Jonathan was s/o Wm. Black Billy Alexander, a Capt in the Rev War from Mecklenburg Co, NC.Jonathan b. in NC left at some point in time, prob. in the 1780-90's for perhaps Randolph Co., NC, where he probably married.
On Sep 1, 1852, one Jonathan Alexander and wife Anne Wood, apparently, left Randolph or Guilford Co., NC, for IA.I do not know if this is our Jonathan.
Our Jonathan had brothers Isaac, William C., and Daniel, who m. resp. Catherine (nee) of VA, then moved to Butler Co., KY; unknown wife for Wm. C. but reportedly a dau. Margaret; Daniel who m. Susannah Shelby of Mecklenburg Co., NC.Daniel and Susannah both died in Meck.He ran a boarding house at Davidson College at one time and was apptd Head of Davidson College but not inaugurated.
Jonathan's father, Wm. "Black Billy" Alexander, was a Capt in Rev War and fought Tories before the War broke out; he led the 9 boys from Rocky River Presbyterian Church on the Black Powder Plot raid near Rocky River at Phifer's Hill toward Concord.All the boys got the nickname of "Black Boys of Cabarrus Co.(NC)".
Wm. BB Alexander named him in his Will 22 Oct 1836, prb. Jan 1837, in which Wm. gave his plantation to son Jonathan, "provided he come home and settle on it and tend to it", and made son Daniel Alexander (my greatgrand) the Trustee of his plantation to hold for Jonathan if he returned; if never returned, it was to become Daniel's.Wm. had already on April 21, 1800, "gifted" thru the Court gifts to his sons, including Jonathan.
Dec 13, 1836, is date of death of Jonathan's father, Wm. BB Alexander.His mother was Margaret Clark.