William Clothier Whitford

Brief Life History of William Clothier

When William Clothier Whitford was born on 24 October 1837, in Scriba, Oswego, New York, United States, his father, Hiram Whitford, was 45 and his mother, Polly Lawton, was 40. He had at least 2 sons and 1 daughter with Polly Rosetta Goodrich. He lived in Boylston, Oswego, New York, United States for about 20 years. He died on 19 December 1914, in Sandy Creek, Sandy Creek, Oswego, New York, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Boylston, Oswego, New York, United States.

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William Clothier Whitford
Polly Rosetta Goodrich
Carl Eugene Whitford
William Verner Whitford
Minne Belle Whitford

Sources (10)

  • Wm Whitford, "United States Census, 1870"
  • William C Whitford, "New York, State Death Index, 1880-1956"
  • William C Whitford, "United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933"

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Name Meaning

English and Scottish: habitational name from Whitford in Shute (Devon) or Whitford in Bromsgrove (Worcestershire) in England. In Scotland, from Whiteford near Paisley (Renfrewshire). The placenames probably derive from Old English hwīt ‘white’ + ford ‘ford’ or their Scots equivalents.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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