The Samuel Alexander whom I spoke of in my tree was my greatuncle, the son of Marcus Sherman and Martha E. "Patsy" (Gilmer) Alexander.Marcus brought all his large family and one nephew, John Dan Alexander, to Jasper Co., MS, about 1845.
I have a rich Alexander history, which begins with 7 sons and 2 daughters of Mary Maxwell Alexander of Raphoe, County Donegal, Ulster, Ireland.Some question as to whether a Rev. James Andrew Alexander, or his uncle Wm. Alexander, was her husband.They came on ship Welcome in early to mid 1600's to near Ellis Island.Most of the Alexanders who populated NC area of Mecklenburg Co. (Charlotte today) were related to one or more of these brothers.
Like Lamar Alexander, gov. TN; Senator Richard Shelby of AL, President James Knox Polk, Pres. Andrew Jackson, Nathaniel Alexander, gov. NC; to name but a few.
On my McCarty side, we wiggle around and find Pres. Thomas Jefferson.
I call these 'connections' in our family tree (ball). For most, we are not even kissing cousins, but we came from them.
In my file, there are several ancestors/descendants who went to Red River, TX.
Another distant cousin, Joel W. Robison, captured Santa Anna following their defeat at San Jacinto. The next day, he and other 'soldiers' went out on orders from Gen. Sam Houston to round up those who deserted Gen. Santa Anna and bring them back to camp.As it turned out, some 3-5 men found a soldier a few miles from camp and made him walk back almost all the way. He had much difficulty apparently walking such long distances, so Joel finally let him ride behind him on his horse.He had regular soldier shirt on, but Joel said he could see fine cuff or something.
When they got back into camp, the other captured Mexican soldiers called out:"el presidente!' Several versions exist on the internet...go to the battle of San Jacinto if you want much more.
He was first buried within a few miles of Round Top, TX, where I spent some 10 yrs in 'early retirement', then he and his wife were moved to a monumented site in Austin, TX.He became a Gen. Joel W. Robison. Round top is covered with a lot of other kin of his named McClatchey.His dau., Lucy Ann Alexander Robison married James Franklin McClatchey, and if you shake a tree around there, a McClatchey falls out of it. These McClatcheys go back to Abraham Alexander, Jr., and his wife, Margaret Harris.Abraham, Jr/s dad, Sr., was the Signer of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, and the Chairman of the meeting held from which the MDI was drawn up.Abraham comes from Andrew, 1 of the 7 brothers; my line was from another brother, Samuel.Interesting world.
There were some intermarriages between descendants of these 7 brothers.The two girls are difficult to follow, as you probably guessed.Male surnames vs. female maiden names.