Robbie, Since the AAFA meeting this October is in San Antonio, we have been concentrating research efforts on TX families.I have been trying to determine James Hamilton's ancestry myself and other than his father, so far have had little success. I believe that the William Hamilton Alford that you are saying is his brother is really his father.The Sistler published 1860 census has some mistakes in William's enumeration although I have not seen the actual census myself.Supposedly William is really 53, born in NC, and his wife Mary is 32, born in TN, but left out of the published record.William married Mary Ferguson Riggs (previously married) Oct. 20, 1852, in Marshall Co. TN.Children enumerated with him in 1860 (and James Hamilton, wherever he was) born 1850 and before (Bellridera, Nancy J., Kesiah, William C. and Granville W.) are children by his first wife whose name I do not know.Supposedly James Hamilton was born in Marshall Co.in 1837, so I guess William may have married in one of the counties from which Marshall was formed in 1836 (Bedford, Giles, Lincoln and Maury)or may have come from a family elsewhere in TN or NC.His second wife may have been the sister of Amelia Brim's mother, Dorothy Horner Ferguson (born 1822). According to Amelia Brim Alford's CSA pension application, James Hamilton Alford enlisted 1862 from Chapel Hill, TN, in Co. C of the 10th and 11th Regt. of TN Volunteer Cavalry. It also states that she and James were married Sept. 19, 1875, in Marshall Co. TN, and that they came to Young Co. TX, Dec. 22, 1877.Their children (8 of whom were living in 1900--Ada must have died before 1880) were Ada Florence, Minnie Swanson, Clatie D., Charles Brim, John Thomas, Annie B., James Britton, Eva May, and Jessie Leona.I have some dates, most spouses, and a few children for these. I will be happy to share any information we have and work with you to find more on the ancestry of James Hamilton Alford.The first thing we need to do is try to find the family of Wm. Hamilton in 1850.I have what I believe to be his 1840 Marshall Co. enumeration.