By Lynn D. Shelley, #0484
(Published in AAFA ACTION #76, Spring 2007, Vol. XIX No. 4)
AAFA previously published the bible records from the Bibles of Dr. & Mrs. John Franklin Alford
of Copiah County and Elder C. W. Alford of Leake County in September 1991, Issue 14, p. 36. If
you would like copies of these records, please contact the Bible Records Project Manager.
CLICK for name, address and to email.
All of the following bible records (except the last one) were published in the Mississippi
Genealogical Society's Cemetery and Bible Records/Bible and Cemetery Records from 1955 to 1998.
The volume numbers and publication dates are given in the information below. Only pertinent
information (Alford, spouse, spouse's parents and children) will be listed if it is not an
ALFORD Bible. For a complete copy of the published bible record, contact the Bible Records
Project Manager.CLICK for name, address and to email. The
location of the family was not necessarily given in the bible record but was determined from
other records. If you have additional information about these families or actual copies of
these bible pages, please let AAFA know. Click the CONTACT link above
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Volume II, 1955
JAMES S. PRICHARD BIBLE - Madison County, MS
Owner of bible in 1954: Mrs. James Spencer Brown, Canton, MS.
James S. Prichard and Elizabeth H. Foster were married May 31st A.D. 1832
M.E. Alford and E. A. Prichard were married Nov. 1st, A.D. 1853
James S. Prichard was born June 20, 1807
Elizabeth H. Prichard was born July 31, 1814
Emily Amanda Prichard was born Friday, Jany. 26, 1838
Elizabeth H. Prichard departed this life May the 5th A.D. 1855
Emily A. Alford departed this life on Saturday 7th of August A.D. 1858
James Smith Prichard, Sen. Departed this life on Wednesday the 15th of Dec. A.D. 1858
AAFA NOTES:This Emily A. Prichard was the first wife of Eugenius Marcellus Alford, son of Julius C. Alford and
Mary Stewart Floyd. He was born 1827/06/15 in GA and died after 1880, presumably in Mississippi. He was
in Madison Co. from 1850 through 1880, but not found in 1900. His other two wives were Laura L. Haley
(m. 1859) and Emma Moore (m. 1871). He had two sons by Emily Prichard: James J., born 1854, and William
P., born 1857. Emily Prichard Alford is buried in Prichard Cemetery in Madison Co. MS.
THOMAS ALEXANDER MAGEE BIBLE - Franklin County, MS
Owner in 1955: Irby Dodds Magee, grandson of Thomas Alexander Magee, New Orleans, LA.
Thomas Alexander Magee was born February 17, 1822
Mary N. Lambright Magee was born February 17, 1835
Lewis Lambright Magee was born 22nd April 1870, son of Thos. A. and Mary N. Magee
Thomas Alexander Magee and Mary N. Calcote married 3rd Oct 1860
[Mrs. Mary Narcissus Lambright Calcote was the widow of James Lee Calcote]
Lewis Lambright Magee and Eugenia Halford married April 26, 1897
Lewis Lambright Magee died October 19, 1952
AAFA NOTES:Eugenia Halford is believed to be Nancy Eugenia Halford, daughter of James M. Halford and Mary Jane
Porter. Lewis and Eugenia have not been found in the 1900 or 1920 census but in 1910 Franklin Co. MS had
a daughter named Maggie, born 1900 MS. In 1930 they were in Sunflower Co. MS. James M. Halford and Mary
Jane Porter Halford are buried in Wentworth Cemetery, Franklin Co. MS. Death of Eugenia Halford Magee
and burial place are unknown.
Volume VII, 1960
GEORGE SMITH BIBLE - Pike County, MS (Washington Parish, LA)
Owner in 1960: Gussie Smith (Mrs. Boyd C.) Edwards, Jackson, MS.
