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Thomas Thomas Alford (Alvord)

Birthdate: (61)
Birthplace: Ashill, Somerset, ,England
Death: May 27, 1636 (61)
Whitestaunton, Somerset, England
Immediate Family:

Son of William John Alford and Agnes Alford
Husband of Joan Hawkins
Father of Benedictus Alford; William Alford; Joan (Joanna) Fowler; Alexander Alvord and (son) ALVORD
Brother of John Alford

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About Thomas Thomas Alford AND

Thomas Alvord

  • Thomas Alvord married Joan Hawkins on 11 May 1618 at Ashill, Co. Somerset, England.1

F12. Thomas ALFORD.

  • Born in (1560)(1575-S1) in Whitstaunton, Sommerset, England;
  • Son of (Son) ALFORD [F11].
    • Though the name of his father, ____ ALVORD [F11], is not known, it is known that he is the grandson of (Rev) Alexander ALVORD [F2].
    • Reverend Alexander had, according to English records, four sons
      • William, John, Bartholomew and Solomon.
      • One of these sons was the father of Thomas Alvord.
  • He married Joan HAWKINS on (11-S1)(18) MAY 1618 in Whitstaunton, Sommerset, England.
  • Thomas must have died prior to 1636,
    • as records indicate that Joan Alford, a widow, died May 27, 1636.
    • There is record of a will dated May 5, 1627, of Thomas Alford naming his wife Joan and daughter Joan as beneficiaries.

CHILDREN of Thomas Alvord and Joan Hawkins:

  • Sgt Benedictus ALFORD [F14], + b. c 1616; d. 23 Apr 1683
  • Joan ALFORD [F15], +2 b. 8 Dec 1622; d. 22 May 1684
  • Benedict ALFORD [F16],
  • Alexander ALFORD [F13], +1 b. 15 Oct 1627; d. 3 Oct 1687
  • Joan ALFORD [F17].


  • 1. [S432] Samuel M. Alvord, A Genealogy of the Descendants of Alexander Alvord (Webster, NY: A. d. Andrews, 1908). Hereinafter cited as Alvord. Page 18.
  • 2. [S432] Samuel M. Alvord, Alvord, Page 25

Thomas Alvord[1] [Parents] [1]

  • was born in 1575 in Whitestaunton, Somerset, England.
  • He died in 1636 in Whitestaunton, Somerset, England.
  • Thomas Alvord married Joan Hawkins on 11 May 1618 at Ashill, Co. Somerset, England.[1]
  • Parent:
    • William Alford [Parents]
      • was born in 1547 in Whitestaunton, Somerset, England.
      • He was married about 1567 in Whitestaunton, Somerset, England.
      • He had the following children:
        • M i Thomas Alford

Joan Hawkins 1

  • was born in 1594 in Ashill, Somerset, England.
  • She died on 27 May 1636 in Whitestaunton, Somerset, England.
  • She was buried in 1636.
  • She married Thomas Alford on 11 May 1618 in Whitestaunton, Somerset, England.

Children of Thomas Alvord and Joan Hawkins

  • M i Benedict Alford 1
    • was born about 1618 in Whitestaunton, Somerset, England.
    • He died on 23 Apr 1618 in Windsor, Hartford, CT. [Question Place of death as DOD is same year of birth!/ps]
  • M ii Benedictus Alford 1
    • was born in Windsor, Hartford, CT.
    • He was christened in 1621 in Somerset, England.
    • He died on 23 Apr 1683 in Windsor, Hartford, CT.
    • He was buried in Apr 1683. [Notes]
  • F iii Joan Alford 1
    • was born in Whitestaunton, Somerset, England.
    • She was christened on 8 Dec 1622 in Whitestaunton, Somerset, England.
    • She died on 22 May 1684 in Westfield, Hampden, MA.
    • She was buried in May 1684 in MA. [Notes]
  • M iv Alexander Alford
    • was born on 15 Oct 1627 in Bridgeport, Dorset, England.
    • He was christened on 15 Oct 1627 in Bridgeport, Dorset, England.
    • He died on 3 Oct 1687 in Northampton, Hampshire, MA.
    • He was buried in Oct 1687.
    • He married Mary Vore on 29 Oct 1646 in Windsor, Hartford, CT.


