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The Six Alexanders Who Signed the

Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence

A Genealogy Compiled by Descendants Under the Direction of

Mrs. Benjamin W. Ingram



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Even before the reign of Queen Elizabeth the English were finding it difficult to rule the Irish.  Several large uprisings had to be put down and the lands of the leaders confiscated by the Crown.  This continued until James I, finding himself possessed of large tracts of land in Northern Ireland, decided to colonize these areas with settlers from England and Scotland who might be easier to govern.

The Scotch came in large numbers and settled in Ulster.  Most of them were Presbyterian in faith.  Many were farmers and, being very industrious, their settlements prospered and their industries flourished.  These were the people who came to be called Scotch-Irish -- not from any commingling of blood, but to distinguish them from the Irish.

Because of differences in race, religion, and customs, conflicts arose with the Irish -- to be followed later by troubles with the English over religious beliefs and the restriction of trade and industries.

In the meantime a steady stream of settlers was coming to the newly opened colonies along the eastern seaboard of America, and, toward the end of the seventeenth century, large numbers of Scotch-Irish were joining them.

Among the Scotch-Irish immigrants who were seeking religious, political and economic freedom there were many Alexanders.  A large group of them settled in Somerset and Cecil Counties in Maryland, in Chester County, Pennsylvania, and on the Eastern Shore of Virginia before the year 1700.

Joseph Alexander, tanner, and his son, James, were members of the group of Alexanders and others of Cecil County, Maryland, who on the 18th of May, 1714, purchased from Thomas Stevenson a large tract of land on the east side of Big Elk River.  This land was part of a tract called "New Munster" which had been surveyed by George Talbot, Surveyor General, in 1683 -- for "a certain Edwin O'Dwire and fifteen other Irishmen."  It lay on both sides of the Elk River in the Northeastern corner of Maryland and extended over into Chester County, Pennsylvania, for a short distance above the present Mason and Dixon line.

Joseph Alexander was undoubtedly born in Ireland.  Just when he came to America is not known.  There has been a tradition that he arrived on the ship Welcome which anchored in the Delaware River in 1679, but of this we have found no proof.  However, it may be supposed that he had been here several years before his purchase of the "New Munster" land in 1714 and it is possible that he could have been one of the "fifteen other Irishmen" for whom Talbot surveyed the land in 1683.  In the deeds Stevenson stated that the land had "for some years past been possessed and improved by them."

In his will, dated December 30, 1726, and filed March 9, 1730, in Cecil County, Maryland, Joseph Alexander did not mention his wife, so it would seem that she had died before that time.  Some genealogists have thought it probable that she was Abigail McKnitt.  There is no confirmation of this, though there does seem to have been a close relationship between the McKnitt and Alexander families.  One of the witnesses to the will of Joseph Alexander was John McKnight.

The heirs mentioned in the will are:  Son-in-law, Elias Alexander; Daughter, Sophia; Son, Francis; Daughter, Jane Mackey (?); Daughter, Abigail Clapham; Son, James.

After leaving a bequest to his son-in-law, Elias Alexander, and a small sum of money to each of his other children, he bequeathed the residue of his estate to his son, James, whom he appointed Executor.

Of Jane Mackey and Abigail Clapham, daughters of Joseph Alexander, we have no record.

The name Francis Alexander appears in the records of several Pennsylvania Counties, but there seems to be no way to identify any of them as the son of Joseph Alexander of Cecil County.

James Alexander, son of Joseph Alexander of "New Munster," was born about 1690, and died in Cecil County, Maryland, where his will, dated 17 June, 1772, was probated in 1779.  He married (1) about 1713/14, Margaret McKnitt, who was born December 26, 1693, and died between 1736 and 1745.  He married (2) Abigail -----.  (Some genealogists think she may have been a McKnitt, sister to Margaret, the first wife of James).

James Alexander lived in Cecil County, Maryland, where he was a large landowner.  He, as well as his father, has sometimes been called Tanner, and in his will he designated himself as Yeoman.  In 1740 he is said to have served as Cornet of a Troop under Captain Thomas Johnson.  He was a Justice of Cecil County and a prominent churchman, being an elder and a member of New Castle Presbytery.

It is known that he spent some time in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, where he owned land on Long Creek, in the Hopewell section.  This land he willed to his son, Ezekiel, who lived on it for some time before he removed to Tennessee.

