Hi Dennis:Hezekiah who m. Mary Sample,and
who had son Capt Wm Sample Alexander, was the
son of James Robert Alexander and gson of
Joseph Alexander and ggson of Rev. James.He
signed the MDI. Hezekiah's brother John
McKnitt was a signer of MDI.
Abraham and Ezra, two more signers of MDI, were the sons of Elias and Sophia (Alexander)
Alexander.Sophia was dau. of Joseph (above)
and thus she was the sister of James Robert
and aunt of Hezekiah and John McKnitt.Elias
was the son of Andrew, who in turn was the son of Rev. James.
Putting it a slightly different way:Elias
Alexander, son of Andrew and gson of Rev James, and wife Sophia, dau. of Joseph and
gdau of Rev. James, were the parents of two
signers of MDI; Abraham and Ezra; and the
grandparents of two more signers:Adam and
Charles, who were the sons of William, who
was the son of Elias and Sophia, AND Agnes
his wife, who was the dau. of Wm. Alexander, Jr., and gd/of Wm. Alexander, Sr., and ggd/o
So, this is 6 signers of MDI:Abraham and
John McKnitt (brothers); Abraham and Ezra
(brothers); and Adam and Charles (brothers).
(Some think that my uncle of yore, Charles,
is the signer of MDI, but I think it to be
brother of Col. Adam, they were more mature.
My uncle Charles was but about 20 on May 25, 1775, as he was born Jan. 1755.However, his
uncle whom he served under at times, Gen.
Thomas Polk, was a signer of MDI, and could
have influenced him to sign).
Col. Adam and Charles, his brother, descend
from 3 of the 7 brothers:Joseph, Andrew,
and William, SR.Joseph's dau. Sophia m.
Andrew's son, Elias.Elias and Sophia's son,
William, m. Agnes Alexander, who was the dau.
of William Jr., who in turn was the son of
Wm. Sr, and the gson of Rev. James Andrew A.
Confusing?Col. Adam m. Mary Shelby, aunt of
my Dr. Evan Shelby, and their son Charles
Taylor Alexander married Margaret Means. Then
their dau. Margaret Means Alexander, married
my uncle of yore, Col. Moses Winslow Alexander, who was son of my grandparents
Daniel and Susannah (Shelby) Alexander.
Susannah Shelby was the daughter of Dr. Evan
Shelby and my aunt Susannah Polk Alexander
of Mecklenburg Co., NC.My greatgrandparents
Benjamin and Susannah (Polk) Alexander had a
granddaughter, Susannah Shelby, who m. their
grandson, Daniel Alexander.
I got a lot of this data from ALEXANDER KIN
Vol I regarding the 6 signers above.
It is confusing.Hope it clears up for ya!