George Smith and Selenia A.J. Smith was married the 16th November A.D. 1865
Sidney L. Smith and Mrs. Sarah Simmons Alford were married in October 1901
George Smith was borned December the 6th 1840
Selenia A.J. Smith was borned Sept. the 15th A.D. 1843
Sidney Lovene Smith was borned May the 17th A.D. 1876
Sidney L. Smith died May 20, 1942
[Sarah Simmons Alford Smith died May 16, 1973, and is buried in Fisher
Cemetery, Washington Parish, LA]
AAFA NOTES:This was obviously an Alford widow. She is Sarah Permesa Simmons, who was the wife of Walter Eugene
Alford, born 1874, died 1900; son of Seaborn Lochran Alford and Laura Ellzey. Walter married Sarah in
Pike Co. MS, 10 Jan 1895. Their only surviving child, Georgia Alford, is listed as a stepdaughter of
Sidney in 1910; and in 1920, she and her husband Felder Stafford are living with Sidney and Sarah Smith.
The Smith family is found in Washington Parish, LA, 1910-1930. Depending on the given census, they are
all born in LA or MS. Sidney and Sarah never had any children.
LEWIS N. CONEY BIBLE - Pike County, MS
Owner in 1960: Gussie Smith (Mrs. Boyd C.) Edwards, Jackson, MS.
Lewis N. Coney and Isabel N. Kaigler was married April 2, 1835.
Lewis N. Coney was born on the 31st July 1813
Isabel N. Coney was born on the 18th Feby 1817
Josephus Norman was born 3rd Aust. 1843
Ann K. [R?] Norman was born 7th April 1845
W. G. Norman …….
[Note from owner of bible: Isabel Kaigler Coney married 2nd (by 1842)
a Mr. Norman (Hiram M.) and these children listed above (seven of them in
original record) are theirs. Her obituary stated that she died at the home of her
son-in-law, Mr. B.S. Alford, on the second day of Sept. 1895.]
Lewis Coney departed this life on the 4th day of March 1841
AAFA NOTES:Barnabas Seaborn Alford, born 24 Dec 1845, Pike Co. MS and died 6 Feb 1928, same place. He married
Anna Rebecca Norman, 14 Feb 1866, Pike Co. He was the son of Seaborn John Alford and Mary Catherine
Felder. Barnabas and Anna are buried in Hollywood Cemetery, Pike Co. MS.
Volume IX, 1962
CHILLIAN PALMER BIBLE - Copiah County, MS
Owner in 1962: Mary Moina Palmer Alford (Mrs. James A. Sr.).
Chillian Palmer was married to Phebe D. Watkins on the 22nd September A.D. 1842
Luke Palmer was married to Eliza J. Catron on the 29th Jan. 1868 [parents]
Jas A. Alford was married to Mary M. Palmer on Jany 19th 1898
Chillian Palmer was born in Caswell County, N. Carolina, November 10th A.D. 1805
Phebe D. Palmer was born in Wilcox County, Alabama May 9th 1825
Luke Palmer was born on the 14th of August A.D. 1843 [father; b. Wilcox Co. AL]
Eliza J. Catron was born Apr. 18th 1842 [mother; b. Perry Co. TN]
Mary Moina Palmer was born August 20, 1874
Alexander Palmer Alford, son of Jas. A. & Mary M. Alford was born on Nov. 21st 1898
James A. Alford, Jr., son of Jas. A. & Mary M. Alford was born November 13th 1899
Katherine Alford was born Dec. 5, 1904
Carl Spence Alford was born in Wesson , Miss., Dec. 11, 1906
Chillian Palmer died Dec. the 29th 1867
Phebe D. Palmer died July 9th 1901
Palmer Alexander [sic], son of Mary M. & Jas. A. Alford died February 19th, 1900
Catherine [sic] Alford died Sept. 26th 1910
AAFA NOTES:The Alford family in this bible are descendants of Jacob Alford and Mary Pace of Robeson Co. NC.
Alexander Alford, son of Sion Alford and Catherine McPhaul, was born 18 Sep 1827, Robeson Co. NC. He
married Mary Caroline Bridges, 7 Jan 1857, Copiah Co. MS. James Alexander Alford was their youngest son,
born Oct 1873 and died 15 Jan 1956, Lincoln Co. MS. He married Mary Moina Palmer as noted in the bible
record and they had the four children listed. Two of the children died young as shown in the bible record.
