John B Alexander

20 January 1782–13 August 1838 (Age 56)
Rock Castle, Goochland, Virginia, United States

The Life of John B

When John B Alexander was born on 20 January 1782, in Rock Castle, Goochland, Virginia, United States, his father, Robert Alexander, was 35 and his mother, Ann "Nancy" Austin, was 28. He married Sarah Lewis Cobbs on 5 December 1809, in Bedford, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 8 daughters. He died on 13 August 1838, in Campbell, Virginia, United States, at the age of 56, and was buried in Rustburg, Campbell, Virginia, United States.

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Family Time Line

John B Alexander
Sarah Lewis Cobbs
Marriage: 5 December 1809
Charlotte Lewis Alexander
Sarah Ann Alexander
Mary Glenn Alexander
Eliza Alexander
John Dabner Alexander
Olivia Alexander
Robert Alexander
Susan Alexander
Charles Edward Alexander
Roberta Alexander
Margaret R Alexander

Spouse and Children


    Sarah Lewis Cobbs


5 December 1809
Bedford, Virginia, United States


    Charlotte Lewis Alexander


    Sarah Ann Alexander



    Eliza Alexander


    John Dabner Alexander


+6 More Children

Parents and Siblings



+5 More Children

World Events (8)

1783 · A Free America

Age 1

The Revolutionary War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris which gave the new nation boundries on which they could expand and trade with other countries without any problems.
1788 · Becomes the 10th state

Age 6

On June 25, 1788 Virginia became the 10th state. 
1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 18

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.

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)

  • John Alexander, "Virginia, Historical Society Papers, 1607-2007"
  • John Alexander in entry for William Davis and Mary G. Alexander, "Virginia Marriages, 1785-1940"
  • Jno. Alexander in entry for John Dabner Alexander, "Virginia Deaths and Burials, 1853-1912"

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