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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 published 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: 6 SEPTEMBER 2014

 

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The families of many of the subjects of these Connecticut 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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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:  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 16197.

 

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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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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: From Vermont, Vital Records, 1720-1908: Catherine E. Crosby married Calvin T. Alvord in Wilmington on 22 March 1848.

            *See AAFA’s Published Genealogies, #1.

            Her husband’s ALVORD lineage: Calvin Thales 1821 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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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 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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ELIJAH ALVORD

 

VERMONT INTELLIGENCER

Bellows Falls, Windham Co., VT—1 December 1817

 

DEATHS

 

            In Greenfield, Mr. Elijah Alvord, a. 47 and his son Elijah, aged 12.

 

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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.

 

AAFA NOTES: Vermont, Vital Records, 1720-1908 (Ancestry.com) lists the marriage of James Alford and 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.

            From the 1944 Swarthmore College Halycon:

 

 

 

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

 

 

            A brief biography of her 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. claimed 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]:

 

ALFORD

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

 

            On his 1917 WWI Draft Registration Card (Ancestry.com), Newell Sr. 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.

            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.

 

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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.com) 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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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, Mrs. Mary Alvord, aged 51.

 

AAFA NOTES: Vermont, Vital Records, 1720-1908 (Ancestry.com) lists her death date as 23 Nov 1849.

 

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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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Photo from Greenwood Cemetery, Saint Albans, Franklin Co., VT—www.findagrave.com

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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Photo from Carmon Windsor Funeral Home

 

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.com), 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.com] 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.

 

AAFA NOTES: From Vermont, Vital Records, 1720-1908 (Ancestry.com):

 

 

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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.

 

In another article:

 

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: From Vermont Vital Records, 1720–1908 (Ancestry.com): 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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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.