I'm pretty sure that the Mr LE Alford you mentioned was my great uncle Lewis. He put together a family tree for us which traced our line up to Arthur Alford (born 1774, died 1827) in Horry County, SC. Arthur married Clarky.
No one has come up with proof of Arthur's parents that I'm aware of.
However, I just read something written by Hugh Edwin Alford and published in the year 2000 by Alford American Family Association, Inc.
In Part Eight of his writings, Hugh Edwin Alford briefly mentions Elias Alford who married Miss Hedgepath and moved from Robeson County, NC to Marion County, SC.
Elias was one of 6 children named in the will of Jacob & Mary (Pace) Alford. Jacob was born Dec 12, 1738 and died in Robeson County in 1794. He was a Revolutionary Soldier and was the son of Lodowick & Susana Alford.
Do you (or anyone else) know if research has been completed which may prove or disprove Elias as Arthur Alford's father?