James-I am attaching the text of my research on John Alford.I have located neither John's or Jane's exact death dates, nor their burial locations, altho they should be in Carroll County, AR.I'm delighted to share with you as your info may help me break through my "brick wall" on John!!My notes: "The Tennessee Territory was ceded to the US by NC in 1784 and became the unofficial State of Franklin.After four contentious years, this "state" dissolved.In 1789, again NC ceded the territory to the US and in 1796, the territory offically became the state of Tennessee.John Alford and, it is guessed Jane McElhatten, were born in this territory which was still NC in the years they were born.
Per "East Tennessee's Lost Children - Apprentices from 1778 to 1911'" by Alan N. Miller published by Clearfield, Baltimore, MD:pg. 32, Grainger Co.:John Alfred, 18 years, recorded on 19 Nov 1804, as an orphan and millwright, apprenticed to Master Thomas Mann.
Per Ancestry World Tree Project, John Alford is listed in the 1810 Grainger Co., TN tax rolls.
Per "Tennessee -Grainger Co. Marriage Bonds and Licenses, 1796-1837, Book No. 1" compiled by Billie Wyrick Kennerly:John Alford and Jeney McElhatten were issued "bond only" 13 Jan 1811 by B. Thomas Turley.
In the 1850 Census-TN, John 64 is recorded as living in the 22nd Subdivision of Meigs Co., TN, pg 9, with wife Jane 58 and children:Luisa 20, Thomas 18, Margaret 15, Rebecca 13 and Alexander 6.This Alexander is a grandchild of John and Jane, and the son of Robert Cannon with 1st wife Elisa Webb.
In the 1860 Census-AR, Carroll Co., John 73 is recorded with wife Jane 69 (the record actually reads: James 69, a male- ??if not wife Jane -who?) and as living with son Thomas H.Thomas 37 is the Head of Household along with Jane 20, Franklin 2 and Mary G. 9/12.The surname is spelled Alfred.
Per 'History of Laclede, Camden, Dallas, Webster, Wright, Texas, Pulaski, Phelps & Dent Counties, Missouri', pub. 1889, Goodspeed Publishing Company:(Transcribed by Penny Harrell)
"He (John) was a farmer and also carried on milling in his early days, and of his large family of children, there are living at the present time:Malinda, Robert, John M., Orlando D. (NOTE: this is my great-great grandfather), Thomas, Margaret, Rebecca and Mary.They (John and wife Jane) immigrated to Carroll Co., AR in 1852, where they spent their declining years."