Alford - Halford merge help needed

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Alford-910  Tristam Burgess Alford  b. Feb 1833 North Carolina d.  26 Jun 1900  

Halford-571 Tristan Burgess (Halford) Alford  1833 in North Carolina  d. 26 Jun 1900 in Henderson, Tennessee

each married an Emily H. Clendennin in 21 Feb 1856 in Maury County, Tennessee

One has 4 children, the other has 3 children. And 3 are the same names b. 1+/- from the other. 

I've been involved with the American Alford Family Association (charter member 0189) to know Alford and Halford and other spellings have been interchanged repeatedly thru out time. 

The issue is, I know we merge to the lowest number. but what to do in this case??  Alford-571 is already taken. Do we go with surname Alford or Halford. 




in WikiTree Help by Lynette Jester G2G6 Mach 8 (87.2k points)

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Hello Lynette.

You don´t need to worry about the lowest number rule in this case. The rule only applies when both of the profiles to be merged have the same LNAB (Alford ≠ Halford).

If the correct LNAB is Alford, after completing the merge the final profile's ID will remain Alford-910 and Halford-571 will be merged-away.

by Rubén Hernández G2G6 Pilot (838k points)
selected by Susan Laursen
Thank you, I thought that. Sometimes I just need someone to tell me I have permission.  And the Halford does have Alford in the name.
You´re welcome Lynette.
Which spelling did he use in his lifetime? What spelling was used by his family at the time of his birth. (LNAB does quite literally mean last name *at birth*).  He might have been born using one spelling but by the end of his life shifted to another (Current Last Name).
Jillaine, I found him in the census and marriage from 1830 to 1880 as Alford.  His father Jones is listed as Alford in 1830-1840 NC and 1850 TN.  The member whose name is Halford doesn't appear to have Jones in his linage.  

in 1880 Tristan/m is in Red River Co Texas,  and by 1900 is back in Henderson Co TN as Burgess Alford.  So the Halford must have changed the spelling at a different time.

The first name of Burgess isn't common in the Alfords and the Alfords really liked using the  wife's maiden name in naming subsequent genereations.  I haven't worked on Alfords all that much, but have them marrying in to Jesters in Alabama in the lines of Jemima Jester and Edward Wood line. And then in AR.  And I remember my challange to the head of the AAFA when "How many Burgess Alfords do you have? And how many are in Arkansas?"  

When the AAFA would send out their newsletters with new member's pedigrees, I studied the naming patterns and watched the wives names.

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