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American Revolutionary War Soldier America/USA  David  Stafford

  (b. 6 February 1705Tiverton, Crown Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations   d. 5 February 1791Tiverton, Rhode Island, USA )  

David Stafford was born 6 February 1705 in Tiverton, Crown Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. David Stafford was the child of Josiah Stafford (Stover) and Sarah Lake and the grandchild of: (paternal)  Sylvester Stover and Elizabeth Norton (maternal)  David Lake and Sarah Earle

He married  Lydia Davol 22 July 1737 in Dartmouth, Province of Massachusetts Bay .  The couple had (at least) 9 children. Lydia Davol  was born 30 June 1709 in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, USA (Bliss Corner) (Smith Mills) .  She died 1788 in Tiverton, Rhode Island, USA .  She was the daughter of William Davol and Sarah Sisson.

David Stafford died 5 February 1791 in Tiverton, Rhode Island, USA.

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David Stafford married America/USA Lydia Davol-- Date: 22 July 1737 Place: Dartmouth, Province of Massachusetts Bay
Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 (Online Database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2007). 

Lydia Davol was the daughter of William Davol and Sarah Sisson

1737 DEVOL Lydia (Davel), d. William and Sarah of D., and David Stafford, s. Josiah and Sarah of Tiverton, July 22, 1737, C.R.3. Marriage Dartmouth

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America/USA Tyla Stafford (b.10 June 1738, Tiverton, Crown Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations  d. , )

America/USA William Stafford (b.3 October 1739, Tiverton, Crown Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations  d. , )

America/USA David Stafford II (b.28 June 1744, Tiverton, Crown Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations  d. , )

America/USA John Stafford (b.10 June 1747, Tiverton, Crown Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations  d. , )

America/USA Joshua Stafford (b.06 March 1749, Tiverton, Crown Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations  d. 3 October 1809, Farmington, New York, USA)

America/USA Thankful Stafford (b.19 March 1751, Tiverton, Crown Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations  d. 14 November 1814, , USA)

America/USA Elizabeth Stafford (b.17 June 1754, Tiverton, Crown Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations  d. ,  )

America/USA Sarah Stafford (b.17 June 1754, Tiverton, Crown Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations  d. , )

America/USA Stephen Stafford (b.19 July 1756, Tiverton, Crown Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations  d. , )

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1705 Birth
name: David Sr. Stafford
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birth date: 06 Feb 1705
birthplace: Tiverton, Newport, Rhode Island
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1705 STAFFORD STAFFORD David, Sr., Feb. 6, 1705. 1 63 Birth Tiverton
Vital Records of Rhode Island, 1636-1850
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USA 1706 - Benjamin Franklin born January 17, 1706 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

January 17, 1706

1737 Marriage / Partner
David Stafford and Lydia Davol 22 July 1737, Dartmouth, Massachusetts, USA (Bliss Corner) (Smith Mills)

1738 Birth of Child
Tyla Stafford was born 10 June 1738, Tiverton, Rhode Island, USA

1739 Birth of Child
William Stafford was born 3 October 1739, Tiverton, Rhode Island, USA

1744 Birth of Child
David Stafford II was born 28 June 1744, Tiverton, Rhode Island, USA

1747 Birth of Child
John Stafford was born 10 June 1747, Tiverton, Rhode Island, USA

1749 Birth of Child
Joshua Stafford was born 06 March 1749, Tiverton, Rhode Island, USA

1751 Birth of Child
Thankful Stafford was born 19 March 1751, Tiverton, Rhode Island, USA

Invention 1753 - The lightning rod is invented (Benjamin Franklin, United States)
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World History 1754 - Beginning of the French and Indian War between Great Britain and France for control of the North American colonies. It is part of the Seven Years War.

1754 Birth of Child
Elizabeth Stafford was born 17 June 1754, Tiverton, Rhode Island, USA

1754 Birth of Child
Sarah Stafford was born 17 June 1754, Tiverton, Rhode Island, USA

World History (1756 - 1763) Seven Years War - France, Great Britain clashed in Europe and North America; France, Russia, Austria, Saxony, Sweden and Spain sided against Britain, Prussia and Hanover webimage/ countrys/ asia/ russia/ rutimeln.htm -

1756 Birth of Child
Stephen Stafford was born 19 July 1756, Tiverton, Rhode Island, USA

USA 1764 - British Government issues the Sugar Act
The Sugar Act raised revenues higher than ever before by a new series of taxes on the colonists.
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USA 1765 - November - The British government issues the Stamp Act.
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USA 1770 - March 5 - Boston Massacre

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USA 1773 - December 16 - Boston Tea Party

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USA 1774 - March - The Coercive Acts (called Intolerable Acts by Americans)
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USA 1774 - June 1 - Boston Port Bill: British government orders Port of Boston closed - June 1, 1774

USA 1774 - September 5 - First Continental Congress formed in Philadelphia
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USA 1775 - April 18 - Paul Revere's famous ride

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USA 1775 - April 19 - First shots of Revolutionary War fired in Lexington and Concord.

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USA 1775 - May 10 - American Revolution began; Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys, along with Benedict Arnold took Fort Ticonderoga.
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USA May 1775 - Second Continental Congress - Philadelphia - plans to form an army.
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USA 1775 - June 17 - Battle of Bunker Hill
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USA 1775 - December 31 - The Battle of Québec was fought on December 31 between the American Continental Army and British defenders of Québec City. It was the first major defeat for the Americans in the Revolutionary War.

December 31, 1775

USA 1776 - March 17 - British, Get Out!
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USA 1776 - May 2: The American revolution gains support from King Louis XVI of France

USA 1776 - July 4 - American Declaration of Independence

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USA 1776 - September 9 - Congress renames the nation “United States of America”
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USA 1776 - December 26 - Washington crosses the Delaware
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USA 1777 - July 5 - St. Clair surrenders Fort Ticonderoga to the British

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USA 1777 - November 15 - The Articles of Confederation Were Adopted
On November 15, 1777, the second Continental Congress adopted the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union. Then they needed approval from the states.

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USA December 1777 - June 1778 - The winter at Valley Forge
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USA 1781 - October 19 - The British Surrender at Yorktown
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Invention 1784 - The bifocal lens is invented (Benjamin Franklin, United States)
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Invention 1784 - The oil lamp is invented (Aimé Argand, Switzerland)
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USA 1784 - January 14 - The Continental Congress Ratified the Treaty of Paris Ending the Revolutionary War
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USA 1787 - September 17 - U.S. Constitution ratified
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U.S. Presidents 1789 - April 30 - George Washington (1732–1799) became 1st President of the United States
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USA 1789 - September 29 - Congress Officially Created the U.S. Military
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USA 1790 - July 16 - Washington, D. C. becomes capital of United States
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5 February 1791
Tiverton, Rhode Island, USA

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