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James Alexander

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  • Name James Alexander  [1
    Born 23 Dec 1756  Buffalo Creek, Rutherford Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 28 Jun 1844  Bee Tree Creek, Buncombe Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Aft 28 Jun 1844  Piney Grove (Swannanoa) Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Swannanoa, Buncombe Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    James Alexander (1756-1844)
    James Alexander (1756-1844)
    James Alexander (1756-1844)
    James Alexander (1756-1844)
    Person ID I644  DNA Family 1 Genealogies
    Last Modified 2 Aug 2009 

    Father John Alexander,   b. Abt 1725,   d. 1827, Harpeth River, Davidson Co., TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 102 years) 
    Mother Rachel Davidson,   b. Abt 1730, ____, ____, Ireland, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1796, ____, Buncombe Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 66 years) 
    Married 1754  [1
    Family ID F66  Group Sheet

    Family Rhoda Cunningham,   b. 13 Oct 1763, ____, ____, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jan 1848, Bee Tree Creek, Buncombe Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 19 Mar 1782  Allison Creek, York District, SC Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Type: Death of one spouse 
    Marriage Status Death of one spouse 
    Children 
     1. John C. Alexander,   b. 23 Mar 1783,   d. 31 May 1857  (Age 74 years)
     2. Rhoda C. Alexander,   b. 6 Nov 1785,   d. Sep 1881  (Age 95 years)
     3. William Davidson Alexander,   b. 28 Jan 1788,   d. Aft 28 Jan 1788, ____, Buncombe Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     4. George C. Alexander,   b. 10 Sep 1790, ____, Buncombe Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Oct 1880, ____, Buncombe Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
     5. James Mitchell Alexander,   b. 22 May 1793, Asheville, Buncombe Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jun 1858, Asheville, Buncombe Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     6. Robert S. Alexander,   b. 2 Sep 1795, ____, Buncombe Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jul 1863  (Age 67 years)
     7. Rachael Alexander,   b. 30 Dec 1797, ____, Buncombe Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown
     8. William Davidson Alexander,   b. 10 Dec 1800, ____, Buncombe Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Nov 1872  (Age 71 years)
     9. Humphrey Newton Alexander,   b. 11 Jun 1803, ____, Buncombe Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown, Asheville, Buncombe Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Elizabeth Alexander,   b. 10 Apr 1806, ____, Buncombe Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown
    Last Modified 4 May 2006 
    Family ID F403  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Aft 28 Jun 1844 - Piney Grove (Swannanoa) Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Swannanoa, Buncombe Co., NC Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • From the Pension File of James Alexander: #w.12190
      James Alexander, born Rowan County, N.C. December 23, 1756, enlisted from Lincoln County, N.C. in August 1778 and served as a private three months under Col. Erwin, Enlisted in November, 1778 and served three months as a private under Capt. Malcolm Henry: enlisted in May, 1779 and served as a private four months under Capt. Isaac White and Col. Campbell; enlisted the last of May 1780 and served as a private in Capt. John Barber's Co. of Hourse, Col, Charles MDowell's regiment; was in a skirmish with Tarleton at Ennoree; enlisted in August or September, 1780 and served as a private three months under Capt. Isaac White and Col. Campbell, was in the battle of King's Mountain.

      About 1782 he moved from Lincoln County N.C. to York District, SC. About two years later he moved to the part of Burke County which later became Buncombe County, NC. He was allowed pension on his application executed January 9, 1834. After his death in 1844 his widow, Rhoda Cunningham Alexander, was allowed pension on her application executed April 8, 1847.

      From family Bible records attached to pension records. They were married in the York District, SC as deposed by James Watson whose father married then in his house on Alison Creek.

      From Old Buncombe County Heritage: page 133-134:
      James Alexander was born in what is now Rutherford County, (then Mecklenburg) on Buffalo Creek, December 23, 1756, the son of John and Rachel (Davidson) Alexander.

      He moved with his father to Lincoln County and settled on Crowder's Creek near King's Mountain. While living there he fought on the American side in the Revolution at Musgrove's Mill, King's Mountain, Cowpens and other places in northern South Carolina. A camp chest said to have belonged to Lord Cornwallis (but probably Colonel Ferguson) was captured by him at the King's Mountain battle.

      On March 19, 1782, her married on Allison Creek, York, South Carolina, a niece of Gen. William Davidson, Rhoda Cunningham daughter of Humphrey and Rhoda Summerville Cunningham.

      Somewhile after their marriage, James and his family joined in crossing the Blue Ridge to make that first settlement in Bee Tree Creek. They came from York District, SC, and went across a gap a half mile or more south of the present Long Tunnel. Leaving Old Fort and crossing the creek they went for about a mile west before entering among the mountains, turning to the right and ascending to the gap. From there they went down to the creek above the modern Town of Black Mountain.

      The place where he settled became known as the old Alexander Place which land was kept in the family for well over one hundred and forty-five years. James was one of the Justices of the Peace who organized Buncombe County in April, 1792. The United States paid him a pension for Revolutionary services.

