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The Alford Family Tree Genealogy

Hannah Alford

6 Great Grandmother
Donald Scott Lee Pedigree
Donald Scott Lee  (1945)
Donald Scott Lee’s father was Wendell Orie Lee  (1922-1999)
Wendell’s father was Orie Finiae Lee (1896-1984)
Great Grandfather
Orie’s father was Joseph Francis Lee (1867-1933)
2 Great Grandfather
Joseph’s father was Charles Henry Lee (1837-1905)
3 Great Grandmother
Charles’ mother was Betsy Ann Benson (1814-1889)
4 Great Grandmother
Betsy’s mother was Keziah Barber Messenger (1779-1857)
5 Great Grandfather
Keziah’s father was Joseph Messenger (1741-1791)
6 Great Grandmother

Joseph’s mother was Hannah Alford (1724-1811)
Alford Ancestors Family Tree
Hannah Alford 1724-1811
6 Great Grandmother
Hannah Alford was born on March 29, 1724, in Simsbury, Connecticut. Hannah spent her whole life living in Simsbury. Her family were the first to settle the area. Hannah married Isaac Isaiah Messenger who was born in 1717. They married in 1740 and lived in West Simsbury. Isaac and Hannah lived on the farm that was occupied by his father. They had fifteen children, ten sons and five girls. Twelve of their fifteen children married and left children. It is said that Isaac was an expert hunter. His family was noted as being remarkably big, strong and robust. All ten of their boys were over six feet tall. Eight of the boys served in Revolutionary War. Hannah’s family had moved into the wilderness area called West Simsbury when she was about 18 years old. They were the first to settle that farm. Hannah’s mother was Experience Holcombe (1706-1774) and she was married to the Reverend Nathaniel Alford (1698-1769).
Reverend Nathaniel Alford 1698-1769
7th Great Grandfather
Nathaniel Alford was born on February 10, 1698 in Simsbury, CT. Nathaniel Alford’s father, Josiah, died when Nathaniel was 24 years old. He married Joshua Holcombe’s daughter, Experience (1706-1774) on July 31, 1724 in Simsbury. Nathaniel and Experience spent their whole lives living in Simsbury. Nathaniel’s father was the son of Benedict, the immigrant. His name was Josiah Alford. Nathaniel Alford’s Will
Josiah Alford 1649-1722
8th Great Grandfather
Josiah Alford was the second son of the immigrant Benedict Alford and Jane Newton. He was born in Windsor on July 6, 1649. Historical Document He married Hannah Westover on May 22, 1693 in Simsbury. American Marriages Before 1700 Hannah was the daughter of Jonah Westover and Hannah Griswold, she died on August 10, 1753. Josiah and Hannah had six children. Nathaniel was the third to be born. Josiah passed away in Simsbury on August 12, 1722. Will Probate Record Josiah’s father was named Benedict.
Benedict Alford 1619-1783
9th Great Grandfather
Sergeant Benedict Alford was born around 1619 in Whitestaunton, Somerset, England. Benedict and his older brother, Alexander, and their sister Joan left Somersetshire for New England and settled in Windsor, Connecticut. Benedict was one of the company of thirty colonists who fought the Pequot Indians in 1637. He was noted for his bravery by Captain Mason of the militia.

Benedict returned to England about 1640 to fetch his wife, Joan Newton. New England Historical Register He purchased supplies and crossed the Atlantic once more to make their new home in Windsor, Connecticut. Here Benedict and Joan had five children. Benedict died in Windsor on April 23, 1783. Benedict’s father was Thomas Alford of Whitestauton, Somerset, England.
Simsbury, Granby and Windsor Map
The First Settlers of Simsbury
The first settlers of Simsbury came from Windsor, Connecticut. At the time the area was called Masachoh. Although it is only 12 miles from Windsor, it was considered the frontier. Straight west from Windsor on the other side of the Farmington River. The place was loaded with pitchy pinewood needed by the tar and pitch industry and it was away from some of the religious dogma of the Windsor church.
The Messenger Family
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Hannah Alford’s husband was Isaac Isaiah Messenger, the son of Joseph Messenger The Messenger family were long time residents of Windsor, going back to Edward Messenger of Lincolnshire, England, who settled in Windsor sometime around 1650. Go to the Messenger page.
Directory of Ancestral Heads of New England Families
A highly esteemed guide to New England ancestry, this work consists of an alphabetically arranged list of nearly 15,000 heads of families who arrived in New England in the 17th century. For each, the known facts are supplied, and this includes the earliest place of residence in New England, the place of emigration, where the emigrant moved to in New England, occupation, dates of birth and death, the derivation of surnames, and the source citations.
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The Three Alford Brothers
Their names were William, Benedictus (known as Sgt. Benedictus) and Alexander. These three brothers were of the mercantile trade in England. They were born in London, and came to America in 1634 and 1636.

