Alexander T. Wilks

25 August 1831–13 May 1888 (Age 56)
Chesterfield, South Carolina, United States

The Life of Alexander T.

When Alexander T. Wilks was born on 25 August 1831, his father, Elias Turnage Wilkes, was 27 and his mother, Sally Morrison, was 21. He had at least 5 sons and 2 daughters with Mary McKinnon. He lived in Steer Pen Township, Chesterfield, South Carolina, United States in 1880. He died on 13 May 1888, in Chesterfield, South Carolina, United States, at the age of 56, and was buried in Patrick, Chesterfield, South Carolina, United States.

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Alexander T. Wilks
Mary McKinnon
Priscilla Wilks
Boykin W. Wilkes
Lorance Wilkes
Duncan Wilkes
Martha Jane Wilks
Elias McKinnon Wilks
Alexander Francis Wilkes

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    Elizabeth Wilks


    Isabella Wilkes


    Francis Wilkes



World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 1

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.
1835 · Angry Mob Seizes U-S Mail

Age 4

On August 31, 1835, in Charleston, South Carolina an angry mob takes control over the U-S mail and burns it in public.

Age 29

In 1860, South Carolina quit the United States because its citizens were in favor of slavery and President Lincoln was not. The Civil War started a year later.

Name Meaning

English: patronymic from the personal name Wilk .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Alex J Walker, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Alex T Wilks, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Alex Wilks in entry for Alexander Francis Wilks, "South Carolina Deaths, 1915-1965"

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