Thursday, October 11, 2012

Happy Birthday to Twins born 1807

Born 11 October 1807, John Seaborn ALFORD & Seaborn John ALFORD were twin brothers born in North Carolina, sons of Julius & Lucy (Newton) Alford. John Seaborn Alford stayed in Washington Parish, LA where he married Margaret Brumfield. They were the parents of 16 children. Seaborn John Alford moved to Pike County, MS. He married twice and fathered 13 children, the last when he was almost 70 years old.

I love the names of these twins, my third great grand uncles, but it makes it a bit harder to research them without confusing them!

John Seaborn Alford 

1834 married: Margaret Brumfield #24, b. Feb 9 1819, Pike Co., MS, (daughter of Willis Brumfield & Virginia Nancy Holmes) d. Sep 8 1885, Washington Pa., LA, buried: Alford Cemetery, Washington Pa., LA
1840. He was enumerated in 1840 Washington Parish with two sons and a daughter. 
1850. In 1850 Washington Parish he was enumerated as John Olford 40 LA with wife M. 35 LA.  Children were: Madison 13, Marshall 12 and Jane 11 who were probably those in 1840.  Other children were Emily 10, Sarah 9, Seaborn 8, S. (f) 7, Willis 5, Isaac 4 and John 1.  He was a farmer with $1500 property.
In the 1850 agricultural census John Alford was listed with 40 acres improved land and 600 unimproved- $300 cash value of the farm.  His farming implements and machinery were worth $100.  He had 3 horses, 4 working oxen, 30 other cattle, 50 swine with total value of livestock being $450.  He had 250 bushels of Indian corn, 50 bushels of oats, 800 pounds of rice, 3 bales of ginned cotton weighing 400 pounds each, and 100 bushels of sweet potatoes.
1860. John was a farmer in Pallestine, Washington, LA. He and Margaret with children ranging from 21 to 1 year old.
1870. John, age 62, a farmer in Washington, LA. Margaret was 50. 12 children at home. 3 sons helping on the farm.
1880. John Alford, 73 and Margaret, 61 living with 4 of their children in Washington, LA.
Land. June 1, 1858 he purchased 118 acres, section 7, township 1S, range 7E, from the federal land office in Greensburg.  On June 6 of that year he purchased 57 acres section 17, township 1S, range 10E and 37 acres section 18, township 1S, range10E .  May 10 1861 he purchased 22 more acres in section 17.  December 20, 1884 he purchased 81 acres, from the New Orleans land office, in sections 18 & 19, township 1S, range 10E.
Death. John died Nov 15 1891, Washington Pa., LA, buried: Alford Cemetery, Washington Pa., LA. John Seaborn Alford is buried on property that was his farm. 

1. Madison Alford               b. 1837 LA
2. Frances Jane Alford         b. Aug 20 1838 LA
3. Thomas Marshall Alford   b 29 Sept 1839 LA      
4. Emily S Alford                b 27 August 1841 LA
5. Sarah E Alford                b 11 October 1842 LA
6. Seaborn Lochran Alford   b 19 May 1844 LA    
7. Martha Alford                 b 1845 LA
8. Willis Jacob Alford          b 30 May 1847
9. Isaac E Alford                b. September 1848 LA
10. John Griffin                 b 20 March 1850 LA
11. Mary Alford                  b 25 March 1852 LA
12. Lavesta Alford              b 1854 LA
13. Jesse B  Alford              b 29 December 1855 LA
14. Hugh Ginn Alford           b4 May 1857 LA
15. Cynthia Elizabeth Alford b 20 December 1858 LA
16. Jeptha Martin Alford     b 22 July 1862

Seaborn John Alford 
1 married Dec 29 1831, in Pike Co., MS, Mary Catherine Felder  b. Sep 23 1813, Pike Co., MS, (daughter of Peter John Felder & Elizabeth Sandell d. Nov 23 1860, Pike Co., MS, buried: John Felder Mem., Pike Co., MS
2 married  Dec  8 1864, in Amite Co., MS, Mary Sessions Kirk, b. Jan 29 1836, Tennessee, d. Sep  1 1887, Pike Co., MS, buried: John Felder Mem., Pike Co., MS.  Mary Kirk: Mary had one daughter by a previous marriage to Rev Daniel M. Wadsworth. She and Seaborn John had their last child when he was 69 years of age.
1840. Moved to Pike Co MS
1850. Seaborn Alford was a farmer in Pike, MS with wife Mary and five children.
1860. Seaborn Alford, 53, a farmer in Holmesville, Pike, MS. Wife, Mary, 46. One son at home.
1870. Seaborn Alford, 64, a farmer in Summitt, Pike, MS. With wife Mary, 30 & her daughter.
1880. Seaborn Alford, 73 in Summitt, Pike, MS. With wife, Mary and 6 children.
Death. Seaborn died Feb 7 1884, Pike Co., MS, buried: John Felder Mem., Pike Co., MS.

Children by Mary Catherine Felder:
1 Leander Raiford Alford [male]     b 17 December 1832 MS     
2 Martha Ann Alford                      b 23 February 1834 MS       
3 John Wesley Alford                    b25 June 1836 MS    
4 Sophia E Alford                         b20 April 1842 MS
5 Barnabas Seaborn Alford             b 24 December 1845 MS
6 Simon B Alford                         b 1846
7 Charles C Alford                        b 1850
Children with Mary Sessions Kirk:
1 Emma B Alford                         b 1865 MS
2 Thomas      Seaborn Alford        b 1867 MS
3 Samuel       Neaman Alford         b 6 May 1870 MS
4 Needham Nugent Alford              b2 March 1872 MS
5 William Emmett Alford               b 1874 MS
6 Mary D Alford                           b 1877 MS

Thanks to The Alford American Family Association for their extensive Alford resources.


  1. What? Julius and Lucy couldn't think of one more name??? In a time when people routinely flip-flopped the order of their names, these guys were probably in the center of a lot of confusion. Kudos to the Alford researchers for being able to keep it all straight.

  2. Colleen,
    This posting filled in some missing links that I had in this family. A very large family but needed during these time to manage and work the farm. Thanks.

  3. Ditto Wendy's comment _ and what a lot of children to research. I'm sure this family has taken lots of time to sort out. Good work!


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