b. 16 Aug 1873 Talladega County, Alabama
d. 9 Nov 1961 Coleville, Harrison, Mississippi
m. Family says he was married 8 Jan 1906 in Talladega, Talladega, Alabama, but the 1910 U.S. Census, enumerated between May 14 - 16, says they had been married less than a year. Their oldest son Clarence was born 13 Jul 1910 so it is likely Alvin married Nancy Elizabeth Solley sometime in 1909.
Nancy Elizabeth "Lizzie" Solley
She was b. 26 Oct 1886 Hackneyville, Tallapoosa, Alabama
m.#1 John Tucker before 1906
Nancy and her first husband John had one child, Edna Louise Tucker
(Edna was b. 21 Jan 1907 Talladega County, Alabama)
Lizzie and her 4 siblings are listed as "inmates" in "The Orphan's Home of the Synod of Alabama" in Talladega City according to the 1900 U.S. Census for Talladega County, Alabama. CLICK HERE for a transcript of this record. By the time the 1910 U.S. Census was taken, she was married to Alvin and her brother Rufus was living with them. CLICK HERE for a transcript of their 1910 census record.
Edna Louise Tucker(step daughter), Grover Clarence Vincent, James Alfred Vincent, Alvin Eugene Vincent
He was medium height, medium build with blue eyes and brown hair (see "Military" below).
Alvin enlisted in the Spanish American War (see below) but never left the U.S. In a letter from his older sister, Ida told a cousin that Alvin was sent to Miami, Florida for a short while then returned home. Alvin's WWI Draft Registration Card, completed by him on September 12, 1918, says he was a white, male:
- living in Talladega County, Alabama
- was 45 years old, born Aug. 16, 1873
- self employed as a farmer
- his nearest relative was "Mrs. Lizzie Vincent" [his wife]
- he was medium height, medium build with blue eyes and brown hair
On the application for a military tombstone for Alvin, completed in 1961 by his son Eugene, it shows that Alvin served as a Private in Company M, the 1st Regiment of Alabama Volunteer Infantry, for the U.S. Army from June until October of 1898 during the Spanish American War. The record says Alvin was buried at the Coleville Methodist Episcopal Church in Mississippi. See below for an image of the application.
Unknown. The 1920 U.S. Census says he could read and write and Alvin signed his name to his WWI Draft Registration in 1918.
Candy shop owner, farmer.
- The autobiography of Alvin's son James Alfred Vincent (an 18 page PDF document) gives some interesting details of Alvin's occupation, places he moved to, where he lived, and how life was like as his boys were growing up. Thanks go to Lela Knight for this and to Cousin Ron Vincent (the other Ron) for sharing so many of his family's photos.
- Alvin's Spanish American War index card
- WWI Draft Registration Card
- Image of the 1900 U.S. Census for Elizabeth Solley and her siblings, page 1
- Image of the 1900 U.S. Census for Elizabeth Solley and her siblings, page 2
- Image of the 1910 U.S. Census for Alvin Vincent
- Transcript of the 1910 census record for Alvin Vincent's family
- Image of the 1920 U.S. Census for Alvin Vincent, page 1
- Image of the 1920 U.S. Census for Alvin Vincent, page 2
- Alvin Vincent obituary
- Alvin Vincent military tombstone application
- 1905 Photo of Nancy Elizabeth Solley
- 2003 Photo of Alvin and Lizzie's 3 sons: Eugene, James, and Clarence