John McNitt Alexander, a signer of the "Mecklenburg Declaration", and Secretary to the meeting, was born in 1733, in N.W. Cecil County, Md., where his father JAMES ALEXANDER, settled on a tract of land called "New Munster", in the year 1714. James Alexander shortly thereafter, married a sister of John McNitt, an early emigrant to Cecil County. John McNitt Alexander migrated to Mecklenburg County, North Carolina in 1754, when he was about 21 years old, after he had served his apprenticeship to a tailor. He was accompanied on this move by his brother Hezekiah, (who was also a signer) his sister Jemimah and her husband Major Thomas Sharpe, also of Cecil County, Md. JOhn McNitt Alexander is said to have married Jane or Jean Bane in 1759. Jane or Jean may have been from Pennsylvania. One of John McNitt Alexanders' grandsons was the Hon. J.G.M. Ramsay of Tennessee, another set of grandchildren were from the daughter who married Rev. Samuel C. Caldwell and a third from Rev. James Wallis, famous minister of Providence Church, who sent "Pioneer Empire" bulders to Alabama and Texas, "where they played important roles in history". He and Jane bane are buried in the Hopewell Presbyterian Church yard, he died July 10,1817, at the age of 94.