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Vermont Obituaries

 

VERMONT OBITUARIES OF ALFORDS

AND SPELLING VARIATIONS

 

 

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) often adds notes to each obituary, including Social Security Death Index (SSDI) data, relationship of the deceased to other Alfords, and lineages. We 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.

 

Obituaries of AAFA members and sometimes their spouses are also included on AAFA Member Memorials and may include more information.

 

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: 22 JULY 2017

 

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The families of many of the subjects of these Vermont 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

 

2. Known Descendants of Benedict Alford and Joan Newton (DNA Group 4) and Thomas Alford b. about 1598 England (DNA Group Four)

 

 

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Frequently cited sources include these databases at Ancestry:

 

VT Vital Records: Vermont, Vital Records, 1720-1908

 

SSDI: Social Security Death Index, 1935–2014

SSACI: Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007

 

 

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ABBIE ANNETTE ALVORD ALLEN

 

ST. ALBANS WEEKLY MESSENGER

St. Albans, Franklin Co., VT—Thursday, 20 November 1924

 

 

AAFA NOTES: See the obituary of her mother, Talitha Bigelow Alvord, in this compilation.

            Abbie was born 4 Apr 1833 in Brookfield, Orange Co., VT, daughter of William Mather Alvord and Talitha Bigelow. Her husband was David Smead Allen.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #1.

            Her ALVORD lineage: Abbie Annette 1833 VT1, William Mather 1791 VT2, John 1760 MA3, Nathan 1731 MA4, John 1685 MA5, Thomas 1653 CT6, Alexander 1627 England7, Thomas [ALFORD] 1598 England8.

 

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ADIAL ALFORD

 

BALTIMORE SUN

Baltimore, MD—14 December 1897

 

            Information was received yesterday by Mr. A.G. [Albert Gallatin] Alford of 815 North Fulton avenue, of the death on Sunday at Waterville [Lamoille Co.], Vt., of his brother, Mr. Adial Alford, who had been ill for the past eight months with Bright’s disease. He was a farmer. Another brother is Mr. Nelson E. Alford, of Baltimore.

 

AAFA NOTES: We included the obituary of his brother Byron S. Alford in New York Obituaries.

            For more information on this family, see AAFA’s Corrington Loyal Alford Collection, Section Seven.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #2.

            His lineage: Adial 1831 VT1, Ammi 1788 VT2, Benedict 1757 CT3, Benedict 1716 CT4, Benedict 1688 CT5, Jeremiah 1655 CT6, Benedict 1619 England7, Thomas 1598 England8.

 

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ANN MAY ALVORD

 

ARGUS AND PATRIOT

Montpelier, Washington Co., VT—Wednesday, 19 March 1884

 

DIED

 

            In Brookfield [Orange Co.], March 13, of consumption, Ann May Alvord, aged 26 years.

 

AAFA NOTES: Ann was the daughter of William Mather Alvord and Ann Edgerton Adams.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #1.

            Her ALVORD lineage: Ann May 1856 VT1, William Mather 1818 VT2, William Mather 1791 VT3, John 1760 MA4, Nathan 1731 MA5, John 1685 MA6, Thomas 1653 CT7, Alexander 1627 England8, Thomas [ALFORD] 1598 England9.

 

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AUDREY AILEEN SCRIBNER CRAWFORD KINGSBURY ALVORD

 

Photo from Syracuse Herald, 18 June 1939

Wedding to her first husband, Jasper T. Crawford Jr.

 

THE POST-STANDARD

Syracuse, Onondaga Co., NY—Wednesday, 16 June 1999

 

            Services for Audrey Alvord of Hamilton, who died Feb. 26, are 11 a.m. June 26 in Woodlawn Cemetery, Hamilton. No calling hours. Burgess Funeral Home, Hamilton, has arrangements.

 

http://image2.findagrave.com/photos/2016/61/99270853_1456949552.jpg

Photo from Woodlawn Cemetery, Hamilton, Madison Co., NY—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Andrew L.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Audr S. Alvord (SS# issued in NY) was born 26 Sept 1915 and died 26 Feb 1999, last residence Norwich, Windsor Co., VT.

            From Vermont, Death Records, 1909–2008 (Ancestry): Audrey S. Alvord, born 26 Sept 1915 in St. John’s, New Brunswick, Canada, daughter of Frederick Scribner and Ella Gaulton, died 26 Feb 1999 in Hartford, Windsor Co., VT.

            From SSACI: Audrey is listed as:

 

            Audrey Aileen Scribner         Nov 1936

            Audrey Scribner Crawford     Jul 1939

            Audrey Scribner Kingsbury   Nov 1957

            Audrey Scribner Alvord         Mar 1962

 

            From Vermont, Marriage Records, 1909–2008 (Ancestry): Audrey Kingsbury, age 46 born St. John’s, New Brunswick, Canada, daughter of Fred Scribner and Ella Gaulton, married Reed Alvord on 19 Oct 1961 in Brattleboro, Windham Co., VT.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #2.

            Her third husband’s ALVORD lineage: Frederick Reed 1909 NY1, Frederick Reed 1868 NY2, Charles Theodore 1835 NY3, Calvin 1786 CT4, Daniel 1743 CT5, Thomas 1710 MA6, Thomas 1683 MA7, Thomas 1653 CT8, Alexander 1627 England9, Thomas [ALFORD] 1598 England10.

 

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CALVIN THALES ALVORD

 

VERMONT PHOENIX

Brattleboro, Windham Co., VT—Friday, 28 December 1894

 

WILMINGTON—Calvin Thales Alvord was born Jan. 29, 1821, and died Dec. 25, 1894. He was the eldest of a family of six children born to Horace and Harriet Hamilton Alvord, all of whom are now dead.

            He was born in Wilmington on the Alvord homestead, which has been occupied in a direct line of the family for over 150 years. His entire life has been spent in town and his death removes another of the old residents—only a few remaining.

            He was married to Catherine E. Crosby March 22, 1848. Of this union were born five children, four of whom are now living. The mother died Feb. 17, 1874.

            In 1877 Mr. Alvord was married to Mrs. Harriet J. Gorham, who survives him.

            He had a shock about six years ago and he has gradually failed from that time, death coming at last as a result of the breaking down of the nervous system.

            Mr. Alvord all through his active life was a man remarkably well informed upon matters of general interest. He was an excellent farmer and took a great interest in the agricultural fairs, was one of the original corporators of the local savings bank, and at various times has held different town offices, discharging the duties thereof in a satisfactory manner.

            He was a member of the Congregational society and was clerk of the same for a number of years.

            The funeral occurs today at his late residence, Rev. W.A. Estabrook attending.

 

AAFA NOTES: See the obituaries of his first wife Catherine Elizabeth Crosby Alvord; his second wife, Harriet J. Hyde Gorham Alvord; and his daughter-in-law May Amber Hicks Alvord in this compilation. We included the obituary of his daughter Metta Sarah Alvord in Massachusetts Obituaries.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #1.

            His ALVORD lineage: Calvin Thales 1821 VT1, Horace 1795 MA2, Asher 1761 MA3, Gad 1726 MA4, John 1685 MA5, Thomas 1653 CT6, Alexander 1627 England7, Thomas [ALFORD] 1598 England8.

 

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CATHERINE ELIZABETH CROSBY ALVORD

 

ARGUS AND PATRIOT

Montpelier, Washington Co., VT—Thursday, 26 February 1874

 

DIED

 

            In Wilmington [Windham Co.], February 17, of measles, Catherine, wife of C.T. Alvord, aged 46 years.

 

AAFA NOTES: See the obituaries of her husband, Calvin Thales Alvord; and her daughter-in-law May Amber Hicks Alvord in this compilation. We included the obituary of her daughter Metta Sarah Alvord in Massachusetts Obituaries.

            From VT Vital Records: Catherine E. Crosby married Calvin T. Alvord in Wilmington on 22 March 1848.

 

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EDWARD PAYSON ALVORD

 

WEEKLY EAGLE

Brattleboro, Windham Co., VT—9 December 1852

 

DEATHS

 

            In Wilmington, Nov. 6th, of conjeston [sic] on the lungs, Edward Payson, youngest son of Hon. Horace Alvord, aged 18 years.

 

AAFA NOTES: See the obituary of his sister Martha Maria Alvord in this compilation.

            From Horace Alvord’s death record [FamilySearch.org]:

 

Name:                   Horace Alvord

Death Date:           17 Dec 1887

Death Place:         Wilmington, VT

Age:                      92

Birth Date:            1795

Birthplace:            Wilmington

Occupation:          Farmer

Marital Status:      Widowed

Father’s Name:     Asker Alvord

Mother’s Name:   Martha Ayers

 

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #1.

            His ALVORD lineage: Edward Payson 1834 VT1, Horace 1795 MA2, Asher 1761 MA3, Gad 1726 MA4, John 1685 MA5, Thomas 1653 CT6, Alexander 1627 England7, Thomas [ALFORD] 1598 England8.

 

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EUNICE FARRAND ALFORD

 

VERMONT CENTINEL

Burlington, Chittenden Co., VT—Friday, 11 March 1825

 

DIED

 

            In Colchester [Chittenden Co.], on Monday evening last [March 7], Mrs. Eunice Alford, aged 21, wife of James Alford.

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AAFA NOTES: From VT Vital Records: James Alford married Eunice Farand on 12 March 1823 in Essex Co., VT.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #2.

            Her husband’s lineage: James 1803 VT1, Alexander 1752 CT2, Benedict 1716 CT3, Benedict 1688 CT4, Jeremiah 1655 CT5, Benedict 1619 England6, Thomas 1598 England7.

 

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FRANCES LYDIA ALFORD BROKAW

 

PLAIN DEALER

Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., OH—Saturday, 4 May 1996

 

            Frances Alford “Channy” Brokaw had lived for nearly 30 years in Lakewood, where she was a PTA president and Girl Scout leader.

            She was also active in the League of Women Voters, and was president of the Ohio League of Women Voters in 1981-82.

            Mrs. Brokaw, 73, of Stafford, Vt., died of complications of cancer April 26 at her home.

            She was born in Pittsburgh and graduated from the Ellis School in Pittsburgh in 1940. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from Swarthmore College and then attended the Katherine Giggs School in New York City.

            She worked for John Wiley & Sons, a scientific publisher.

            She lived in Princeton, N.J., while her husband, Richard S., went to graduate school.

            After she and her husband built a home in Stafford in 1983, she volunteered for the Vermont Adult Basic Literacy Program and served on the board of Kendal-at-Hanover in Hanover, N.H., from 1988 to 1994.

            She became interested in heather and grew many varieties on a southern exposure in front of their home. She was a board member of the Northeast Heather Society.

            Mrs. Brokaw joined the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in 1985 and was a member of the Hanover Friends Meeting.

            Mrs. Brokaw is survived by her husband of 48 years; sons, James A. III of Ogden Dunes, Ind., and Richard S. Jr. of Charlotte, Vt.; daughters, Frances C. Brokaw of Norwich, Vt., and Susan E. Brokaw of Winchester, Mass.; a brother; and two grandchildren.

            A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. May 25 at the Town House of Stafford. Arrangements were handled by Day Funeral Home in Randolph, Vt.

            Contributions may be made to the Hanover Friends Meeting, 43 Lebanon St., Hanover, N.H. 03755.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Frances A. Brokaw (SS# issued in NJ) was born 20 Feb 1923, last residence Strafford, Orange Co., VT.

            We included the obituary of her father, Newell Gilder Alford Sr., in Pennsylvania Obituaries.

            From the 1944 Swarthmore College Halycon:

 

 

 

            Her death certificate (Vermont Death Records, 1909-2008, Ancestry) lists her father as Newell G. Alford and mother as Caroline Apkkinson [sic: Atkinson]:

 

 

            Her lineage: Frances Lydia 1923 PA1, Newell Gilder 1887 PA2, Reuben Gilder 1849 PA3, William 1815 MD/DE 4.

 

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GEORGE ALBERT ALFORD

 

[He died in VT, but we are also including his obituary in New York Obituaries because he lived in NY most of his life and had close ties there.]

 

LAKE PLACID NEWS

Lake Placid, Essex Co., NY—Friday, 5 February 1960

 

            G. Albert Alford, 71, formerly of Lake Placid, died Tuesday [February 2] at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John P. Lord at Brattleboro, Vt.

            A Masonic service was held last night at Clark’s Funeral Home and services will be held at 2 p.m. today (Friday) with burial in North Elba Cemetery. The Rev. Clair E. Carpenter will officiate.

            Mr. Alford was born in Lake Placid August 17, 1888, the son of Rufus and Elsie Merrill Alford. His wife was the late Flossina May Detweiter who he married at St. Albans, Vt., in 1921. He was a retired farmer and lived on Averyville Road. He was a member of Lake Placid Lodge F.&A.M., #834, the Adirondack Community Church, Lake Placid Grange and the Lake Placid Fish and Game Club. He had lived in the Lake Placid area all his life until four years ago when he went to Vermont. He was graduated from Lake Placid High School in 1908 and attended Cornell University. He was a North Elba assessor for 20 years.

