Stafford, Harris, was born in the town of Essex, Essex county, August 5th, 1816. His grandfather, Benjamin Stafford.
a native of Coventry, R. I., came to Essex county soon after the close of the Rerolutionarv War, about 1785, first
located in an opening made by a Canadian squatter, on the place now owned by Isaac D. Sheldon, and afterward settled
on the premises now owned by Ira A. Stafford. Four of his sons took an active part in the War of 1812. He died
in 1826. Harris Stafford improved such educational advantages as the common schools of that day afforded, acquiring
a knowledge of agricultural pursuits, and remaining upon the homestead until his twenty eighth year. In June. 1844,
he married Sabra, daughter of Abner Royce. Five of their seven children are now living, viz.: Abigal, wife of Daniel
Stafford; Beliza, now Mrs. A. P. Baldwin, of Essex; Hannah M., wife of Rush Howard, of Westport; Martha M., at
home; Mary E., wife of George Stickney. Immediately after marriage, Mr. Stafford settled on the place where he
still resides. The first Mrs. Stafford died in 1857. He was again married in 1871 to Mrs. Anna Warner, of Crown
Point. Mr. Stafford is one of the substantial farmers of Essex county, owning 400 acres of land in the town of
Essex and 367 in Westport; a life long Whig and Republican in politics and a hospitable and genial gentleman.
History of Essex County
with illustrations and biographical sketches
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
Edited by: H. P. Smith
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1885
Essex County, NY
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