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Lincoln County West Virginia Biography of Lafayette ALFORD


         Lafayette Alford was born May 7, 1850, in what was then Cabell County, Virginia. He was a son of Robert and Leanzey (Coon) Alford, who were living in what is now Lincoln County when it was organized, and a grandson of George Alford, who was prominent among the earliest settlers here, living a few miles below the present site of Griffithsville, and raising a large family there. The subject of this sketch owns 85 acres on Trace Fork of Mud River and has 50 acres under cultivation. He has eight acres of choice fruit, and all the land abounds in that mineral wealth which in the near future will be developed in this county. His father, who is now sixty-eight years of age, was shot through the thigh while in Tennessee, serving in the Confederate Army, Witcher's Battalion. He was badly crippled by his injury, one leg remaining seven inches shorter than the other. In Lincoln County, March 4, 1873, Lafayette Alford wedded Sarah Catharine V. Adams. She was born in Franklin County, Virginia, March 2, 1850, a daughter of John Quincy and Sarah (Goode) Adams, of Franklin County. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Alford are three living, two deceased: Rose Delphine, born January 28, 1873, died November 7, 1878, James Wilbert, born July 24, 1875, died October 26, 1878, William Thomas, born November 30, 1876, John Robert, born July 1, 1880; Stafford G., September 1, 1883. Lafayette Alford's post office address is Griffithsville, 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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