Canfield Family Papers (KC0204)
Henry Canfield of Ohio was born in Chesterfield, Ohio, in 1841.
He attended the schools near his family’s farm and later attended the
Oak Grove Academy
in Medina, Michigan, for two terms.
During the Civil War he was a civilian clerk in the quartermaster’s
department on the staff of Gen. James B. McPherson of the 17th Army
Corps. In the years after the war,
he lived variously in Michigan
and Ohio, and in 1885 he moved to the new town
of Wichita Falls, Texas.
President McKinley appointed him Postmaster in 1898, and President
Roosevelt reappointed him in 1903.
1864 he married Delia Mansfield, and they had two daughters, one of whom died in
the Galveston flood of 1900.
Their other daughter, Grace (d. 1945), married John Adams Prescott
(1866-1956) in 1894 or 1896. They
had two children, Constance
May and Katherine Grace. Katherine
married Nathan Scarritt Jr. (1902-1969)—son of Nathan and Eva Case Scarritt.
This collection includes Also included are Civil War letters from Henry Canfield
to his sweetheart, Delia Mansfield, as well as a series of compositions which
appear to be submissions to the Evening
University of Missouri
Friday, January 16, 2009
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