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ALFORD GENEALOGY


ALFORD, MICHAEL 1
m  MARTHA MCCREADY
b 1760      d 1800
b 1764      
ALFORD, HUGH 2
m  MARTHA WELLER
b 1798      d 1851
b 1805      d 1894
ALFORD, JOHN WELLER 3
m  ELIZABETH TEETER
b 1837      d 1905
b 1843      d 1906
ALFORD, MARY JANE "MERRIE" 4
m  JOHN EATON HARTZELL
b 1866      d 1942
b 1862      d 1904

Introduction

"It all began about 1160 when there was this fellow Richard who lived in a castle near the old Roman road where it forded the River Dee going from England into Wales. Richard was known as "Richard de Ald Ford" or "Richard by the old ford" and that evolved into Richard Aldford. To this day there is a town of Aldford in Chestershire near the River Dee. One can still see faint remains of the Alford Castle that was situated there. In a church there one can view a brass wall plaque that mentions one of the Alford daughters."
That picturesque (but probably apocryphal) account of the history of the surname Alford is from the Rev. Josiah George Alford's Alford Family Notes published by Phillimore and Company, London, England in 1908.
There are also towns named Alford in Lincolnshire, Somerset and Surrey, as well as in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It's interesting that there are no towns in the British Isles named Alvord (although there are several of that spelling in the United States) even though for surnames there are more Alvord than Alford records in the IGI for Britain.
The primary source for our own earliest generations of Alford is The McCready Clan, of Scotland, Ireland and Pennsylvania by Marie McConnell [McConnell, 1965]. See the introduction to the McCready family in this history for an analysis of this source and, in particular, a discussion of its limitations as to the earliest generations. Although she doesn't document their location in the British Isles, it is most likely that Michael and Martha (McCready) Alford were part of the so-called Scotch Irish immigrants who settled western Pennsylvania, among other places in this country. Members of this race were Protestant Scotch by recent bloodline (although from Ireland if you go back to their fourth century ancestors), but resident in Northern Ireland for a few generations before coming to this country in the mid-eighteenth century [Dickson, 1966].
Alford, of course, is not a very Scottish (or Irish, for that matter) sounding surname. During the reign of Charles I of England, Parliament enacted a scheme of raising money to pay for an army to suppress the rebellion in 1641 of the Catholic Irish [O'Hart, 1884]. In return for each "Adventure" purchased (we might call them "Ventures" today), each "Adventurer" was promised, and eventually received, land in Ulster in proportion to the investment made. The name of Alford is one of those who participated in this enterprise (as is Swan) [Bottingheimer, 1971], and that individual could conceivably be the progenitor of our Alford family in Ireland, about 150 years (say, five generations) before our Michael Alford came to America. That James Alford, a London grocer who invested £50 in March 1642, finally received in 1653/54, at the lotteries held at Grocers' Hall, London, during the Commonwealth, 111 Irish acres in Waterford, Munster, somewhat south of the more likely roots of our McCready line in County Antrim.
Two hundred years later, by the time of the Griffith Evaluation of households in 1848, there were no Alfords living in Waterford. There were, in fact, only two dozen Alford familys in that survey of all Ireland, most living in or near Dublin.
Our Michael Alford appears to have immigrated in 1790 (see discussion below). There were earlier Alfords in Pennsylvania who might have been related. One was a Hugh Alford taxed on 100 acres in West Pennsborough township of Cumberland county, south central Pennsylvania, in 1780. Since Michael and Martha of our first known generation named a son Hugh (our ancestor), this earlier namesake might be a relative. And since we lose track of Michael and Martha between their 1790 immigration and their purchase of land in western Pennsylvania in late 1798, they might well have been staying with relatives during that period.

Michael Alford  &  Martha McCready
Michael 1 , Hugh 2 , John Weller 3 , Mary Jane "Merrie" 4 Top  

Michael Alford was born about 1760 in Ireland and died 1799/1800 in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. 
Michael was married to Martha before 1789 in Ireland. 
Martha McCready was born 1764 in Ireland.  She was the daughter of Hugh and Mary (Dickson) McCready. 

Michael was an immigrant from Ireland in 1790, possibly coming over with the McCreadys, his wife's family [McConnell, 1965]. This latter surname is undoubtedly Scotch or Scotch-Irish, the people who were the principal settlers of Beaver County (along with some Germans, including our Wellers) on the western border of Pennsylvania. Although some may have come there earlier, the official occupation of the county, then Allegheny, began in 1792. Settlement was dangerous, however, until the Treaty of Greenville which provided for the safety of the settlers after the defeat of the Indians in 1795. It is probable that Michael and Martha tarried in the eastern part of the state when they first arrived, as did some McCreadys who were in Lancaster County in 1790 but later moved to Washington County, just south of Beaver.
The history of this land is interesting. Before Beaver County was created, all the land west of the Allegheny River and Conewango Creek had been purchased by the General Assembly in 1784, and set aside into what were known as Donation Lands to the north, and Depreciation Lands to the south. Depreciation Land was offered for sale in 1785 to redeem certificates given to Pennsylvania Line soldiers to compensate them for having received pay in depreciated currency. Donation Lands were set aside to provide tracts to donate to each Pennsylvania Line soldier and officer who served in Continental service to the end of the war. After it was found that the tracts were not being utilized for their intended purpose, the unsold tracts were opened for settlement in 1792. That represents the earliest date that the Alfords and McCreadys could have settled (legally, at least) in what became South Beaver Township.
The area where the Alfords settled is near the forks of the Mahoning, Shenango, and Neshanock creeks along the Pennsylvania-Ohio border. This was the location of Kuskuski, a center for the Iroquois Indians of the Ohio Valley during the decade from 1743 to 1753. After that, the general area was under the control of the Delaware tribe, until finally opened to white settlers. New Castle was platted at the juncture of the creeks in North Beaver Township in 1798, actually laid out in 1800, and by 1806 had twenty houses. The first white settlers were James Stewart, his brothers-in-law John and Hugh Wood, and John McWhorter of New Castle, Delaware, who came together early in 1798. (See our McCready Chapter with regard to a possible Stewart ancestry of Martha.) It was south and east of this town that the Alfords, McCreadys, and Wellers established their farms and homes. In 1800 Beaver County was erected to include this region, but remained attached to Allegheny County until 1803. In 1849 a new county of Lawrence would be carved out of Beaver and Mercer Counties, with New Castle as its county seat.
Michael and Martha on 27 Nov 1798 bought from Ephraim Young 400 acres on Little Beaver Creek in Allegheny County adjoining land of John McCready [Allegheny County Deed Book 10:216]. Thus, both families settled in this part of western Pennsylvania very shortly after the first settlers came early that same year.
A map of Beaver county as it was shown in 1817 is shown below [Bausman, 1904]. I've added a dark oval to mark the location of the Alford and McCready parcels on Little Beaver Creek, and the land from there northward later became part of Lawrence County. The dashed line just north of their properties is the northern limit of the Distribution Lands. The Ohio River can be seen looping briefly across the southern edge of the county.
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Beaver Townships 1817

By the time of the 1800 census Michael had died, and Martha was censused (as Martha Allford) in South Beaver Township with one son ten to fifteen (Stewart), and 4 sons (John, William, Hugh and Thomas) and 2 daughters (Elizabeth and Elinor) under the age of ten, and herself 26 to 44. She appeared in the census between William McCready, identified by McConnell [1965] as her brother, and John Sharp, possibly the man who married Mary McCready, daughter of Daniel McCready, a probable first cousin of Martha. On the 20 March 1802 tax list, Martha was still listed as head of household, but in 1803, the tax list for Big Beaver Township shows only James Quigley with 200 acres. Apparently he and Martha were married 1802/1803.
In 1810 James Quigley was censused in Big Beaver Twp., Beaver County (11001 22010) indicating one male and two females under ten (Martha Alford and Julia Ann and James Quigley), 1 male and two females 10 to 15 (either William, Hugh or Thomas Alford, and presumably Elizabeth and Elinor Alford who were actually over 16), a female 26 to 44 (Martha, who was actually 45 or 46), and himself over 45.
James Quigley was censused 1820 (010001 01001 0100), a farmer with a male and a female between 10 and 16 years (Julia Ann and James Quigley, about 15 and 14 at the time), and he and Martha were both over age 45. Her Alford children by 1820 were all on their own in Shenango Township. It's interesting that later land maps show that the McCreadys moved north from Martha's land, while her sons moved a ways east to Shenango.
Maps of surveyed plats in Lawrence County are available online in the Digital Map Library of the U. S. GenWeb Archives. The Big Beaver Twp. map shows in detail the 430 acres plat of "Martha Quigley, Executrix for heirs of Michael Alford". Abuting her land is the property of her brother John McCready, which he called "Difficulty Surmounted". Somewhat to the north lies the property of Robert Paden, Martha's brother-in-law, husband of her sister Elizabeth McCready.
Here I've taken a detail of that map, on the left below, then traced the three land parcel boundaries in black, Little Beaver Creek (in blue), and county and township boundaries (in green) to overlay them on a modern USGS map of the area. The plat map had to be rotated slightly to align the boundaries. The vertical green line is the boundary between Little Beaver Township, on the left, and Big Beaver Township. The town of New Galilee is about 0.4 miles south of the southernmost tip of Martha's plat. So, if you've driven the Pennnsylvania Turnpike in the western part of the state, you've crossed the land that 200 years ago belonged to the Alfords.
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Martha (McCready) Alford Quigley plat map

This plat of Martha's straddles the line marked (on the original, east of this detail) "County Line", between Lawrence and Beaver Counties, established in 1849. This dates the original to sometime after that year. From the dates shown, the land was surveyed and warranted, January 1810 through November 1813. When Beaver County was erected in 1800, South Beaver Township extended from the Ohio River north to the Donation Land line [Bausman, 1904], which explains the census location of South Beaver Twp. for this plot of land in 1800.
The children of Michael and Martha (McCready) Alford are taken from McConnell, page 153. She cites a chart by a Mrs. Eckles who in 1927 sent a copy to Mrs. James G. Woodruff of Dodge City, Kansas, a descendant of Daniel McCready. After Mrs. Woodruff's death, her husband sent the chart to Mrs. McConnell in 1961. That this chart was made by a descendant of Daniel McCready provides circumstantial evidence that he and our Martha McCready were closely related, probably siblings.
Martha and Julia Ann were named on this Eckles chart, both by given names only, but McConnell says they "had to be Quigleys". (These two were followed by James Quigley - explicitly - on this chart of Martha's children.) Michael's son Thomas was according to the chart born in 1800, and by the time of the census that year Michael had died, but this Martha could have been conceived between those two times, and born after her father died. The reason for this interpretation of mine is that the Weller Genealogy from Mrs. Markley gives the name of the wife of William Weller as Martha Alford. In 1830 William Weller was censused in the middle of a group of seven relatives of Martha (McCready) Alford. The 1850 census has the age of William Weller's wife Martha as 48 (thus born 1801/02, in Pennsylvania). Finally, William Weller's sister Martha Weller married Hugh Alford, son of Michael and Martha. So these are the clues to Martha's identity as the daughter of Michael Alford, not of James Quiqley, and inaccuracies of the date estimates surely contribute to the difficulty in pinning down the sequence of events.
16 Oct 2000]. The rest come from census ages except in two cases as noted below.
Martha's children by James Quigley are, of course, not Alfords, but they are our step-relatives. I will provide their story in the McCready Chapter of our history, but simply mention here that by James she had Julia Ann and James Quigley, born about 1804 and on 8 Aug 1805, respectively. James, Jr., married a Mary Sharp and they had eleven children born about 1835 through 1860, who for the most part stayed in Slippery Rock Township. What we know of them will be included in the McCready Chapter, but until that appears online, anyone interested is invited to get in touch with me by e-mail to discuss that lineage.
The eight children of Michael and Martha (McCready) Alford: Stewart, John A., Elizabeth, Elinor, William, Hugh, Thomas and Martha. 
1    Alford, Stewart was born about 1789 in Ireland, died 22 Feb 1854 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania and was buried in New Castle, Pennsylvania.  He was married to Sarah Shaw before Jan 1847.  Sarah was born 1792/1795 in Washington Co., Pennsylvania and died 1867 in Lawrence, Pennsylvania. 
Stewart was a soldier and lost a leg during the siege of Fort Erie, August through October, 1814, by the British forces. Sometime after his return home, he moved across the state line to Unity Twp., Columbiana County, Ohio. This location was about 14 mile west and 8 miles south of Shenango Twp. where he was raised. He was censused, as Stewart Alfred, in Unity Unity in 1840 (11000001… - 100001…) indicating that he was aged 50-60 and his wife 30-40. The children in the household were a boy and girl aged under five, and a boy aged 5-10. I don't have the ages of Sarah's children by her first husband, so it's not clear as to just whose children these were, but probably Stewart's step-children.
Stewart worked as a shoemaker, and lived in Shenango township with his brothers Thomas and Michael. The 1850 census gives his age as 58, and his birthplace as Ireland. This combination contradicts the well attested fact that his "older" brother John was born on 18 Jul 1790 during the voyage to America. The simplest explanation I've come up with is that Stewart was actually older than John, so born in Ireland before 1790 and was at least 61 years old in 1850. This is supported by the fact that Stewart gave his age as 51 in 1841 on military pensioner papers. Consequently (Jan 2009), Ive moved his position in the family to firstborn.
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Stewart Alford, 1850 in Shenango Twp.

With Stewart in 1850 was Sarah, his wife, aged 57, David Gribble (sic), 10, and Amanda Garner, 16. McConnell gives Sarah's birth year as ca. 1799, so she must have read the census as age 51 (the horizontal part of the "7" is quite faint), and speculates that the two young children in the household were grandchildren, which is not the case. Nothing more has been found about Amanda, but see below regarding David.
The facts of Sarah's life were given to me in January, 2009 by Kathy Miller [Personal Communication and WorldConnect web pages]. All that follows here are the result of Kathy's research. Although she is not completely sure, all of the evidence she has collected points to Sarah's parents being John and Jane Shaw of Washington County, Pennsylvania. John brought his family north to Beaver County about 1801 and purchased land in that part of Shenango Twp. which later became Slippery Rock Twp.
Sarah's first marriage in 1813 was with David Crable, and the couple had seven children, George Washington, John T., Angeline, Samuel, Elizabeth, Mary and David Perry Crable, all born about 1814 through 1840, all except possibly the first born in Shenango Twp., Beaver County, Pennsylvania. The younget child, David Perry Crable, is clearly the David "Gribble" censused in 1850 with Sarah and Stewart, and hence Stewart's step-son.
Sometime after David died in 1844 and before Jan 1847, Sarah married Stewart Alford and was his wife until he died 22 Feb 1854. The 1847 date marks the commencement of a court battle in which some of her Crable chlldren instituted procedings to eject Sarah and Stewart from land they had inherited from their father, Dr. David Crable. That struggle lasted essentially all of the rest of Sarah's life, although it abated somewhat when she remarried again after Stewart's death.
Sarah was married 3 May 1855 to Thomas Hanna, a well-to-do farmer of Shenango Twp., and lived with him for another decade until her own death in 1867. The couple were censused (as Hamah) 1860 in Shenango Twp. living next to his son Thos. R. "Hamah", a Farm Agent.
Sarah wrote her will 25 Jun 1867 which was probated in Lawrence County 20 Sep 1867. Her executor was James Shaw, and mentioned in the will were her sons John J. and David Crable, and her daughter Angeline Cubbison. As far as is known, Sarah and Stewart had no children together, since she was about 50 when they married.
2    Alford, John A. was born 18 Jul 1790 in Atlantic Ocean, died 2 Jun 1877 and was buried in Center United, Presbyterian, New Castle.  He was married (1) to Ruth Eckles 1810.  Ruth was born 15 Aug 1792 in Beaver County, Pennsylvania and died 30 Oct 1865 in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania.  She was the daughter of Arthur and Abagail ( ) (Mathews) Eckles.  He was married (2) to Elisabeth ____ 1865/1870.  Elisabeth was born 1800/1801 in Pennsylvania. 
It has been reported by McConnell, [op. cit.], that John was born while the family was coming over from Ireland. In the 1880 census his daughters Martha and Eleanor, at that time widows living together, reported that their father was born on the Atlantic Ocean, while his sons Arthur, Thomas and Stewart said that he was born in Ireland. Then, in 1900, Stewart changed his vote and said that John's birthplace was "Sea". I interpret these records to mean that the family emigrated from Ireland, and that John, conceived there, was born on the voyage to the new world.
Unfortunately, John's own 1850 census record is somewhat defective as to his birthplace. This particular census taker only wrote down the place of birth when it differed from the previous ones, leaving blanks instead of using ditto marks. The result implies, incorrectly, that both John and his son Arthur, adjacent in the census, were born in New Jersey, a previous family's birthplace. Clearly, the census taker simply neglected to record the birthplaces of both Alfords, an unfortunate oversight from any point of view.
16 Oct 2000], a researcher of the Eckles family, gave 18 July 1790 for his birth. I understand that his source for this date was Eckles and Eckels families in the United States... by Harry E. Eckles, 1946. Thus the year of the family's immigration would seem to be firmly fixed as 1790.
John enlisted at Albany (New Albany in eastern PA?) 20 May 1814, in the 15th U. S. Infantry. He was 23 years old, 5 feet, 7 3/4 inches tall, born in Ireland, and enlisted for the duration of the war. I don't know how long he served, but his enlistment was just before the seige of Fort Erie during which his brother Stewart lost his leg, and the War of 1812 wound down in 1815.
On the 1815 Big Beaver Township Tax List, John appears owning 80 acres, 1 horse and 1 cow.
John was censused 1820 and 1830 in Shenango Township, Beaver County, adjoining New Castle to the southeast, where his brothers Hugh and Thomas also settled. In that latter year he and his wife were recorded as 30-40 years old, and they had 2 sons under 5, one 5 to 10, and one 10-15, plus four daughters, one in each five year age range.
In 1836 John and his brother Thomas were signers of a petition to divide Shenango Township to form Slipperyrock Township. In 1850 he and his family were censused in South Slipperyrock, where he remained a farmer for the rest of his life.
John and Ruth, 59 and 58, were censused 1850 in South Slipperyrock Tp. with their three youngest children, Rebecca, Stewart and Silas, ages 16, 14 and 11.
The census for John in 1860 shows John Alford, 70, and Elizabeth Alford, 63 in Slipperyrock Township. Also in their home in 1860 were Sylvester Alford, 16, and N. E. Zeeliche, a 9 year old female. I've not been able to find out anything more for Sylvester, and I have no idea what the recorded name Zeeliche really was.
The 1860 census does not show that he was born in Pennsylvania, and the actual place name is carelessly written, but I think it reads "Unown". Finally, however in 1870, when John was 80 years old, we have a clear record that he reported his own birthplace as Ireland. John, a Retired Farmer, was censused in Slippery Rock with Elisabeth Alford, 69, and Elisabeth Guist, 18, both keeping house for him. Note that these last two censuses place Elizabeth Alford's birth year as 1796/1801.
Personal Communication, 16 Oct 2000], and in County Down according to [Howard Ecklesm http://www.enterweb.com/eckels/index.html]. This latter source relates details of the famiy's emigration ca. 1748. While examining IGI records of Eckles in Ireland, I came across a John Dickson Eccles, b 22 Sep 1783 in Ecclesville, Tyrone, Ireland, son of Daniel Eccles and Ann Dickson. This Ann would have been just one generation later than the Mary and Elizabeth Dickson sisters proported to have married McCready brothers, with Mary being the mother of Martha (McCready) Alford. While no relationship can be inferred, these Eccles/Dickson/McCready/Alford/Eckles connections at least provide a hint not to overlook County Tyrone in researching our McCready ancestry.
The children of Ruth and John's, and their families and descendants, are identified here from a number of sources. Almost all of those are incomplete and contradictory to others, and so the results I show are the best interpretation I can make of what I've found, but the stricture of reader beware applies especially here. For example, as mentioned above, sixteen year old Sylvester Alford was censused 1860 in their home and is sometimes ascribed as the youngest child in the family, born six years after Silas. He was not named in the 1850 census as a six year old child in the family. Ruth was fifty-two years old when Sylvester was born, and it seems unlikely, at best, that he was her child, and I've found no primary record to that effect.
The thirteen children of John A. and Ruth (Eckles) Alford: ____, ____, Ruth, Arthur E., Martha, ____, Eleanor "Nellie", John, Thomas J., Elizabeth, Rebecca, Stewart G. and Silas W. 
i    Alford, ____ was born about 1811. 
There were two daughters censused in 1820 as well as in 1830, but we have no name for this eldest one. It is also possible that these first two children listed here were not children of John and Ruth, but someone else's children living with them that year.
ii    Alford, ____ was born about 1813. 
There were also two sons censused in John and Ruth's family in 1820. We do not have a name for this first son, either.
iii    Alford, Ruth was born 22 Jun 1815 in Pennsylvania and died 25 Aug 1887 in Concord Twp., Dodge, Minnesota.  She was married to William Harrison Moreland about 1834.  William Harrison was born 18 Sep 1812 in Pennsylvania and died 1865 in Cass County, Missouri. 
Oct 2011]. His descent is shown here:
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The four children of William Harrison and Ruth (Alford) Moreland: Wilson J., Martha Ann, Rachal Ellen and William Harrison. 
1    Moreland, Wilson J. was born 10 Jul 1835 in New Castle, Lawrence, Pennsylvania. 
2    Moreland, Martha Ann was born 18 Jun 1839 in Pennsylvania.  She was married to James Edward "Jim" Ellas 15 Oct 1859 in Concord Twp., Dodge, Minnesota.  James Edward "Jim" was born 10 Aug 1833 in Lassellsville, Fulton, New York and died 2 Aug 1918 in Milton, Dodge, Minnesota. 
3    Moreland, Rachal Ellen was born 12 Oct 1844 in Muncie, Delaware, Indiana. 
4    Moreland, William Harrison was born 12 Apr 1847 in Muncie. 
iv    Alford, Arthur E. was born 1816/1817 and died 30 May 1885.  He was married to Rebecca Scott 26 Nov 1842.  Rebecca was born 2 Oct 1820 and died before 17 Feb 1896. 
Arthur and Rebecca were censused in South Slipper Rock Township in 1850, he 34 and she 30, with their one month old daughter Ruth. This census entry is adjacent to that of his father John. In 1860 their Slipperyrock census listed three children, Ruth E., John and Samuel, four households away from that of his father. In 1870, their youngest daughter appears, born 1860/61.
In the 1880 census in Slippery Rock, Arthur, as "A. E.", gave his age as 63, or born 1816/17, and Rebecca in 1820/21, which agrees with her known birth date. That year they had their son Samuel, 23 years of age, at home. Arthur gave his place of birth as Pennsylvania, his father's birthplace as Ireland, and his mother's as Pennsylvania.
There was an announcement 17 Feb 1896 in the New Castle News of the death of Rebecca, wife of Arthur Alford.
McConnell lists as the children of Arthur and Rebecca: Sarah E., James S., Ruth E., John C., Samuel S. and Rebecca A. Also given below are descents for several generations from some of these children.
The six children of Arthur E. and Rebecca (Scott) Alford: Sarah Elizabeth, James Scott, Ruth Ellen, John Calvin, Samuel Scott and Rebecca. 
1    Alford, Sarah Elizabeth was born 2 Nov 1844 in Princeton, Lawrence, Pennsylvania. 
2    Alford, James Scott was born 20 Oct 1846 in Princeton and died 17 Mar 1850. 
3    Alford, Ruth Ellen was born 27 Apr 1850 in Princeton and died 1910/1920.  She was married to Daniel Gross 16 Jan 1879.  Daniel was born Mar 1851 in Pennsylvania and died 1910/1920. 
Daniel and Ruth Gross were censused 1900 in Slippery Rock Twp., Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, in 1900. He was a farmer whose father had been born in Germany and his mother in Pennsylvania. They had been married 21 years, with no chilldren. They were still in Slippery Rock in 1910, but I could find neither one in the 1920 census index.
4    Alford, John Calvin was born 30 Sep 1853 in Princeton, Lawrence, Pennsylvania, died after 1892 and was buried in Center United, Presbyterian, New Castle.  He was married to Ella Jane "Ellen" McCullough 31 Jan 1871.  Ella Jane "Ellen" was born 9 Oct 1853 in Prospect, Butler, Pennsylvania and died 15 Dec 1928 in Grove City, Mercer, Pennsylvania.  She was the daughter of George Washington and Mary (McCormick) McCullough. 
From his son John Calvin Alford's burial as "Jr.", I expand this John's middle initial "C" to "Calvin".
John and Ella Jane were second cousins, both being grandchildren of Michael and Martha (McCready) Alford, John through Michael and Martha's son John A., Ella Jane through their daughter Elizabeth.
John, a farmer, and Ellen Alford were censused 1880 in Slippery Rock, Lawrence Co. with their first two children, Mary R. and Howard S., at home. In 1900 they were still in Slippery Rock, having been married 29 years. Ellen had borne 4 children, of whom three were still living, including Eva who was at home at age 15. Two households away was the census of their daughter's family, Mary and William Leslie including their grandson Howard S. Leslie.
The four children of John Calvin and Ella Jane "Ellen" (McCullough) Alford: Mary Rebecca, Howard Scott, John Calvin and Eva Eliza. 
i    Alford, Mary Rebecca was born 6 Nov 1872 in Slippery Rock, Lawrence, Pennsylvania.  She was married to William Stuart Leslie 1894/1895.  William Stuart was born 21 Feb 1869 in Slippery Rock and died 13 Oct 1947 in Lawrence, Pennsylvania.  He was the son of John and Christina (Mayne) Leslie. 
William Leslie was a farmer in Slippery Rock Twp., Lawrence Co., Pennsylvania. Rebecca and William were censused in 1900 and reported being married 5 years, and their one child, Howard S., was four years old. They were listed two households away from her parents, John and Ellen Alford.
Their 1910 census indicates that they had been married 15 years, and that Howard was the only child Mary had born.
William's parents were found on a WorldConnect web page of Nancy Smith.
A child of William Stuart and Mary Rebecca (Alford) Leslie: Howard Stuart. 
1    Leslie, Howard Stuart was born 24 Aug 1906 in Pennsylvania and died 31 Mar 1980 in Shenango Twp., Lawrence, Pennsylvania.  He was married to Della Leona Houk.  Della Leona was born 19 Apr 1903.  She was the daughter of James M. and Sarah (English) Houk. 
Howard's middle name, wife and inlaws were found on the WorldConnect web page of Nancy Smith.
In 1920 Howard was still living with his parents and working on the farm.
ii    Alford, Howard Scott was born 5 Jan 1874 in Princeton, Lawrence, Pennsylvania and died about 8 Dec 1932 in San Jose, California.  He was married to Margaret M. Brennen? 1898.  Margaret M. was born 1877/1878 in Ireland. 
Howard S. Alford was censused 1930 in San Jose Township, Santa Clara, California with his wife Margaret M. and a 15 year old nephew John J. Brennan, born in California of parents both born in Ireland. I'm showing that as a possible surname for Margaret. This census indicated that Howard and Margaret had been married when he was 25 and she was 22.
Margaret might be the daughter born 1876/1877 to John and Catharine Brennen in Cass, Schuykill, Pennsylvania, but that supposition is based only on the similarity of name, age and Pennsylvania birth, which is not enough by itself to accept such a linkage.
iii    Alford, John Calvin was born 29 Apr 1883, died 12 Mar 1884 and was buried in Center United, Presbyterian, New Castle. 
iv    Alford, Eva Eliza was born 31 Dec 1884. 
5    Alford, Samuel Scott was born 10 Oct 1856 in Princeton, Lawrence, Pennsylvania and died 31 Dec 1934 in Slippery Rock, Lawrence, Pennsylvania.  He was married to Mary E. Kerchoff 26 Oct 1881.  Mary E. was born Jan 1860 in Pennsylvania. 
Samuel S. and Mary E. Alford were censused 1900 in New Castle, Lawrence County in 1900 with their three children, Ira, Mary K. and Rena. Samuel was a well driller.
Mary was censused at age six months in 1860 with her parents Rhuben and Sarah Kerchoff, and again at ages 10 and 20 at home with them. Reuben was a farmer in Slippery Rock Twp., Lawrence County.
In 1900 Reuben was censused as Kerchief, and he and Sarah had a boarder in their home, John Keller, a widower age 88 born Feb 1812 in Pennsylvania. This could be Sarah's father, particularly since she gave her daughter Mary the middle name of Keller, and so I've taken this as her maiden name. However, in 1850, the only 12 year old Sarah I could find was in the household of Andrew and Elisabeth Keller in Bullskin, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, so I'm not quite sure that John was her father.
In 1910 Mary E. Alford, 50, was living in Ward 5, New Castle, Lawrence County with her daughters Rena, 20, and Mamie K., 23, and with her parents, Reuben and Sarah Kerchoff. She was listed as married, but Samuel wasn't in the home with her, and I was unable to locate him anywhere in the census indexes for that year. Mary wasn't working outside the home, but Rena was working as a Chocolate Dipper in a Candy Shop, and Mamie as an "Operator PowerMach" in an overall factory.
In 1920, Sarah Kirchoff, then 80 years old, was head of household in the 4th Precinct of New Castle with her daughter Mary E. Alford, 59, her granddaughter Mamie K. Alford, 34, and her great-grandson Thaddeus Lutz, 7 year old son of Mamie's sister Rena. Mary was listed this time as a widow, but I have a date 31 Dec 1934 for Samuel's death. One of these records must be wrong. Perhaps Mary considered herself a grass widow. Mamie was working this year as a Seamstress in a Manufactory. Here are four generations in one household:
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Sarah, Mary, Mamie and Thaddeus - 1920

