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7/27/2015 Got all Alford obits (1) from Genealogy Bank, all years

7/27/2015 Got all Alvord obits (3) from Genealogy Bank, all years

7/27/2015 Got all Halford, Allford obits (0) from Genealogy Bank, all years


7/27/2015 Checked Alford obits (13) from Historical Newspapers at Genealogy Bank

7/27/2015 Checked, Halford, Allford, Hallford obits (0) from Historical Newspapers at Genealogy Bank

7/27/2015 Checked Alvord obits (0) from Historical Newspapers at Genealogy Bank







Obituaries are listed alphabetically by FIRST name. Included are people whose last name, maiden name, or married name is Alford or a spelling variation: Alfred, Alvord, Allford, Halford, Hallford, Holford, etc.


The name of the newspaper (or other source) and place and date of publication follow the name of the deceased. If we included the obituary in AAFA ACTION, the issue is noted.


The Alford American Family Association (AAFA) has often added AAFA NOTES for each obituary, including Social Security Death Index (SSDI) data, relationship of the deceased to other Alfords, and lineages.


Where lineages are included (Alford unless otherwise stated), the format is: Name, year of birth, state or country of birth.


We welcome corrections and additional information. If you have an obituary from this state that is not included here, please share it with us!


Date posted: 15 SEPTEMBER 2015




The families of some of the subjects of these Maine obituaries are represented in AAFA Alford Genealogies published on this website, where we are referring readers for more information.


*AAFA’s Online Published Genealogies:


1. Known Descendants of Alexander Alvord and Mary Vore (DNA Group 4) and Thomas Alford b. about 1598 England (DNA Group Four)


See also Open Library’s A Genealogy of the Descendants of Alexander Alvord






Portsmouth, Rockingham Co., NH—Monday, 27 August 1973


            Andrew Aiken Alvord, 19, of Pepperrell Rd., Kittery Point [York Co., ME], died Aug. 25. Memorial services at the First Congregational Church, Kittery Point, Wed., 2 p.m….

            Memorial gifts may be sent to the Christina Children's Fund, Richmond, Va.


In another article:



Portsmouth, Rockingham Co., NH—Thursday, 30 August 1973


K1TTERY POINT—Memorial services for Andrew Aiken Alvord, 19, of Pepperrell Road, were held yesterday at the First Congregational Church here. The services were conducted by the Revs. John Rawson, William Baran, Wayne Price and Richard Lonsdale.

            Ushers were from the Class of 1972 at Traip Academy.

            Mrs. Gail Adams was organist.

            Among those attending were N.H. State Sen. Eileen D. Foley; Portsmouth School Supt. James Cusick; Portsmouth School Board Chairman John W. Durgin Jr.; Carl Wood of the Kittery School Dept.; Mrs. Anna Hett[illeg], Miss Mary E. Connors of the Mark H. Wentworth Home; the Rev. John Feaster, D.D., pastor, and deacon Rodney Brock of the North Congregational Church, Portsmouth; and members of the Lay Preacher's Fellowship, United Church of Christ.

Photo from First Congregational Church Cemetery, Kittery Point, York Co., ME—

Permission granted by the photographer, Nareen Lake


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records do not list his death.






Boothbay Harbor, Lincoln Co., ME—Thursday, 13 April 2006


            Geraldine M. Brown, 84, of Westport Island, died peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, April 8, at her residence.

            Born in Arkansas City, Kan. on June 12, 1921, she was a daughter of Freddie Ray and Jennette (Pinion) Alford. She graduated from Arkansas City High School and Junior College and attended the Oklahoma A & M College studying accounting and interior decorating for two years.

            Mrs. Brown was a private pilot and was later trained as a ferry pilot by the U.S. Air Force during World War II where she met her husband David M. Brown and married on January 2, 1935. In 1963 she was employed by Hallmark cards, retired as supervisor of data processing in 1984, and then moved to Westport Island.

            She enjoyed spending time with her family, grandchildren, playing bridge, tennis and swimming.

            Mrs. Brown was predeceased by her husband David M. Brown on January 7, 2004.

