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Elias Alexander, Jr.

Male Abt 1736 - 1818  (~ 82 years)


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  • Name Elias Alexander 
    Suffix Jr. 
    Born Abt 1736  Cecil Co., MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 13 May 1818  Rutherford Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1228  MyTree
    Last Modified 21 Jun 2011 

    Father Elias Elijah Alexander, Sr.,   b. 26 Feb 1679, Somerset Co., MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1749, Slate Hill, Cecil Co., MD. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 71 years) 
    Mother Mary Ann Taylor,   b. Abt 1700, Cecil Co., MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1800, Guilford, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 100 years) 
    Married Abt 1727  York Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F5025  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Nancy Agnes McCall,   b. Abt 1731, Rutherford Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 May 1826, Rutherford Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 95 years) 
    Married Bef 1760  prob Cecil Co., MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. James Taylor Alexander,   b. Abt 1760, Rutherford Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1821  (Age ~ 61 years)
    +2. William Alexander,   b. Abt 1775, Rutherford Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1821, Mecklenburg Co, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 46 years)
     3. Martha Alexander,   b. Abt 1767, Rutherford Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Ann Alexander,   b. Abt 1771, Rutherford Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +5. Francis Alexander,   b. 11 Mar 1772, Rutherford Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1852, Rutherford Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     6. Elias Alexander,   b. Abt 1774, Cecil Co., MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +7. Major Ross Alexander, Sr.,   b. Abt 1775, Rutherford Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jul 1849  (Age ~ 74 years)
     8. Jane Alexander,   b. Abt 1783, Rutherford Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. Margaret Alexander,   b. Abt 1790, Rutherford Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 17 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F5035  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
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  • Notes 
    • Will of Elias Alexander Jr. See Will BK C, p. 101 dated Mar 16, 1818.]
      The Will names wife Agnes, sons, Francis, Elias, Jr., Major Ross,
      William, James Taylor, daughter Ann, wife of Stephen
      Camp, daughter Betsy, wife of Jacob Fisher, daughter
      Jane, wife of Vardry McRee or McBee. Also grandchildren William D.
      Fisher, Melinda McRee, Emaline Rinehart. Elias (Jr) is buried near
      Forest City, NC, in Rutherford Co. The wife of Col. Elias was Nancy Agnes McCall.

      History of Old Tryon & Rutherford Co., NC -1730 - 1936:
      By Clarence W. Griffin, Asheville, NC: The Miller Printing Company, 1937
      Page 170:
      Senator Elias Alexander, III, was a son of Elias Alexander, II, who was born
      in Maryland in 1746. Elias Alexander, I, lived in Maryland and died there in
      1747. His wife was Ann Taylor, who died in Mecklenburg Co., NC, in 1800.
      Elias Alexander, II, was a son of this couple. He migrated to Mecklenburg Co.
      with other Alexanders, and settled in the Sugaw Creek settlement, a few miles
      north of Charlotte. Elias, II, later removed to Rutherford Co., and was a
      valiant soldier in the Revolution, participating in the battles at Kings
      Mountain and Guilford Court House. His wife, Agnes (McCall) Alexander, died in
      Rutherford Co. in 1826 and Col. Elias Alexander died May 13, 1818. They had
      eleven children:
      (1) Francis Alexander (1778-1852), many years county surveyor
      of Rutherford Co. His daughter, Jane McBee, married Francis S. Coxe of
      Philadelphia, April 24, 1823. They were the parents of the late Frank Coxe of
      Asheville. Margaret Rebecca, another daughter of Francis Alexander, married
      Rev. Campbell Smith of the South Carolina Methodist Conference. A son, Ross
      Alexander, Jr., married Charlotte Hill and they were parents of the late J. F.
      Alexander, Forest City lumberman, businessman, textile manufaccturer and
      Assemblyman, and Hon. A. C. Alexander, of Georgia.
      (2) Major Ross Alexander,
      Sr., son of Elias, II, was thrown from a mule and killed July 6, 1849, near
      Hazelhurst Farm, three miles south of Forest City.
      (3) Anna married StephenCamp.
      (4) Jane married Verdry McBee, of Lincolnton.
      (5) Margaret married Col. David Reinhardt.
      (6) Patsy Blanton married Jacob Fisher.
      (7) William Alexander died 1821.
      (8) Elias Alexander, III, was State Senator in 1832. He was living in Greenville, SC, in 1875.
      (9) James Taylor Alexander
      (10) Thomas Alexander (died young)
      (11) Alston Alexander (died young).

      The commission of Col. Elias Alexander was said to have been destroyed
      when the house of his kinsman, John McKnitt Alexander, was destroyed
      by fire. The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence was destroyed at
      the same time.

      Source: Part of an article by Frank S. Coxe, great-grandson of Col. Elias, written 9 Apr 1896:
      "The second day after the battle at Biggerstaff's old field, 8 miles east of Rutherford Co., NC, then Gilbert Town, a court martial was held. They condemned a large number of the prisoners taken at King's Mountain to be hung the next morning at sunrise. Col. (Elias) Alexander protested against it as there was a Col. to be tried and there was no one of sufficient rank to try a Colonel, and he, Col.
      Elias Alexander, refused to preside as he did not have his commission
      with him. He made a speech demanding that the court martial be postponed until the next day, when Gen. Joseph McDowell, the ranking officer at King's Mountain would come up and the trial proceed properly and legally.
      Gen. McDowell did not arrive until the next morning after sunrise and after 8 men had been hung. He had heard that there was a danger of this, as reprisals were in order, but thought that Alexander could prevent it. When he did arrive, he stopped the whole affair, and neither tried nor executed any others. McDowell was old and feebleand could not keep up with the battalion under Alexander in charge of the prisoners and the fear that Tarleton might recapture the prisoners
      made them get away as quickly as possible.
      These facts were given to me by Francis Alexander when he was 84 years old, as having been told to him by his father, Col Elias Alexander. John Davenport of Hickory Nut Gap, who died in 1862 at the age of 97, knew Col. Alexander well and corroborates the foregoing account."

      DAR Books p.50-226 " Elias moved to NC in 1749/50; will Book C p. 101 Mar 6, 1818; bur.near Forest City NC: AMREV Col. KingsMt, Guilford "
      Col Elias of Rutherford Co.N.C.(Per Alexander Descendants 1952 by Annie Blythe Ingram)
      Alex Kin "Elias Alexander was born about 1748, some records say in Ireland, but most probably in he was born in Pennsylvania. He lived on Floyd Creek, Rutherford County, North Carolina, where he raised a large family of sons and daughters. He was married in 1770 to Annie ( Nancy ) McCall, a sister to the grandmother of James K. Polk."
      "Elias bore the Commission as Colonel, Given to him by General Nathaniel Greene."
      Pennsylvania Original Land Records Series for York Co. PA"
      The Chancefords: Complete Colonial Family Name Index.
      Alexander, Elias
      Alexander, Isaac
      Alexander, James
      Alexander, Jedediah






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