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Nathaniel Jefferson "Nat" Alford
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Birth: Aug. 14, 1861
Death: Jun. 24, 1921
Rockdale (Milam County)
Milam County
Texas, USA

DEPUTY SHERIFF N.J. ALFORD INSTANTLY KILLED IN AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT FRIDAY...Rockdale - Deputy Sheriff N.J. "Nat" Alford was instantly killed and Messrs. Ira Perry, Dr. J.P. Sparks and J.T.H. Lipscomb more or less seriously injured in an automobile accident which occureed at the George Rettig place three miles north of Rockdale.
The party had started to Cameron in Spark's Ford car with Dr. Sparks at the wheel. Mr. Lipscomb, an immigration agent for the S.A.A.P. was seated on the back seat with Mr. Alford. Mr. Perry had arrived the day before from San Antonio.
Just how the accident happened is not quite clear but it was probably from the breaking down of the front wheel of the car making the turn at the crossing. When the wheel broke, the car turned over and landed in a ditch across the roadway. Mr. Perry and Mr. Lipscomb were thrown out of the wreck. Dr. Sparks was caught under it while Mr. Alford was pinned down, the running board of the car resting squarely upon his neck. His neck was broken, his jawbone shattered and death was evidently instantaneous.
Lipscomb seems to be the most seriously injured of the others, having internal injuries in the region of the kidneys. He was bruised and battered about the face, side and one hand. Perry received a dislocated shoulder, painful bruises and contusions. He also suffered a severe nervous shock and his condition for several hours was quite serious.
Rettig and son witnessed the accident from their home a few hundred feet distant and hurried to the scenen to bring the injured men to town. The Henne & Meyer ambulance went immediately and the body of Mr. Alford was brought in. News of the event spread rapidly and no tragedy ever occurred in Rockdale that had more universal interest of more regretful comment.
After receiving first aid, Mr. Perry was conveyed to a private home. Dr. Sparks was made comfortable in Mr. Perry's private room at the office. Mr. Lipscomb was taken to the hotel but was placed on the Sunshine Special and sent to his home in Houston.
Last reports about him are not the most encouraging but both Mr. Perry and Dr. Sparks are, at this writing, making improvement and in due course will be able to get out again. The death of Mr. Alford comes as a shock to the entire community. He was probably the best known peace officer in Milam County, having lived here for nearly half a century and for the great part of that time was commissioned as constable or sheriff.
Nat Alford was a man of many friends, friends from all walks of life, and his untimely death has cast a shadow of gloom in town and the surrounding countryside. His funeral was one of the most well attended in years.

 
 
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 Parents:
  John Reddin Alford (1815 - 1895)
  Nancy Harrison Alford (1823 - 1886)
 
 Spouses:
  Emma J Richards Alford
  Izora Elmira Young Alford (1867 - 1925)
 
 Children:
  Perrvy C Alford (1882 - 1883)*
  Lottie May Alford Wolf (1886 - 1965)*
  Ella Lee Alford Laramore (1888 - 1967)*
  Emma Bell Alford (1890 - 1892)*
  Infant Son Alford (1894 - 1895)*
  Maude Dell Alford Crane (1894 - 1965)*
  William E. Alford (1895 - 1971)*
  Beulah D Alford Pogue (1898 - 1982)*
  Nathaniel Ezekiel Alford (1900 - 1994)*
 
 Siblings:
  Rebecca Alford Harris (1843 - 1907)*
  James Reddin Alford (1844 - 1872)*
  Mary Clementine Alford Harris (1846 - 1887)*
  John William Alford (1848 - 1870)*
  Hurst Justice Alford (1852 - 1902)*
  Moses Thomas Alford (1853 - 1932)*
  Nathaniel Jefferson Alford (1861 - 1921)
  Emma Frances Alford Carver (1867 - 1954)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
N.J. Alford
Aug. 14, 1861
Jun. 24, 1921
 
Burial:
Odd Fellows Cemetery
Rockdale (Milam County)
Milam County
Texas, USA
Plot: Alford
 
Created by: Rose Alford Shelton
Record added: Sep 15, 2011
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