Barbour County Families
Birth Records found in an Alford Family Bible

Submitted by John McCollam

In an old (1814) German Bible recently purchased at an auction in Barbour County in the Moatsville area, I found listings for Alford Family births in the 1830's and 1840's. I I was wondering if there were any Alford Family descendents who might be interested in the names and dates.

The names and dates are:
Thomas Allford was born the 18 day of Aprile(sic) in the year of our Lord 1838.
Margeret Ann Allford was born the 23 day of March in the year of our Lord 1840.
James Henry Allford was borne the 11 day of March in the year of our Lord 1842.
John Calvin Allford was born the 5 day of May in the year of our Lord 1845.

There is a program for the Shiloh Church of the Brethren, Moatsville, WV for April 10, 1988 on the back of which is written:

The Old German Book belonged to our Grandmother Betsey Alford Wife of James Alford.

Note: In the 1860 Census of Barbour County the Alfords of the Bible records appear in the following household.
Margaret Lew

Dwelling #1399 Household #1399
Martin Johnson40VAFarmer
Mary J.38MD 
James W.10VA 
Doctor Scott4VA 
George R.2VA 
James ALFERD45VAServant
Elizabeth ALFERD57VAServant
Thomas ALFERD22VAServant
Margaret ALFERD20VAServant
James H. ALFERD18VAServant
John C. ALFERD15VAServant

Source: 1860 Census of Barbour County, West Virginia, published by Wes Cochran, Parkersburg, WV, 1986.

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