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Lincoln County West Virginia Biography of John ALFORD Sr.

         John Alford,Sr., son of James and Polly (Hatfield) Alford, was born in what is now Lincoln County, April 13, 1824; in Putnam County, West Virginia, he was united in wedlock with Jennie Markham, born at Patrick Court House, Virginia, June 30, 1852, and a daughter of Thomas Henry and Frances Ann (Aistrop) Markham. John Alford was constable and sheriff of Cabell County, West Virginia, six years; he was deputy, United States Marshal of West Virginia, four years; at present he is a notary public, which office he has held for fifteen years. James Alford, father of John, was in the War of 1812. George Alford, grandfather of John, settled in what is now Lincoln County, in 1816. Mr. Alford is a farmer of Carroll District, owning 7,000 acres of good land, heavily timbered with pine, poplar, maple, beech, oak, hickory, and walnut. Coal and iron ore are found in abundance on the land , and it has upon it a large orchard. The farm is located on the middle fork of Mud River, six miles southeast of Hamlin. Mrs. Alford has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church (South) twelve years. Address John Alford at Hamlin, 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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