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Lillian Lois Reed Alford



AAFA #0305





Baton Rouge, LA—Monday, 8 October 2007


            Lillian Lois Reed Alford, 89, and a native of Grapevine [Tarrant Co.], Texas, passed away peacefully at her home in Covington on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2007. Mrs. Alford, a former longtime resident of Baker and Baton Rouge, was best known for her role as “The Boss” of Alford Safe and Lock Co.

            Preceded in death by her husband, William Edgar Alford; grandson, Brodie Joe Alford; and great-grandson, Benjamin Reagan Hisaw.

            Survivors include her sisters, Mary Carr and Georgia Pool, both of Arlington, Texas; children, Reed Alford, Dianna Alford and Gary Alford; grandchildren, John Alford, Brian Hisaw, Courtenay Hisaw and Jacqueline Alford; great-granddaughter, Taylor Sweeney; and her canine friend cocker spaniel, Lecie Lady Alford.

            She will forever be remembered for her tireless work ethic, her love of reading and bits of wisdom such as “this too shall pass,” “we are where we are” and “you’ll live ’til you die.”

            Visitation at Greenoaks Funeral Home, 9595 Florida Blvd., on Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 11 a.m. until graveside service at Greenoaks Memorial Park at 2 p.m.


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Lillian R. Alford (SS# issued in TX) was b. 6 July 1918, last residence Covington, Saint Tammany Parish, LA.

            Lois was the active AAFA member—her husband, William Edgar Alford, died 15 October 1979 [SS# issued in TX, last residence Baker, East Baton Rouge, LA], before AAFA was founded.

            Lois is listed on the 1930 census with her parents and sisters in Precinct 3 (E.D. 116), Tarrant Co., TX, dwelling #233: Fred S. Reed, farm laborer age 46, age 33 at first marriage; his wife Myrtle 33, age 20 at first marriage; and daughters Lois 11, Mary E. 7, and Georgia 5. All were b. in TX.

            AAFA Bible Records show that William Edgar Alford and Lillian Lois Reed were married 9 May 1942, probably in Tarrant Co., TX, since their son Edgar Reed Alford was born there on 5 March 1944 [USGenWeb, Tarrant Co., TX].

            On his WWI Draft Registration Card [], William’s father Joseph Price Alford is age 38, an ice delivery many living in Dallas, TX. He says he was b. 25 May 1880 [confirming the Bible record], names his father D.W. Alford at the same


1930 Census

Dallas (E.D. 16), Dallas Co., TX, family #326:


Walter S. Alford         head   43      TN TN TN      age 31 at first marriage

Maude                         wife    38      SC SC SC       age 26 at first marriage

Clara                            dau     11      TX TN TN

Deverick W.                father  79      TN TN TN      age 21 at first marriage, widowed

1920 Census

Dallas Precinct 27 (E.D. 55), Dallas Co., TX, dwelling #77, family #164:


Devrix W. Alford       head   68      TN KY TN      widowed


1910 Census

Justice Precinct 5 (E.D. 174), Montague Co., TX, dwelling #66:


D.W. Alford               head   60      TN KY TN      first marriage, 39 years, own income

Sarah E.                       wife    57      TN TN TN      7 children, 4 living

Walter S.                     son      23      TN TN TN


1900 Census

Cleveland (E.D. 12), Bradley Co., TN, dwelling #103:


Devrix W. Alford    head   51   b. July 1848     TN KY TN      m. 29 years, retired farmer

                                                   [Bible record says 14 July 1851]

Sallie E.                    wife    48   b. May 1852    TN TN TN      7 children, 6 living

                                                   [Bible record says 24 May 1854]

Mary                         dau     22   b. Apr 1878     TN TN TN

Joseph P.                  son      19   b. May 1881    TN TN TN

                                                   [Bible record says 25 May 1880—

                                                   birth years of all sons are off by 1 year]

