Have you had any success in tracing this William Alford?
I'm looking for information on the following, which is possibly the same man:
I have a record from The Bristol Registers of a possible ancestor of mine, Henry Freke, brought to Virginia an a ship called the Maryland Merchant in 1676, to serve an indenture of 4-years for a William Alford.
I need help finding out who this William Alford was, how well is this line documented, did they keep good records of slaves and indentures, anything I can use as a lead to learn more about this Henry Freke?
In addition, I found this entry about the William Alfords of virginia, maybe this will be of some use to you:
From In Search of My Alford Ancestors, by Hugh Edwin Alford.Alford American Family Association, Inc., Florissant, MO.Copyright 2000, first published privately 1970.
“Chapter Five, English Records.
William Alford: Included in the 1,000 emigrants, referred to as sailing from Bristol, was a William Alford, date, place of birth and marital status unknown. He sailed between 1654 and 1663, destination—Virginia.
This William has not been traced after his arrival in Virginia, but a William Alford witnessed signatures on documents in Charles City County in 1653 (a year before the Bristol records began, but records of that era are vague and this could have been the same William). A William Alford also witnessed signatures in this county, twice in 1661, and once in 1662. A William Alford also witnessed signatures in Isle of Wight County in 1671 and 1672. During this same period, a "Paddy" of Isle of Wight County was bound to pay William Alford of Elizabeth City County 1653 pounds of tobacco. These various transactions in different counties could mean that William Alford was an employee or representative of one of the British Companies responsible for importing settlers.
In 1662, Richard Aylife received a grant of 248 acres of land in Northumberland County, Virginia, for bringing in five persons, including a William Alford, and in 1670, William Hunt received a grant of 1150 acres of land for bringing in twenty-three persons, including a William Alford. This importation was to James City, Virginia and, of course, occurred before 1670. A William Alford served on a jury in James City in 1670. A Judgment was entered against a William Alford in James City in 1671, and in September of that year, William Alford was ordered to pay damages.
On March 4, 1675, Robert Gilbert was indicted for the murder of Colonel William Alford. A jury brought a verdict of "Homicide by Misadventure". John Hurst married Colonel Alford's widow. This William was an officer, either in the British Military Service (of which no record has been found) or an officer in the Colonial Militia.
From the above, it will be seen that there are records of at least three William Alfords in Virginia between 1650 and 1700. One was killed in 1674–5, probably the one imported by William Hunt, before 1670; another died February 11, 1709 in Saint Peters Parish; and the destiny of the third has not been established. There are reasons to believe that a fourth William was in the Colonies, as the records indicate, at least one signature was witnessed by William Alford before 1654. If this is correct, this William could have been a descendant of the Richard Alford who came to James City in 1620-21.”
Scotts Valley, CA
(researching Frakes, Freakes, Friggs in MD, DE, VA, PA, KY, OH and IN).