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3/28/2016: Checked GenealogyBank for Alford (9 obits)

10/20/2014: Checked GenealogyBank for Alvord, Halford, Allford (0 obits)



3/28/2016: Checked GenealogyBank for Alford (27 articles, 0 obits)

10/20/2014: Checked GenealogyBank for Alvord (2 articles, 0 obits)

10/20/2014: Checked GenealogyBank for Halford (8 articles, 0 obits)







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.


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: 28 MARCH 2016







Sheridan, Sheridan Co., WY—21 January 1927





            Death, sombre and sudden crept over Mrs. Milo A. Hamilton of Big Horn as she sat in the ranch home of Richard Parker a neighbor where she had stopped a few minutes for an afternoon call, Friday afternoon.

            “She hesitated in her conversation and said that she had a severe pain in the region of her heart. I went to open the door for fresh air, and she was soon gone,” said Mrs. Parker, in giving the details of the sudden and unexpected death of Mrs. Hamilton. Saturday, Mrs. Florence N. Hamilton, 69 years old, had lived with her husband on their ranch on Piney Creek for 30 years when they retired and moved to Big Horn two years ago.

            She was born June 21, 1857. Surviving are her husband, two daughters, Mrs. Harry H. Culver, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Miss Margaret Hamilton, Washington, D.C. and three sons, Hugh N. Hamilton, Mason, Mich., S.M. Hamilton, Boston, Mass., and R.A. Hamilton, Orofino, Idaho.

            Funeral arrangements will be announced later.


Photo from Mount Hope Cemetery, Big Horn, Sheridan Co., WY—

Permission granted by the photographer, Marsha Hanson Dillon


AAFA NOTES: We included the obituary of her brother William Nelson Alvord in Washington Obituaries.

            For more information about this family, see AAFA’s published genealogies, Known Descendants of Alexander Alvord and Mary Vore and Thomas Alford b. about 1598 England.

            Her ALVORD lineage: Florence Nightingale 1857 IL1, Nelson 1813 NY2, Joel 1779 CT3, Bela 1741 CT4, Aaron 1713 MA5, Thomas 1683 MA6, Thomas 1653 CT7, Alexander 1627 England8, Thomas [ALFORD] 1598 England9.





Source unknown (included with her Find A Grave memorial)

Carbon Co., WY—_____ November 1994


RAWLINS—Rawlins resident Gerry Herrud died Nov. 11 at Memorial Hospital of Carbon County following a lengthy illness.

            Funeral services will be Monday at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Gary Wilken officiating.

            She was born Oct. 24, 1931 in Chappell, Neb., the daughter of Ellis and Anna Alvord. She grew up in Chappell and married George Herrud there. She had worked as a dental assistant in Casper before moving to Rawlins in 1973. She was active in the Soroptimists and Job’s Daughters Bethel #45 and also served on the advisory board at First Wyoming Bank.

            She is survived by her husband, George, of Rawlins; her children, Debra Hamblin of St. George, Utah, James Herrud of Boise, Idaho, Jeffrey Herrud of Rawlins and Lori Morrow of Newcastle; six grandchildren; two sisters, Delores DeWitt of Colorado Springs, Colo., Shirley Allison of Woodward, Okla., and one brother LaVern Alvord of Colorado Springs.

            Friends may call Sunday from 1-8 p.m. at Rostad Mortuary.

            The family has requested that donations be made to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children at Fairfax, Salt Lake City, Utah 84103 or the First United Methodist Church Memorial Plaque Fund.

            She was preceded in death by her parents and a nephew, Donald DeWitt.

            Pallbearers will be: Ed Christensen, Bob Ross, Doug Schmidt, Chuck Ross, Randy Irene and Bill Chandler.


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Gerry M. Herrud (SS# issued in NE), last residence Rawlins, Carbon Co., WY.

            We included the obituaries of her mother, Anna Alberta Garrelts Alvord; and brother Lavern Leroy Alvord in Colorado Obituaries.

            Her granddaughter posted her memorial at Find A Grave and a family tree at Ancestry. Gerry’s parents were Ellis Leroy Alvord and Anna Alberta Garrelts.

            For more information about this family, see AAFA’s published genealogies, Known Descendants of Alexander Alvord and Mary Vore and Thomas Alford b. about 1598 England.

