Elijah Alford, farmer, P. O. Mahoning, was born April 23, 1829, in Windham Township, this county. His grandfather, Elijah Alford, was a prominent Deacon in the Presbyterian Church at Becket, Mass., previous to coming to Windham Township, of which he became one of the original owners. Two of his sons, Elijah and Oliver, came here in March, 1811, to prepare a home for the family, who followed in July. He was parent of seven children: Elijah, Oliver, Levi, Ruth, Sally, Anna and Olive. Of these, Levi was born in Becket, Mass., April 14, 1789; married, April 6, 1814, to Edna E. Conant, born October 8, 1795, and who bore him eight children: Elizabeth O., Rebecca E., Louisa, Sidney L., Samuel N., Edward (consumed in a burning house, October 23, 1836), Elijah, our subject, and Durias M. Levi Alford was a farmer by occupation. He served as a private in the war of 1812, receiving a land grant for his services. He held many of the township offices of trust, and always took a prominent and liberal part in all public improvements. He was for many years a consistent member of church. He died February 12, 1869, his widow following him January 23, 1873. Our subject, like his father, has always been a farmer. During the late war of the Rebellion he enlisted in the 100 days' service in Company I, One Hundred and Seventy-first Ohio National Guards. Mr. Alford has been twice married, first in 1856, to Silence A. Brewster; on second occasion, October 12, 1865, to Harriet C. Snow, born October 14, 1836, in Windham Township, daughter of Milton and Clemena (Jagger) Snow, natives of Massachusetts, and early settlers of Windham Township. Mr. Snow was a public-spirited, influential man, and filled the offices of Township Clerk and Justice of the Peace for many years. He died July 30, 1867. His widow is still living. Mr. and Mrs. Alford have three children: Estella S., Herbert J. and Arthur M.

 

 

History of Portage County, Ohio, Warner, Beers & Co., Chicago, 1885