between W.S. Speagle and W.H. Speagle of Grant County, Kentucky, and between John Stafford and Henry Speagle of Grant County, Kentucky.