James Alexander was the father of fifteen children -- several of whom resided in Mecklenburg County and two of whom were Signers of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, on May 20, 1775.



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His children were:

I.  Theophilus -- b. 3/13/1715 d. 1768, in Cecil County, Md., m. Catherine (Wallis?) d. 1775 in Mecklenburg Co., N. C.
    1.  Joseph (Rev.), m. Martha Davies.
    2.  Margaret, m. James Cannon.
    3.  Sophia, m. John Sharp.
    4.  Kezia, m. --- --- Young.
    5.  George, m. --- ---.
    6.  Catherine, m. Ezekiel Sharp.
    7.  Ann, m. --- Cannon.
II.  Jemima, b. 2/10/1716, d. young.
III.  Edith, b. 1/10/1718, d. young.
IV.  Kezia, b. 5/9/1720, no record.
V.  Hezekiah, b. 1/13/1722, in Cecil County, Md.; d. 1/10/1801 in Mecklenburg County, N. C., m. Mary Sample, d. 5/17/1806, aged 71.

Before coming to North Carolina, Hezekiah Alexander probably lived for a time in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, where he owned land as late as 1773.  With several of his brothers, sisters and other relatives he migrated to Mecklenburg County, N. C., about 1754.

He settled in the Sugaw Creek section of the County, and built his home about four miles from Charlotte.  This dwelling house, of field stone, was built in 1774 and is the oldest house now standing in the County.  It has recently been restored by the five Chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Charlotte.

Hezekiah Alexander was an ardent supporter of the cause of freedom and a Signer of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence on May 20, 1775.  He was a member of the committee of safety for Salisbury District in 1775 and of the Constitutional Convention in 1776.  He served as Paymaster of the 4th Regiment of North Carolina Troops in 1776.  For many years he was a Magistrate, a member of the Mecklenburg County Court, and Treasurer of Queen's Museum.

Hezekiah Alexander and his wife, Mary Sample Alexander, both lie buried in the graveyard at Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church, where he was a ruling elder.  They had eight sons and three daughters:

    1.  William Sample, d. 10/20/1826, aged 70 years; m. (1) Elizabeth Alexander; m. (2) Sarah Rodgers; m. (3) Martha Nichols.
    2.  Silas, b. 1759, d. 10/27/1831.
    3.  James R., ---.
    4.  Hezekiah, ---.
    5.  Esther, m. --- Garrison.
    6.  Mary, m. Charles Polk.
    7.  Amos, b. 1769; d. 1/25/1847; m. Mildred Orr, b. 1772, d. 1828.
    8.  Joel, b. 1773; d. 5/17/1825.
    9.  Kezia, d. 1819.
    10.  Oswald.
    11.  Joseph, b. 1776; d. 1851; m. Elizabeth McReynolds.

VI.  Ezekiel, b. 6/17/1725; d. young.
VII. Jemima, b. 1/9/1727; d. 9/1/1797; m. John Sharp, b. 1727; d. 1759.
Children:

    1.  John, m. Martha Young.
    2.  Ezekiel, m. Catherine Alexander.
    3.  James, m. Rachel Cannon.
    4.  Priscilla, m. Lewis Jetton.
    5.  Isabella, m. Rev. --- Price.
    6.  Sarah, b. 9/16/1755; d. 9/16/1794.

VIII.  Amos, b. 1/13/1729; d. 1780; m. Sarah Sharp, b. 1732; d. 1802.  Both buried in graveyard at Head of Christiana Presbyterian Church, Cecil County, Maryland.
Children:

    1.  Walter, b. 4/10/1751; d. 1778; m. Eleanor Evans.
    2.  Priscilla, b. 5/28/1753; d. 1817; m. Isaac Alexander.
    3.  Rachel, b. 5/23/1755; d. 1817.
    4.  Jemima, b. 1756/7; d. 1840; m. Alexander Reed.
    5.  Ruth, b. 5/26/1759; d. 1842; m. Andrew Wallace.
    6.  Mary, b. 8/6/1761; d. 1820; m. John Evans.
    7.  Dorcas, b. 9/23/1763; d. 1818; m. Henry McCoy.
    8.  Amos, b. 1766.
    9.  Sarah, b. 1769; d. 1827; m. Robert Hodgson.
    10.  Mark, b. 11/13/1771; d. 1802; m. Elizabeth Gilpin.
    11.  Margaret and 12. James (Twins), b. 7/9/1774.  James m. Mary Clendennin.

