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Col. Adam ALEXANDER

Male 1728 - 1798  (70 years)


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  • Name Adam ALEXANDER 
    Title Col. 
    Born 23 Sep 1728  Somerset County, MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 13 Nov 1798  Mecklenburg County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Old Rock Springs Cemetery, Mecklenburg County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • (1) Ingram, Mrs. Benjamin W., "The Six Alexanders Who Signed the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence," Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine, Vol. 86, No. 5 (May 1952), p. 314:

      Adam Alexander, son of William and Agnes Alexander, grandson of Elias and Sophia Alexander and great-grandson of Joseph Alexander of Cecil County, was born in Somerset County, Maryland, September 23, 1728. He died in the Clear Creek Section of Mecklenburg, November 13, 1798. On August 4, 1752, he was married to Mary Shelby (daughter of Evan and Catherine Davies Shelby), who was born on August 8, 1735, and died in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, November 26, 1813. Both are buried in the old Rock Springs graveyard near which was the first building of Philadelphia Presbyterian Church, where the congregation of that church worshiped before the Revolution and where Adam Alexander was one of the first elders.

      Adam Alexander was a large landowner, a man of influence in the County, a churchman, patriot, and soldier. He was a Justice of the Peace and a member of the County Court, being known as "Justice Alexander" as early as 1755. In 1756 he was a Captain of a Company of Militia and took a prominent part in a conference concerning Indian Raids.

      He was a Signer of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence on May 20, 1775, and thereafter was a brave and energetic military officer - Lieutenant-Colonel of Minute Men in 1775 and Colonel in 1776. He took part in almost every campaign in which the men of Mecklenburg opposed the enemies.

      Adam Alexander died intestate. His wife, Mary, in her will dated Feb. 8, 1810, mentions "my five children" but names only one of them, Isaac, whom she appointed Executor of her estate. From available records we know that the children of Adam and Mary Shelby Alexander were:

      [i] Isaac S., b. 6/7/1756; d. 9/2/1823 [1833?]; m. Ruth Reece, b. 1753, d. 10/26/1825.

      [ii] Catherine, b. 1759; m. before 7/31/1779, John McCoy, b. 1753.

      [iii] Sarah Shelby, b. ____; d. 10/11/1842; m. 1777, Capt. John Springs, b. 10/27/1751; d. 6/25/1818.

      [iv] Charles Taylor (Administrator of his father's estate), b. 8/9/1764; d. 8/26/1828; m. 12/28/1796, Margaret Means b. 12/30/1777; d. 7/17/1845.

      [v] Evan Shelby, b. 1767; d. 10/28/1809; unmarried.

      [vi] Mary ("Polly"), d. 8/19/1838; m. Dr. Cunningham Harris, b. 8/31/1768; d. 1/10/1814.

      Note: These children of Adam and Mary Alexander may not be listed in the order of their birth.

      (2) www.findagrave.com:

      Col Adam Alexander
      Birth: Sep. 28, 1728, Princess Anne, Somerset County, Maryland, USA
      Death: Nov. 13, 1798, North Carolina, USA

      Capt of Anson County, No. Carolina Militia Rev. War

      Signer of Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence

      H/O Mary Shelby

      Family links: Parents: William Liston Alexander (1670 - 1745), Spouse: Mary Sarah Shelby Alexander (1735 - 1813); Children: Isaac Alexander (1756 - 1833); Sibling: Mary Elizabeth Alexander Miller (1698 - 1772), Adam Alexander (1728 - 1798)

      Burial: Old Rock Springs Cemetery, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, USA

      Created by: William Clifford
      Record added: May 24, 2005
      Find A Grave Memorial# 11017435

      [Note by compiler: There are two more memorials for this decedent at www.findagrave.com: #33028152 and #67663934.]
    Person ID I37560  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 3 Oct 2019 

    Family Mary SHELBY,   b. 8 Aug 1735,   d. 26 Nov 1813, Mecklenburg County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 4 Aug 1752 
    Children 
     1. Isaac S. ALEXANDER,   b. 7 Jun 1756,   d. 2 Sep 1833  (Age 77 years)  [natural]
     2. Catherine ALEXANDER,   b. 1759  [natural]
     3. Charles Taylor ALEXANDER,   b. 9 Aug 1764,   d. 26 Aug 1828  (Age 64 years)  [natural]
     4. Evan Shelby ALEXANDER,   b. 1767,   d. 28 Oct 1809  (Age 42 years)  [natural]
     5. Sarah Shelby ALEXANDER,   d. 11 Oct 1842  [natural]
     6. Mary ALEXANDER,   d. 19 Aug 1838  [natural]
    Last Modified 3 Oct 2019 17:10:02 
    Family ID F16243  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart