Dear Steve, Yes, I would really like input and the opinion of all the descendants on these new findings.The search goes on but the connecting clue was the posting on Greene Co. GA deeds of a deed listing John and Mary Alford of Greene Co. GA as heirs and sellers of land in Campbell Co. VA belonging to her father William Brown. I knew a John Alford (probable son of William) married Mary Brown in Campbell Co. VA in 1786 and both he and William disappeared from VA in 1787 (last date for William and wife Martha was deed dated March 1787 listing them "of Campbell Co. VA."A William Alford with a wife named Martha(and John) appeared in Greene Co. GA in 1788 (Wm. bought land there in Jan. 1788) and appear in tax lists until the formation of Hancock Co. from Greene and Washington in 1793.Although thereafter William is in Hancock Co., John seems to have temporarily resettled in Hancock (or simply was in that part of Greene that became Hancock) but returned to Greene before 1800. He is the head of a Militia unit (tax district) inGreene Co. and is there until at least 1815 but he was obviously still living in 1822 when his father wrote his will yet I don't know his whereabouts at that time (not in 1820 GA census extractions we have).
This William in Campbell Co. is the son of Silvator/Salvador/Sylvester Alford (depending on the record but we know several descendants were named Sylvestor) who left a will in Bedford Co. VA in 1776 naming his children and his only son William was the executor.I have tax lists, deeds, etc. tracing these Alfords from 1730-1787 when they disappear from VA. I believe they do go back to New Kent Co. to a William Alford, either one who was transported in 1666 or his son. One William died in New Kent Co. in 1709/1710 (old calendar) and there is a William closely associated with Silvator Alford from 1730-1749 in Goochland Co. VA records.
The William who was son of Silvator filed a Rev. War Publick Service Claim in 1782 in Campbell Co. VA (Rev. War Service), had parents who married between 1730 and 1735 (birthdate of c1740 is likely), and several probable children (especially Jacob) gave VA as their birthplace.
I am now trying to research Hancock Co. GA tax lists and other records to try to sort out children because those named in William's will are a mixture of children, grandchildren and what I believe to be sons-in-law of deceased daughters.If William was born 1740, I think Jacob was his youngest son and some we have as children are really grandchildren but not named in the will because their Alford parent was the heir.
I will be happy to share any documentation you wish to have.