We've been trying to solve a mystery surrounding the name of my g-g-g-g-grandmother Martha A. Canon. The Mormons say that her name was Martha Alexander but other evidence suggests that she was an Addison. As a result, I've been digging through the book THE MECKLENBURG [NC] DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE, MAY 20, 1775, AND LIVES OF ITS SIGNEES to see who the Alexanders in Mecklenburg Co. were at the time of the Revolution. Martha and John Canon, Sr. were married shortly before that time and immigrated to Mecklenburg Co. with the Alexanders. Neither Martha nor John are mentioned in the book, and none of the Alexanders whose children are named had a Martha in their broods. John, however, did have a sister named Ann Alexander. John and Martha's son, John Canon, Jr. married her daughter, Mary Scott "Polly" Moore.
Here are the Alexanders who, as best as I can determine, were in Mecklenburg Co. at the time of the Revolution, and, where given, their relationship to John McKnitt Alexander.
John McKnitt Alexander*, b.1733 d. 7/10/1817, m. Jane Bane CHILDREN: Wm. Bane Alexander; Dr. Joseph McKnitt Alexander; Abigail Bane Alexander m. Rev. S.C. Caldwell; Three other daughters, one m. to Rev. James Wallis; one m. Col. Francis A. Ramsey.
Hezekiah Alexander, John's brother; SON: William Alexander, m. Elizabeth Alexander, Abraham's daughter
Jemima Alexander Sharpe, John's sister, wife of Maj. Thomas Sharpe
Abraham Alexander**, b. 1717 Cecil Co. MD d. Apr. 28, 1778 at age 69; cousin, m. Dorcas CHILDREN: Abraham Alexander; Dr. Isaac Alexander, Camden, SC; Nathaniel Alexander; Elias Alexander; Joab Alexander; Elizabeth Alexander, m. Wm. Alexander, son of Hezekiah Alexander,
Adam Alexander, cousin
Charles Alexander, cousin, m. Miss Means
Ezra Alexander, cousin
Maj. Thomas Alexander,
Col. Adam Alexander b. 1728 d. 1798 (Cecil Co., MD?), m. Miss Shelby Fought the insurgent Regulators and the Cherokees. CHILDREN: Evan Alexander; Isaac Alexander; Adam Alexander; Charles Alexander; Mary Alexander m. John Springs.
Capt. William "Black Billy" Alexander Blackened and disguised his men and ambushed a powder wagon train bound for the insurgent Regulators (1771) and destroyed the powder.
Capt. Stephen Alexander
Zebulon Alexander (from PA) DAUGHTER: Mary Alexander m. Gen. Robert Irwin
*Clerk of the committee that drafted and signed the Declaration **President of the committee that drafted and signed the Declaration