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Re: The Allday Family--Aldy/Alday/Allday vs. O'Day
Posted by: Walter Goss (ID *****0476) Date: November 04, 2006 at 14:13:14
In Reply to: The Allday Family - Trying to do research by Clota Wilkerson of 110

I suggest that you go slow and be very critical of the so-called "Red O'Day" Indian roots story which is circulating widely. My mother and I both used to accept that story as a real possibility, but after several years of studying the family roots I have found a number of flaws that discredit the story. Luke Matthew Aldy was my grandfather, and his father was Redmon Robert Lee Aldy of Sallis, MS. The first Aldy/Alday/Allday into Attala County, MS was Redmond Wilburn Aldy/Alday/Allday, my great-great-grandfather. He and his family first moved to the Shady Grove community of Attala Co., MS. The spelling of "ALDY" is unusual in the family and pretty much marks that part of the family with roots from Attala Co., MS. After the death of Redmond W. Aldy, it appears that the rest of the family relocated from Shady Grove to the small farming community of Sallis, MS, where some of the family farms to this day. The early family moved up from the Kemper Co., MS area, and before that they were down in southwest Georgia, where others of the family remain. The father of Redmond W. Aldy/Alday was Benjamin Alday/Allday, who came from southwest Georgia and lived for several years in Butler Co., AL, where he died. Benjamin served in the Butler County Militia about 1835 (Henderson's Company, Smith's Alabama Mounted Volunteers). Not long thereafter, following his father's death, Redmond and his mother and a brother all moved back to southwest Georgia, where they remained until his mother's death sometime shortly after 1850. Redmond W. Alday then moved up into Mississippi. The father of Benjamin Alday/Allday was Josiah Alday/Allday who was a captain in the Augusta Division of the Georgia State Militia for some six years prior to the Revolutionary War (reference the Third Company of the Fourth Regiment, known as Captain Josiah Allday's Company). For a period of time, the family lived just to the south of Augusta, GA near Waynesboro (Burke Co., GA). The family roots are fairly easy to trace and document back to this point, and the earlier family clan can be traced all the way back to Colonial Virginia. The sketchy documentation for the O'Day story just does not fit the established family profile for Aldy/Alday/Allday family of Georgia/Alabama/Mississippi. And still later, some of this family clan went on to settle in Louisiana and Texas. Be careful with the facts and good luck with your continued research.

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