This family is sometimes spelled Aldridge but more often spelled ARLEDGE and came from Fairfield and Kershaw Counties of SC. There are lots of other Aldridges and it's sometimes difficult to sort out these different families since the spellings are inconsistent. Another variation is Aldrich. Alabama descendants of this family today use all 3 spellings!
Samuel ARLEDGE, b c 1797--son of Moses and Huldah Arledge--and his wife Mary/Molly left Fairfield Co, SC in the late 1820s and were in DeKalb Co GA in 1830 and Harris Co GA in 1840, then went across the state line into Coosa Co, AL. Here are my records. If anyone is associated with these families please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org (my Arledge Family History website is http://www.geocities.com/wilson_pam)http://www.geocities.com/wilson_pam). Thanks!!
Known or suspected daughters include:
Cynthia Beatrice m. Albert Robertson Louisa m. Thomas J. Harrington Mary Elizabeth m. Lewis Hamilton Emily m. Samuel W. Hamilton Sarah C. m. Jesse M. Gray Martha
Sons include Samuel L. (m Nancy Hardin), Wm Nicholas (m. Susan McDowell), Joseph (m. Mary E. Gray), Thomas J. (m. Martha Hill), James (m. Sarah ???), A. Jackson (m. Esther Layne), Jasper.
There is evidence of at least two other sons whose widows have been found on census records but names are unknown.
Pam Wilson email@example.com July 2004
1830 GA, DeKalb County (between John Roberson and Hughes):
ARLEDGE, Samuel 1 male under 5 2 males 5-10 1 male 20-30 (probably a brother) 1 male 30-40 (Samuel) 3 females under 5 1 female 5-10 1 female 10-15 1 female 20-30 (wife)
1840 Humphries Dist, Harris Co, GA: Samuel ALDRIDGE (between Hornsby and Basemon): males: 2 (under 5)-4 (5-10)-5 (10-15)-1 (15-20)-0-1(30-40) females: 2 (under 5)-0-0-0-1 (20-30)-1 (30-40) Slaves: one female under 10, one female 10-24
Looks like he was in GA until at least 1845:
1850 Alabama census for Coosa County (Coosa District #594/594):
ARLEGESamuel53MSCFarmer$250 Moley51FSC(can't read or write) Nicholas20MGA Joseph17MGA Thomas17MGA James12MGA A. Jackson11MGA Emily9FGA Sarah7FGA Jasper5MGA
By 1860 Samuel had gone to the coal mining area of TN with some of his sons while Molly stayed in Coosa Co, AL:
Marion Co 1860District 4-Cheekville(later Whitwell) 127-122
Samuel ALDRIDGE62 m Farmer /800 b. SC Sarah 30 fborn GA, James 25 m Farm Laborer born GA, Martha 11 fborn GA, Samuel 3m born Tn, Beard 3 m born TN, William 8/12 m born TN.
Here are Alabama 1860 census records for others in the family:
· Arldridge, MaryDivision 2 (Mt. Olive), Coosa, AL1860: 229/229: Mary ARLDRIDGE 57 SC farmer $100/150; Thos 28 GA farmer, Sarah 18 GA, Jasper 14 GA, Martha ARLDRIDGE 19 TN b/ George Rush and Lewis Hamilton families (note: wife Mary E. Hamilton is probably an ARLEDGE daughter or widowed daughter-in-law]
· Arldridge, JosephDivision 2 (Mt. Olive), Coosa, AL1860: 48/48: Joseph ARLDRIDGE 30 SC farm laborer $100, Elizabeth 23 AL, Robert C. 1 AL b/ Samuel Wells and Jeremiah Barnett
· Arldridge, WilliamDivision 2 (Mt. Olive), Coosa, AL1860: 66/66: Wm ARLDRIDGE 49 Farmer SC $200 $100; Milly 44 SC; Amanda 21 SC, Martha A 19 SC, Mary 17 GA, Moses 15 AL, Wm 13 AL, Milly 11 AL, Charles 7 AL b/McCloud and Cynthia B. [maiden name ARLEDGE] Robertson 41 [widow of Albert] and family