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Welcome to the Alford Family Home Page!

Updated: 09 February 2014


If these links do not work go to the original Alford Family Page. I am in the process of moving that page to this site and the links on this page may not work.

Please note: All links to Sunny's pages no longer work. Without notice, AOL eliminated all these pages. I am in the process of reloading this information. If you have information, photographs, diaries, family history, etc. on the Alford and related families please contact Jim Adams.


You can find a number of "Alford" names at Findagrave.com


Michigan Obituaries of Alfords (Alford Family Association)


Alford Obituaries


Connection to the Adams family: George W. (Alford) was orphaned and was taken in by the Franklin Adams family and later married Effa Mae Adams. Notes by Kathy Linderholm, submitter: George Wallace Adams, was born George Washington Alford, son of George Washington Alford and Ann Marie Stewart. He changed his name to Adams, but was never formally adopted by F.B. Adams. His sister Stella died prior to their parents deaths in 1863.


Kathy's Family Tree Maker site


William Alford (17 Sept 1799 - 04 Aug 1849) married Martha Ann McCullough (16 April 1816 - 19 April 1909), daughter of Patrick McCullough ((1760 - 31 Jan 1849) and Mary Hamilton (1775 - 1855). William and Martha Ann (McCullough) Alford had 14 children:

Ann Maria Stewart Alford (parents: John Windecker Stewart & Nancy Wales Rathbone Stewart. Born about 1837. Married George Washington Alford on 29 March 1853. Widowed 28 July 1863. Died 22 Oct 1864).


The Ghost of Dinny O'Rourke (story by Martha McCullough Alford Stewart prior to 1906)


George Washington Alford (09 Dec 1831 - 28 Jul 1863) was born in Eramosa Twp., Wellington County, Ontario, Canada and died in Baton Rouge, LA. He married Ann Maria Stewart (11 Oct 1837 - 22 Oct 1864) on 29 Mar 1853. From Lawton, MI George enlisted at Dowagiac for 3 years service at the age of 28 as a Corporal on 03 Aug 1861. He served with the regiment until he was wounded in action on 30 June 1863 at Port Hudson, LA. He was taken to Baton Rouge, LA where he died on 28 July 1863 and is buried in the National Cemetery, Grave #2381 in Baton Rouge. His Michigan service record lists him as George W. Alfred. Two of his siblings died in 1853, his mother died in 1909.  (See James Gunn's wiki on George Washington Alford)


Civil War photo of George Washington Alford.


William Alford Land Record (1840) The North 1/2 of the SW 1/4 of S 14, T 1 S, R12 W. 80 acres in Alamo Township in the NW corner of Kalamazoo County.


George Alford Civil War tin type photo (1831 - 1863) Father of Frank, Stella, & George


Sixth Michigan Infantry Regiment Flag. The Sixth MI Infantry was mustered into service in Kalamazoo in Aug 1861 but did not receive its two flags -- both bearing the motto "Do Your Duty" -- until after the troops left MI. Only this one survives.


6th MI Infantry Company D (List of officers and enlisted men) Listed as "George W. Alfred"


Read his Civil War Letters.


Civil War Death Certificate


George Washington Alford (1831 - 1863) and Ann Maria (Stewart) Alford (1837 - 1864) had:

1. Frank Alford (06 or 10 Jun 1854 - 28 Sep 1864)

2. Stella Alford ( b. between 1856-1857 and d. between 1861-1862) Stella photo.

3. George W. (Alford) Adams (28 Jan 1859 - 13 Feb 1941). He was born in Lawton, Van Buren, MI and died at Mt. Carmel, Detroit, Wayne, MI and is buried in the Bly Cemetery, Marcellus, Cass, MI. He married Effa May Adams (28 Feb 1866 - 10 Feb 1954) on 05 May 1891.

By the time George was 5, his father, mother, brother (Frank) and sister, Stella had died. Young George was taken in by Franklin Bildad Adams and subsequently took the name Adams. At some point he changed his middle name Washington to Wallace and no one in the family knows the reason. He obtained his teaching credentials on the basis of his high school education.


Notes from Jack Adams: George was taken in but never adopted by Franklin B. & Lucinda (Fletcher) Adams.


