Alex, are you stil around? I have some (new?) information about Lucinda W 'Lucy" Alexander, d/o Robert and Elizabeth SMith Alexander. I had long thought she was the same as my grandmother Lucy who married Samuel C Rucker, then Lewis Garner in Rutherford Co TN. But could never find enough proof. Have one more piece of the puzzle. Found published obit for Lucy W Garner from the 'Western Methodist' whatever that was.
"Mrs Lucy W Garner the subject of this brief notice was the wife of Mr. Lewis Garner of this county and the DAUGHTER OF MRS ELIZABETH ALEXANDER."This Lucy became a Methodist about 1823, which was about the year that my Lucy married Lewis Ganer, following the death of Samuel Rucker. Samuel Rucker was born into a Presbyterian family, so he probably was same, and I would guess that Lucy was also same.those two facts pretty much seal the connection for me, even tho there is no definitive proof.
Also in same obit. "the affliction which brought her to her grave was protracted and painful' probably discounts the cholera epidemic or childbirth as the cause of her death.She had a wretched life in many respects, even though she was priviledged. She lost her father when she was about 4, her first husband after only about 3-4 years of marriage, her first born son when he was about 6-8 years old, then she herself died at only 37. I wonder just how protracted her 'affliction' (not illness!) was. She had only one child, my grandmother Sarah A "Sally" b. 1830, in the last 15 years of her life. She was only 37 when she died.
Also, i am finding some tantalizing hints that Elizabeth SMith Alexander may have moved to Rutherford Co about the time of Lucy's first marriage. An ElizabethAlexander bought 50 acres of land very close to General John Smith, a prominent Rutherford Co early settler. There was one other Elizabeth Alexander born 1795 that shows up in the 1850 census, but I doubt that a 21 year old would be buying 50 acres. John Edmund ended up for a while in Brownsville TN, not that far away, and Rutherford Co was 'on the way'.No census records exist for 1820. I have found a possible connection between Elizabeth and the Wyatt family of Bute co as well. Two SMith girls, Sarah and Margaret, married into the John Wyatt family there. I cannot find those girls' parents, however. Whoever the Wyatt was, he was close enough to have left the Robert alexander firstborn kids an inheritance. Since I could not find connection between Alexander and Wyatt, I decided to look at the Smiths. Do you happen to know Elizabeth Smith's ancestors?I need to be disproved before I spin my wheels in the wrong direction too much. Thanks. Hope all is well with you. c.