3. Alfred2 Williford (Green1)(10) was born in WILSON, TN 1810. Alfred died before 1860 in Gallatin, SUMNER, TN.
He married twice. He married Mary Perkins in SUMNER, TN, June 14, 1833.(11) According to SUMNER County records, Alfred Williford and Mary Perkins were married by James McGlothlin.
Mary was born 1815 in SUMNER, TN. Mary was the daughter of Caswell Perkins. At 21 years of age Mary became the mother of Martha Williford in SUMNER, TN, 1836. At 22 years of age Mary became the mother of Greene Williford 1837. At 24 years of age Mary became the mother of Mary E. Williford in SUMNER, TN, 1839. At 26 years of age Mary became the mother of William Williford in SUMNER, TN, 1841. He married Eliza Unknown in SUMNER, TN, circa 1842. Eliza was born 1827. At 15 years of age Eliza became the mother of John Henry Williford in Gallatin, SUMNER, TN, March 20, 1843. At 19 years of age Eliza became the mother of Francis Williford in SUMNER, TN, 1846.
Occupation: Laborer. At 26 years of age Alfred became the father of Martha Williford in SUMNER, TN, 1836. At 27 years of age Alfred became the father of Greene Williford 1837. At 29 years of age Alfred became the father of Mary E. Williford in SUMNER, TN, 1839. Alfred was listed as the head of a family on the 1840 Census in SUMNER, TN. 1840 SUMNER, TN: Alfred Williford, 1 male under 5 (Greene), 1 male 20-30 (self), 1 female under 5 (Mary), 1 female 5-10 (Martha), 1 female 20-30 (wife).
At 31 years of age Alfred became the father of William Williford in SUMNER, TN, 1841. At 32 years of age Alfred became the father of John Henry Williford in Gallatin, SUMNER, TN, March 20, 1843. At 36 years of age Alfred became the father of Francis Williford in SUMNER, TN, 1846. Alfred was listed as the head of a family on the 1850 Census in SUMNER, TN.(12) 1850 SUMNER, TN, District #16, October 12, Roll #876, Page 320.
NAME AGE SEX
Willerford, Alfred 40 M " , Eliza 23 F " , Martha 14 F " , Greene 13 M " , Mary 11 F " , William 9 M " , John 7 M " , Francis 4 F
Most of what is known about Alfred comes from Census and Marriage records in Wilson and Sumner Counties in TN. He was the son of Green Williford and Lucy Alley born around 1810 in Wilson County. In 1833 he married Mary Perkins and moved across the Cumberland River into Sumner County near the town of Gallatin. His family must have lived near that city on the other side of the river in Wilson County. He may have worked on the other side where he met his future wife. Some evidence, though, indicates that his parents were married in Sumner County. This is quite possible since Wilson County was once part of Sumner County.
In any case, he raised his family in Sumner. He and Mary had 4 children, Martha, Greene, Mary, and William. His first wife must have died sometime after 1841 maybe even during the birth of her last child William. He then remarried in circa 1842 to a woman known only as Eliza. By her he had his remaining children, John Henry, the author's Great-Great-Grandfather, and Francis.
By the 1860 US Census, Alfred is no longer listed. His children, however, are listed in the Sumner County US Census and scattered in nearby homes of what appears to be unrelated families. Thus, Alfred may have died and the family may have moved into their neighbors homes and worked as farm hands. In fact, his son John Henry, moved into the Brown family home and was listed as "works on farm". In that same household was a young girl named Martha Elizabeth near his same age. It seems very likely that young John fell in love with her and married her 4 years later during the Civil War.
One interesting result is the fact that Alfred's mother lived only 2 houses away from the Joseph B. McGlothlin family in the 1830 Census (See: Lucy Hodges). In that household were 2 boys aged 20-30. One of the boys may have been James McGlothlin, the man who performed Alfred and Mary Perkins' wedding. There even appears to be a James McGlothlin living near Lucy Hodges, Alfred's remarried mother (widowed) in the 1840 Census.
Alfred Williford and Mary Perkins had the following children:
4 i. Martha3 Williford was born in SUMNER, TN 1836.
5 ii. Greene Williford(13) was born 1837. Greene died January 19, 1862 in Fishing Creek, battle, KY, at 24 years of age. Occupation: FARMER. When the family split up in 1860, Greene took up residence with the Edmond May family where he worked as a field laborer.
1860 TN Sumner, Gallatin, District 17, Jun 27, Roll #278, p 302A
NAME AGE SEX OCCUPATION BORN Edmond May 63 M Farmer NC Elizabeth 59 F AL Matilda 19 F NC Elizabeth 21 F TN H. W. 17 M TN A. J. 15 F TN James 11 M TN Green Williford 21 M F. Laborer TN
Greene enlisted in Company F, 20th Regiment Tennessee Infantry of the Confederate Army on June 1, 1861 in Trousdale County, TN. His enlisting officer was Pickett. He joined this unit at the same time as his brother John Henry. He was killed at Fishing Creek, KY on January 19, 1862. This is more commonly known as the Battle of Mill Springs or Logan's Cross-Roads. The Confederate commanders were General Felix Zollicoffer and Major General George B. Crittenden with 4000 troops facing a larger Union force under General George H. Thomas. The Confederates were defeated losing 500 casualities. See ref. "The Road to Shiloh" in the Time-Life Civil War Series, pp. 55-56.
6 iii. Mary E. Williford(14) was born in SUMNER, TN 1839. In 1860 when the family disbanded, Mary can be found living in the Adcock household.
1860 TN, Hendersonville, Sumner, District 8, July 23, p. 211B
NAME AGE SEX OCCUPATION BORN Adcock, Joseph 35 M Carpenter TN Martha 22 F TN Josephine 10 F TN John 6 M TN Sarah T. 4 F TN William F. 3/12 M TN Mary E. Williford 18 F TN James " 2/12 M TN
7 iv. William Williford was born in SUMNER, TN 1841.
Alfred Williford and Eliza Unknown had the following children:
+ 8 v. John Henry Williford was born March 20, 1843.
9 vi. Francis Williford(15) was born in SUMNER, TN 1846. He married Sarah E. F. Cantrill in SUMNER, TN, August 12, 1867. Sarah was born before 1860.
Occupation: FARMER. Like his brothers and sister, Francis can be found in the 1860 TN US Census living in a different household.
NAME AGE SEX OCCUPATION BORN Milton Parton 37 M Farmer KY Garretta ? 99 F TN Mildred G. Burlock 68 F TN John " 25 M Farmer TN Houston " 23 M TN Francis Williford 15 M TN
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