            Survivors include her son, Jon Brown and his wife Ellen of Ballston Spa, N.Y.; two grandchildren, Amy Nelson and her husband Ron of Boston Lake, N.Y. and David A. Brown and his wife Liz of Scotia, N.Y.; and two great-grandchildren.

            Burial will be held at Saratoga National Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are by Mayo & Daigle Funeral Home, 40 Federal Street in Wiscasset....


Her husband’s obituary:





Boothbay Harbor, Lincoln Co., ME—15 January 2004


            David Monroe Brown III, 85, of Westport Island, died January 7 at Maine Medical Center in Portland.

            Born on December 20, 1918 in Schuylerville, N.Y., he was the son of David Jr. and Inez (LaRose) Brown.

            Mr. Brown entered the United States Army in 1942, where he attained the rank of First Lieutenant. While in the Army he served as a pilot during World War II, and became a flight instructor before leaving the Army in 1945.

            Upon returning from the war, where he was stationed in Africa and Italy, he started a 42-year career with Hallmark Cards where he worked as a store planner.

            He was a very talented artist who recently designed cards for the Coastal Dialysis Center which were sold as Christmas cards. He had a great sense of humor and made everyone laugh. Mr. Brown enjoyed people, and was a charming man who was full of life.

            Survivors include his wife, Geraldine, whom he shared a fairytale marriage with for 62 years; one son, Jon Brown and his wife Jo of Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; two grandchildren, Amy Nelson and her husband Ron of Scotia, N.Y. and David Brown, also of Scotia; and two great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Megan Nelson of Scotia, N.Y.

            A private family service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of the Strong Funeral Home and Memorial Center, 612 Maine Street, Damariscotta.

Photo from Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville, Saratoga Co., NY—

Waiting for permission from Dawn B - – emailed 4/30/2015 – LM on bio page 7/27/2015 – no response

Taken by photographer Dawn B


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Geraldine M. Brown (SS# issued in KS), last residence Wiscasset, Lincoln Co., ME.





Arkansas City (District 1), Cowley Co., KS

Dwelling #62


Fred R. Alford                  head            37   KS US US         grocery cashier

                                                                                                age 25 at first marriage

Jenette                               wife             37   AR SC KY        age 25 at first marriage

Eugene                              son               11   KS KS AR

Geraldine                         daughter        8   KS KS AR



Arkansas City Ward 1 (District 43), Cowley Co., KS

Dwelling #60


Ray Alford                        head            27   KS KS KS         grocery bookkeeper

Jennette                             wife             27   AR GA KY

Eugene                              son        1-2/12   KS KS AR



Dale (District 58), Kay Co., OK

Dwelling #100


William Alford          head           50         VA VA VA      farmer

                                                                                            second marriage, 5 years

Lena                           wife           35         IL IN OH         2 children, 2 living

Freddie R.                 son             17         KS VA NY

Issabell                       daughter      3         OK VA IL

Ruth Vancleave         step-dau       9         OK WV IL



Dale (District 91), Kay Co., OK

Dwelling #120


William W. Alford    head      40     b. Aug 1859       VA VA VA    farmer

                                                                                                            m. 16 years

Nellie                         wife       36     b. Mar 1864        NY NY NY    2 children, 2 living

Earl D.                       son         11     b. May 1889       KS VA NY

Fred. R.                     son           7     b. Aug 1892       KS VA NY


            On Freddie Ray Alford’s 1917 WWI Draft Registration Card, he is age 24, a married bookkeeper living in Arkansas City, Cowley Co., KS. He was born 11 August 1892 in Arkansas City.

            SSDI records show that Freddie Alford (SS# issued in KS) was born 11 Aug 1892 and died _____ Sept 1982, last residence Longmeadow, Hampden Co., MA.

            Freddie R. Alford is listed in the Massachusetts Death Index, 1970–2003 (, death 23 Sept 1982, born in OK, last residence Longmeadow.

            SSDI records show that Jennette Alford (SS# issued in KS) was born 12 Aug 1892 and died _____ July 1974, last residence Shawnee Mission, Johnson Co., KS.

