Lincoln County West Virginia Biography of George W. ALFORD


         George Washington Alford is a son of Robert and Leanzey (Coon) Alford, and a grandson of George Alford, who are further spoken of in the sketch following this one. He was born in Cabell County, November 24, 1837, and was married in that county, July 3, 1861. His wife is Sarah Jane, daughter of Peter and Ascenith (Alford) Smith, and she was born in Cabell County, November 13, 1839; her parents were living in Lincoln County at its formation. Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Alford have six children, and death has taken three: Josephine Alice, born August 22, 1862; Emmazetta Olive, January 8, 1865; Columbus Jackson, November 12, 1866; Rhoda Ann, April 14, 1868; Elfrida, April 19, 1870, died July 3d following; Robert Lee, June 12, 1873, died October 19, 1878; Minnie Golden, October 21, 1876; Maxwell Flournoy, February 1, 1878, died September 11, 1879; Sandy Casey, October 24, 1880. George W. Alford joined Capt. William Chandler's sharpshooter at the beginning of the war between the states, but was with them in only one battle, at Mouth of Scary, on the Kanawha River. He was soon taken sick with measles and was moved to a private house for nursing. When he recovered, his company was gone and he came home. His brother Joseph was in the Southern Army and received seventeen wounds in the service, two balls passing through his body, but he still lives. C. C. Smith, Mrs. Alford's brother, was made prisoner, sent to Camp Chase, and there died. Mr. Alford owns between 300 and 400 acres of land, 100 under cultivation. Coal, iron, lime, and building stone are found. He has served his district as school trustee. Address, Garrets Bend, Lincoln County, West Virginia.
    Extracted from West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia, a reprint of Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia Lincoln County, WV, Biographies List, 1884.

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