Halfords of the Carolinas

Most Americans with the surname Halford or Hallford can trace their lineage back to one of two families living in the Carolinas in the late 1700s: The family of John Halford (c. 1748 - c 1799) in Rutherford County, North Carolina and the family of Achillis "Killis" Halford (c. 1756 - c. 1830) in Barnwell County, South Carolina. There is evidence that these men were closely related (possibly brothers) descended from of an as yet unidentified Halford ancestor in Virginia. In addition to these two men are a number of "loose thread" Halfords that date back to the late 1700s and early 1800s but nearly all of the point to the Carolinas as well. The mission of this website is to accurately reconstruct the family relationships and origins of these early Halford families.

It is my position that "Halford" is surname distinct from the "Alford" surname. Phonetic spellings of Halford are numerous including variations like Holford, Halfred, Alfred, Alphord and Alford. Because "Halford" and "Alford" are so phonetically similar, some "Alford" records are referring to a "Halford." I have seen few instances of the reverse. There are a few instances of Halford lines dropping the "H" from their name, most notably Achillis Alford, a son of John Halford of Rutherford County mentioned above.

Over the course of the past ten years I have compiled a database of nearly 18,000 people who have the Halford/Hallford surname (or descended from someone does), who seem likely to be of the Carolina Halfords.
The data relies heavily on census data as well country histories, county records and research gleaned from other researchers including e-mail from people who are in a position to know more about certain lines of the family.

I call the database "Southern Halfords" and I have uploaded it to the Roots Web World Connect database. The database is NOT the definitive answer to relationships and lineage. It is a tool I use to collect and sift the information into the most probable scenarios with the limited information I have. The
"Halford: Southern US" database can be accessed by entering "mwkruse" in the "jump to specific database" box at RootsWeb World Connect.

On a personal note, I am not retired and I do not do this work full-time. If you are trying to locate a Halford ancestor, I invite you to use the database. Virtually everything I know about individuals is in this database and the data is referenced. I ALWAYS appreciate corrections and additions. However, please understand that there can be considerable lag time between receiving the data and when it gets posted to Rootsweb. It can range from a few hours to a few weeks depending on what is happening in my life.

With all that in mind, I hope you find the information here useful.

Happy Halford hunting!

Michael Kruse


© Michael W. Kruse 2006