Judge George W. Sanford has been a resident of Morgan County, Mo., since 1857. He was born in Licking County, Ohio, June 29, 1834, his parents being A. M. and Lydia (Stream) Sanford, and is the youngest of their five children: Adison 0., a lumberman, of Long Pine, Neb.; Michael, a farmer, of Ringgold County, Iowa; Virginia, who died September 1, 1888, at the age of sixty-one years; Martha, who died June 2, 1885, aged fifty-four years; and our subject, George W., who made his home with his parents until thirty years of age, the last eight years being engaged in farming for himself. He was married to Miss Mary W. Preston, a daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth (Harding) Preston, November 20, 1856, and after coming to Missouri settled in Morgan County, where he bought forty acres of wild land, which he commenced to improve. He now owns 200 acres, and carries on general farming, and has under cultivation about 140 acres. Previous to coming to Missouri Mr. Sanford supported the Democratic party, but has since been a Republican, and in 1888 was elected on that ticket as associate judge from the Second District. His wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Sanford's father died May 18, 1877, at the age of seventy-four years, and his mother November 5, 1861, aged fifty-four years. They were members of the Lutheran Church. Mrs. Sanford's father and mother were the parents of eleven children: Mary W., Mrs. Sanford; George W., now in Illinois; Martha, deceased; William, in Illinois; Sarah, deceased; Calista, wife of N. N. Wright, of Illinois; Sam H., in Illinois; James W. and Henry T., also in Gibson County, Ill., and Walter, deceased. Mr. Preston died on the 10th of May, 1866, at the age of fifty-two years, two months and one day. Mrs. Preston is still living, and is now seventy-three years old.
History of Cole, Moniteau, Morgan, Benton, Miller, Maries and Osage Counties, Missouri, Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1889.