WILLIAM ALFORD This information came from V. Pearigen, whom I met recently via the Brightwell forum.
In October 1824, William Alford and his family were residing in Gibson County.On the 1830 Gibson County census his age is between 40-50 years. There were two boys under the age of 5 (one was Thomas), one boy age 5-10 (James), one girl age 15-20 (Elizabeth), and another female age 40-50 (Sarah).
On 15 June 1835, James McBride was appointed administrator for the estate of William Alford, indicating William's recent death. On 1 May 1837, Thomas G. Turner was appointed guardian for "James and Thomas Alford, minor heirs of William Alford." Since only two minor children were named, it is probable that the other male, who was under the age of five in 1830, had died. The Court reported settlement with James McBride, administrator, on 3 April 1837.
On 7 August 1837, "Edmund Rains, security for Thomas G. Turner who is guardian of the heirs of William Alford, requested that the said Turner appear in court and show cause why he should not be dismissed as guardian of said heirs." On 4 February 1839, “Thomas G. Turner surrendered the guardianship of William Alford's heirs, James and Thomas, to Edmund Raines.”
In 1840, a Sally Alford is named on the Gibson County census as being age 50-60 with two males living in the same household. One was age 15-20 (James), and one was 10-15 (Thomas). The girl who was age 15-20 in 1830 (Elizabeth) is no longer in the household, indicating that she probably has married. In fact Elizabeth had married Jesse Turner in 1835.
On an 1877 Gibson County land owners map, Thomas is shown as living in the 6th District and is depicted as a "Farmer and Stock Grower".
Thomas died 16 December 1894 and he is buried in the Olive Branch Cemetery in Gibson County. His will, written the 27th of January 1879, was probated in the December Term of the Gibson County Court of that year. Martha appears as a widow on the 1900 census and is listed as head of the household. She is listed as living in Eaton Village, Civil District #6, Gibson County. Although the 1900 census shows children (Monroe and John R.) to be sons of Martha, it is more likely they are Martha's grandchildren.
In the 1910 census, Martha was living with her son David.She reportedthat she had given birth to 14 children, nine who survived.She was still living in 1920 at age 81.
My interest is in finding the father of Joel Walter Brightwell, who married Annie Alford around 1896 and whose son, Walter Rice Brightwell is my grandfather.Walter Rice is said to have been named for his uncle John Rice. If the John R living with Martha Rice in 1900 was John Rice, there is very likely a connection.Other sons of Joel Walter Brightwell were Robert Sydney and George Russell.Possible grandparents were Samuel Brightwell m. Manda Stanley or Wm. J Brightwell m. Mary Key, brothers of Martha Brightwell.
Much more than you want to know I'm sure. But perhaps you'll come across something that can help me.