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Family of Lemuel A. STANFORD Senior (6) & Margaret E. WHYTE

19. John Thomas STANFORD Senior. Born on 5 May 1864 in Henderson County, Tennessee. At the age of 44, John Thomas died in Henderson County, Tennessee on 30 Jul 1908. Buried in 1908 in Old Beech River Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee.

Obituary: Death Claims one of our Most Influential Citizens: Last Thursday morning at 4:00 o'clock John Thomas Stanford died at his home after an lingering illness. He had been in ill health for several months and although the end came suddenly, his family and friends were not surprised. At the time of his death, he was surrounded by the members of his immediate family and a large number of relatives and friends who did all they could to make his last days on earth peaceful and happy. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lem Stanford, deceased, and was born and reared in Lexington. Being reared a farmer he naturally followed the occupation and after his maturity he moved near Alberton and until his death was considered one of most prosperous in the county. He was 43 years old and was a citizen that everybody loved and respected. Although a member of no church he was a good man and did all he could for the betterment of humanity. His neighbors naturally looked to him as a leader in political and morals circles and he always instructed them in the right way. He was faithful and true to his family and friends. No man ever asked a favor of Thomas Stanford and was refused. He would willingly divide his earthly possessions to accommodate and before his neighbors. A man with such a noble character is indeed missed by the community in which he lived. He served as a magistrate in the county court for a long period and was a conscientious, faithful official, and rendered the county much valuable service. He leaves a wife, three children, Misses Maggie and Olevia and J. Thomas, Jr, and five brothers, George, Lem, Cade, James and John and two sisters, Mrs. E.A. Moffitt of Jackson and Mrs. A.E. Beasely of Memphis. The interment occurred in the Beech River graveyard Friday morning at 11 o'clock. A large number of admiring friends gathered to pay the last respects to a good and useful citizen. Rev. J.M. Pickens held the ceremony.

John Thomas married M. ADDIE. Born in 1865. At the age of 85, M. died in Henderson County, Tennessee in 1950.

They had the following children:
i. Willie. Born on 29 Aug 1886 in Henderson County, Tennessee. Buried in 1887 in Old Beech River Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee. Willie died in Henderson County, Tennessee on 25 Apr 1887.

ii. Maggie.

iii. Olievia.

iv. John Thomas.

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