Thanks for the information on your family. Any additional names, places, and dates would be great, especially for your immediate family. If you would like, I can send you a couple of Family History reports on the Alfords and Wilsons. That may clarify some relationships for you and give you additional background info. We hope to go to Nebraska soon for some research, and I will certainly visit the cemetery you mentioned. We also have Wilson relatives in Otoe Co who moved there in the 1870's. I saw a newspaper article at the Lawrence Register website that said Stephen moved his family west in 1887. Is that correct? Also, you mentioned Stephen's wife wife was Rebecca Hoback. The maarriage record I found in Lawrence CO. gave Stephen's marriage date as 15 Mar 1860 and it showed he married Rebecca Jane Ward. Is this the same person or did he marry twice? In answwer to your question about George Alford, he was Stephen's uncle and apparently the youngest child of John and Margaret Wilson Alford. The deposition I have from George's uncle William Wilson of Lawrence Co. and dated Aug 1857 says they had 6 children:William, Nancy, Lucretia, Risby Jane,Margaret, and George W, who seems to have been referred to as Wash at times, presumably because he was named after Geo. Wash.This deposition also says Nancy had 2 children:Stephen and Anstres. Your question about the relationship of Sarah Alford Collier and George is one I have asked for a year.Between 1821-27 3 Alfords marry in Lawrence CO. They are James, Stephen, and Sarah. If they weren't mentioned as children of Margaret and heirs to her grandfather's estate, then they must be either John's children by a first marriage or niece and nephews he adopted after his marriage.That would make these three mystery Alfords either aunt/uncles or cousins to Stephen. I have references to an Alford death in the 1790's in Augusta CO and the remarriage of the widowm Sarah Alford to a Pryor. I have also found a John ALford in Bath Co in the 1793 who gives permission for his minor daughter to marry. Possibly John's wife died and remarried Margaret and then went west with the Stephen Wilson extended family in 1797.John and Margaret married bewteen 1797 and 1801. That could explain the deposition information and the 3 extra Alfords mentioned above. The big Alford mystery for me is who was the father of Stephen and Anstres? The mother was Nancy Alford and the children took their mother's name and there is no record of a father. Nancy died in Aug 1854 and her father died in the 1820's, before the birth of Stephen. That's why I sent for Stephen's Pension File in hopes of finding his father's name there. Feel free to email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to exchange Family Histories or if you want copies of documents I have about the Alfords. I also found a Virginia Land Grant to a John Alford in Greenbrier Co for 1796. Good Luck in your research and I'll be happy to sendyou whatever I have. Hope to hear from you soon.