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1811 GA - 1878 FL

Wiley’s lineage: Wiley Walton 1811 GA1
Cullen 1775 NC2
James 1740 VA/NC3
Lodwick 1710 VA4
James 1687 VA5
John 1645 VA6

For more information on this family, see AAFA’s published genealogy,
Known Descendants of Cullen Alford and Pherebe Wooten.


Transcribed and annotated by Faye Mitchell Lawes, AAFA #0062, great-great-granddaughter of Wiley Walton Alford

Faye believes this article, dated 1971, is the result of an interview of Mary E. Alford Kimball (Mrs. Clarence G. Kimball) by Chleo Marie Alford Sanders, the daughter of Wiley Alford’s son Daniel Webster Alford. In about 1981 Chleo gave Faye a typed copy of this and "My Father, Daniel Webster Alford.” They appear to have been typed on the same typewriter.

Chleo was born 5 Jan 1902 and died 25 Jan 1999 in Chattahoochee, Gadsden Co., FL.

My grandfather, Wiley Alford, came to Florida in the early 1800’s. He left a wealthy home and family in Wilmington, N.C.1 because he wanted to work and make his own living without slaves. He had been well educated in North Carolina. He travelled by stage coach and river boats. He visited relatives in Savannah, Columbus, and Quincy.2 He worked a few years in Columbus. In Quincy his first cousin was a Love of the Judge Love family3 . Then he went to Old Aspalaga Ferry4, crossed into West Florida and settled there in Jackson County. He cleared land, built a home and farmed there. There were several non-slave-holding families living near them.

He married Susan Davis. Her father, Reverend John Davis, had been reared and educated in Ireland. He had graduated in the University of Dublin5. He was a Baptist minister and a teacher. There were six children of this union: Allen6, Bynum, Mary Emmeline, Emily Jane, Ellen and Walton. Allen was lost in the Civil War when he was sixteen years. The mother died that year and Mary Emmeline was married to John Bales of a neighboring family. John Bales died young. Mary Emmeline later married John Kennedy who was from Ireland.

Emily Jane was then the hostess of the family at twelve years of age. She later married Reverend J.W.L. Jenkins7, a Methodist minister, and became my mother.

Wiley Alford worked, as did all the family. He was able to send his children to a private boarding school. A Mr. Stephen Rowe was my mother’s favorite teacher. There were excellent teachers then.

Later, Wiley Alford was remarried to Susan Traylor and they reared six children: Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, Elizabeth (Lizzie), Jessie, Annie and Halcourt. As there were public schools then they all went to public schools. All of these twelve children: Bynum, Mary Emmeline, Emily Jane, Ellen, Walton, Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, Elizabeth, Jessie, Annie and Halcourt were married8. They left many descendants in West Florida and other states. All of these children went to schools and most of them went to college. There have been many teachers, farmers, nurses and a few ministers and lawyers among the descendants.

After Wiley Alford had lived in Jackson County a few years he moved south a few miles into Calhoun County near Ocheesee. It was here all the children grew up. My mother, Emily Jane Alford, was granted on the first teacher’s certificates and taught in Florida Public Schools.

There were many Alfords in the Carolina’s. My grandfather’s two aunts and their husbands ran a private college in North Carolina, before the Civil War9. He corresponded with the Carolina relatives, but the children did not keep up the writing.

This large family has a rich heritage. The first Alfords came from Scotland. There are many interesting stories among the Alford descendants.

All of the Carolina Alfords were Presbyterians and the college was a Presbyterian College10.

I hope this information will be of some benefit.

Photos from Shady Grove Cemetery, Grand Ridge, Jackson Co., FL—
Permission granted by the photographers, Alton & Loudonia

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