John Albert Macrander of Pattonsburg,Davies Co., Missouri received his schooling in the Pine Grove School in the Cave Spring District of Roanoke County, VA. This area is in the SW section of the present day city of Roanoke, VA. His father, Dr. Johannes Jacob Friedrich Macrander, M.D., among the earliest of Medical Doctors in Big Lick (now City of Roanoke) lived on a farm SW of the town proper. John Albert Macrander served in the Civil War along with his two brothers and a future husband of their younger sister. John Albert Macrander was a Sergeant in the 6th Cavalry Reg., Virginia Volunteers and for a time was a prisoner of war. At the end of the war, he his first wife died and he remarried. He moved his second wife and children to Boone County, KY, across the river from Cincinnati, OH. In later years he moved westward to a farm near Pattonsburg, Davies Co., MO. His uncle, John Macrander, had preceded him to Missouri by way of Woodford Co., Illinois in 1859, living for a year in Buchanan Co., south of St. Joseph, MO, before finally settling in near present day Westboro, Atchison Co., MO in the NW corner of the state. John Albert Macrander maintained contact with his uncle John and family and was present at the uncle's funeral in 1910.