            He is survived by his daughter and three grandchildren of Brattleboro, Vt.

            Bearers will be: Gordon Dunn, Walter Torrance, David Alford, B.M. Alford, Emerson Rand and Edgar Call.

 

In another article:

 

ADIRONDACK DAILY ENTERPRISE

Saranac Lake, Franklin Co., NY—Wednesday, 3 February 1960

 

EX-PLACID MAN DIES IN VERMONT

 

            G. Albert Alford, former Lake Placid resident, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Lord, in Brattleboro, Vt., yesterday morning.

            He was born in Lake Placid on August 17, 1888 and was the son of Rufus and Elsie Merrill Alford. He was he widower of the former Flossina May Detweiter, who he married in St. Albans, Vt., in 1921 and who died in November 1952.

            Mr. Alford made his home with his daughter for the last four years. Prior to that time, he had been tax assessor for the Town of North Elba, a post he held for approximately 20 years.

            He was a member of the Adirondack Community Church, the Lake Placid Masonic Lodge No. 834 the Lake Placid Grange, and the Lake Placid Fish and Game Club.

            He was a graduate of the Lake Placid High School, class of ‘08, and he attended Cornell University.

            Mr. Alford’s body will repose at the Clark Funeral Home in Lake Placid, where friends may call tomorrow between the hours of 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00.

            There will be a Masonic service tomorrow evening at 8 o’clock. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock with the Rev. Clair E. Carpenter, pastor of the Adirondack Community Church, officiating. Burial will be in the North Elba Cemetery.

            Pallbearers will be Gordon Dunn, Walter Torrance, Dave Alford, B.M. Alford, Emerson Rand and Edgar Call, all of Lake Placid.

            Mr. Alford is survived by a daughter, Mrs. John P. Lord, of Brattleboro, Vt., and three grandchildren.

 

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Photos from North Elba Cemetery, North Elba, Essex Co., NY—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Patrick Egan

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records do not list his death.

            We included the obituaries of his parents, Rufus Alford and Elsie Merrill Alford, in New York Obituaries.

            His death certificate (Vermont Death Records, 1909-2008, Ancestry) says he was born 17 Aug 1888 in Lake Placid, NY, son of Rufus Alford and Elsie Merrill:

 

 

            For more information about this family, see “Ashley Owen Alford of VT and NY, 1770–1847,” AAFA ACTION, Summer 1998.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #2.

            His lineage: George Albert 1888 NY1, Rufus 1861 NY2, Ruel 1839 NY3, Rufus 1812 VT4, Ashley Owen 1770 VT5, Benedict 1716 CT6, Benedict 1688 CT7, Jeremiah 1655 CT8, Benedict 1619 England9, Thomas 1598 England10.

 

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GEORGE RUSSELL ALVORD

 

THE CALEDONIAN

St. Johnsbury, Caledonia Co., VT—Thursday, 27 June 1889

 

 

AAFA NOTES: See the obituaries of his sisters Lucia Maria Alvord and Mary Helen Alvord in this compilation.

            From VT Vital Records: George R. Alvord married Minnie M. Ide, age 17, daughter of Edward M. Ide and Eunice C. Armington, on 24 Oct 1883 in St. Johnsbury, Caledonia Co., VT.

            From VT Vital Records: Florence Mabel Alvord was born 17 May 1887 in St. Johnsbury, VT, daughter of Geroge R. Alvord and Minnie F. Ide.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #1.

            His ALVORD lineage: George Russell 1862 VT1, John Milton 1820 VT2, William Mather 1791 VT3, John 1760 MA4, Nathan 1731 MA5, John 1685 MA6, Thomas 1653 CT7, Alexander 1627 England8, Thomas [ALFORD] 1598 England9.

 

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HARRIET J. HYDE GORHAM ALVORD

 

VERMONT PHOENIX

Brattleboro, Windham Co., VT—Friday, 5 April 1907

 

WILMINGTON—Mrs. Harriet J. Alvord, who had been ill a week or more, died at her home on East Main street Tuesday. Her age was 88 years, two months and 28 days.

            She was born in Bennington April 8, 1847. She was married to Francis D. Hyde and they lived in Boston several years.

            Mr. Hyde died in Philadelphia May 29, 1850. On September 28, 1852, she was married to Willard Gorham and they lived in Wilmington and later in Hyde Park, Mass.

            After his death, July 2, 1875, she returned to Wilmington and had lived here since that time.

            On June 17, 1877, she was married to Calvin T. Alvord, who died December 25, 1894.

            Mrs. Alvord was a member of the Congregational church and one of its most constant attendants. She was deeply interested in the Women’s Christian Temperance union and Christian Endeavor societies. She was a very estimable lady and was highly respected by all who knew her.

            The funeral was held at her late home on Thursday, Rev. J.D. King assisted by Rev. W.A. Estabrook of Amherst, Mass., a former pastor officiating.

            Interment was in the village cemetery.

 

AAFA NOTES: See the obituary of her third husband, Calvin Thales Alvord, in this compilation.

 

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LOISE E. EDES ALFRED

 

ST. ALBANS DAILY MESSENGER

St. Albans, Franklin Co., VT—Friday, 4 August 1899

 

 

AAFA NOTES: The Newport Express and Standard is a newspaper in Newport, Orleans Co., VT.

            Her husband’s ALFRED lineage: Frank Edward 1853 VT1, Samuel Dwight 1804 MA2, Benjamin 1769 MA3, William ALFORD 1741 MA4.

 

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LUCIA MARIA ALVORD

 

THE CALEDONIAN

St. Johnsbury, Caledonia Co., VT—Thursday, 4 September 1890

 

 

AAFA NOTES: See the obituaries of her siblings George Russell Alvord and Mary Helen Alvord in this compilation.

From VT Vital Records: Lucia Alvord was born 22 Feb 1857 in St. Johnsbury, Caledonia Co., VT, daughter of John M. and Betsey Alvord.

            From VT Vital Records: Lucia M. Alvord died 30 Aug 1890[different than obituary] in St. Johnsbury, Caledonia Co., VT. Her parents are John M. and Betsey Alvord.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #1.

            Her ALVORD lineage: Lucia Maria 1857 VT1, John Milton 1820 VT2, William Mather 1791 VT3, John 1760 MA4, Nathan 1731 MA5, John 1685 MA6, Thomas 1653 CT7, Alexander 1627 England8, Thomas [ALFORD] 1598 England9.

