When William Riley Radford was born on 6 February 1835, in Washington, Missouri, United States, his father, Millender Radford, was 36 and his mother, Permelia Freelove Parker, was 22. He married Alzada Jane Sutterfield on 5 January 1854, in Reynolds, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 4 daughters. He lived in Missouri, United States in 1870 and Jackson Township, Reynolds, Missouri, United States in 1880. He died on 29 September 1889, in Reynolds, Missouri, United States, at the age of 54, and was buried in Sutterfield Cemetery, Jackson Township, Reynolds, Missouri, United States.
English and Scottish: habitational name from any of several places called Radford (Devon, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Warwickshire, Worcestershire), Raddiford (Devon), Ratford (Sussex, Wiltshire), Redford (Angus, Fife, Midlothian, Dorset, Sussex), Retford (Nottinghamshire), Rodford (Gloucestershire), or Rudford (Gloucestershire). Most of these placenames appear to derive from Old English rēad ‘red’ + ford ‘ford’, though some are likely to derive from Old English hrēod ‘reed’ + ford (e.g. Rodford and Rudford (Gloucestershire)), and the Oxfordshire placename may derive from Old English rād ‘riding’ + ford, probably meaning ‘ford which can be crossed on horseback’. This English name has been established in Ireland (Wexford) since the 16th century.