William Sanford | Lawyer; born Tipton Co., Tenn., Feb. 15, 1846; son of Robert Walker and Frances Downs (Small) Sanford; paternal grandfather Richard Sanford, paternal grandmother Sarah (Tweiman) Sanford; maternal grandfather Henry Small, maternal grandmother Anne (Bailey) Small; English and Scotch descent; educated private schools of Tipton Co.; member of Masonic Lodge at Covington, Chickasaw Club of Memphis, member of state senate of 1887, member of 7th Tenn. Cavalry of C.S.A.; enlisted early 1862; surrendered Marion, Ala., in spring of 1865; colonel in the Tenn. National Guard; was also on staff of Gov. Jas. D. Porter; member Presbyterian church.
[ William Sanford | Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911]
Col. Wm. Sanford Dies at Covington
Prominent Lawyer Succumbs to Brief Illness of Pneumonia.
Covington, Tenn., April 7 – (Special.) – Col. William Sanford, lawyer and orator of state-wide reputation, died here this morning at 1 o’clock after a brief illness of pneumonia. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Annie Sanford, and the following children: A. D. Sanford, Edwin of Waco, Tex.; R. W. of Covington, George A. of Helena, Ark.; Mrs. Roy Boyd of Covington and Mrs. Leander Hill of Orange, N. J.
Col. Sanford was born in Tipton county February 15, 1846, being the son of Robert Walker and Frances Downs Small Sanford. He was educated in private schools in Tipton county. He enlisted in the Seventh Tennessee cavalry, C. S. A., in 1862, and surrendered at Marion Ala., in 1865. He was a member of the state senate in 1887. He was a Mason and a member of the Presbyterian church.
Col. Sanford was one of the leading citizens of this county, wielded a wide influence and was held in the highest esteem.
[Col Wm Sanford Dies at Covington; Nashville Banner; Nashville, Tenn; 7 Apr 1923; Pg 1]