IX.  John McKnitt, b. 6/6/1733, in Cecil County, Maryland; d. 7/10/1817, in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina; m. September, 1762, Jean Bean (Bain) (daughter of William); d. 3/16/1789, aged 49 years.

John McKnitt Alexander, accompanied by his brother, Hezekiah, and other relatives removed to Mecklenburg, North Carolina, about 1754.  Later his brother, Ezekiel, and his sisters, Jemima Sharp, Elizabeth Sample, Abigail Bradley, and Margaret McCoy, with their families, came to live in the same section, as did also Catherine Alexander, widow of his brother, Theophilus.

He established his home ten miles north of Charlotte, in the Hopewell section of the County.  He was a tailor by trade and later became Public Surveyor under the Crown.  He acquired extensive tracts of land, was very successful in business, and a leader in the community.

He was a zealous patriot, active in the cause of liberty from the beginning.  He was a member of the Provincial Assembly in 1772; a member of the Committee of Safety in 1775; Secretary of the Convention which met at Charlotte on May 19 and 20, 1775; and a Signer of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, May 20, 1775.  In 1777 he served as the first State Senator from Mecklenburg County.

It has been said that he was a Scout for General Greene and that he was with him at Yorktown when Cornwallis surrendered.

John McKnitt Alexander served his County in many capacities.  He was a Justice of the Peace; a member of the first organized Court of the County; a trustee of Queen's Museum; and Register of Deeds from 1792 to 1808.

He was very much interested in church affairs and served as Treasurer of the Synod of North Carolina.  He gave the original tract of land on which Hopewell Presbyterian Church was built.  He lies buried in the graveyard of that church, in which he was an elder from the time of its organization (about 1762) until his death in 1817.

The children of John McKnitt and Jean Bean (Bain) Alexander were:



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    1.  William Bain (Bean), b. 4/25/1764; d. 1/23/1844; m. 8/25/1791, Violet Davidson, b. 8/28/1771; d. 10/26/1821.
    2.  Margaret, b. 4/3/1766; d. 7/7/1805; m. 4/7/178{9}, Francis A. Ramsey, b. 5/31/1764; d. 11/5/1820.
    3.  Jean Bain (called Polly), b. 7/6/1768; d. 5/18/1816; m. Rev. James Wallis; d. 12/27/1817; aged 57 years.
    4.  Abigail Bain, b. 11/25/1770; d. 5/15/1802; m. 1792, Rev. Samuel C. Caldwell; d. 10/5/1826, aged 59 years.
    5.  Joseph McKnitt, b. 4/23/1773; d. 10/18/1841; m. 8/3/1797, Dovey Winslow; d. 9/6/1801, aged 25 years.

X.  Margaret, b. June 1736; d. young.

Children of James Alexander and his second wife, Abigail:

XI.  Elizabeth, b. 11/17/1746; d. 8/1/1822; m. William Sample; d. Sept. 1791, aged 55 years.
Children:

    1.  Abigail, b. 12/16/1763; m. --- Dixon.
    2.  Esther, b. Nov. 1765; m. --- Carruthers.
    3.  Mary, b. 1768; m. James Alexander.
    4.  James, b. 2/14/1770; m. Martha Robinson.
    5.  Jemima, b. Feb. 1772; m. --- Barry.
    6.  Ann, b. 1/28/1774; m. --- Henderson.
    7.  Joseph, b. 1777; m. --- Robinson.
    8.  Jane Bain, b. 1780; m. Andrew Moore.
    9.  Elizabeth, b. 1782.
    10.  Margaret, b. 1785; m. --- Woods.
    11.  Araminta, b. 1789; d. 7/11/1794.

XII.  Abigail, b. 5/24/1748; d. 9/23/1817; m. Capt. Francis Bradley; d. 11/14/1780.  Killed by Tories.
Children:
    1.  James; 2.  Rebecca; 3.  John McKnitt; 4.  Elizabeth; 5.  Esther.

XIII.  Margaret, b. 3/30/1750; m. --- McCoy (Ezekiel, or Beaty, or Ezekiel Beaty).
Children:
    1.  James; 2.  Esther, m. --- Boggs; 3.  Abigail, m. David Parks; 4.  John, m. Esther Frazier; 5. Henry and 6. Ezekiel, Twins; 7. Francis; 8. Amos.

