Saturday, April 16, 2022

Timeline: The Alford Family

Here's another fun timeline from my book in progress, 'Our Brown Roots.' Timelines are useful tools when trying to understand the lives & movements of a family. They are also very useful for understanding a family in relation to local and world events. I am currently writing a book, 'Our Brown Roots.' At the beginning of each surname section I have included a timeline like the one below. 

Click on the links to learn more about the people in this timeline.


 1607                First British settlement in Colonies established at Jamestown, VA

1640                The first book is printed in North America; Bay Psalm Book 

1645                Birth of John Alford, in VA

1687                Birth of James Alford, son of John, in VA

1717                Birth of Julius Alford, son of James, in VA

1729                North Carolina became a royal British colony

c 1745             Brothers, Lodwick, Goodrich & Julius Alford, moved to Granville, NC

1761                Birth of Jacob Alford, son of Julius, in Granville, NC

1764                A portion of Granville Co., where the Alfords lived, became Bute Co. 

1771                Nov. Death of Julius Alford, son of James, age 54, Bute County, NC

1775 - 1783     Revolutionary War: Jacob, James & Lodwick Alford served

1779                Bute County, NC became Warren and Franklin Counties

c 1785             Marriage of Jacob Alford & Elizabeth Bryant in NC

1789                30 April. George Washington was inaugurated the first president

1789                21 Nov. N. Carolina became 12th state; 1790 population 393,751

1792                2 April. U. S. Mint was established 

1792                25 Nov. Birth of Edwin Barksdale Alford, son of Jacob, in NC

c 1793             Death of Elizabeth (Bryant) Alford; Marriage of Jacob & Frances Alford 

1795                Jacob Alford and family lived in Montgomery County, GA

1798                Edward Jenner developed first successful vaccine, smallpox vaccine

1803                Louisiana Purchase made for 15 million dollars

1804                Richard Trevithick invented the steam locomotive

c 1807             Jacob Alford and family lived in Washington Parish, LA

1812                30 April. Louisiana became the 18th state

1812 - 1814     War of 1812; Edwin Barksdale Alford served in LA Militia

1818                10 March. Marriage Edwin B. Alford & Martha P. (Smith) Alford

1818                Frankenstein written by Mary Shelley

1824                16 July. Jacob Alford died in Washington Parish, LA

1846                Birth of Martha Elizabeth (Alford) Brumfield, daughter of Edwin, in MS

1861 – 1865    Civil War; many Alfords served in Confederate Army in MS & LA units

1878                10 March. Death of Edwin B. Alford, in Pike Co., MS

1917 – 1918    World War I; Dewitt T., Elmer C., & Hollis V. Alford served

This chart shows the connection between the Alford family & my paternal grandfather.

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