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MORFORD

George Taylor Morford, the first member of this family of whom we have definite information, was a native of Monmouth county, New Jersey.  He married Maria Wardell.  Children:  1. Jane, married Robert W. Parker.  2. Caroline, married John Bitheus.  3. Charlotte, married George Klots.  4. Thomas, married Hannal Voorhees; two children.  5. Joseph, married Jane Van Dorn; two children.  6. John Aken, referred to below.  7. Jarratt, married _____ Annin.  8. Julia, married Jacob C. Parker.

    (II)  John Aken, son of George Taylor and Maria (Wardell) Morford, was born at Red Bank, Monmouth county, New Jersey, in 1809, and died in 1881.  For fifty years he kept the general store at Long Branch, where he was one of the school trustees and a director of the Long Branch Banking Company.  He was always interested in public affairs, and from 1849 to 1851 was Democratic state senator for Monmouth county.  He married Sarah Ann Conover, born in October, 1813, and still living, in New Britain, Connecticut, with her daughter, Mrs. Joseph E. Hance.  Children:  1. Maria, married Abram Trafford Vendervere; children:  Frederick, Anna Conover, and Julia Vandervere.  2. Tylee Conover, referred to below.  3. Elizabeth A., married Joseph E. Hance; children:  Clifford, Joseph and Sarah Hance.

    (III)  Tylee Conover, son of John Aken and Sarah Ann (Conover) Morford, was born in Long Branch, New Jersey, February 16, 1840.  After receiving his education in the public schools he went into his father's store, and when nineteen years of age became a member of the firm of John A. Morford & Son.  He left this in order to serve in the Union army during the civil war, at the close of which he came back to the store, and later for a period of eight years served as ashier of the Long Branch Banking Company.  For one year he was superintendent of schools of Ocean township.  After the death of the father he gave up the general store and retired from the bank and established a department store which he conducted, under the name of Morford, Brown & Company, until 190, when he retired from mercantile life and opened his office as justice of the peace, to which post he had been appointed.  He also wrote editorials for the Long Branch Press, and soon afterwards for the Taxpayer and Workingman.  In 1903 he began his work in the interests of "Citizens out of office," which led him into his fight with the city charter.  He married, at Aston, Rhode Island, Annie, daughter of Jonathan and Lucy (Hammond) Harrington.  Children:  John, died in infancy; Harold Conover, referred to below; Sarah; Lucy, married Charles Blakely.

    (IV)  Harold Conover, son of Tylee Conover and Annie (Harrington) Morford, was born at Long Branch, Monmouth county, New Jersey, July 26, 1881, and is now living in that city.  After receiving a public school education he graduated with the class of 1904.  He then read law with Charles M. Vreeland, of Jersey City, and was admitted to the New Jersey bar as attorney in 1905.  Since that time he has specialized in the law concerning real property, and practices in Jersey City and Long Branch, in both of which places he is looked upon as one of the coming generation in New Jersey's legal lights.  Mr. Morford is a Democrat, and a vestryman of St. James' Episcopal Church Long Branch.

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