The family is found in Lincoln Co. MS in 1920 (ALFRED) and 1930 (ALFERD). Mary was still living in 1962
when this bible record was copied but probably died shortly thereafter. Sons James A. Jr. and Carl Spence
died in Aug 1973 and Feb 1994, respectively, both in Brookhaven, Lincoln Co. MS. James A. Sr. and Spence
owned lots in Poplar Springs Cemetery so most are probably buried in that cemetery in Crystal Springs,
Copiah Co. MS.
Volume XII, 1967
ROBERT W. LAUGHLIN BIBLE - Tallahatchie/Lafayette Counties, MS
Owner in 1967: Janet Laughlin Breedlove, (Mrs. Harold), Tallahatchie Co. MS.
Robert W. Laughlin and Mary A. Davis, October 7th, 1856
Hunter D. Alford and Margaret Adeline Laughlin, Dec. 10, 1911
Margret [sic] Adeline Laughlin, Feb. 25th 1882
John Whitman Alford, Oct. 27, 1912
Hunter Laughlin Alford, March 30, 1915
Mary Ann Alford, April 20, 1918
Joe Lynn Alford, April 29, 1921
Hunter Laughlin Alford, July 24, 1937
Robert W. Laughlin, Dec. 24th, 1888
Mary A. Laughlin, May 9, 1911
AAFA NOTES:Margaret Adeline Laughlin, the youngest daughter of Robert Whitman Laughlin and Mary Ann Davis,
married Hunter Dogan Alford as seen above.
Hunter Dogan Alford was the son of John Hudson Alford and Mary Essie Douglass (m. 1879, Lafayette Co.
MS. John Hudson Alford and some of his relatives are buried in the Dogan Cemetery of Tallahatchie Co.
MS. Hunter Dogan Alford, wife and three sons are buried in the Charleston Cemetery North East Ward of
Tallahatchie Co. MS. Mary Ann Alford m. Woodrow W. Fisher in 1945 but no more is known about her. John
Hudson Alford was a descendant of James Lodwick Alford and Susannah Ross of Wake Co. NC. [For more on
mother of Hunter Dogan Alford, see Douglass Bible below.]
Volume XV, 1974
WILLIAM B. COOPER BIBLE - Greene Co. AL/Lauderdale & Neshoba Cos. MS
Original owners: Wm. B. Cooper and Sarah C. Carpenter Cooper
Owner in 1974: Otis Bennett Walton, III, Jackson, MS
BIRTHS [inside front cover]
Susan C. [Carpenter] Cooper was born January, the 19th day 1817
William B. Cooper was born November the 1st day 1809
BIRTHS [in family records section]
Sarah F. Cooper was born April the 8th day 1837
W.B. Cooper died February the 18th day 1882, age 72 years 3 months, 18 days
S.C. Cooper died April the 3rd day 1882, age 65 years 2 months 15 days
Sarah F. Cooper [Alford] died Feb. 5, 1908
MARRIAGES [there is no marriage record; below from family papers]
Sarah Frances Cooper married John Alford [6 Sep 1860, Lauderdale Co. MS]
AAFA NOTES:This is Sarah Frances Cooper, the second wife of John Madison Alford, born 7 Aug 1826, GA, son of
John Alford, born 1801 NC. John Madison and wife Sarah F. Cooper Alford are buried in Henry's Chapel
Cemetery in Neshoba Co. MS.
