Tuesday, November 4, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks; week 44; Jacob Alford in NC & LA

This prompt comes from Amy Johnson Crow at her blog, No Story Too Small. She suggests we write once a week about a specific ancestor. I began with my grandparents and am working my way back in time through the generations of my direct ancestors.

Jacob Alford
15 August 1761 NC – 16 July 1824 LA
My 4x great grandfather

Jacob Alford was the son of Julius Alford & Lucy Newton.[1],[2] His siblings were: John, Isaac, Goodrich, Polly, Sarah & Job. He was born in Granville Co., NC which changed to Bute Co. in 1764 and changed to Franklin Co. in 1779. Without moving, he lived in three different counties.[3]

Julius, Jacob's father, died when Jacob was ten years old. His father remembered Jacob in his will writing, "...I give to my well beloved son Jacob the land and plantation whereon I now live lying on both sides of the Tar River, together with six cows and calves, six sows and pigs and one breeding mare to him and his heirs forever."  His father's will also stated that Jacob's mother had the use of the family land and plantation "during her life or widowhood."[4]

"On December 16, 1784 records showed "Jacob Alford of Franklin County" sold seventy-five acres of land lying on the east bank of the Tar River, 'being part of a tract of land that Julius Alford willed to Jacob, his son,' to a Robert Melton (Milton).  Witnessing the sale were Ansel Alford and Jacob's mother, Lucy Alford.  Jacob had moved from Franklin County by December 18, 1789, as a bill of sale to a Simon Williams referred to Jacob as 'late of Franklin County.'  In this sale Jacob sold his  'right, title, and claim' to his father's estate, but the stipulation of the sale guaranteed the land could not be 'received' until after his mother's decease."[5]

Jacob’s first wife was Elizabeth Bryant. They were married c 1785 in NC. They had seven children. Jacob’s second wife was Frances Seaborn. They were married c 1792 in NC. They had six children.[6],[7]

From North Carolina Jacob and family headed south to Montgomery Co., Georgia for a few years. His sons, Julius C. Alford [c 1798][8] and William Alford, were born in Georgia [1800].[9] He was granted 450 acres of land in Montgomery County, Georgia, in February 1802.[10]
He finally established a home in Louisiana. “Jacob Alford settled a tract of land in the Warnerton area of Washington Parish, Louisiana, by December, 1807.”[11]  Twins, John Seaborn & Seaborn John Alford were born 11 October 1807 in LA.[12]

Jacob had headrights to over six hundered acres on the Bogue Chitto River, north of Franklinton. Most of the settlers there had taken up their land before 1810 and none later than 1815. [13], [14] The northern boundary of his property was the line between the Mississippi Territory and Spanish West Florida.  The eastern boundary was the Bogue Chitto River."[15], [16]



1 Jacob Alford b: 15 Aug 1761 NC, d: 16 Jul 1824 Washington Parish, LA
... + Elizabeth Bryant b: 20 Jun 1765, m: c1785 NC, d: c 1793
......2 Lucy Alford b: c 1784
......2 Jacob Alford b: c 1788
......2 Needham Judge Alford b: 12 Jul 1789 NC, d: 19 Sep 1869 in Texas
...... + Martha Waddell b: 15 May 1798 SC, m: 18 Feb 1815 in Franklin, MS
......2 Sarah Alford b: Abt. 1791
...... + Rubin Pierce b: 1780, m: c 1820, d: 1841
......2 Edwin Barksdale Alford b: 25 Nov 1792 NC, d: 10 Mar 1878 Pike, MS
...... + Martha P. Smith b: 25 Mar 1802 SC, m: 20 Dec 1818 Pike, MS, d: 08 Aug 1861 Pike, MS
......2 Nancy Alford
......2 Moses Alford
... + Frances Seaborn b: 29 Sep 1766 VA, m: c 1792 Cumberland, NC, d c 1860 Washington Parish, LA
......2 Lucy Alford b: Abt. 1796, d: 24 May 1841 Sabine Parish, LA
...... + William Maines
......2 Julius C. Alford b: Abt. 1798, d: c 1880 Sabine Parish, LA
...... + Elizabeth Waddell m: c 1828
......2 William Alford b: 1800 GA
...... + Eveline Ginn b: 1808 MS
......2 Seaborn John Alford b: 11 Oct 1807, d: 7 Feb 1884 Pike, MS
...... + Mary Catherine Felder
...... + Mary S. Kirk
......2 John Seaborn Alford b: 11 Oct 1807, d: 15 Nov 1891 Washington Parish, LA
...... + Margaret Brumfield b: 9 Feb 1819 in Washington, LA, d: 8 Sep 1885
......2 Martha Alford b: c 1819





[1] Pedigree Chart for Roy Brown; 1700's to 1948; Compiled by Zelda Marie Alford Fortenberry.
[2] The Alford American Family Association; http://alfordassociation.org/gen_john1710_va.html; Needham Judge Alford Family Bible.
[3] Saunders, Carolyn Alford. My Alford Heritage. Austin, Texas: Morgan Printing, 2005.
[4] Ibid.
[5] Ibid.
[6] Conerly, Luke Ward, and E. Russ Williams. Source Records from Pike County, Mississippi 1798 - 1910 and Misc. Legal and Family Records Pertaining to the Areas of Pike and Walthall Counties, MS. Reprint. Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1989.
[7] Pedigree Chart for Roy Brown; 1700's to 1948; Compiled by Zelda Marie Alford Fortenberry;
[8] 1850 US Census, Sabine, LA; Julius C Alford family.
[9] 1850 US Census, MS, Pike, Police District 1. William Alford family.
[10] Heard, Ruby Alford, Gil Alford. "Early Mississippi Alfords." AAFA Action: The Official Publication of the Alford American Family Association III (1990):p. 35.
[11] Conerly, Luke Ward, and E. Russ Williams. Source Records from Pike County, Mississippi 1798 - 1910 and Misc. Legal and Family Records Pertaining to the Areas of Pike and Walthall Counties, MS. Reprint. Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1989.
[12] Creel, Bevin J. A Patriot's Legacy: The Family of Richard Dillon and Ann Lawrence From Bertie County, North Carolina To Southern Mississippi and Louisiana. Franklinton, Louisiana: Privately Printed, 2002.
[13] Kerns, Gloria Lambert. Washington Parish, Louisiana Records, 1810 - 1898. Baker, Louisiana: Folk Finders, 1983, Page 26; Washington Parish Headrights.
[14] Heard, Ruby Alford, Gil Alford. "Early Mississippi Alfords." AAFA Action: The Official Publication of the Alford American Family Association III (1990):p. 35.
[15] Heard, Ruby Alford, Gil Alford. "Early Mississippi Alfords." AAFA Action: The Official Publication of the Alford American Family Association III (1990):p. 35.
[16] The Alford American Family Association; <http://alfordassociation.org/gen_john1710_va.html>

2 comments:

  1. I often think that my farming ancestors lived simple lives, but this story of Jacob with all his buying and selling of land and multiple relocation shows their lives were anything but simple.

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  2. Jacob lost his Father at a very young age.
    John Seaborn & Margaret’s daughter Synthia Elizabeth married Thomas V. A. Miller son of Raiford Leonard Miller and Angeline Brock. Angeline is my 2nd Cousin 4 times removed.

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