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Mumford, Robert Bernon

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Mumford, Robert Bernon
May 03, 2011 02:59AM
Information from: "Orabel Thortvedt's Scrapbook Collection,
Glyndon Volume", "The Clay County Family Album: A History of
Rural Clay County", and "Connecticut Vital Records, Franklin Twp.
Births-Marriages-Deaths (1786-1964)"

Robert Bernon Mumford was born on June 10, 1841 in Franklin, New
London, Connecticut. He was the second youngest of six children
born to James H. Mumford and Clarissa Kenyon, natives of Rhode
Island. James, the son of Nathaniel Mumford of English descent,
was a farmer and cattle rancher; he died in 1869 in Connecticut.
Clarissa, the daughter of Greene Kenyon of Irish descent, was
born in 1801 and died in 1878.

Robert B. Mumford clerked in Norwich, CT until 1862 when he
enlisted in the Union Army of the Civil War. He fought with
Company B of the Connecticut 26th Infantry Regiment. He served 12
months and participated in many hard engagements and was under
fire for 42 days at Port Hudson, Louisiana. After the war, Robert
returned home and bought 200 acres of land, 3 miles from Norwich,
CT.

On November 29, 1866, Robert Mumford married Helen Maria
Phillips, the daughter of George Washington Phillips and Mary
Crary Meech. Their first two sons, Arthur Ashbel and Hamilton
Meech were born in Connecticut. The Mumford family then migrated
west. They settled in Duluth, Minnesota for two years and then
they moved to Rochester, where Robert bought and sold cattle.
This was where their third son, Hale Helme, was born in 1872. The
remaining children, Leonard James, Maurice Clarence, and Mary
Annie, were all born in Glyndon, Clay County, MN where Robert
Mumford was granted a homestead. Their only daughter, Mary Annie,
died in infancy.

Robert Bernon Mumford died on March 26, 1889 and was buried in
the family burial plot of the Mumford homestead.

Data Entry Volunteer: Cara Mumford (mumford@telusplanet.net)
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