Sgt Benedictus Alford was born about the year 1615. He was born in Whitestaunton, Somerset County. Most likely he arrived in America with his older brother, William, in 1634.

Benedictus fought in the Pequot War in 1636. He belong to the local militia as did his older brother, William. Benedictus and his younger brother, Alexander, settled at Windsor, Connecticut, they were among the first of Windsor.

Benedictus married Jane Newton on November 26, 1640. Jane was the daughter of the Reverend Roger Newton who came to New England when he was just a youth. Roger Newton was educated for the ministry by the Reverend Thomas Hooker, whose daughter, Mary Hooker, he later married.

Staunton House Manor
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The Alford family lived in the Whitestauton Parish area for several generations. Click on the image to enlarge.
The Family of Alford
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Whitestanton, Somerset, England was the home of the three Alford brothers who emigrated to America around 1636. They were the sons of Thomas Alford and his wife Joane. This Thomas Alford was the grandson of the Reverend Alexander Alford and his wife Agnes who lived in Whitestanton.

According to my sources, the surname of Alford is distinctly Saxon rather than Norman. The Alford family was established early in the county of Somerset. They were wealthy landowners, some being magistrates and others vicars of the priesthood, in some cases for six generations in a row.

The ancient Alford family of England did not arrive with William the Conqueror, the Duke of Normandy in 1066. These Alfords were here long before the Normans. They were from the ancient Saxon tribes who settled in the Wessex areas of England. The Saxons rowed across the sea in their wooden boats from their homelands in Germany, Denmark and The Netherlands and settled the land.

St. Andrews Church
St. Andrews in Whitestaunton dates from the 13th century. Several Alford graves are located in the church graveyards.
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Image courtesy of Martin Bodman of Wikimedia Commons
Notable promoters of the Alford and Alvord Genealogy.
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Noted supporters and promoters of the Alford Family Genealogy. Being that all of their last names are spelled ‘ALVORD’ they are all descendants of Alexander the Immigrant, Benedict’s brother. Alexander’s descendants always use the V. Benedict’’s line has consistently used the original spelling of the family name ‘ALFORD’. Reference; ‘A Genealogy of the descendants of the Alexander Alford’ by Samuel Morgan Alford; published 1908
The History of Ancient Windsor
Including East Windsor, South Windsor, and Ellington. Prior to 1768, the date of their separation from the old town; and Windsor, Bloomfield and Windsor Locks to the present time. Also the Genealogies and Genealogical notes of those families which settled within the limits of Ancient Windsor, Connecticut prior to 1800. By Henry R. Stiles, M.D.
The Pioneer: Book Three of the Alford Saga
The riveting Alford Saga continues with James Alford, the Deserter, battling old age and ferocious winters, but even more crippling, the departure of his son and only heir, Young Jim, who sets out on snowshoes for Montreal, seven hundred miles away. He returns to the Old Homestead and its community of pioneers. His aging father recruits him to rally recalcitrant neighbors to found a school and a church.
Ten Sisters ‘A True Story’
Life was no paradise and in 1942, while their two older brothers served in World War II, the courts separated the sisters in a brief legal proceedings in Coles County Courthouse, Charleston, Illinois. Two were adopted, one went to live with grandparents, five were sent to an orphanage and the others worked for families and organizations. It took fifty years to heal the wounds caused on that winter day in 42 and for the sisters to build a new relationship. This book is sad. It is also funny. It has been highly praised for its unique approach to an all too familiar tale. Each sister wrote her own chapter.
References: 1) A Genealogy of the descendants of Alexander Alvord, an early settler of Windsor, Connecticut and Northampton, Massachusetts; by Samuel Morgan Alford, b. 1869; published 1908. 2) Alford Family Notes, Ancient and Modern; by Josiah George Alford, published 1908. 3) Marriage Records for Nathaniel Alford and Experience Holcombe; U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900.

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