Company "G" 20th Va. Cavalry - C. S. A.


Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Franklin Standiford at their home on the corner of 2nd and Washington Street, St. Marys, W. Va., where Phillips Drug Store now (2002) stands. The house is now behind the drug store on Washington Street.

Will of B. F. Standiford - Provided by Blaine Standiford.

Photos & Obituaries provided by Gerald Bills.

Photo - Monument, I.O.O.F. Cemetery
Photo - Graves of B. F. & Emma (Wilson) Standiford

Obituary of B. F. Standiford

Pleasants County Leader June 20, 1924

B. F. Standiford, one of the city's pioneers, passed away at his home on First Street on last Friday evening after a lingering illness, aged 87 yrs., 4 mos. and 9 days.

The deceased was born in Wayman's Ridge, Marshall county, Va., now West Virginia on Feby. 4, 1837. When 3 years of age he moved to Wood county where he resided for 16 years.

During his residence there he was converted and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church.

While residing in Wood county the Civil war came on , and he enlisted on the side of the Confederacy joining the *23rd. Va. Cavalry and serving until the close of the war.

Returning from the war he located at Clarington, O., where on March 3d, 1870 united in marriage with Miss Emma W. Wilson. After residing at Clarington for a year he moved with his wife to Pleasants county where he continued reside until claimed by death.

Mr. Standiford was a successful business man, a faithful and considerate husband, a helpful neighbor and constant friend.

He is survived by his wife.

The funeral was held at the house on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 conducted by his pastor, Rev. C. C. Lanham. Interment in the I. O. O. F. cemetery.

(* Broadfoot's List of Confederate soldiers says, "20th Cav, Co G" - LCF)

Note from Powell's History of Marshall County: "B. F. Standiford went to Marshall, Texas, in November 1860 and enlisted in the southwest and served until the close of the war. He returned to Marshall County and later located in St. Marys, (Pleasants County) West Virginia."

(Date of Death Per Pleasants County Death Register: June 13, 1924 - GEB)

St. Marys Oracle October 11, 1890

Obituary of Mrs. Rebecca Standiford

Mrs. Rebecca Standiford was born in Baltimore, Md., November 12, 1802. Died at the residence of her son, B. F. Standiford, in St. Marys, W. Va., October 2, 1890, aged 87 years, 10 months and 30 days. The deceased united with the Methodist Episcopal church at the age of 18. As the shadows of death deepened around her she longed for release from her prison home of clay, and her almost constant prayer was "take me if it is thy will. but make me patient dear Jesus." Her hope of a blessed immortality was strong and firm to the closing hour. Her remains were taken to Woodhill cemetery, Marshall county, W. Va., where she was laid to rest among her kindred.

DEATH RECORD, Pleasants County, W.Va. Courthouse:
10/02/1890 - STANDIFORD, Rebecca, 87, b MD, [old age], d/o John & Elizabeth Standiford; reported by B. F. Standiford, son.

Deed - Submitted by Clarice Stanley

Wood Co., WV - Bk. 23, pages 304, 305 & 306

This deed made the 9th day of March 1859 between Mary Adams, Thomas Lowery and Martha Lowery his wife; Samuel Jones and Elizabeth Jones his wife; Zana Jones; William Standiford and Martha Jane Standiford his wife; Clement Standiford and Hetty Standiford his wife; Vachel Gamble and Susan Gamble his wife of the first part, the same being the heirs of John Standiford deceased, and Rebecca Standiford of the second part, etc....

Note: Zana Jones was Zana Standiford widow of Jacob Jones 1811-1849.

Pleasants County Leader May 22, 1925

Obituary of Mrs. B. F. Standiford

Mrs. Emma Wilson Standiford aged 84, widow of the late B. F. Standiford, died suddenly shortly after noon Wednesday at her home on First Street. She had recently returned from Fort Worth, Texas and the long tiresome trip is thought to have overtaxed her strength. The funeral arrangements have not been made. Her niece, Mrs. Gertrude Smith of Wheeling arrived last evening, and Mrs. Lucile Wentz another niece, of Fort Worth, Texas, is expected Saturday.

(Date of Death Per Pleasants County Death Register: May 20, 1925)

Pleasants County Leader May 29, 1925

Obituary of Emma Wilson Standiford

Emma Wilson Standiford was born November 22, 1840, in Shilo, W.Va. In her early girlhood her parents moved to Iowa. She crossed the plains in a covered wagon, during a gold rush and when the Indians were dangerous and war like. After many exciting experiences, they arrived in Denver, where she stopped. After a short stay, returned to the East. After her mother's death she went to make her home in Clarington, Ohio with a married sister, Elizabeth Baldwin. There she met and married B. F. Standiford. They lived at Grape Island a number of years. Moving to St. Marys about 32 years ago. Her husband was taken by death on the 13th of last June, after over 55 years of companionship. She knew she would soon follow him. They had been loyal Christians from early youth. Their faith was their chief joy in life. Having no children there was no relatives but nieces and nephews, most of whom are in the far West. Those who ministered to both of them in their last illness where a niece, Mrs. Gertrude Smith of Wheeling, and grand niece, Mrs Lucille Wentz, now of Texas, but whom they raised. A great grand niece, Louise Wentz was with her during the last days of her life. One niece of Charleston, W. Va., Mrs. Z. T. Taylor. She was ill only a week. Not until the end was near was her illness regarded serious. She was a loyal member of the M. E. Church of this city. Besides her relatives she leaves a host of friends to mourn her love.

Services were held at her home on First Street at 2:30 P. M. by Rev. Dr. J. B. Cook, her pastor. The interment took place in the city cemetery.

The 1911 Farm Map of Pleasants County shows B. F. Standiford owning 50 acres on Middle Island and 25 acres just north of the mouth of Middle Island Creek. Pemberton's history identifies him as being associated with steamboat trade on the river. (Gerald Bills)

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