JOHN W. STAFFORD, furniture dealer of Steubenville, was born in that city, June 4, 1857. He was the son of Nathan and Rebecca (Griffith) Stafford, the former of whom died March 31, 1884, and the latter of whom is still living, her home being in Steubenville. She was born October 31, 1816, in Brooke county, W. Va. The father of our subject was born in Island Creek township, Jefferson county, Ohio. He was the son of Thomas and Margaret Stafford. The mother of our subject was the daughter of Alexander and Nancy A. (Black) Griffith, the former of whom was born near Delaware Island, but before he was a month old his parents emigrated to Brooke County, W. Va., and located upon a farm and there Alexander resided all the rest of his life, a period of ninety years, lacking two months. The parents of our subject were married June 6, 1834. They had eight children, of whom six are living. The mother of our subject is now seventy-three years old. She has fifteen grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. In early life the subject of this sketch entered the employ of George Pearce, and for him and the firm of Pearce Bros. he worked at the trade of an upholsterer and varnisher twelve years. In 1886, he engaged in the upholstering and furniture business for himself, and he is now the proprietor of an establishment of that kind. He is a member of the Presbyterian church, and the Senior Order of American Mechanics. He is a republican in politics.
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