Sarah Standifer Lineage Page with Research Notes
Sarah Standifer/Stanifer Story
Isaiah Standifer Lineage

1850 Lee County Census
Joseph, 40, Farmer, VA -- Mary, 40 VA -- Mary, 20 VA -- Elizabeth, 18 VA -- William, 16 TN -- Nancy, 12 VA -- James, 12 VA -- Hester, 9 VA -- John Jr. 8 VA -- David, 6 VA -- Lucinda, 4 VA -- Susan, 2 VA

1870 Claiborne County Census - District 9 (District #9 - Tazewell district) Leon Myers

09163142,Standifer,Joseph,60,M,W,Farmer,Tenn.,
09163142,Standifer,Nancy,60,F,W,Keeping house,Virginia,
09163142,Standifer,Omy J.,41,F,W,,Tenn.,
09163142,Standifer,James,34,M,W,Works on farm,Tenn.,
09163142,Standifer,John,21,M,W,Works on farm,Tenn.,
09163142,Standifer,Mary,18,F,W,,Tenn.,
09163142,Standifer,Elizabeth,7,F,W,,Tenn.,
09163142,Standifer,Lucy J.,6,F,W,,Tenn.,

1880 Claiborne County Census - District #8 - Sycamore district Leon Myers

107,212,212,8,Standifer,John,W,M,30,Husband,M,Farmer,TN,VA,VA,
107,212,212,8,Standifer,Mary,W,F,24,Wife,M,Keeping house,TN,VA,VA,
107,212,212,8,Standifer,Nancy,W,F,67,Mother,W,At home,VA,VA,VA,
107,212,212,8,Standifer,James,W,M,30,Brother,S,At home,TN,VA,VA,
107,212,212,8,Standifer,Oma J.,W,F,49,Sister,W,House keeper,VA,VA,VA,
107,212,212,8,Standifer,Mary A.,W,F,23,Sister,S,At home,TN,VA?,VA?,
107,212,212,8,Standifer,Betsy An.,W,F,17,Niece,S,At home,TN,TN,TN,
107,212,212,8,Standifer,Lucy J.,W,F,15,Niece,S,At home,TN,TN,TN,
107,212,212,8,Standifer,Elisibeth,W,F,8,Daughter,S,,TN,TN,TN,
107,212,212,8,Standifer,Martha,W,F,6,Daughter,S,,TN,TN,TN,
107,212,212,8,Standifer,Maugret,W,F,4,Daughter,S,,TN,TN,TN,
107,212,212,8,Standifer,Pearly,W,F,2,Daughter,S,,TN,TN,TN,
107,212,212,8,Standifer,Robert,W,M,1/12,Son,S,,TN,TN,TN,Born May?
107,212,212,8,Standifer,Thomas W.,W,M,7/12,Nephew,S,,TN,TN,TN,Born November?

Household: Ancestor of Linda Essary Joyce Stanifer Wallace and John Midwood The John that lists the subject of research Sarah is the son of Joseph Stanifer and Nancy listed in both the 1850 Virginia and 1870 Tennessee.

 Name 

Relation

Marital Status

Gender

Race

Age

Birthplace

Occupation

Father's Birthplace

Mother's Birthplace

 John STANDIFER 

 Self 

 M 

 Male 

 W 

 30 

 TN 

 Farmer 

 VA 

 VA 

 Mary STANDIFER 

 Wife 

 M 

 Female 

 W 

 24 

 TN 

 Keeping House 

 VA 

 VA 

 Nancy STANDIFER 

 Mother 

 W 

 Female 

 W 

 67 

 VA 

 At Home 

 VA 

 VA 

 James STANDIFER 

 Brother 

 S 

 Male 

 W 

 30 

 TN 

 At Home 

 VA 

 VA 

 Oma J. STANDIFER 

 Sister 

 W 

 Female 

 W 

 49 

 VA 

 House Keeper 

 VA 

 VA 

 Mary A. STANDIFER 

 Sister 

 S 

 Female 

 W 

 23 

 TN 

 At Home 

 TN 

 TN 

 Betsy An STANDIFER 

 Niece 

 S 

 Female 

 W 

 17 

 TN 

 At Home 

 TN 

 TN 

 Ruby J. STANDIFER 

 Niece 

 S 

 Female 

 W 

 15 

 TN 

 At Home 

 TN 

 TN 

 Elisibeth STANDIFER 

 Dau 

 S 

 Female 

 W 

 8 

 TN 

  

 TN 

 TN 

 Martha J. STANDIFER 

 Dau 

 S 

 Female 

 W 

 6 

 TN 

  

