Biography of Ambrose J. Sanford
FROM OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A DESCRIPTIVE WORK ON JEFFERSON COUNTY, NEW YORK
EDITED BY: EDGAR C. EMERSON
THE BOSTON HISTORY COMPANY, PUBLISHERS 1898

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Sanford, Ambrose J., was born in Jefferson county, town of Lyme, January 4, 1826, a son of Amos and Lovice (Foreman) Sanford. Amos was born in Vermont in 1796. and came to Lyme, Jefferson county, when a young man with his parents, Thomas and Lucy Sanford, who lived and died in this county. Amos was a day laborer and a Whig; he died November 7, 1867. Mrs. Sanford was born in Westmoreland in 1807, and died in 1890. Ambrose J. was educated in the common schools, and in 1840 moved on the farm he now owns of 125 acres, and keeps about twenty cows. April 25, 1850. he married Frances A. Phelps, born at Bedford Creek, Jefferson county, N. Y., February 12, 1832, and daughter of John W. and Hannah (Jones) Phelps. Mr. Phelps was a native of Vermont and his wife of Massachusetts, and they were early settlers in Jefferson county. They had thirteen children; he died in 1861 and his wife in 1863. Mr. and Mrs. Sanford had two children: Emma, wife of Joseph Cronk, and they had four sons, Edgar W., Henry S., Alton J. and Jesse E.; and Erwin M., a farmer who owns seventy-eight acres of land, keeps ten cows, and also works his father's farm. His wife was Phena Gilbert, and they have two sons, William A. and Milton B. Mr. Sanford is a Republican and a member of the Grange; his wife died May 28, 1894.

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