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Alford, Massachusetts, USA

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Where is Alford, Massachusetts, USA? 

Alford, Berkshire, Massachusetts, USA

Alford was first settled in 1756 as part of a land purchase from the Shauanum Stockbridge Mahican tribe by a group led by Timothy Woodbridge. The town, originally part of Great Barrington, separated in 1769 and was officially incorporated in 1773. It was named for Colonel John Alford of Charlestown, who was known for preaching Christianity to Native Americans and for sponsoring a theology professorship at Harvard College's Divinity School...wikipedia


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Alford, Massachusetts, USA - Town Hall
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Alford Massachusetts was originally settled in 1750 as a farming community, and was bought from the Stockbridge Indians, the Shawanon Purchase of 1756.

http://townofalford.org/about-our-town/history/
The first gristmill was erected in Alford in 1763.

http://townofalford.org/about-our-town/history/
Alford, originally part of Great Barrington, separated in 1769 and was officially incorporated in 1773.

http://townofalford.org/about-our-town/history/
Alford, originally part of Great Barrington, separated in 1769 and was officially incorporated in 1773.

http://townofalford.org/about-our-town/history/
General Henry Knox and his troops passed through here in the winter of 1775-76 with a load of 59 cannons pulled by teams of oxen.
The cannons were captured from the British at Fort Ticonderoga and Crown Point. They were...Read MORE...

The Alford Village Church was built in 1817

http://townofalford.org/about-our-town/history/
26. ALFORD. [Pop. 481. Inc. 1778.]
This small, irregularly shaped town was composed of land purchased of the Stockbridge tribe of...Read MORE...

Alford Town Hall was built in 1855

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Alford Massachusetts, 1890
Alford is a small, mountainous farming town in the southwestern part of Berkshire County, 150 miles ...Read MORE...

1916
Al'ford, a township (town) and hamlet of Berkshire co., Mass., 10 miles SSW. of Lenox and about 2...Read MORE...


Ancestors Who Were Born Here


Barnam
flag  James BARNAM (1786, Alford, Massachusetts, USA - 18 March 1870, Sheffield, Massachusetts, USA)

Bunce
flag  George E BUNCE (1828, Alford, Massachusetts, USA - 3 July 1884, Monterey, Massachusetts, USA)

Church
flag  Frederick CHURCH (1798, Alford, Massachusetts, USA - 1 April 1875, Egremont, Massachusetts, USA)

Hamlin
flag  Adeline HAMLIN (19 January 1807, Alford, Massachusetts, USA - 2 May 1809, Alford, Massachusetts, USA)
flag  Jane Adeline HAMLIN (28 March 1814, Alford, Massachusetts, USA - , )
flag  John Randolph HAMLIN (6 June 1805, Alford, Massachusetts, USA - 13 February 1876, , Minnesota, USA)
flag  Julia HAMLIN (14 September 1810, Alford, Massachusetts, USA - , )
flag  Milton Pratt HAMLIN (17 December 1803, Alford, Massachusetts, USA - , )
flag  Orville HAMLIN (9 October 1808, Alford, Massachusetts, USA - , )

Hollenbeck
flag  Michael J. HOLLENBECK (1784, Alford, Massachusetts, USA - 28 May 1857, Egremont, Massachusetts, USA)

Kelsey
flag  James KELSEY (1816, Alford, Massachusetts, USA - 8 October 1873, Egremont, Massachusetts, USA)

Lester
flag  Baker LESTER (17 May 1789, Alford, Massachusetts, USA - 21 April 1808, Alford, Massachusetts, USA)

Makeley
flag  John MAKELEY (1828, Alford, Massachusetts, USA - 2 November 1873, Tyringham, Massachusetts, USA)

Shook
flag  Mary J. SHOOK (1835, Alford, Massachusetts, USA - 11 November 1861, Egremont, Massachusetts, USA)
 

Ancestors Who Died Here


Backlew
  Robert BACKLEW (1807, - 11 November 1842, Alford, Massachusetts, USA)

Barnes
flag  Dorcas BARNES (6 November 1743, East Haddam, Connecticut, USA - 9 September 1827, Alford, Massachusetts, USA)

Barritt
  Eleazer BARRITT (1733, - 15 March 1823, Alford, Massachusetts, USA)

Fenn
  Cynthia Cordelia FENN (1796, - 22 November 1818, Alford, Massachusetts, USA)
  Louis FENN (1797, - 2 February 1811, Alford, Massachusetts, USA)

Fowler
  Abiatha FOWLER (1755, - 1 June 1843, Alford, Massachusetts, USA)

HAMLIN
flag  Adeline HAMLIN (19 January 1807, Alford, Massachusetts, USA - 2 May 1809, Alford, Massachusetts, USA)

Hinman
flag  Henry L HINMAN (1816, Canaan, Connecticut, USA - 5 September 1867, Alford, Massachusetts, USA)

Hurlbut
  Achsah Mariah HURLBUT (25 November 1795, - 28 January 1819, Alford, Massachusetts, USA)

Kinne
flag  Nathan KINNE (13 March 1785, Groton, Connecticut, USA - 10 March 1844, Alford, Massachusetts, USA) gravestone

Lawrence
  Jabez D. LAWRENCE (1792, - 13 July 1842, Alford, Massachusetts, USA)

Lester
flag  Charlotte LESTER (1 October 1792, Montville, Connecticut, USA - 8 February 1815, Alford, Massachusetts, USA) gravestone
  Hubbard LESTER (1789, - 18 December 1811, Alford, Massachusetts, USA)
  Isaac LESTER (1792, - 12 May 1814, Alford, Massachusetts, USA)
  Norman LESTER (1761, - 25 September 1842, Alford, Massachusetts, USA) gravestone
flag  Sally LESTER (20 October 1785, Montville, Connecticut, USA - 21 April 1806, Alford, Massachusetts, USA)

LESTER
flag  Baker LESTER (17 May 1789, Alford, Massachusetts, USA - 21 April 1808, Alford, Massachusetts, USA)

Osborn
  Sally OSBORN (1775, - 28 May 1842, Alford, Massachusetts, USA)

Prescott
  Calvin PRESCOTT (1780, - 21 November 1843, Alford, Massachusetts, USA)

Speary
  Ira SPEARY (10 January 1785, - 7 May 1822, Alford, Massachusetts, USA)

Turner?
  Zipporah TURNER? (1764, - 10 February 1816, Alford, Massachusetts, USA) gravestone

Willoughby
  Samuel WILLOUGHBY (1757, - 31 January 1843, Alford, Massachusetts, USA)
 

Ancestors Who Were Married Here


1803
Erastus HAMLIN (28 August 1779 - 1 January 1863) & Harriet TOBEY (abt. 1787 - 1865)
married 1803
 

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