 TN 

 TN 

 Maugrt STANDIFER 

 Dau 

 S 

 Female 

 W 

 4 

 TN 

  

 TN 

 TN 

 Pearly STANDIFER 

 Dau 

 S 

 Female 

 W 

 2 

 TN 

  

 TN 

 TN 

 Robert STANDIFER 

 Son 

 S 

 Male 

 W 

 1M 

 TN 

  

 TN 

 TN 

 Thomas W. STANDIFER 

 Nephew 

 S 

 Male 

 W 

 7M 

 TN 

  

 TN 

 TN 

 


Source Information:

 

Census Place

District 8, Claiborne, Tennessee

 

 

Family History Library Film  

1255247

 

 

NA Film Number  

T9-1247

 

 

Page Number  

179D

 

Thank you Joe for the conversation today and your interest in helping me find answers.

 

I will tell you as I think of what I know, little things that may help, others that may be overused.

 

Sarah's parents were John Staniford (this was the spelling in 1880) and Mary Leonard Staniford.   The folling children of this union:

Elisabeth  1872      Martha J.  1874     Margret  1876    Pearly   1878     Robert  1880    Sarah   1881    Minnie F.  1888   Samuel M.   1891

 

Seems John lived all his life in Claiborne Co. (Tazewell).

I have no idea of where John and Mary/Mollie (have found this in some census) are buried... I am assuming Claiborne.

 

Sarah was found with Carrick Cloud and his mother Mahulda in 1900 in Claiborne, listing her as a servant.

She was 19.   I am assuming perhaps Sarah was preg. with Flora at the time.

From what I gathered in my visit to Tazewell, the Cloud family was of some prominence.   I wondered at the time if perhaps Carrick could be the father of Flora, but that was shot down quickly by those I asked.  Seems Carrick was of a pillar within the community and that even though he was a bachelor, this  idea was laid to rest quickly.  I do not know how long Sarah stayed there.   I do know that by 1910, Flora is listed as a 9 year old granddaughter at John and Mary's home.   Seems Sarah left Flora to be raised by John and Mary.   Of course, in 1910 Sarah is across the state line in Middlesboro at age 19 at the Cumberland Hotel.

 

In 1920, Flora is still with her grandparents, along with my daddy, Ralph Stanifer, age 1 1/2 yrs.

Seems these women just used men and threw them to the wayside.    Or it could have been vise versa.

In the 1920 Claiborne Co. Census, there are three families living with John and Mary.

John 72   Mary/Mollie  65

Lidle (Lyle) Collins   31

Minnie Collins  31

Horace (it is mispelled on the census, as Honore) Collins  5

Edna Mae Collins  1 2/12

Infant Collins

Flona (Flora)Standifer   18

Ralph Standifer  1 2/12

 

In 1930 Claiborne Co. census, Ralph is listed with his great aunt... Minnie Collins

Lyda (again this is Lyde) Collins  42

Minnie Collins   41

Horace  Collins  13

William Collins 10---- this was the infant  in 1920

Pauline Collins 8

John L. Collins  4

Ben Henry Collins  2

Carl Collins  3/12

Ralph Stanifer (listed as nephew) 11

 

Joe, how many Collins are still in Tazewell?  Someone kin to Minnie and Lyde has to have some idea of Flora and Sarah.   Or I wonder if things were just not discussed, and  families just took things as what was offered?

  I do know that Horace is buried in Irish Cem.    I do not not of any of his siblings.   As I said, nothing was ever discussed, nor did I quesiton until way to late in life to get answers.  I do know that as a child, when I did ask quesitons, I was shot down quickly by daddy in any answers.

 

From what I also understood back as a child, Collins were considered Mulengon.  

I do know Horace never married.   I do recall Flora living with him up until her death in 1973.   At other times I recall being told she lived in Morristown with Sue Wilmot(h), who was Flora's widow's daughter.

I do not know when Flora married Buryl, from Middlesboro KY, but I am assuming early 1950's.   He was killed in a truck accident.

I do know that Flora went from MIddlesboro to Claiborne even when married and after living in two different areas.

Flora Wilmot(h) died Nov 1973.  If I am not mistaken she was handled by Coffey Funeral Home.

 

Billy Mack Ferguson Greer was born July 1939 and died by drowning at Blue Hole June 10 1964. It seems that Billy Mack Ferguson Greer died while swimming late one evening at or near Cedar Grove Boat Dock. Pete Harness worked there in 1964. Billy Mack Ferguson Greer was swimming with Charlie Shell and two other people. Other events in 1964 - Charlie Shell was shot three times in the stomach and the New Tazewell Banner Warehouse and First Baptist Church Burned. Billy Mack Ferguson Greer was the same Billy Mack Ferguson Greer that was stabed in the stomach at Ed Runions store in the early 1960's, reportedly by Jimmy Campbell of New Tazewell.

