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WILLIAM S. STANDIFORD, Corporal, Company "B"


Submitted by Clarice Stanley

William S. Standiford was the son of James Standiford and Sarah Smith. James Standiford was b. 25 Jan 1800 in Maryland and d. 17 Jan 1876, Marshall County, W.Va. Sarah Smith was b. 1809 and died 28 Feb 1843; buried at Winters Farm near Hare Karishna, Marshall County, W.Va. James & Sarah Smith were married 27 June 1827, Ohio County, W.Va., Bk. 1/264. They had three children: Mary Jane, b. 1828; married 12/5/1850, Marshall County, to E. Daniel Wilson; John b. 1832, married 19 Apr 1866, Marshall County, to Rebecca Cunningham, he 36, she 31, Bk. C/3; William S. b. 1838 and d. 24 July 1864 at Winchester, Va. in Civil War. The first two children were named in his will. (James married #2 Sarah Henderson in 1844, per Pan-Handle History p. 410.)

From Richard Henthorn, Jan 2015: "From the 1860 census record it looks like Sarah Henderson might have been the married name of the 2nd wife due to the fact that a Melvina Henderson, aged 10, was living with James and Sarah."

Submitted by Blaine Standiford.

National Archives Service Record

     I certify, on honor, that WILLIAM S. STANDIFORD a Corporal of Captain John C. Roberts Company (B) of the 12th Regiment of West Virginia Volunteers, of the State of West Virginia, born in Marshall County, State of Virginia, aged 23 years; 6 feet 1 inches high; Dark complexion, Grey eyes, Black hair, and by occupation a Farmer, having joined the company on its original organization at Wheeling W.Va., and enrolled in it at the muster into the service of the United States at Wheeling West Va. on the 20th day of August, 1862.............. to serve in the Regiment, for the term of Three years; and having served honestly and faithfully with his company in the 12th Regt W.Va. V. Inftry to the time of his death - is now entitled to Discharge by reason of (Death) Killed in action at Winchester, Va. July 24th 1864.

     The said WILLIAM S. STANDIFORD was last paid by Paymaster MAJ HAMMOND to include the 31st day of December 1863 and has pay due him from that time to his death; he is entitled to pay and subsistence for traveling to place of enrollment, and whatever other allowances are authorized to volunteer soldiers, drafted men, or militia, so discharged. He has received from the United States clothing amounting to $52 60/100 dollars, since the 15 day of June, 1863, when his clothing account was last settled. He has received from the United States 25 00/100 advanced bounty........

     He is indebted to Griffith & McCarmel, Sutler, Three 00/100 dollars.

Given in duplicate, In the Field Va, this 15th day of January 1865.

Henry C. Wallace, 1st Lieut.
Co B 12th regt WV V Inftry.

(Written on side)
Appointed Corporal June 1st 1864. By Order Col. W. B. Curtis Comdg 12th Regt. West Va. Vol. Infty.

1860 Census, Marshall County, VA/WV

John...27-wf...farm hand...VA
William S...22-wm...VA
Melvina Henderson...10-wf...VA