The three children of Samuel Scott and Mary E. (Kerchoff) Alford: Ira Kerchoff, Mary "Mamie" Keller and Irene Scott "Rena". 
i    Alford, Ira Kerchoff was born 14 May 1883 and died 7 Dec 1950.  He was married to Caroline E. Glasser before 29 Nov 1907.  Caroline E. was born 5 Apr 1883 in Rock Twp., Lawrence, Pennsylvania and died 27 Sep 1973 in New Castle, Lawrence, Pennsylvania.  She was the daughter of Thomas H. and Phoebe Bell (Leech) Glasser. 
McConnell gave 14 Apr 1883 for Ira's birth date, but his 1900 census at age 17 gave May 1883. I've kept parts of both sources. In 1920 Ira K(?). Alford with his wife Caroline E. were censused in New Castle, Lawrence Co., both 36 years of age. They had a son and a daughter in their home, ages 10 and 9(?), but the census image is so poor that I cannot read their names. Someone age 67 was also living there, but again the name is not legible.
In 1930 Ira was working as a plumber and still living in New Castle. They were both 46, and had been married 24 years. Their sons Harry L., 20, and Clare E., 19, were at home, and also living with them was Ruth E. Gross, 79, described as an aunt.
filed 1941-1971, (Allegheny) Pennsylvania]. I think it not unlikely that these are the same Caroline, but I've been unable to confirm this hunch.
There was an Ella Glasser working as a servent in the home of William and Alma Kennedy in Ward 2, Duquesne, Allegheny County in 1900. She gave her birth date as Sep 1882. This town is about six miles from Boston, the two of them about 15 miles southeast of Pittsbugh.
The two children of Ira Kerchoff and Caroline E. (Glasser) Alford: Harry L. and Claire E. 
1    Alford, Harry L. was born 6 Jun 1909 and died 30 Jul 1970.  He was married to Dolores Gould about 15 Sep 1936.  Dolores died before 9 Sep 1993. 
2    Alford, Claire E. was born 23 Nov 1910 and died before Oct 1973.  He was married to Elma E. Badger 22 Mar 1940.  Elma E. died before 24 Jan 1998.  She was the daughter of ____ and Mattie A. (____) Badger. 
Claire and Elma's wedding announcement said that he was affiliated with the Pennsylvania Power Company, and that she was a member of the teachers staff at the West Side School.
The two children of Claire E. and Elma E. (Badger) Alford: John Edwin and Suzanne Ellen. 
i    Alford, John Edwin was born 10 Jul 1949 and died before 17 Dec 1974.  He was married to Mary Jo Smith 17 Dec 1974. 
The announcement in the New Castle News of the marriage of John Edwin Alford and Mary Jo Smith on 30 Nov 1974 said that she is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dick Reynolds of Mount Dora, Florida. The wedding took place in the home of Mrs. Claire Alford, the mother of the groom.
There was an announcement of the death of John Edwin Alford in the New Castle News which named his wife as Mary Jo Smith.
ii    Alford, Suzanne Ellen was born 13 Jun xxxx.  She was married to Joseph Thomas Frankovich 20 Oct 1973 in New Castle. 
There is an announcement of the death of Suzanne E. Alford in the 7 Nov 1973 New Castle News which names her husband as Joseph Frankovich, Jr. If that item applies to this daughter of Claire and Elma, it means she died at age 24. An examination of that newspaper item is necessary before accepting Joseph as the husband of this Suzanne.
ii    Alford, Mary "Mamie" Keller was born 10 Dec 1885. 
From some now unknown source, possibly McConnell, I had it that Mary married a Thornberg, but note (above) that she was supporting her mother, sister and nephew in 1920 at age 35. I was unable to identify her in the 1930 census indexes, either as an Alford or a Thornberg.
iii    Alford, Irene Scott "Rena" was born 27 Apr 1889.  She was married to ____ Lutz. 
Rena's birth date as given by McConnell was 27 Apr 1889, her 1900 census had "Apr 1888, 11 years" with the 11 then overwritten with a 12. It's hard to judge which year she was actually born. I've been unable to find any record of her marriage, but the Thaddeus Lutz, above, born 1912/13, was surely her son. She may have died before that 1920 census.
A child of ____ and Irene Scott "Rena" (Alford) Lutz: Thaddeus. 
1    Lutz, Thaddeus was born 1912/1913 in Pennsylvania. 
6    Alford, Rebecca was born 18 Aug 1860 in Princeton, Lawrence, Pennsylvania and died 27 Mar 1873. 
v    Alford, Martha was born Feb 1819 and died 1885.  She was married to W. John McMillen.  W. John was born 1819/1821 in Pennsylvania. 
In 1860 a W. J. McMillen, 40, with wife Mary A., 41 was censused in Hickory Twp., Lawrence County. When the couples' age and the children are compared with Martha's, it seems that this is indeed her family. Why the given name Mary appears I don't know. W. J. was a farmer, and the chldren are shown as Jno, 20, Elizbeth, 14, Wm, 11, R. H., 8, and Marth, 1. The R. H. is presumably Rebecca M., and again why the middle initial is given as "H" is unknown.
In 1870, however, in the same township, the wife of W. John McMillen (indexed as McMiller), 48, was named Martha, 51, both born in Pennsylvania. Their three daughters were at home, Mary E., 24, Rebecca ?., 17, and Martha A., 11. I cannot read the ornate middle initial of Rebecca, but it definitely was not "M". The census taker misplaced the household and famiy number of the next family, so it looks like Kate McMillen, 3, was living next door. The second next family was that of their son Wm S. McMillen, 21 and his wife Martha J., age 22.
By 1880, Martha was a widow, in Hickory Twp. next to her son William, with her daughter Kate and her sister Eleanor (by her second married name, Kelty) in her home:
Martha MC MILLEN
Kate MC MILLEN
Eleanor KELTY
Self
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52
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ATLANTIC OCEAN PA
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1880 Census, Hickory, Lawrence, Pennsylvania

