ALFORD, ERASMUS LODWICK (1842~1901) Erasmus Lodwick Ras Alford, Confederate veteran, was born in Texas in 1842, to Lodwick P. and Mary A. Sherill. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Alford enlisted in the Confederate Army and was mustered into Company C of the 10th Texas Cavalry. Little information about Alfords service in the War is known.
However, the 10th Texas Cavalry was organized in the fall of 1861, and was dismounted in April 1862. They participated in numerous engagements in Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama. Some of the engagements were, Jackson, Chickamauga, Kennesaw Mountain, Franklin, and Nashville.
On November 15, 1865, Alford married MaryAnn Mollie Williams in Marshall, Harrison County, Texas. Together, they had eight children: Patrick, Mary E., Joe Eugene, Catherine Whitfield Kittie, Neta, Julius Sherill, John Farrer, and Isabelle, all of which appear to have been born in Harrison County.
Alford worked as a farmer in Harrison County until he could work no more. In 1899, he applied for, and later received, a Confederate Pension. In the application, he stated that he was crippled and could no longer work, and had no income or property.
Two years later, Alford moved from Harrison County to Austin, where, on January 29, 1901, he moved into the Confederate Mens Home. He died in the Home the next month on February 20.
On September 30, 1906, Mollie and her daughters, Neta and Isabelle, moved to Los Angeles. It appears that most of her children followed here there, also. Mollie died on January 21, 1931, in Sacramento, California.
Information taken from genealogy provided by Aubrey Doggett, Confederate Pension Application # 3245, and Confederate Home Roster.