Doing his work primarily in 1950 and before, Guy Alford was the first case of any organized Alford genealogy
research and any effort to document same in decades - if not the first.
Although our lives overlapped about 25 years I never knew Guy Alford personally and did not meet him during
his lifetime. Were it not for something of an accident, surely a coincidence, I might not ever have heard of
him. Having worked with his material for several years I have great admiration and respect for Guy Alford and
his work. Our world of Alford family history and genealogy would certainly have been a better experience had
Guy Alford lived to finish his work.
It all began in mid 1985 before we formed the Association. We knew that Georgia had been a hotbed for Alfords
since the early 1790s and we wanted to get some knowledge of them for the Alford association we were planning.
Homemade special post cards were sent to every Georgia Alford whose address we were
able to find. Imagine our surprise when one was returned with this note:
Sept 16 1985
Dear Alford Friends,
I am Evelyn B. Alford wife of Winston Holliman Alford who died Nov 28 1975. Winston was the only
child of Guy and Olive H. Alford who have been gone for over 30 years. Mr. Guy Alford had worked for
years collecting information on the Alford family. The day he died it was complete & he had typed pages
laying around ready to put in book form. Now those pages & all the information he had collected are up
on shelves in my garage in two big boxes. I have given them to our son, Robert Winston Alford who lives
in Houston but he has not taken them home yet. I would be happy for you to copy any of this but it would
be terribly expensive. We had 4 children. Brenda Faye Alford Hardy, Wichita Falls, TX, Sandra
Louise Alford Maddox who died in 1969 leaving one daughter Sandra Lynn Maddox. Rebecca Lynn Alford Ingram who
lives in Tucker, GA. Robert Winston Alford, Houston, Texas.
I have been a widow for 10 years & am 58 years old living here in the same place.
It is interesting to receive your letter today & if I can be of any help please let me know. My phone
number is 404-292-0401.
Evelyn B. Alford
Needless to say we responded immediately and we continued to correspond for about six years. During this time
AAFA had been formed and Delores Thrash, AAFA #0069 who was acting as our Georgia State Representative picked
up the collection August 1989. They were later picked up from her by Milton and Roberta Alford Folds who had
hosted the first AAFA meeting in 1988 in Atlanta. After an extensive review the boxes were sent on to what was
acting as the AAFA data repository. Evelyn in the meantime had remarried and moved. Here is the last letter we
received from her. She died Nov 15 2005.
Dear Mr. Alford,
Words can never express my feelings of relief knowing that Mr. Guy Alfords papers are in your hands. I
would love to just meet you some time because you are so much like him in your letters. Keep the material
as long as you like. Some day my son Robert may show some interest & my daughter Brenda Alford Hardy who
lives in Wichita Falls, Texas may.
Did the book of Alford history ever get published? I would like to buy 3 for my children.
Income tax time is on us & I have been so busy. Forgive me for not writing sooner.
Evelyn Alford Smyly
Folks can thank not only Mr. Guy Alford for the information on these pages, but also for his daughter-in-law
Evelyn for were it not for her we would never have had this collection.