I have pictures of him, given to me by Margie Dale Greer and the image in the pictures are exact replicas of my daddy, only with the red hair. Margie's late husband was Clyde Greer.  Seems he is the brother of Houston Greer, who took in Billy Mack. (Houston Greer was the father of Clyde Greer)  Houston and his wife Hattie Ferguson Greer, sister of Lucy Ann Ferguson July 12 1910-Sept. 16  1943 .  Lucy Ann is the mother of Billy Mack.  It was not stated a proper adoption was done on Billy Mack.  The story is that when William Mack Ferguson and Lucy Hicks Ferguson,  parents of Lucy Ann died, she had another mental breakdown. It seems Billy was cared by his grandparents, due to the mentality of Lucy Ann.  Daddy never ackowleged Billy Mack.  

What hurt me the most of knowing the date of Billy Mack's birth... just six months after my parents married.   Hww hard it had to have been for my momma to know of what daddy had done while they were  dating.   

 She was sent to a mental hospital, and died there in 1943.  Billy Mack was  about to be "adopted out" and this is where Houston Greer went to bat for Billy Mack.  From what was told, he worshiped the ground Billy walked on.   Hattie could not continue after the death of Billy, and she grieved herself to death in Dec of 1943.  Houston died in 1971.

 Strange that since red hair is a recessive trait, of how strong this hair has gone into my family.  I am the first redhead of my parents, my sister's son had red hair, and now she has two grandsons with red hair.   My twin sons did not have red hair.

Daddy worked on the Feruguson farm, and got ahold of the farmers daughter who was older than he was, but seems she was mentally capped... with the mentality of a  12 year old girl, and got her pregant.   What I also learned from Pat Greer, as well as Margie Dale is that it was "customary" for boys to practice on  mildly retarded girls before marrying good girls.  Also what was shocking is that the parents of these daughters never pressed charges, etc. towards the boys if a pregnancy occured.  God how backward thinking Claiborne was at the time.  

 

Flora and Hugh Townsley fathered my daddy.   Seems the story is that Flora got Hugh drunk, had a roll in the hay and nine months later out came daddy.   I found out Hugh never acknowleged daddy, but he did know who his father was.  I do not thing daddy ever acknowleged Hugh. Seems the Townsley family knew of Ralph, per the visit I had with Eugene Townsley who lives in Claiborne near Caves Springs.   Seems most of Eugene's siblings as well as his grandchildren and neices and nephews carried on with the red hair.

Eugene said the family sort of expected to see daddy attend Hugh's funeral in 1969.... seems we Stanifers had no idea of this dark side of the family.   We were left in the dark on many things.   Claiborne county residents seem to relish in kekeping secrets.

 

Flora married Patton (Pat) Essary, great uncle of the lady, Linda Essary who contacted you earlier.   First husband.  Seems old Flora used the same mode of operation in getting Pat.   She got him drunk, the next morning he woke up, found her in his bed and about had a heart attack.  Either he got an annulment, or a very quick divorce, for Linda says her daddy, Roy Essary who was from Claiborne,  within a month they were divorced.

What kind of preacher or JOP would marry a man visually drunk?

 

Hopefully with the Standifers/Stanifers  and Collins still in the area, along with records there in Tazewell, Middlesboro KY, some information can be found concerning Sarah, Flora and Billy Mack.

Thank you Joe.   If you come across more questions, ask away, and I will see what I can answers.

 

 

Joyce S. Wallace

 

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Mon, 22 Jan 2007 12:04 PM

 

Joe, I have learned that digging into family will sometimes bring good as well as surprising things to the surface.

I learned long ago that the Standifer women were loose, and it seems nothing fazes me anymore concerning them.   Perhaps it was the times, perhaps it was the place, but morals are morals as well as I am concerned.   Did not know that morals had shelf lives, depending on the curumstances.  Oh well, I am just whistiling in the wind on that aren't I?

I do hope you find something new on Sarah while you are visting MIddlesboro.    Marriage/death.. something.

Thank you for finding more about Billy Mack.   Now, when I was in Claiborne, Margie Dale Greer told me that Billy Mack was with his girlfriend/fiance when he drowned.   The only single person listed on the article of his drowing was a Mrs. Ollie Marshall.   I wonder if she was a widow/divorced woman.   Or was he seeing a married woman?   OH how the plot thickens.

Waiting patiently to hear of some new findings.

Thank you for your help... your are truly an angel on two legs.