Thank you very much, Kitty, for your response.Wm. "Black Billy" Alexander's father was Benjamin and his grandfather Alexander was Andrew (m. Jean McKnitt).
I believe that the Margaret that Wm. married was a Clark, and it is possible that on the Clark side there could be a tie-in.The Margaret Clark whom I think m. our Wm. BB had a brother, James, I think, and he married ANOTHER William Alexander's daughter, Ruth Alexander.There was some confusion as to which William Alexander was the one who was called 'Black Billy'.It was not Ruth Alexander's father, William Alexander, but my 4G-grandfather Wm, who was known as BB.
History says that he and a couple of boys from Sugaw Creek, and 9 boys from Rocky River Presbyterian churches disguised themselves to look like indians, perhaps with some smut. They waylaid a Col. Moses Alexander and some wagons of British army equipment and black powder near Rocky River (Phifers Mill?) in Cabarrus Co., NC, and emptied the wagons and blew the entire pile of materials up.A boy named White from R.R. Presby. Ch. fired a shot into a stream of powder which set off the piled up mass.A minister of R.R.Presby. Ch. named the 9 boys from his church who took part.Elsewhere in N.C. history, Wm. BB is mentioned as the leader of the boys.My Wm. was about 25.One account has it that the boys were "liquored up".The minister said "not so".He also said that the 9 boys from Rocky River Presby. Ch. were thereafter referred to as the "black boys of Cabarrus Co.".I doubt that there was any intent to refer negatively to a race, but rather, to the fact they appeared as "indians".
That is also the way that Black Billy got his name, although he was from Sugaw Creek P.Ch.
The wagons were not blown up because the men from Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Co. had hired their wagons out to Col Alexander for the haul (making money).Moses worked for the British, and the frontiersmen were not going to turn their head away from some hauling $, apparently.One of the boys who took part in the destruction of the equipment had a brother hauling his wagon load for the Col. He is reported to have whispered to his bro. "You will rue this day, Bob", whereupon Bob retorted saying something like, "shut up".
Wm. Black Billy Alexander and Col. Moses were related.Wm.'s mother was a sister to Gen. Thomas Polk, whose dau., Margaret Polk, m. Col. Moses' son, Nathaniel Alexander, who was to be the gov. of N.C. later.
If you have not read an account of the above, it is interesting what happened to the boys. Kindest regards, Mac.
P.S. We always teased my grandmother Alexander as being part Choctaw, and she could have been based on a distinctive nose.