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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 published the obituary in AAFA ACTION, the issue is noted.


The Alford American Family Association (AAFA) has often added notes for each obituary, including Social Security Death Index (SSDI) data, relationship of the deceased to other Alfords, and lineages. Extensive research notes are not always included in the interest of making the obituaries available online. We will add to AAFA NOTES as time permits.


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


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Date posted: 31 JULY 2012







Laconia, Belknap Co., NH—Saturday, 12 May 2001


BELMONT [Belknap Co.]—Betsey (Alfred) Crandall, 62, of Belmont died at home on Thursday, May 10, 2001 after a 13-year battle with cancer.

            Born in Burlington, Vt., she attended area schools and graduated from Burlington High School. In 1961, she was awarded a BA in art from the Rhode Island School of Design.

            In 1967, she married James Crandall, who was on active duty with the U.S. Air Force. She accompanied him to Okinawa, where she painted and exhibited watercolors which were enthusiastically received.

            The Crandalls moved to Laconia in 1974 and opened The Herb Shed, a plant and garden business.

            In 1983, they started a Morgan horse farm in Belmont. Over the next 10 years, with the help of their daughter Amy, they boarded and trained horses and participated in Morgan shows throughout New England.

            More recently as her health began to fail, Mrs. Crandall spent the winter months in Bradenton, Fla.

            Survivors include her husband, James Crandall; daughter, Amy; a sister, Allene Sayre of Minneapolis, Minn.; and a brother, Samuel Alfred of Tucson, Ariz.

            The family has decided to celebrate her life privately, and calling hours will not be held.

            The Cremation Society of New Hampshire is in charge of arrangements. To view an online memorial, send a condolence, get directions or for more information, go to


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Betsey A. Crandall (SS# issued in CA) was born 13 Feb 1939, last residence Winnisquam, Belknap Co., NH.

            Vermont Birth Records, 1909–2008 ( list Betsey Ann Alfred, born 13 Feb 1939 in Burlington, Chittenden Co., parents Allen C. Alfred, age 38 creamery owner, and Mary H. Feilder, age 26.






Photos from Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

Two Portraits of Emily Alford, ca. 1937–1940, from Barbara Deming Papers

Used with permission



New York City, NY—Sunday, 4 July 1999


            Alford, Emily Sweetser, age 83, on June 19, 1999 at Hanover [Grafton Co.], NH. Wife for 57 years of Newell G. Alford Jr. Mother of Elizabeth F. A graduate of Winsor School and Bennington College. Gifted teacher for 40 years at Dalton, Chapin, City and Country and Elizabeth Seeger, where she was Founder and Trustee. Memorial in NYC in the Fall. Donations to High Horses Therapeutic Riding Group, Box 404, Fairlee, VT 05045.


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Emily S. Alford (SS# issued in NY) was born 16 March 1916.

            Emily’s husband, Newell Gilder Alford Jr., was born 22 Nov 1919 in Hopkins Co., KY [KY Birth Index, 1911–1999 (—listed as Newell G. Alford, mother’s name Caroline Atkinson].

            A brief biography of his father, Newell Gilder Alford Sr., was published in WHO’S WHO IN MARYLAND, VOL. 1, 1939. We included it in AAFA ACTION, Fall 1994, p. 12. The article, with a few spelling corrections and added headings:


ALFORD, Newell Gilder, cons. mining engr.; b. Phila., Pa., Dec. 11, 1887; s. Ruben Gilder and Mary Ellen (DuBree) A.;


EDUCATION: grad. Friends Central Preparatory Sch., 1906; A.B., Swarthmore Coll., 1909; B.S., U. of Pittsburgh, 1933, E.M., 1934;


FAMILY: m. Caroline Farren Atkinson, June 27, 1912; children—Newell Gilder, Frances Lydia.


EMPLOYMENT: With engring. corps U.S. Coal & Coke Co., Gary, W. Va., summers, 1907-08; by-product oven work, Ill. Steel Co., Joliet, 1909; with St. Bernard Mining Co., Earlington, Ky., 1910-20, mine supt. and asst. chief engr., 1913-19, chief engr., Apr. 1920, asst. to pres. and chief engr., to Oct. 1920; mem. firm and v.p. Howard N. Eavenson & Associates, _____ mining engrs., Pittsburgh, 1920, firm name changed, Oct. 1, 1935, to Eavenson and Alford, Apr. 1, 1937, to Eavenson, Alford & Auchmuty; sec., treas., gen. mgr. and dir. Clover Splint Coal Co., Inc.; treasurer and director Air Cleaning and Sixing Co.


MILITARY: Enlisted in U.S.A., Sept. 1917, discharged as sergt. 309th Engrs., Apr. 1919. [However, in June 1917 he claimed exemption from military service based no membership in the Society of Friends.]


MEMBERSHIPS: Mem. AM. Inst. mining and Metall. Engrs., Engrs. Soc. Western PA., Mining Soc. of Nova Seotia, Coal Mining Inst., of America (v.p.). Canadian Mining Inst., W. Va. Mining Inst., Ky. Mining Inst., Ill. Mining Inst., Am. Mining Congress (chmn. com. mech. mining), Kentucky Historical, Assn., Soc. War of 1812. Am. Legion, Delta Upsilon. Book and Key (Swathmore). Mem. Soc. of Friends. Mason.