            Her ALVORD lineage: Geralene Mae 1931 NE1, Ellis Leroy 1904 NE2, Bertram Clarence 1875 IL3, Leroy Parkman 1849 IL4, Joel William 1827 NY5, Joel 1779 CT6, Bela 1741 CT7, Aaron 1713 MA8, Thomas 1683 MA9, Thomas 1653 CT10, Alexander 1627 England11, Thomas [ALFORD] 1598 England12.




Photo from Schrader Funeral Home



Cheyenne, Laramie Co., WY—Thursday, 29 January 2015


            Larry H. Alford, 77, of Wheatland died Jan. 24 at Davis Hospice Center in Cheyenne.

            Mr. Alford was born Nov. 26, 1937, in Ault, Colo., to the late Homer and Ruth (Schoonover) Alford.

            He enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He worked as a mechanic for Lock Trucking. Following his retirement, he worked for five years for I-25 Liquor Store. He also enjoyed his time as a square dance caller for more than 40 years.

            Mr. Alford is survived by his wife, Sandra K. (Poppert) Alford of Wheatland; four children, Bonnie Swayze of Cheyenne, Connie Sedam of Minden, Neb., Gary Clark of Wapakoneta, Ohio, and Chris Hayes of Cheyenne; a brother, Pat Alford of Jacksonville, N.C.; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

            He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Darrel Alford; and one grandson.

            Services will be private. Cremation is under the direction of Schrader Funeral Home.

            Friends may contribute in Mr. Alford’s memory to the United Service Organization, a.k.a. the USO….


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records do not yet list his death.

            We included the obituary of his paternal grandfather, Charles Albert Alford, in Colorado Obituaries.

            For more information about this family, see AAFA’s published genealogy, Known Descendants of Benedict Alford and Joan Newton.

            His lineage: Larry H. 1937 CO1, Homer J. ???? CO2, Charles Albert 1886 CO3, William Arnold 1843 IL4, William Beebe 1815 NY5, Arnold 1780 CT6, Eliphalet 1752 CT7, Job 1708 CT8, Jeremiah 1655 CT9, Benedict 1619 England10, Thomas 1598 England11.






Cheyenne, Laramie Co., WY—Monday, 11 March 2002


            Mary Beth Alford, 76, of Cheyenne died March 9 at United Medical Center West.

            She was born Oct 10, 1925, in Topeka, Kan., and had lived in Cheyenne for five years.

            Mrs. Alford was a foster grandmother for the Foster Grandparent Program at numerous elementary schools in Cheyenne.

            She was a member of Northwoods Presbyterian Church.

            Mrs. Alford is survived by four sons, David Alford of Ona, W.Va., Barry Alford of Lancaster, Texas, and Michael Alford and Richard Alford Jr., both of Cheyenne; two daughters, Priscilla Alford and Joy McCabe, both of Cheyenne; 17 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

            She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Alford Sr., on March 21, 1995; parents, Basil and Udah Willis; and a daughter, Lisa Alford.

            Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel of the Chimes.... Interment will be in West Virginia....


Photo taken at Lunsford Cemetery, Mason Co., WV

Permission granted by the photographer, Bryan Conley (Find A Grave contributor #46881896)

As of 2013, Mary Beth’s death date had not been engraved on the gravestone.


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Mary Beth Alford (SS# issued in CO), last residence Gallup, McKinley Co., NM [same as her husband’s last residence in 1995].

            We included the obituary of her husband’s father, Early Wine Alford, in West Virginia Obituaries.

            Her husband Richard is listed in SSDI records (SS# issued in OH) as Richard H. Alford, b. 3 March 1924 and d. 20 March 1995. His last residence was Gallup, McKinley Co., NM.

            Lunsford Cemetery in Mason Co., WV, is on the border of Cabell Co. and Mason Co., with most of the people buried there having lived in Cabell Co., according to the cemetery website. A number of Alfords are buried there, including Richard and Mary Beth, Richard’s parents, and some of his siblings. Richard and Mary Beth share a gravestone. The following inscription is noted but does not seem to appear on the gravestone:





MAR 3 1924 – MAR 20 1995


            Richard Hallie Alford, a hydrology engineer, was b. in Mason Co., WV, the son of Early Wine Alford and Missouri Ann Edmonds.

            Early Wine Alford was b. 8 Jan 1895 in Lincoln Co., WV, the son of Milton Eli Alford and Emma Hager. They had 14 children. Early d. 11 Nov 1976 in Huntington, Cabell Co., WV, and is buried in Lunsford Cemetery.

