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(Including a brief STEPHENSON Genealogy)
Prepared by Paul E. Pennebaker,  

 


Green Ball INTRODUCTION

he McALEXANDER and STEPHENSON histories are presented in a conjoined narrative since the history of these families is inherently intertwined within the confines of their relationship in pioneer ante-bellum North Mississippi. The McALEXANDER and STEPHENSON families both migrated to northern Alabama in early 1800s (1820-1830) prior to their move to Marshall County, Mississippi between 1836 and 1838. Many descendants of James McALEXANDER, the progenitor of almost all McALEXANDERS in the United States, and WILLIAM STEPHENSON have contributed greatly, with my appreciation, to this narrative. It by no means contains complete family histories. Special thanks is extended to family historian Hubert H. McALEXANDER, Jr., who along with George Edward Pesely and Jeanne McAlexander Tomlin co-authored "MCALEXANDER - A Family History", published 2002.

If you borrow any of the material in this narrative and attendant pages please reference the authors.


Green Ball McALEXANDER  HISTORY

Drummochreen Ruins The McALEXANDER origin is Ayrshire on the western coast of Scotland, where three intermarried branches kept their identities as landed families from the fifteenth century to the eighteenth. The seat of the Lairds of Dalreoch stood on the south side of the Stinchar River, that of the Lairds of Corseclays at the juncture of the Muck and Stinchar, and that of the Lairds of Drummochreen (John and Thomas Macalexander) on the north side of the River Girvan. Remains of the "stout stone manor house"of Drummochreen were still standing in the 1980s. "In former times Drummochreen was a separate estate, and both the lands and the coal belonged to an old family, the Macalexanders, whose fair and spacious mansion adorned the north bank of the river a mile above the village (Girvan)."(9) All these lairds were staunch Presbyterian Covenanters in the seventeenth century. These McAlexanders possibly descend from Alexander, Lord of the Isles, who died in 1299, and thus are counted members of Clan Donald. (See McALEXANDER Heraldry.) The official clan history, The Clan Donald, in three volumes (Edinburgh, 1896-1904), by the Rev. Angus Macdonald and the Rev. Archibald Macdonald, includes the McAlexanders of Ayrshire (See III, 35-36). Tradition among widely separated branches of the family states that the founding McAlexander in America emigrated from the north of Ireland, most probably from Londonderry. Branches of the Ayrshire McAlexanders had begun to settle Ulster counties as early as the reign of James I (ruled 1603-1625). (Pictures on right showing Drummochreen ruins are courtesy of  George Pesely, peselyg@apsu01.apsu.edu.)

Girvan Environs James "The Immigrant" McALEXANDER was probably born in Scotland; although, his birthplace and parents have never been absolutely proved. There is proved evidence, from Scottish church records, of a James McALEXANDER christened in Barr Parish, County Ayr, Scotland on February 17, 1717 with Alexander McALEXANDER as his father. We think this is James "The Immigrant." Alexander and Jonet McANDLISH were married in Barr Parish on 19 Nov 1711. So James "The Immigrant" parents are establishd with certainty. An Alexander McALEXANDER, son of Duncan McALEXANDER, was christened in Barr Parish, County Ayr, Scotland on October 23, 1695. This date would indicate that he was sixteen years old when he married Jonet McAndlish. Perhaps somewhat too young for a groom. Proved data is lacking to establish the ancestors of Alexander McALEXANDER. Some researchers say James' father was Robert McALEXANDER (b. ca 1680), County Ayr, Scotland.

Most family historians think James, from Londonderry, Ireland, was an immigrant to America in 1755 with his wife and four (4) sons. There is evidence, a 1746 Albemarle County, Virginia land survey, that would place him here a decade earlier. James (The Immigrant) and Thomas McALEXANDER received land patents in Albemarle County, Virginia, from Governor Dinwiddie in 1756. Thomas McALEXANDER soon disappears from history (perhaps he dropped the Mc), but James McALEXANDER, possibly his brother or cousin, remained on his original grant, which lay on the north fork of Davis Creek, until his death in January 1798. (See James McALEXANDER TimeLine.)

