Many thanks for the response to my longstanding query. I have yet to locate the Alexander family in TN or KY. A distant cousin told me they were originally in TN and part of the family left for KY.
Malinda BARNES died 1847 in MO, killed by bushwackers. I do not know when she was born. Doubt she would have been on any Indian rolls as they were much later. Supposedly she had the following brothers, Vincent b. 1824, Cyrus b. 1826, and Isaac. I question some of this data as Malinda would have to have been born several years before 1824 as her first child was born 1824. Lots of questions here.
James Wesley Alexander was born 1801 in KY. Died in CA 1888-1893. He remarried twice more after Malinda. On all census records where he is listed, he claims "white." Not true. His second two wives were white.
Malinda and James Alexander had following children, born KY: Cyrus Alexander b. 1824 Vincent Alexander b. 1827 Rebecca Alexander b. 1829 William Alexander b. 1833 Charles P. Alexander b. 1835 Josiah Alexander
Again, thanks for trying to help. I have to the conclusion that I may never be able to trace back past James Alexander.