Hmmm...lots to think about here.I really just started looking into Zopher in depth about a week ago.I have pretty thoroughly documented my Stephentown Aldermans, some of whom also moved to Berkshire Co., MA.I was giving another try to finding my William's father when I thought it might help to follow Zopher's family.I finally found a copy of "Aldermans in America" online, and of course my Aldermans aren't in there - which is why I never wanted to buy that book.But there was a section on "Other Alderman Lines" with different lines around the country.One entry was from a descendant of Zophar Alderman of Ionia, MI; I think he was a grandson of Samuel Carpenter Alderman, Zophar's son.It listed the married names of a daughter or two and a Harriet Vincent (relative of Zophar's wife Deborah), from Stephentown, who turns out to be Samuel's wife - and his cousin.
One discrepancy is the date of Zopher/Zophar's death.I saw a photo of his stone on Findagrave.com which certainly looks like his death year is 1855.But he is clearly listed in the 1860 Ionia, MI federal census - the index has him as "Jophus," but it looks like Zopher when you see the actual census record.He is 75, b. CT, living with Deborah, 68, b. NY; and their children Wm. R, 37; Emily, 26; Wm. D., 12 (may be a grandchild); and Alvin, 31.So I'm wondering if the stone really reads 1865 and is worn to look like 1855, or if it's just the wrong date.If he died in 1865 he would have been about 80, the age listed on his gravestone.In 1855 he'd have only been 70. (I tried to include the link for the census here but it wouldn't let me.I can email it to you if you give me your email, or you can look it up on Ancestry if you subscribe to it.)
Anyway, you raise very interesting points which I would like to look into.My email is email@example.com if you'd like to email me directly, and we can discuss it a little more.These are all new family names to me!