This obituary actually holds little information about the deceased. It gives his age but not his birth date or place or his parents. It does not give his education or occupation. We know he left a wife but not her name.
The obituary mentions an “only brother”. There were seven children of Seaborn John Alford and Mary Catherine Felder. Leander had four brothers. I believe the obituary meant that B. S. [Barnabas Seaborn] Alford was the only living brother.
Leander Raiford Alford
1832 MS – 1911 MS
Son of Seaborn John Alford
McComb, Miss. Sept. 4. – The remains of Leander R. Alford, one of this county’s oldest and most respected citizens who died at his home near Johnston Station Friday evening at the advanced age of 78 years, was brought here Saturday and interred in the City cemetery. He leaves an aged wife and daughter, Mrs. J. W. Kinnebrew, of New Orleans, whose husband, until his retirement a few years ago, was one of the oldest passenger conductors on the I. C. railroad, also two sons, Robert Alford, for many years a freight conductor, and Hon. J. M. Alford, a promising young lawyer of Tylertown. Deceased also left an only brother, B. S. Alford of this place, father of J. B. Alford, of the firm of Denman & Alford, Rev. L. E. Alford, a Methodist preacher and Norman Alford, assistant cashier of the first National Bank.
Source: Leander R. Alford Dead. (Jackson, MS: Jackson Daily News, 4 Sept. 1911) 3; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed 4 Sept. 2017.