James and his unknown wife had five children, all sons: James McALEXANDER, Jr. (c.1741-1826/1830) who married Mrs. Patience McDaniel and had one son, William McALEXANDER (1744-1822) had three wives and eighteen to twenty-one children, Samuel McALEXANDER (c.1748-1786/1798) left no known issue, John McALEXANDER (1751-c.1834) married Agnes (Nancy) BURNETT and left ten children, and Alexander McALEXANDER (1756-1841), who lived his entire life on the original family grant on Davis Creek and he amassed land holdings of over ten-thousand acres in Virginia and Kentucky. He married Martha "Patsey" BURNETT, daughter of John BURNETT, on 25 Mar 1786. They had eleven children. Alexander may have been the first born McALEXANDER in the United States. James and William were known foreign born in Scotland or Ireland. These sons grew to manhood with their father in Virginia. James, Jr. is only son known to die outside of Virginia. All five brothers served in the Revolutionary War. Their participation in the freedom movement of the 1770-1780 period in Virginia is further exhibited by the Amherst Co., VA, Religious Freedom Petition, Nov. 1, 1779. The petition was signed by James Sr., James, Jr., Alexander, John and Samuel McAlexander. During the late 1700's to early 1800's James' grandchildren began to move south and west from Nelson and Patrick Counties and settle in several states: Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois, Arkansas, Missouri and Iowa.

James McALEXANDER was the progenitor for almost all McALEXANDERS in the United States. The Davis Creek grant fell in the bounds of the new county of Amherst in 1761, and of Nelson in 1807. Nelson County has been described as being "cupped" between the James River on the east and the Blue Ridge Mountains on the west. Davis Creek is a small valley stream flowing in the eastern foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The north fork of Davis Creek lies about the center of the county, a little over four miles north and slightly west of the village of Lovingston. County Road 623 now leads to the original McAlexander holding.

James McAlexander's Memorial James McAlexander's Memorial

James McAlexander Memorial, left, at Rockfish Presbyterian Church in Nellysford, Virginia was dedicated May 13, 2001 by his grateful descendants. Alexander McALEXANDER, youngest son of James, was an Elder in this church. The James McALEXANDER, Alexander McALEXANDER and Joseph Robert McALEXANDER marker, right, was placed at Davis Creek McAlexander Cemetery on December 19, 2004 and was paid for by Hubert McALEXANDER who donated the proceeds from the sale of the family history to make this possible.


Green Ball McALEXANDER PIONEER FAMILIES
IN MARSHALL COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI

Marshall The first known McALEXANDER settler in Marshall County, Mississippi was Samuel Ramsey McALEXANDER (1804-?), son of Alexander McALEXANDER (first of our ancestors to be native born), son of James (The Immigrant) McALEXANDER. He came to what would become Marshall County in the summer of 1835 and established a tavern by virtue of an agreement he had with the Chickasaw Indians. Although prominent in the early history of Marshall County, Samuel Ramsey moved about 1845 just over the county line to near Van Buren, Hardeman Co, Tennessee. He and wife, Judith Frances GORDON, had six children to survive childhood.

Wm. McAlexander William "Billy Mack" McALEXANDER (1789-1869) brought his wife, Sarah WOFFORD (1802-ca 1852), and family to Marshall County about July 1838 from Madison County, Alabama as he bought three-hundred and twenty acres of land on July 12, 1838. The plantation was on the Coldwater River in what would become known as the Coldwater/Wesley Chapel community. It was there he settled his family, furnishings, equipment and his sixteen slaves. He and Sarah would live the rest of their lives on this plantation bordering the Coldwater River. William and Sarah WOFFORD McALEXANDER had nine children: Benjamin Wofford (1821-1893), John Pennington (1823- ), William Calvin (1825- ), James Miles (1828-1858), Martha Lucinda (1830- ), Joseph Wofford (1832- ), Samuel Ramsey (II) (1835- ), David Ferdinand (1836-1872) and Nicey Malinda (Linnie) (1843- ).