XIV.  Josiah, b. 8/3/1752; remained in Cecil County, Maryland.

XV.  Ezekiel, b. 10/21/1754; d. after 1832, at which time he was living in Wilson County, Tennessee; m. 1772/3 Jemima Esther McCoy.
Children:  1.  James, b. 11/16/1774; 2. Jean, b. 2/25/1776; 3.  Abner, b. 8/10/1778; m. (1) 12/1/1803, Jemima Sharp, b. 5/20/1781; d. 10/7/1825; m. (2) 3/27/1828, Margaret Cummings; 4.  Beaty, b. 9/21/1780; 5. Lydia, b. 3/2/1784; 6.  Josiah, b. 5/7/1785; 7. John McKnitt, b. 5/20/1787; 8. Ezekiel, b. 12/22/1789; m. Mary Cooper.

It is said that Sophia, daughter of Joseph Alexander, of Cecil County, Maryland, married Elias, son of Andrew Alexander of Somerset County.  Many evidences point to the fact that this is true.  Joseph Alexander, in his will, mentions "my son-in-law Elias Alexander," and it seems to be generally accepted that he married Sophia.

That being the case they -- Elias and Sophia Alexander -- were the parents of two Signers of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence (Abraham and Ezra Alexander) and the grandparents of two others (Adam and Charles Alexander).

The dates of the birth and death of Sophia Alexander are unknown.  The Somerset Register states that Elias was born 26 February, 1679, and he died in Frederick County, Maryland, about 1750, leaving a second wife Ann (Taylor) and a number of children by whom Elias (Colonel Elias of Rutherford County, North Carolina) was one.

William Alexander, born in Somerset County, Maryland, died 1772 in Mecklenburg County, N. C., was undoubtedly a son of Elias and Sophia Alexander, and a grandson of Joseph Alexander of Cecil County, Maryland.  He was the father of Adam and Charles Alexander -- Signers of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence.

There seems to be no reason to doubt the fact that Abraham and Ezra Alexander, also Signers of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, were sons of Elias and Sophia Alexander.  This well established tradition is supported by family relationships, as suggested in the Maryland records.  They were brothers also of Arthur Alexander, whose will was filed in Mecklenburg County in 1763.

Abraham Alexander, son of Elias and Sophia Alexander, and grandson of Joseph Alexander, was born in Cecil County, Maryland, 9 Dec., 1718, and died in Mecklenburg County, N. C., 23 April, 1786.  He married, Dorcas ---, who was born 14 March, 1734, and died 28 May, 1800.  There is an unconfirmed tradition that Dorcas may have been a Wilson.

It is probable that Abraham and Dorcas Alexander migrated to North Carolina with a group of relatives about the middle of the eighteenth century.  He owned several large tracts of land, and established his home three miles northeast of Charlotte on Alexander's Mill Creek -- the present site of the Charlotte Country Club.

He was a prominent and prosperous citizen of the County -- active in affairs of church and state.  He was a Trustee of the Town of Charlotte and of Queen's Museum, which flourished for several years before it was granted a charter in 1777 under the name of Liberty Hall.

Abraham Alexander was a Lieutenant-Colonel of Militia, a member of the Colonial Assembly in 1771, Chairman of the County Court, Chairman of the Committee of Safety in 1775, Chairman of the Convention of May 19 and 20, 1775, and a Signer of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, May 20, 1775.  He was buried in the cemetery at Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church, of which he was one of the founders and ruling elders.  His will, dated 12 April, 1786, and filed in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, shows that he had the following children:

    1.  Dr. Isaac, b. Feb. 1750; d. 1/13/1812, in Camden, S. C.; m. (1) --- ---; m. (2) 12/14/1788, Mrs. Margaret B. Smith; m. (3) 7/15/1807, Sarah Thornton; d. 12/9/1863.
    2.  Elizabeth, b. 2/19/1755; m. William Sample Alexander; d. 10/20/1826, aged 70 years.
    3.  Abraham, b. 3/6/1762; d. 3/11/1829; (1) m. 3/6/1787, Margaret Harris, b. 9/23/1763; d. 1/12/1806; (2) m. 3/5/1808, Jane McCorkle, b. 6/15/1773, d. 2/4/1834.



