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Bulloch Genealogy by Roger Allen
The Aldermans arrive in Bulloch
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    The name Alderman is well-known throughout Bulloch County, as well it should be. They were one of the first families to settle in the area. Their ancestral family lines can be traced all the way back to Robert Alderman, who was born in Saint Margarets in Ipswich, England, at the end of the 16th century.
    Robert married, but his wife’s name is unknown. What is known is that they had (at least) one child, Thomas Alderman, who was born in the early 1600s. Robert died shortly thereafter. As is unfortunately common, Thomas married but his wife’s name has not survived. He had (at least) one child, whose name was William Alderman, who was born near the middle of the 17th century.
    At some point, they sailed to America and settled in the Connecticut area. Here, the records become much more complete. William Alderman lived at first in Windsor in 1672, later moved to Farmington and then again to Simsbury, Conn., where he married Mary Case, the daughter of John and Sarah Spencer Case., on June 22, 1679. William and Mary Alderman had a number of children.
    Their first child, Mary, was born in September 1680, followed by Thomas in January 1683. Thomas married Mary Seagrave; John was born in 1684 (or possibly 1694) and married Sarah Case. William (Junior) was born in 1686, and married Rebecca Osborn; their only other daughter, Sarah, was born in 1691 and married Thomas Moses; and their final child, Joseph, was born in 1697 and married Mindwell Case
    Thomas (named after his grandfather) married Mary Seagrave on April 27, 1702, in East Hampton, Long Island, New York. They had a number of children, including an infant which died shortly after its birth in 1704. Thomas and Mary’s next child, Thomas the third was born about 1705. The following child, William the third was born about 1707. Their first daughter, Mary, was born about 1708. William the fourth was born about 1709.
    Their last child, Daniel, was born in 1711 in Cohansey, Deerfield County (later Salem County), New Jersey. He married Abigail Harris, the daughter of Nathaniel Harris and Miriam Brooks. Daniel and Abigail Alderman had a number of children. Their first child was John (the second) who was born in 1742 in Cohansey, Salem, N.J., and later married Mary Cashwell. Their next two children were daughters: Rachel was born in 1744 and married Charles Bland, and Mary was born in 1746 and married Elijah Bowen.
    Daniel and Abigail’s next two children were sons: Daniel the second was born in 1747 and married Sarah Newton, and David was born in 1749 and married Jemima Hall. Their next two children were daughters: Hannah was born in 1751 and married James Bland,  and Abigail was born in 1753 and married William James.
    It is here that the Bulloch County connection is made.
    David married Jemima (also spelled Jimima) the daughter of Thomas and Rachel Hall, in 1773. He and Jemima moved to the old family homestead (which his father had left him in his will) in Duplin County, North Carolina. Two generations of Aldermans served very proudly during the American Revolution. Daniel was a Corporal, while his sons David and John were Privates in the North Carolina Militia.
    In 1816, David and Jemima moved to Bulloch County, where he purchased 200 acres of land in 1817. David and Jemima were both buried in the Brannen cemetery. David and Jemima had many children. Depending on different records, (which are somewhat confusing because of all the same names in following generations) there have been as many as twenty but at least fourteen children
    The first child born to David and Jemima may have been Daniel, born on March 25, 1774 (or Sept. 17, 1797); Nancy Ann was born on Nov. 11, 1775; another Thomas was born on Aug. 8, 1777; Mary was born on Aug. 29, 1779; Elizabeth (or Eliza) was born on April 20, 1781 (or Nov. 27, 1791); Phoebe was born on April 11, 1783; Lucretia was born on March 19, 1785; Rachel was born on Jan. 12, 1787 (or Oct. 19, 1777); Samuel was born on March 12, 1789; Rebecca was born on Feb. 25, 1793; Susannah (or Susan) was born on March 14, 1795; and William was born on Jan. 12, 1798;
    According to most reports, the twins Timothy and James were there last children. They were born on Feb. 19, 1801. However, at least one record lists John’s birth on March 3, 1802, and that their last two children were girls with the same name, as the first Ann died shortly after her birth, with the second Ann being born on Oct. 12, 1804.
The Alderman children of David and Jemima stayed in the Bulloch County area. Over the years, they and their progeny have assumed their roles in business, religious and professional circles, where they have served in nearly every position possible. Churches, banks, stores and even city and county governments have been graced with the Alderman name for more than 100 years,and will likely continue to in the foreseeable future.

    Roger can be reached at roger
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