In 1900, Martha was living with her youngest daughter Kate and her son-in-law Thomas Chambers (see below). She had borne eight children of whom six were alive that year. I have record of only seven.
The seven children of W. John and Martha (Alford) McMillen: John A., Mary Elizabeth, William S., Rebecca, Martha A., Emily and Kate. 
1    McMillen, John A. was born 1838/1840.  He was married to S. E. ____.  S. E. was born 1841/1842 in Pennsylvania. 
The children of J. A. and "S. E." McMillen were Jennie and John, ages 7 and 3, in the 1880 census in Scott, Lawrence County. J. A.'s age was 41 and his wife's 38. He was a farmer.
The two children of John A. and S. E. (____) McMillen: Jennie and John. 
i    McMillen, Jennie was born 1872/1873 in Pennsylvania. 
ii    McMillen, John was born 1876/1877 in Pennsylvania. 
2    McMillen, Mary Elizabeth was born Apr 1846 in Pennsylvania.  She was married to W. J. Glass 1870/1871.  W. J. was born Jul 1847 in Pennsylvania. 
Mary Elizabeth and W. J. lived in Scott Township; he was a farmer. Their three children were Martha, Jane and Joseph Glass, but the two daughters' names given for the 1880 census were Mattie and Jennie, ages 5 and 3. W. J.'s father was born in Ireland and his mother in Pennsylvania.
In 1900 William J. and Mary E. Glass were living in New Castle, Lawrence Township. He as a steel worker and his wife a day laborer.
The three children of W. J. and Mary Elizabeth (McMillen) Glass: Martha "Mattie", Jane "Jennie" and Joseph. 
i    Glass, Martha "Mattie" was born 1874/1875 in Pennsylvania. 
Martha married a Reiber, and had three children, Clarence, John and Gladys Reiber.
ii    Glass, Jane "Jennie" was born 1876/1877 in Pennsylvania. 
Jane married Samuel P. McCreary and they had a son Leon E. McCreary.
iii    Glass, Joseph. 
3    McMillen, William S. was born about 1849.  He was married to Martha J. ____.  Martha J. was born about 1848. 
Wm. S. and Martha J McMillen were censused 1870 two houses away from his parents. William was a farmer. In 1880 he was censused adjacent to his widowed mother, with Martha, their two children, and a retired housekeeper Rebecka Mullen, age 60 and born in Ireland. This might, of course, be Martha's mother, but I have not been successful in using that surname to find other records of the family.
The two children of William S. and Martha J. (____) McMillen: Joseph and Minnie. 
i    McMillen, Joseph was born 1875/1876 in Pennsylvania. 
ii    McMillen, Minnie was born 1876/1877 in Pennsylvania. 
4    McMillen, Rebecca was born about 1853 in Pennsylvania and died after 1920.  She was married to Lyman Thorn.  Lyman was born about 1851 in Pennsylvania. 
Rebecca's middle initial was given as "M" by McConnell, appeared as "H" in 1860, and was unreadable in 1870. By 1880 it was back to "M". Lyman, a Sawyer of Lumber, and Rebecca M. Thorn were censused in Hickory, Lawrence County with their three children that year.
From the birth places of the children, Lyman and Rebecca apparently were in Ohio in 1785/86, but whether that was a move, or a visit, is not apparent, and they were back in Pennsylvania by 1798/99. Hickory Twp. is just east of New Castle, which is about 20 miles from Youngstown, OH, the largest town in the area.
By 1920, Rebecca F. Thorn was a widow living with her son Harry's family in the 12th Ward of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The three children of Lyman and Rebecca (McMillen) Thorn: Edward, Martha J. and Harry S. 
i    Thorn, Edward was born 1873/1874 in Pennsylvania.  He was married to Florence Madden 29 May 1899 in Lawrence, Pennsylvania. 
I'm naming Florence as Edward's wife based on very flimsy evidence, an unsourced, submitted IGI record that spells his surname as Thorne, and gives no ages or other data except the location in Lawrence County.
ii    Thorn, Martha J. was born 1775/1776 in Ohio. 
iii    Thorn, Harry S. was born Mar 1879 in Pennsylvania.  He was married to Margaret E. ____ 1896/1897.  Margaret E. was born May 1880 in Pennsylvania. 
Harry and Margaret Thorn were censused 1900 in the 4th Ward of New Castle with their daughter Nirta, born May 1898. They had been married three years, and Harry was a tin worker, as were a half dozen of his near neighbors.
By 1910 Harry S. and Margaret E. Thorn were in Penn Twp., Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. That census record shows that Margaret had born 4 chlldren, of whom 3 were still living. Indeed, Nirta, who would have been 12, is not on that census. The other three children were listed, but their names are essentially unreadable. Their ages appear to have been 9, 4 and 1 years. Harry was working as a conductor for a railroad. Interestingly, there were two other Harry Thorns in Allegheny County that year, Harry L, 44, in the 12th Ward of Pittsburgh, and Harry M., 17, in the 16th Ward.
In 1920, the family was in the 12the Ward of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with Harry working as a Railroad Freight Conductor. His mother Rebecca F. Thorn was living with the family at that time. The eldest child, who would have been 19, had either died or was out of the home, the two youngest children were Margaret E., 14, and Paul Edward, 10.
5    McMillen, Martha A. was born 1853/1854 in Pennsylvania.  She was married to T. Scott Fisher.  T. Scott was born 1847/1848 in Pennsylvania. 
T. Scott Fisher, a farmer, and his wife Martha were living in Hickory Twp., Lawrence County in 1880 with their four children, from which record we get their names and ages. He was a farmer, and both of his parents were born in Pennsylvania.
The four children of T. Scott and Martha A. (McMillen) Fisher: Elsie, Rebecka M., Mary E. and Robert R. 
i    Fisher, Elsie was born 1872/1873. 
ii    Fisher, Rebecka M. was born 1874/1875. 
iii    Fisher, Mary E. was born 1876/1877. 
iv    Fisher, Robert R. was born 1878/1879 in Hickory, Lawrence, Pennsylvania. 
6    McMillen, Emily was born about 1858.  She was married to John M. Rhodes.  John M. was born about 1852. 
The three children of John M. and Emily (McMillen) Rhodes: John H., Gertrude and Hazel. 
i    Rhodes, John H. was born 1878/1879 in Pennsylvania.  He was married to Ellen M. ( ) Sivefelter.  Ellen M. was born 1881/1882 in Pennsylvania. 
John H. Rhodes was censused in New Castle in 1920, working as a foreman in a steel(?) mill. I am assuming based on his full name, age and location match that this is the son of John M and Emily Rhodes. His wife's name was given as Ellen M. Rhodes, and they had in their home Earl Sivefilter, named as a stepson. He was 21, and working as a hotel cook. It's hard to tell what that surname reallly was, but it was presumably the surname of a first husband for Ellen.
ii    Rhodes, Gertrude. 
iii    Rhodes, Hazel. 
7    McMillen, Kate was born 1866/1867.  She was married to Thomas W. Chambers 1888.  Thomas W. was born Mar 1862 in Pennsylvania. 
I have from some source, probably McConnell, that Date married a Chambers, and this is proved from the census records.
In 1880 Thomas W. Chambers, 19, was censused in East Brook, Lawrence County with his mother Elizabeth, 49. Then, in 1900 in the 2nd Ward of Allegheny City, Allegheny County, we find Thomas W. and Kate Chambers censused with his mother-in-law Martha McMillen, 81, a widow. They had been married 11 years. From this record we take the birth month/years of all of the family including their three children Jessie A., Ruth and Lloyd. Thomas worked as a salesman living in a rented home on Clifton Park Avenue, and the city was on the north side of the Allegheny and Ohio Rivers from Pittsburgh.
By 1910 Allegheny had been annexed by Pittsburgh, and we find Thomas and Kate in the 25th Ward of that city, he working as a paper hanger.
The three children of Thomas W. and Kate (McMillen) Chambers: Jessie A., Ruth E. and Lloyd M. 
i    Chambers, Jessie A. was born Jul 1889 in Pennsylvania. 
ii    Chambers, Ruth E. was born Mar 1897 in Pennsylvania. 
iii    Chambers, Lloyd M. was born Oct 1899. 
vi    Alford, ____ was born about 1821. 
Again, we have no name for this son.
vii    Alford, Eleanor "Nellie" was born 12 May 1823 and died 19 Jun 1902.  She was married (1) to Robert McCaslin 1843.  Robert was born about 1820 and died 13 Nov 1877.  She was married (2) to ____ Kelty.  ____ died before 1880. 
In 1850 Robert and Eleanor McCaslin, 30 and 27, were censused in Neshannock, Lawrence County, with their three children William, Rachel and Ruth, ages 6, 4 and 2 years.
The 1880 census record shows Eleanor living with her sister Martha, both of them widows. That census implies that Eleanor was born 1827/28, i.e., that she was five years younger than her true age.
By 1900 Eleanor was living with her daughter Rachel and son-in-law John McCreary in Hickory, Lawrence County, at age 77. For some unknown reason, the census taker reported that she had borne only one child, with that one still living. She also reported this year that her father was born at sea.
The six children of Robert and Eleanor "Nellie" (Alford) McCaslin: William, Rachel, Ruth, John, Joseph and D. Scott. 
1    McCaslin, William was born 1843/1844 in Pennsylvania. 
2    McCaslin, Rachel was born 22 Nov 1845 in Pennsylvania and died 19 May 1919.  She was married to John McCreary 13 Jun 1867.  John was born 1 Jan 1841 and died 25 Jan 1925.  He was the son of Enoch and Margaret (Pierson) McCreary. 
John, a farmer, and Rachel were censused, as McCleary, in Hickory Township, Lawrence County in 1870 with their two small sons. In 1880 they had three sons listed, Leon, Earnest and Pearson, ages 11, 10 and 6 years. It may be that Geneva had died by 1880, as she was not at home nor did she appear in every name indexes of that census.
John and Rachael McCreary were censused 1900 in Hickory Township, Lawrence County, with two daughters and her mother Elenor McCaslin, 77. The census taker failed to record his occupation. They were adjacent in the census to her younger brother Joseph McCaslin and his family.
The six children of John and Rachel (McCaslin) McCreary: Robert Leon, Ernest M., Geneva E., Samuel Pearson, Edith E. and Ruth E. 
i    McCreary, Robert Leon was born 1868/1870 in Pennsylvania. 
Robert was listed as 5 months old on 13 Jun 1870.
ii    McCreary, Ernest M. was born 1868/1870 in Pennsylvania. 
iii    McCreary, Geneva E.
iv    McCreary, Samuel Pearson was born 1873/1874 in Pennsylvania. 
This son was censused as Pearson in 1880, and I may have made a mistake in conflating it with the name Samuel I had previously. They could have had a son die before 1880.
v    McCreary, Edith E. was born Aug 1881 in Pennsylvania. 
vi    McCreary, Ruth E. was born Jun 1884. 
3    McCaslin, Ruth was born 1847/1848 in Pennsylvania. 
4    McCaslin, John. 
5    McCaslin, Joseph was born Nov 1852 in Pennsylvania.  He was married to Emily ____ 1891/1892.  Emily was born Dec 1862 in England. 
Joseph and Emily and their four children were censused 1910 adjacent to his sister Rachel McCreary in Hickory, Lawrence County. Joseph was a bookkeeper and his wife a grocer. Emily had had seven children, of whom five were still alive in that year.
The four children of Joseph and Emily (____) McCaslin: Geneva/Genevra, Ernest, Ruth E. and Mary E. 
i    McCaslin, Geneva/Genevra was born Nov 1885 in Pennsylvania. 
ii    McCaslin, Ernest was born Feb 1887 in Pennsylvania. 
iii    McCaslin, Ruth E. was born Apr 1891 in Pennsylvania. 
iv    McCaslin, Mary E. was born Nov 1895 in Pennsylvania. 
6    McCaslin, D. Scott was born Jul 1859 in Pennsylvania.  He was married (1) to ____ ____.  ____ died before 1900.  He was married (2) to Elizabeth H. ____ 1900/1901.  Elizabeth H. was born 1864/1866 in Pennsylvania. 
When the widower Scott McCaslin was censused 1900 at age 40 in Hickory Twp., he had in his home 60 year old Sarah Campbell, born May 1840 and described as a servant. This could be his mother-in-law, although one would expect the census taker to so describe her.
In 1910 D. Scott McCaslin and wife Elizabeth with their two young children were censused in New Castle, where they indicated they had been married nine years, this his second marriage and her first. Scott was a city policeman.
The two children of D. Scott and Elizabeth H. (____) McCaslin: Nancy Jane and Murray F. 
i    McCaslin, Nancy Jane was born 1901/1902 in Pennsylvania. 
ii    McCaslin, Murray F. was born 1903/1905 in Pennsylvania. 
viii    Alford, John was born 1824/1825. 
Floyd Alford's chart notes that John "went west".
He was of the right age to be the John Alford serving as a soldier in the Civil War from Lawrence County, but so was his second cousin John, the son of Thomas and Rebecca Alford. One of them enlisted as a Private on 14 August 1862 in Company B, 135th Infantry Regiment Pennsylvania, and mustered out on 24 May 1863 at Harrisburg, PA.
No Pennsylvania-born John Alford was found in the 1870 or 1880 censuses.
ix    Alford, Thomas J. was born 15 Nov 1827 in Pennsylvania and died 28 Jan 1900 in Lawrence, Pennsylvania.  He was married (1) to Elizabeth Mershimer 13 May 1846.  Elizabeth was born 1 Sep 1829 and died Sep 1856.  She was the daughter of Peter and Lucretia "Polly" (McCaslin) Mershimer.  He was married (2) to Mary Shannon before 1860.  Mary was born May 1828 in Pennsylvania and died 2 Nov 1900. 
Thomas was censused in 1850 as born 1827/28, his wife Elizabeth born 1818/19, and with a one year old child whose name I couldn't read, presumably Mary.
In 1860 Thos. and his second wife Mary were in Slippery Rock, censused adjacent to his younger brother Silas. Thomas was working as a Butcher, 31 years old, Mary was 30, his daughter Mary, 9, and his son James 6 years of age. In 1870 in Slippery Rock, Thomas J., a farmer, and Mary Alford, both 42, were censused with his son James P., 16, and their three children, Thomas J., Emma and George V. L., ages 5, 4 and 3. His daughter Mary was censused in the home of her uncle, John Alford and wife Mary.
"T. J. Alford" was censused 1880 in Princeton, Lawrence County, with a birth year of 1827/28, and a wife Mary of the same age, and their children were named as Emma, 14 and and George, 13. This is the record which places the birth of Thomas' father John in Ireland, as well as both of Mary's parents.
The surnames of Thomas' wives are taken from McConnell, who also lists the children of each. She says they lived in Slipper Rock Township, Thomas working as a farmer. The names of the grandchildren as given here are also from McConnell.
Thomas J. Alford is listed as drafted from Lawrence County during the Civil War. In 1861 Thomas would have been 33 or 34 years old.
Much of the detail of Thomas' family and descendants given here were found on the Carder Family web page of Deborah "Debbie" Carder Mayes.
In 1900 Mary was censused as a 72 year old widowed head of household in Slippery Rock, Lawrence County, with daughter Emma E. and grandchldren Mary A. and James. The census taker did not record the surname Weller for Emma and her daugher Mary A., leaving them as Alfords by implication. Emma is shown as born Mar 1866, married 14 years, and had only one child, Mary A., born Oct 1892. She is recorded as married, not widowed, but apparently separated from her husband Charles Weller.
The grandson James is indeed an Alford, the son of Mary's son James Pollock Alford and Eunice C. Morrison, as shown by the birth date of Dec 1886.
This 1900 record is also defective in that it gives Mary's birth as May 1838 and her age as 72. From other censuses she was born 1827/28, so I accept this record corrected by one decade. The census shows that she owned her home free of a mortgage, but does not report an occupation for either her or Emma.
The four children of Thomas J. and Elizabeth (Mershimer) Alford: Levi, Mary E., James Pollock and Franklin Pierce. 
1    Alford, Levi was born 1849. 
2    Alford, Mary E. was born 1848/1852 and died 4 Oct 1885.  She was married to Erban Henry Morrison.  Erban Henry was born 1 Dec 1847 in Pennsylvania and died 24 May 1933 in New Castle, Lawrence, Pennsylvania.  He was the son of Joseph and Lucy Ann (Zeller) Morrison. 
Erban's given name has been recorded also as Erben, Urban and Irwin in various censuses. The Elk, Clarion, Pennsylvania 13 Sep 1850 census of Joseph and Lucy Ann Morrison, ages 23 and 22, lists a two year old son Urban Huy (Erban Henry) and a daughter Allice Oxana? (Alice Amanda), one month old. Clarion County is some 50 miles east of Lawrence County.
Ten years later, 1860, we find Urban Morrison, age 12, living with the widow Susan Noble, 74, in Tionesta, Venango County. They were censused adjacent to the Mark and Lydia Noble family, ages 34 and 30 with three children ages 2, 4 and 6. Venango is the county abutting Clarion on the northwest. What relationship Susan had to the Morrisons I don't know.
By 1870 Erban was married and censused in Slippery Rock, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, as Irwin Morrison, 22, a farmer, with wife Mary E., 18 and son Frank, 6 months old and recorded as having been born in the month of December (1869).
In 1880 E. Morrison, 31, and Mary, 29, were in Princeton, Lawrence County with Franklin 10 and Hattie 7. Erban was working as a laborer that year.
Mary had died in 1885, and in 1900 the widower Erben L. Morrison, born Dec 1847, was farming in Slippery Rock and had living with him his nephew Wesley Linton, born Jan 1882. Kate Hurne pointed out to me that Wesley was the son of his sister Hannah Jeannette and John Linton.
In 1910 we find him living with his daughter, Hattie Kottraba. There his name was mangled by the census taker as "E. H. Ervan", father-in-law, 62 year old widower with his own income. In 1920 Erban may have been censused, but, if so, that record has eluded my search.
In 1930 Erban H. Morrison, 80, was living with his mother Lucy, 102, in Slippery Rock Township, Lawrence County. As a farmer all of his life, Erban apparently didn't have a Social Security number, so his death is not recorded by that agency. I have not been able to locate in my records where I found his death date recorded here.
The two children of Erban Henry and Mary E. (Alford) Morrison: Franklin John "Frank" and Hattie F. 
i    Morrison, Franklin John "Frank" was born Dec 1869 in Princeton, Lawrence, Pennsylvania.  He was married to Ethel May Jackson Feb 1898 in Iola, Allen, Kansas.  Ethel May was born Apr 1872 in Pennsylvania.  She was the daughter of T. H. and Alicia (Lupher) Jackson. 
I had originally mis-identified this son of Erban's as a completely different person. Then, 25 Feb 2012, Kate Hurne straightened me out by citing numerous sources which clearly identified the correct man.
The principle source which ties these families together is a biography of Frank in "A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans", by William Elsey Connelley, Lewis Publ. Co., 1918 (available as an e-book on Google). With names and dates from this source, even though some are erroneous, the correct censuses can for the most part be identified, and the pieces of Frank's life assembled.
I wish to record my thanks to Kate Hurne for enabling me to correct this egregious error of mis-identifying Frank and his family.
Frank and Ethel were censused 1910 and 1920 in Chanute, Neosho, Kansas with their daughter, 2 months old that first time. Ethel was born in Kansas, her father in Kansas and her mother in Pennsylvania. (The Frank J. and Ethel Morrison censused in New York in 1930 were another couple!)
A child of Franklin John "Frank" and Ethel May (Jackson) Morrison: Virginia. 
1    Morrison, Virginia was born 15 Feb 1910. 
ii    Morrison, Hattie F. was born Dec 1872 in Pennsylvania.  She was married to Milo D. Kottraba 1895/1896.  Milo D. was born Sep 1869 in Pennsylvania.  He was the son of Benjamin and Elizabeth (____) Gottraba. 
In 1870 Milo was censused as Miles D., youngest child of Benjamin and Elizabeth Gottraba, in Perry, Mercer County, Pennsylvania. I have't explored whether Gottraba was misunderstood by the census taker, or it represents a change in the spelling of the family surname.
Milo was a dentist in Butler Borough, Butler County, Pennsylvania in 1900 where he was censused with his wife Hattie F. and their first child, Cecil E., born Jul 1899.
In 1910 we make a connection backwards. Milo D. and Hattie Kottraba, married 14 years, had living with them his father-in-law "E. H. Ervan", age 62. However mangled by the census recorder, this supposed surname has to refer to Erban Henry Morrison. Milo was the proprietor of a dentist office, and their second child, James, was 6 years old.
In 1920 Milo was continuing his same line of work in the city of Butler. Their third child appears, Milo, age 9, but he was not a Junior because in 1930 he is named as Milo J. That latest census year, 1930, both Milo J. and his brother James M., 26, with his wife Georgia, 23, were living with Milo and Hattie.
The three children of Milo D. and Hattie F. (Morrison) Kottraba: Cecil E., James and Milo J. 
1    Kottraba, Cecil E. was born Jul 1899 in Pennsylvania. 
2    Kottraba, James was born 2 Oct 1903 in Pennsylvania and died Dec 1976 in Pennsylvania.  He was married to Georgia ____ 1829/1830.  Georgia was born 16 Feb 1907 and died Nov 1987. 
In 1930 James M. was living with his father in Slippery Rock, Lawrence, Pennsylvania, and married to Georgia, aged 23. Her age at marriage is also shown as 23, so they were newly weds that year. That census records her parents as born in Pennsylvania and Germany.
James' exact birth date and the month of his death are taken from the SSDI. His residences before his death include several Butler County, Pennsylvania, towns, and the Veterans Administration Hospital in Butler.
Eleven years later, Georgia's last residence before her death was also in the Verteran's Hosptial in Butler.
3    Kottraba, Milo J. was born 1910/1911 in Pennsylvania. 
3    Alford, James Pollock was born 6 Feb 1854 in Princeton, Clarion, Pennsylvania and died 4 Aug 1922 in Emlenton, Venango, Pennsylvania.  He was married (1) to Eunice C. Morrison.  Eunice C. was born 7 Apr 1857 in Princeton, Clarion, Pennsylvania and died 21 Feb 1943 in Painesville, Lake, Ohio.  She was the daughter of Joseph and Lucy Ann (Zeller) Morrison.  He was married (2) to Susan A. Shaffer 1893/1895.  Susan A. was born Feb 1870 in Pennsylvania.  She was the daughter of Marh.(?) and Margaret A. (____) Shafer. 
James was censused 1880 in Rosepoint, Lawrence County as 26 years of age, with wife Eunice, 23, and three children, Alice 7, Silas 5 and Fannie 1. All of the family and the grandparents were born in Pennsylvania, and James' occupation was given as "Enginer".
James and Eunice lived in Rosepoint, Slippery Rock County, Pennsylvania in 1880, where he was again censused as an Engineer, and they had with them their first three children, Alice, Silas and Fannie, ages 7, 5 and 1 years. His stepbrother Thomas J. Alford and his uncle Stewart G. Alford appeared on the same census page. Sometime after that date, James and Eunice divorced, and she with her children moved to Ohio according to Deborah Carder Mayes (Personal Communication, Jan 2009).
James also lived for a time in Ohio, where he is found 1900 in Marietta, Washington County, with his wife Suson [sic], born Feb 1870 in Pennsylvania, and daughters Leafy M. and Hattie M., born May 1895 and Oct 1897, both in West Virginia. How long James and Susan tarried in West Virginia before moving on west I don't know, but they were there for at least the two and a half years including the daughters' births. Susan's birth date is give as Feb 1870 in Pennsylvania, they had been married 5 years, and she had borne only the two daughters. James occupation was that of an oil driller.
By 1910, however, James and Susan were censused back in Pennsylvania, living in Rockland Township, Vernango County, with James working as a farmer. This time they indicated that they and been married 16 years, and James claimed that this was his first marriage. Their daughters were named as Margrete L. and Marie H., ages 14 and 12.
James and Susan 1920 were in Okmulgee, Okmulgee, Oklahoma, two years before his death. By 1930 Susan, age 60, was living with her daughter Marie H. and son-in-law Harry S. Gramlick. Also in their home that year was Catherine M. Rairden, age 9. Harry was a salesman, age 42, and born in West Virginia.
Considering the connections that James had with Vernango County, including those of his close relatives, it's very likely that his wife Susan was the Susan Shafer, age 9 in 1880 in Rockland of that county. Her parents were Marh. (very difficult census to read) and Margaret A. Shafer, both age 49, with nine children ranging from 23 years down to 6 months, including Susan and 11 year old twins. Since the location and age match, and noting that Susan named her first daughter Margarete, I'm accepting Marh.(?) and Margaret as James in-laws.
Eunice was married 11 Jun 1906 in Lake County, Ohio, to Eugene F. Freeman as his second wife. The couple were censused 1910 in Painesville, Lake County, ages 56 and 52. Eugene, a machinist, was born in Ohio and working for the B&O RR. They had been married 4 years, and all five of her children were still living that year.
Also in their home was her grandson Francis E. Rider, son of her daughter Mary Alice. Francis was 8 years old and had been born in Ohio, and his father in Michigan.
By 1930 Eugene had died, and Eunice as the widow Freeman was head of household in Painesville. In her home were her grandson Charles Ryder and his wife Ruth, aged 27 and 23, both born in Ohio and married 3 years, Eunices' son James (Grove) Alford, a widower at age 43, and a great-granddaughter Jean Ryder, age 6. Charles was working as a machinist, and James as a fireman.
The five children of James Pollock and Eunice C. (Morrison) Alford: Mary Alice, Silas F., Fannie, Goldenlief "Goldie" and James Grover. 
i    Alford, Mary Alice was born 12 Jun 1873 in New Castle, Slippery Rock, Lawrence, Pennsylvania and died 24 Sep 1946 in Painesville, Lake, Ohio.  She was married (1) to Albert Rider 1897.  Albert was born 1 Apr 1876 in Ohio and died about 1903.  He was the son of Henry and Louisa (Miller) Rider.  She was married (2) to Nathan Isaac Carder 8 Jul 1905.  Nathan Isaac died 8 Dec 1932.  She was married (3) to Frank Connell 2 Jun 1905.  Frank died 21 Dec 1957 in Painesville, Lake, Ohio. 
Mary Alice, referred to as Alice by her great-granddaughter Deborah Carder Mayes, had three children by her first husband, and four by her second, as shown below.
Her son Wilbur married Erma Jennette Alford, daughter of James Grover Alford, Mary Alices's brother, and hence his first cousin.
On Deborah's Carder web page ('op. cit'.) she writes: "Mary Alice was known as Alice from her birth throughout her life. After Albert`s death, Alice took the money she inherited and returned to Ohio. With Grandma Freeman, Goldie & Jen, she used it to start a restaurant. This is where Nate & Alice met and supposedly they got married three days later." She also reports that Alice and her sister Fannie lived with their mother 1895 in Painesville, Lake County, Ohio.
I originally had, from some source now lost, that Albert was born in Michigan. Deborah Carder Mayes corrected me on this and said that he was born in Ohio. Her analysis of details of the 1900 census records, when Albert was censused in his parents home and Alice with their two oldest childen was with her aunts, is convincing that she has identified the right husband for Alice. His birth yearappears on various censuses as 1870 and 1876.
The three children of Albert and Mary Alice (Alford) Rider: Nina Evyin, Francis Earl and Charles Edward. 
1    Rider, Nina Evyin was born 26 Jun 1898 in Painesville and died 8 Feb 1981 in Painesville. 
2    Rider, Francis Earl was born 10 Dec 1900 in Painesville and died 17 Oct 1966 in Painesville. 
3    Rider, Charles Edward was born 20 Jun 1903 in Painesville and died 15 Aug 1975 in Tucson, Pima, Arizona. 
The four children of Nathan Isaac and Mary Alice (Alford) Carder: Nathan Eugene, Wilbur Silas, Clarence Melvin and Margaret Eleanore. 
1    Carder, Nathan Eugene was born 8 Mar 1907 and died 9 Mar 1919. 
2    Carder, Wilbur Silas was born 20 Feb 1909 in Painesville, Lake, Ohio and died 16 Jul 1957 in Allen County, Ohio.  He was married to Erma Jeannette Alford.  Erma Jeannette was born 1 Aug 1916 in Painesville, Lake, Ohio and died 16 May 1988 in Cridersville, Auglaize, Ohio.  She was the daughter of James Grover and Margaret V. (Kennedy) Alford. 
3    Carder, Clarence Melvin was born 1 Mar 1911 in Logan County, Ohio and died 10 Mar 1963 in Monroe Conty, Michigan. 
4    Carder, Margaret Eleanore was born 24 Apr 1915 in Hardin County, Ohio and died 16 Mar 2006 in Logan County, Ohio. 
ii    Alford, Silas F. was born 1874/1875 in Pennsylvania and died after 1943.  He was married to Lila A. Lauer 1901/1902.  Lila A. was born 1879/1880 in Ohio.  She was the daughter of John and Margaret (____) Lauer. 
Silas was working as an oil driller in Newport, Washington, Ohio in 1910. He was the head of a household which included his wife Liah (later recorded as Lila), her parents John and Margaret Lauer, ages 61 and 60, her brother William, 23, her sister Nellie Green, 29, and her nephew Robert Green, age 3 years. John Lauer was born in Ohio of German parents, while his wife Margaret was herself born in Germany. He was working as a saddler, and William was a teacher in a common school.
By 1930 Silas F. and Lila A. Alford were in Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas where he was an oil drilling contractor.
iii    Alford, Fannie was born 1878/1879 in Pennsylvania. 
As mentioned above, Fannie and her sister Alice were living with their mother in Ohio in 1895, where Fannie was working as a domestic.
iv    Alford, Goldenlief "Goldie" was born 24 Apr 1881 in Princeton, Clarion, Pennsylvania and died 17 May 1953 in Ashtabula, Ashtabula, Ohio.  She was married (1) to Charles Williams before 1919.  Charles was born 5 Dec 1861 in North Madison, Ohio and died 11 Sep 1935 in Painesville, Lake, Ohio.  She was married (2) to Howard Winford Buck before 1946.  Howard Winford was born 12 Mar 1877 in Concord Twp., Lake, Ohio and died 9 Feb 1948 in Painesville, Lake, Ohio.  He was the son of Malcolm M. and Frances (Eddy) Buck. 
Goldie married Howard Buck as his second wife. They were censused 1920 in Painesville Ward 2, Lake County, Ohio. After Charles' death in 1935, and sometime before 1946, Goldie married Howard Buck.
v    Alford, James Grover was born 11 Dec 1886 in Franklin, Pennsylvania and died 14 Feb 1937 in Painesville, Lake, Ohio.  He was married to Margaret V. Kennedy.  Margaret V. was born 16 Sep 1886 in Painesville and died 16 Aug 1928 in Painesville.  She was the daughter of John and Margaret A. (Flynn) Kennedy. 
The details for the three chlldren of James and Margaret are given here as i found them on Deborah Carder Mayes [web page].
James was censused 1930 living in the home of his mother, by then widowed by her second husband, Eugene Freeman.
The three children of James Grover and Margaret V. (Kennedy) Alford: James K., Erma Jeannette and Thomas. 
1    Alford, James K. was born 25 Mar 1908 in Plainsville, Lake, Ohio and died 27 Jul 1983 in Lakewood, Cuyahoga, Ohio.  He was married to Dorothy B. Quincy. 
2    Alford, Erma Jeannette was born 1 Aug 1916 in Painesville, Lake, Ohio and died 16 May 1988 in Cridersville, Auglaize, Ohio.  She was married to Wilbur Silas Carder.  Wilbur Silas was born 20 Feb 1909 in Painesville, Lake, Ohio and died 16 Jul 1957 in Allen County, Ohio.  He was the son of Nathan Isaac and Mary Alice (Alford) Carder. 
3    Alford, Thomas was born 8 Aug 1927 and died 18 Jan 1987. 
Deborah Carder Mayes writes: "I found the dates for James Grover Alford’s son Tom. He was listed as Tom Alford on the SSDI and Ohio Death records on Ancestry.com. Born: 8 August 1927, Painesville Ohio died: 18 January 1987",
The two children of James Pollock and Susan A. (Shaffer) Alford: Margarete Leafy and Marie H. "Hattie". 
i    Alford, Margarete Leafy was born May 1895 in West Virginia. 
ii    Alford, Marie H. "Hattie" was born Oct 1897 in West Virginia.  She was married to Harry S. Gramlick.  Harry S. was born 1887/1888 in West Virginia. 
4    Alford, Franklin Pierce was born May 1856 in Pennsylvania and died 1939.  He was married to Mary Fruella McCurdy before 2 Jun 1880.  Mary Fruella was born Feb 1861 in Pennsylvania.  She was the daughter of Abraham and Minerva C. (Morrison) McCurdy. 
According to McConnell, Franklin lived with his maternal grandparents, Peter and Lucretia Mershimer, and the 1860 census shows him with them in Shenango Township at age 4, and still with them 1870. This probably implies that his mother Elizabeth died before 1860, possibly even at his birth, although his father lived at least another twenty years. But that he didn't return to his father's house after Thomas married his second wife, by whom he had children starting by 1863/64, when Franklin was about seven or eight years old, seems somewhat unusual.
Given that his age works for the sequence of children in the family, and that he had the same middle initial "P" as that for another son James, I identify the F. P. Alford censused 1880 in Princeton, Lawrence County as this Franklin. His wife was named as Mary, and at 19 years of age, they must have quite recently been married.
There was a Mary L. McCurdy, 9 years of age in July 1870, a daughter in the home of Abram and Minerva C. McCurdy in Slippery Rock, censused adjacent to Thomas Alford and his second wife Mary. Thomas was Franklin's half-brother, and one might think this adjacency sufficient to identify Mary's parentage.
Jan 2009] by identifying Nancy as Mary's aunt, sister of Abraham. She then also said that Abraham and Minerva were indeed Mary's parents.
Franklin and Mary had children Herman C., Edna M., James D. and Floyd F. in the home in 1900, from which record I take their birth dates.
In 1910 Frank P. and Mary Alford, 57 and 49, were censused with sons James D. and Floyd, 22 and 17, again in Shenango Township. Delbert, named by McConnell, turns out to be James Delbert (see below).
The four children of Franklin Pierce and Mary Fruella (McCurdy) Alford: Herman C., Edna M., James Delbert and Francis Floyd. 
i    Alford, Herman C. was born 8 Apr 1881 in Lawrence, Pennsylvania and died 11 Aug 1911 in Ashtabula, Ashtabula, Ohio.  He was married to Anna B. Bratchie before 20 Apr 1905.  Anna B. was born 4 Jul 1883 in Butler, Pennsylvania and died 10 Apr 1943.  She was the daughter of Samuel Gottlieb and Mary E. (Kirker) Bratschi. 
The maiden name Bratchie of Herman's wife I believe I first found in McConnell, and according to his father's 1900 census in New Castle, 19 year old Herman's next door neighbor was 16 year old Annie B. Bratschi, daughter of widower Samuel born Jul 1847 in Switzerland. According to a WorldConnect record, Samuel had been born in Bern, son of Samuel Bratschi and Elizabeth Dallenback, emigrated 2 Jun 1856 to Butler County, Pennsylvania, and married Mary E. Kirker about 1870. That particular record listed only Samuel's first four children, born about 1872 through 1879, and spelled their surname as Bratchie, apparently the preferred spelling in this country.
The 1900 census record for 16 year old Annie B. Bratschi incorrectly gives her birth as Jul 1873, but since all subsequent records indicate 1883/84, this year, not her age, must be incorrect by a decade.
Herman C. and Anna B. Alford and their first three children, Lois S., Francis P. and Chester H., ages 3, 2 and one year two months, were recorded in New Castle, Ward 7, in 1910. Herman was 29 and working as a railroad brakeman, while Anna gave her age as 26.
In 1920 their son Francis P. was now named as F. Paul, aged 12, their son Chester does not appear, and there was an addition to the family, Mary E., aged 7, but Anna B. was by that time a widow. She was supporting her four children by working as a laundress for a private family, and indicated that her father had been born in Switzerland, and her mother in Pennsylvania. Chester H. Alford, age 9 (actually, 11), was living in New Castle with his uncle and aunt, Frank H. and Minnie V. Bratchie.
By 1930 Anna B. and her family, still in New Castle, were being supported by her eldest son, F. Paul who was a 22 year old record clerk for the railroad. William H. and Mary E. were still in the home, giving their ages and 19 and 18, and Anna reported that she was 21 years old when she married.
The five children of Herman C. and Anna B. (Bratchie) Alford: Lois S., Francis Paul, Chester H., William H. and Mary E. 
1    Alford, Lois S. was born 1906/1907 in Pennsylvania.  She was married to ____ Hill. 
2    Alford, Francis Paul was born 1907/1908 in Pennsylvania. 
3    Alford, Chester H. was born 1909 in Pennsylvania and died 11 Mar 1935 in San Diego, San Diego, California.  He was married to Aline Day ____. 
There was an announcement in the New Castle News of 12 Mary 1935 reporting the death of Chester Alford. His spouse was named as Aline Day Alford, and I take that record to identify daughter-in-law of Herman and Anna.
4    Alford, William H. was born 1910/1911 in Pennsylvania and died before 20 Aug 1993.  He was married to Mary Edna "Honey" Jenkins. 
The New Castle News of 20 Aug 1993 has a death announcement for William H. Alford and named his spouse as Mary Edna "Honey" Jenkins Alford. That is probably this William, and I've named his wife here on the basis of that announcement.
5    Alford, Mary E. was born 1911/1913 in Pennsylvania.  She was married to Frank W. Bowes 13 Apr 1937. 
ii    Alford, Edna M. was born 1 Sep 1883 in Princeton, Lawrence, Pennsylvania and died 9 Aug 1971 in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania.  She was married to William H. Holcomb 1913/1914.  William H. was born 1876/1877 in Iowa and died 1938. 
Edna M. and William H. Halcomb, ages 46 and 53, were living in Cisco, Eastland, Texas in 1930 with her brother James D. Alford. See his history, next below, for details of that census.
William could conceivably be the three year Hamlin H. Holcomb in the 1880 census of the family of Susannah Holcomb, 40, in Colfax, Boone, Iowa. That requires only that the census taker misheard William and wrote down (clearly) Hamlin, otherwise the record matches Edna's husband. Hamlin had three sisters older than him, and Susanna's mother Joana Hambake, 69, was living in the home.
iii    Alford, James Delbert was born 7 Jun 1887 in Shenango Twp., Lawrence, Pennsylvania, died 1 Jan 1976 in New Wilmington, Lawrence, Pennsylvania and was buried in Castle View, Burial Park.  He was married to Mary? ____ 1919/1920.  Mary? was born 1884/1885 in Pennsylvania. 
James was censused in his parents' home as James D. age 12 in 1900, born Jun 1887, and age 22 in 1910. James Delbert Alford registered for the draft in 1917/18, but the image that Ancestry.com gives for his name belongs to someone else. From the vital data on the index to that card I take the day of his birth on 7 June 1887.
In 1920 James was censused as Delbert Alford, 32, in Shenango, Lawrence County. His wife was named Mary, age 35, and his brother Floyd, age 36, was living with them. James was working as a farmer on a dairy farm, but Floyd's occupation was left blank.
In 1930 James D. Alford, age 42 and born in Pennsylvania, was living with his brother-in-law William H. Halcomb, 53, and William's wife Edna M., 46, in Cisco, Eastland, Texas. James was married (but there was no wife living with him) and indicated that he had first been married at age 32, i.e., in 1919/20. William, born in Iowa, was married at age 37, and this record identifies Edna's husband for us. He was the manager of a recreation club, and James was the manager of a club room. Cisco is a small town about a hundred miles west of Fort Worth.
There was an announcement in the New Castle News of 2 Jan 1976 of the death of a James D. Alford which named his wife as "S. Mae Weir", said he was a retired carpenter, and indicated he served in the Army on the Italian front during World War 1.
There was a May Weir, 27, boarding with Frank and Mary King in New Castle in 1910, and working as a laundry checker.
iv    Alford, Francis Floyd was born 15 Mar 1893 in Pennsylvania and died after 1975.  He was married to Laura E. ____ 1923/1924.  Laura E. was born 1892/1893 in Pennsylvania and died before 4 Jan 1993. 
McConnell gives this son's name as Floyd F., and he was censused that way in 1900 and 1910. But his military records indicate that he was Francis Floyd. His World War II draft registration card gives his full name as Francis Floyd (and his wife's as Laura), but he signed the card as F. Floyd Alford. The Ancestry.com site indexes his World War I registration card as Floyd F., but points to the wrong image, so I cannot see details there.
Francis F. Alford and wife Laura E., both 37, were censused 1930 in Shenango Township. They had three young children, James W., Mary R. and Edna J., which match (for the girls) the names provided by McConnell. I take this record for the name of his son, which McConnell didn't know, but she listed the full names of his daughters as Mary Ruth, Edna Jean and Elizabeth Ann. I have birth dates, but no death dates for the children, so am not recording their ages here, as they may be still living.
The four children of Francis Floyd and Laura E. (____) Alford: James W., Mary Ruth, Edna Jean and Elizabeth Ann. 
1    Alford, James W. was born 1925 in Pennsylvania.  He was married to Arlene L. Conway. 
The New Castle News of 2 Sep 1996 carried a death announcement for Arlene L. Alford, wife of James W. That is probably this James, but I don't have any other record to support such a marriage.
2    Alford, Mary Ruth was born 30 Jan 1927.  She was married to Edward Shaddock. 
A child of Edward and Mary Ruth (Alford) Shaddock: Michael. 
i    Shaddock, Michael was born 22 Jan xxxx. 
3    Alford, Edna Jean was born 1 Dec 1929.  She was married to Charles Meade 11 Oct 1952.  Charles was born 9 Oct 1924.  He was the son of Charles E. and ____ (____) Meade. 
The New Castle News article of 14 Oct 1952 describing the wedding of Edna Jean and Charles indicated both were graduates of business colleges and that she was employed as a bookkeeper at Holan's Store, and he was employed in the Engineering Department of the Pennsylvania Power Company.
Edna Jean is the author of a book, which she published in 2005, entitled "Alford-McCurdy and Other Related Families of Lawrence County, Pennsylvania" which according to Deborah Carder Mayes contains a wealth of material on the Alford line, as well as many others. I have not seen the book.
The three children of Charles and Edna Jean (Alford) Meade: Deborah, James and Jeffery. 
i    Meade, Deborah was born 12 Sep xxxx. 
ii    Meade, James was born 2 Nov xxxx. 
iii    Meade, Jeffery was born 11 Jul xxxx. 
4    Alford, Elizabeth Ann was born 3 Feb xxxx.  She was married to David E. Hackett 18 Oct 1958.  David E. was born 22 Jun xxxx.  He was the son of Edward C. and ____ (____) Hackett. 
Elizabeth and David have a son Douglas.
The three children of Thomas J. and Mary (Shannon) Alford: Thomas J., Emily E. "Emma" and George V. Lawrence. 
1    Alford, Thomas J. was born 1864/1865.  He was married to Margaret Lamb 1901/1902.  Margaret was born 1879/1882 in Ohio.  She was the daughter of Thomas G. and Jennie (____) Lamb. 
This Thomas is surely the 16 year old Thomas censused 1880 as a laborer boarding in the household of Peter McClaferty in Rosepoint, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania. His stepbrother James P. was censused two households away in one direction, and his uncle Stewart G. Alford two households in the other direction. Based on this, I'm adopting a birth year of 1863/64 for this Thomas, which fits well with that of his siblings.
In 1900 we find a Thomas Alford, born Aug 1865 in Pennsylvania, working aa an Oil Producer in Salamonie, Huntington County, Indiana. He was a roomer in the household, #75 on Wayne Street, of Chas. Wuersten. What makes this particular Thomas interesting is that in household #93 on Main Street in that town was the family of Thomas G. and Jennie Lamb, with children Homer T., Margaret B. and Water (Walter?). Thomas, a Superintendant of an oil lease, was born Jan 1850 in Scotland of parents both born in Scotland, and Jennie was born Jan 1853 in Ohio of Scotland born parents. Homer was born Jan 1878 in Pennsylvania, Margaret Jan 1882 in Ohio, and Walter(?) Apr 1889 in Pennsylvania. That age of 18 for this Margaret Lamb is reasonably close to that of Margaret Alford in 1910, below.
Although Salamonie is about 300 miles away from where George Alford was working at that time also as an Oil Producer in Marietta, Ohio (see below), my judgment is that this Thomas is indeed his brother. On the basis of this record I'm tentatively identifying Thomas and Jennie Lamb as the in-laws of Thomas Alford.
In 1910, two households away from his brother George in Lemon Grove, San Diego County, California, we find Thomas and Margaret Alford, he age 46 and born in Pennsylvania, she 30, born in Ohio. They had been married eight years, and she had borne two children, both deceased by that time. He and George both worked on a fruit farm. I take his wife's given name from this record.
2    Alford, Emily E. "Emma" was born Mar 1866 in Pennsylvania and died May 1900 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  She was married to Charles Howard Weller about 21 Mar 1884.  Charles Howard was born 1859 in Pennsylvania and died 1914.  He was the son of William and Sarah Elenor (Boak) Weller. 
Emily was censused with her mother in 1900 and recorded as married (for 14 years). She indicated that she had borne only one child (Mary A.), who was still living. Where her husband Charles was at this time is unknown, but I do have a death date for him from some lost source (possible McConnell) of 1914.
A child of Charles Howard and Emily E. "Emma" (Alford) Weller: Mary A.. 
i    Weller, Mary A. was born Oct 1892 in Pennsylvania. 
3    Alford, George V. Lawrence was born 1866/1867 in Princeton, Lawrence, Pennsylvania.  He was married to Hattie ____.  Hattie was born 1876/1877 in West Virginia. 
George, at age 13, was listed in his father's 1880 census as "laborer".
In Ward 3, Marietta, Washington County, Ohio, George L. and Hattie L. Alford were censused in 1900, he working as an Oil Producer.
In 1910 George L. Alford was in Lemon Grove, San Diego County, California, with wife Hattie V. and son Ray M. Alford, age 13. They had been married 14 years, and Hattie, born in West Virginia, had borne only one child, Ray, in Ohio.
A child of George V. Lawrence and Hattie (____) Alford: Ray M.. 
i    Alford, Ray M. was born 26 Sep 1896 in Marietta, Washington, Ohio and died Nov 1983 in California. 
Ray M. Alford's draft registration card (undated), says he was 21 years old, gives his birth date and place, and says he was an instructor in the School of Military Aeronautics in Berkeley, California. The card goes on to report that he had 7 1/2 years of military service, 4 years in the Army and Navy Academy in San Diego, 3 years as a U. C. Cadet in Berkeley, and 6 months in the Aviation School in Berkeley.
Rays's death in recorded in the SSDI, born 26 Sep 1896, died Nov 1983, with death localities in Coronado and San Diego, San Diego County, California. His SS card had been issued in Nevada, so he had spent some time in that state, also.
x    Alford, Elizabeth was born 1829/1830.  She was married to ____ Ruffcorn. 
Elizabeth appears as the sixth child on the Floyd Alford chart. McConnell says her name was probably Rebecca Elizabeth in her attempt to match various sources, a conclusion which I reject on the basis of my own analysis, see chart above, of the children in this family.
xi    Alford, Rebecca was born 1833/1834. 
Rebecca appears in the 1850 census, but not on the Floyd Alford chart. As mentioned above, McConnell conflates her with Elizabeth as one child.
There was a Rebecca Alford, 39 years old, censused 1860 in Slipperyrock Township. I can't see the census itself, so don't know whether this was a maiden or married name.
xii    Alford, Stewart G. was born 25 May 1835 in Pennsylvania and died 22 Dec 1901 in New Castle, Lawrence, Pennsylvania.  He was married to Sarah A. Miller.  Sarah A. was born Dec 1843 in Pennsylvania. 
Stewart appears as Steward on the Floyd Alford chart. McConnell reports that they lived in Slippery Rock Township, which was formed from the eastern half of Shenango.
Stewart G. Alford enrolled at Princetop, PA, for the Civil War 27 Aug 1861 at age 26, and mustered in four days later at Camp Wilkens, PA. He was a musician in Company F, 100th Infantry Regiment Pennsylvania. After re-enlisting 29 Dec 1863 at Blaines Cross Roads, Tennesee, he was finally discharged 24 Jul 1865. His Civil War Veteran's card describes him as having a muddy complexion, brown hair, hazel eyes, 5 ft 9 in and a farmer residing at Princeton, PA, about six miles east of New Castle.
In 1870 Stewart G. Alford was censused two households away from that of his father John, with his wife Sarah A. and their daughter Maggie, 1 year old. Also in the home was a John Shafer, born in Pennsylvania 1859/1860.
In the 1880 census he was listed as "S. G.", working as a Manager. They were in Rosepoint, Lawrence County, with his age given as 45 years, and Sarah's as 36, and he indicated his father was born in Ireland. Their third child Howard did not appear that year, so must have been born over seven years after Jessie, their second, or died young. On the same census page were two of his nephews, Thomas J. Alford and James Pollock Alford.
In 1900 Stewart G. Alford was an "Old Gent" of 65 years, he and Sarah were living in the 3rd Ward of New Castle, Lawrence County, and this time he said his father's birthplace was "Sea" (as was a neighbor's wife two houses away).
Although there was another Sarah Miller in Lawrence County of about the same age, Sarah A. Miller, 16, was censused in Slippery Rock of that county as the daughter of Lyle and Margaret Miller. That age and middle initial seem to point to this family as Stewart's in-laws. Lyle was a farmer, age 48, his wife Margaret was 43, and Sarah waa the second oldest of eight children.
In 1910, Sarah A. Alford, a widow, 66, and her daughter Margaret Boak, also a widow, 41, were censused in New Castle Ward 3, Lawrence County. She indicated that she had borne 3 children, of whom only Margaret was still alive, and Margaret had one child, still living. Margaret was working as a sales clerk in a dry goods store.
In 1920 the ladies were joined by Sarah's grandson, Charles H. Boak, 30, a laborer in a mill.
The three children of Stewart G. and Sarah A. (Miller) Alford: Margaret, Jessie and Howard. 
1    Alford, Margaret was born Dec 1868 in Pennsylvania.  She was married to Thomas Boak.  Thomas was born Aug 1861 in Pennsylvania.  He was the son of Charles and Eleanor A. (Weller) Boak. 
Margaret was listed as "Magie" on the 1880 census of the family. Her marriage to Thomas, and his descent from the Weller line, is documented in "Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens, Lawrence County Pennsylvania" by the Biographical Publishing Company, Buffalo, NY, 1897, and available online in the [USGenWeb Archives].
That source also mentioned their son Howard, whose name turns out to be Charles Howard. Thomas and Margaret were second cousins, illustrated in the following chart:
IMAGE: Alford_Boak_ancestry.jpg
Alford-Boak common ancestry