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    4.  Nathaniel, b. 7/3/1767; d. 2/5/1808; m. 5/24/1794, Jane Harris, b. 4/10/1770, d. 7/3/1842.
    5.  Joab, b. 2/9/1769; d. 3/21/1828; m. Joannah Wallace, b. 1769, d. 4/3/1823.
    6.  Ezra, b. 12/3/1772(?).
    7.  Marcus, b. 6/6/1766; d. 10/23/1795.
    8.  Cyrus, b. 1/9/1779; d. 5/24/1799; m. 3/20/1797, Rebecca Arthur.

Ezra Alexander is identified by the will of Arthur Alexander (Mecklenburg County, N. C.) as the brother of Abraham Alexander.  He was, therefore, also a son of Elias and Sophia Alexander of Somerset County, Maryland, and a grandson of Joseph Alexander of Cecil County.  He was born in Maryland, probably Frederick County, and died in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.  His tombstone, uncovered a few years ago in the Polk family grave-yard, near Pineville, North Carolina, gives the date of his death as "July 6, 1800, aged 60 years."  On the same stone we read that "Mary Alexander died September 8, 1814."  This Mary -- his wife -- was evidently closely related to the Polk family.

Ezra Alexander was living in Mecklenburg County in 1763 when his brother Arthur -- in his will -- appointed him guardian of his son, Elias.  He was granted several hundred acres of land on McAlpine and Sugaw Creeks and established his home not far from the present town of Pineville -- with the Polks, Barnetts, and Smarts among his neighbors.  He was appointed an Overseer of Roads in 1778.  During the Revolution he served as a soldier in several campaigns, taking part in the battles of Ramsaur's Mill and Hanging Rock.  He was a Signer of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence on May 20, 1775.

The inventory of his estate (dated July 30, 1800), an account of the sales of the estate (August 19, 1800), and a map showing division of his lands (October 1800) are to be found in the Department of Archives and History in Raleigh, North Carolina.

His will, dated Feb. 16, 1798, and filed in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina (Book A Page 14) mentions the following children:

    1.  Eleazer, b. 11/23/1763.  Removed to Maury County, Tenn.
    2.  James, one of the Executors of his father's will, d. 10/15/1804, aged 39 years.  Buried in Polk Graveyard.
    3.  Dorcas.
    4.  Abdon.
    5.  Augustus, b. 8/20/1772; d. 9/25/1849.  Buried at Sharon Presbyterian Church; m. (1) Dorcas Culp, b. 2/11/1779; d. 9/20/1836; m. (2) Sarah Glass.
    6.  Paris, b. 9/17/1775.  Removed to Madison Co., Tennessee; m. Dinah Eugenia Neely, b. 8/21/1777.
    7.  Redempta.
    8.  Polly Ann.

William Alexander, son of Elias and Sophia Alexander and brother of Abraham and Ezra, was born in Maryland and died in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, in 1772.  He married his cousin, Agnes Alexander (daughter of William Alexander, Jr., and Catherine Wallace Alexander), who survived him.

Maryland records indicate that William and Agnes Alexander lived for some years in Somerset County, Maryland.  Later -- before joining the group migrating to North Carolina -- they were in Frederick County.  As early as 1751 we find him in Anson County, North Carolina (later Mecklenburg County), where he was known as a merchant and farmer.  From the Colonial Records of North Carolina, we learn that the Rev. Hugh McAden -- on his missionary journey to the Mecklenburg Section -- was a guest in home of William Alexander in October, 1755.

In his will he mentioned only one child, Adam -- whom he appointed Executor.  It is known, however, that he had a son Charles.  He may also have had other children.

Adam Alexander, son of William and Agnes Alexander, grandson of Elias and Sophia Alexander and great-grandson of Joseph Alexander of Cecil County, was born in Somerset County, Maryland, September 23, 1728.  He died in the Clear Creek Section of Mecklenburg, November 13, 1798.  On August 4, 1752, he was married to Mary Shelby (daughter of Evan and Catherine Davies Shelby), who was born on August 8, 1735, and died in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, November 26, 1813.  Both are buried in the old Rock Springs graveyard near which was the first building of Philadelphia Presbyterian Church, where the congregation of that church worshiped before the Revolution and where Adam Alexander was one of the first elders.

Adam Alexander was a large landowner, a man of influence in the County, a churchman, patriot, and soldier.  He was a Justice of the Peace and a member of the County Court, being known as "Justice Alexander" as early as 1755.  In 1756 he was a Captain of a Company of Militia and took a prominent part in a conference concerning Indian Raids.