  • 1.    THOMAS ALVORD and his wife JOAN HAWKINS
    • were married at Bridport, Dorset, England, May 11, 1618, and
    • had a son Alexander baptized there Oct. 15, 1627.  He was probably:
      • who married at Windsor, Conn., Oct. 26, 1646, MARY VORE.
      • He fought in the King Phillips War and died at Northampton, Mass. Oct. 3, 1687. 
      • For the children of Alexander Alvord see Alvord Genealogy. 
      • Among them was: 

        • 3.    ABIGAIL ALVORD,
          • b. Windsor, Conn., Oct. 6, 1647;
          • m. July 3, 1666, THOMAS ROOT (q.v.);
          • d. Northampton, Mass., June 17, 1699.

Thomas Alford (son of William Alford)2, 2, 2 was born 1575 in Whitestaunton, Somerset, England2, 2, 2, and died 1636 in Whitestaunton, Somerset, England2, 2, 2. He married Joan Hawkins on 11 May 1618 in Whitestaunton, Somerset, England2, daughter of John Hawkins and Joan Hawkins.

 Notes for Thomas Alford: 1. Where did the Alfords come from?

Perhaps the best source for the answer to this question comes from Rev. Josiah George Alford's ALFORD FAMILY NOTES which was published in London, England in 1908.

As with many surnames one must go back to the years before there were surnames to find the origin of our name. Before surnames folks were known as "John the Butcher" or "Bill who was John's son" and those evolved into surnames like Butcher and Johnson.

It all began about 1160 when there was this fellow Richard who lived in a castle near the old Roman road where it forded the River Dee going from England into Wales. Richard was known as "Richard de Ald Ford" or "Richard by the old ford" and that evolved into Richard Aldford. To this day there is a town of Aldford in Chestershire near the River Dee. One can still see faint remains of the Alford Castle that was situated there. In a church there one can view a brass wall plaque that mentions one of the Alford daughters.

Across the river in Wales there was a Holt Castle and Alfords also resided there for some time. That might have given rise to to the idea with some folks that most of our Alfords came from Wales. Wales was not the origin of many of our Alford ancestors.

It is true that there are other towns named Alford in the UK. There is one in Aberdeen in Scotland. There is another in Lincolnshire, England. All of the study and investigation of those towns indicates there was no familial connection. It is interesting to note that when visiting Jamestown, Virginia - the site of the original colony there - one can see a plaque that mentions Alford, England as being the home of Captain John Smith.

Quite a few of the AAFA members have visited England and gone to Aldford in Cheshire, to Alford, Scotland and to Alford, Lincolnshire.

Well before the discovery of America and the migration of Alfords to this country - the center of the English Alford community had moved to the southwest with the heart probably being in Sommerset.

All of the above is not to say that ALL Alfords came from England. We have records of Alfords who have migrated to this country from Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Germany, etc. We have descendants of Native Americans who for various reasons are called Alfords and there are many Afro-Americans named Alford - many probably whose ancestors were named for their master as slaves. We know there was an Alford presence in Scotland as early as the 17th century but so far we know of no Alfords who immigrated to this country directly from Scotland.

There is no known connection to Alfred the Great.

Contrary to some published accounts there were no Alfords on the ship- Mary and John.

2. Who Was the First Alford in America?

We don't really know. All we know is what we read and we don't know if we have found the very earliest Alford. Perhaps you can help us by keeping your eyes open for something earlier than what we have.

JONAS ALFORD may have been the first but we don't know if he ever made it ashore in America. We do know that he left England so as to be the earliest in our records. "On folio 101 r, dated 27 Feb. 1618 (1619 modern style) appears the following: A note of the Names of the Boyes and Wenches that were appointed to goe to Virginnia [sic] . . . 73 JONAS ALFORD." Hume, Robert Ph. D. (Keele) EARLY CHILD IMMIGRANTS TO VIRGINIA 1618 - 1642 Copied from the records of Bridewell Royal Hospital. Baltimore MD: Magna Carter Book Company, 1986

RICHARD ALFORD who was in Jamestown with Captain Roger Smith in the 1620's is mentioned several times in published accounts of early Virginia history. It is not known if he was married and it is supposed that he left no descendants in Virginia. [Historians tell us that the very early English in Virginia, unlike those in New England, were not in America to stay. They came for exploration and business. All of the early Jamestown group are supposed to have either died in the colony or returned to England with one possible exception and he was not an Alford.]

