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Zeruah Alford1797

Name
Zeruah Alford
Birth December 10, 1797
Becket, Berkshire, Massachusetts, USA
Latitude: N42.332 Longitude: W73.0829

Death of a brotherBrewster Alford
February 14, 1830 (Age 32 years)
Columbia, Herkimer, New York, USA
Latitude: N42.9254 Longitude: W75.0405

Death of a motherLydia Brewster
March 18, 1837 (Age 39 years)

Death of a brotherAsahel Alford Jr
November 15, 1838 (Age 40 years)
Watson, Lewis, New York, USA
Latitude: N43.7758 Longitude: W75.4364

Death of a fatherAsahel ALFORD
June 25, 1853 (Age 55 years)
Columbia, Herkimer, New York, USA
Latitude: N42.9254 Longitude: W75.0405

Death of a sisterPolly Alford
after 1860 (Age 62 years)
Warren, Pennsylvania, USA
Latitude: N41.8148 Longitude: W79.2723

Death of a sisterChloe Alford
after 1870 (Age 72 years)
Rome, Oneida, New York, USA
Latitude: N43.2128 Longitude: W75.4557

Death of a sisterBelinda Alford
April 12, 1871 (Age 73 years)
Litchfield, Herkimer, New York, USA
Latitude: N42.9776 Longitude: W75.1507

Death of a brotherCyrus Alford
August 4, 1875 (Age 77 years)
Herkimer, New York, USA
Latitude: N43.4116 Longitude: W74.9586

Death
Columbia, Herkimer, New York, USA
Latitude: N42.9254 Longitude: W75.0405

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father
Asahel ALFORD
Birth: November 22, 1760Becket, Berkshire, Massachusetts, USA
Death: Buried in Cedarville, Herkimer, NYJune 25, 1853Columbia, Herkimer, New York, USA
mother
Marriage: about 1781Becket, Berkshire, Massachusetts, USA
8 years
elder brother
Brewster Alford
Birth: January 14, 1789Becket, Berkshire, Massachusetts, USA
Death: February 14, 1830Columbia, Herkimer, New York, USA
-6 years
elder sister
2 years
elder sister
Polly Alford
Birth: March 6, 1785Becket, Berkshire, Massachusetts, USA
Death: after 1860Warren, Pennsylvania, USA
23 months
elder brother
Asahel Alford Jr
Birth: January 27, 1787Becket, Berkshire, Massachusetts, USA
Death: November 15, 1838Watson, Lewis, New York, USA
4 years
elder sister
Belinda Alford
Birth: February 12, 1791Becket, Berkshire, Massachusetts, USA
Death: April 12, 1871Litchfield, Herkimer, New York, USA
2 years
elder sister
Chloe Alford
Birth: February 17, 1793Becket, Berkshire, Massachusetts, USA
Death: after 1870Rome, Oneida, New York, USA
5 years
herself
Zeruah Alford
Birth: December 10, 1797Becket, Berkshire, Massachusetts, USA
Death: Columbia, Herkimer, New York, USA
3 years
younger brother
3 years
younger sister
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husband
herself
Zeruah Alford
Birth: December 10, 1797Becket, Berkshire, Massachusetts, USA
Death: Columbia, Herkimer, New York, USA

Shared note

ZERUIAH / ZERVIAH: (Zeruiah is the original name but in earlier centur ies U and V - if not pronounced alike - were often written with the sa me letter, thus ZERVIAH [zer-VYE-ah or zer-VEE-ah] is also seen.) A ZE RUAH was the mother of King Jeroboam I, but the American colonial nam e seems to be derived from an earlier woman, King David's sister ZERUI AH, mother of Joab, Abishai, and Asahel. Jeroboam's mother's name is d erived from the Hebrew for "having a skin disease" (which, one would t hink, might limit its popularity), while David's sister's name means " YHWH [God] has let flow" (Carol Meyers, Toni Craven and Ross S. Kraeme r, eds., Women and Scripture: A Dictionary of Named and Unnamed Wome n in the Hebrew Bible, the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books, and th e New Testament (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 2000), p. 168).

Zerviah Gould, born 15 April 1780, recorded in Cumberland, R.I., was t he eighth child of Jabez Gould and Esther Sweetland who were married i n Attleboro, 2 September 1766. Zerviah was likely named for her mother 's sister, Zerviah Sweetland. Jabez, who was of Wrentham, Mass., at th e time of the Revolution, removed to Hallowell, Maine, in 1787, and la ter settled in Belgrade, Maine. "Sophia" Gould married (intention) 2 6 April 1808, Fayette, Maine, Aaron Bachelder. In the 1850 census fo r Fayette, Sophia Bacheller is listed as age 69, born Massachusetts . A wider context of circumstantial evidence points to her being one a nd the same as Zerviah. SOPHIA can be pronounced with either long or short "I," depending on t he time and the person, so one can see how the name Zerviah might hav e evolved into Sophia. "Sophia" [Greek for 'wisdom' and very popular f rom the middle/late eighteenth century] may have struck an individua l Zerviah's ear and seemed more fashionable than her own (phoneticall y somewhat similar) Biblical name. Context (how time, place, wider cul tural, social and/or religious currents, and individual quirks combine ) is everything with names. Ultimately, it hinges on that most mysteri ous factor, individual personal taste of long ago. From NEGHS Weekly J une 27, 2012