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According to a GEDCOM that I downloaded, as well as a web page I found on FamilyTreeMaker.com, Samuel Dunford married Sarah Alafore Christian. However, the child listed whose name was Rufus is listed as James Rufus Dunford, with a dob of Dec. 1897. Sarah Christian's sister Susan Christian also married a Dunford. According to the same GEDCOM, he was James Dunford, Samuel's uncle. Sarah and Susan's brother, George Riley Christian is my g-grandfather.
I really don't know much about the Dunfords other than what I've found on the web and through that GEDCOM. Let me know if there is a connection here. I'm trying to find out some info on the Dunfords. Susan and James were supposed to have had a son named Mathias, but he was not mentioned in the GEDCOM. There was a William M. Dunford listed, but I don't know if it was the same person. My aunt knows Mathias's daughter, and has mentioned that the Dunfords were also related to George Riley Christian's wife Corinthia Davis.