      James Alexander died at his residence on Bee Tree Creek on June 28, 1844 and was buried two miles away at the old Robert Patton burying ground. His widow died on Jan. 29, 1848. On her death, his body was removed and buried with her body in the same grave at Piney Grove Presbyterian Church about three-fouths of a mile from the Robert Patton burying ground. --by W. E. Bryson
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      Entries: 3841    Updated: Thu Jan 10 19:04:07 2002    Contact: William F. Mooney
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      1. Rhoda Cunningham (Humphrey Cunningham3, John Cunningham2, William Cunningham1) was born 15 OCT 1763 in Rowan County, NC, and died 29 JAN 1848 in Bee Tree Creek near Ashville, Buncombe, N.C.. She married James Alexander 19 MAR 1782 in Allsion Creek, York District, S.C.. He was born 23 DEC 1756 in Rowan, NC, and died 28 JUN 1844 in Ashville, Buncombe Co. NC.

      Children of Rhoda Cunningham and James Alexander are:
      + 2   i. John C. Alexander was born 22 MAR 1783, and died WFT Est. 1814-1874.
        3   ii. Rhoda C. Alexander was born 6 NOV 1785, and died SEP 1881. She married William McDaniel WFT Est. 1799-1832. He was born WFT Est. 1768-1788, and died WFT Est. 1802-1874.
        4   iii. William d. Alexander was born 28 JAN 1788 in Buncombe County, NC, and died WFT Est. 1789-1878 in Buncombe County, NC.
      + 5   iv. George C. Alexander was born 10 SEP 1790 in Buncombe County, NC, and died 3 OCT 1880 in buncombe County, NC.
        6   v. James Mitchell Alexander was born 22 MAY 1793 in Ashville, Buncombe Co. NC, and died 11 JUN 1858 in Ashville, Buncombe Co. NC. He married Nancy Foster 25 MAY 1820. She was born WFT Est. 1782-1804, and died WFT Est. 1825-1893.
        7   vi. Robert S. Alexander was born 2 SEP 1795 in Buncombe County, NC, and died WFT Est. 1826-1886. He married Jane Wilson 25 MAY 1820. She was born WFT Est. 1782-1804, and died WFT Est. 1825-1893.
        8   vii. Rachael Alexander was born 30 DEC 1797 in Buncombe County, NC, and died WFT Est. 1829-1891. She married Moses White 2 DEC 1824 in Buncombe County, NC. He was born WFT Est. 1776-1804, and died WFT Est. 1829-1889.
        9   viii. William D. Alexander was born 10 DEC 1800 in Buncombe County, NC, and died WFT Est. 1831-1891. He married Leah Burgin 21 APR 1825. She was born WFT Est. 1787-1809, and died WFT Est. 1830-1898.
        10   ix. Humphrey Alexander was born 11 JUN 1803 in Buncombe County, NC, and died WFT Est. 1830-1894 in Ashville, Buncombe Co. NC. He married Mary Anne Foster 16 DEC 1824 in Ashville, Buncombe Co. NC. She was born WFT Est. 1787-1811, and died WFT Est. 1830-1899.
        11   x. Elizabeth Alexander was born 10 APR 1806, and died WFT Est. 1837-1900. She married Joseph McIntire 19 JAN 1832. He was born WFT Est. 1785-1812, and died WFT Est. 1837-1898.

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      2. John C. Alexander (Rhoda Cunningham4, Humphrey Cunningham3, John Cunningham2, William Cunningham1) was born 22 MAR 1783, and died WFT Est. 1814-1874. He married Jane Patton 31 DEC 1808 in Buncombe County, NC, daughter of Aaron Patton and Magdalene Cunningham. She was born 1788, and died WFT Est. 1831-1883.

      Children of John C. Alexander and Jane Patton are:
        12   i. George W. Alexander was born 1814, and died WFT Est. 1840-1905. He married Mary WFT Est. 1836-1867. She was born 1824, and died WFT Est. 1836-1918.
        13   ii. John P. Alexander was born 1826, and died WFT Est. 1827-1916.
        14   iii. William M Alexander was born 1829, and died WFT Est. 1830-1919.

      5. George C. Alexander (Rhoda Cunningham4, Humphrey Cunningham3, John Cunningham2, William Cunningham1) was born 10 SEP 1790 in Buncombe County, NC, and died 3 OCT 1880 in buncombe County, NC. He married Elizabeth Foster 23 JUN 1818 in Ashville, Buncombe Co. NC. She was born 15 JAN 1800 in Ashville, Buncombe Co. NC, and died 24 JAN 1884 in Ashville, Buncombe Co. NC.

      Children of George C. Alexander and Elizabeth Foster are:
        15   i. George W. Alexander was born WFT Est. 1813-1841, and died WFT Est. 1820-1921.
        16   ii. Salina Alexander was born WFT Est. 1813-1841, and died WFT Est. 1830-1924. She married Watkins WFT Est. 1830-1875. He was born WFT Est. 1804-1839, and died WFT Est. 1830-1919.
        17   iii. Rhonda Alexander was born WFT Est. 1813-1841, and died WFT Est. 1830-1924. She married White WFT Est. 1830-1875. He was born WFT Est. 1804-1839, and died WFT Est. 1830-1919.
      + 18   iv. Saphronia Alexander was born 24 APR 1820 in Buncombe County, NC, and died 9 AUG 1899 in Buncombe County, NC.

