Welcome to The Sanford Family Misfit

Welcome to The Sanford Family Misfit – A blog dedicated to spreading the culture, heritage, and history of my continuously growing family!

Claude Sanford – WWII

Claude Sanford – WWII

My name is Cassie Sanford Clark and I’m a family historian. You can read more about me on the About the Misfit page – but I wanted to take a moment to explain what The Sanford Family Misfit is all about and how it came to be.

In 2004 the biggest change of my adult life occurred when I lost my papaw, my lifetime hero, to cancer. Losing Papaw left a huge void in my life and suddenly I felt completely disconnected. In an effort to deal with his death and make myself feel connected to him once more I started looking for things of his that I could physically hold on to. My passion for collecting physical memorabilia of my papaw’s led me to census records, his birth certificate, his CCC records, and compelled me to compile stories about his life. Once I had located everything of his I could find – I moved on to the rest of his family and then the rest of my family.

Some of the lines I have researched have been relatively easy to track down.  Others before me had taken an interest in those lines and were more than willing to share the information they had. My other lines were not as easy. Those lines have no books written about them, websites dedicated to them, and only a hand full of forums with knowledgeable researchers who are willing to share their data. My frustration mounted as I stumbled through tracking down my ancestors. It was this frustration that fueled my stubborn desire to find every thing I could about my ancestors in spite of the lack of information floating around out there.

During my journey of tracking down records, hunting up photos, locating living relatives, stomping through over grown cemeteries, and getting lost on back roads while trying to find falling down houses – I found myself wishing someone was out there who could help me. I daydreamed of a place I could go that held all the information I needed or at least a place I could go that would tell me where to look. After I spent years tracking down all of my treasures… I decided it was time to create a place that made it a little easier for those who would walk down the road behind me. I wanted this place to be full of personality, stories, research notes, pictures, history, and highlight the unique heritage my family shares.  It was this decision that led me to create The Sanford Family Misfit.

Mills House by Cassie Sanford Clark

Mills House by Cassie Sanford Clark

**The Sanford Family Misfit has appeared in Blind Pig & the Acorn, BlogDogIt, Geneabloggers, scamFRAUDalert Report, and the Wilmington StarNews.

1884 Sanborn Map

TJ Southerland’s Livery Stable

I’ve recently become interested in old maps of Wilmington, North Carolina. My cousin suggested I examine them to pinpoint the exact boundaries of the original Oak Grove Cemetery. I haven’t found maps of the right area in the correct time period yet, but I have made some other interesting discoveries. While examining Sanborn maps of …

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Site of the Original Oak Grove Cemetery

From a Friend of Flemington

Today I appeared on the front page of the Wilmington StarNews. In Jim Ware’s article, “Buried History,” I discuss the burials of my Owens relatives. I talk about how my family paid for their burials, but how costs may have been subsidized by the county. I mention how upset my older family members were when …

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