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Source: Standefer, Harry; A Family History and Genealogy
(This was Harry’s family.)

Contributions by John R. Lee.  Thanks, John!

Generation No. 1  

1.  LEROY7 STANDEFER  (SAMUEL J.6, LEROY5, BENJAMIN4 STANDIFER, ISRAEL3 STANDIFORD, JOHN2, WILLIAM1) was born October 19, 1867 in Standifer Gap, TN, and died November 15, 1928 in Stanton, Martin Co, TX.  He married LUELLA HOWTON December 15, 1891 in AR.  She was born August 05, 1873 in Princeton, KY, and died April 19, 1949 in Stanton, Martin Co, TX.  

1900 Census, Mazarn Twp., p. 26 Montgomery Co, AR
39/39: Leroy Standefer, head, w, m, Nov 1867, age 32, m-9, TN, TN, TN
Luella, wife, w, f, Aug 1873, age 26, m-9, 4child/3living, KY, KY, KY
Samuel H., son, w, m, May 1895, age 4, S, AR, TN, KY
Edgar C., son, w, m, May 1897, age 3, S, AR, TN, KY
Arah M., dau, w, f, Jan 1900, age 4/12, S, AR, TN, KY          

DEATH: Martin Co., TX death Records, Vol. A1-12Reg. No. 24, Reg. Dis. No. 1
Birth is given as October 19, 1867
*Contributed by John R. Lee

Notes for Luella Howton:

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                   i.       JETTIE8 STANDEFER, b. 1893, Mt. Ida, Montgomery Co, AR; d. 1895, Mt. Ida, Montgomery Co, AR.

2.               ii.       SAMUEL HARRY STANDEFER, b. May 02, 1895, Mt. Ida, AR; d. March 1992, San Diego, CA.  

See #2. Below

3.              iii.       EDGAR CLAYTON STANDEFER, b. May 02, 1898, Crystal Springs, Garland Co, AR; d. August 27, 1989, Stanton, Martin Co, TX.  

See #3. Below

                 iv.       MABEL ARRA STANDEFER, b. January 11, 1900, Mazarn, Montgomery Co, AR; d. March 27, 1989, Midland, Midland Co, TX.  

                  v.       CLARENCE GRADY STANDEFER, b. October 14, 1903, Mazarn, Montgomery Co, AR; d. 1987, Stanton, Martin Co, TX.; m. Mary Louise Harper.


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                 vi.       LOIS STANDEFER, b. April 17, 1904, Mazarn, Montgomery Co, AR.  

                vii.       REVA ESTELLE STANDEFER, b. December 22, 1907, Mazarn, Montgomery Co, AR; m. MERIDDA KOONCE; b. November 14, 1891, TX; d. May 1977, Stanton, Martin Co, TX.


BIRTH-DEATH: Social Security Death Benefit Records, 1937-Dec 1993  

               viii.       HAZEL LEE STANDEFER, b. July 12, 1909, Meyers, Garland Co, AR.

Notes for HAZEL LEE STANDEFER: BIRTH: Texas birth cert. 82374

                  ix.       HYRUM T. STANDEFER, b. February 17, 1912, Meyers, Garland Co, AR; d. August 10, 1971, Howard Co, TX.


BIRTH: Social Security Death
DEATH: Texas death cert. 5768

                   x.       HERMAN EARL STANDEFER, b. February 17, 1912, Meyers, Garland Co, AR; d. January 31, 1939, Stanton, Martin Co, TX.

Notes for HERMAN EARL STANDEFER:   DEATH: Texas death cert. 3798  

Generation No. 2

2.  SAMUEL HARRY8 STANDEFER (LEROY7, SAMUEL J.6, LEROY5, BENJAMIN4 STANDIFER, ISRAEL3 STANDIFORD, JOHN2, WILLIAM1) was born May 02, 1895 in Mt. Ida, AR, and died March 1992 in San Diego, CA.  He married ELLA JOHANNAH ENGLEMAN February 14, 1920 in Hot Springs, AR. 


From his book, Standefer, Standifer, Standiford; A Family History and Genealogy:

          "I was born in a one-room log cabin.  A cabin that had been abandoned but made livable again by my parents when they went to Mt. Ida, Arkansas where my father, LeRoy Standefer would attend a small Normal Academy where he would extend his education from the sixth grade to where he could pass the State examination for a license to teach in the one-room, one-teacher schools in the Ouachita Mountain area of Arkansas.