 

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MARION I. SHUMWAY ALFORD TERRY DEFOREST

 

[She died in VT, but we are also including her obituary in New York Obituaries because her home was in NY.

 

LAKE PLACID NEWS

Lake Placid, Essex Co., NY—Wednesday, 19 October 1994

 

DEFOREST, ACTIVE WILMINGTON CITIZEN, DIES AT 70

 

            Marion DeForest, 70, died Monday, Oct. 17 at the Medical Center of Vermont in Burlington.

            She was born March 31, 1924, in Wilmington [Essex Co., NY]. She was the daughter of Elijah and Nettie Bowen Shumway.

            She was the Mother Hubbard at Santa’s Workshop at Whiteface Mountain. She was the head cook at the Midstation Lodge on Whiteface, founding president of American Legion Auxiliary in Wilmington and was a caller for many square dances with the Stubby Walker Band.

            She is survived by her husband, William DeForest of Wilmington; two daughters, Judy Bowen of Wilmington and Victoria Hosley of Wilmington; three sisters, Myrtle Pictoria of Astoria, L.I., Edna Griffin and Nanette Borden, both of Wilmington; two step-daughters, Mrs. Charles Terry of Wilmington and Mrs. Sharron Williams of Fairfield, N.J.; two step-sons, William and Christopher DeForest of Sarasota, Fla.; eight grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

            Her first husband, William Alford, died in 1989. She was not married to him at the time of his death.

            Her second husband, Warren Terry, died in 1976. One daughter, Edna Sprague, died earlier.

            Calling hours were held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18 at the Zaumetzer-Sprague Funeral Home in AuSable Forks. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19 at the Funeral Home.

            Burial will be at Haselton Cemetery in Wilmington. Memorials may be made to the Wilmington Rescue Squad or the Zachay Memorial Scholarship Fund through the Whiteface Mountain Chamber of Commerce in Wilmington.

 

Photo from Haselton Cemetery, Wilmington, Essex Co., NY—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Barbara Schaffer

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Marion I. Deforest (SS# issued in NY), last residence Wilmington, Essex Co., NY.

            We included the obituaries of her first husband, Clarence William Alford; and daughters Judy A. Alford Bowen, Victoria M. Alford Hozley, and Edna Gay Alford Sprague in New York Obituaries.

            Marion is buried with her second husband, Warren E. Terry.

 

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MARTHA MARIA ALVORD

 

WEEKLY EAGLE

Brattleboro, Windham Co., VT—8 October 1847

 

DEATHS

 

            In Wilmington, Vt. Sept. 20 of congestive fever, Martha Maria, only daughter of Horace and Harriet W. Alvord, aged 18 years.

 

AAFA NOTES: See the obituary of her brother Edward Payson Alvord in this compilation.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #1.

            Her ALVORD lineage: Martha Maria 1829 VT, Horace 1795 MA2, Asher 1761 MA3, Gad 1726 MA4, John 1685 MA5, Thomas 1653 CT6, Alexander 1627 England7, Thomas [ALFORD] 1598 England8.

 

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MARY ALVORD

 

WEEKLY EAGLE

Brattleboro, Windham Co., VT—Thursday, 20 December 1849

 

DEATHS

 

            In Putney [Windham Co.], Mrs. Mary Alvord, aged 51.

 

AAFA NOTES: From VT Vital Records: Mary Alvord died 23 Nov 1849.

 

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MARY HELEN ALVORD

 

THE CALEDONIAN

St. Johnsbury, Caledonia Co., VT—Thursday, 12 September 1889

 

DEATHS

 

            At St. Johnsbury, Sept. 9, Mary Alvord, aged 23 years, daughter of John M. Alvord.

 

AAFA NOTES: See the obituaries of her siblings George Russell Alvord and Lucia Maria Alvord in this compilation.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #1.

            Her ALVORD lineage: Mary Helen 1866 VT1, John Milton 1820 VT2, William Mather 1791 VT3, John 1760 MA4, Nathan 1731 MA5, John 1685 MA6, Thomas 1653 CT7, Alexander 1627 England8, Thomas [ALFORD] 1598 England9.

 

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MAY AMBER HICKS ALVORD

 

EVENING TRANSCRIPT

North Adams, Berkshire Co., MA—Tuesday, 8 September 1931

 

WILMINGTON [Windham Co., VT]—Mrs. May Amber (Hicks) Alvord, widow of Frank E. Alvord, died in her West Main street home at 10 o’clock on Sunday morning [September 6].

            Mrs. Alvord was born in Readsboro, Vt., on September 5, 1866, one of five children of Almon Louis and Julia (Bishop) Hicks. The other children were a half brother, Ezra Stetson of Brattleboro and a half sister, Mrs. Clara Messer, New London, N.H., and an own sister and brother, Mrs. Eva Knowlton of Belchertown, Mass., and Leslie Hicks of West Brattleboro, Vt.

            Mrs. Alvord was educated in the public schools in West Dover and Wilmington. She was married to Mr. Alvord on December 16, 1887. They began housekeeping in the well known Calvin Thayles Alvord home, a fine farm in the eastern part of Wilmington, where their three daughters were born. Amy Catherine, wife of Dwight W. Smith of Putney, Vt., Miss Harriet May Alvord, a teacher in Chazy, N.Y., and Miss Gertrude Crosby Alvord, who has been connected with the O.O. Ware store for 10 years, and who has lived with her mother since the death of her father on July 3, 1921.

            The Alvord homestead was sold to the late William Hall in 1918, and Mr. Alvord bought their attractive house on West Main street and moved his family there.

            Mrs. Alvord was a member of the Congregational church, of the Ladies’ Aid society, a member of Victory and Pomona grange.

            Her illness began last November when she underwent a serious surgical operation. Her daughter, Gertrude, has been untiring in her care and devotion during the long period of ill health.

            Mrs. Alvord possessed a sunny disposition and always greeted her friends with a smile and a most cordial welcome to her home. She was deeply devoted to her friends and family, who deeply mourns her death.

            The funeral services will be held in the home tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock. Rev. William Esterbrook of Thetford, Vt., a former pastor of the Congregational church, will conduct the services assisted by the local pastor, Rev. Henry Hughes. Interment will be in the family lot in Riverview cemetery.

 

AAFA NOTES: See the obituary of her mother-in-law, Catherine Elizabeth Crosby Alvord, in this compilation.

            Her husband, Frank Hamilton Alvord, was the son of Calvin Thales [Thayles in this obituary] Alvord and his first wife, Catherine Elizabeth Crosby.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #1.