            For more information on this family, see AAFA’s published genealogy Descendants of John & Mary Alford of Frederick County Virginia.

            Geraldine’s lineage: Geraldine M. 1921 KS1, Freddie Ray 1892 KS2, William Walter 1859 VA3, Joseph McClure 1834 VA4, John 1795 VA5, John 1768 VA6, Thomas 1736 VA7, John 1696 ?? 8.





[He died in Maine, but we are also including his obituary in Pennsylvania Obituaries because he lived there.]



New York City, NY—Wednesday, 10 July 1968




BRIDGTON, Me., July 9—John H. Halford, retired vice president and director of Lees Carpets of Bridgeport, Pa., died yesterday at northern Cumberland Memorial Hospital here. He was 82 years old and lived in Norristown, Pa.

            Mr. Halford graduated in 1907 from Bowdoin College, which awarded him an honorary Master of Arts Degree in 1927. He was a member of the Board of Overseers of Bowdoin from 1948 to 1953 and a trustee from 1953 to 1967.

            A 1903 graduate of Hebron Academy, he served as a trustee and benefactor of that institution also. In 1967, a new dormitory at Hebron was named Halford Hall.

            Mr. Halford joined the Lees company as general plant manager in 1913, became a vice president shortly thereafter, and was made a director in 1946 and retired in 1951.

            Surviving are the widow, the former Hannah M. Kellett; a son, John Jr. of Norwell, Mass.; a daughter, Mrs. Charles E. Parker Jr. of Leonia, N.J., and five grandchildren.


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that John Halford (SS# issued in PA) was born 29 Sep 1885 and died _____ July 1968, last residence Norristown, Montgomery Co., PA.

            From family trees at John Henry Halford was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England. He arrived in Boston in 1895 with his mother Sarah and sister Minnie, joining his father Robert who was already here.

            In 1900 John H. Halford, age 14, is living with his parents, Robert 37 and Sarah 37, and sister Minnie 12, in Sanford, York Co., ME. They all were born in England and reported that they arrived in the U.S. in 1887 (Robert) and 1889.





From a family photo taken 8 August 1912, Kittery Point, ME

Photo from David Small’s Scarlett Xara Small family tree ( - used with permission



Portsmouth, Rockingham Co., NH—Wednesday, 8 June 1977


KITTERY POINT—Mrs. Margaret Graham Alvord, 84 widow of Prof. Henry Bissell Alvord of Northeastern University. Pepperrell Road, died today after a long illness.

            She was the daughter of the Rev. John and Mary Jean (Fouldes) Graham.

            Mrs. Alvord was retired as house mother of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology women's dormitory in 1957 and made her home in Kittery Point.

            She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Kittery Point and of the Harbourside Garden Club.

            Survivors include two sisters Mrs. Agnes Cults of Kittery Point and Mrs. Lucy Murphy of Eliot; two daughters, Mrs. Margaret Tharp of Cardiff, Calif. and Mrs. Jean Ruth Cramer of Overland Park, Kan.; one son, Graham G. Alvord of Kittery Point; 11 grandchildren; 18 great- grandchildren.

Photo from First Congregational Church Cemetery, Kittery Point, York Co., ME—

Permission granted by the photographer, Nareen Lake


AAFA NOTES: We included the obituaries of her husband, Henry Bissell Alvord; and her son John Robert Alvord in Massachusetts Obituaries.






Portland, Cumberland Co., ME—Friday, 9 May 1879




In Saco [York Co.], May 3, Miss Maria Alvord, aged 26 years—daughter of Edwin Alvord.


AAFA NOTES: Maria was the daughter of Edwin Alvord and Maria Pratt.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #1.

            Her ALVORD lineage: Maria Pratt 1853 MA1, Edwin 1815 MA2, Justin 1763 MA3, Job 1729 MA4, John 1685 MA5, Thomas 1653 CT6, Alexander 1627 England7, Thomas [ALFORD] 1598 England8.