" . . . The Muster of Capt. Roger's men over ye Watter, RICHARD ALFORD aged 26 yeres" This was recorded as a 1624 event on page 232 in John Camden Hotten's THE ORIGINAL LISTS OF PERSONS OF QUALITY. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1978.

Published minutes of the Council of the General Court mention Richard Alford more than once.

The next earliest known Alford in Virginia was a WILLIAM ALFORD in Charles City in 1653 but it is probable there were others who are not yet known.

The first know immigrants to actually settle in America and leave descendants were two brothers who arrived in Boston, MA in the early 1630's. They were BENEDICT ALFORD and his brother ALEXANDER ALVORD. Perhaps the best account of the latter can be found in Samuel Morgan Alvord's A GENEALOGY OF THE DESCENDANTS OF ALEXANDER ALVORD, AN EARLY SETTLER OF WINDSOR, CONN., AND NORTHAMPTON, MASS. Webster, NY: A. D. Andrews, Printer 1908.

A smaller lesser known family, WILLIAM ALFORD and his wife Mary, were in the New England area at the same time as Benedict and Alexander. Although there have been some who connected the two families the AAFA has never found any connection.

For more bibliographic references on Alfords, including the early families, see the Master Book List under publications. This record also provides a brief abstract about the Alford or event.

The question has been asked as to how Alexander Alvord (1627 - 1687), founder of the Alvord family, came to America. I've been working on a theory for some time now that John Hoskins (1585 or 1590 -1648), who married Ann Fyler, may have been Alexander Alvord's uncle and that he was the one who brought the three young Alvords (Benedict (11), Joanna (8), and Alexander (3), to New England on the Mary and John in 1630. White states that Benedict Alvord came in the "Mary and John," in 1630 with his brother Alexander and sister Joan. The fact that their names do not appear in the early Dorchester records could support the possibility that they arrived in New England at a very young age.

Samuel Morgan Alvord's Genealogy of 1908 shows a diagram on page 18 listing Joan Hawkins as the mother of Alexander Alvord. Yet other sources have questioned whether she was Alexander's mother. In 1992 during a visit to the Latter-Day Saint's Genealogy Library in Salt Lake City, I came upon a film listing Thomas Alford ( b. abt 1593 or 1595) as Alexander's father and Joan Hoskins as his mother. Since then I have found other listings to support the possibility that Joan Hoskins was the wife of Thomas. Joanna Alvord b. 08 Dec 1622 at Whitestaunton is listed as having Thomas Alvord as her father and Joan Hoskins as her mother. Joan Hoskins is also listed in another source as the spouse of Thomas Alford. (See references below.) Could it be that Joan Hawkins and Joan Hoskins were the same person? Or that Joan Hoskins was Alexander's mother?

Certainly many names have variations. Hoskins was spelled in various ways such as Hosken, Haskings, Hawkins Hodgekins etc.

John Hoskins is listed as being a Baron in Herfordshire. If Joan Hoskins was John's sister, she would have been an appropriate bride for Thomas Alvord of Whitestaunton as they were people of education and means.

Xpoer - Christopher Hoskins (c. 19 June 1568 in Bruton) is listed as the father of John Hoskins, (b. 1590 Hereford), William (c. 10 Feb 1593 Bruton), Joan ( c.16 March 1595 Bruton), Andrew ( c 14 April 1599 Bruton), Elizabeth (c. 28 Feb 1604 Bruton), and Anne (c. 11 May 1606 Bruton).

William Hodgekins/Hoskins' spouse was Ann Winthrop. Could this be a link to the Winthrop Fleet? The Mary & John was within the bounds of the territory of the company headed by Winthrop and was in contact with him.