            Her husband’s ALVORD lineage: Frank Hamilton 1864 VT1, Calvin Thales 1821 VT2, Horace 1795 MA3, Asher 1761 MA4, Gad 1726 MA5, John 1685 MA6, Thomas 1653 CT7, Alexander 1627 England8, Thomas [ALFORD] 1598 England9.

 

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MAY TOPPING ALVORD

 

BRIDGEPORT POST

Bridgeport, Fairfield Co., CT—Friday, 19 June 1959

 

NORTHF1ELD [Washington Co.], Vt., June 19—Mrs. May Topping Alvord, widow of Harry Alvord, died Tuesday in Northfield, Vt. Mrs. Alvord and her late husband were former Bridgeport residents.

            Services took place yesterday in Northfield, and burial took place this morning in Stanley, N.Y.

            Mrs. Alvord was born in Bridgeport and resided here during her early life. She left Bridgeport about 20 years ago, and has resided since in Northfield. She was the daughter of the late Dr. Jacob Reid Topping, who practiced medicine in Bridgeport in the 1920s and was president of the Bridgeport Medical association during that era.             Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Ruth T. Beers, of Trumbull; two nieces, Jean Beers, of Trumbull, and Elizabeth Lawrence, of New York city, and two nephews, John Beers of Stratford and Townsend Lawrence, of New York city.

 

AAFA NOTES: See the obituary of her husband, Harry Clark Alvord, in Pennsylvania Obituaries.

            From Vermont, Death Records, 1909–2008 (Ancestry): May Topping Alvord was born 26 March 1888 in Bridgeport, CT, daughter of Dr. J. Reed Topping and Elizabeth Harslett.

            From New York, New York, Marriage Index 1866-1937 (Ancestry): Harry C. Alvord married Mary R. Topping on 6 June 1931 in Manhattan, NY.

 

            From Presbyterian Church Records, 1701-1970 (Ancestry): Harry C. Alvord, age 53 born about 1878 in CT, married May R. Topping on 6 June 1931 in New York City, NY. Harry was the son of Clark and Georgiana Alvord.

 

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ORSAMUS ADNA ALVORD

 

VERMONT PHOENIX

Brattleboro, Windham Co., VT—Friday, 14 December 1906

 

            Orsamus Adna Alvord, who died on the 10th inst., was born in Wilmington April 1, 1819, and, until December, 1877, lived in that town and was identified with its interests.

            His sister, Mrs. Barbara Lathrop of Grand Rapids, Mich., is the only survivor of the five children of Spencer and Clarissa Alvord, Sidney, Mrs. Clarissa Hitchcock and Mrs. Rhoda Smith having died several years ago.

            The Alvord family, with its various branches, was among the oldest and most esteemed families in town. Adna, as he was commonly called, was of a kindly and genial disposition, full of wit and good humor and had a pleasant word for everyone he met. Few men were as well beloved as he was.

            In August, 1844, Mr. Alvord married Sarah S. Bissell, daughter of Asahel Bissell, who a century ago, moved from Amherst, Mass., and bought one of the best farms in town, with a house upon it that then was and probably now is the largest farmhouse in the county. It has been the scene of more than a hundred Thanksgiving festivals when the children, with wondering eyes, never failed to explore the countless rooms, stairways, halls and closets, and mysterious passages leading to still undiscovered realms. The old house has seen children, grandchildren, great and great-great-grandchildren come and go, while it remains ns plumb and as strong in sill, cross-beam and joist as when it sheltered Asahel and Polly Bissell and saw their nine children born, grow up and enter upon life’s duties. In this house the young couple were married.

            Mr. Alvord passed the last 29 years in the quietude of his home in Brattleboro. His wife, one year his junior, was able to minister to his wants in his last sickness. Their married life of 62 years was one “full of all sweet accord.”

            Mr. Alvord always maintained a strong affection for the Congregational church in Wilmington. Since his removal to Brattleboro he has been a supporter of the Centre church. An honest man with a great heart has passed away, esteemed by all who knew him.

 

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Taken by Find A Grave contributor Cynthia Kaley

 

AAFA NOTES: See the obituaries of his wife, Sarah Sophia Bissell Alvord; and his father, Spencer Alvord, in this compilation.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #1.

            His ALVORD lineage: Orsamus Adna 1819 VT1, Spencer 1791 MA2, Seth 1763 MA3, Gad 1726 MA4, John 1685 MA5, Thomas 1653 CT6, Alexander 1627 England7, Thomas [ALFORD] 1598 England8.

 

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PHEBE CONGER ALFORD

 

AMERICAN REPERTORY

St. Albans, Franklin Co., VT—Thursday, 11 December 1828

 

DIED

 

            In this town, on the 3d inst. Mrs. Alford, wife of Ammi Alford, aged 30.

 

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Permission granted by the photographer, Barb Destromp

 

AAFA NOTES: She was the first wife of Ammi Alford.

            For more information on this family, see AAFA’s Corrington Loyal Alford Collection, Section Seven.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #2.

            Her husband’s lineage: Ammi 1788 VT1, Benedict 1757 CT2, Benedict 1716 CT3, Benedict 1688 CT4, Jeremiah 1655 CT5, Benedict 1619 England6, Thomas 1598 England7.

 

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RUTH ALFORD MOORE

Cousin of Leon Morton Alford Jr., AAFA #1130

 

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HARTFORD COURANT

Hartford, Hartford Co., CT—Friday, 15 August 2014

 

            Ruth Alford Moore, 84, died August 13, 2014, at Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin, VT, after a long illness.

            Ruth was born March 21, 1930 in Hartford, CT, the daughter of Edith Norton Alford and Alden Euclid Alford. She graduated from Windsor High School in 1948, Vermont Junior College in 1950 and The Hitchcock School of Laboratory Medicine with a degree in Medical Technology.

            She married Colin Moore in Windsor, CT on October 17, 1953. Ruth was a volunteer with the Montpelier Unit of the Naval Reserve from 1949–1953. She was also a volunteer with the Central Vermont Chapter of The American Red Cross. She was a member of the National Society of the Daughters of The American Revolution and the Abigail Wolcott Ellsworth Chapter.

            In her younger years, Ruth enjoyed skiing, playing golf, bowling, and playing Bridge.

            Survivors include a son, Glenn Moore, along with his wife, Priscilla Moore, of East Montpelier, VT; two daughters, Marian Moore of South Burlington, VT and Carolyn Walker, along with her husband, Wade Walker, of Williston, VT; five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

            She was predeceased by her husband, Colin Moore in 1964; and two brothers, Alden Alford and Wilson Alford.

            A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, August 18, 2014, 10 AM, at St. Gabriel’s Church, 379 Broad St., Windsor. Burial will be in Elm Grove Cemetery, Windsor.

            Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Ruth to Woodridge Nursing Home, PO Box 550, Barre VT 05641. Carmon Windsor Funeral Home has care of arrangements. To leave on-line condolences please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com....

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records do not list her death.

            We included the obituary of her half-brother Wilson M. Alford in Connecticut Obituaries.

            In 1930 Ruth is listed with parents and half-brothers in Windsor (District 239), Hartford Co., CT, dwelling #303: Alden E. Alford, real estate salesman, age 39 b. CT, age 24 at first marriage; his wife Edith 25 MA, age 22 at first marriage; son Alden Jr. 13 CT; son Wilson 10 CT; and daughter Ruth H. 0 CT.

            In 1920 Alden Sr.’s family is living with his parents, still in Windsor (District 201), dwelling #264: Frank W. Aford [sic], farmer age 63; his wife Kate L. 62; son Alden E. 27 married, fire insurance bookkeeper; daughter-in-law Hazel H. 24 married; grandsons Alden H. 3-8/12, and Wilson M. 4/12; daughter Alice 22; and son Leon M. 20. All were b. in CT.

            On Alden E. Alford’s 1917 WWI Draft Registration Card (Ancestry), he is age 26, b. 29 Nov 1890, living in Windsor, CT. He is an insurance clerk, married with 1 child.

            Next door to Frank’s family in 1920 is his brother Hestus [Hester] W. Alford, 74 CT, and his wife Alice J. 72 CT.

            Connecticut Death Index, 1949–2001 [Ancestry] lists the death of Alden E. Alford on 31 Jan 1966 in Hartford, Hartford Co., CT, age 75, widowed, wife Edith.

            In 1900 Frank’s family is living in Windsor (District 229), Hartford Co., CT, dwelling #156: Frank Alford, farm laborer age 43 b. Dec 1856, m. 10 years; his wife Kate L. 43 b. Oct 1857, 7 children, 6 living [but only 5 children listed here]; children: Alden E. 9 b. Nov 1890; Mary S. 7 b. Jan 1893; Elsie M. 5 b. Apr 1895; Alice V. 2 b. Aug 1897; Seson M. 6/12 b. Nov 1899; mother Mary E. widow age 83 b. March 1817; and a boarder. All were b. in CT.

            In 1860 Frank is with his mother and siblings in Windsor, Hartford Co., CT, dwelling #95: Mary Alford, age 43; Celistia N. 16; Hester (male) 15; Wm. E. 12; and Frank 3. All were b. in CT.

            In 1850 the family is still in Windsor, dwelling #475: Euclid Alford, farmer age 36; Mary 33; Helen 6, Hester (female) 5, and William E. 2. All were b. in CT.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #2.

            Her lineage: Ruth 1930 CT1, Alden Euclid 1890 CT2, Frank Wells 1856 CT3, Euclid W. 1813 CT4, William 1774 CT5, Joseph 1748 CT6, Jonathan 1720 CT7, Jeremiah 1692 CT8, Jeremiah 1655 CT9, Benedict 1619 England10, Thomas 1598 England11.

 

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SAMUEL ALFORD

 

ARGUS AND PATRIOT

Montpelier, Washington Co., VT—Wednesday, 16 November 1881

 

DIED

 

            In Perkinsville, November 11, Samuel Alford, aged 66 years.

No gravestone

 

AAFA NOTES: We included the obituary of his son Orlando Hiram Alford in Massachusetts Obituaries.

            From a Find A Grave contributor/photographer, July 2017: Samuel and his wife Mary are buried in Plains Cemetery, Hartland, Windsor Co., VT, but they either have no gravestones or the stones are unreadable.

            From VT Vital Records:

 

 

            Samuel married Mary Slayton (1818–1906) 12 Nov 1838 in VT.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #2.

            His lineage: Samuel 1815 VT1, Samuel 1787 VT2, Alexander 1752 CT3, Benedict 1716 CT4, Benedict 1688 CT5, Jeremiah 1655 CT6, Benedict 1619 England7, Thomas 1598 England8.

 

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SAMUEL DWIGHT ALFRED

 

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VERMONT WATCHMAN

Montpelier, Washington Co., VT—Wednesday, 22 May 1889

 

            Samuel D. Alfred was born at Springfield, Mass., June 14, 1804, and died at Fairfax May 5, 1889. November 25, 1832, he married Miss Polly Smith, who survives him. His parents died when he was quite young.

            He learned the cabinet-maker’s trade, which he followed until his marriage, when he went into the mercantile business at Berkshire Center, and later at West Haven. In June, 1842, he moved to Fairfax, where he remained in active business until the spring of 1865, when he sold his business to his son John.

            He had ten children by his present wife and two by a former marriage. Seven are still living, with nineteen grandchildren, three of whom are married.

            Mr. Alfred was a very strict man. In business his goods were all marked, and he never varied from the price. The youngest child could be sent to his store and was sure to get the goods as cheaply as the parents could. Said one who served a three years’ apprenticeship in the mercantile business with Mr. Alfred. “When boys we used to think that Mr. Alfred was an awful mean man to work for. But I now know that the three years I lived with him were worth more to me than all the rest of my schooling. I feel that to Mr. Alfred I am indebted for all I am.” Every apprentice who served with him has turned out a successful business man.

            Mr. Alfred knew the value of good credit. In 1857, when everybody was failing, his oldest son was in business in Illinois. In the fall he wrote that he would not come East, as he could not meet his bills. Mr. Alfred wrote his son to send on a list of goods that he wanted, with what money he could raise. He then went to his own creditors in New York, secured an extension, which was readily granted, after buying what goods he wanted. He then went to his sons creditors, paid his bills and ordered his goods, thus giving his son a high rating, which he always maintained. It was a great wonder to the New York merchants how a western man could meet his bills, and they never knew how it was done.

            The funeral services were held from his late home Thursday, May 9, Rev. Henry Crocker officiating, with remarks by Rev. J.G. Loramer, who said that he came not as a minister but out of respect to one to whom he owed a debt of gratitude for assistance in getting his education. Mr. Alfred will long be remember as a true friend to the right, not only by his family, but by a large circle of friends also.

 

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ST. ALBANS MESSENGER

St. Albans, Franklin Co., VT—15 May 1889

 

            Samuel D. Alfred was born in Springfield, Mass., June 14, 1804. When he was quite young his parents removed to Westfield. At the age of eleven years he lost his father, who was engaged in trading between New York and the West Indies. At 10 he went to Hartford, Conn., where he served an apprenticeship as a cabinet maker, at which trade he worked in Connecticut and New York till 1832, when he returned to Berkshire Centre, where he engaged in the mercantile business and remained for several years. From there he went to West Haven, where he remained only two years. He moved to Fairfax in June, 1842. He remained in active business until the spring of 1865, when he sold out to his son, John B., since which time he has given his time in looking after his farming interest and visiting his children settled in different parts of the West.

