Dear Lee, Is there any information other than that on John's death certificate that supports another father for John?Does what HE put as his parents' birthplaces in 1900-1920 indicate that his father was born in TN? Have you checked death certificates for any of the other children? I guess all of them died before death certificates were available. In the 1850 NC census, John is listed with William and Jane.I have found nothing in Wright or Webster Co. records to indicate that he was not their child.There are absolutely no SAM Alfords in this genealogy (names of descendants).If William and Jane died before (William) or soon after (Jane) Robert was born, he may not have known much or anything about his grandparents. There are still a lot of unanswered questions about this family.