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Father: Wilson STAFFORDMother: Jane (Stafford) COOK
Baptised:5 Sep 1790Ashley, St MaryIn 1999 this entry was not in the register. However, in the records office were a bundle of scraps of paper with baptisms recorded on. This particular one was on the back of a note to Tho. Kirby from R Faurr (?) who was about to set out on a journey from which he would not return for several months. Dated Aughust 25.
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Married:17 Nov 1816Ashley, NorthamptonshireAshley
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Died:1863BMD Index Q-Dec-1863 Market Harborough, ?7a 12

Buried:28 Oct 1863Ashley, St MaryAge given as 73, which is correct.
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Spouse: Anne (Stafford) FREESTONE
Joseph STAFFORDcirca1817
Samuel STAFFORDcirca1819
Jane STAFFORDcirca1821
Mary STAFFORDcirca1824
Anne STAFFORDcirca1829
Frances (Fanny) STAFFORDcirca1833
Thomas STAFFORD18341895
Wilson STAFFORDcirca1837
Rebecca STAFFORDcirca1839
1841Francis StaffordAshley, NorthamtonshireHouse50Carpenter
1851Francis StaffordAshley, NorthamptonshireHouse60Carpenter
1861Francis StaffordAshley, NorthamptonshireAshley70Carpenter, Master
Identity of Francis Stafford

The identity of Francis as the father of Thomas is well established from the marriage certificate, census data and suitable baptism.
Likewise the marriage of Francis to Anne Freestone is well established.
Based on his age in the censuses, and place of birth there is a suitable baptism at Ashley. This does not appear in the online indexes I have checked. When I first viewed the register in about 2000 it was still in use in St Mary's church.
Therefore the identify of Francis is fairly certain.
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The Staffords of Ashley

  Go to the page on Francis and Anne.

According to family sources two of their daughters were unmarried schoolteachers.

PO Trades 1847-8 Ashley 	Carpenter
Carpenter when all children baptized  (=1817 to 1839)
Homes and Occupations
1816Ashley, Northamptonshire
1817Ashley, NorthamptonshireCarpenterBaptism of Joseph
1819Ashley, NorthamptonshireCarpenterBaptism of Samuel
1821Welham, LeicestershireBaptism of Jane
1824Welham, LeicestershireBaptism of Mary
1828Weston by Welland, NorthamptonshireCarpenterBaptism of Anne
1833Weston by Welland, NorthamptonshireCarpenterBaptism of Fanny
1837Ashley, NorthamptonshireCarpenterBaptism of Wilson
1839Ashley, NorthamptonshireCarpenterBaptism of Rebecca
1841Ashley, NorthamptonshireCarpenter1841 Census
1847Ashley, NorthamptonshireCarpenter1847-8 Northamptonshire PO Directory
1851Ashley, NorthamptonshireCarpenter1851 Census
1861Ashley, NorthamptonshireCarpenter, Master1861 Census
1863CarpenterMarriage certificate for Thomas