Alexander Chesnut

27 August 1809–17 April 1881 (Age 71)
Chester, South Carolina, United States

The Life of Alexander

When Alexander Chesnut was born on 27 August 1809, in Chester, South Carolina, United States, his father, David Chestnut, was 24 and his mother, Jane Gaston Gladney, was 24. He married Mary Ann McDill on 22 March 1836, in Newton, Georgia, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in District 686, DeKalb, Georgia, United States for about 20 years. He died on 17 April 1881, in Doraville, DeKalb, Georgia, United States, at the age of 71, and was buried in Prosperity Cemetery, Doraville, DeKalb, Georgia, United States.

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Alexander Chesnut
Mary Ann McDill
Marriage: 22 March 1836
Margaret Elizabeth Chestnut
James Alexander Chestnut
David Alexander CHESTNUT
George Robert Chestnut
Jane Matilda Chestnut
John Thomas Chesnut

Spouse and Children

22 March 1836
Newton, Georgia, United States


    Margaret Elizabeth Chestnut


    David Alexander CHESTNUT


    George Robert Chestnut


    Jane Matilda Chestnut



+2 More Children

Parents and Siblings



    William Roseborough Chesnut


    Sarah Chesnut


    Jannett Gladney Chestnut



    Martha Elizabeth Chesnut


+8 More Children

World Events (8)

1811 · The Savannah Riots

Age 2

A barroom brawl in Savannah on Tuesday, November 12, 1811, had international impact. An American seaman boasted of having joined the crew of a French vessel, likely named La Vengeance. Others became upset at the idea of the American joining a foreign nation and a brawl erupted. The county coroner asked for peace but was beaten with clubs. A second clash occurred the following day when French sailors attacked five American seaman. A day after the second attack, twenty French sailors attacked six Americans. Four of them escaped but two were beaten and stabbed. Jacob Taylor died on the scene and a rigger named Collins died the following day. By Friday, a full scale riot erupted when the French crewmen arrested on murder charges were released. Many were arrested and French ships La Vengeance and La Franchise were burned. In the end, the incident caused disruptions in French-American relations and affected shipping and trade.
1822 · Slave Rebellion

Age 13

"On June 16, 1822, Denmark Vesey a free and self-educated African American leads a slave rebellion called ""the rising."" The interesting thing about this rebellion is that it does not really happen. The only thing the judges have to go on is the testimony of people that witness it."
1829 · Fort Sumter Constructed

Age 20

In 1829 Fort Sumter is constructed in the Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. Fort Sumter is most known for being the site of the first shots of the Civil War. It is barely ready when the American Civil War starts.

Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Chestnut .

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

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • A Chesnut, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Alexander Chesnut, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Alixander Chesnut, "United States Census, 1880"

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