Clay County


Preston W. Stanford was born in Clay county, Ill., Dec. 6, 1861, departed this life in his home near Clay City, Sunday, Aug. 17, 1930, aged 68 years, 8 months and 11 days. He was the son of Rev. and Mrs. David Stanford, his father being a minister in the M. E. church. In early life Mr. Stanford was a member of the M. E. Church South, at Olive.

On Dec. 6, 1885, he was united in marriage to Miss Nellie M. Boyd, and to this union three children were born, Leslie, Tony and Lulu. The latter died in May, 1899, at the age of nine.

Mr. Stanford was a good neighbor and friend, always willing to lend a helping hand to any in need. He will be greatly missed in the home and in the neighborhood. He was a kind father and loving husband.

He leaves to mourn his departure, a loving wife, two sons, Leslie and Tony and their good wives; four grandchildren; three brothers, Ross, of Lawrenceville, Ill.; Norman of the State of Washington, and David, of California. Six brothers and two sisters preceded him in death. He also leaves many other relatives and a host of friends who will sadly miss him.

Sun set and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar
When I put out to sea;
But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Returns again home.
Light and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;
For tho' from out our bourn of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar.

Funeral services conducted at the home by Rev. O. H. Free. Interment in Clay City cemetery.

Extracted 12 Jun 2017 by Norma Hass from 1930 Pictures and Biographical Sketches of the Business Men of Clay City, Illinois.

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