            Mr. A. was a man very positive in his convictions, whether in regard to his own or public interests. In business transactions he dealt with the rich and poor alike. A child sent to his store was treated with the same consideration as the most honored citizen. He was interested in education, not only in the common school, but in higher education, as was shown in his efforts combined with so many others to establish and maintain the New Hampton Institute.

            He always manifested great interest in the welfare of his children, giving them every opportunity for improvement and aiding them in every way by his counsel and advice so long as he lived, and by them will be greatly missed.

            He was twice married; in 1825 to Miss Sally Willard of Lansingburg, N.Y., who died 1828; in 1932 he married Miss Polly Smith, who, with 7 of their children, still survives him, and with the exception of one all were present at his funeral, which was attended from his late home (which he had occupied for 46 years) Thursday, May 9th, Rev. Henry Crocker officiating, assisted by Rev. J.G. Lorimer, an old friend of the family.

 

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Permission granted by the photographer, Barb Destromp

 

AAFA NOTES: We included the obituary of his father, Benjamin Alford/Alfred, in Massachusetts Obituaries.

            His ALFRED lineage: Samuel Dwight 1804 MA1, Benjamin 1769 MA2, William ALFORD 1741 MA3.

 

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SARAH SOPHIA BISSELL ALVORD

 

VERMONT PHOENIX

Brattleboro, Windham Co., VT—Friday, 3 May 1912

 

WILMINGTON—Mrs. Sarah (Bissell) Alvord, 92, died Friday In the home of her nephew, Frank E. Ray, with whom she had lived the past few years. She was the widow of Orasmus [sic] Adna Alvord, who died in Brattleboro Dec. 10, 1906.

            Mrs. Alvord was the last survivor of the nine children of Asahel Bissell and his wife, Polly (Corkins) Bissell. Her father came to this town from Amherst, Mass., over 100 years ago and built one of the most commodious farmhouses in the county.

            A brother, Asahel Melnor Bissell, died in this town March 6, 1908, at the age of 100 years and 8 months.

            Her nearest surviving relatives are nephews and nieces, including Mr. Ray and Judge J.M. Tyler of Brattleboro and W.H. Tyler of Guilford.

            Her marriage to O.A. Alvord took place in 1844. They lived in this town until 1877, when they moved to Brattleboro. Their home in that town was at the corner of Elm and Frost streets many years. After the death of her husband Mrs. Alvord came to the home of Mr. Ray.

            Mr. and Mrs. Alvord were faithful supporters of the Congregational church many years and they were people who were held in high esteem by all who knew them.

 

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Taken by Find A Grave contributor Cynthia Kaley

 

AAFA NOTES: See the obituary of her husband, Orsamus Adna Alvord, in this compilation.

 

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SHATAVIA “CECE” ALFORD

 

BURLINGTON FREE PRESS

Burlington, Chittenden Co., VT—Friday, 23 October 2009

 

ESSEX JUNCTION—Shatavia “CeCe” Alford was remembered Thursday evening for her infectious smile and for her dancing, but most of all, for the quality of her friendship.

            The recurrent comment offered in her memory by fellow students at Essex High School was that “she was always there for you.

            “She always knew exactly what to say to cheer you up,” said Kimberly Hesson, who with classmate Miranda Gwinn organized the informal memorial service for Alford, who was slain at home Oct. 15. The alleged attacker is Alford’s aunt, Latonia A.E. Congress, who is charged with second-degree murder.

            The event, punctuated frequently by hugs and tears, drew more than 100 people, including students, school staffers and members of Alford’s extended family. The setting was a shelter in the Maple Street park amid a cold, steady rain.

            Alford, 16, had been at Essex High just over a year, but she apparently left a deep impression on her classmates. A fellow student opened the observance by singing a song she’d written about Alford. Then about a dozen people, mostly students, responded to Hesson’s invitation to speak in Alford’s memory.

            Steven Gonyea was first. He remembered her as beautiful, as “the coolest.”

            “She spoke her mind,” he said. “She always made me laugh.”

            If Alford saw someone crying in the hall she’d always come over and ask if the person was OK, another student recalled, adding a comment echoed by others: “She always had my back.

            “She was a true friend,” Bryan Welicka said. “She was always there for everyone. Everyone will miss her.”

            Gwinn remembered how Alford got her out on the floor at the Valentine’s Day dance, and Gwinn vowed—as did another speaker—to dance in Alford’s memory at future events.

            Rob Reardon, principal of Essex High, said Alford was a pleasure to have as a student. “The thing I’ll remember is her radiant smile,” he said.

            Linda Cloutier-Namdar, who had Alford in ninth-grade English last year, remembered that Alford was particularly proud of her family and “worked so hard to be a good student,” with dreams of a good life in the future.

            The speakers stood in front of a large color photo of Alford, illuminated by candles on a table set about with flowers.

            A prayer was offered by Barbara Lemmel of the Essex Center United Methodist Church, who asked everyone to join hands.

            Afterward, there were sodas and snack food for those who wished to linger, as at a wake.

            Gonyea said he had planned to ask Alford out for the first time Friday, but he never got the chance.

            “We were pretty close,” he said.

 

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WCAX.com

Burlington, Chittenden Co., VT—16 October 2009

 

 

16-YEAR-OLD GIRL STABBED TO DEATH; HER AUNT IS CHARGED WITH MURDER

 

            Latonia Congress, 30, had no criminal history until she appeared in court to be charged with murder.

            Her attorney, public defender Margaret Jansch, described Congress as a church-going woman with no history of violence. She is a mother responsible for three children of her own and the guardian of four more children, including the victim, Shatavia Alford—her 16-year-old niece and a sophomore at Essex High School.

            “Ms. Congress has been taking care of the decedent since she was eight years old,” Jansch said, “and it was apparently a very close relationship. My understanding is she was granted legal guardianship some time ago, so it’s tragic.”

            Police were called to the family’s home on South Street in Essex at 6 p.m. Thursday. Alford was on the floor, bleeding and having trouble breathing. She was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

            “There was an argument, it may have been over laundry, and a physical altercation ensued,” prosecutor T.J. Donovan said. “Subsequently the defendant allegedly took a knife, stated she was going to kill the 16-year-old, and allegedly stabbed her in the chest.”

