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 John A. Alford

John A. Alford

Birth
Portsmouth, Portsmouth Unitary Authority, Hampshire, England
Death 3 Mar 1857 (aged 63–64)
Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 100494169 · View Source
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In the year 1813, when John Alford was 17 years of age, he, with the consent of his father (also named John Alford), legally put himself Apprentice to William Cook of Portsmouth, a Fisherman and a Mariner, to learn his art with him. The contract signed was for three years of service.

In 1819 several families came from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England in a windjammer. Among them were the following families: Elestone, Nutall, Wesplay, Seymour, John and Hannah Leggett, Richard William and Jane Jones Lonnon, Jacob Jones and Hannah Cass Jones along with their children, and John Alford.

On the way, the captain of the sailing vessel got drunk and lost the way. They sailed and sailed, finally ending up in the Sargasso Sea. The crew asked the passengers sign a petition to put the captain in chains and the crew navigated the ship to port. They landed at Baltimore, Maryland after 110 days at sea.

Had it not been for the canned fruits, meats, jellies and wine the women had brought along to their new home, they would have starved before reaching America.

Nancy Ann Cass Jones was the daughter of Jacob Jones and Hannah Cass Jones, and John Alford had married her on June 29, 1817, in the Kingston Church of England (Episcopal), near London. To this union were born 12 children. One died in infancy.

In the Louisville City Directory for 1843-44, John Alford is listed as a "rectifier of spirits" (which means he sold liquors, wines, etc.), and his address was "on the South Side of Grayson (now Cedar Street) between 6th and 7th". His wholesale liquor business was on "Market Street, North side, between 3rd and 4th".

He acquired quite an amount of property in Louisville. One such property, the Alford farm. ran from 26th Street to 29th Street and from Alford Avenue to Rowan Street. Some of it was sold to St. John's Cemetery. Alford Street is named for him. They lived in a big red brick house containing fifteen rooms, which fronted 26th Street, at 26th and Alford Avenue. He lived there until his death.

John Alford died March 3, 1857 at age 64. He was buried in the Old Jefferson Street Cemetery, 15-16 Jefferson, Louisville, Ky. (It is now called Western Cemetery).

Note: Western Cemetery closed in 1893, and many of those buried there were removed to other cemeteries. Today much of this cemetery lies in ruins, and only a few records remain. Many of Louisville's earliest citizens were laid to rest in this pioneer cemetery.



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  • Maintained by: Marty
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  • Added: 10 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100494169
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John A. Alford (1793–3 Mar 1857), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100494169, citing Western Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Marty (contributor 47900220) .