Gerald, my greatgrandfather of yore, William "Black Billy" Alexander and a Lt. Andrew Alexander (prob. his uncle) served under Wade Hampton in Rev. War.Another Capt. Wm. Alexander had a son who served under the Wm BB Alexander and Lt. Andrew Alexander.The three Alexanders are all found together in Alexander Kin Vol II, pg. 491.He served under Gen. Sumpter, Col. Wade Hamptons Regmt. and was 1st Captain who arrived from N. C. at place of rendevous with his men.Vol'd. in service of S. C. for 10 months.Received commission from Gen Sumpter.And, much more. Engaged in fight at Quarter House and at battle of Monk's Corner, was at taking of Ft. Johnson and Friday's Ft.Was at capture of Orangesburg.In battle of Eutaw.
Discharged at Winnsboro, S. C.
He served under his relatives Gen. Thomas, Col. Ezekiel and Col. William Polk II.He began his service under another relative, Col. Adam Alexander.He also served under Gen's Rutherford and Green.Also, Col. Williams.[see pgs 39-40 Alexander Kin Vol II, by Chas. C. and Virginia W. Alexander.]
Note:His mother was Susannah Polk, sister of Gen. Thomas and Col. Ezekiel, and dau. of Col. William Polk II.Gen. Thomas Polks dau. Margaret m. Col. Moses Alexander's son, Nathaniel, gov-to-be of NC.
His nickname came from his leadership in the Gun Powder Plot against wagons of powder and war gear being taken to near Concord by Col. Moses Alexander and guard using NC frontiers- men and their wagons.While encamped at the Rocky River Settlement on Rocky River near to Concord, Wm. and a group of 9 boys from the Presbyterian Church at Rocky River raided the wagons of gear and blew it up (not the wagons of their own people).They were then known as the black boys of Cabarrus Co.(NC). Irony:Wm. Black Billy Alexander's father, Benjamin Alexander, and Col. Moses Alexander, Jr., had the same greatgrandparents; i.e., their grandfather's were brothers (Samuel and James B., resp.).Benjamin was a frontiers- man and Col. Moses was working for Gen. Waddell, British.