John Harney Bamford

15 May 1849–9 June 1923 (Age 74)
Bushnell, McDonough, Illinois, United States

The Life of John Harney

When John Harney Bamford was born on 15 May 1849, in Bushnell, McDonough, Illinois, United States, his father, George William Bamford, was 45 and his mother, Kaziah Phelps, was 28. He married Martha Belle Staley on 8 April 1877, in Cass, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Missouri, United States in 1870 and Sedgwick, Harvey, Kansas, United States in 1895. He died on 9 June 1923, in Union Township, Cass, Missouri, United States, at the age of 74.

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John Harney Bamford
Martha Belle Staley
Marriage: 8 April 1877
George E. Bamford

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8 April 1877
Cass, Missouri, United States


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World Events (8)

1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 7

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

Age 11

In 1860, the Pony Express used men riding on horseback to carry mail between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California.
1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment

Age 21

Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places (the two main ones being in Derbyshire and Lancashire) named with Old English bēam ‘tree’, ‘beam’ + ford ‘ford’, i.e. a ford beside a plank bridge for those who wished to keep their feet dry.

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

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Sources (3)

  • John Bamford, "Kansas State Census, 1895"
  • John H Bamford in household of Della R Underwood, "United States Census, 1910"
  • John Bamford in household of Alonzo Noyes, "United States Census, 1870"

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