In 1900 they were censused in New Castle as Thomas A. and Margret Boak, ages 38 and 31. Thomas was a Tin Worker, and their son Charles H., was 10 years old.
Margaret is said to have had in her possession the John and Ruth (Eckles) Alford Family Bible, which Harry Eckles used as a source for the Eckles genealogy (Howard Eckles, Personal Communication, Jan 2009).
A child of Thomas and Margaret (Alford) Boak: Charles Howard. 
i    Boak, Charles Howard was born 18 Jun 1889 in Princeton, Lawrence, Pennsylvania.  He was married to ____ ____ before Jun 1915. 
In 1910 Charles H. Boak, 21 and born in Pennsylvania, was censused while serving in Troop 6, 3rd Cavalry in the Artillery and Cavalry Post at Fort Sam Houston in Bexar County, Texas. He had enlisted 26 Sep 1908 giving his birth place as Princeton, PA, his age as 19y 3m, and his occupation as steel worker. He was discharged 27 Sep 1911 at Ft. Sam Houston [Ancestry.com].
Charles Howard Boak's World War I registration card of 5 Jun 1917 said he was working as an electriian for the Carnegie Steel Co. in New Castle. He was married, and listed his mother Margaret as a dependant. He also reported that he had served 3 years in the 3rd U. S. Cavalry, but didn't claim exemption from the draft. He was described as tall, of medium weight, with blue eyes and light brown hair.
In 1920 Charles H. Boak, 30 years old and divorced, was living with his grandmother Sarah A. Alford, 76 (widow of Stewart G.), as head of household in New Castle, and his mother Margaret, 52. He was working in a steel mill, and his mother was a saleslady in a dry goods store. I've found no other possible census record for Howard in 1930.
In his World War II registration he gave his age of 53, birthdate, mother's name, their address in New Castle, and the name of his foreman at the W. P. A. in Big Run, New Castle. He was 5' 11" tall, weighed 110 pounds, and had a very well educated hand as testified by his signature.
2    Alford, Jessie was born Mar 1874 in Pennsylvania and died before 1910.  She was married to Edgar McDougall.  Edgar was born Jun 1871 in Pennsylvania. 
There was a newspaper item 13 Jun 1894 in the "New Castle News" that a marriage license had been issued at the court house for Miss Jessie Alford of Princeton and Edgar McDougall of Youngstown. It seems likely that this was the daughter of Stewart and Sarah.
1900 Youngstown Ward 2, Mahoning, OH Edgar Jun 1871 29 m6 PA PA PA carpenter jessie mar 1879 26 0/0 ch PA PA PA
In 1900 Edgar and Jessie were censused in Youngstown where he was working as a carpenter. They indicated that they had been married six years and had no children. Edgar was born in Pennsylvania, as were his parents.
3    Alford, Howard died before 1910. 
xiii    Alford, Silas W. was born 1837/1838 in Pennsylvania and died 25 Mar 1865 in Petersburg, Virginia.  He was married to Elizabeth Lorraine about 1858.  Elizabeth was born 1838/1842 in Pennsylvania. 
Silas appears on the 1850 census in the home of his parents, and on the Floyd Alford chart as Silas W. Alford.
On the 1860 census Silas was a shoemaker, age 22, living in Slippery Rock with Elizabeh and their first child, Tacy R., age 10 months. They were censused adjacent to his brother Thomas.
Silas W. Alford was a soldier in the Civil War. His Veteran's card, Pennsylvania Archives, gave his age as 26 when he enrolled 2 Oct 1863 at New Castle, PA. He was a shoemaker with sandy complexion, auburn hair and stood 5' 5" tall. He mustered in as a private at Harrisburg 15 Oct 1863, served in Co. F, 100th Inf., and was killed 25 Mar 1865 at Petersburg, Virginia.
After his death, Elizabeth was married to O. O. Warner, age 45 in the 1880 census in New Castle. Her daughter Mary F. Alford, 18, is in the family as a stepdaughter, confirming this second marriage. Elizabeth's second husband was a laborer, born in Pennsylvania, and they had a daughter G. Myrtle Warner, aged one year.
The two children of Silas W. and Elizabeth (Lorraine) Alford: Tacy R. and Mary Florence. 
1    Alford, Tacy R. was born Sep 1859 in Pennsylvania. 
Tacy may have died young.
2    Alford, Mary Florence was born about 1862.  She was married to ____ Van Sickle. 
Mary was living with her mother and stepfather, O. O. Warner, in 1880. Mary and her husband had a daughter who married Bert Pence and had several children [McConnell].
3    Alford, Elizabeth was born 25 Jan 1794 and died 1864.  She was married to Benjamin McCormick.  Benjamin was born 5 Jan 1790 in Moon Twp., Allegheney, Pennsylvania and died 11 Jul 1861 in Prospect, Butler, Pennsylvania.  He was the son of James and Mary (Duncan) McCormick. 
Family Group Sheets were received 12/4/01 by mail from Larry McCullough of Warner Robbins, Georgia. He gives for Elizabeth's birth the date 25 Jan 1794, rather than the 1797 I previously had from McConnell (who also said she died unmarried). Since this is Larry's line, I accept his date and the marriage. He also gave a date of 1794 for Elinor, possibly from my records. Whether that date is correct, and the girls were twins, is unknown at the present time.
There is significant disagreement among various sources as to the birth and death dates of Benjamin. Kurt Albert (Personal Communication, Jan 2009) gives 11 Jul 1781 in Moon Twp., Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania for his birth, and 11 Jul 1851, Prospect, Butler Co., Pennsylvania for his death at age 70, probably from a gravestone at Prospect Presbetyrian Church Cemetery, Butler Co., PA. Chris, in a 24 Aug 1999 Rootsweb post gives 5 Jan 1790 and 11 Jul 1861. Larry McCullough (Personal Communication, Jun 2001) also gives the birth year as 1790. Benjamin's age recorded in Butler County censuses put his birth year as 1788/1790. I think it quite possible that there were two Benjamin's whose identifies have become intermixed, although the 11 July death dates exactly one decade apart point to a transcription error.
In the 1860 census Benjamin "McCormic", 69, and Elizabeth, 66, were censused in Muddy Creek, Butler, Pennsylvania with their son Thomas, 27, and daughter Margaret Degarmo.
Larry provided the names of the eleven children in this family as given below. The children as listed here also appeared on an Ancestry Message Board date 24 Aug 1999 and signed by "Chris", which provided the birth dates and spouses I give here. Finally, in Jan 2009, Kurt Albert sent me a copy of his "Descendants of James McCormick" which provided additional dates and enabled me to correct some errors I had in my original work on this McCormick/McCullough branch of the family. (Three sisters marrying three brothers seems to require extra care in sorting out records.)
The eleven children of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Alford) McCormick: James, Michael, Eleanor Ann "Nellie", Benjamin, Mary, Martha, John, Elizabeth, Hugh, Thomas and Margaret Jane. 
i    McCormick, James was born 20 Nov 1814. 
ii    McCormick, Michael was born 1816. 
iii    McCormick, Eleanor Ann "Nellie" was born 24 Jul 1817 in Hopewell, Beaver, Pennsylvania and died 15 Aug 1897 in Muddy Creek, Butler, Pennsylvania.  She was married to Thomas McCullough 1837 in Muddy Creek.  Thomas was born 1811 in Muddy Creek and died 9 Mar 1887.  He was the son of Matthew and Jane (Hunter) McCullough. 
The children of this family were first taken from the WorldConnect web pages of Mark Murphy, who indicates that there were three more children in the family whose names and dates are unknown. He traces six of the sons and daughters to later generations. Kurt Albert ('op. cit.') brought the total number of children to twelve, and added additional details on the family.
The twelve children of Thomas and Eleanor Ann "Nellie" (McCormick) McCullough: Benjamin, Martha Jane, Elizabeth, Matthew Jackson, Mary P., Eleanor A. "Ellie", Louise "Lou", Margaret E., James P., William Findley, Felicia B. and Thomas A. 
1    McCullough, Benjamin was born 18 Dec 1838 and died 9 Mar 1887. 
Benjamin was censused 1850 at age 11, and as a farmer 1870 at age 30, living with his parents, first in Franklin Twp., then in Muddycreek Twp., Butler Co.
2    McCullough, Martha Jane was born 4 Mar 1838 in Butler, Butler, Pennsylvania and died 21 Oct 1921.  She was married to Joseph Allen 1859.  Joseph was born 6 Jun 1836 in Northern Ireland. 
3    McCullough, Elizabeth was born 1842.  She was married to David Taylor.  David died 30 Jun 1887. 
4    McCullough, Matthew Jackson was born 12 Dec 1843 in Prospect, Butler, Pennsylvania and died 28 Dec 1915.  He was married to Margaret "Maggie" Tebay Jun 1865.  Margaret "Maggie" was born 1847 and died 4 Jan 1921. 
5    McCullough, Mary P. was born 1846 in Butler, Butler, Pennsylvania.  She was married to Ralph A. Kiskadden.  Ralph A. was born 1834 and died 25 Jun 1899. 
6    McCullough, Eleanor A. "Ellie" was born 1848.  She was married to William Harrison Gallagher.  William Harrison was born 16 Apr 1848 and died 7 Nov 1936. 
7    McCullough, Louise "Lou" was born 20 Feb 1851 in Buler, Butler, Pennsylvania, died 22 Feb 1919 and was buried in Prospect, Butler, Pennsylvania.  She was married to Henry H. Gallagher.  Henry H. was born 10 Nov 1843 and died Nov 1893. 
8    McCullough, Margaret E. was born 1853.  She was married (1) to ____ Gallagher.  She was married (2) to ____ Bailey. 
9    McCullough, James P. was born 1854/1855 in Pennsylvania. 
James was censused 1860 and 1870 with his parents at ages 5 and 15. In 1893 he was living in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania.
10    McCullough, William Findley was born 11 Dec 1858 in Muddy Creek, Butler, Pennsylvania, died 14 Aug 1926 in Portersville, Butler, Pennsylvania and was buried in Prospect, Butler, Pennsylvania.  He was married to Mary Adelia "Della" Pyle about 1881.  Mary Adelia "Della" was born 5 Oct 1857 and died 22 Mar 1959. 
11    McCullough, Felicia B. was born 15 Jul 1860 in Buler, Butler, Pennsylvania and died 3 Sep 1930.  She was married to Philip Houk Frew about 1886.  Philip Houk was born 1843 and died 21 Nov 1912. 
12    McCullough, Thomas A. was born 1862 in Pennsylvania. 
Thomas was censused with his parents in Muddy Creek Twp., Butler County in 1850 at age 7.
iv    McCormick, Benjamin was born 1819. 
v    McCormick, Mary was born 15 Apr 1821 in Pennsylvania, died 8 Nov 1867 and was buried in Prospect, Butler, Pennsylvania.  She was married to George Washington McCullough 1849.  George Washington was born 1814 in Muddy Creek, Butler, Pennsylvania, died 31 Jan 1896 in New Castle, Lawrence, Pennsylvania and was buried in Prospect, Butler, Pennsylvania.  He was the son of Matthew and Jane (Hunter) McCullough. 
The eight children of George Washington and Mary (McCormick) McCullough: Martha B., Matthew R., Jerusha, Mary E., Selina "Lina", Ella Jane "Ellen", Martha E. and Emma. 
1    McCullough, Martha B. was born 1844. 
2    McCullough, Matthew R. was born 1844 and died 9 Jul 1892. 
3    McCullough, Jerusha was born 9 Aug 1847 and died 14 May 1935.  She was married to Allexander C. Allen.  Allexander C. died 1934. 
4    McCullough, Mary E. was born 1849 and died about 1927.  She was married to ____ Anderson. 
5    McCullough, Selina "Lina" was born about 1853 in Pennsylvania and died 1899.  She was married to Joseph Smith Cunningham Hennon.  Joseph Smith Cunningham was born 9 Feb 1847. 
6    McCullough, Ella Jane "Ellen" was born 9 Oct 1853 in Prospect, Butler, Pennsylvania and died 15 Dec 1928 in Grove City, Mercer, Pennsylvania.  She was married to John Calvin Alford 31 Jan 1871.  John Calvin was born 30 Sep 1853 in Princeton, Lawrence, Pennsylvania, died after 1892 and was buried in Center United, Presbyterian, New Castle.  He was the son of Arthur E. and Rebecca (Scott) Alford. 
From his son John Calvin Alford's burial as "Jr.", I expand this John's middle initial "C" to "Calvin".
John and Ella Jane were second cousins, both being grandchildren of Michael and Martha (McCready) Alford, John through Michael and Martha's son John A., Ella Jane through their daughter Elizabeth.
John, a farmer, and Ellen Alford were censused 1880 in Slippery Rock, Lawrence Co. with their first two children, Mary R. and Howard S., at home. In 1900 they were still in Slippery Rock, having been married 29 years. Ellen had borne 4 children, of whom three were still living, including Eva who was at home at age 15. Two households away was the census of their daughter's family, Mary and William Leslie including their grandson Howard S. Leslie.
The four children of John Calvin and Ella Jane "Ellen" (McCullough) Alford: Mary Rebecca, Howard Scott, John Calvin and Eva Eliza. 
i    Alford, Mary Rebecca was born 6 Nov 1872 in Slippery Rock, Lawrence, Pennsylvania.  She was married to William Stuart Leslie 1894/1895.  William Stuart was born 21 Feb 1869 in Slippery Rock and died 13 Oct 1947 in Lawrence, Pennsylvania.  He was the son of John and Christina (Mayne) Leslie. 
William Leslie was a farmer in Slippery Rock Twp., Lawrence Co., Pennsylvania. Rebecca and William were censused in 1900 and reported being married 5 years, and their one child, Howard S., was four years old. They were listed two households away from her parents, John and Ellen Alford.
Their 1910 census indicates that they had been married 15 years, and that Howard was the only child Mary had born.
William's parents were found on a WorldConnect web page of Nancy Smith.
A child of William Stuart and Mary Rebecca (Alford) Leslie: Howard Stuart. 
1    Leslie, Howard Stuart was born 24 Aug 1906 in Pennsylvania and died 31 Mar 1980 in Shenango Twp., Lawrence, Pennsylvania.  He was married to Della Leona Houk.  Della Leona was born 19 Apr 1903.  She was the daughter of James M. and Sarah (English) Houk. 
Howard's middle name, wife and inlaws were found on the WorldConnect web page of Nancy Smith.
In 1920 Howard was still living with his parents and working on the farm.
ii    Alford, Howard Scott was born 5 Jan 1874 in Princeton, Lawrence, Pennsylvania and died about 8 Dec 1932 in San Jose, California.  He was married to Margaret M. Brennen? 1898.  Margaret M. was born 1877/1878 in Ireland. 
Howard S. Alford was censused 1930 in San Jose Township, Santa Clara, California with his wife Margaret M. and a 15 year old nephew John J. Brennan, born in California of parents both born in Ireland. I'm showing that as a possible surname for Margaret. This census indicated that Howard and Margaret had been married when he was 25 and she was 22.
Margaret might be the daughter born 1876/1877 to John and Catharine Brennen in Cass, Schuykill, Pennsylvania, but that supposition is based only on the similarity of name, age and Pennsylvania birth, which is not enough by itself to accept such a linkage.
iii    Alford, John Calvin was born 29 Apr 1883, died 12 Mar 1884 and was buried in Center United, Presbyterian, New Castle. 
iv    Alford, Eva Eliza was born 31 Dec 1884. 
7    McCullough, Martha E. was born 1856. 
8    McCullough, Emma was born 25 Mar 1858 and died 24 Jul 1932.  She was married to John S. Anderson.  John S. died 1906. 
vi    McCormick, Martha was born 1823. 
vii    McCormick, John was born 1825. 
viii    McCormick, Elizabeth was born 1827 in Hopewell, Beaver, Pennsylvania and died 1900 in Forest County, Pennsylvania.  She was married to Robert McCullough 20 Jun 1849.  Robert was born 1822 in Muddy Creek, Butler, Pennsylvania and died 14 Dec 1867 in Prospect, Butler, Pennsylvania.  He was the son of Matthew and Jane (Hunter) McCullough. 
The details of this family are also taken from the WorldConnect web page of Mark Murphy, who traces the descent from the youngest son John Pressley who moved his family north to Forest County, Pennsylvania.
The five children of Robert and Elizabeth (McCormick) McCullough: Josephine, Elizabeth, Jane, James Madison "Max" and John Pressley. 
1    McCullough, Josephine was born 1850. 
2    McCullough, Elizabeth was born 1851. 
3    McCullough, Jane was born 1853. 
4    McCullough, James Madison "Max" was born 1855 in Prospect.  He was married to Gertrude ____. 
5    McCullough, John Pressley was born 12 Feb 1858 in Butler, Butler, Pennsylvania and died 9 Jun 1942.  He was married to Corabelle Renola Phillips.  Corabelle Renola was born 1 Sep 1863 and died 28 Aug 1895. 
ix    McCormick, Hugh was born 1829 in Franklin, Butler, Pennsylvania.  He was married (1) to Elizabeth Craig 24 Jun 1864.  He was married (2) to Mary ____. 
x    McCormick, Thomas was born 1831/1833 in Franklin and died 1862. 
xi    McCormick, Margaret Jane was born 21 Mar 1834 in Prospect, Butler, Pennsylvania and died 1904 in Lawrence, Pennsylvania.  She was married to Seth Degarmo.  Seth died 1912. 
4    Alford, Elinor was born about 1794.  She was married to Charles W. McLaughlin?. 
See the note for Elinor's sister Elizabeth as to birth dates for the two girls.
Larry McCullough gives this surname as McClauglan, and I've lost track of where I originally found Elinor's husband as McClaugham. However, the surname doesn't appear in the IGI with either spelling, although there are several McLauglins and McLaughlins listed there for Pennsylvania.
One Charles McLaughlin was censused 1850 in Neshannock, Lawrence County, but his wife's name (at least at that time) was Ann. He was age 55 (Ann was 45) and he had four children ranging in age from 15 down to 4 years.
5    Alford, William was born 1796. 
William is a complete blank in all of the sources I've been able to search. It may be that he died young.
6    Alford, Hugh was born 1797/1798.    
7    Alford, Thomas was born 29 May 1800 in Pennsylvania and died 12 Sep 1870.  He was married to Rebecca McMillen 4 Sep 1822.  Rebecca was born 6 Sep 1796 and died 14 Oct 1850.  She was the daughter of John and Rebecca (____) McMillen. 
Thomas was a shoemaker in Shenango township, as was his elder brother Stewart. In 1830 the Shenango census recorded Thomas and his wife, aged 30-40, 2 sons under 5 and 1 daughter 5 to 10 years. In 1836 he and his brother John were signers of a petition to divide Shenango township to form Slipperyrock township. At one time, Thomas was the delegate from Shenango township to establish a common school system for Beaver county.
Hazen, in his history of Beaver County [1908] writes that a Thomas Alford was appointed elder of the United Presbyterian Church 17 Apr 1850, and left soon afterward for Illinois. That could well have been this Thomas, traveling with his brother Hugh and wife Martha. However, they were still in Shenango Township for the 1850 census on 17 August, with their four youngest children in the home.
According to another history of the county [Bausman, 1904], Thomas represented Slipperyrock Township on the Beaver County Agricultural Society.
I've lost the source of Rebecca's maiden name and birth date. However, I do find (April 2004) her marriage to Thomas without dates, in a web post on GenForum by Pete Williams. That extensive lineage in western Pennsylvania uses the spelling McMillin. Rebecca's parents first lived in Finleyville, Washington County, Pennsylvania, some 12 miles south of Pittsburgh, but the family later moved to Beaver County.
The birth date I do have is a couple of years earlier than that implied consistently by her age in three different censuses, but those may have been hedged a bit so as not to appear too much older than her husband.
Note that Thomas' niece Martha Alford, daughter of John, married a John McMillen. Undoubtedly a relative of Rebecca's, but the specifics are not yet known.
The six children of Thomas and Rebecca (McMillen) Alford: Rebecca, Michael C., John, Thomas, Charles and Martha. 
i    Alford, Rebecca was born 1823/1824 in Pennsylvania and died after 1880.  She was married to John Dinsmore.  John was born 1816/1817 and died before 1880.  He was the son of Mathew and Christina (Patterson) Dinsmore. 
The Mahoning Township, Beaver County census of 3 Oct 1850 gives John and Rebecca's ages as 33 and 25, and lists their children as Alford, 3 and Victoria, 1. Also in the household was Rebecca's brother John Alford, 22, a student.
Their son Charles W., born Apr 1860, gave his birthplace as Illinois in the 1900/1910/1920 censuses, but it was given as Pennsylvania when he was still at home with Rebecca in 1870. This is somewhat mysterious, and I don't know for how long John and Rebecca might have been in Illinois. Unfortunately, I cannot find any member of the family in the 1860 census indexes.
Rebecca was censused as a 46 year old head of household in 1870, livng in Hickory Twp., Lawrence County with her children Thomas A., his wife Sarah J., 18, and their daugher Mary, one month old. Also at home were Rebecca's children Martha E. and Charles W., aged 21 and 10. The eleven year gap between the last two might indicate a missing child. By 1880, Rebecca was living in East Brook, Lawrence County, with her son Charley, daughter-in-law Mariah A., 21, and grandchild Annie Dinsmore, aged 2 years.
I'm assuming the John who married Rebecca is John the son of Mathew and Christina Dinsmore. Hazen says that John was deceased at the time of writing [Hazen, 1908], and we know that Rebecca was a widow by 1860.
The four children of John and Rebecca (Alford) Dinsmore: Thomas Alford "Alford T.", Victoria T., Martha E. and Charles W. 
1    Dinsmore, Thomas Alford "Alford T." was born Jul 1846 in Pennsylvania.  He was married to Sarah Jane ____ 1869.  Sarah Jane was born Aug 1851 in Pennsylvania and died 1910/1920. 
This son's name was given as Alford at age 3 in 1850, and as Thomas A. in 1870 when he was 24 and still in his parents home, which is reasonable as a mother's married name was often used as a middle name for one or more children. But he gave his name as Alford again in his own 1880 census, and as Alford T. in 1900 and 1910.
Alford and Sarah Jane Dinsmore were censused 1880 in East Brook, Lawrence County, at ages 33 and 27. Alford worked as a grocer, and they had three children, Luella May, John Wilbur and Albert Richard, ages 10, 7 and 3. Luella May, by her age, is their first child recorded as Mary (misheard by the census taker?) in the 1870 census. By 1900 they were in Hickory Township, Lawrence County, as Alford T. and Sarah J., from which record we get the months of their births, and that of their daughter, now named as May L. (the family did feel free to change the order of their given names), aged 30. Alfred was still a grocer, and they were censused adjacent to their son Albert. That 1910 census also reported that they had been married 40 years (thus married 1869/70), and since May was born in the month of May, 1870, I've listed their marriage as 1869.
Also in the family that year (and ten years later) was Ivan E. Dinsmore, 10 years old so twenty years younger than May, but clearly marked as the son of Alford and Sarah. Sarah was only thirty-nine years old when Ivan was born, and her 1900 census reported that she had borne six children, of whom only four were still living. I've placed the two, unknown children in that two decade gap between Albert and Ivan, but that is just an educated guess.
In 1910 Alford T. and Sarah J., ages 63 and 58, were still in Hickory, with their children May L. and Ivan E., ages 38 and 19, at home. Alford was working as a merchant and May as a saleswoman in a store, and they were censused on the same page as his brother Charles W. Dinsmore.
Who was Alford's wfie Sarah, born Aug 1851? The ancestry.com census index for 1860 lists no less than five "Sarah J."s in Lawrence County aged nine or ten. The surnames were Lustre, McGimiss, Stewart, Booker and Fisher. And there were two dozen more plain "Sarah"s, no less than nine in Hickory Twp., alone. The chances are that one of these Sarahs married Thomas Alford, but without more information there's no way to distinquish which, if any, were to become his wife.
The six children of Thomas Alford "Alford T." and Sarah Jane (____) Dinsmore: Luella May "May L.", John Wilbur, Albert Richard "Albert M.", ____, ____ and Ivan Eugene. 
i    Dinsmore, Luella May "May L." was born May 1870 in Pennsylvania. 
The 1880 census gave this daughter's name as a child as Luella May, but in all subsequent censuses she gave it as May L. She was still at home with her parents in 1900 and in 1910, working as a saleswoman, and living by herself 1930 In Hickory township, at age 59.
Whether or not I've found her in the 1920 census is problematic. There was a "Ma L. Dinsmore", age 49, in Hickory Township that year listed a a daughter of "V. T." Dinsmore, a widow aged 73. May had an aunt Victoria Dinsmore, born 1848/49, but why she would be listed as a widow Dinsmore isn't very clear. And I haven't found any trace of Victoria ('per se') since the 1850 census.
ii    Dinsmore, John Wilbur was born Jul 1872 in Pennsylvania.  He was married to Abbie P. Bell 1893/1894.  Abbie P. was born Sep 1872 in Pennsylvania.  She was the daughter of John and Isabella (Brothers) Bell. 
In 1900 John and Abbie were living in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, and he was working as a Civil Engineer for a limestone company. They had two sons, John, 3 years, and Marvin B., 7 months and born in Michigan.
Abbie's mother Isabel Bell, born Aug 1832 in Ohio, was living with them, as was her sister Diela Sergrant (Della Bell, who married Edward Sergeant - see below), born Aug 1864. Abbie and Della listed their father as born in England, and their mother in Ohio.
By 1910 John and Abbie were back in Lawrence County, living in Neshannock Township. Their son Marvin got censused as Marion that year; John was still in the same job.
In 1920 their son Marvin, age 20 was still living with them, and wording as a Rodman for the Pittsburg Limestone Co. John was working as a Civil Engineer also for that company. Finally, as far as census data goes, John W. and Abie were censused still in Neshannock in 1930, John working as an engineer for U. S. Steel, and Abie listed both of her parents as born in Pennsylvania (or the census taker forgot to ask and just continued to use asterisks).
A biography of Abbie's father John Bell can be found on USGenWeb Archives from which I take her name as well as that of their son John. She was one of twelve children raised in the New Castle, Neshannock Township area. Her father was born in Durham, England, her mother in Ohio.
Abbie's father was a coal miner both in England and after he emigrated where he worded in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. In 1852 he moved to Beaver county and worked at both mining and farming in Neshannock Township.
The two children of John Wilbur and Abbie P. (Bell) Dinsmore: John and B. 
1    Dinsmore, John was born Apr 1897 in Pennsylvania. 
2    Dinsmore, B. was born Oct 1899 in Michigan. 
iii    Dinsmore, Albert Richard "Albert M." was born Feb 1876 in Pennsylvania.  He was married to Jenetta J. Henderson 1896/1897.  Jenetta J. was born Jul 1873 in Pennsylvania.  She was the daughter of William and Sarah A. (____) Henderson. 
Albert worked as a farm laborer, censused 1900 adjacent to his parents. While his name in 1880 had clearly been recorded as Albert Richard, here as well as in later censuses he gave it as Albert M. His wife's name was recorded as Zetta in 1900, Lizzetta in 1910 (the census taker wrote it particularly strong and carefully, as if someone were spelling it out for him!), and as Jetta in 1920.
In 1900 Albert and Zetta were in Hickory Township, where he was working as a farm laborer. They had been married three years, and Zetta had borne one child, no longer living.
By 1910 Anbert M. and Lizetta were living in New Castle Ward 3, and had in their home sons Donald and Alford, ages 8 and 3. That year Albert was working as a livery stable driver, they had been married 13 years, and his wife reported that she had born three children, all living, slightly in disagreement with her 1900 testimony. I'm taking this as a census error, since they had only the two sons living with them and she had reported the death of a child the previous decade.
In 1920 Albert and Jetta were still in New Castle, and he was working as the Proprietor of a company the name of which I can't decipher. All three sons, Donald A., 18, Alford J., 13 and Robert, 9, were in the home.
I was unable to find any member of this family in the 1930 census.
Who was Albert's wife Zetta/Lizzetta/Jetta? Most likely she was Jenetta J. Henderson, daughter of William and Sarah A. Henderson of Mahoning Twp., Lawrence County. William, a carpenter, and Sarah, ages 40 and 36, had five children in the 1880 census with ages 15 down to 1 year old. Jenetta, their fourth, was 6 years old, which corresponds exactly to Zetta's birth recorded in 1900 as Jul 1873.
Mahoning Twp is around ten miles west of Hickory Twp. where Albert grew up. Jenetta was the first of their children to be born in Pennsylvania, so the family moved from Mansfield, Richland, Ohio [1870 census] east to Lawrence County, Pennsylvania about 1873. In 1900 William and Sarah were running a boarding house in Ellwood City, on the south edge of Lawrence County. I've listed this couple as Albert's in-laws based on these name, age and nearby location agreements.
The four children of Albert Richard "Albert M." and Jenetta J. (Henderson) Dinsmore: ____, Donald A., Alford J. and Robert. 
1    Dinsmore, ____ was born 1897/1900 in Pennsylvania and died before 1900. 
2    Dinsmore, Donald A. was born 1901/1902 in Pennsylvania. 
3    Dinsmore, Alford J. was born 1906/1907 in Pennsylvania. 
4    Dinsmore, Robert was born 1900/1901 in Pennsylvania. 
iv    Dinsmore, ____ was born in Pennsylvania and died before 1900. 
v    Dinsmore, ____ was born in Pennsylvania and died before 1900. 
vi    Dinsmore, Ivan Eugene was born 21 Oct 1890 in Pennsylvania. 
Ivan's World War I Draft Registration Card of 1819 gives his middle name as Eugene, and his birth day as 21 Oct 1890. He was living in East Brook, PA, working as a Clerk for A. T. Dinsmore (his dad), and was single with no dependants. He was recorded as being medium tall, of meduim build, with brown eyes and dark brown hair.
2    Dinsmore, Victoria T. was born 1846/1849 in Pennsylvania. 
The 1920 census recorded a V. T. Dinsmore, 73 old widow working as a general store saleswoman, in Hickory Twp., Lawrence County. This is somewhat confusing, since if Victoria had married, one would expect her to have some other surname. Living with her was "Ma L." Dinsmore, most probably Victoria's niece, Luella May who was censused ten years later as May L. Dinsmore.
3    Dinsmore, Martha E. was born 1848/1849 in Pennsylvania. 
4    Dinsmore, Charles W. was born Apr 1860 in Illinois.  He was married to Sarah A. ____ 1877/1878.  Sarah A. was born Jan 1859 in Pennsylvania and died 1910/1920. 
Charles W. and Sarah A. Dinsmore were censused 1900 in Hickory Township with all six of their children at home, ranging in age from 19 down to 3 years. From this record we get the months and years of births of all of the family. Charles reported that he had been born in Illinois (as he did in the next two censuses), and was working as a carpenter. Sarah was 41, and had borne 7 chldren, all of them still living. The couple had been married for 22 years.
In 1910 in Hickory Twp. they were censused in Hickory eight households from his brother Alfort T. (Thomas Alford) Dinsmore. Charles was working as a house carpenter, and their daughter Sarah was "working out sewing", presumably "out" of the home. Sarah was 51, and had borne seven chldren, all of them still living. By this time, the three eldest daughters, Eva, Martha and Mary, had left the home.
By 1920 Charles was a widower and had moved to New Castle where he was working as a carpenter at the cement plant. His daughter Martha V. was back at home working as a stenographer at the electric office, and Mary E. was back and working as a saleswoman in a clothing store. His son Harry had moved out, but Sarah C. had married William S. Reed, who was working as a fitter in the railroad shops, and the two of them were living with Charles and his other three daughters.
The middle name Chambers of Sarah's son Harry hints that that might have been her maiden name. There was, indeed, a Sarah Chambers born 1858/59 in Hickory, daughter of Jas. and Nancy Chambers, age 28 and 21 at the 1860 census in that town. James was a stonemason born in Pennsylvania. (There was also a Sarah E. Chambers born that same year in Hickory to Joseph and Christina Chambers, aged 37 and 30 in 1870, but although the age matches, the middle initial doesn't and she was still unmarried in 1880.)
I suspect that this daughter of James and Nancy is indeed Charles wife, but I was completely unable to locate the family in the 1870 census. This is troubling enough that I hesitate to claim that relationship for certain.
The six children of Charles W. and Sarah A. (____) Dinsmore: Eva L., Martha V., Mary E., Sarah C., Harry Chambers and Ruth A. 
i    Dinsmore, Eva L. was born Jun 1880 in Pennsylvania. 
ii    Dinsmore, Martha V. was born Sep 1884 in Pennsylvania. 
iii    Dinsmore, Mary E. was born Apr 1888 in Pennsylvania. 
iv    Dinsmore, Sarah C. was born Oct 1890 in Pennsylvania.  She was married to William H. Reed.  William H. was born 1889/1890 in Pennsylvania. 
Sarah's husband William was a C____ Fitter in the Railroad Shops in 1920.
v    Dinsmore, Harry Chambers was born 14 May 1894 in Pennsylvania.  He was married to Winifred ____.  Winifred was born 1894/1895 in Pennsylvania. 
Harry's WW I Draft Card of 1917 gives us his middle name of Chambers, and the day and place of his birth. He was a book keeper at the Citizen's National Bank in New Castle, and was married with a wife to support. He was of medium height and build, with Gray eyes and light colored hair.
In 1920 Harry Dinsmore was a bank teller living in New Castle Ward 5 in 1920 who gave his age as 25. Harry's wife was Winifred, also 25 and born in Pennsylvania, and they had a son Charles, 2 years 5 months old, and a son Harry W., two months old.
A possibility for the identity of Harry's wife is Winifred Sheark, born Jul 1896 to Geo. W. and Emma Sheark, censused at ages 43 and 30 in Newcastle Ward 5 in 1900. She was the youngest of five children, and George's occupation was listed as laborer. (The census taker wrote the name of the second previous head of household as O. J. Shirk, which makes one wonder if both surnames were actually Shark.)
vi    Dinsmore, Ruth A. was born Sep 1896 in Pennsylvania. 
ii    Alford, Michael C. was born about 1826.  He was married to Ann ____.  Ann was born about 1826. 
There is a Civil War Veteran's card, [Pennsylvania Archives], http://www.digitalarchives.state.pa.us/archive.asp] for Michael C. Alford who enrolled and mustered in at New Brighton, PA on 16 Feb 1865 at age 39, and thus born 1825/26. He was mustered out 11 Aug of that year. A farmer living in Lawrence County with black hair and hazel eyes, standing 5'6", he was almost surely this Michael, and I have added the middle initial "C" here on the basis of that record.
The two children of Michael C. and Ann (____) Alford: Thomas and Elizabeth. 
1    Alford, Thomas was born about 1847. 
This is probably the Thomas "Alfred" (he's cross-indexed under "Alford") whose Civil War Veteran'scard, Pennsylvania Archives says that he enrolled and mustered in 21 Feb 1865 (five days after his father) at New Brighton, PA, age 17, and was mustered out 11 Aug 1865, on the same day as his father. His residence was listed as Lawrence County, and he was 5'4" tall, dark complexioned with brown eyes and hair and his occupation was farmer.
2    Alford, Elizabeth was born about 1848. 
There was an announcement 11 Feb 1873 in the Lawrence Guardian of the marriage of a Lizzie Alford to W. J. M'Conahy. That could be this Elizabeth, and an examination of the announcement itself should answer that possibility.
iii    Alford, John was born Jan 1828 in Pennsylvania.  He was married to Mary A. J. Blakeslee.  Mary A. J. was born Feb 1832 in New York.  She was the daughter of Orator and Hearsy (Kingsley) Blakeslee. 
John was aged 22 when he was censused 1850 as a student living with his sister Rebecca (Alford) Dinsmore in Mahoning Township, Beaver County.
He was of the right age to be the John Alford serving as a soldier in the Civil War from Lawrence County, but so was his second cousin John, the son of John A. and Ruth Alford.
I had until recently really messed up the identity of John's wife Mary. Terry Olson, in a personal communication Oct 2011, pointed out my mistake. Her parentage is now, I believe, correct, following the arguments shown in the next paragraph.
In 1860 John Alford and wife Mary B., born 1832/33 in New York, were censused in the Village of Hudson, Summit, Ohio. Living with them were Orator and Hersy Blakslee, he born in Connecticut and she in New York. This is the record that identifies Mary's maiden name, as that couple were presumably her parents. This is in agreement with a RootsWeb page that Identifies Orator Blakeslee, born 7 Jan 1788 in Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut, son of Joseph and Mary (Andrews) Blakeslee and husband of Hearsy Kingsley, born 1797/98 in New York. That page lists their daughter as Mary A. J., born 16 Feb 1832 in Franklin, Delaware, New York.
In 1870 in New Castle John was censused as a Fire Insurance Agent, and he and Mary had six children at home and living with them a Mary Alford, 18, who was the daughter of his cousin Thomas Alford and Elizabeth Mershimer.
John and his wife, again listed as "Mary B.", were censused in the 3rd Ward, Newcastle, Lawrence County in 1880. From this and the previous census, we find John and his New York born wife lived in Illinois for at least several years where their first two children were born, before moving to Pennsylvania and settling in New Castle. John was a Minister this year, and the first two children were both emplyed as teachers.
In 1900 John was listed as a "Minister R. P." in the 3rd Ward of Beaver Falls, Beaver County. He was censused with Mary and their daughter Martha, and from this record we take their birth dates.
An interesting RootsWeb page by by Margaret Scheffler lists some wonderfully named aunts and uncles of Mary:
Joseph Blakeslee
m Mary Andrews
Orator Blakeslee
Senator Blakeslee
Merancy Blakeslee
Wealthy Blakeslee
Senator Blakeslee
Dacy Blakeslee
Mary Blakeslee
b 11 Mar 1767
b 20 May 1766
b  7 Jan 1788
b 10 Sep 1790
b 26 Aug 1794
b 15 Apr 1797
b 25 Mar 1799
b 29 Mar 1801
b  6 Sep 1803
d 19 Dec 1831
d 29 May 1853