          My parents were barely settled in this crude abode when their first child was born - sister Jettie who died only a few weeks before I was born, May 2, 1895.

          After two years of hard study my father was prepared to begin his teaching career in the summer of 1896.  In the year 1899 father purchased a "Homestead Right" from a brother-in-law.  This homestead was located about midway between Mt. Ida and Hot Springs, Arkansas.  This homestead of 160 acres had some 10 acres that could be cultivated.  The other 150 acres lay on the southern slope of the Ouachita Mts.  Adjoining were thousands of acres of forest primeval.

          Father added a lean-to to the one-room log cabin for a dining room.  For the first five years mother cooked on the fireplace.  She got her first cook stove in 1904.

          While father was away, five months each year, mother and the children (by 1914 there were 9 of us) took care of the growing number of livestock.  The nearby mountain meadows offered abundant free grazing the year round.

           After several years it became obvious that more farming land was necessary to offer employment for the large and maturing family.  The homestead was thickly forested with beautiful southern pine and stately white oak.  Father sold land and timber to A. L. Clark Lumber C. and purchased a farm some four miles distant.

           All this while my brothers, sisters and I attended the local one-room, one-teacher schools five months each year.  These schools taught only to the seventh grade.  In 1912 I was able to pay for board and room and attend a term of the school in Mt. Ida.  Today my work would be considered Junior High.  For a couple of years I studied correspondence courses from the University of Arkansas.  In 1916 I took the State of Arkansas teacher's examination and taught my first school at the village of Crystal Springs, sixteen miles west of Hot Springs.  In 1917 I taught at a community known as Joplin some six miles further west.

           In 1918 I was drafted into the Armed Services for duty in World War I. Following a year in France and Germany I returned to teach again at Crystal Springs, Arkansas.

           On Valentine's Day 1920 I married a Miss Ella Johannah Engleman at Hot Springs. A search for improved health took us to Colorado where I taught one year at Palmer Lake.  Following that I joined the staff on an advertising agency in Colorado Springs.  After a couple of years I joined the staff of the Colorado Springs newspapers.  A few years later, 1929, I established a neon sign factory in Amarillo, Texas.  After one year of a booming, profitable business, along came the Great Depression and wiped me out overnight.

           I again entered newspaper work in Texas until World War II took me along with the crowd to California.  My record of freedom from the "isms' of the world qualified me for employment with the Atomic Energy Commission in classified work in Imperial Valley near El Centro, California.  During this time my family lived in San Diego.  Following the War, I established my own business as Construction Cost Analyst in San Diego, and now, at age 94 I still serve some of my long time clients.

          In the winter of 1963-64 I spent four months in the Navy Hospital in San Diego with the odds against my recovery.  There was time for reflection and I promised myself that, if my health permitted, I would try to learn from whence I came.  Within the next two years I completed a chart of my limb of the family tree covering eleven generations.

          This work put me in touch with other Standefers who were doing research and equally interested in recording a more widespread genealogy.  As I learned of additional family researchers and the vast amount of material available I became persuaded that a history of the clan could and should be compiled.  As a result I humbly submit this book as the result of that persuasion.  But it could never have been accomplished without the enthusiastic help of accommodating relatives.

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                   i.       MELVIN9 STANDEFER, b. January 02, 1923, Colorado Springs, CO; d. May 18, 1928.

4.               ii.       ROY CLAYTON STANDEFER, b. July 04, 1924, Lubbock, Lubbock Co, TX; d. August 17, 1984, San Diego, CA.

                 iii.       RALPH CARL STANDEFER,

                 iv.       BETTY LOW STANDEFER

                  v.       ANN LOUISE STANDEFER, b. May 09, 1933, Colorado City, Mitchell Co, TX; m. R. T. UTTERBACK, February 18, 1984; d. February 23, 1987.

3.  EDGAR CLAYTON8 STANDEFER (LEROY7, SAMUEL J.6, LEROY5, BENJAMIN4 STANDIFER, ISRAEL3 STANDIFORD, JOHN2, WILLIAM1) was born May 02, 1898 in Crystal Springs, Garland Co, AR, and died August 27, 1989 in Stanton, Martin Co, TX.  He married ORADELL RICE December 26, 1924 in Mitchell Co, TX.  She was born December 10, 1904 in TX.

DEATH: Texas death cert. 58548

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