First Generation

1. Green1 Williford birth date unknown. Green died 1811 in SUMNER, TN.(1)

He married Lucy Alley in SUMNER, TN, September 12, 1808.(2) Excerpt from 3500 Tennessee Marriage Records & Bonds 1783-1870:

Williford, Green to Lucy Alley - issued: September 12, 1808, Bondsman: John Pendergast, Sumner County.

Lucy was born About 1792 WAKE, NC.(3) Excerpt from Email:

...Lucy Alley, sister of Samuel Simpson Alley. Lucy Alley b. c1785 Wake Co., NC. d. aft 1860 in Sumner Co., TN md. 1st-Green Williford he was b. 1775 They had a daughter, Elizabeth Williford. She had 2 children by her uncle, Peter Alley. Lucy md. Asa Hodges on 23 April 1816. He was b. 1780. Lucy and Green Willford were md. 12 Sept. 1808. Lucy(4) was the daughter of Samuel Alley, Sr. and Elizabeth Newman.

Lucy died after 1860 in SUMNER, TN. Lucy became the mother of Elizabeth Williford. At 18 years of age Lucy became the mother of Alfred Williford in WILSON, TN, 1810. Lucy became the mother of Robert Hodge in SUMNER, TN, About 1820.(5) Lucy was listed as the head of a family on the 1830 Census in SUMNER, TN.(6) 1830 SUMNER, TN: Lucy Hodges, 2 males 5-10, 1 male 10-15 (Robert aged 10-11), 1 male 20-30 (Alfred aged 20), 1 female 5-10, 1 female 40-50 (Lucy about age 40).

Lucy was listed as the head of a family on the 1840 Census in SUMNER, TN.(7) 1840 SUMNER, TN: Lucy Hodges, 1 male 15-20, 1 male 20-30 (Robert aged 20), 1 female 15-20, 1 female 40-50 (self about age 50). Two family members employed in Agriculture.

Lucy was listed as the head of a family on the 1850 Census in SUMNER, TN.(8) 1850 SUMNER, TN, District #11, September 16, Roll #876, Page 231.

NAME AGE SEX

Hodges, Lucy 58 F " , Robert 30 M

Lucy Alley was born around 1792, but the location remains unknown. The first record for Lucy occurs with her marriage to Green Williford in 1808. She and Green may have had at least one child since Green died in 1811. The Author has assumed that their only son may have been Alfred Williford. This seems likely since our Aunt Alley Williford may have been named after the Alley surname and not after Charles Alley who married her Aunt Addie Pearson as she often claimed.

In any case, after Green's death she didn't remarry until 1816 when her son Alfred was about 6 years old. Her new husband Asa Hodges (sometimes found in the records as Hodge) is listed in the 1820 U.S. Census. In his household there are 3 males. One under 10 years old and 2 between the ages of 10-15. One of the older boys may be Alfred from Lucy's previous marriage to Green Williford. If that is the case, then the other older boy may be from a previous marriage of Asa which needs to be determined. The younger male then is a child of Asa and Lucy and most likely Robert under the age of 1. Robert Hodges is listed living in the Lucy Hodges household in the 1850 Census at the age of 30 which is strong evidence for this assumption. Asa must have died sometime thereafter since he cannot be found in the 1830 Census. Lucy Hodge is listed in the 1830 Census, however, with 4 boys and 1 girl in her household. The eldest boy is aged 20-29 and must be Alfred. The second most eldest boy from the 1820 Census is missing and either died or moved out of the household since he is at an age old enough to be on his own. The next boy is 10-14 and is no doubt Robert aged 10 or 11. There are 2 more boys aged 5-9 and 1 girl under 5. This places Asa death sometime after 1825.

The 1820 Census also provides us with some misleading information. Other evidence indicates that Green Williford and Lucy Alley had a daughter named Elizabeth. Yet she is not found in Asa's household in the 1820 Census. If we accept that Elizabeth was born during their marriage (1808-1811), then she would be aged 9-11 in the 1820 Census. Unfortunately, only Lucy is listed in that Census.

With this one exception, by 1830 Asa died and Lucy Hodges is now listed as the Head of the Household in the 1830 U.S. Census. In that same Census she is found living only 3 houses away from her brother Samuel Alley Jr.

In the 1840 Census, Robert aged 21 is still living at home. Alfred has a family of his own and not listed with Lucy (See: Alfred Williford, he kept his father's surname). Only one of her young sons is still living since only 1 male aged 15-19 is listed. Lastly, her daughter is listed as aged 15-19.

Green became the father of Elizabeth Williford. Green became the father of Alfred Williford in WILSON, TN, 1810. Our family connection to Green Williford has been assumed by the Author. Previously, it was conjectured that William Williford of Wilson County, TN was our progenitor since he was the only Williford found in the 1830 US Census and was the probable father of our ancestor, Alfred Williford. However, recent evidence confirms that Alfred was not part of William's family. Although, Green Williford cannot be found in the 1830 Census, it is more logical to assume that he may have been Alfred's father. If this is the case, then following his mother's remarriage to Asa Hodge there should be a young boy about Alfred's age in the 1840 US Census living in Asa's household. Indeed this seems to be the case. Thus the Author's assumption that Alfred was the son of Green Williford and Lucy Alley (Williford-Hodge) is presented here for the Reader's own investigation and conclusion.

Green Williford and Lucy Alley had the following children:

child 2 i. Elizabeth2 Williford. She married Peter Alley in SUMNER, TN.(9) Excerpt from Email:

...Lucy Alley, sister of Samuel Simpson Alley. Lucy Alley md. 1st-Green Williford he was b. 1775 They had a daughter, Elizabeth Williford. She had 2 children by her uncle, Peter Alley.

Peter was the son of Samuel Alley, Sr. and Elizabeth Newman.

child + 3 ii. Alfred Williford was born 1810.

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