Rufus Franklin Ledford

From: Unknown Newspaper
Taken from: Grandma Deem's Obituaries of Hamilton County, IL

Rufus Franklin Ledford was born in North Carolina, January 9, 1840, and departed this life December 25, 1917, age 77 years, 11 months, 25 days.  He professed faith in Christ early in life and joined the Missionary Baptist Church at New Hope.  He was married to Mary Malinda Hart, January 25, 1869.  To this union were born 5 children, 4 boys and 1 girl.  His wife and one son have preceded him to the great beyond.  He told his children he was not afraid to die.  He ore his afflictions with great patience to the end.  So let us hope that our loss is his eternal gain.  He leaves 4 children, namely, Wesley, Charlie, William and Luella Taylor of Moorland, Iowa, 10 grandchildren and a host of friends to mourn their loss.

From Felty's Legacy of Kin, Vol. I, p. 531:
Pub. Times-Leader, 20 Nov 1947; Charles Lewis Ledford, b. 11 Feb 1871, Thackeray, Ham. Co.; d. 10 Nov 1947, home of dau., Mrs. Walter Rose, Fairfield; son of Rufus & Melinda Ledford.  Married Eda Garrison, 04 May 1899.  Leaves wife; 2 daus.: Mrs. Lora Witter & Mrs. Lela Rose both of Fairfield; 3 grdau.: Geraldine & Vernadine Rose of Fairfield & Nadine Willbrand of St. Louis, Mo.; 2 bros: Will & Wesley Ledford both of Thackeray; 1 sister: Mrs. Louella Taylor of Morland, Iowa.  Interred Garrison Cemetery.

From: Felty's Legacy of Kin, Vol. I, p. 548:
Pub.: Times-Leader, 15 Ap 1948; John Wesley Ledford, b. 06 Oct 1869, Ham. Co.; d. 06 Apr 1948, home near Thackeray; son of Rufus & Malinda Ledford.  Married Sarah Helms, 13 Sept 1899.  Leaves wife; 3 children: Walter Ledford, Elmer Ledford, & Mrs. Mae Henderson; brother William Ledford of Thackeray; sister: Mrs. Louella Taylor of Moorland, Iowa.  Interred New Hope.

From: Felty's Legacy of Kin, Vol. I, p. 596:
Pub. Times-Leader, 21 June 1951; William Ambrose Ledford, b. 02 Jan 1876, Ham. Co.; d. 10 Jun 1951, Thackeray; son of Rufus & Malinda Ledford.  Marrie Mary Madalene Prince, 16 Nov 1904--d. 1950.  Leaves son: Norwood Ledford of Thackery; grson: Charles Ledford; sister: Mrs. Luella Taylor of Moorland, Iowa.  Three brothers: Wesley, Charles & George Ledford all dead. Interred New Hope.

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