John Alexander

North Carolina, United States

The Life of John

When John Alexander was born in 1780, in North Carolina, United States, his father, George H Alexander, was 37 and his mother, Mary Polly Stewart, was 30. He married Nancey Stuart on 19 January 1809, in Augusta, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. He registered for military service in 1863. He died before 24 January 1881, in Wilson, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 101.

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John Alexander
Nancey Stuart
Marriage: 19 January 1809
John Charles Alexander
Letta Alexander
Samuel M Alexander
Mary Ann Alexander
Jane Alexander
Catherine Alexander

Spouse & Children

19 January 1809
Augusta, Virginia, United States


  • John Charles Alexander


  • Samuel M Alexander


  • Mary Ann Alexander


  • Jane Alexander


  • Letta Alexander


+1 More Child

Parents & Siblings

  • Male1743–1814Male

  • Mary Polly Stewart




  • Female1775–1840Female

  • George B. Alexander Jr.


  • Joseph Alexander


  • Robert Alexander


  • Jesse Alexander


+1 More Child

World Events (8)

1781 · The First Constitution

Age 1

Serving the newly created United States of America as the first constitution, the Articles of Confederation were an agreement among the 13 original states preserving the independence and sovereignty of the states. But with a limited central government, the Constitutional Convention came together to replace the Articles of Confederation with a more established Constitution and central government on where the states can be represented and voice their concerns and comments to build up the nation.
1789 · Becomes 12th State

Age 9

On November 21, 1789, North Carolina became the 12th state in the Union.

Age 28

Atlantic slave trade abolished.

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.

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • John Alexander, "United States Census, 1860"
  • John Alexander, "United States Census, 1850"
  • John Alexander, "United States Census, 1840"

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