I haven’t proven most of this myself, so take it with a grain of salt. However, it does all make sense to me, when looking at names, ages, etc. I do plan on taking a trip this summer to see what I can dig up.
I believe Alfred Elder is my husband’s 3rd great-grandfather via:
- his son, John
- his son, Edd
- his daughter, Annie
- his son
The facts..as I know them:
- Born: about 1806 in Virginia
- Married: 13 Jan 1831 in Campbell County, Virginia
- Died: after 1880
If census data is correct and I’m attributing it to the correct Alfred Elder, he and Elizabeth had fourth son born between 1835 and 1840 who was dead (or at least not living with Elizabeth) by 1850.
In 1850, Alfred Elder is living in the Richmond Penitentiary having been convicted of manslaughter. By 1860, he’s served his time and living back with his family. He’s listed on the census as a “convict.”
In September of 1864, Alfred appeared in Campbell County, Virginia inquiring about his son, Alfred C’s wages. Alfred Jr was a private in the CSA was killed at Chancellorsville by a horse on or about 3 May, 1863. He wished to be paid what was left owed to Alfred Jr (approx. $100) as he left neither wife or child.
In 1880, he’s divorced but still living in Campbell County.
I’ve searched Chronicling America for newspaper articles that explain what he did, why he was convicted, but have found nothing so far. Hopefully, my trip will be fruitful and proving!