Sophia (Davison) Sanford
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Sophia Ann (Davison) Sanford (1841 - 1885)

Mrs. Sophia Ann Sanford formerly Davison
Born in Hantsport, Hants Co, Nova Scotia, Canadamap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 20 Dec 1871 in Pereaux, Kings, Nova Scotiamap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 43 in Medford, Kings Co, Nova Scotia, Canadamap
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Sophia Ann Davison was born on 5 December 1841, the daughter of Gould and Matilda (Holmes) Davison. She passed away on 12 March 1885.

Sophia Ann married Leander George Sanford. He passed away on 5 March 1884. Both were buried at Habitant Cemetery.

Together they had three children:

i. Frederick Dennison, b. 1872. d. 8 Nov 1873, aged 13 mo. ii. Florence Jane (although she preferred Florence Eaton) b, 22 April 1874. d. 3 Oct 1954. m. Myron Cornelius, son of Pliny Fisher, b. 21 June 1870 Shenandoah, Iowa, d. 6 May 1949, Boston, Mass. 5 ch. iii. Ada Blanche, b. 19 July 1875, Medford, N. S., d. 31 March 1964, Stony Plain, Alberta; m. 17 Nov. 1909, Somerville, Mass., Lloyd Welton, son of Ernest and Emily (Rand) Newcombe, b. 9 Feb. 1884, Blomidon, Kings Co., Nova Scotia. 2 ch. iv. Frank Wilbur, d. an infant. v. Albert Lee, b. 31 July 1879.

"A 'Story of my Life' written by Florence Jane Sanford, daughter of Leander and Sophia Ann, is in the hands of the family and gives a great insight into the lives of her parents and herself. I wish I could print it in its entirety but its length, some 10,000 words, makes this impossible. She tells how her father inherited a good farm of 100 acres and although he was a rough and somewhat profane man, he was a good provider and when her mother insisted on a home of her own, he built a new 6 room cottage across the street from the old homestead. She also tells of her father teaching her to make 'pothooks' as a basis for penmanship. Of her mother she says, 'she was a gentle refined woman who gave her children much of her time teaching them songs, their ABC's and little rhymes.' At the age of 5 years and 4 mo. Florence could read from newspapers and remembers going to school dressed in white cotton stockings, high button shoes, a true tartan scotch plaid of fine cashmere trimmed with self ruffles and narrow black velvet ribbon. Over this was a white pinafore back and front of lacy material tied at the sides."


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  1. First-hand information as transcribed by Shari Ourth, Wednesday, April 1, 2015.

Sanford, Jack Minard. 1966. President John Sanford of Boston, Massachusetts and Portsmouth, Rhode Island, 1605-1965, and His Descendants With Many Allied Families. Page 186-7. TS/Shari Ourth, 4/2/15.

See also:

  • Marriage Record "Canada Marriages, 1661-1949," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), George Leander Sanford and Sophia Ann West, 20 Dec 1871; citing Pereaux, Kings, Nova Scotia, reference P.50 cn.110; FHL microfilm 1,298,990.

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Davison-1814 and Davison-15 appear to represent the same person because: Please merge our shared ancestor. I added a source reference.

Thank you, Shari Ourth

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Rejected matches › Nancy Davison (abt.1843-1910)

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