From Jack Adams 27 may 1997: by the time he was five his father, mother, and a brother Frank, and a sister Stella were all dead. He was taken in by Franklin Bildad Adams and subsequently took the name Adams. At some point he changed his middle name Washington to Wallace no one knows why. He obtained his teaching credentials on the basis of his high school education. I have one of his report cards and for that period he had a score of 99.9 per cent.


From Kathy Linderholm:
Youngest child of George Wallace & Martha Stewart Alford at the age of 82 years, 2 weeks & 2 days. At the age of five years he was left an orphan. His father died of wounds incurred in a battle in Louisiana {Port Hudson in 1863 according to Jack Adams} and is buried in Baton Rouge. His mother, brother, and sister died that same summer, leaving George, the youngest child in the family. He was adopted by Mr. & Mrs. Franklin B. Adams of Lawton, both of whom have preceded him in death. He was united in marriage to Effie May Adams May 5, 1890.


Obituary: Unknown Newspapers

George Wallace Adams was born January 28, 1859 at Lawton, Mich., the youngest child of George Wallace and Martha Stewart Alford. He died Feb. 13, at the age of 82 years, two weeks and two days at Detroit. At the age of five years he was left an orphan. His father died of wounds incurred in a battle in Lousiana and is buried in Baton Rouge. His mother, brother, and sister died that same summer leaving George, the youngest child of the family. He was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Franklin B. Adams of Lawton, both of whom have preceded in death. He was united in marriage to Effie May Adams May 5, 1890. They resided on a farm in Porter township five years. Later moving to Marcellus where they lived until 14 years ago when they moved to Detroit where he lived until his death. He leaves his devoted wife, the children, Harry of Wilmington, Cal., Helen of Los Angeles, Cal., Hazel at home, Hyldred of Coloma and Jack at home and seven grandchildren, other relatives, and a host of friends. Funeral services were held Sunday, Feb. 16 at Romig funeral home with Rev. H. E. Kohn officiating. Burial in Marcellus cemetery.

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The following out-of-town friends and relatives were here to attend the funeral of George Adams: Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Sykes and Mrs. DeHaven, Benton Harbor; Mr. and Mrs. Alec Gale, Sodus; Mr and Mrs. S. N. Lowry and Mr. and Mrs. Norman Knipp, Dearborn; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lowry, St. Johns; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Adams and Mr. and Mrs. Dell, Kline, Lawton; Miss Jessie Winchell and Mr. and Mrs. Jack Pomery, Detroit; Mr. and Mrs. Don Price, Kalamazoo and Earl Copley and son Allen of Decatur.

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Mr. and Mrs. F. N. Lowry, Mr. and Mrs. Knipp of Dearborn and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lowry of St. John, were week-end guests of Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Castner. They attended the funeral services of George Adams, Sunday.

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CARD OF THANKS
We wish to extend our sincere thanks for the many acts of kindness shown us by friends, relatives, Rev. Kohn, Mrs. Clyde Smith, Mrs. Ruth Heath, and Mr. Mater during our recent bereavement.

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Notes by submitter: George Wallace Adams, was born George Washington Alford, son of George Washington Alford and Ann Maria Stewart. He changed his name to Adams, but was never formally adopted by F.B. Adams.

George W. (Alford) Adams and Effa May Adams had 4 children:

  1. Harry Alford Adams (09 Aug 1891 0 24 Feb 1947) married Marian Elizabeth Saunders (12 Feb 1897-17 Sep 1974). They had 3 children: Harry Alford Adams (25 Feb 1929-26 Sep 2007).
  2. Helen Mabel Adams (29 June 1895-23 June 1977) married William Leon Kunce (08 Mar 1897-08 Dec 1976)
  3. Hazel Grace Adams (14 July 1897-06 Nov 1995) married Claude Amasa Lewis (12 May 1886-11 June 1958). They had John "Jack" Keith Adams (05 Oct 1921-06 May 2007).
  4. Hyldred Eunice Adams (22 Dec 1900-09 Feb 1985) married Carroll Irving Gale (16 Nov 1895-1988). Irving Gale was a WW1 veteran.