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View Tree for Job AlfordJob Alford (b. 1763, d. Abt. 1851)

Job Alford was born 1763 in Granville County, North Carolina, and died Abt. 1851. He married Sarah Turner.

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Job Alford, son of Julius Alford, was born in 1763 in then Granville County, North Carolina. He was the forefather of the Alford's who came to Geneva County, Alabama; Walton County, Florida; and Holmes County, Florida in the mid-1800's. Today, he has descendants in virtually every county of the Florida panhandle. Job Alford's birthplace wa son his father's plantation in the extreme southeast corner of current Franklin County, where Crooked Creed flows into the Tar River, just about four miles southeast of the current town of Bunn, North Carolina. This was just inside current Franklin County from Nash County. Julius was the son of James Alford (1687-1730) of New Kent County, Virginia. In 1790 the Federal Census for North Carolina lists Job as a single man living in the Louisburg District (town of Bunn) of Franklin County, near the Tar River. He was listed also as the owner of six slaves. Job's older brother, John Alford lived nearby. Also living nearby was his widowed mother, Lucy Alford (his father, Julius died in 1771). Brothers Isaac and Goodrich are not shown as heads of household in 1890; I would assume they must have been living with a brother or were simply missed. By around 1791, Job Alford married. The name of his wife is unknown, however, much circumstantial evidence points to his wife being a Sarah Turner (abt. 1765- abt. 1843). In the same area of Wake County where Job lived in the early 1790's was a family of Turners. There was a Simon Turner and his wife Nancy Ann Smith Turner living nearby. Somon and Ann Turner had several children, including a John Turner, Mary Turner and others. It is also possible there could have been a Sarah Turner. John Turner (1770-1787) died as a teenager. Simon Turner also had and uncle named John Turner. The name, John Turner, ran in this family back for several generations. It is my proposal that Job Alford and his wife named John Turner Alford, their second son, after his wife's young brother, John Turner, who died as a teenager. Three of Job's children, John Turner, Fada and Henry Miles, named their first female child Sarah Ann. One naming convention of the day was to name the first female child after the paternal grandmother. This leads me to the theory that Job's wife was Sarah Turner.