            Milton Eli Alford was born 30 Dec 1860 in Cabell Co., WV, the son of James Alford and Mary Jane Wilkinson. He married Emma Hager. They had 2 children. Milton died in 1932 and is buried in the Alford Cemetery in Milton, Cabell Co., WV.

            James Alford was b. 30 Nov 1825 in Cabell Co., VA (now WV). He was the son of James Alford and Mary Hatfield. On the 1850 census, District 10, Cabell Co., VA, James Alford, constable age 24 b. VA, is living with the family of Isaiah Burns, age 28. Two houses away is Mary Alford, age 76 b. VA, living with the family of James Burns, age 53.

            For more information about this family, see AAFA’s published genealogy, Descendants of ‘Irish’ John Alford.

            Her husband Richard’s lineage: Richard Hallie 1924 WV1, Early Wine 1895 WV2, Milton Eli 1860 WV3, James 1825 VA4, James 1795 VA5, George 1763 Ireland6, John 1735 Ireland7.






Casper, Natrona Co., WY—Saturday, 24 July 2004


CASPER—At his request, no services will be held for Casper resident Wallace “Wally” Henry Alford, 80, who died July 18, 2004, at his home.

            Born Oct. 12, 1923, in Denver, he was the son of Thomas and Hulda (Huer) Alford.

            He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was stationed in the Aleutian Islands.

            In 1987, he retired from the Natrona County Sheriff’s Department.

            He was a master Mason and member of Pathfinder Lodge No. 42, A.F. & A.M.; 32nd-degree Scottish Rite Mason of Wyoming Consistory No. 1 in Cheyenne; a member of Korein Shrine Center in Rawlins; and a member and past president of the Casper Shrine Club.

            Survivors include his daughter, Linda Hubbell, and grandson, Nicholas Hubbell, of Colorado Springs, Colo.


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth date of Wallace H. Alford (SS# issued in CO), but his death date is listed as 20 July 2004.

            From Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 (Ancestry): Wallace Henry Alford was born 12 Oct 1922 [different than SSDI and obituary] in Denver, CO, son of Thomas J. Alford and Hulda Hoyer.

            On the 1930 census Wallace is listed with his family in Denver (District 50), Denver Co., CO, dwelling #7 on p. 16A: Thomas J. Alford, carpenter in electric shop, age 34 b. CO, age 25 at first marriage; his wife Hulda 30 CO (parents b. Germany), age 21 at first marriage; and sons: Thomas Jr. 10 CO, and Wallace H. 6 CO.

            In 1920 they are living with Hulda’s mother, still in Denver (District 101), dwelling #367: Hulda Heuer, widow age 55 b. Germany, immigrated [looks like] 1874, naturalized 1913; daughter Agnes 19 CO, picker at cracker company; son Silvester 11 CO; daughter Hulda Alfords 20 CO; and son-in-law Tomas Alfords 25 CO (father b. France!, mother b. U.S.), cabinet maker for railroad.

            On Thos. James Alford’s 1917 WWI Draft Registration Card [online at], he is age 22, a single unemployed cabinet maker living in Denver, Denver Co., CO. He was b. 27 May 1895 in Denver and is responsible for the support of his mother and nephew.

            SSDI records show that Thomas Alford (SS# issued in CO) was born 27 May 1895 and d. _____ Oct 1973, last residence Denver, Jefferson Co., CO.

            Possible family in 1910: Denver Ward 15 (District 189), Denver Co., CO, dwelling #225: Rose A. Alford, widow age 50 b. MS, 7 children, 7 living; and children: Wallace 23 MS, Florence 21 MS; Thomas 15 CO, and Aletheia 13 CO.

            Possible family in 1900: Denver (District 116), Arapahoe Co., CO, dwelling #7: Thomas J. Alford, policeman age 43 b. Nov 1856 in MS (parents b. GA and MS), m. 19 years; his wife Rose 42 b. Aug 1857 in CO, 5 children, 5 living; and children: Juanita 17 b. Apr 1883 in CO; Florence 12 b. March 1888 in CO; Rose 9 b. Sept 1890 in OH [?]; and Thomas 5 b. May 1895 in PA [?].

            His lineage: Wallace Henry 1923 CO1, Thomas James 1895 CO2, Thomas James 1856 MS3.