Benjamin Franklin Alexander

11 July 1838–6 April 1891 (Age 52)
Darlington, South Carolina, United States

The Life of Benjamin Franklin

When Benjamin Franklin Alexander was born on 11 July 1838, in Darlington, South Carolina, United States, his father, Lorenzo Dowell Alexander, was 26 and his mother, Catherine " Katie" Hay, was 23. He married Martha Ann Barrow on 6 April 1855, in Chesterfield, South Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 9 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in South Carolina, United States in 1870 and Cole Hill Township, Chesterfield, South Carolina, United States in 1880. He died on 6 April 1891, in Chesterfield, South Carolina, United States, at the age of 52, and was buried in Chesterfield, South Carolina, United States.

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Family Time Line

Benjamin Franklin Alexander
Martha Ann Barrow
Marriage: 6 April 1855
James Abner Lewis
J. D. Alexander
Annie Eliza Alexander
M. A. Alexander
Margaret Elizabeth Alexander
James Franklin "Bud" Alexander
Smittie Catherine Alexander
Hulda Jane Alexander
John Wesley Alexander
John A. Alexander
Benjamin Caesar Alexander
Baby Alexander
Henry Morgan Alexander
Charles Addison Alexander

Spouse and Children

6 April 1855
Chesterfield, South Carolina, United States


+9 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    Lorenzo Dowell Alexander


    Catherine " Katie" Hay




    Margaret Hannah Alexander



    Hulda Rebecca Alexander


    Wesley Pagee Alexander


World Events (7)


Age 8

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Age 22

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.

Age 25

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Name Meaning

Scottish, English, German, Dutch; also found in many other cultures: from the personal name Alexander, classical Greek Alexandros, which probably originally meant ‘repulser of men (i.e. of the enemy)’, from alexein ‘to repel’ + andros, genitive of anēr ‘man’. Its popularity in the Middle Ages was due mainly to the Macedonian conqueror, Alexander the Great ( 356–323 bc )—or rather to the hero of the mythical versions of his exploits that gained currency in the so-called Alexander Romances. The name was also borne by various early Christian saints, including a patriarch of Alexandria ( ad c.250–326 ), whose main achievement was condemning the Arian heresy. The Gaelic form of the personal name is Alasdair, which has given rise to a number of Scottish and Irish patronymic surnames, for example Mc Allister . Alexander is a common forename in Scotland, often representing an Anglicized form of the Gaelic name. In North America the form Alexander has absorbed many cases of cognate names from other languages, for example Spanish Alejandro , Italian Alessandro , Greek Alexandropoulos, Russian Aleksandr, etc. (For forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988 .) It has also been adopted as a Jewish name.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Benjamin Alexander, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Benjeman Alexander in household of Catharine Alexander, "United States Census, 1850"
  • B F Alexander, "United States Census, 1870"

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