Willefords/Willifords of Cabarrus County, NC
My great-great-great-grandmother was Margaret Ann Willeford. She was born April 20, 1820 in Concord, Cabarrus County, North Carolina and died June 27, 1911 in Ledbetter, Fayette County, Texas. She married John Alexander Patterson (1818-1880) in Concord on June 9, 1835. They moved with part of their family to Bryan, Brazos County, Texas c. 1869. On Margaret's death certificate, her father's name is given as Charles Willeford, but no mother's name is listed. In the 1910 U.S. Census--the birthplace of both Margaret's parents is given as "Virgina"--of course, I realize this may or may not be accurate. When I looked in Cabarrus County, I found Charles as head of household in 1820. I also found several other "Willefords": Martha who was born about 1780 in Southhampton County, Virginia and James Willeford born about 1814 in Southhampton County, Virginia; also Jessie (Jesse?) Willeford who was born c. 1843 in Cabarrus County and died in Bryan, Texas--on the 1860 census, he is an apprentice to John A. Patterson. I'm seeking more information about Margaret's parents. Also, I do find several spellings of the last name: "Williford" and "Wilsford"--what is the correct spelling or did it vary with time and location? Thanks.