Author of numerous pamphlets, brochures, articles, etc., about mining. Home: 314 S. Homewood Av. Office: Koppers Bldg., Pittsburgh, Pa.



            This was a Quaker family. The biography mentions that Newell was a member of the Society of Friends, Newell Sr. claims exemption from WWI military service based on being a Quaker, and his father Reuben is mentioned in the following:


William Wade Hinshaw, Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy. Vol. II: (New Jersey and Pennsylvania Monthly Meetings), (reprint ed., Genealogical Publishing Co., 1994; originally pub. Ann Arbor, MI, 1938):


Page 830, chapter title: “Philadelphia Monthly Meeting (Hicksite)” [The Hicksites were a branch of the Quakers, originating in 1827, named for their leader Elias Hicks]:



1896, 6, 17. Reuben G. & w, Mary E., & minor s, Newell G. recrq [received by request]


            On his 1917 WWI Draft Registration Card (, Newell is age 29, a married mining engineer at the St. Bernard Mining Company, living in Earlington, Hopkins Co., KY. He confirms his full name, birth date, and birth place. He claims exemption as a member of the Religious Society of Friends. He is medium height with gray eyes and black hair.

            The name Gilder came from Unity Gilder, wife of William Alford.




1930: Family has not been located but should be in or near Pittsburgh, PA.



Haddonfield (E.D. 121), Camden Co., NJ

Dwelling #246


Rueben G.       Alford          head           70   PA PA MD       hardware salesman

Mary E.           Alford          wife           65   PA PA PA

+ unrelated servant             


Earlington (E.D. 94), Hopkins Co., KY

Dwelling #438


Newell G.        Alford          head           32   PA PA PA

Caroline           Alford          wife           30   KY KY KY

Newell G. Jr.   Alford          son          3/12   KY PA KY



Philadelphia Ward 15 (E.D. 234), Philadelphia Co., PA

Dwelling #246


Rueben G.       Alford          head           58   PA PA PA        hardware

                                                                                                 married 33 years

Mary E.           Alford          wife           54   PA PA PA        1 child, 1 living

Newell G.        Alford          son             22   PA PA PA        “editor asst”

Nathan E.        Du Bree        father-        84   PA PA PA        widowed

                                             in-law                                         own income


Philadelphia Ward 15 (E.D. 284), Philadelphia Co., PA

Dwelling #194


Reuben G.       Alford          head           51   b. May 1849     PA MD PA       hardware merchant

                                                                                                                          married 23 years

Mary E.           Alford          wife           48   b. May 1852     PA PA PA        1 child, 1 living

Newell G.        Alford          son             12   b. Dec 1887      PA PA PA

Nathan            DuPree         father-        70   b. July 1829      PA PA PA        widowed


+ unrelated servant



Philadelphia (E.D. 273), Philadelphia Co., PA

Dwelling #120


Reubin G.        Alford             head         31         PA PA PA      retail hardware

Mary E.           Alford             wife          27         PA PA PA


Philadelphia (E.D. 273), Philadelphia Co., PA

Dwelling #120


Eunity             Alford             widow      60         PA DE DE

Geo W.            Alford             son            39         WI MD PA     weigher, U.S. Customs House

Carrie T.          Alford             daughter-  32         NJ NJ NJ


Augustus         Alford             son            35         PA MD PA     clerk

Anna M.          Alford             daughter   25         PA MD PA     book pager

C. Jennie         Alford             daughter   21         PA MD PA     school teacher


1870 (first enumeration):

Philadelphia Ward 15 District 45 (E.D. 217), Philadelphia Co., PA

Dwelling #1541


Unity               Alford         41      PA     keeping house

Reuben            Alford         21      PA     hardware clerk

Annie              Alford         18      PA

Charles            Alford         16      PA     brush store clerk

Jenny               Alford         13      PA


1870 (second enumeration):


A second enumeration was conducted in Philadelphia, apparently due to errors and miscounting in the first. The enumerator did not include birth places or occupations.


Philadelphia Ward 15 District 45 (E.D. 255), Philadelphia Co., PA

Dwelling #1909


Emily               Alford         50

Reuben            Alford         20

Anna               Alford         20

Charles            Alford         15

Clara V.           Alford         15



Philadelphia Ward 2, Philadelphia Co., PA

Dwelling #577


William            Alfred         45      MD    dry goods merchant

Eunity             Alfred         41      PA

George W.       Alfred         19      WI

Augustus         Alfred         15      PA

Reuben            Alfred         10      PA

Anna M.          Alfred           8      PA

Charles            Alfred           6      PA

Clara                Alfred           3      PA

+ an unrelated servant



Southwark Ward 2, Philadelphia Co., PA

Dwelling #621


William            Alfred         37      DE     clerk

Unity               Alfred         32      PA

George W.       Alfred           9      WI

Augustus         Alfred           6      PA

Harry C.          Alfred           4      PA

Rhuban            Alfred           1      PA

+ an unrelated servant


            The lineage of Emily’s husband: Newell Gilder 1919 KY1, Newell Gilder 1887 PA2, Reuben Gilder 1849 PA3, William 1815 MD/DE 4.