Tom (Thomas Sr.) and his father were born in Georgia, his mother was born in Africa.The exact location of Tom's mother's birth in Africa is not known.
Twelfth Census of the United States: Georgia, Worth County, Sheet No. 24 from district #107, dated 22 June 1900; entry lines 24 through 32.Using the soundex, his surname and first name is recorded as "Aulford, Tom."Tom's birth and age is listed as May 1840, 60 years of age at the time of recording.
According to the census (1920 & 1930), some time between 1920 and 1930, Tom (Thomas Sr.) and Hattie Alford migrated to Egg Harbor CityNew Jersey.Although ages differ on the 1900 and 1930 census, the two people listed as Thomas Alford and Hattie Alford on the 1930 census for Atlantic City New Jersey are the same two individuals listed on the Twelfth Census of the United States: Georgia, Worth County, Sheet No. 24 from district #107, dated 22 June 1900.
Still have not resolved the younger Thomas, at age 32, you found.Will provide updates as information becomes available.