Here’s some information concerning my ancestors from that area:
David Alderman was the youngest son of Daniel Alderman, Sr., who was born at Deerfield, Cohansey, New Jersey in 1749.He was only six years old when his parent moved to Duplin County, North Carolina.
In 1773, he married Jemina Hall (born in 1756), who was the daughter of Thomas Hall and his wife Rachel Goff, the daughter of John Goff.The Halls were highly esteemed in the Harrell’s Store section were member of the Wells Chapel Baptist Church.David Alderman lived with his wife, Jemina and their 14 children at the old home place in Duplin County, which Daniel Alderman, Sr., had left David in his will.
Like his father, according to the records of that time, David served as a Revolutionary soldier, having served in the militia, along with his brother John (Private, 1st NC Continental Line), as a Private, North Carolina Militia, North Carolina Revolutionary Army Accounts under Captain Aaron Williams and Capt. Shadrack Stallings, in which, direct descendants of the Alderman’s are eligible for membership in one of the Revolutionary Patriotic Societies.
During the early years of the nineteenth century, several of David’s older children followed the trend of migration and moved to Bulloch County, Georgia.
It was not until 1816, when David and the remainder of his family followed the elder children to Bulloch County, in which, he purchased 200 acres of land on January 13, 1817.David had never connected himself with any church until he went south; he then joined a Baptist Church.David lived the remainder of his days in Bulloch County until his death on October 23, 1831 and was buried in the Brannen cemetery.
James Alderman was the youngest of 14 children and a twin (Timothy) from David and Jemina Alderman.James was born February 19, 1801, along with his twin Timothy in Duplin County, North Carolina.However, in 1815, he moved to Bulloch County, Georgia with his father and the rest of his family.It was there that he married Roxy Ann Holloway (born February 16, 1882), daughter of William Holloway.Shortly after their marriage, they pulled up stakes and relocated to Brooks County, Georgia.
However, in 1848, he moved again, this time to Hillsborough County, Florida, where he engaged in cattle raising, in which, he became very successful.It is reported that at one time he numbered his cattle at approximately thirty thousand head of cattle.In total, James and Roxy had 15 children (Matthew, Jency, Timothy II, Eliza, Mitchell, Elizabeth, Michael, Susan, Rachel, Catherine, Mary, Nancy, David, and Hiram).During the War Between the States, bitterly known as the Civil War, several of James’s sons and sons-in-law volunteered for service in the Confederate Army.During those times, James and Roxy opened their doors to their daughters and daughters-in –law, whose husbands had entered this great conflict.
In James’ attempt to conquer a new frontier, he forded the Alafia River located in Hillsborough County in 1848 by cutting down trees along its steep banks near where the river's north and south branches converge. Alderman's Ford, as the site became known, grew into a gathering place for local residents. Alderman's Ford is now a county park and a popular spot for a picnic, bike ride, and campout or canoe trip.
In Dec, 1860, James Alderman signed a petition in Hillsborough County for secession from the union when Lincoln was elected President. However, there is no record that James participated in the Civil War.Ultimately, James is recognized as one of the leading men in pioneer history for the state of Florida.James Alderman deceased February 9, 1880 and is buried at Pelot Cemetery, Lithia, Florida, with his wife, Roxanna Holloway Alderman (deceased March 6, 1868).