There were no males shown living with Job's mother, Lucy in 1790. By 1800, Job had moved to the Little Creek area of nearby Wake County, North Carolina, settling near his 1st cousin, James Lodwick Alford, where he showed as a married head-of-household (2 sons under 10; 2 daughters under 10) with one slave. The two sons under 10 were apparently Clinton and John Turner Alford, and the two daughters were apparently Fada, John's twin sister, and Matilda. On July 16, 1802, Job was one of several purchasers in the estate sale fo the deceased David Bagwell of Wake county. Seven years later on March 16, 1809, he once again participated as a buyer in the estate sale of Miles Previtt of Wake County. On April 5, 1811, Wake County paid Job to travel to Virginia to attend a court proceeding. The last documented record of Job living in Wake County was on August 20, 1814 when he was the bondsman at the marriage of his oldest daughter, Matilda Alford and William Owens. There were several Alford's living near him in this area of Wake County in 1800 including Hudson, Cade and James Lodwick Alford. Several other Alford's including Goodrich, Isaac, John and Kinchen lived in and around the old Alford homestead in Franklin County around the Crooked Creek-Tar River area, where their father, Julius lived and was buried. The town of Louisburg exists to this day. Job left North Carolina after the War of 1812 (in 1815, as he was still on theWake County tax lis in 1814, but not 1815) and headed towards Jones County, Georgia to join his older brother Goodrich, who had drawn land there in 1811. Another older brother, Jacob had moved to Montgomery County, Georgia in the 1790's but soon moved on to Louisiana. Brother Isaac stayed in Franklin County where he lived out his life. Job's oldest brother, John stayed in Franklin County until around 1826, when he moved to Greene County, Alabama to live near his sons, Abraham Alford and Jacob Alford, both first-cousins of Job. Job may have stopped and lived in South Carolina for a couple of years from about 1815-1816, as his probable son, Henry Miles Alford was listed on later censuses as being born in South Carolina in 1815. In 1977, a descendent of Job, by way of his son, William H. Alford, wrote a letter to a friend, stating that the Alford's came through South Carolina and through the town of Hartwell, Georgia on their way to Jones County. By 1817, Job had arrived in Jones County, Georgia, as he, and his son, Clinton were on the tax list there that year. His son-in-law and daugher, William and Matilda Owens also moved to Jones County that same year. In 1820 he was listed on the Jones County census, living in the Clinton Township. That year he was granted land in Early County in the 1820 land lottery, but apparently never moved there. Four of Job's children, John Turner, Clinton and Julius Charles, as well as Matilda Alford Owens became members of the New Hope Baptist Church on Caney Creek in Jones County. Job's wife, Sarah Alford (theory) was alos a member. The church was still in operation (3/10/2000) and is located three miles northeast of Dames Ferry. Also a member was Elizabeth Stilwell, the future Mrs. William Henry Alford, another son of Job Alford. Her father, Shadrick Stilwell was another member. Clinton, Georgia still exists today and is on Highway 129, 12 miles north of Macon. Job's older brother, Goodrich was also in Jones County in 1820. It appears Goodrich moved back to Franklin County, North Carolina in the lane 1820's, as what appears to be he was living there in the 1830 census, near the town of Bunn. He was listed as an 80-90 year old, living with his wife, who was 70-80. Goodrich had several children, to include possible sons, Peyton, Goodrich, Jr. and Jeptha. Job Alford won land in the Monroe County land lottery in 1821, causing another westward move probably around 1822 (son, Clinton was dismissed from New Hope Primitive Baptist church in Jones County by letter in 1823-meaning they had probably moved already to Upson) to the part of that county to become Upson County in 1823. Here, sons John Turner, William H. and daughter Phada were married in the mid 1820's. Job was in Upson County until at least 1827. Around 1828-1829 he moved to Talbot County, immediately west of Upson County. In 1830, Job, as well as several of his children were listed on the federal census for Talbot County, Georgia, but by 1833 (letter dated 10/1/1833 at Hamilton Post Office addressed to his son William H.) he was in Harris County, Georgia. On October 8, 1850, the federal census shows him in the Osborn Mill District of Harris County (town of Mulberry Grove) where he lived until his death about 1851. Also in 1850, Job's granddaughter, Sarah Ann Moore Hadley (daughter of Phada Alford Moore), lived two houses from him, whit her husband. His daughter, Phada and her husband, Thomas Moore, lived eight houses away. One unsolved mystery is the fact that we cannot fin Job on the 1840 census. In later years, he lived with his daughter Elizabeth, and probable granddaughter, Rebecca Ann. Although it is not proven, Job was probably buried at the Blue Springs Cemetary, where is daughter, Phada and her family were buried. This was the general area cemetary. Job and his wife Sarah Turner Alford (theory) had the following children:
Matilda - b. abt. 1792 in Franklin County, North Carolina, d. abt. 1865 in unknown, m. William Owens;
Clinton - b. abt 1798 in Wake County, North Carolina, d. abt. 1843 in unknown, m. Martha Slaughter;
John Turner - b. 03/10/1800 in Wake County, North Carolina, d. 12/11/1871 in unknown, m. Elizabeth Moore;
Phada - b. 03/18/1800 in Wake County, North Carolina, d. 02/26/1880 in unknown, m. Thomas S. Moore;
Elizabeth - b. abt. 1802 in Wake County, North Carolina, d. aft. 1850 in unknown, m. unknown;
Julius Charles - b. aft. 1805 in Wake County, North Carolina, d. aft. 1840 in unknown, m. unknown;
William H. - b. aft. 1811 in Wake County, North Carolina, d. 1860 in unknown, m. Elizabeth Stilwell;
Henry Miles - b. abt. 1815 in South Carolina, d. abt. 1833 in unknown, m. Mary Boyington;
Mary R. - b. abt. 1820 in Jones County, Georgia, d. unknown, m. unknown;
William Henry - b. 09/03/1825 in Upson County, Georgia, d. 11/21/1989 in unknown, m. Eliza Webb.

Children of Job Alford and Sarah Turner are:
  1. Matilda Alford, b. 1792, d. date unknown.
  2. Clinton Alford, b. 1798, d. date unknown.
  3. +John Turner Alford, b. March 18, 1800, Little Creek, Wake County, North Carolina, d. December 11, 1871, Walton County, Florida.
  4. Phada Alford, b. March 18, 1800, d. date unknown.
  5. Elizabeth Alford, b. 1802, d. date unknown.
  6. Julius Charles Alford, b. 1805, d. date unknown.
  7. William H. Alford, b. 1811, d. date unknown.
  8. Henry Miles Alford, b. 1815, d. date unknown.
  9. Mary R. Alford, b. Abt. 1820, d. date unknown.
  10. William Henry Alford, b. September 03, 1825, d. date unknown.
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