There was a Benjamin Alford b abt 1650 who was married to Mary Richards. They had children Thomas, John, Judith, Sarah, Mary Benjamin , and James. Don't have any info on rank but his father was William Alford b abt 1603 london england d. abt 177 in Boston, Mass. His children were Nathaniel, Samuel, Bethia, Elisha, Mary, Elizabeth. their line goes back to Benjamin b. abt 1650, to William born abt 1603 London, England to Thomas born abt 1575 in Yorkshire England to William born 1547 england.