Wilford Family information from an email from Wilford family cousin, Tom Kupka, Nov 2, 2006:
It is so nice to hear from someone digging through the archives looking for similar information. (Tom's wife descends from William through William, Severa and Severa Jr..)
I have William Wilford born about 1822 somewhere in England and died January 1869, place unknown. William and Priscilla had 3 children: Sarah Wilford, William Wilford and Lillian Isabel Wilford.
Sarah Wilford was born on September 26, 1864 in Carson City, Nevada. She married a man whose last name was Briggs, but I don’t know anything else about him. I have a letter she wrote dated August 11, 1908 but only referred to her husband as Mr. Briggs. I don’t know when she passed.
Lillian Isabel Wilford was born October 4, 1868 also in Carson City, Nevada. Somewhere about 1886 she married Isaiah Sutherland. Isaiah was born about 1866 in Utah and died sometime between 1920 and 1930. I found a 1920 US census record for them which stated they had a step daughter named Alice Thomas. She would have been born about 1908 in Nevada. I don’t have Lillian’s death date.
William Wilford was born September 9, 1866 in Carson City, Nevada. On July 3, 1895 he married Mattie Jane Grandbois in Carson City, Nevada. I have a copy of their marriage certificate. Mattie was born July 18, 1876 in St. Louis Sierra County, California. They had 2 sons and a daughter. Francis William Wilford (b: 20 Apr 1896; d: 05 Jan 1986), Severa Louis Wilford (b: 17 Aug 1897; d: 09 Jun 1976) and Isabel Lillian Wilford (Azevedo) (b: 23 May 1903; d: 07 Jun 1987). William died February 17, 1949 in Santa Rosa, California. Mattie died on October 17, 1960 in Novato California.
I have attached William Wilford and Mattie Jane Grandbois’ marriage certificate. It’s nice to see something that old had stood the test of time. Looking forward to your reply, Tom Kupka
Some Wilford family Information provided by Richard Tolman in: Tolman, Richard Lee, Ph.D.,"The Life and Times of English Immigrant Priscilla Clark Pickett Pickett Wilford," National Genealogical Society Quarterly 94 (December 2006) : 267-86.
pp. 282-4: Sarah Wilford birth date and place same as above. Was left with her sister Maria Louisa Pickett in Gilroy Ca. with William and Louisa Mills prior to her mother's murder. Moved with them to Salt Lake City where she met and married a career soldier stationed at Fort Douglas, John Casper Lanno, 2 October 1886. The family moved to New York, and her husband was killed while on duty near Truckee, Ca., 28 April 1899, and he is buried in the Military Cemetery in Benicia, Ca. They had seven children. Unable to sustain all her children, she placed two of them in St. John's Orphan Asylum in West Seneca, NY and the two oldest were maintained with farmers in Eden Center, NY. She worked in Buffalo, NY, Kansas City, MO and finally back in Salt Lake City working as laundress and maid. She committed suicide 2 November 1918 at Salt Lake City and was buried in the Salt Lake Cemetery November 13th.
pp. 284-5: William M. Wilford birth and death dates and places and information on marriage and children same as above. William lived and worked with his brother George Pickett in Verdi, NV after his parents' deaths, moving to Vallejo, CA about 1900
pp. 285-6: Lilla Isabel "Lil" Wilford birth date and place same as above. Died sometime after 1951 presumably in Rupert, ID. Married Henry Heidenreich (b: January 1857, Iowa) 31 October 1886 in Carson City. Divorced before 1907. Married Jesse Allen Thomas at Reno, NV, 22 November 1910, who died 22 November 1912. Married Isaiah Sutherland at Ely Nevada 26 August 1917. Separated and worked in Los Angeles and finally in Idaho, according to cousin Jane Pickett. She had three children, Arthur Carl Heidenreich (b: 4 September 1887), Isabella Heidenreich (b: June 1890), and Alice J. Thomas (b: September or October 1908).
Interesting that both of these cousins have listed Lily's name differently (Lillian and Lilla) than her mother listed her in the bible (Lily) and in her autobiography (Lillie).
See William Wilford and Jane Grandbois marriage certificate below (Thanks Tom Kupka!)