Hi Hudson:If your Daniel was the one who
married Prudence (Johnston?) Alexander of
Mecklenburg Co., NC., you are kin to many
of the Alexander's who signed Mecklenburg
Declaration of Independence.At least, some
of the intermarriages and direct line, too.
Many think that Martha Wilson, wife of Capt Stephen Alexander, was dau. of Zaccheus who
signed MDI.A granddaughter of Stephens,
Catherine, m. Wm. McRee Alexander, and he is
descended from both Hezekiah and Abraham.
Adam Alexander is related to me, as is Gen.
Thomas Polk.Thomas' nephew, Charles Alexander, some think signed MDI (He is my
Alexander uncle).Thomas is a Polk Uncle.
I personally think that the Charles Alexander
who signed MDI is not my uncle, but the brother of Col. Adam Alexander.
You are also related to N.C. Gov. Nathaniel
Alexander, who m. Gen. Thomas Polks dau.,
Margaret Polk, my grandmother Polks niece.
Nathaniel was son of Col. Moses Alexander,
who is best known for the Gunpowder Incident.
In which my grandfather Wm. "Black Billy"
Alexander got his nickname.There were Tory
Alexanders and others called frontiersmen and
women.Col. Moses Alexander was working for
Gen. Waddell, of the British.Col. Moses
had hired local Mecklenburgers to haul black
powder and ammo and other gear to the Rocky
River area.There, 9 boys from Rocky River
Presbyterian Ch., and perhaps a handful from
Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Ch., intercepted the
wagons at Phifers Muster Ground, 3 miles west of Concord and on the road between Charlotte and Salisbury.These boys smutted
their faces and tried to appear as indians
and captured the goods, piled them up (did
not want to destroy their own peoples wagons
and mules), poured black powder all around and one of the Whites shot the powder with his gun and blew the whole thing up.They
were afterward known as the "black boys from
Cabarrus Co.".The minister of Rocky River
Presby. ch. named 9 boys from his church.He
never mentioned the ones from Sugaw Creek, of
which my Wm. was one, and in fact, according
to history of N.C., led the group.Some say
they were sorta liquored up.I have never
seen any other names from Sugaw Creek except
my g-father Wm., but surely, there were some.
The story is complicated in that Wm. "BB's"
mother Susannah Polk's niece Margaret married
Col. Moses Alexander's son, Nathaniel.Nathaniel's father-in-law was Susannah's brother Gen. Thomas Polk, which made Thomas Wm's uncle.I wonder what went through Col.
Moses' mind re Wm. BB?Probably left him be.
The boys from Rocky River:James White, Jr.,
Wm. White, John White, Jr., Robert Caruthers, Robert Davis, Benjamin Cockran,
Joshua Hadley, James Ashmore.James Ashmore
eventually told the Gov. Tryon who the boys
were, and they fled to Ga or Al for a time.
When they returned on the promise for clemency from Gov. Tryon, some holed up in
the White's home, and Col. Moses surrounded
it with some of his men.An argument ensued
according to one account, and while it was going on, a brother of Col. Moses (as I recall) named Daniel went to the lady of the
lady of the house and told her to get the boys out the back way quickly, which she did.There are other variations to the story.
I do know that Wm. Black Billy Alexander
named his first son, my g-father, Daniel.
For Col. Moses' brother Daniel?I do not
know.The argument must have been a set up.
Kindest regards, Mac Alexander.