Joan's death date is listed as 1636. Her husband predeceased her. It is possible she knew she was dying by the year 1630 when the Mary & John sailed for New England. At this time orphans and widows did not have the protection of the Crown. Could it be that rather that leave her three children orphaned in England she chose to have them travel to the new world with their uncle?

Queen Elizabeth died in 1603. James I, Mary Queen of Scot's son, ascended the throne and held it from 1603 - 1625. King James I alienated the Puritans by his high church views and the possibility of an alliance with Spain which could have meant a return to Catholicism and a renewal of the earlier strife between the faiths. The atmosphere of the new court was disreputable to say the least, and James' unpopularity was enhanced as despite having a wife (Anne) and four children, he lavished diamonds, money and affections on his favorites, chiefly the Duke of Buckingham, George Villiers. In the early 1600's the plague still occurred on a regular basis during the warmer weather and dead bodies lay in the streets awaiting removal by the plague cart. Crops repeatedly failed to the point where even the wealthy could not buy decent food, and yet King James I continued to drain the coffers while the poor starved.

Charles I - 1625-1649, married Princess Henrietta Maria of France who was Catholic, and retained the dissolute Duke of Buckingham as his advisor. He dissolved Parliament when they refused to vote more money for him, attempted to levy illegal taxes, and ruled by "Divine Right" along with the Duke of Buckingham.

With all these events and more going on, it is no wonder the Puritans sought to find a better life for themselves and their children by leaving England.

In the Alvord genealogy there is a photo of a court roll kept at Whitestaunton Manor which states that "King Charles' Troopers were there at the date given 1649." One could assume that King James I also made use of Whitestaunton, and from the scandalous goings-on at that court it is possible Joan wanted to make sure her children were removed from the situation even if it meant she might never see them again. Or she may have felt she would recover and join them later in New England.

The Ship Passenger Lists by Carl Boyer lists John Hoskins; 1630 with three relatives. Banks: The Winthrop Fleet of 1630 Source #1064 lists John Hoskins (4). The three relatives could have been the three Alvord children. The four could have been the children and someone to care for them. Or it could include his son Thomas as well as the three children.

The date of John Hoskin's marriage to Ann Fyler in 1630 is interesting. Romance aside, why would a forty or forty-five year old man with a twenty-year old son, who has just arrived in a new land take on the responsibility of a twenty-year old wife if there weren't three children who would need mothering while a homestead was built?

With genealogy there are always unanswered questions especially as we go back in time. As I have said, this is a theory. Theories often lead to facts and can certainly make for a good discussion. Your comments and suggestions are welcome. Genealogy is a puzzle that has no end which makes it all the more exciting. Penelope Alvord Barrott, New Zealand 2001

References: Samuel Morgan Alvord's Genealogy of 1908 Ancestry of John Barber White by Almira Larkin White, 1913 p. 243 Alexander Alvord - Thomas Alford father Joan Hoskins mother - (LDS Film - Input 822923 Batch 7328815) Joanna Alvord - Thomas Alvord/Joan Hoskins parents b. 08 Dec 1622 Whitestaunton (LDS Batch #7328815 Serial Sheet 88) Joan Hoskins listed as the spouse of Thomas Alford Abt. 1593 Whitestaunton, Somerset, England (LDS Batch number F802111, Sheet 11, Source Call No. 1260815 - Stiles "Windsor Ct. Film GS 54740. ) Banks: The Winthrop Fleet of 1630 Source #1064 CSL F67.B21 01949262 LC Card

  1. 30017289

Hoskins John (4) "Origin undetermined. Freeman 18 May 1621 (M.C.R.I.366) Removed to Windsor (Pope). Plus various web sites, microfiche from Whangarei N.Z., and books from Hartford Ct, Windsor Ct, Salt Lake City, Utah

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Ashill, Somerset, ,England
Age 44
Whitestaunton, Sommerset, England
Age 45
in England
December 8, 1622
Age 47
Whitestaunton, Sommerset, England
Age 49
October 15, 1627
Age 52
Whitestaunton, Sommerset, England
May 27, 1636
Age 61
Whitestaunton, Somerset, England