My name is Nancy L. Compton and my cousin and I have been researching our great grandfather, William Henry Whadford (Watford, Wadford) for years, with no luck. However, that appears to have all changed since a family member submitted DNA to Ancestry.com.A close generational connection match has been made from a direct male-line descendent of our great grandfather to two people with genetics/ancestry to an 1860 Dale County Alabama Judah family.It appears our great grandfather is an actual descendent of an 1860 Dale County, Alabama Judah family with other maternal ties, whether that is Watford/Wadford or another surname.We don’t know how he ended up with that common Dale County Alabama Wadford/Watford name with unusual spelling.Of course, Watford/Wadford/Whadford could be a name he chose himself with no genetic link, such as in wardship or adoption.This is where we are stuck.Who possibly is the genetically-linked Judah father and who is possibly the mother of our William Henry?We would greatly appreciate any information, search direction or Ard-Judah genealogy to help narrow and solve our mystery.
Our great-grandfather was supposedly born in Alabama approximately during the Civil War years (1860 to 1865) and the tale told is that his family may have originally come from the Carolina's to perhaps Newton, Dale County, Alabama, where he may have been born.He was orphaned at a young age when his family may have died in a "plague" possibly on a river(house)boat and the story has it he was discovered alone after a couple of days.He was supposedly sent to live with an uncle in Florida, but ran away with cousins when he was a young boy and they ended in Texas.We are unable to confirm any of this information.William Henry is traceable from 1885, Rains County, Texas to Delta County, Colorado where he is buried.William Henry first married M. E. Havens and they produced a son, William Henry Whadford, born in Sulpher Springs Texas.William Henry then married our great grandmother, Sminthie Ellen Matlock on January 14, 1889 in Dewitt County, Texas.
The 1900 census of Montgomery County, Texas lists William Henry is a logger (possibly in the San Jacinto Range) and his unknown parents were born in Alabama.The 1910 Delta County, Colorado census lists him as a survivor (dependent?) of the Civil War and that his father was born in Alabama and his mother was born in Florida.The 1920 Delta County, Colorado census lists both his parents were born in North Carolina.The 1930 Delta County, Colorado census lists his father was born in South Carolina and his mother was born in Alabama.
Do you have a male born child in your genealogy information that was born on or around 1860 to 1865 Alabama with the given names of William Henry that you have no further information for?Any information is greatly appreciated!Thank you! Nancy L. Compton Compton.firstname.lastname@example.org