Dear Janice, I am a direct descendent of Elias Alford brother to the James you are researching and son of Jacob Alford and Mary Pace. A more precise lineage of this line can be found in Kinfolks by William Curry Harllee and the History of Ashpole Presbyterian Church,Robeson Co. NC. Three sons of Jacob in the earlier part of the 1800's left NC for what was then the Western Frontier(Tennessee and Mississippi.) James settled in Mississippi (Copiah Co.) Wiley and Eliassettled in Tenn. Elias eventually returned to NC where many of his descendents still reside including myself. About 1982 several of James's descendents and I discovered each other and had a great time exchaging geneological letters before the advent of email. Most are still located in the area of McComb and Jackson, Miss. If this sounds perhaps helpful advise me by email and I will share info ,connections, and references.