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 Byron S Alford

Byron S Alford

Birth
Lorain County, Ohio, USA
Death 28 Dec 1898 (aged 56)
Eldred, McKean County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Obi, Allegany County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 149425211 · View Source
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BYRON ALFORD, oil producer and manufacturer of explosives, Eldred,
was born in Ridgeville township, Lorain Co., Ohio, March 25, 1842, a son of Milo C. and Emily (Lathrop) Alford. When he was three years of age his parents settled in Crawford county, Penn., where they lived for six years; then removed to Allegany county, N. ,Y., where he was reared and received a common-school education. He started in life for himself when sixteen years of age as a stationary engineer, which he followed seven years. He then followed the business of a sawyer for one year, and afterward, in 1865, started as a jabber in manufacturing lumber by the thousand feet, at which he continued three years.
In the fall of 1866 he located at State Line Mills, McKean Co., Penn., and was postmaster while there. From the spring of 1867 to the fall of 1869 he operated the State Line Lumber-Mill for Calvin T. Chamberlin, of Cuba. N. Y., with credit to himself and to the satisfaction of his employer. In the fall of 1869 he bought a lumber-mill in Eldred township, and began the manufacture of lumber on his own account. The following year he erected another mill within forty rods of the first.
In 1871 he formed a partnership with E. F. Johnson, of Oramel, N. Y., which included the above business, and which existed until the fall of 1874. In the fall of 1877 he embarked in the oil business as a producer in the Bradford field, with which he has since been connected; has been interested in twenty producing wells in the Bradford field, and is now sole owner of seven producing wells. Late in the fall of 1879 he began the construction of a large saw-mill at Barnum, Cattaraugus Co., N. Y., on a contract with West on Bros., of Weston's Mills, Cattaraugus Co., N. Y., and subsequently entered into partnership with A. R. Curtis, under the firm name of Alford & Curtis, and conducted an extensive lumber and mercantile business for about three years.
In 1883 he engaged in the manufacture of explosives used for all kinds of blasting purposes, with J. W. Dean, under the firm name of Alford & Dean, which partnership existed until July, 1888, when Mr. Alford purchased his partner's interest.
He has been married twice. First, in 1863. to Nancy M., daughter of Peter and Annis (Wilson) McIntosh, of near Oramel, N. Y. She died in April, 1882, and in June, 1884, he married Mary E. Irish, daughter of George Irish, of the town of Genesee, N. Y. Her father was a surveyor and an early settler on Dodge's creek, Allegany county, N. Y.


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  • Created by: Joel Frampton Gilfert
  • Added: 18 Jul 2015
  • Find A Grave Memorial 149425211
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Byron S Alford (25 Mar 1842–28 Dec 1898), Find A Grave Memorial no. 149425211, citing West Genesee Cemetery, Obi, Allegany County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Joel Frampton Gilfert (contributor 47274394) .