Hello David, thanks for the reply. I've found that there were several Ripley Alexanders but the info I have for my Ripley is that he was born 10/30/1820 in the Moniteau County, MO area. Ripley's parents were James Alexander born about 1785 in the Woodford County, KY area & married Mary "Betsy" Ashcraft in Madison County, KY in 1805. James & Mary came to MO about 1811 with several members of the Ashcraft family. Ripley had 2 brothers Nero & Alfred A.(I believe the A is for Anderson). This Alfred was born about 1806 in Woodford County,KY,married Alpha A. Stephens, died 1877 in the Tipton, MO area. The father James is a big part of the reason I'd like to connect with this branch of the family - he is a BRICK WALL. The first evidence I have of James,is the marriage record in KY. So thought maybe if I connected with someone from this line they might have more info. So, are you an Alexander from MO?