[Although Patricia died in MA, she lived in ME.]



Hartford, Hartford Co., CT—Sunday, 10 February 2002


            Patricia Alvord French, 83, died Monday, (February 4, 2002) at a Freeport, MA, nursing facility.

            She was born July 25, 1918, in Winsted [Litchfield Co., CT], daughter of D. Fletcher and Ellen Cook Alvord. A 1936 graduate of Gilbert High School in Winsted, she received a BA degree, Phi Beta Kappa, from the Connecticut College for Women of New London in 1940. Later she was employed as secretary to the director of the advertising department for the Traveler’s Insurance Co. of Hartford.

            She and William C. French, Jr. were married in 1943 and lived in Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, Springfield, MA, Hamden and in Glastonbury [Hartford Co., CT] for 35 years. In Glastonbury, she was a member of the First Church of Christ, Congregational, the Board of Deacons and the choir for 25 years. She served in various capacities for the Glastonbury Girl Scouts; the Woman’s Club of Glastonbury and the P.T.A.

            A summer resident of Southport [Cumberland Co.], ME, since 1960, she was secretary of the Southport Yacht Club for eight years, later she and her husband moved to Yarmouth in 1985.

            Surviving in addition to her husband are a son and his wife, Stephen A. and Diane French of Alexandria, VA; two daughters and their husbands, Elizabeth and Dr. Gregory VanGundy of Swarthmore, PA, Jeanne and Dr. Donald Smith of Livingston, MT; five grandchildren, Lisa and David French, Katherine and Tyler VanGundy, Matthew Smith.

            Memorial services will be held 11:30 a.m., Saturday, March 23, at the First Parish Congregational Church of Yarmouth. Gifts in her memory, in lieu of flowers may be made to Boothbay Region YMCA, P.O. Box 500, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1847, the First Parish Congregational Church of Yarmouth, 116 Main Street, Yarmouth, ME 04096 or the First Church of Christ, Congregational, Glastonbury. Arrangements by the Lindquist Funeral Home of Yarmouth [Cumberland Co., ME].


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Patricia A. French (SS# issued in MA), last residence Yarmouth, Cumberland Co., ME.

            On Danforth Fletcher Alvord’s 1918 WWI Draft Registration Card, he is age 34, living in Winsted, Litchfield Co., CT. He lists his occupation as manufacturing, Empire Knife Co. His birth date is June 3, 1884, and his wife is Ellen Cook Alvord.





Winchester (District 54), Litchfield Co., CT

Dwelling #27


D. Fletcher Alvord            head      45   CT CT PA       insurance agent

                                                                                       age 27 at first marriage

Ellen E.                             wife       47   NJ MA NJ       age 29 at first marriage

Patricia E.                          dau        11   CT CT NJ



Winchester (District 289), Litchfield Co., CT

Dwelling #326


Charles L. Alvord             head      56   CT CT VT       knives manufacturer

                                                                                       first marriage, 26 years

Evelyn F.                           wife       49   PA VT PA      2 children, 2 living

Fletcher                             son         25   CT CT PA       office assistant

—and a servant


            Danforth Fletcher Alvord, Winsted, CT, is listed in the sophomore class of Yale University, 1905–1906 [Catalogue of Yale University, 1905—online at Google Books].

            Charles Landon Alvord, Yale University, 1877, is listed in The Litchfield County University Club, Winsted Chapter, along with Arba Kellogg Alford, Ph.B., 1898, and Seymour Landon Alvord, Ph.B., 1878 [The Litchfield County University Club: A Brief Historical Sketch with List of Members, 1896-1903, by Howard Williston Carter (De Vinne Press, 1903)].

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #1.

            Patricia’s ALVORD lineage: Patricia 1918 CT1, Danforth Fletcher 1884 CT2, Charles Landon 1854 CT3, James Richard 1823 CT4, James Hall 1781 CT5, Ruel 1750 CT6, Seth 1714 MA7, Thomas 1683 MA8, Thomas 1653 CT9, Alexander 1627 England10, Thomas [ALFORD] 1598 England11.