Our traditions, as written down in 1911, say "[our ancestor] John Brown Alexander, whose mother [Jean Brown Ross, widow of Isaac Ross] died when he was young, was placed under the care of his uncle, Elijah Alexander, and learned the trade of a clothes dresser under his cousin, Daniel Alexander."John Brown Alexander was b. 1765 Mecklenburg Co. NC to Aaron Alexander who was said to have "several brothers," and we have strong connections to Maury Co. TN, including John Brown Alexander's first child Josiah Alexander b. 4/22/1787 (my line) in Maury Co. TN. Could this be your Elijah Alexander or a relative of his?