The eight children of John and Mary A. J. (Blakeslee) Alford: Martha "Mattie", Charles M., William J., Mary "Polly", Ralph B., Hattie J., Carrie B. and ____. 
1    Alford, Martha "Mattie" was born Aug 1856 in Illinois. 
Mattie as well as her brothers Charles and William were school teachers.
2    Alford, Charles M. was born 1858/1859 in Illinois. 
3    Alford, William J. was born 1860/1861 in Pennsylvania. 
There was a William J. Alford in Anderson Twp., Madison, Indiana in 1900 born Jan 1861 in Pennsylvania. The name, middle initial and birth data match those of the son of John and Mary, but the move from Pennsylvania to Indiana makes one hesitant to claim this correspondance. Then, in 1910, the census of the family was easier to read, and this William recorded that his mother was born in Ohio, which doesn't fit with Mary Blakeslee's birth in New York.
4    Alford, Mary "Polly" was born about 1864 in Pennyslvania. 
McConnell suggest that Mary may have died young as she was not censused in her parents' home in 1880, when she would have been about 16 years old. I do not know where she got the approximate birth year - it may have been just a guess.
5    Alford, Ralph B. was born 1866/1867 in Pennsylvania. 
6    Alford, Hattie J. was born Jun 1869 in Beaver Falls, Lawrence, Pennsylvania.  She was married to Walter Linsley Cowles 11 Feb 1891 in Beaver Falls.  Walter Linsley was born 7 Jan 1859 in Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut. 
1900 at Cleveland, Ohio with husband and dau. father b. Pa., mother b. Ct. 1/1 kids living
1910 at Oak Park, Cook, Ill. with husband and dau. father b. Illinois, mother b. Ohio
1920 at same with husband and dau. father b. Pa. mother b. Ct.
Marjorie Blakeslee COWLES b: 10 Jan 1895 in of Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio
[Rootsweb Our Cowles-Hennis Heritage]
7    Alford, Carrie B. was born 1875/1876 in Pennsylvania. 
8    Alford, ____. 
in Mary's 1900 census she reported that she had had eight children, of whom six were still living. I've placed the eighth child in last in the family,
but have no idea of when he or she was actually born or died.
iv    Alford, Thomas was born 1831/1832 in Pennsylvania. 
v    Alford, Charles was born 1834/1835 in Pennsylvania. 
vi    Alford, Martha was born 1837/1838 in Pennsylvania. 
8    Alford, Martha was born 1801/1802 in Pennsylvania.  She was married to William Weller.  William was born about 1802 in New Jersey and died 1852.  He was the son of Philip and Eleanor (Parks) Weller. 
See the discussion above as to the identification of this daughter Martha, Jr. as an Alford and as the wife of William Weller. The Weller genealogy indicates that William was married second to Sarah Frew, but no dates are provided which might indicate when his wife Martha died.
Since we don't know when the widow Martha Alford married James Quigley, this daughter could have been his (as McConnell said she "had to be"), but would not in that case have been raised as an Alford, and thus not the woman married to William Weller.
William Weller was censused 1830 (10001... 11001...) in a compact group of seven adjacent households, all relatives of Martha Alford Quigley. The census indicaes one son and one daughter under 5 (Eleanor and John), but also a female between 5 and 10. At this writing (Jan, 2009) I don't have William and Martha's marriage date, so this may be a previously unknown child. I'm entering such, but note that this could also be a niece of either parent, as that often occurred in those days.
William worked as a farmer in South Slippery Rock according to the 1850 census. He and Martha, both aged 48, had in their home Eleanor, 21, John, 19, William, 16, Thomas, 12 and Martha, 10. They were censused two households away from Martha's step-brother, James Quigley.
William died in 1857, but in searching for Martha in the 1860 census, I came across a John Weller, 27, and Meartha (sic), 21. This latter could be the widow of William, but there were three John Wellers in the area any of whom could have had a wife "Meartha".
The six children of William and Martha (Alford) Weller: ____, Eleanor A., John A., William, Thomas and Martha. 
i    Weller, ____ was born 1820/1825. 
ii    Weller, Eleanor A. was born 1826/1830 in Pennsylvania and died 1890.  She was married to Charles Boak.  Charles was born 1826/1831 in Pennsylvania and died 1893.  He was the son of Charles and ____ (____) Boak. 
From the 1897 Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens, Lawrence County Pennsylvania autobiography of his son Dr. Robert G. Boak, we have "Charles completed his education in Scott township schools, and then turned his attention to farming, which he followed all the years of his life given over to active labor in Slippery Rock township; in 1887, he moved to New Castle, where he lived in retirement until his death." The article goes on to record that his wife was a daughter of William Weller, and that they were the parents of seven children, namely .... However, the author then lists only five, plus three grandchildren, which we adopt here.
The 1880 census finds Charles and Nellie Boak, ages 49 and 50, in Slippery Rock, Lawrnce County. Their three children at home that year were Mary, 22, Thomas, 18, Gavin, 15 and Angess, 11. From this we get that theiir youngest son Robert's middle name was Gavin
The five children of Charles and Eleanor A. (Weller) Boak: Charles, Mary, Thomas, Robert Gavin and Agnes. 
1    Boak, Charles was born 1855/1856 in Pennsylvania.  He was married to Carrie Badger.  Carrie was born 1859/1860 in Pennsylvania. 
Carrie was of Portersville, Butler, Pennsylvania. She and Charles, Jr., were censused 1880 in Slippery Rock, Lawrence County, where he was a farmer.
Carrie might well be the Carrie G. Boak censused 1920 as a widow, aged 57, living alone in the City of Butler, Butler County, just northeast of Slippery Rock.
A child of Charles and Carrie (Badger) Boak: Clyde. 
i    Boak, Clyde. 
2    Boak, Mary was born 1857/1858 in Pennsylvania.  She was married to William Joiner. 
William was of Louisville, Kentucky.
3    Boak, Thomas was born Aug 1861 in Pennsylvania.  He was married to Margaret Alford.  Margaret was born Dec 1868 in Pennsylvania.  She was the daughter of Stewart G. and Sarah A. (Miller) Alford. 
Margaret was listed as "Magie" on the 1880 census of the family. Her marriage to Thomas, and his descent from the Weller line, is documented in "Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens, Lawrence County Pennsylvania" by the Biographical Publishing Company, Buffalo, NY, 1897, and available online in the [USGenWeb Archives].
That source also mentioned their son Howard, whose name turns out to be Charles Howard. Thomas and Margaret were second cousins, illustrated in the following chart:
IMAGE: Alford_Boak_ancestry.jpg
Alford-Boak common ancestry

In 1900 they were censused in New Castle as Thomas A. and Margret Boak, ages 38 and 31. Thomas was a Tin Worker, and their son Charles H., was 10 years old.
Margaret is said to have had in her possession the John and Ruth (Eckles) Alford Family Bible, which Harry Eckles used as a source for the Eckles genealogy (Howard Eckles, Personal Communication, Jan 2009).
A child of Thomas and Margaret (Alford) Boak: Charles Howard. 
i    Boak, Charles Howard was born 18 Jun 1889 in Princeton, Lawrence, Pennsylvania.  He was married to ____ ____ before Jun 1915. 
In 1910 Charles H. Boak, 21 and born in Pennsylvania, was censused while serving in Troop 6, 3rd Cavalry in the Artillery and Cavalry Post at Fort Sam Houston in Bexar County, Texas. He had enlisted 26 Sep 1908 giving his birth place as Princeton, PA, his age as 19y 3m, and his occupation as steel worker. He was discharged 27 Sep 1911 at Ft. Sam Houston [Ancestry.com].
Charles Howard Boak's World War I registration card of 5 Jun 1917 said he was working as an electriian for the Carnegie Steel Co. in New Castle. He was married, and listed his mother Margaret as a dependant. He also reported that he had served 3 years in the 3rd U. S. Cavalry, but didn't claim exemption from the draft. He was described as tall, of medium weight, with blue eyes and light brown hair.
In 1920 Charles H. Boak, 30 years old and divorced, was living with his grandmother Sarah A. Alford, 76 (widow of Stewart G.), as head of household in New Castle, and his mother Margaret, 52. He was working in a steel mill, and his mother was a saleslady in a dry goods store. I've found no other possible census record for Howard in 1930.
In his World War II registration he gave his age of 53, birthdate, mother's name, their address in New Castle, and the name of his foreman at the W. P. A. in Big Run, New Castle. He was 5' 11" tall, weighed 110 pounds, and had a very well educated hand as testified by his signature.
4    Boak, Robert Gavin was born 16 Mar 1865 in Slippery Rock, Lawrence, Pennsylvania.  He was married to Nancy Minerva McCurdy 1886/1887.  Nancy Minerva was born Apr 1869 in Pennsylvania.  She was the daughter of Abraham and Minerva C. (Morrison) McCurdy. 
"Dr. Rork taught school for seven years, during which time for the space of one year he read medicine under the direction of Dr. Charles Hunt of Princeton, Pa. ... He then entered the Baltimore Medical College of Baltimore, Md., in 1893, and after one year changed his location, becoming a medical student in the medical department of the Western University of Pittsburg, Pa., from which he graduated in 1897." 'Biographical Sketches'
Robert was censused as a physician in Hickory, Lawrence County in 1900 with his wife Nancy M. and three children. It is from this record that we take the birth dates and locations of Nancy (Minerva from McDonnell) and the children.
The three children of Robert Gavin and Nancy Minerva (McCurdy) Boak: Willis Earl, Robert C. and Harold R. 
i    Boak, Willis Earl was born Jun 1888 in Pennsylvania. 
ii    Boak, Robert C. was born Jul 1895 in Pennsylvania. 
iii    Boak, Harold R. was born Aug 1899 in Pennsylvania. 
5    Boak, Agnes was born Nov 1868 in Pennsylvania.  She was married to Phillip H. Sechler.  Phillip H. was born Sep 1866 in Pennsylvania. 
Philip was censused 1900 in Prospect Borough, Butler County as a marble cutter, in 1910 in Butler Ward 4, Butler County as the proprietor of a marble works, and in 1920 there as a tomb stone merchant.
The three children of Phillip H. and Agnes (Boak) Sechler: Gula B., Alma J. and Wendell H. 
i    Sechler, Gula B. was born Jan 1894 in Pennsylvania. 
ii    Sechler, Alma J. was born Mar 1899 in Pennsylvania. 
iii    Sechler, Wendell H. was born 1901/1902 in Pennsylvania. 
iii    Weller, John A. was born Nov 1831 and died 1915.  He was married to Priscilla Monroe 1860.  Priscilla was born Apr 1836 in Pennsylvania.  She was the daughter of Joel and Margret (____) Monroe. 
An ancestry.com family tree gives the marriage in Lawrence County between John and Pricella Monroe, but without sources. In light of the censuses matching this couple in Slippery Rock, I accept this surname for John's wife, but point out this needs independent confirmation.
In 1870 John was censused, as John Wellar, a farmer in Slippery Rock and wife Persilla (seemingly a common spelling of that given name), with children Riley M., Joel M., William R. and John A., ages 10, 6, 4 and 2 years.
The family apparently escaped the 1880 census, as a search in every-name indexes for all family members came up blank.
The 1900 census gives the birth months for John Weller, farmer, and wife Priscilla, married 40 years, that I've adopted here, and the names and birth months for five of their children. They also had in their home that year George F. Elliott, a servant, born May 1845.
In 1910, although his name was spelled Wellar, John gave his name as John Sr. and that of his son John as Jr. In light of that, i've given John Jr.'s middle initial "A" also to his father. It probably stands for Alford. Percilla said she had borne seven children of whom five were still living. And in the home they had sons Riley, 47, Richard, 45 and John Jr., 41, and daughter Margaret, 37. The ages are quite discordant to the month/year births specified in 1900, but Richard must be William R. of the earlier censuses. Who the seventh child was I don't know, nor which of Joel and Lillie had died by 1910.
Priscilla's parents I take from the Shenango Township census of 23 Jul 1860 for which she was still at home, aged 24. With her first child born Sep 1861, their marriage must have been between that date and December of 1860.
The six children of John A. and Priscilla (Monroe) Weller: Riley M., Joel M., William Richard, John A., Margaret J. and Lillie M. 
1    Weller, Riley M. was born Sep 1861 in Pennsylvania. 
2    Weller, Joel M. was born 1863/1864 in Pennsylvania. 
3    Weller, William Richard was born Dec 1864 in Pennsylvania. 
4    Weller, John A. was born Jul 1867 in Pennsylvania. 
5    Weller, Margaret J. was born Jul 1873 in Pennsylvania. 
6    Weller, Lillie M. was born Jul 1878 in Pennsylvania. 
iv    Weller, William was born 1833/1834.  He was married to Sarah Elenor Boak.  Sarah Elenor was born 1838. 
A child of William and Sarah Elenor (Boak) Weller: Charles Howard. 
1    Weller, Charles Howard was born 1859 in Pennsylvania and died 1914.  He was married to Emily E. "Emma" Alford about 21 Mar 1884.  Emily E. "Emma" was born Mar 1866 in Pennsylvania and died May 1900 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  She was the daughter of Thomas J. and Mary (Shannon) Alford. 
Emily was censused with her mother in 1900 and recorded as married (for 14 years). She indicated that she had borne only one child (Mary A.), who was still living. Where her husband Charles was at this time is unknown, but I do have a death date for him from some lost source (possible McConnell) of 1914.
A child of Charles Howard and Emily E. "Emma" (Alford) Weller: Mary A.. 
i    Weller, Mary A. was born Oct 1892 in Pennsylvania. 
v    Weller, Thomas was born 1837/1838. 
This son is probably the Thomas W. Weller of Lawrence County who enrolled and mustered in the army 24 Jul 1861 at age 22 at Harrisburg. He mustered out 9 Jun 1864, and was described as a student with light complexion, blue eyes, dark hard and 5'8" tall [Pennsylvania Archives].
He was probably also the 34 year old dry goods clerk living with William and Nancy Bleakney in Slippery Rock in 1870.
An ancestry.com family tree gives this son of William and Martha the middle initial "W" and his birthplace as Beaver County, but no sources or other information is provided. Since his parents lived in Slippery Rock, Lawrence County, I have reservations about that particular source.
vi    Weller, Martha was born 1839/1840. 

Hugh Alford  &  Martha Weller
Michael 1 , Hugh 2 , John Weller 3 , Mary Jane "Merrie" 4 Top  

Hugh Alford was born 1797/1798 in Beaver, Pennsylvania and died about 1851. 
Hugh was married to Martha. 
Martha Weller was born 8 Dec 1805 in Sussex, New Jersey, died 4 Jul 1894 in Batavia, Jefferson, Iowa and was buried in Brethren Cemetery, Des Moines Twp., Jefferson, Iowa.  She was the daughter of Philip and Eleanor (Parks) Weller. 