Volume XVII, 1978
WILLIAM S. WILSON BIBLE - Copiah Co. MS
Original owner: William S. Wilson
Owner in 1978: Mr. and Mrs. Willie Nordan, Brookhaven, MS
William S. Wilson was born in the year of our Lord 1809 June 17th
Miranda L. [Alford] Wilson was born the 13th of June 1815 [Robeson Co. NC]
James M. Wilson was born the 29th of July 1835
William W. Wilson was born 23rd of November 1837
Sinthey C. Wilson was born the 20th of February 1840
Edwin E. Wilson was born the 11th of September 1842
John P. Wilson was born in the year of our Lord 1844 October 21
[William S. Wilson was deceased by 1850]
James M. Wilson died October the 15th, 1858
William W. Wilson died Sept. 23, 1862
Mirandy L. Wilson died Feb. 9, 1879, age 66 years
John P. Wilson died May 25, 1928
William S. Wilson and Miranda L. Alford was married 2 Oct 1834
William S. Newman and Cinthia C. Wilson was married May 5, 1857
J. P. Wilson and Eliza Barker was married May 1, 1866
AAFA NOTES:Miranda Loretta Wilson was the daughter of James Alford and Katrain McTyer of Robeson Co. NC.
She married William S. Wilson in Copiah Co. MS, where all of their children were born. She is
buried in Old Crystal Springs Cemetery in Copiah Co. It is not known exactly when after 1844 her
husband died or where he was buried. Rhoda A. Alford, a daughter of James M., was living with her
in 1860 and 1870.
Volume XVIII, 1980
WILLIAM BREWER KEETON BIBLE - Hinds Co. MS/Okaloosa Co. FL
Original owner and owner in 1979: Wm. B. Keeton
William Brewer Keeton b. Oct 22, 1908
Emily Mardis Fondren b. Nov 5, 1913
Emily Gladys Keeton b. Oct 10, 1934
James Keeton Alford b. Aug 31, 1958
Wm. Alexander Alford b. Jan 6, 1960
Emily Margaret Alford b. Sep 9, 1963
William Brewer Keeton and Emily Mardis Fondren were married Nov 7, 1933 …. in Jackson, MS
Emily Gladys Keeton married James Eugene Alford, Jan 12, 1957
DEATHS [none pertinent]
AAFA NOTES:Hinds County, MS records show this marriage as Gladys Keeton to James E. Alford. James Eugene Alford,
born 31 Jul 1928, is a grandson of James Alexander Alford and Mary Moina Palmer [see Chillian Palmer Bible
above for more on this family].
Volume XX, 1986
DR. AND MRS. JAMES THOMAS ALFORD BIBLE - Copiah Co. MS
Original owner: James Thomas Alford
Owner in 1986: Julius M. Alford, McComb, MS
Jas. T. Alford & Martha Eliza Trawick were married June 23, 1864
Jas. T. Alford & Julia Catching Steele were married Sept. the 29th, 1870
John Mosby Alford & Jessie Roberts Kirkland were married April 7th, 1897
James Blair Alford & Allie White were married April 16, 1902
Jacob Elias Alford & Ella Quin were married June 7, 1905
Jacob Elias Alford & Bertha Egloff were married Dec. 20, 1910
James Thomas Alford was borned April the 25th 1840
Martha Eliza Trawick was borned Jan. 20th 1845
Julia Catching Steele was borned Jan. the 6th 1850
Cornelius Holcolm Alford was borned May the 15th 1865
Julius Whitford Alford was borned June 29th 1868
John Mosby Alford was borned July the 30th 1871
James Blair Alford was borned June 12th 1877
Jacob (Elias) Alford was borned January the 28th 1880
Warren Lamar Alford was borned April the 28th 1882
Jessie Roberts Kirkland, wife of J.M. Alford, was born May 4, 1876 in Morton, MS
Mary Allie White, wife of J.B. Alford, was born June 4, 1879
Martha Eliza Trawick Alford died March the 30th 1869
Cornelius Holcolm Alford died Nov. the 3rd 1872
Warren Lamar Alford died Aug. the 27th 1882
James Thomas Alford died July 10, 1894
Julius Catching Alford died April 12, 1916
AAFA NOTES:This family descends from the Robeson Co. NC Alfords. James Thomas was the son of Julius Caesar
Alford and Mary Jane Cammack. Martha Trawick Alford is buried in the Catchings Cemetery in Copiah Co.
MS. James Thomas, his parents and his second wife are all buried in the Alford Cemetery, Copiah Co.
