I am from another Bodiford branch that originated in Marlboro Co., SC. My father was John Gordon Crowley (1887-1959) of Cook and Lowndes Co., GA. His father was Marion Lee Crowley (1865-1933) of Berrien and Cook Co., GA. He was the illegitimate son of Elizabeth Bodiford Crowley (April 1831-June/December 1900). She was born in Marlboro Co., SC, apparently the daughter of James (c.1803-1830/40) and Ann Bodiford (c.1804-1840/50). James seems to have been the son of Alexander Bodiford of Marlboro Co.(Before 1755- c. 1819).
Elizabeth Bodiford married John R. Croley (My Grandfather altered the spelling of the surname) April 4, 1850, probably his second wife. They moved to Georgia in January of 1859, and were in Sumter Co., GA in the 1860 census.
They had the following children:
Preston 1854-1917, moved to Thomas Co., GA
James Clarence 1859-1917, moved to Lanier Co., GA
Flora Catherine 1861-1923, married a Mattox, and moved to Brooks Co., GA.
Louisa 1863-c.1901, never married.
Except for the oldest and youngest daughters, all these chidren married and had children.
By 1862 they moved to Berrien Co., GA. John R. Croley died a Union prisoner of war, July 31, 1863, after the Gettysburg campaign. After his death, Elizabeth had two illegitmate sons, my grandfather and his brother Hampton Cornelius (1868-1928). I do not know who their father was.
Elizabeth Bodiford Croley/Crowley is buried in the Keel Cememtery, Two miles east of Hahira, GA, in Lowndes Co.
Does anyone know if the Alice "Aley" Bodiford who deeded some livestock to her chidren in Marlboro in 1806 was my Alexander Bodiford's wife? Does anyone know much about the Bodifords before Marlboro Co.in the late 1700s?
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