I've been working on this one for a while and I believe I have it figured out. I found an old newspaper article from 1903 telling about a man named A.L. Isbell who was murdered and robbed on a freight train. He was a farmer and he raised and sold watermelons and distributed them along the railway from town to town. Their were 4 articles over 1903-1904 telling about the discovery of his body, the trial of the suspected killer and a little about his family. It listed his father as T.H. Isbell (Thomas Hewlett Isbell) who lived near Atlee, Virginia. The articles also listed one of his brothers-in-law, who was a Reed.
I found him on the 1880 Census in Brookland, Henrico, VA and the 1900 Census in Ashland, Hanover, VA.; where he was listed as Alfred Isbell and Alfred L. Isbell.
Later on I found his marriage on familysearch.org:
Groom's Name: Alpheus Lee Isbell Groom's Birth Date: Groom's Birthplace: Groom's Age: Bride's Name: Tibby Reed (Abbie Reed) Bride's Birth Date: Bride's Birthplace: Bride's Age: Marriage Date: 04 Sep 1894 Marriage Place: Washington, District Of Columbia Groom's Father's Name: Groom's Mother's Name: Bride's Father's Name: Bride's Mother's Name: Groom's Race: Groom's Marital Status: Groom's Previous Wife's Name: Bride's Race: Bride's Marital Status: Bride's Previous Husband's Name: Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M02450-9 System Origin: District of Columbia-EASy Source Film Number: 2108211 Reference Number: it 1 v 35 p 311
This helped me to find more on him. He and his wife and a son are buried at Cold Spring Baptist Church Cemetery in Atlee Station, Hanover, VA. You can find a photo of their gravestone, which spells his name as Alphues L. Isbell, at the Find a Grave web site.