James A.                   son      16   b. Aug 1883    TN TN TN

                                                   [Bible record says 5 Aug 1882]

Charles H.                son      14   b. Sept 1885    TN TN TN

                                                   [Bible record says 18 Sept 1884]

Walter S.                  son      12   b. Dec 1887     TN TN TN

                                                   [Bible record says 18 Dec 1886]

1880 Census (17 June 1880)

District 3 (E.D. 7), Bradley Co., TN:


Dwelling #103:

D.W. Alford               head         28      TN TN TN      farmer

Sarah E.                       wife          26      TN TN TN     

Juliann                         dau             6      TN TN TN

Laura M.                     dau             4      TN TN TN

Joseph A.                    son  6/30 [?]      TN TN TN      b. May [age is clearly written]


Dwelling #231:

L.A. Alford                 head         32      TN TN TN      farmer, widowed

+ 2 children

William                        father        64      TN                   widowed


1870 Census

Georgia Militia District 1039 (P.O. Spring Place), Murray Co., GA, dwelling #69:

   [Murray Co., GA, is just across the GA/TN state border, southeast of Bradley Co., TN]


William Alford        62      TN          farm laborer  [age is written clearly but is incorrect]    

Susan                       54      TN

Lile A. (male)          21      TN          farm laborer

Devrix (male)          18      TN          at school

Martha Lackey        26      NC         dom. servant


1860 Census

Georgia Militia District 874 (P.O. Cohutta Springs), Murray Co., GA:


Dwelling #936:

John Rambo            20      TN          farmer

Eliza J.                     18      GA

Francis Harris          12      GA


Dwelling #937:

William Alford        45      TN          farmer

Susan                       42      TN

Lila (male)               12      TN

Devrix G.                  8      TN


1850 Census

District 6, Blount Co., TN:


Dwelling #556:

Wm. Alford               34      TN       farmer

Susan Alford              35      TN

John Rambo                 9      TN      

Eliza Alford (female)   2      TN


NOTES: John Nelson Rambo (J.N. Rambeau in Bible records, b. 8 July 1840) was the son of Andrew Lawson Rambo and Susan Wright (married 8 Oct 1838 in Blount Co., TN). He was born after his father’s death. [Dennis Watkins, submitter, “Watkins-Jennings family” in Family Trees at WorldConnect, RootsWeb, 11 July 2009]


Dwelling #557:

Robt Alford            24      TN          farmer

Nancy Alford          21      TN

     [brother and sister: see Notes in Bible records]


Dwelling #558:

Isaac Wright            40      TN          farmer

Susan Wright          38      TN

+8 Wright children


District 9, Blount Co., TN:


Dwelling #1065:

Nelson Wright         60      GA [?]    farmer

Jane Wright             57      TN


Dwelling #1066:

Mary Alford            39      TN

Jane Alford             13      TN

John Alford             10      TN

Chas N. Alford         8      TN

Devrix G. Wright    31      TN


Dwelling #1067:

Wm H Wright         35      TN         

Ann Wright             28      TN

Nancy J. Wright        3      TN

Jas Wright                 1      TN


NOTES: Isaac Wright (dwelling # 558) had 2 brothers, Devreaux Gilliam Wright [dwelling #1066], b. 1 Dec 1819 in TN, and William H. Wright (dwelling #1067); their parents were Nelson and Jane Wright (dwelling #1065), living next door to Mary Alford and their sons Devrix and William. [Dan Wright, submitter, “Dan Wright Family” in Family Trees at WorldConnect, RootsWeb, 4 Apr 2004]

            Dan Wright does not list another brother, who would appear to be the deceased husband of Mary Alford (dwelling #1066). Neither does he list a daughter named Susan, who married William Alford. However, Susan and another brother probably belong to this family.


            Lillian Lois Reed Alford’s husband’s lineage: William Edgar 1919 TX1, Joseph Price 1880 TN2, Devrix Gilliam Wright 1852 TN3, William 1816 TN4.