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      18. Saphronia Alexander (George C. Alexander5, Rhoda Cunningham4, Humphrey Cunningham3, John Cunningham2, William Cunningham1) was born 24 APR 1820 in Buncombe County, NC, and died 9 AUG 1899 in Buncombe County, NC. She married Calvin Patton 9 FEB 1842 in Buncombe County, NC, son of George Patton and Nancy Patton. He was born 10 SEP 1819 in Buncombe County, NC, and died 1 AUG 1869 in Buncombe County, NC.

      Children of Saphronia Alexander and Calvin Patton are:
        19   i. George Alexander Patton was born 22 MAY 1844 in Buncombe County, NC, and died 22 AUG 1927 in Buncombe County, NC. He married Julia A. Smith WFT Est. 1856-1883. She was born 14 JAN 1834, and died 25 MAY 1890. He married Mollie Holland WFT Est. 1861-1894. She was born WFT Est. 1840-1860, and died WFT Est. 1861-1944.
      + 20   ii. James Morrison Patton was born 1845 in Buncombe County, NC, and died WFT Est. 1901-1937 in Laurens Co., SC.
        21   iii. Elizaberh Ray Patton was born 17 MAY 1847 in Buncombe County, NC, and died 12 MAY 1931 in Buncombe County, NC.
        22   iv. Thomas L. Patton was born 14 JUL 1849, and died WFT Est. 1868-1940. He married Harriet Brannon WFT Est. 1864-1896 in Buncombe County, NC. She was born 11 SEP 1848 in Buncombe County, NC, and died 25 OCT 1926 in Buncombe County, NC.
        23   v. William G. Patton was born 5 OCT 1851 in Buncombe County, NC, and died 15 OCT 1878 in Buncombe County, NC.
        24   vi. Robert Franklin Patton was born 1854, and died 1917. He married Sallie Reagan WFT Est. 1871-1901. She was born WFT Est. 1850-1869, and died WFT Est. 1871-1954.
        25   vii. Philetus Patton was born 22 MAY 1856 in Buncombe County, NC, and died 17 JUL 1921 in Buncombe County, NC. He married Rebecca Foster WFT Est. 1869-1899. She was born 15 SEP 1851 in Buncombe County, NC, and died 8 NOV 1914.
        26   viii. Charles Mitchell Patton was born 16 JUL 1858 in Buncombe County, NC, and died 13 JUL 1910 in Buncombe County, NC. He married Matilda Burnett WFT Est. 1877-1900. She was born 14 DEC 1861 in Buncombe County, NC, and died 26 JAN 1935.
        27   ix. Edwin L. Patton was born 2 SEP 1860, and died WFT Est. 1861-1950.

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      20. James Morrison Patton (Saphronia Alexander6, George C. Alexander5, Rhoda Cunningham4, Humphrey Cunningham3, John Cunningham2, William Cunningham1) was born 1845 in Buncombe County, NC, and died WFT Est. 1901-1937 in Laurens Co., SC. He married Kathryn Rebecca McLeod WFT Est. 1864-1904 in Buncombe County, NC. She was born WFT Est. 1845-1874, and died WFT Est. 1902-1962.

      Children of James Morrison Patton and Kathryn Rebecca McLeod are:
      28   i. Robert Lee Patton was born 1886 in Buncombe County, NC, and died 1950 in Greenville, Greenville Co. South Carolina. He married Minnie McKey WFT Est. 1903-1934. She was born WFT Est. 1882-1901, and died WFT Est. 1903-1986.
        29   ii. Calvin Cornealius Patton was born 1887 in Buncombe County, NC, and died 1956 in Spartanburg Co. South Carolina.
      + 30   iii. Sarah Saffronia Patton was born 24 JUN 1889 in Swannoah, Buncombe Co., NC, and died 20 JAN 1989 in Greenville, Greenville Co. South Carolina.
        31   iv. Windslow Steadman Patton was born 1892 in Greenville, Greenville Co. South Carolina, and died 1970 in Laurens Co., SC. He married Grace Thornton. She was born Private.
        32   v. Argus Philetus Patton was born 1894 in Laurens Co., SC, and died 1927 in Laurens Co., SC.
        33   vi. Ethel Elizabeth Patton was born 1897 in Laurens Co., SC, and died 1987 in Orlando FL. She married Lewis Robert Dunnaway WFT Est. 1911-1944 in Laurens Co., SC. He was born WFT Est. 1880-1900, and died WFT Est. 1914-1986.
        34   vii. Eula Florence Patton was born 1900 in Laurens Co., SC, and died 1974 in Spartanburg Co. South Carolina.

  • Sources 
    1. [S8] Davison/Davidson Family, Robert Stephens Hand, (2nd Ed., 1991), p. 18 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S8] Davison/Davidson Family, Robert Stephens Hand, (2nd Ed., 1991), p. 29 (Reliability: 3).