James Edwin Alford

20 February 1876–5 January 1954 (Age 77)
Illinois, United States

The Life of James Edwin

When James Edwin Alford was born on 20 February 1876, in Illinois, United States, his father, John Wesley Alford, was 30 and his mother, Rose Ann Curry, was 25. He married Nellie Richardson on 23 August 1903, in Albia, Monroe, Iowa Territory, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in Monroe, Iowa, United States in 1905 and Albia, Monroe, Iowa, United States in 1910. He died on 5 January 1954, in Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Woodland Cemetery, Fort Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States.

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James Edwin Alford
Nellie Richardson
Marriage: 23 August 1903
Vivian B. Alford

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23 August 1903
Albia, Monroe, Iowa Territory, United States


    Vivian B. Alford


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World Events (8)

1877 · The First Workers Strike

Age 1

The country was in great economic distress in mid-1877, which caused many workers of the Railroad to come together and began the first national strike in the United States. Crowds gathered in Chicago in extreme number to be a part of the strike which was later named the Great Railroad Strike. Shortly after the strike began, the battle was fought between the authorities and many of the strikers. The conflict escalated to violence and quickly each side turned bloody.
1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 5

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.
1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 22

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: habitational name from any of various places called Alford, for example in Somerset and Aberdeenshire. The first is named with the Old English female personal name Ealdgȳð + ford ‘ford’. See also Alvord .

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

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Sources (3)

  • James E Alfred, "United States Census, 1930"
  • James E Alford, "Iowa State Census, 1925"
  • Jack E Alford, "United States Census, 1940"

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