Volume XXII, 1990
DR. AND MRS. JOHN FRANKLIN ALFORD BIBLE - Copiah Co. MS
[see AAFA ACTION, Vol. IV, No. 2, September 1991, p. 36]
Volume XXIII, 1992
CORNELIUS TRAWEEK BIBLE - Pike and Copiah Cos. MS
Original owner: Cornelius Traweek
Owner in 1992: Cornelius Henry Traweek, Jr.
Cornelius Traweek & Mary Rogers Catching were married the 9th of Nov 1837
James T. Alford & Martha Eliza Traweek were married the 23rd of June 1864
William Warren Alford & Mary Blair Traweek were married Jan 9, 1866
Cornelius Traweek was born Apr. 6, 1807 in Robeson Co. NC
Mary Rogers Catching ws born Sept. 21, 1819 in Pike Co. MS
Martha Eliza, daughter of Cornelius & Mary Traweek was born Jan. 20, 1843
Mary Blair Traweek was born Aug. 3, 1848 at Willow Oak Grove
Cornelius Holcomb Alford, son of James T. & Martha Eliza Alford, was born at China Grove, May 15, 1865
Mary Jane Alford, daughter of William Warren & Mary Blair Alford, was born Feb. 18, 1867
Julius Whitford Alford, son of James T. & Martha Eliza Alford, was born the 29th of June 1868
Martha E. Alford departed this life on the 30th of March 1869
Cornelius Traweek died at Georgetown, MS, March 28, 1864
Mary R. Traweek, wife of C. Traweek, died at Crystal Springs, Aug. 24, 1880
AAFA NOTES:For more on the family of James Thomas Alford, see Vol. XX above. William Warren Alford was the
brother of James Thomas, also son of Julius Caesar Alford and Mary Jane Cammack. He was born Sep. 28,
1845, Copiah Co. MS and died Aug. 13, 1927. He and Mary Blair Traweek Alford are buried in Gallman
Cemetery, Copiah Co. MS.
Volume XXIV, 1998
CHERRY-HOWELL BIBLE - various MS counties
Original owner: Adam R. Howell
Record contributed by Josephine Howell Marquis, Vicksburg, MS
Francis Allen Howell, born 26 Aug 1878 in Holmes Co., died 29 Feb 1940,
Cleveland, MS; married 27 Dec 1911, Lexington MS
Johnie Lynn Fincher, born 1 Oct 1879, in Carroll Co. MS, died 17 Nov 1989 in Jackson, MS
Josephine Fincher Howell, born 18 Aug 1920 in Cleveland, MS, married 6 Aug 1943,
Elbert Robert Alford, Jr.
AAFA NOTES:Elbert Robert Jr. was the son of Elbert Robert Alford and Annie Wiggins who married Dec. 21, 1919,
Bolivar Co. MS. Elbert Jr. was born Jan. 10, 1921, Greene Co. MS and died in Nueces Co. TX, Nov. 11,
1996. His parents are buried in Shaw Cemetery, Bolivar Co. MS. The marriage of Josephine Howell and
Elbert Robert Alford Jr. occurred in Dade Co. FL. Elbert Robert Alford was the son of Ephraim D.
Alford and Frances V. Reed who married in Greene Co. MS, Aug. 3, 1897. Ephraim was born in 1829 in
South Carolina and we are still searching for his parents.
DOUGLASS BIBLE - Tallahatchie/Lafayette Co. MS
Original owner: Mrs. Callie Kimmons (Caroline O. Douglass Kimmons).
Owner in 1981: Mrs. O.H. Douglass, Oxford, MS.
This bible record is from FAMILY TIES, VOL. 1, BIBLE RECORDS, published by the Skipwith
Historical & Genealogical Society and printed by P-Vine Press, Columbia, TN, 1981:
Walter J. Douglass b March 14 1819 [Alabama]
Elizabeth A. Cowger b March 13 1925 [Tennessee]
Essie b Nov 29 1844 [Mississippi]
Essie m. John Alford [Oct 16, 1879, Lafayette Co. MS]
AAFA NOTES:This is Mary Essie Douglass, mother of Hunter Dogan Alford and wife of John Hudson Alford. For
more, see Robert W. Laughlin Bible above.