Achsah Mentora ALFORD: Birth: 15 Feb 1846.
Note: NI566623 General: John Rogers Alford (Sr.) was one of four children born to Kinchen Alford, 1779-1815 and Asenath Deany Wooten Alford, 1786-1842. He was born in Walton, Georgia, August 4, 1810, had only a fair amount of education, and succeeded largely by sheer force of his ability and industry. He began his working life as a grocery clerk in Walton, Georgia. In 1836, he moved to Alabama. His time was largely taken up with public affairs. He served as an official in Chambers County, Alabama, and he also served in the state legislature. He was a government commissioner in the removal of the Indians from his section of Alabama to Florida. John R. Alford enlisted as a private at LaFayette, Chambers County, Alabama, April 1836 in the war between the United States and the Creek Indians. He was in the Company of Captain Moses Gunn and the Regiment of Alabama Volunteers commanded by Colonel McLemore. He was discharged at LaFayette in July 1836. Another pension record, prepared by the government, showed he enlisted June 1, 1836 and was discharged September 1, 1836. His early political support was given to the Whig Party, but after the War Between the States, he was a loyal Democrat. His advanced age put him in the Home Guard near the close of the War, and he was stationed a short while at West Point, Georgia. He was a Baptist. All his farming operations were carried on with slave labor, and he thus suffered great financial misfortune when the slaves were freed. John Rogers Alford married Amelia Sophronia Beall, a grand-daughter of Brigade Major Thadeus Beall who served in the American Revolutionary War, and daughter of Thadeus Beall, who went to Alabama from Georgia about the same time his son-in-law did. She was born June 11, 1817 in Georgia. They married November 27, 1834 in Taliaferro County, Georgia. Amelia drew a pension of $8.00 a month beginning July 7, 1891. She was paid until her death. In an affidavit required for pension, Amelia described John as six feet high, fair complexion, dark hair and blue eyes. He died November 10, 1881 in LaFayette, Chambers County, Alabama. Mrs. Amelia Alford died in Henderson, Rusk County, Texas on July 9, 1896 and is buried in the Henderson City Cemetery. A sister, Mary Ann Alford Beall is buried in the cemetery in Overton, Rusk County, Texas. Another sister, Pheriba W. Alford Hudson is buried in the Danville Cemetery, Kilgore, Gregg County, Texas. John Rogers Alford and Amelia Sophronia Beall Alford had fifteen children according to a page of the Family Bible which is housed in the National Archives in Washington, D.C. 1860 Chambers County, Alabama Census: JOHN R. ALFORD 49M, Farmer, R$3,500, 14 slaves, P$20,000; AMELIA A. 42F; AUGUSTUS 19M, School, born AL; MARTHA 20F, born AL; MARY 18F, School, born AL; LENORA 17F, School, born AL; EXA (should be ACHSA) 14F, School, born AL; EMMA 12F, School, born AL; ANN E. 10F, School, born AL; JAMES 7M, born AL; JOHN 7M, born AL; KINCHEN 4M, born AL; ALPHEUS (changed to EGBERT BENSON) 2M, born AL. Sources used for the Family of John Rogers Alford and Amelia Sopronia Beall are as follows: John R. Alford Family Bible, Alabama Marriage Records, tombstone data and cemetery records, Service Pension Records, Rusk County Marriage Records, Rusk County Death Records, Federal Census Records, Rusk County Texas Historical Society, Social Security Death Records, Jefferson County Texas Vital Records, Shelby County Texas Vital Records, Chambers County Alabama Vital Records, the Family Records of Charles Alford Norvell, Sam Sitton Norvell and his wife Patsy Ruth Hoegerl, the Family Records of Janie Florey Blackshear, Tully Roland Florey, Jr., Alma Meique Alford Florey, Edward Florey, Don Clark of Chambers County Alabama, and Egbert Landon Alford of Henderson, Texas
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