            Several family members were in court as Congress was charged with second-degree murder and ordered held without bail. They did not talk to reporters as they left the courtroom.

            “I asked them how the family was doing,” Jansch said, “and the response I got that was, ‘We’re all behind her. We’ve lost one family member, we don’t want to lose another.’ They’re not taking any sides.”

            Donovan disagreed with that sentiment, saying the family appeared to be blocking the investigation. According to court papers, the defendant’s husband told witnesses not to talk to police. That’s one reason he asked that Congress be held without bail. If she is convicted on a charge of second-degree murder, she faces a sentence of 20 years to life in prison.

            This is the first homicide in Chittenden County since August of 2008 and the fourth homicide in Vermont this year. That rate is far below normal. Over the last 20 years, Vermont has seen an average of 13 murders a year.

 

In another article:

 

WCAX.com

Burlington, Chittenden Co., VT—17 November 2010

 

CONGRESS TO PLEAD INSANITY IN STABBING MURDER TRIAL

 

            The Essex Junction woman charged with stabbing her niece to death plans to use the insanity defense at trial.

            Thirty-one-year-old Latonia Congress is charged with first-degree murder in the 2009 stabbing death of 16-year-old Shatavia “CeCe” Alford following an argument over laundry. Congress pleaded not guilty to the charges.

            The Burlington Free Press is reporting the public defender will have testimony from a doctor about Congress’ mental state that supports an insanity plea. Jury selection is scheduled for Jan. 10, 2011.

            If the jury rules Congress is insane, i.e. incapable of telling right from wrong, she would be acquitted and confined to a mental institution for an as-yet-to-be-determined amount of time. A first-degree murder conviction carries 35 years-to-life in prison.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Shatavia Alford (SS# issued in NY) was born 25 July 1993 and died 15 Oct 2009, last residence VT.

 

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SPENCER ALVORD

 

VERMONT PHOENIX

Brattleboro, Windham Co., VT—Saturday, 29 September 1855

 

            In Wilmington [Windham Co.], Sept. 23, Mr. Spencer Alford [sic], 64.

 

AAFA NOTES: See the obituary of his son Orsamus Adna Alvord in this compilation.

            From VT Vital Records: Spencer Alvord married Clarissa Childs on 13 Apr 1815 in Wilmington, VT.

            Spencer Alvord is listed on the 1820, 1830, and 1840 censuses in Wilmington, Windham Co., VT.

            In 1850, the family is listed in Wilmington, family #808: Spencer Alvord, age 59 born MA; Clarissa, 58 born VT; and Barbary Ann 10 born VT.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #1.

            His ALVORD lineage: Spencer 1791 MA1, Seth 1763 MA2, Gad 1726 MA3, John 1685 MA4, Thomas 1653 CT5, Alexander 1627 England6, Thomas [ALFORD] 1598 England7.

 

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TALITHA BIGELOW ALVORD

 

THE CALEDONIAN

St. Johnsbury, Caledonia Co., VT—Friday, 15 June 1877

 

            In Brookfield, May 21, Talitha B., aged 84 years, wife of William M. Alvord. (Corrected)

 

AAFA NOTES: See the obituary of her daughter Abbie Annette Alvord Allen in this compilation.

            Talitha married William Mather Alvord on 29 June 1815 in Brookfield, Orange Co., VT.

            Anniversary article:

 

ST. ALBANS WEEKLY MESSENGER

St. Albans, Franklin Co., VT—Friday, 16 July 1875

 

 

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #1.

            Her husband’s ALVORD lineage: William Mather 1791 VT1, John 1760 MA2, Nathan 1731 MA3, John 1685 MA4, Thomas 1653 CT5, Alexander 1627 England6, Thomas [ALFORD] 1598 England7.

 

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WALTER LAVON HALFORD

 

TIMES ARGUS

Barre, Washington Co., VT—Wednesday, 6 October 2010

 

WEST BERLIN—Walter Lavon Halford, 88, died Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, at the Berlin Health & Rehabilitation Center in Berlin. He was born in Louin [Jasper Co.], Miss., on May 20, 1922, the son of Benjamin and Virgie (McCarty) Halford. He attended school in Montrose, Miss.

            Mr. Halford is a United States Navy veteran of World War II. He had served on the U.S.S. Plattsburgh, and was a gunner on board the AV 12 U.S.S. Pine Island in the South Pacific. He was one of the Navy gunners on board ship and providing security for the official unconditional surrender of the Japanese at the wars’ end.

            On Sept. 20, 1952, he married Gertrude Collins at St. John The Evangelist Church in Northfield. She predeceased him on May 4, 1975. He married Janice Croteau Grout in Riverton Sept. 1, 1976.

            He had worked for the Asbestos Mill in Northfield Falls, Nantanna Woolen Mill in Northfield, chef at Norwich University and worked 22 years for Wyman Petroleum in Berlin, retiring in 1987.

            He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Northfield and the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Post in Montpelier. He was a passionate fisherman, enjoyed hunting, gardening, knitting and spending time with his grandchildren.

            Survivors include his wife, Janice Halford of West Berlin; seven children, Roger Halford of North Montpelier, Shawna Clement and husband, Stephen of Waterboro, Maine, Ena Anthony and husband, Mark of Williamstown, Lori Grout and partner, Frank Baraby of East Calais, Bradley Grout of Lyndonville, Lisa Durkee and husband, Rick of Montpelier, David Halford and wife, Annette of Barre Town; two sisters, Mary Edith Turner of Marietta, Texas, Betty Lou Brock of Greer, S.C.; six grandchildren, Jaime Minor and husband, James, Grace Clement, Jason Grout, Katelyn Grout, Megan Durkee and fiancée, Chris Cameron, Bradley Durkee; two great-grandchildren, Caiden Minor, Allison Minor; many nieces, nephews and several special sister- and brother-in-laws.

            He is predeceased by 12 siblings, Thelma Drinkwine, Levert Brown, Leora Hendrickson, Zelma Ryan, Barbara Ishee, Helen Halford, Dorothy Rose Halford, Houston Halford, John Leeland Halford, George Gradell Halford, James Allen Halford and Frank Halford.

            There are no calling hours. A memorial service will be conducted Friday, Oct. 8, at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Northfield. Burial will follow the service at the Green Mount Cemetery in Montpelier, where full military honors will be accorded. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Berlin Health & Rehabilitation Center Activity Fund, 98 Hospitality Drive, Barre, VT 05641.

            Kingston Funeral Home in Northfield is in charge of the arrangements.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Walter Lavon Halford (SS# issued in MS), last residence Northfield, Washington Co., VT.