Hugh Alford was censused 1830 in Shenango, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, and in 1840 in Slipperrock, Beaver County.
Hugh purchased 7 Jan 1846 a tract of six acres of land in Slipperyrock, Beaver (now Lawrence), Pennsylvania, part originally of Lot No. 11 of 500 acres in the first district patented 1786 to Bernard Hully for military service. Hully's widow sold it to Charles McClaugham, possibly the father of the man of that name who married Hugh's sister Elinor, and he sold it in 1829 to James Gibson, from whom Hugh purchased it in 1846.
Hugh worked as a carpenter, and was censused 1850 in South Slippery Rock Township. The eight youngest children were in the household that year. Hugh sold land 10 Oct 1851 for $150, with Martha's affirmation being dated 14 Nov 1851, to Robert Gibson, most likely the son of the man from whom he originally purchased it. In the deed of sale, it was described as being adjacent to land of James Quiqley, either Hugh's stepfather or his stepbrother. In 1850, Hugh and James Quigley, Jr., his stepbrother, appear adjacent to one another in the census.
This sale was apparently in preparation for the family's move westward from Pennsylvania. Hugh died on the Ohio River enroute from Pennsylvania, in late 1851 or early 1852, according to Martha's obituary. His death is also listed this way in the Des Moines Township, Jefferson County, Iowa, Index to Burials, but no gravestone is indicated and this surely is only a entry in the records, not an actual burial in that location. I checked the available cemetery indexes for Wayne Co., Illinois, where Martha settled temporarily, but failed to find Hugh's name. Also checked were the sparser indexes for Gallatin and Hardin Counties, Illinois, along the Ohio River, equally without success.
Martha's obituary was in the Fairfield Ledger for 11 Jul 1894, citing a notice in the Batavia Sentinel: "They started west, with a family of twelve children, in 1851, and the husband and father died on the journey. Other members of the family [also] came to Jefferson County [Iowa] in 1858 and resided for a long time near County Line. Mrs. Alfred was eighty-eight years of age."
In Wayne County, Illinois, all records prior to 1880's were destroyed by fire, so the marriage record there of Rebecca Ann must have come down through the family. Apparently the family paused in that state for several years on their way to Iowa, as the 1855 Illinois Census shows Martha with eight people in the household. Missing at that time were her three eldest daughters, Rebecca Ann who by then was married, and one of the three sons John, Michael or Ross. John or one of the other two could have gone ahead to Iowa with Rebecca Ann and Abraham Teeter in 1853, with Martha and the rest of the family following later.
Hazen, in his history of Beaver County [1908] writes that a Thomas Alford was appointed elder of the United Presbyterian Church 17 Apr 1850, and left soon afterward for Illinois. That could well have been her brother-in-law Thomas, traveling with her and Hugh.
No Alfords appeared in the 1856 Jefferson County, Iowa census, but Martha Alfred was in Des Moines Twp., that county, by 1860, when the federal census indicated she was a widow aged 55, born in New Jersey, and could neither read nor write. In her household were her children William, 30, a blacksmith, Stuart, 28, John, 23, and Michael, 20, all farmers (but the latter two also attending school), and May Ann, 15, Louisa, 14, and Gustus, 11, all noted as attending school. Also censused 1860 in Des Moines Township was Stuart "Alfort", 24 and born in Pennsylvania, working as a farm hand for Daniel Sheaffer. This was probably her nephew, Stewart G. Alford, son of Hugh's eldest brother John A. Alford, as that was the right age for him.
On 25 May 1867 Martha bought Lot No. 13, Old Plat, in Batavia for $175. Apparently she had been renting since at least 1860, as there were no Alford land transactions in Jefferson County prior to 1867. Her son Stewart was still in Batavia when he died in 1909. In the 1870 census, Martha Alfred, 62, born in Pennsylvania (sic) had a "Stuard", born in Pennsylvania and aged 21 living with her. That age is weirdly wrong, as Stewart had his 38th birthday 8 days before the 30 June census was taken, but there are no other Stewart Alfords who could have been living with her. Her census was adjacent to that of her son John Weller Alford (see his story below for an image of this census).
In 1880 Martha Alfred was still in Batavia with sons Stewart and Mickel, as well as her grandson Eddie Rasmus, in her home. Some online census indexes misread her and her parents' birth state as NY (even though the "J" of NJ was identical to that of Jefferson County).
Martha ALFRED
Stewart ALFRED
Mickel ALFRED
Eddie RASMUS
W
S
S
S
74
40
30
11
NJ
PA
PA
IA
Keeping House
Laborer
Laborer
Denmark
NJ NJ
PA NJ
PA NJ
PA --
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1880 Census, Batavia, Jefferson, Iowa, T9-347, 424A

That age of 40 for Stewart is again quite wrong, as he was at this time eight days short of his 48th birthday when the census was taken on 14 June, and Michael was about 41 or 42, not 30.
The family name is most often found spelled "Alfred" in Iowa. Janet Markley [Markley, 1991] relates that one of the sons–in–law persuaded the family that it "should" be spelled that way. Since Martha could neither read nor write, she was apparently susceptable to persuasion, or agreed in order to keep peace in the family. Even her obituary used that spelling, but her name is spelled Alford on her tombstone, which reads "Dec. 8, 1805 -- July 4, 1894", so she or at least some of her sons eventually insisted on the original spelling. And her son William's tombstone reads Alford, although his wife Hannah's tombstone next to his was carved as Alfred thirty years later. Martha's son John's death notice in Oklahoma in 1905 spelled his name as Alford, and the aberrant spelling seems to have occurred only in Iowa. No will was recorded for Martha in Jefferson County, her death date is from the Batavia cemetery records.
Details of Hugh and Martha's children came from Janet Markley [Markley, 1991], whose father gathered them from his grandmother, Louisa Abigail Alford, the twelfth child in the family. Janet also interviewed Elizabeth Teeter Linge in Douds, Iowa, in 1981, who says that "tradition" has it there were two Alford brothers, one stayed in England while the other came to this country. This may have been simple error, or a desire to deny an Irish heritage, but Hugh's brother Stewart gave his birthplace as Ireland.
There was a male born 1815-1820 in the household in the 1830 census (but not in 1840) whom I take to be a son who died young. He doesn't appear in the Markley record, nor in the count of children in Martha's obituary. The three daughters Ellen, Elizabeth, and Martha named by Janet appear in the 1830 census, and two of them in 1840, when the eldest could have been nearly 20. By 1850 and later, no trace of these three appears in any census of the family, so most likely they married.
All of the middle initial W's among the children are undoubtedly "Weller", as we know John's to be, but I have no documentation for that assumption. It was a not uncommon practice to give all of the children in a family their mothers maiden name as their middle names.
The thirteen children of Hugh and Martha (Weller) Alford: ____, Ellen, Elizabeth, Martha, William Weller, Stewart W., Rebecca Ann, John Weller, Michael W., Ross W., Mary Ann, Louisa Abigail and Augustus W. 
1    Alford, ____ was born 1821/1822 and died after 1830. 
This son is inferred from the 1830 census which lists a male, born 1820-1825, who doesn't appear in the 1840 census, nor in Janet Markley's family chart. Apparently he died as a child.
2    Alford, Ellen was born 1823/1824 in Beaver, Pennsylvania. 
3    Alford, Elizabeth was born 1825/1826 in Beaver. 
4    Alford, Martha was born 1827/1828 in Beaver. 
5    Alford, William Weller was born 6 Apr 1830 in Beaver, died 22 Mar 1899 in Batavia, Jefferson, Iowa and was buried in Brethren Cemetery, Des Moines Twp., Jefferson, Iowa.  He was married to Hannah Pennsylvania Miller 4 Jul 1861 in Jefferson, Iowa.  Hannah Pennsylvania was born 19 Jun 1844 in Bedford, Pennsylvania, died 11 Aug 1929 in Eldon, Wapello, Iowa and was buried in Brethren Cemetery, Des Moines Twp., Jefferson, Iowa.  She was the daughter of Martin Teeter and Esther (Smith) Miller. 
William and Hannah's marriage by Peter Lutz was recorded in Jefferson County, Iowa. They had nine children born 1863 to 1877 according to the family group sheet given to me 1991 by Mary Ellen (Alford) Hall of Fairfield. She is the daughter of William and Hannah's son Augustus Miller Alford and Bessier Pearl Donovan.
William Alfred is listed in the 1850 census in Neshannock township as a laborer, and as a blacksmith in the 1860 census while living with his mother Martha. He was listed as a section hand living in Batavia in 1879.
William W. and Hannah "Alfred" were censused 1880 in Locust Grove, Jefferson, Iowa, with ages 50 and 35. His occupation was listed as Justice of the Peace, and he reported that his father was born in Ireland and his mother in Pennsylvania, both in conflict with our other records. All of the children except Augustus were at home; George, 16, Mary E., 14, Edwin L., 13, Wiley J., 11, Emma L, 7, James E., 4, and Steward C., 2 years of age. Why Augustus, who would have been 6 at the time, was not in the home is unknown, unless the census taker accidently omitted him when he turned the page and wrote "Alfred, Emma L." as the first entry.
His obituary in the Fairfield Tribune 29 Mar 1899 said he left his wife, five boys, and two girls. Since we know the death dates for the other sons, this leaves Augustus as having predeceased his father. William's tombstone gives the dates of his birth and death, spells his name Alford, and gives his age at death as 68y 11m 23d, which doesn't quite agree with the birth day I give here. His wife Hannah's tombstone next to his is spelled Alfred.
Hannah was the daughter of Martin T. and Esther (Smith) Miller, and sister of Mary who married William's brother Augustus. The Batavia News of 19 Jun 1919 marked "the 75th milestone in the life of "Aunt" Hannah Alfred, one of the pioneer residents of Batavia".
In 1820 Hannah was living alone and censused adjacent to her son Edwin in Locust Grove Township. She and Mary were killed on the way home from church when the car in which they were riding stalled on a railroad track near Eldon and was hit by a train. Her obituary was in the Fairfield Ledger of 20 Aug 1829.
The children in this family are given here as reported by Phyllis Gillaspie [Gillaspie, 2000], who also gives vital data and spouse names for these. Phyllis' set of Family Group Sheets on the Teeters and Alfords which she gave me, dated 30 Oct 2000, had been meticulously researched with citations given for all of the data, and I'm very grateful for her sharing these with me.
The nine children of William Weller and Hannah Pennsylvania (Miller) Alford: Martin, George Cornelius, Mary Elizabeth, Edwin Lewtellis, Wylie John "Mart", Emma Leota, Augustus B., James E. and Stewart C. 
i    Alford, Martin was born 27 Jan 1863 in Jefferson, Iowa. 
Martin died in infancy.
ii    Alford, George Cornelius was born 27 Aug 1864 in Jefferson, died 9 Jan 1943 in Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa and was buried in Batavia Cemetery, Jefferson, Iowa.  He was married to Laura J. Morrison 26 Aug 1885 in Wapello, Iowa.  Laura J. was born 26 Jul 1866 in Iowa, died 13 Aug 1913 and was buried in Batavia Cemetery, Jefferson, Iowa. 
George's census does not appear in 1900, unfortunately, since that source might identify early children in the family. (The census is so faint, however, that he might have been listed under a completely incorrect surname.)
George C. and Laura J. Alford were censused in the 2nd Ward of Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa, in 1910 with two sons, Merrel and Allan. His occupation was listed as a carpenter, and his father's birth place was written "Ire.Irish", while Laura's parents were born in Massachusetts and Illinois. George gave his age as 42 (instead of 45) and Laura's as 39 (instead of 32), and they indicated that they had been married 24 years (which was correct!).
In 1920 George C. Alford (it looks like someone overwrote a previous Alfred that appears in the index) was censused as a widower boarding with Milton O. Wallen(?) in the 7th Ward of Ottumwa.
The two children of George Cornelius and Laura J. (Morrison) Alford: Merrel Harry and Allan W. 
1    Alford, Merrel Harry was born 1889/1890 in Iowa.  He was married to Vivian H. ____ 1921/1922.  Vivian H. was born 1899/1900 in Iowa. 
Merrel Harry Alford was a 33 year old roomer in the boarding house of Harry B. Somers in the 2nd Ward of Ottumwa in 1920.
By 1930 Merrel was married and living in Los Angeles. He was working in "concrete water construction", and his wife Vivian H. was 38 years old, and also born in Iowa, her father in Ohio, and her mother in Iowa. Their ages of 32 and 30 at marriage give 1821/22 for their marriage.
2    Alford, Allan W. was born 1894/1895 in Iowa. 
A. W. Alford and wife Mary were censued 1920 in the 3rd Ward of Eldon, Wapello, Iowa. His age was not given, and Mary's was recorded as 70 years. Whether this is a garbled census of Allan is hard to tell. The location is one where would be expected Allan to have settled, as did his sister Mary Elizabeth Mullenix.
iii    Alford, Mary Elizabeth was born 29 Nov 1865 in Batavia, Jefferson, Iowa, died 16 Jan 1921 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Fairfield, Jefferson, Iowa.  She was married to Asher Birdine Mullenix 30 Sep 1885 in Fairfield, Jefferson, Iowa.  Asher Birdine was born 14 Jul 1863 in Oswego, Illinois, died 18 Feb 1942 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California and was buried in Forest Lawn Mem., California.  He was the son of John P. and Margaret (Long) Mullenix. 
Asher B. Mullins (as indexed, but the end of the name has been scribbled over on the census, and may have been Mullinex) and wife Mary E. were censused 1900 in 1st ward, Fairfield, Jefferson, Iowa with their three sons, All of the ages as recorded agree with those shown here for the family, and Asher's occupation was barber.
His parents, John B. and Margretta, ages 64 and 72, were censused on the previous page with several sons and daughters still in their home. In their case, the surname appears to read Mullenix. The couple were both born in Ohio, and their parents were all from Virginia.
In 1910 Asher and and Mary were censused in the 3rd Ward, Fairfield, with two of their sons, Frank and Augustus at home. They were censused three households from Mary' brother James.
It's interesting that an Alfred Mullenix was born 1883/84 in Kansas, but censused 1910 in the 5th Ward of Ottumwa. Possibly a nephew of Asher's coming back to Iowa?
The three children of Asher Birdine and Mary Elizabeth (Alford) Mullenix: Edwin C., Frank C. and Augustus Ray "Gus". 
1    Mullenix, Edwin C. was born 8 Aug 1886 in Batavia, Jefferson, Iowa and died 1957/1958 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California.  He was married to Alma ____ 1908/1913.  Alma was born 1893/1894 in Iowa. 
Edwin C. Mullenix, 33 years old and born in Iowa, was censused 1920 in the city of Los Angeles, California. He had a wife censused with him, but with no given name listed, aged 32 years and also born in Iowa. In 1930, however, his wife's name was given as Alma, and their marriage took place when he was 22 and she 19 years old. Edwin gave his age as only 42, and his work as salesman for an oil company.
2    Mullenix, Frank C. was born 26 Aug 1888 in Eldon, Wapello, Iowa and died 26 Apr 1958 in Paxton, Nebraska.  He was married (1) to Carrie May Pittington.  Carrie May was born 31 May 1884, died 12 May 1923 and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Fairfield, Jefferson, Iowa.  He was married (2) to Adelaide ____. 
Frank Mullenix, 32, was censused in the 4th Ward, Fairview, in 1920, but the census image is so faint that I cannot be sure of his wife's name, but it looks more like Sarah than Carrie. There were no children listed with them.
There was a 41 year old, Iowa born Frank C. Mullinex in Los Angeles in 1930, the same place Frank's brother Edwin was located. This Frank's wife was named as Adelaide, aged 22 and born also in Iowa. This Frank was working as an operator of some kind of pipeline service station. I'm inclined to believe that this if the son of Asher and Mary, but the various wives' names makes it difficult to be sure. I've listed Adelaide as a second wife, but warn the reader that this is not an ironclad conclusion.
3    Mullenix, Augustus Ray "Gus" was born 25 Sep 1889 in Eldon, Wapello, Iowa, died 22 Feb 1955 in Fairfield, Jefferson, Iowa and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Fairfield.  He was married to Bessie Pearl Donovan 10 Jan 1912 in Galesburg, Know, Illinois.  Bessie Pearl was born 9 Dec 1893 in Fairfield, Jefferson, Iowa, died 26 Jul 1958 in Fairfield and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Fairfield. 
Gus and Pearl Mullenix were censused in 1920 living in the 3rd Ward, Fairfield with sons Asher and Glenn. Gus, like a brother and brother-in-law, was a barber.
The four children of Augustus Ray "Gus" and Bessie Pearl (Donovan) Mullenix: Asher Burdette, Glen Donovan, Mary Ellen and Roy Richard "Dick". 
i    Mullenix, Asher Burdette was born 2 Jul 1912 in Fairfield, Jefferson, Iowa, died 30 Nov 1961 in Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Fairfield, Jefferson, Iowa.  He was married (1) to Irene Ruby Keller 15 Jan 1934 in Kahoka, Missouri.  Irene Ruby was born 28 Sep 1914 in Jefferson, Iowa.  She was the daughter of Louis Raymond and Elsie Iowa (Rubey) Keller.  He was married (2) to Mildred Catherine Passwater. 
Irene is identified in a WorldConnect file as the daughter of Louis Raymond and Elsie Iowa (Rubey) Keller based on a 1920 Locust Grove Twp. and a 1930 Polk Twp., Jefferson, Iowa, censuses in which Irene R. appeared at ages 5 and 15, respectively. Their marriage was in Kahoka, Missouri, according to Phyllis Gillaspie, and that seems somewhat strange.
A child of Asher Burdette and Irene Ruby (Keller) Mullenix: Marjorie Irene. 
1    Mullenix, Marjorie Irene was born 31 Aug xxxx. 
ii    Mullenix, Glen Donovan was born 5 Oct 1914 in Fairfield, Jefferson, Iowa, died 28 Jul 1969 in Fairfield and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Fairfield.  He was married to Macel Lee Blough 23 Apr 1947 in Fairfield, Jefferson, Iowa. 
iii    Mullenix, Mary Ellen was born 2 Dec 1925 in Fairfield.  She was married to Don Dale Hall 23 Oct 1947 in Fairfield.  Don Dale was born 14 Dec 1921 in Pleasantville, Marion, Iowa. 
iv    Mullenix, Roy Richard "Dick" was born 17 Oct xxxx in Fairfield, Jefferson, Iowa.  He was married to Patricia Ann Miller 12 Oct 1963 in Fairfield.  Patricia Ann was born 7 Oct 1935 in Libertyville, Jefferson, Iowa, died 25 Apr 1993 in Rochester, Minnesota and was buried in Wahpeton, North Dakota. 
The two children of Roy Richard "Dick" and Patricia Ann (Miller) Mullenix: Andrea Annette "Andy" and Angela Nanette "Angel". 
1    Mullenix, Andrea Annette "Andy" was born 29 Aug xxxx.  She was married (1) to William Hageman 30 May 1975 in Wapheton, North Dakota.  She was married (2) to Don Bremseth 27 Apr 1985. 
2    Mullenix, Angela Nanette "Angel" was born 12 Apr xxxx in Fairfield, Jefferson, Iowa.  She was married to Kevin Tooker 24 May 1980 in Wapheton, North Dakota. 
iv    Alford, Edwin Lewtellis was born 9 May 1867 in Batavia, Jefferson, Iowa, died 24 Dec 1938 in Batavia and was buried in Batavia Cemetery.  He was married (1) to Mella E. Williams 27 Feb 1889 in Locust Grove, Jefferson, Iowa.  He was married (2) to Mary Susan "Millie/Mollie" Nace / Mace 10 Jan 1894.  Mary Susan "Millie/Mollie" was born 1871/1872 in Iowa, died 1928 in Jefferson, Iowa and was buried in Batavia Cemetery.  He was married (3) to Mary ____ 1920/1930.  Mary was born 1870/1871 in Iowa. 
There is an extracted IGI record of the marriage of Mella E. Williams to Edward L. Alfred on 27 Feb 1889 in Locust Grove Twp., Jefferson, Iowa. Edwin got censused in 1900 as Edward L., so the given names seem to be easily mistaken for each other. I believe this is indeed a record of Edwin's first marriage. I have no other information about Mella, and in 1894 Edwin was married a second time.
There was a Millie Williams, age 8, censused in 1880 as the daughter of Thom F. and Melvina Williams of Columbus City, Louisa, Iowa. Columbus is about a 54 mile drive east and north of Fairfield. This could be the "Mella" that Edwin married, but the name mismatch prevents accepting this possibility as certain.
I'm not sure of my source for the name of Edwin's second wife, but I believe it and their marriage date were from Phyllis Gillaspie in 2000.
Edwin and Mary were censused 1900 as Edward L. and Millie S., in 1910 as Edwin L. and Mary S., both times as Alferds, and in 1920 as Edwin L. and Mollie S. Alfred. In these three censuses, Edwin's wife reported that she had been born in Iowa, as were her parents. But in 1930 Edwin L. Alfred's wife was Mary V., born in Iowa, but with her mother born in Pennsylvaia and her father in New York. Mary V. was 59 years old, and indicated that she had first been married at age 20. That would have been in 1890/91, not 1894. I take all of this to be evidence that Edwin had married for a third time. (Edwin said he was first married at age 35, or 1901/02, which doesn't correspond to any of his actual marriage dates.)
Edwin's 1900 census was in Batavia, Jefferson County, Iowa, and his subsequent ones through 1930 all in Locust Grove of that county. In all of them, his occupation was listed as barber, with his son Harry also a barber in 1920. Also, in 1900 through 1920, he was censused adjacent to his mother Hannah. In 1900 she had three of her sons living with her, including James, a barber, but the next two decades she was living alone.
In 1930 Edwin was proprietor of a barber shop.
The two children of Edwin Lewtellis and Mary Susan "Millie/Mollie" (Nace / Mace) Alford: Harry H. and Helen Vivian. 
1    Alford, Harry H. was born Nov 1894 in Batavia, Jefferson, Iowa.  He was married to Ruth P. ____ 1914/1915.  Ruth P. was born 1896/1897 in Iowa. 
Harry was censused 1900 and 1910 in his parents' home, but by 1920 was married with a 10 month old son, Harry L. That year he was working as a barber, possible with his father. In 1930 the census reveals that he had moved to Ottumwa in Wapello County, Iowa, and reports that he and Ruth had been married at ages 20 and 18. He was the manager, and Ruth a clerk, in a grocery store, and they had to lodgers in their home. One was Edwin M. Lester, 64, and the other one Edwin Aspinwall, 67. Either of these could have been Ruth's father.
That Edwin Lester was born in Illinois 1865/66, with his father born in New York and mother in Illinois. That is enough to identify him as the Edwin Lester of Albia, Monroe County, Iowa in 1910 with wife Cathrine L. and five children still at home, the oldest 17 years old. Ruth would have been about 24 at that time, making Cathrine only 17 at Ruth's birth, so that doesn't speak strongly that Harry's wife was a Lester, but it's marginally possible given the uncertainies of census ages.
A child of Harry H. and Ruth P. (____) Alford: H. Leonard. 
i    Alford, H. Leonard was born 1918/1919 in Iowa. 
2    Alford, Helen Vivian was born 27 Oct 1897 in Batavia, Jefferson, Iowa. 
v    Alford, Wylie John "Mart" was born 27 Aug 1869 in Batavia, died 3 Apr 1922 in Bernhart, Jefferson, Iowa and was buried in Batavia Cemetery.  He was married to Nellie B. Gabbert 8 May 1901 in Batavia, Jefferson, Iowa.  Nellie B. was born 1869/1871 in Illinois.  She was the daughter of B. F. and America A. (Linney?) Gabbert. 
McConnell gives the surname of Wylie's wife as Gabbert, while the 1880 census in Fountain Green, Hancock, Illinois and the 1900 census in Jefferson County, Iowa, of Benjamin F. and America A. Gabbert show a daughter Nellie B., age 10 in 1880 and Nillie B., age 24 (born Feb 1876) in 1900, both records giving Illinois as the daughter's birthplace. Another illustration of the inaccuracies that can appear in census ages. Benjamin, born in Iowa, was a shoemaker in 1880 and a physician by 1900, and Nellie was the middle of five children. (Without the mother's fairly rare name, it would be difficult to argue that these were the same families. Born in Illinois in Apr 1846, Wylie's mother-in-law was quite possibly the America A. Linney, age 13 in 1860, daughter of James H. and Martha of Paris, Edgar, Illinois. And that Martha, age 55, had in her home a Mary Milburn, age 75, hinting at a possible fourth generation of the female lineage.) Benjamin, by the way, was a doctor in Wilson, Adair, Missouri in 1910.
In 1900 Wiley J. Alford was still living with his widowed mother in Batavia, along with his brothers James E. and Stewart. The 1910 census of Wylie J. and Nellie B. Alferd in Lost Grove Twp., Jefferson County, Iowa, where he was a station agent for a railroad, the name of which is difficult to read, but might be C & J or CBJ. The couple had been married for nine years, and Nellie had borne two children, only one of whom was living.
The two children of Wylie John "Mart" and Nellie B. (Gabbert) Alford: Mildred Lorraine and Lora L. 
1    Alford, Mildred Lorraine was born 1904 in Batavia, Jefferson, Iowa, died 1904 in Batavia and was buried in Batavia Cemetery. 
2    Alford, Lora L. was born 1905/1906 in Iowa. 
vi    Alford, Emma Leota was born 7 Jul 1872 in Batavia, Jefferson, Iowa and died 1950 in Burlington, Des Moines, Iowa.  She was married to Elija Burton Brown 13 Nov 1888 in Batavia, Jefferson, Iowa.  Elija Burton was born May 1859 in Ohio. 
Elija B. and Emma L. Brown were censused 1900 in Batavia, ages 41 and 27, with sons George and Neal and daughter Reva M., ages 10, 9 and 6. Emma's birth month and year were overwritten on the census and thus illegible, but this record provides us with Elija's date and names and dates of the three children. He was born in Ohio of parents both born in Ohio
In 1910 Elija and Emma were censused in Locust Grove Twp., Jefferson County, with Neal and Reva still at home. He was a hotel keeper, and one of two boarders living with them was John A. Teeter, 49, a house painter and Emma's first cousin. His mother Rebecca Ann and Emma's father William were sister and brother. The other boarder was William W. Lewis, 50, a name not recognizable to me as a relative.
The couple appears again in Locust Grove in 1920 with their two sons at home. Elija was working as the manager of a hardward store, George was a hardware store clerk, and Neal was working as a house painter. Both of Elija's parents were born in Pennsylvania.
The three children of Elija Burton and Emma Leota (Alford) Brown: George A., Neal M. and Reva M. 
1    Brown, George A. was born Jun 1889 in Iowa.  He was married to Dorthy B. ____ 1907/1908 in Iowa.  Dorthy B. was born 1892/1893 in Iowa. 
In 1910 George A. Brown and wife Dorthy B. were censused in Locust Grove Twp., Jefferson County, Iowa, ages 21 and 17, and they had been married two years. George was working as a printer for a newspaper; Dorthy and her mother were born in Iowa, her father in Missouri.
The age of their daughter Lola V. was recorded as 1 year, 2 months, and since their census was taken on April 20, that give's Lola's birth as February or March, 1909.
In 1920 George and his brother Neal were living with their parents, and George indicated that he was a widower. By 1920, George A. Brown, 40, born in Iowa with father born in Oho and mother in Iowa, was censused living alone in Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa. He was divorced and working as a salesman in a furniture store. If both of these records are accurate, George was married a second time between 1920 and 1930, but I've found no record of that.
A child of George A. and Dorthy B. (____) Brown: Lola B.. 
i    Brown, Lola B. was born 1909 in Iowa. 
2    Brown, Neal M. was born Jul 1890 in Iowa. 
Neal and his brother George were living with their parents in Locust Grove in 1920.
3    Brown, Reva M. was born Nov 1893 in Iowa and died 1912 in Jefferson, Iowa. 
vii    Alford, Augustus B. was born 16 Sep 1874 in Batavia, Jefferson, Iowa. 
Augustus did not appear in the 1880 census of his father, and I was unable to find Augustus Alford (of any spelling variation of his given and surnames) in any US census index through 1920. Nor does he appear in any IGI record. Phyllis Gillaspie does not provide a date for his death, and he may have died in infancy.
viii    Alford, James E. was born 12 Apr 1876 in Batavia, died 24 Jul 1941 in Burlington, Des Moines, Iowa and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Fairfield, Jefferson, Iowa.  He was married to Jennie P. Armstrong 13 Aug 1901 in Jefferson, Iowa.  Jennie P. was born Dec 1881 in Iowa, died 19 Dec 1967 in Jefferson, Iowa and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Fairfield.  She was the daughter of Robert and Sarah A. (____) Armstrong. 
Jennie P. Armstrong was censused 1900 at age 18 in the home of her parents, Robert and Sarah, in Batavia, Jefferson County. She was one of seven children, and that town is about eleven miles due west of Fairfield.
James E. and Jennie P. Alfred were censused 1910 in the 3rd Ward, Fairfield with their two sons. He was a barber, and they were listed three households from his sister, Mary and her husband Asher Mullenix, also a barber and certainly their son Asher's namesake.
In 1920 the family was still located in Fairfield City, and James owned his own barbarshop. For some reason the census taker record both of his parents' births as Iowa, and her father's as Ohio, all of which are wrong.
By 1930 the couple had moved about 30 miles east of Fairfield to the town of New London in Henry County, Iowa, where James was again a barber. Their sons William R. and Asher E. were still living with them, William having his own barber shop, and Asher working as a telephone linesman. This time James' father was listed as born in Ohio (!), but Jenny correctly listed both of her parents as Iowa born.
The two children of James E. and Jennie P. (Armstrong) Alford: William R. and Asher Edwin. 
1    Alford, William R. was born 1904/1906 in Iowa, died 8 Jul 1973 in Jefferson, Iowa and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Fairfield.  He was married to Winona B. Barnes.  Winona B. was born 1905, died 23 Apr 1973 in Jefferson, Iowa and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Fairfield. 
2    Alford, Asher Edwin was born 13 Apr 1908 in Jefferson, Iowa, died 18 Mar 1936 in Jefferson and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Fairfield. 
ix    Alford, Stewart C. was born 17 Nov 1877 in Batavia, Jefferson, Iowa, died 28 Dec 1948 and was buried in Eldon Cemetery, Wapello, Iowa.  He was married to Emma Latta 5 Sep 1906 in Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa.  Emma was born 1871/1873 in Iowa, died 1938 and was buried in Eldon Cemetery, Wapello, Iowa.  She was the daughter of Hugh and Catherine (____) Latta. 
Stewart and Emma Alfred, aged 32 and 37, were censused 1910 in Pleasant Twp., Wapello Co., Iowa. They were recorded as having been married four years, with Emma noted as having been married twice. Gillaspie gives her first husband's surname as Franklin. Stewart's occupation was listed as general farmer. Emma was born in Iowa, her father in Pennsylvania and her mother in Ohio.
Right next to them in the 1910 census were Hugh and Catherine Latta, 69 and 67, married 45 years, and Cora, 33, surely her parents and sister. Looking back to 1880, we find Emmie as the 9 year old daughter of Hugh and Catharine Latty, aged 39 and 38 in Pleasant Twp. Hugh and Catherine's surname was spelled Latta also in the 1870 census in that township, so I'm inclined to believe the Latty spelling is an aberation.
Stewart and Emma Alford were in Washington Twp., Wapello County in 1920, aged 42 and 41, Stewart working as a watchman for the railroad. The age of 41 was clearly written, but is completely at odds with three other censuses, so the census taker simply misheard her age that year.
By 1930 Stewart C. and Emma F. Alfred were still in Washington Twp., aged 53 and 58, with Stewart working as a switchman for the railway.
6    Alford, Stewart W. was born 22 Jun 1832 in Beaver, Pennsylvania, died 3 Feb 1909 in Batavia, Jefferson, Iowa and was buried in Batavia Cemetery. 
Stewart was a member of Company H, 30th Iowa Infantry from 15 Aug 1862 to 15 Jul 1865. He died in Batavia, single, at age 76 [Jefferson Deaths; 4:33].
In 1900 Stewart was gardening for a living in Batavia. It is interesting that he listed his mother's birth place as New York, not New Jersey. Since the Wellers are well documented in New Jersey, this indicates that there was at least some confusion in the family as to where they came from.
7    Alford, Rebecca Ann was born 4 Nov 1834 in Beaver, Pennsylvania, died 4 Dec 1912 in Batavia, Jefferson, Iowa and was buried in Brethren Cemetery, Des Moines Twp., Jefferson, Iowa.  She was married to Abraham Burger Teeter 10 Feb 1853 in Wayne, Illinois.  Abraham Burger was born 26 Dec 1829 in Morrison's Cove, Bedford, Pennsylvania, died 25 Jun 1905 in Jefferson, Iowa and was buried in Brethren Cemetery, Des Moines Twp., Jefferson, Iowa.  He was the son of John Shively and Susanna Heffner (Burger) Teeter. 
The marriage of Rebecca Ann Alford to Abraham Burger Teeter is only one of two close connections between the Alford and Teeter lines. Her brother John Weller Alford married Abraham's niece Elizabeth Teeter, daughter of David Burger Teeter and Margaret Mock. The connections are illustrated in this "focus" ancestral chart:
IMAGE: Alford_Teeter_connections.jpg
Alford ~ Teeter Connections