He was a Signer of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence on May 20, 1775, and thereafter was a brave and energetic military officer -- Lieutenant-Colonel of Minute Men in 1775 and Colonel in 1776.  He took part in almost every campaign in which the men of Mecklenburg opposed the enemies.

Adam Alexander died intestate.  His wife, Mary, in her will dated Feb. 8, 1810, mentions "my five children" but names only one of them, Isaac, whom she appointed Executor of her estate.  From available records we know that the children of Adam and Mary Shelby Alexander were:

    1.  Isaac S., b. 6/7/1756; d. 9/2/1823; m. Ruth Reece, b. 1753, d. 10/26/1825.
    2.  Catherine, b. 1759; m. before 7/31/1779, John McCoy, b. 1753.
    3.  Sarah Shelby, b. ---; d. 10/11/1842; m. 1777, Capt. John Springs, b. 10/27/1751; d. 6/25/1818.
    4.  Charles Taylor (Administrator of his father's estate), b. 8/9/1764; d. 8/26/1828; m. 12/28/1796, Margaret Means b. 12/30/1777; d. 7/17/1845.
    5.  Evan Shelby, b. 1767; d. 10/28/1809; unmarried.
    6.  Mary ("Polly"), d. 8/19/1838; m. Dr. Cunningham Harris, b. 8/31/1768; d. 1/10/1814.
    Note:  These children of Adam and Mary Alexander may not be listed in the order of their birth.



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Captain Charles Alexander was a son of William and Agnes Alexander, grandson of Elias and Sophia Alexander, and great-grandson of Joseph Alexander, of Cecil County, Maryland.  He was a brother of Colonel Adam Alexander and, like him, was probably born in Somerset County, Maryland.  It has been said that he removed to Tennessee after the Revolutionary War, but there are many evidences that he continued to reside in Mecklenburg County and died there, though the exact date of his death and place of his burial are unknown.

He came to Mecklenburg County at an early date and we find that he obtained a tract of land from George Augustus Selwyn in 1765.  This land was on Sugaw Creek, in the Providence section of the county and not far from the Union County line.  To his original grant he later added several other tracts of land until he owned an extensive acreage and was a man of affluence.

Charles Alexander was a Signer of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence and thereafter was active as a soldier throughout the war.

He served in the "Snow Campaign" under Colonels Polk and Alexander (Adam), and was a member of Captain Charles Polk's Company of Light Horse in the Cherokee Indian Campaign.  As a Captain he was in the "Raft Swamp" expedition with Colonel Charles Polk's Dragoons.  He served until 1781 and was a militiaman until 1785.

He had a son Charles, who was also a soldier in the Revolutionary War -- father and son at times serving in the same company.  To this son Charles, he deeded land on the west side of Sugaw Creek on December 4, 1800.  It is this writer's opinion that it was this Charles who removed to Giles County, Tennessee, in 1814, who stated that he was born on the 4th day of January, 1755, and who died in 1834, though of this there seems to be no documentary proof.

There has been a difference of opinion as to which of the wills of Charles Alexander is that of "Charles, the Signer."  However, it seems logical to suppose that the will of Charles Alexander, filed in Mecklenburg County (Book A, page 43), dated January 28, 1801, and witnessed by Augustus and Paris Alexander (sons of Ezra and cousins of Charles) is that of Charles, the Signer of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence.  In this will he names his wife, Jean, and children:  1.  Adam; 2. Charles; 3. George; 4. Abdon; 5. Peggy (Margaret); 6. Cassandra, m. 1/1/1803, James Houston; 7. Jane.

Thus we see that the six Alexanders who signed the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence were probably all descended from the immigrant, Joseph Alexander, of Cecil County, Maryland:  Hezekiah and John McKnitt being sons of James (Joseph); Colonel Abraham and Ezra, sons of Sophia (Joseph); and Colonel Adam and Captain Charles, sons of William (Sophia, Joseph).  Many descendants of these six patriots are prominent citizens of Mecklenburg County at this time and many others have made their contributions to the religious, political, and economic life of the nation which their forefathers helped to establish.


Source:  Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine, 1952, pgs. 311-315
Submitted by:  Vera Andrews
Online transcription by Susan Shields Sasek. My notes are in curly { } brackets.


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