William Patterson Aliff Sr

23 December 1836–23 October 1900 (Age 63)
Roanoke, Virginia, United States

The Life of William Patterson

When William Patterson Aliff Sr was born on 23 December 1836, in Roanoke, Virginia, United States, his father, James Aliff Sr., was 31 and his mother, Mary Polly Freeman, was 30. He married Sirelda Jane Reynolds on 31 December 1857, in Roanoke, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 7 daughters. He lived in Marsh Fork Magisterial District, Raleigh, West Virginia, United States in 1870 and Clear Fork Magisterial District, Wyoming, West Virginia, United States in 1900. He died on 23 October 1900, in Fayette, West Virginia, United States, at the age of 63, and was buried in Mount Tabor Cemetery, Mount Tabor, Raleigh, West Virginia, United States.

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William Patterson Aliff Sr
Sirelda Jane Reynolds
Marriage: 31 December 1857
Virginia "Jennie" Aliff
Artie Aliff
Delitha Aliff
Paulina Jane Aliff
Robert H Aliff
Levina Aliff
Mary M Aliff
George Aliff
William Patterson Aliff
Sarilda Jocie Aliff
Martha Aliff
Andrew G Aliff
Franklin Otie "Frank" Aliff

Spouse and Children

31 December 1857
Roanoke, Virginia, United States


    Virginia "Jennie" Aliff


    Delitha Aliff


    Artie Aliff


    Paulina Jane Aliff



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World Events (8)

1844 · Lumpkin's Jail

Age 8

In 1844 when Robert Lumpkin bought land in Virginia, this would be the spot of the Infamous Slave Jail (or Lumpkin’s Jail). The slaves would be brought here during the slave trade until they were sold. Lumpkin had purchased the land for his own slave business.

Age 10

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1861 · The Battle of Manassas

Age 25

The Battle of Manassas is also referred to as the First Battle of Bull Run. 35,000 Union troops were headed towards Washington D.C. after 20,000 Confederate forces. The McDowell's Union troops fought with General Beauregard's Confederate troops along a little river called Bull Run. 

Name Meaning

English: variant of Ayliff(e), which is from a Middle English personal name. In most cases, this is Old Norse Eilífr ‘eternal life’, but it could also have absorbed the female name Ayleve (Old English Æðelgifu ‘noble gift’). It could also have absorbed a truncated form of Irish McAuliffe .

LOAD TEST -- Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Wm Ailiff, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Wm Alif, "United States Census, 1870"
  • William Aliff, "United States Census, 1900"

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