Their marriage was in Wayne Co., Illinois, according to the story related in 1981 to Janet Markley [Markley, 1991] by their granddaughter, Mrs. Elizabeth (Teeter) Linge of Douds, Iowa. She said that Abraham moved his family back and forth between Pennsylvania and Iowa several times, until "Grandma Teeter told him they were not going to move again" and, if he wanted to go, he could. He left, but was back in two days. Abraham was not censused 1855, as was Rebecca Ann's mother Martha Alford, in Wayne County.
An Abraham Teeter entered 80 acres of land in Section 29 of Des Moines township, and sold that land in 1865. Abraham B. mortgaged lots in Absecom to his brother David B. in 1860, and 14 Dec 1969 sold Lot 77 in Batavia for $620 to Samuel Brown, father–in–law of his cousins Isaac K. and Levi K. Teeter.
Abraham was censused 1870 in Des Moines Twp., Jefferson County, Iowa, with Rebecca and five sons at home. The obituary of his wife Rebecca Ann (Alford) says they lived in various parts of Iowa until they settled "five miles NE of Eldon", Wapello Co. in 1879. (This would have been just south of Batavia across the county line in Jefferson County.) They were again censused 1880 in Des Moines Township:
Abraham TEETER
Rebecca TEETER
Adam TEETER
John TEETER
George TEETER
Augustus TEETER
Wilson TEETER
Eva TEETER
Lizzy TEETER
Self
Wife
Son
Son
Son
Son
Son
Dau
Dau
50
43
24
20
17
14
11
8
4
PA
PA
PA
IA
IA
IA
IA
IA
PA
Farmer
Keeping House
Farming
Farming
Farming
At School
At School
At School

PA PA
PA PA
PA PA
PA PA
PA PA
PA PA
PA PA
PA PA
PA PA
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1880 Census Des Moines, Jefferson, Iowa, T9-0347, 441D

In 1900 we find Abraham and Rebecca A. again in Des Moines Township (where the census taker forgot to cross his "t" so they got indexed as Teeler), with John A., David A. and Eva A. at home. By 1910 Abraham had died, and Rebecca was censused as head of household, age 75, with daughters Eva E. and Lizzie A., 38 and 37. That Lizzie is recorded as born in Pennsylvania confirms the story of the family moving back and forth.
Abraham's obituary says that he united with the Brethren Church 1871 in Jefferson county and had made that county his home since 1876, and his death date is from his tombstone.
The tombstone in the Batavia cemetery gives the birth and death dates of Rebecca and Abraham on the west face, and of their son John A. on the north face.
I am uncertain of where I originally found the names of the children in this family, but they, with their vital data as given below, are confirmed by Phyllis Gillaspie citing a Family Bible owned by Bruce Curtis of Michigan.
The nine children of Abraham Burger and Rebecca Ann (Alford) Teeter: Adam Alford, William Alford, John Alford, George A. Britain, David Augustus, Wilson Alford, Eva A., Carrie A. and Elizabeth A. "Lizzie". 
i    Teeter, Adam Alford was born 29 Aug 1854 in Altoona, Blair, Pennsylvania and died 14 Jun 1918 in Martinsburg, Keokuk, Iowa.  He was married to Sarah Elizabeth Rooker 24 Dec 1885.  Sarah Elizabeth was born 25 Jan 1865 in Ohio and died 26 Jul 1917.  She was the daughter of Stephen and ____ (____) Rooker. 
Adam, a painter, and Sarah Teeter were censused 1900 in Steady Run Twp., Keokuk, Iowa with three children and her father Stephen in their home. His name and age and those of the children as shown below come from this record.
I was unable to find any member of this family in later censuses.
The three children of Adam Alford and Sarah Elizabeth (Rooker) Teeter: Harry A., Winnie and Alta O. 
1    Teeter, Harry A. was born Aug 1888 in Iowa. 
2    Teeter, Winnie was born Oct 1895 in Iowa. 
3    Teeter, Alta O. was born Oct 1898 in Iowa. 
ii    Teeter, William Alford was born 24 Apr 1857, died 5 Apr 1861 in Jefferson, Iowa and was buried in Brethren Cemetery, Des Moines Twp., Jefferson, Iowa. 
iii    Teeter, John Alford was born 24 Nov 1860 in Iowa, died 24 Nov 1911 in Jefferson, Iowa and was buried in Brethren Cemetery, Des Moines Twp., Jefferson, Iowa. 
John was censused 1910 at age 49 living with Emma Leota and Elija Brown in Locust Grove Twp., Jefferson, Iowa. Emma Leota was his first cousin, his mother Rebecca Ann Alford and Emma's father William W. Alford being sister and brother.
John worked as a paperhanger and house painter. His birth and death dates are on the side of the tombstone of his parents, his own has only "John A." inscribed.
iv    Teeter, George A. Britain was born 27 May 1863 in Knoxville, Marion, Iowa, died 18 Dec 1941 in Libertyville, Jefferson, Iowa and was buried in Fell Cemetery, Jefferson, Iowa.  He was married to Fannie Ureka "Ollie" Steele 8 Jun 1892.  Fannie Ureka "Ollie" was born 6 Mar 1872 in Iowa.  She was the daughter of Joseph and Sarah E. (____) Steele. 
His birthplace is from an Iowa Death Record [Jefferson Deaths; 7:10] {'Jefferson County Records'}, which also gives his obituary. This same source states that his mother Rebecca Ann ("Alfred") Teeter was born in Illinois, although actually that is where she was married.
29 Oct 2000] writes that George's given names were "George A. Britain", and that they had a son Bernard Steele who married Iva Isobel Manning. In the 1910 census they were living next to a Steele, and then two Manning households.
George B and Fannie U. Teeter were censused 1900 in Des Moines Twp., Jefferson County, with children Earnest A., Irene and Rebecca E. George was a farmer; Fannie was born in Iowa of parents both born in Indiana. She had six children, of whom three were still lliving. It is from this record that I take the names and birth dates of the three living in 1900. Earnest's record is defective, as it reads born Jul 1892, age 6. I have not tried to place the order in which the then deceased children were born, as six children born from Jul 1893 to Sep 1899 implies at least one set of twins, so I would only be guessing.
By 1920 they were living in Polk Township, Jefferson County, with all of their children except Irene still at home.
Fannie U. Steele was censused in 1880 at age 8 living with her parents Joseph and Sarah E. Steele in Des Moines Twp., Jefferson County, Iowa. Censused adjacent to them was a Rasmus Rasmussen who was probably the brother-in-law of George's aunt Louisa Abigail (Alford) Rasmus.
The five children of George A. Britain and Fannie Ureka "Ollie" (Steele) Teeter: Earnest A., Irene, Rebecca E., Josephine M. and Bernard Steele. 
1    Teeter, Earnest A. was born Jul 1893 in Iowa.  He was married to Helen E. ____ 1921/1922.  Helen E. was born 1899/1900 in Iowa. 
Ernest A. Teeter was censused 1930 as a farmer in Washington Twp., Wapello Co., Iowa. It is from this record that we get the names and ages of his wife and children, and the notation that they were 28 and 22 years old when they married. That they were married about five years before Franis' birth may indicate that they had other children who died early.
Francis' age in that census taken on 16 May was given as 3 years, 1 month, so he was born March or April, 1927. Elmer's was given as 1 year, 10 months, so he was born June or July, 1928.
The two children of Earnest A. and Helen E. (____) Teeter: Francis E. and Elmer E. 
i    Teeter, Francis E. was born 1927 in Iowa. 
ii    Teeter, Elmer E. was born 1928 in Iowa. 
2    Teeter, Irene was born Jul 1895 in Iowa. 
3    Teeter, Rebecca E. was born Sep 1899 in Iowa. 
4    Teeter, Josephine M. was born 1903/1904 in Iowa. 
5    Teeter, Bernard Steele was born 1906/1907 in Iowa.  He was married to Iva Isobel Manning. 
v    Teeter, David Augustus was born 23 Jan 1866 in Batavia, Jefferson, Iowa, died 24 Jun 1947 and was buried in Brethren Cemetery, Des Moines Twp., Jefferson, Iowa. 
vi    Teeter, Wilson Alford was born 20 Sep 1870 in Batavia, Jefferson, Iowa and died 4 Dec 1927 in Eldon, Wapello, Iowa.  He was married to Mary Etta Murphy 13 Aug 1895.  Mary Etta was born 20 Oct 1875 in Ohio and died 4 Dec 1927. 
Wilson and Mary were censused 1900 in Des Moines Twp., Jefferson County with their first three children. He gave his occupation as farmer.
By 1910 they were in Washinton Twp., Wapello County, with all of their children at home except Gladys. Mary reported that she had borne nine children, with seven still alive, but who the other lost child was we don't know. She gave her name as Etta M. for this census. Wilson was a trucker for a railroad company.
By 1920 Wilson had progressed to being a machinist for the railroad company, and he and Etta had added two more children to the family. Only Orpha, who would have been 23, was away from their home.
The ten children of Wilson Alford and Mary Etta (Murphy) Teeter: Orpha Lucretia, Orvil E., Gladys M., Ruth, Elmer, Raymond, Harold, Elizabeth, Marie and Kenneth. 
1    Teeter, Orpha Lucretia was born Jan 1897 in Iowa.  She was married to George Breckenridge 6 Oct 1917 in Iowa.  George was born 1894/1895 in Iowa. 
George and Orpha were censused 1920 in the 2nd Ward of Eldon, Wasington Twp., Wapello County. He was a brakeman for a railroad company.
In the 7th Ward of Ottumwa in Wapello County lived a Harve and Oster Breckenridge, 51 and 53, with three chldren the oldest of whom was born 1895/96, a year older than George.
And there was another George Breckenridge, 76, living in the 1st Ward of Eldon in the home of his nephew Dick Huffstutter and wife Florence. Neither Harve or this elder George appeared in the Iowa census of 1900, so I was unable to identify Orpha's father-in-law.
2    Teeter, Orvil E. was born Feb 1898 in Iowa. 
3    Teeter, Gladys M. was born Apr 1899 in Iowa and died before 1910 in Iowa. 
4    Teeter, Ruth was born 1900/1901 in Iowa. 
5    Teeter, Elmer was born 1901/1902 in Iowa. 
6    Teeter, Raymond was born 1904/1905 in Iowa. 
7    Teeter, Harold was born 1905/1906 in Iowa. 
8    Teeter, Elizabeth was born 31 Jan 1908.  She was married to Harold Linge 7 Sep 1929 in Fort Madison, Lee, Iowa. 
Elizabeth (Teeter) Linge lived as a girl in Eldon, Iowa. Her daughter is a Mormon living in Idaho, and has done much work on the family tree [Markley, 1991].
9    Teeter, Marie was born 1910/1911 in Iowa. 
10    Teeter, Kenneth was born 1914/1915 in Iowa. 
vii    Teeter, Eva A. was born 20 Mar 1872 in Moulton, Appanoose, Iowa, died 14 Sep 1946 and was buried in Brethren Cemetery, Des Moines Twp., Jefferson, Iowa. 
viii    Teeter, Carrie A. was born 19 Jun 1874, died 29 Sep 1874 in Jefferson, Iowa and was buried in Brethren Cemetery, Des Moines Twp., Jefferson, Iowa. 
ix    Teeter, Elizabeth A. "Lizzie" was born 12 Nov 1875 in Bedford, Pennsylvania, died 20 Jan 1962 and was buried in Brethren Cemetery, Des Moines Twp., Jefferson, Iowa. 
8    Alford, John Weller was born 25 Feb 1837.    
9    Alford, Michael W. was born 1838/1839 in Beaver, Pennsylvania and died after 1895 in Batavia, Jefferson, Iowa. 
10    Alford, Ross W. was born 1840/1841 in Beaver, Pennsylvania. 
Ross does not appear with the family in the 1860 census, nor is he listed elsewhere in the Iowa census index. Similarly, he's absent from the 1880 census anywhere in the country, just like his older brothers.
11    Alford, Mary Ann was born 1842/1844 in Beaver and died before 1900.  She was married to John C. Leech 21 Oct 1866 in Batavia, Jefferson, Iowa.  John C. was born 1839/1840 in Pennsylvania. 
Her name given as May Ann in 1860 census, but Mary Ann when she married, with her brother Augustus testifying, at the home of the Widow Alfred in Batavia, Hugh P. Holmes, J.P., officiating.
In 1880 J. C. and Mary A. Leech were censused in Athens, Ringgold County, Iowa, some 125 miles west of Batavia. J. C. was a farmer, and they had seven children, with the two oldest, William and Edward, listed as working on the farm. It is from that record that I get the names and ages of the children of this family.
It is possible that John and two of his sons moved to Kansas before 1900, when they were censused as boarders in the home of a widow Lydia Reynolds in Sheridan, Crawford County: John Leach, 63 and born in Pennsylvania, William, 31 born in Iowa, and Herman, 20, also born in Iowa. The names and birth places argue that these were Mary Ann's husband and sons. The problems with this record are that John was listed as single, not as a widower, and the ages don't match very well. John, born Jan 1837, was working as a teamster, William, born Jan 1869, was mining coal, and Herman, born Jan 1880, was a stone mason. Mary Ann's son "Hermie", in particular, was two years old in the 1880 census, so if this were him he had to have given a seriously incorrect birth date to the census taker. I leave these possible identifications to the reader as an unanswered question. (And I leave the ages of these men as recorded in 1880.)
The seven children of John C. and Mary Ann (Alford) Leech: William, Edward, Cora, Mattie, Ella, Lizzie and Herman "Hermie". 
i    Leech, William was born 1867/1868 in Iowa. 
ii    Leech, Edward was born 1868/1869 in Iowa. 
iii    Leech, Cora was born 1870/1871 in Iowa. 
iv    Leech, Mattie was born 1872/1873 in Iowa. 
v    Leech, Ella was born 1874/1875 in Iowa. 
vi    Leech, Lizzie was born 1876/1877 in Iowa. 
vii    Leech, Herman "Hermie" was born 1877/1878 in Iowa. 
12    Alford, Louisa Abigail was born 8 Dec 1845 in New Castle, Beaver, Pennsylvania, died 20 Dec 1936 in Eldon, Wapello, Iowa and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Fairfield, Jefferson, Iowa.  She was married to Hans Rasmus 2 Sep 1868 in Wapello, Iowa.  Hans was born 25 Apr 1845 in Denmark, died 22 Jul 1910 and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Fairfield, Jefferson, Iowa.  He was the son of Rasmus and Gertrude (Nickle) Rasmussen. 
Rasmus, the son of Rasmus Rasmussen and Gertrude Nickle, worked as a harnessmaker. Their six children born 1869-1882 I originally listed with their spouses from the Markley Family Group Sheet [Markley, 1991]. In this 2009 update, I found many more details on this family in the ancestry.com "Gabriel Family Tree" owned my janie1020 (her ancestry.com user name). Note below that census ages are in disagreement with some of her dates as well as with each other for some of the children, and I have retained her dates, presumably from tombstone data, as being preferred.
Hans and Louisa were censused 1880 in Buchanan, Jefferson, Iowa, where at the time he listed himself as a farmer. The census details do not agree with the exact birth dates, nor with Louisa's middle name, but this certainly is the correct family record, from which I take the children's information.
Hans RASMUS
Louisa S. RASMUS
Edwin G. RASMUS
Nettie M. RASMUS
Frank RASMUS
Gertrude RASMUS
Harry RASMUS
Self
Wife
Son
Dau
Son
Dau
Son
35
32
11
10
7
4
1
DEN
PA
IA
IA
IA
IA
IA
Farming
Housekeeping
At School
At School
At School


DEN DEN
PA PA
DEN PA
DEN PA
DEN PA
DEN PA
DEN PA
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1880 Census, Buchanan, Jefferson, Iowa

Notice below that Edwin, as Eddie, was censused also in his grandmother's home in 1880.
In 1900, "H. and Lu" Rasmus were censused still in Buchanan, with son Harry and daughter Dora at home. That census reports that they had been married 31 years, and that all six children borne by Louisa were still living. This year Hans said his occupation was that of harness maker.
By 1910 Hans had his own harnesmaker shop in Buchanan Township, and he and Louisa had their son Harry U. Rasmus living with them, and two grandsons Carl N. James, 10, and Fred E. James, 8 years of age, sons of their daughter Martha Gertrude. (Note, however, that janie1020, cited above, givens Fred's middle name as Hans.) Harry, working as a painter, was listed as single, and Louisa reported that three of her six children were no longer living.
In 1920, Louisa was living with her daughter and son-in-law Dora and Walter Franklin in Washington, Wapello, Iowa.
The six children of Hans and Louisa Abigail (Alford) Rasmus: Edwin/Edward G., Nettie May, Frank Alfred, Martha Gertrude, Harry Ulysses and Dora Elenore. 
i    Rasmus, Edwin/Edward G. was born 1868/1869 in Iowa. 
Eddie Rasmus, 11, was living with his grandmother Martha Alford in 1880 in Batavia, Locust Grove Twp., Jefferson County, Iowa, but had also been censused with his parents a week earlier that year.
IMAGE: Edwin_Rasmus_1880.jpg
Edwin G. Rasmus censuses 1880

I was not able to identify Edwin in any later census. He may have been one of three siblings to have died before 1910.
This son is also named as Edward in some sources. Pat Marlor (Personal Communication, 6 Mar 2009) says that her source was Matthew James of New Hampshire and His Known Descendants by Janet James Markleyand Mary Lou James Burnett, a well researched genealogy of several families including Rasmus, Alford and Well.
ii    Rasmus, Nettie May was born 1 Mar 1870 in Batavia, Jefferson, Iowa and died 25 Dec 1901 in Winterset, Madison, Iowa.  She was married to Harvey L. Gray 27 Nov 1895 in Jefferson, Iowa. 
The name of Nettie May's husband comes from janie1020, op. cit..
iii    Rasmus, Frank Alfred was born 13 Nov 1872 in Fairfield, Jefferson, Iowa and died 18 Feb 1931 in Davenport, Scott, Iowa.  He was married to Josephine "Josie Mary" Porth about 1900 in Rock Island, Illinois.  Josephine "Josie Mary" was born Aug 1884 in Iowa.  She was the daughter of John and Mary (____) Porth. 
Frank was censused 1900 as a boarder in the home of Johanna Peters in Davenport, Scott County, Iowa , working as a carpenter. Josephine was censused that year as the 15 year old daughter of John and Mary Porth in Davenport, Scott, Iowa. Her father, also a carpenter, had been born in Illinois of parents both born in Germany, and her mother was born in Iowa.
By 1910 Frank was in Ward 1, Davenport, Scott County, Iowa, with his wife Josie, four chlldren, his 17 year old brother-in-law William Port[h], born in Minnesota, and four other boarders in his home. By 1920 Frank and Josephine, still in the same ward of Davenport, had added two more children to the family, Dorothy and Edward. William was still living with them, working now as a mechanic in an auto shop.
Finally, as far as census records take us, Frank and Josie in 1930 had their daughters Evelyn and Dorothy living with them, both working as waitresses in a cafe restaurant, as well as the youngest child, Edward. Frank listed his occupation as carpenter in the building industry.
The six children of Frank Alfred and Josephine "Josie Mary" (Porth) Rasmus: Mildred, Louise, Evelyn, Katherine, Dorothy and Edward. 
1    Rasmus, Mildred was born 3 Jun 1902 in Davenport, Scott, Iowa.  She was married to Edgar L. Day 5 Oct 1920 in Davenport.  He was the son of W. B. and Kate (Matron) Day. 
2    Rasmus, Louise was born 5 Aug 1904 in Davenport. 
3    Rasmus, Evelyn was born 11 Apr 1897 in Davenport.  She was married to Russell Buckman 12 Nov 1924 in Davenport. 
A WorldConnect web page lists three spouses for Evelyn, Russell Buckman, Ernie Marshall and Russell Buys. I've not seen primary sources for these marriages. Since that web page gives the name of Evelyn's father as Frank W., rather than Frank Alfred, I mention the spouses only in passing.
4    Rasmus, Katherine was born 6 Sep 1909 in Davenport. 
5    Rasmus, Dorothy was born 12 Aug 1911 in Davenport. 
6    Rasmus, Edward was born 1 Aug 1913 in Davenport. 
iv    Rasmus, Martha Gertrude was born 20 Aug 1875 in Fairfield, Jefferson, Iowa and died 24 Jul 1909 in Fairfield.  She was married to Emery Newton James 1897/1898.  Emery Newton was born 18 Jul 1875 in Fairfield and died 31 Mar 1909 in Washington, Iowa.  He was the son of William F. and Marcia Francis (____) James. 
Emery N. and Gertie M. James were censused 1900 in Fairfield, Jefferson, Iowa with their first son, Carl N., and her sister Dora L. Rasmus. James parents were born in Iowa, and he was working as a grocery salesman.
In 1909 Emery and Martha both died, within two months of each other. They were both 34 years old at the time, and their four children ranged from nine years down to just over one year. The children were all taken in by relatives, but had to be split up among three housholds. Sons Carl and Fred in 1910 were living with their grandparents, Hans and Louisa Rasmus; the older daughter Alta Faye was living with Martha's sister Dora and her husband George W. Franklin in Colorado Springs, Colorado; the youngest daughter Doris May was living with Emery's brother Charles and his wife Etta M. of Lockridge Township, Jefferson County, Iowa.
By 1920, Carl and Fred, then aged 20 and 18 years, were boarding with Frank and Anne De Kalb in Fairfield City, Jefferson County, and it's interesting that no-one in the houshold reported any employment.
Alta Fay in 1920 was still living with Walter and Dora Franklin, but they had moved back from Colorado to Iowa and resided in Eldon City, Wapello County. I was unable to find Alta Faye's 12 year old sister Doris May anywhere in the census indexes for that year.
The four children of Emery Newton and Martha Gertrude (Rasmus) James: Carl Newton, Fred Hans, Alta Faye and Doris May. 
1    James, Carl Newton was born 21 Apr 1899 in Fairfield, Jefferson, Iowa and died 1976.  He was married to Margaret ____ 1927.  Margaret was born 1901/1902 in New York. 
As described above, Carl and his siblings were raised by various members of the family after their parents' deaths in 1909. By 1930, Carl had married and was working as head fixer in a hosiery mills in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa.
A child of Carl Newton and Margaret (____) James: Helen. 
i    James, Helen was born 1927 in Iowa. 
2    James, Fred Hans was born 30 Jan 1901 in Fairfield, Jefferson, Iowa. 
Fred was probably the Fred James living in a boarding house in San Francisco, California, in 1930, since that man's name, age and birthplaces of Iowa for him ahd both his parents match perfectly. He was employed as a sheet metal worker, and living on Eddy Street.
3    James, Alta Faye was born 25 Nov 1902 in Eldon, Wapello, Iowa. 
4    James, Doris May was born 6 Apr 1908 in Eldon and died 5 Apr 1993 in Ventura, California. 
v    Rasmus, Harry Ulysses was born 23 May 1879 in Iowa and died 2 May 1926.  He was married to Nellie ____.  Nellie was born 1888/1889 in Iowa. 
Phyllis Gillaspie lists Rasmus as a "possible" son of Louisa and Hans, but that was perhaps because she did not, at that time (2000) know of his four elder siblings, born 1869, 1870, 1873 and 1876. Rasmus' birth in 1880 fits very well in this sequence, and is, of course, confirmed by the census that year of his parents.
As mentioned above, Harry was living with his parents in 1910, and they also had two grandsons in their home. Harry was listed as single, and working as a painter.
There is a 1920 census record in Fairfield City for a Harry Rasmus who is probaby Harry Ulysses, but the details all seem to be off somewhat. That Harry Rasmus listed himself as a house painter, which matches Harry Ulysses's employment ten years earlier, but listed both of his parents as born in the United States. Was that a default answer put in by the census taker when a person didn't know (or wouldn't say?) where his parents were born? In this case, Denmark and Pennsylvania?. Also, this Harry gives his age as 37, but the son of Hans and Louisa was born 23 May 1879, and so would have been 40 on this 7 Jan 1920 census. But, once again, it's not unknown for a man to lower his age so as not to appear too old compared to his 31 year of wife. All in all, a questionable identification, but I'm at least tentatively accepting this record, and so have his wife's name as Nellie.
vi    Rasmus, Dora Elenore was born 26 Dec 1882 in Iowa and died 1955.  She was married to George Walter Franklin 31 Mar 1906.  George Walter was born 1887/1888 in Iowa. 
According to janie1020, op. cit., Dora was the only child of Louisa to outlive her mother.
She and her husband, living 1910 in Colorado Springs, El Paso, Colorado, had taken into their family Dora's niece, Alta F. James, after her sister Martha Gertrude and her husband Emery Newton James had both died in 1909.
By 1920, however, the family had returned to Iowa, with Fay James at age 17 still with them, and also in the household was Dora's mothr Louisa. George, censused this time as Walter, was working as a house carpenter as he had been in Colorado. Their home was in Eldon City, Washington Twp., Wapello County. In 1930 they were still in Eldon City, with Louise still living
with them, and George, this time censused as Walter G., was employed as a general building contractor.
13    Alford, Augustus W. was born 10 Apr 1848 in New Castle, Beaver, Pennsylvania, died 30 Sep 1923 in Eldon, Wapello, Iowa and was buried in Eldon IOOF Cemetery.  He was married to Mary "Polly" Miller 31 Mar 1874 in Jefferson, Iowa.  Mary "Polly" was born Jun 1848 in Libertyville, Jefferson, Iowa, died 11 Aug 1929 in Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa and was buried in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Eldon, Wapello, Iowa.  She was the daughter of Martin Teeter and Esther (Smith) Miller. 
Augustus' marriage, recorded in Jefferson, Iowa, says he was 23, but he actually would have been 26 on his next birthday He moved to Eldon in 1874, and worked for 32 years on the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Company, 18 years as a passenger train engineer. He was initiated 28 May 1878 into the IOOF Lodge in Eldon, and was a member of the Christian Church.
In 1880 Augustus and Mary were censused in Eldon, Wapello County, Iowa. Both were listed as born in 1847/48, he as an engineer and Mary keeping house. His mother's birthblace was correctly listed as New Jersey, and her parents both in Pennsylvania
In 1900 Augustus was working as a keeper of a livery bary in Eldon Town, wabello County, and he and Mary had their daughter Jessie, 24, living with them. Ten years later the three of them were still living together, Augustus as an engineer for an electric light company, and Jessie as a city librarian. The three boarders in their home cmoprised two railroad brakemen and a public school teacher. Their home was on Railroad Street, and no less than eleven men on that census page of 14 households were working for the railroad company.
By 1920 Augustus was retired, and he and Mary were by then living alone.
Mary was the daughter of Martin T. and Esther (Smith) Miller, and sister of Hannah who married William, the brother of Augustus. She and Hannah were killed when the car in which they were riding stalled on a railroad track near Eldon and was hit by a train.
Her marriage record of 31 Mar 1874 said she would be 19 on her next birthday, giving 1855/56 as her birth year. Her 1900 census record gives her birth as Jun 1848, later censuses were more or less compatible with that. Why the marriage record said 19 instead of 28 is problematic.
A child of Augustus W. and Mary "Polly" (Miller) Alford: Jessie M.. 
i    Alford, Jessie M. was born Aug 1875 in Iowa. 
As indicated above, Jessie worked as a librarian in the city library of Eldon.

John Weller Alford  &  Elizabeth Teeter
Michael 1 , Hugh 2 , John Weller 3 , Mary Jane "Merrie" 4 Teeter Top  

John Weller Alford was born 25 Feb 1837 in New Castle, Beaver, Pennsylvania, died 21 Jan 1905 in Henderson, Cleveland, Oklahoma Territory and was buried in Lexington, Cleveland, Oklahoma. 
John Weller was married to Elizabeth 23 Jan 1862 in Batavia, Jefferson, Iowa. 
Elizabeth Teeter was born 27 Apr 1843 in Harrisburg, Bedford, Pennsylvania, died 24 May 1906 in Mulhall, Logan, Oklahoma Territory and was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Lexington, Cleveland, Oklahoma.  She was the daughter of David Burger and Margaret (Mock) Teeter. 

