Do you have any idea how many James Alexanders there have been in the history of the United States? If you could give a little more information about your particular James Alexander, someone might come along who does know something about him. Approximately when did he live and die? When do you think he might have moved to Michigan? And where did he come from before Michigan? If you give all information that you know, it would be helpful.
My James Alexander died in 1835 in North Carolina. I know for sure that he is not the same as yours. As a matter of fact, I have not researched any families who went as far north as Michigan. Maybe someone else on the forum can help you.