William Raiford's son William B. Raiford died without children; his estate (RECORDS IN NC ARCHIVES) His father died in 1798 (his will in NC archives). His wife is Apsilla. His son Philip BALLARD Raiford died in 1844 (HIS WILL, AND THE RECORD OF APPEAL IN RAIFORD V. RAIFORD ARE IN THE NC ARCHIVES NAMING ALL THE CHILDREN AND HEIRS). They are descended from Robert Raifore (MATTHEWS BROTHER CUMBERLAND CO; ROBERT DIED BEFORE MATTHEW IN JOHNSTON CO; THEY WERE BOTH VESTRYMENT-ALL THESE RECORDS ARE IN THE NC ARCHIVES). William Russel's book (frankly) has the Cumberland Co. Raifords totally mixed up with the JOHNSTON/WAYNE COUNTY RAIFORDS. Needham Raiford form Ms father was Philip Ballard Raiford d. 1844 and Needham was the 1/2 brother of Philip Ballard Raiford and William Bethea Raiford of Mississippi (though listed in census out of Needhams household because they moved to MS after their father, Philip Ballard Raiford d. 1844! IT IS ALL RECORDED IN DOCUMENTS!!!!! I have copies of every one of these documents. Please, Please straighten this mess out on the internet. Other documents prove it was impossible for Philip Raiford from Johnston County or William Raiford from Johnston to be the sons of Matthew Raiford whose sons by theat name in Cumberland Co. COULD NOT HAVE ACTIVITIES ON THE SAME DATES AND YEARS IN TWO DIFFERENT COUNTIES.
Keep up your interest and document your conclusions.
R. Chase Raiford.
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