John "Alfred" on 23 Jun 1868 bought Lots No. 15 &16, Old Plat, Batavia, Jefferson County, Iowa, for $25. His mother Martha had the previous year bought Lot 13. If these lot numbers are the same as those given on a 1939 town plan, John's lots were on Main (3rd) Street, while Martha's was at the other end of the same block. The corner lot No. 16, on Alto Street, later became the site of the town fire department.
The birth of their daughter Olive May in March, 1868, is recorded in FHL IGI submitted records both as Batavia and as Bonaparte, Van Buren County, Iowa, some 25 miles to the southeast. It is possible the family lived there for a short while after Mary Jane's birth in Batavia 1866, and their purchase of house lots in Batavia marks a move back near his mother's place right after Olive's birth. It's also possible that the Bonaparte record is in error.
In 1870 John was censused adjacent to his mother (both as Alfreds), with his wife Elizabeth and their five children as of that date as shown below. This one image catches three generations of our ancestry, Martha (Weller) Alford, John Weller and Elizabeth (Teeter) Alford, and Mary Jane "Merrie" Alford, then four years of age, who married John Eaton Hartzell in 1897:
IMAGE: Alfreds_1870.jpg
Martha Alford and John Weller Alford 1870 censuses

Martha was actually 64 at that time, but Stuard is a mystery to me. I have no Stewart Alford even close to his age in my database.
J. W. Alfred testified at the 12 Jan 1873 marriage of his brother-in-law Jacob E. Teeter, 20, and Eliza Smock, 18, in Batavia. This may be a misprint for Snook, since an Emeline Snook had married Samuel M. Teeter, another brother of Eizabeth, in 1866.
John and Elizabeth were in Wamego, Pottawatomie, Kansas by 1880 when the census fortuitously caught eight of their children at home.
John Alford
Elizabeth Alford
David Alford
George Alford
Mary Alford
Olive Alford
William Alford
Maggie Alford
Louis Alford
Elizabeth Alford
Self
Wife
Son
Son
Dau
Dau
Son
Dau
Son
Dau
45
37
17
16
14
12
9
7
6
4
PA
PA
IA
IA
IA
IA
IA
IA
IA
KS
Farmer
Keeping House
Farmer
Farmer






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PA ..
PA PA
PA PA
PA PA
PA PA
PA PA
PA PA
PA PA
PA PA
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1880 Census, Wamego, Pottawatomie, Kansas

By 1900, in the census of John "Alfred" and Elizabeth, only sons George, and William were still at home with them in Canadian Twp., Cleveland County, Oklahoma, although David was censused adjacent to them.
Elizabeth's obituary said that she and John moved in 1876 to Kansas where they lived twenty years, and that they spent the last ten years (as of 1906) in Oklahoma near Henderson in Cleveland county.
A death notice in The Lexington Leader of Friday, 27 Jan 1905 says that "John Alford, 86 years old, died Thursday at his home near Henderson". He was described as a prominent farmer of his neighborhood. This indicates a death date of the 26th (or, possibly, the 19th), not the 17th or the 21st as I had it from various famiy sources. And the age is clearly a misprint for 68 years, the age he would have reached in one more month. Lexington, referred to as a city in that notice, is a small Cleveland county town south of Norman on the South Canadian River, and Henderson was about five miles east and a mile or so north, right on the Pottawatomie County line, although it has disappeared by now.
I had from some source that he was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, but Elizabeth's obituary named it as Hill's Chapel Cemetery. I've been unable to locate either of these, but it's possible that they were what is now Lexington Cemetery just east of town.
The census of 1850 had Elizabeth as 9 years of age, in disagreement by at least two years with her birth date as given in her obituary.
Elizabeth had been ill for some time "with dropsy [edema] and heart trouble", and had been living in Mulhall with her dauhters for some weeks prior to her death. Her obituary Friday, 25 May 1906 in The Mulhall Enterprise, said that she died "Thursday afternoon, May 24th", and her remains were taken on the evening train" to be laid beside her husband in Hill's Chapel cemetery near their home in Cleveland County".
I had Elizabeth's death as 29 May, from family records, and Frances Bishop had it as 17 May. Also, I had from family records that her birth was in Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania. The obituary gave it as Bedford Co., Pennsylvania, which I thought much more consonant with the Teeter family's residence in Morrison's Cove for many years. However, I've just seen her daughter Merrie's death certificate, and that also specifies Harrisburg for Elizabeth's birth, so I'm accepting that.
Elizabeth "joined the Dunkard church when quite young and remained in that faith until death", according to her obituary.
The nine children of John Weller and Elizabeth (Teeter) Alford: David, George, Mary Jane "Merrie", Olive May, Milton, William, Margaret "Maggie", Lillian E. and Elizabeth. 
1    Alford, David was born Jun 1863 in Jefferson, Iowa and died Jan 1905.  He was married to Rachel Estella "Stella" Neff 22 Jan 1899 in Cleveland, Oklahoma.  Rachel Estella "Stella" was born 26 Sep 1871 in Bellaire, Belmont, Ohio and died 8 Jul 1912 in Corpus Christi, Nueces, Texas.  She was the daughter of Peter and Nancy Jane (McKenzie) Neff. 
David "Alfred", a farmer born in Iowa, and his wife Stella were censused 1900 adjacent to his parents in Canadian Twp., Cleveland Co., Oklahoma. Unfortunately, the month of his birth is quite faintly written, and may be either Jun or Jan, but that of Stella's clearly reads Sept 1871, and that of their son Floyd Oct 1899 with an age of 8 months. Stella's birthplace was Ohio, as was that of her parents, and they had been married one year. Floyd's birthplace was Oklahoma.
The deaths of David and his brother William, in January, 1905, were both from pneumonia, according to the information submitted to the Mormon Church by Paul L. Middleton, which also included Stella's name and death date.
Stella Alford, 37 year old widow, was censused 16 Apr 1910 as the daughter of Peter and Nancy J. Neff, aged 73 and 62 years, in Corpus Christi, Nueces, Texas. Stella's brother Frederick G. Neff, 17, lived in the home and worked as a laborer in a cement works. With Stella were her sons Floyd, 10, and Frank N., 6, both born in Oklahoma. The census also records that she had borne three children, of whom one was deceased. Peter Neff was listed as a farmer with the notation "Idle at present ill health". This census is defective in that the two boys have the birthplace of their father listed as Pennsylvania instead of Iowa.
Stella " was the daughter of Peter and Nancy Jane McKenzie Neff. She was born 26 September 1871 or 1872 in Bellaire, Belmont County, Ohio. Her full name was Rachel Estella Neff, most often found as just Stella.
"By 1880 the Neff family was in Belvue, Pottawattamie County, Kansas.
"1885: Kansas state census, family is still in Belvue, and this is where Stella is listed as Rachel E.
"In 1890, her father is listed in the Soldiers & Widows census of Caldwell County, Missouri. He had served in Company E. 20th Ohio infantry."
The above information was contributed by Sandy Graham of Akron, Ohio, in an e-mail received 6 Jun 2009. She is researching the descendants of her relative Rachel Rader who married Thoma Neff, grandparents of Stella.
Sandy adds tht Stella and her two sons were living with her parents in Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1910.
The three children of David and Rachel Estella "Stella" (Neff) Alford: Floyd, ____ and Frank N. 
i    Alford, Floyd was born Oct 1899 in Oklahoma, died 30 Jul 1961 in Temple, Bell, Texas and was buried in Hillcrest Cemetery, Temple, Texas. 
Floyd was 8 months old in the 1900 census taken on 14 June, so was born in either September or October 1899.
The 1920 census in Lexington, Cleveland, Oklahoma, lists Floyd Alford, 20, a hired man working as a farm laborer. Since we find Floyd and his brother in 1930 just across the Canadian River in McClain County (see below), this is most probably the right Floyd Alford.
Sandy Graham, Jun 2009].
ii    Alford, ____ died before 1910. 
iii    Alford, Frank N. was born 1903/1904 in Oklahoma. 
I could not find Frank in the 1920 census, but he and his brother were in Muncrief Township, McClain County, Oklahoma in 1930. Frank, 26, was listed as head of household on a rented farm, his 30 year old brother Floyd was listed as a farm laborer. Both were reported as single.
2    Alford, George was born Feb 1864 in Iowa and died about 1934 in Albany, Shackelford, Texas.  He was married to Minnie Hill 1893/1894.  Minnie was born 1880/1881 in Texas. 
George was living with his parents in 1900, but by the time of the 9 May 1910 census in Canadian, Cleveland, Oklahoma, he was married with a six month old child and his brother-in-law, Bennie Hill, living in his home. George, 46, and Minnie, 29, had been married 10 years, she having been born in Texas with her father born in Missouri and her mother in Tennesee. Their one child, Artie, had been born in Oklahoma. Bennie's surname gives us Minnie's maiden name of Hill. For some unknown reason, George listed both of his parents as born in Iowa, instead of Pennsylvania, and Minnie listed hers as Missouri and Tennesee.
In the 1920 census the couple are found in Albany, Shackelford, Texas, with George W., 58, working as a railroad laborer. This time he locates both his parents' birthplaces as Pennsylvania, and Minnie, 39, lists Tennessee for the birth places of both of her parents. Their nine-year old son, born in Oklahoma, they name (or the census taker recorded) as Ortus, and they now had a four year old daughter Mildred, born in Texas.
By 1930 George was living as a lodger in Oklahoma City, aged 66 and married 30 years. There was no occupation listed for him.
The two children of George and Minnie (Hill) Alford: Artie/Ortus and Mildred. 
i    Alford, Artie/Ortus was born Nov 1909 in Oklahoma. 
Artie's are was given in the 9 May 1910 census as six months, so he was born Oct or Nov 1909. His name of Ortus in the 1920 census I interpret as an alternative to Artie, not a middle name, but what his actual given name was is unclear from those two records.
In 1930 in Oklahoma City, where his father was living, a 20 year old Charlie Alford, born in Oklahoma, was a roomer in the home of E. L. and Ethel Hill, ages 26 and 28. Since that is his mother's maiden name, one would think that this is surely Artie/Ortus, but the birthplaces Charlie gave for his parents, both in Oklahoma, don't agree, and those of E. L. Hill's are listed as Alabama and Arkansas, which don't match those of Charlie's mother Minnie Hill and her brother Bennie, which were Missouri and Tennesee. E. L. Hill could, of course, be a cousin, which might explain the last discrepancy, the surname could be a complete coincidence, or this might be a completely different Alford born in Oklahoma about 1910.
ii    Alford, Mildred was born Feb 1916 in Texas.  She was married to Edgar Earl Burge 9 Mar 1941 in Norman, Oklahoma.  Edgar Earl was born 4 Mar 1918 in Meridian, Bosque, Texas, died 2 Sep 2000 in Abilene, Taylor, Texas and was buried in Albany Cemetery, Shackelford Co., Texas.  He was the son of John Thomas and Alma (Williams) Burge. 
Mildred's birth, marriage and family details are from a Pedigree Resource File and a RootsWeb page entitled "Burge Family in Texas" both belonging to Lucretia Morales.
The two children of Edgar Earl and Mildred (Alford) Burge: Delores Jean and Edgar Earl. 
1    Burge, Delores Jean was born 18 Mar xxxx in Stamford, Jones, Texas. 
2    Burge, Edgar Earl was born 27 Nov xxxx in Stamford. 
3    Alford, Mary Jane "Merrie" was born 25 Feb 1866.    
4    Alford, Olive May was born 8 Mar 1868 in Bonaparte, Van Buren, Iowa and died 19 Jul 1909 in [IGI].  She was married to Augustine Lowrey "Gustin" Huey 9 Oct 1892 in Wamego, Pottawatomie, Kansas.  Augustine Lowrey "Gustin" was born 20 Nov 1865 in Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas and died 6 Feb 1956.  He was the son of Benjamin and Christina E. (Benn) Huey. 
Olive May was referred to as "Mrs. G. L. Huey, of Norman" at the time of her mother's death 24 May 1906. Our mother's picture of her was labeled as "May Alford", so she probably went by her middle name.
Gustin was censused as Gustine L., age 12, in his parents' household in Belvue, Pottawatomie, Kansas in 1880. That implies a birth year of 1867/68, a somewhat surprising discrepancy. Possibly the census index should have read 15 instead of 12, since it described his occupation as "Works On Farm".
In 1900 "Gustave L." and Olive were censused in Burnett Twp., Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, with their four sons. The birth information was correct except that of Frank, ostensibly born six months after Earl. Earl was recorded as born in Kansas; the other three sons in Oklahoma.
The 1920 census in Norman, Cleveland County, Oklahoma (adjacent to POttawatomie County), provides the only source I have for Gustin's second marriage which lists him as Gus L., aged 52, with wife Florence, age 46, born in Indiana of parents both born in Indiana. Their daughter Pauline was recorded as 14 years old in that census. Gus listed his occupation as "stationary engineer, university".
The birth place of Pauline's mother, Indiana, documents that Pauline was a daughter of Florence, and so half sister to Gustine's sons. Gus's age in that census implies a birth year of 1857/58, yet another discrepancy.
The Huey brothers were good friends of our parents, and we have several pictures of them taken over the years. On the left below are the four of them, and on the right is one of Frank in his uniform when he served in World War I, during which he lost an arm.
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The Huey brothers

I have researched both the ancestry and descendants of the "Huey boys", as they were referred to in my family. It can be seen on my web page [James and Elizabeth (Everhart) Huey].
The four children of Augustine Lowrey "Gustin" and Olive May (Alford) Huey: Earl Lowrey, Frank Leroy, Benjamin "Ben" and Carl Albert "Bert". 
i    Huey, Earl Lowrey was born 1 Jul 1894 in Wamego, Pottawatomie, Kansas and died Sep 1962 in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon.  He was married to Ethel Lillian Owen 20 Jun 1923 in Portland.  Ethel Lillian was born 6 Sep 1896 in Portland, Oregon and died 11 May 1968.  She was the daughter of Harry S. and Caroline E. (Rudolph) Owen. 
ii    Huey, Frank Leroy was born 20 Jan 1896 in Shawnee, Pottawatomie, Oklahoma and died 26 May 1974 in Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas.  He was married (1) to Violet Josephine (Baker) Durkee 28 Aug 1920 in Topeka.  Violet Josephine was born 9 Jul 1894 in Mayeta, Johnson, Kansas and died 12 Aug 1937 in Kansas City, Kansas.  He was married (2) to Marie ( ) Phelps 23 Mar 1947 in Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas. 
iii    Huey, Benjamin "Ben" was born 25 May 1898 in Norman, Cleveland, Oklahoma and died 17 Sep 1975 in Norman.  He was married to Irene E. Oakley 1918/1920.  Irene E. was born 1899/1900 in Kansas.  She was the daughter of Howard W. and Myrtle M. (____) Oakley. 
iv    Huey, Carl Albert "Bert" was born 17 May 1900 in Norman, Cleveland, Oklahoma and died 29 Oct 1970 in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan.  He was married to Alta Marie Betts 1 Aug 1923 in Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas.  Alta Marie was born 11 Feb 1905 in Helper, Carbon, Utah and died 27 Jul 1961 in Flint, Michigan.  She was the daughter of Elmer S. and Josephine (Litchenstern) Betts. 
5    Alford, Milton was born 1869 in Iowa. 
This son's name was given as Milton, aged 8 months, in the 1870 census, and so born Sep or Oct 1869. He doesn't appear in the family by 1880, so may have died in the interim.
6    Alford, William was born Jan 1871 in Jefferson, Iowa and died Jan 1905. 
This son's name was listed as Milton, aged 8 months, in the 1870 census, and so born Sep or Oct 1869.
William, born Jan 1871 and 29 years old, was censused 1900 in his parents home in Canadian Twp., Cleveland County, Oklahoma, next to his older brother David.
William's and his brother David's deaths in January, 1905, were both from pneumonia, according to the material submitted to the Morman Church by Paul L. Middleton.
7    Alford, Margaret "Maggie" was born 29 Nov 1873 in Iowa.  She was married to Clarence Pinkerton Maxwell 1916 in Guthrie, Logan, Oklahoma.  Clarence Pinkerton was born 1876 in Kansas. 
In the 1880 census of her parents household, Maggie's age was given as 7 years. Her age was recorded as 25 in 1900 in Mulhall, Logan, Oklahoma Territory, and as 30 while living with her sister Merrie in Guthrie, Oklahoma, at the time of the 1910 census. The actual date of 29 Nov 1873 can be found in a submitted IGI record, but I think I originally had that date from some family source, now lost. (This same IGI record lists her siblings as Dave, George, Will, Lois (female), Elizabeth and Lillian with very approximate dates.)
Maggie had in Sep 1899 been a teacher in Mulhall, and in 1902 was living at 124 N 1st and teaching at the Capitol Hill school in Guthrie. She was probably the "Miss Alford" who performed in the Metropolitan Stock Company in Mulhall in December, 1907. In 1910 she was a clerk with the State Capitol Company, and living with Merrie at 211 E. Collee Ave, and in 1912 was a clerk living at the Oklahoma Methodist Episcopal Hospital in Guthrie. Then, in 1915, she was a stenographer with C. G. Hornor and back living with her sister Merrie at 607 E. Grant.
That Maggie married Clarence Pinkerton Maxwell in Guthrie, Logan, Oklahoma, is from a genealogy chart drawn by my mother, but I've not found an independent record of their marriage nor of his middle name. Susan McMahan (Personal Correspondence, Jan 2009) states that he was born 1876 in Kansas. In 1920, Clarence P. Maxwell and wife Margaret were censused, ages 44 and 41, in the 1st Ward of Oklahoma City. (Clarence thus born 1875/76, and Margaret would actually have been 46 at that time.)
There is recorded (extracted IGI) the marriage of Clarence P. Maxwell to May J. Osborne on 18 Dec 1901 in Dewey, Oklahoma. That Clarence was 26 at the time of his marriage, so born 1874/75 in Kansas. If May died before 1920, it could be that Margaret wed the widower Clarence, but that is supposition based only on the correspondance of names and ages of the two Oklahoma men.
8    Alford, Lillian E. was born 26 Feb 1874 in Iowa, died 18 Jul 1952 in Norman, Cleveland, Oklahoma and was buried in Willow View Cemetery, Cleveland, Oklahoma.  She was married to Thomas Elmer Blair 1898/1899 in Canadian Twp., Cleveland, Oklahoma.  Thomas Elmer was born 8 Sep 1862 in Pleasant Vale, Pike, Illinois, died 31 Aug 1938 and was buried in Willow View Cemetery, Slaughterville, Cleveland, Oklahoma. 
Lillian was Thomas Blair's second wife. They had four children, Mary, Cecil, Agnes, and Albert. According to a family record, one of those children named a daughter Mildred after my mother, Mildred Louise (Hartzell) Swan. However, Thomas and his first wife Laura Marshall had a son Elmer F. Blair who married Millie York, and that couple named their first child Mildred L., born 1913/14 in Oklahoma [1930 census record]. A birth record would be required to see if that Mildred's middle name was Louise, thus supporting our family belief.
If the daughter of Elmer and Millie never married, then she might be the Mildred Blair of the SSDI, born 14 Jun 1914, died 24 Jul 1996, SSN 448-30-2880. That number was issued in Oklahoma, and that Mildred's last SS payments were in Tulsa and West Tulsa, Oklahoma.
There was a Mildred Louise Blair who married Edgar Ray White, and had a son James Edward, born 16 Mar 1949 in Tom Green Co., Texas.
Thomas' first marriage information comes from "Marriage records, 1837-1917", Macon County (Missouri). Recorder of Deeds. His wife was Laura F. "Fanny" Marshall, and she died 5 Jul 1896 in Macon, Missouri. They married 16 Dec 1883 had two sons, Leslie and Elmer F.
In 1910 Thomas E. and Lillie Blair were censused in Canadian Twp., Cleveland County, Oklahoma. Thomas, a farmer, was born in Illinois, as were his parents. The census indicated that Thomas had been married twice, and Lillie once, both for eleven years, and that she had borne two children, both living. Mary M. and Cecil T. Blair, ages 6 and 4, were in the home, and so children of Lillian. And in the household was 17 year old Elmer F. Blair, born in Missouri, and by his age was Thomas' son by his first wife.
Somewhat of a mystery in that census is Emeline Buster, age 76 and born in Illinois, marked "Mother". Since that can't be Lillian's mother (Elizabeth Teeter Alford), it must be Thomas's. The most straightforward answer is, of course, that she had remarried, but the census reveals only that she was a widow who had two children, both still living. Two households away we find George S. and Maggie Blair, ages 24 and 20, who had been married three years. George was born in Missouri of parents both born there also, so this fits with him being a son of Thomas by his first wife.
The family in 1920 was in Lexinton, Cleveland County, with Mary M. and Cecil T., ages 16 and 14, and two more chlldren, Agnes A. and Albert W., ages 7 and 6. A submitted IGI record says that this Albert W. Blair was born 20 Nov 1913, died 23 Mar 1924, and was buried in Willow View Cemetery, Slaughterville, Cleveland, Oklahoma.
By the 25 Apr 1930 census in Lexington, Thomas and Lillian had two of their daughters and a grandson in their home. Mary M., 26, was a school teacher, while her sister Agnes A. Adams was divorced, and had a son Roy E. Adams, aged two years and one month, so born February or March 1928. His father had been born in Arkansas.
Lillian's tombstone, from findagrave.com,
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Lillian Alford and Thomas Blair tombstone

Jan 2009] that "Louis, son" was a census taker error, written instead of "Lillian, daughter".
The four children of Thomas Elmer and Lillian E. (Alford) Blair: Mary M., Cecil T., Agnes A. and Albert W. 
i    Blair, Mary M. was born 1903/1904 in Oklahoma. 
ii    Blair, Cecil T. was born 28 Sep 1905 in Oklahoma, died 16 Oct 1975 and was buried in Lexington Cemetery, Cleveland, Oklahoma.  He was married to May ____ 1922/1924.  May was born 1903/1904 in Missouri. 
Cecil T. Blair was a farmer in Muncrief, McClain County, Oklahoma in 1930 with his wife May and three sons ages 2, 3, and 4.
The three children of Cecil T. and May (____) Blair: Raymond, Beayl and Thomas. 
1    Blair, Raymond was born 1925/1926 in Oklahoma. 
2    Blair, Beayl was born 1926/1927 in Oklahoma. 
3    Blair, Thomas was born 1927/1928 in Oklahoma. 
iii    Blair, Agnes A. was born 1912 in Oklahoma.  She was married to ____ Adams.  ____ was born in Arkansas. 
A child of ____ and Agnes A. (Blair) Adams: Roy E.. 
1    Adams, Roy E. was born 1928 in Oklahoma. 
The Social Security Death Index shows records for two Roy Adams whose SSNs were issued in Oklahoma: one born 15 Feb 1928, died May 1970 (death location not specified), and another born 24 Feb 1928, died 23 Jul 2004 in Texas.
iv    Blair, Albert W. was born 20 Nov 1913 in Oklahoma, died 23 Mar 1924 and was buried in Willow View Cemetery, Cleveland, Oklahoma. 
9    Alford, Elizabeth was born 1875/1876 in Kansas. 

Mary Jane "Merrie" Alford  &  John Eaton Hartzell
Michael 1 , Hugh 2 , John Weller 3 , Mary Jane "Merrie" 4 Hartzell Top  

Mary Jane "Merrie" Alford was born 25 Feb 1866 in Batavia, Jefferson, Iowa, died 20 Dec 1942 in Joplin, Jasper, Missouri and was buried in Rose Lawn Cemetery, Mulhall, Oklahoma. 
Mary Jane "Merrie" was married to John Eaton 6 Jun 1897 in Norman, Cleveland, Oklahoma Territory. 
John Eaton Hartzell was born 30 Jul 1862 in Campbellton, Johnson, Kansas and died 30 Jun 1904 in Guthrie, Logan, Oklahoma Territory.  He was the son of Adam Leonard and Louisa Ricker (Eaton) Hartzell. 

Ollie May Hartzell relates that John Eaton's son Lawrence told this story of the birth of his father. Lawrence's grandparents Adam Leonard and Louisa were traveling from Oklahoma Territory to Plattsburg while she was pregnant. On the trail, near the Kansas-Missouri border, she began her labor pains while they were traveling, and John Eaton was born in the midst of the journey, which they soon resumed, to Plattsburg. Since Oklahoma was Indian territory at the time of John Eaton's birth, this must have been on the return from a short visit there, as white settlers were not then allowed in the Territory.
In 1891, two years after the land run there, (and nearly thirty years after the above story) John moved to Oklahoma Territory and shortly afterward entered the employ of the Carey-Lombard Lumber Company at Norman. The certificate for his marriage to "Miss Marie J. Alford" states that he was from Norman, and that the ceremony was performed in "The Bricker Hous" of Cleveland county. It was signed by Eld. Thos. H. Stover [Anon., 1897].
In 1898 John came to Mulhall as manager of the same firm. (The town had in 1890 been called "Alferd", and it would be interesting to know whether that name has some connection with Merrie's family, as their name was for a time spelled Alfred in Iowa before their move to Kansas and Oklahoma.) In the fall of 1898 John announced that the lumberyard was closing, but by 1900 it was back in business. He continued in that employment until he announced in December of 1903 his resignation effective the end of the year to engage in farming, his youngest child Mildred then being just eleven months old.
On 13 Sep 1902, John and his brother Charles had purchased the NE quarter of Section 25, Township 18 north, Range 3 west of the Indian Meridian for $2800 from Edgar and Mary Tucker. This was in Rose Hill township, on the border with Mulhall township, and about three miles south and three miles west of the town of Mulhall. This section 25 land must have been the farm John intended to farm, and it's not known whether Charles lived on it, as well.
John died in the hospital at Guthrie early Thursday morning 30 June after having been stricken on the 24th with an intestinal problem. Two notices, one concerning his sudden illness, and one of his death, appeared in the 1 Jul 1904 issue of The Mulhall Enterprise, and an obituary one week later. After Dr. Hatfield was unable to solve the problem at his home in Mulhall, John was taken Wednesday by the 11:00 train to the hospital at Guthrie, during which trip he gave his brother Charilie directions about his business affairs. Dr. Blesh performed an operation in which it was determined that "an adhesive band had formed about the intestine so contracting the passage that nothing could pass through". An earlier operation could have solved the problem, but at this late time nothing could be done to save the patient. Although John could recognize his wife after the operation, he died the following morning.
John's body was returned to Mulhall Saturday on the 9:17 train, and the funeral took place from the Presbyterian church, the Rev. J. R. Morgan preaching. After the sermon, the services were taken in charge by the St. John's Lodge No. 12, Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons, of which he had been a member since November, 1902, and the burial took place at Roselawn cemetery.
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Mary Jane Merrie (Alford) Hartzell
25 Feb 1866 - 20 Dec 1942
Iowa, Oklahoma Territory, Kansas, Missouri

Merrie purchased 28 Apr 1908 lot four in block fifteen in the town of Mulhall from William and Sarah Strunk for $500. Then, on 18 Jan 1910, five and a half years after his death, Merrie as executor of John's estate sold his half interest in the Section 25 purchase of 1902 to his brother Charles for $1000. The two of them had paid $2800 for the land, but there was still outstanding a $1600 mortgage on the whole tract. Thus it's difficult to tell whether this sale represents a 28% loss in value of the land, a distress sale on Merrie's part to her brother-in-law, or a settlement of her interest taking into account the circumstances of the mortgage.
Sometime in 1908 Merrie sold her house in Mulhall, and moved with her three daughters to Guthrie. This city, some twelve miles south of Mulhall, had on 16 Nov 1907 been made the capitol of he Oklahoma Territory. On 23 Apr 1910, Merrie paid $2500 to Rachel Rees for lot fourteen in block forty in East Guthrie, Logan county. Either this location, or her original home in Guthrie, was at 211 E. College Avenue. That year, she was censused as a boardinghouse keeper with her three children and her sister Maggie living with her. According to Mildred, her daughter, Merrie had opened the boardinghouse to accomodate the influx of legislators to Guthrie, but as the capitol moved to Oklahoma city in 1910, this was a short lived source of tenants. The following year, on 16 Jun 1911, Merrie sold lot fourteen to Alice Caldwell for $2500. Then, on 30 Aug 1912, Merrie paid $1100 to "Ellice" and I. H. Caldwell for lots 7, 8, and 9 in block 86 in East Guthrie, where her address was 607 E. Grant.
See the Eaton family history for the story of Ernest Eaton, a far distant cousin of Merrie's mother-in-law, lived southwest of Guthrie at this time.
The three children of John Eaton and Mary Jane "Merrie" (Alford) Hartzell: Lawrence Eaton, Lillian Roxie and Mildred Louise



HARTZELL, MILDRED LOUISE 5
m  PAUL REESE SWAN
b 1903      d 1989
b 1903      d 1953
SWAN, PAUL REESE 6
m  MILDRED LOUISE "MILLIE" HAMILTON
b 1929      
b 1930      d 1998
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