William (1789-1869), son of Alexander McALEXANDER, was born in what is now Nelson County, Virginia and spent his early years there in the Davis Creek and Rucker's Run areas. About 1815 he and his brother Edmund Tucker moved to Madison County, Alabama. Later, brothers James (IV) and Alexander Waugh joined them there. He and Sarah WOFFORD, daughter of Benjamin (II) WOFFORD were married there on January 10, 1819. William's father-in-law, Benjamin (II) WOFFORD, the son of Benjamin "The Tory " WOFFORD, moved most of his family from Madison County, Alabama to Tippah County, Mississippi with the opening of the Chickasaw Indian Cession lands in north Mississippi in 1836. The WOFFORDS bought the first tract of land sold by the Indians. The clan-like self-sufficient WOFFORD family of five brothers had migrated from Maryland to Spartanburg County, South Carolina to Warren County, Kentucky and then to Madison County, Alabama.

Three factors probably influenced William to move to Marshall County; (1) his wife's parents were settled about fifteen miles east in nearby Tippah County, (2) his younger brother, Samuel Ramsey, was already established in the county, and (3) the availability of virgin Indian lands in north Mississippi. William prospered as a cotton planter and on March 19, 1840 he bought four-hundred and forty acres adjoining his existing plantation, thus increasing his holdings to seven-hundred and sixty acres. He was enjoying the benefits of the "Flush Times" 2 of Marshall County. By 1860, William held fifty-three slaves who were needed to work the two separate areas of the plantation. The Civil War left William McALEXANDER in financial ruin. When he died in 1869 he had not managed to reclaim his position of prosperity and in fact had lost his Davis Creek/Rucker's Run, Virginia land in 1866 for non-payment of taxes. The estate of William McALEXANDER realized almost nothing from the sale of his Coldwater plantation. Today, few physical traces remain of the original McALEXANDER venture in Marshall County. (See McAlexander-Stephenson land patents.)


Green Ball STEPHENSON 1

Stephenson Arms "STEPHENSON: from the Greek "Stepan", meaning "a Crown." Stephen, King of England, and Stephen, King of Hungary, spread the name, but did not and do not bestow any royal title on its inheritors. "S'rioghal Mo Dhream" is the Gaelic motto of the Stephens and Stephenson (son of Stephen) families and means, "My Race is Royal." Both families belong to Clan Alpin, descendants of King Alpin of Scotland, A.D. 787. Genealogists in London trace the Scotch-English Stephensons to an officer of that name in the Army of William the Conquerer, who for services in the Battle of Hastings, was given a grant of land in Scotland, south of Glasgow. The parish and town still bears the name Stephenson. 3

The first known STEPHENSON in my lineage was John STEPHENSON who immigrated to Pennsylvania (Lancaster Co. ?) with his widowed mother and siblings from Northern Ireland (Ulster?) - although the family was originally from Scotland. The STEPHENSON were Scotch-Irish Presysterians. John's son, William STEPHENSON (my progenitor), was born in Pennsylvania in 1764 and married Elizabeth PATRICK (of Ireland). On their migration to Marshall County, MS the family made stops in South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama. One stop was near Milledgeville, Georgia.

Josiah (jo-siah) Patrick Milledge STEPHENSON (1802-1863) was born of this union in Clarke County, Georgia. He acquired land patents in 1833 in Lauderdale Co, AL and died at his plantation in Marshall County, Mississippi in January 1863. Eliza MITCHELL (1818-1898), married Josiah Patrick Milledge STEPHENSON in Giles County, Tennessee, the locale of her birth, in 1833. Eliza was the daughter of Colonel Robert MITCHELL (1767-1843) and Mary "Polly" COLLIER (1787-1857). Eliza and Josiah were married when she was 15 years, 1 month and 11 days old. Josiah and Eliza had five children: William Robert Mitchell (1834-1862), John Obadiah (1836-1862), Mary Elizabeth (1840-1879), Eliza Jane Lucy Caroline (1843-1933) and Lea Andrew Jackson (1850-1897).


Green Ball McALEXANDER - STEPHENSON UNION

The Josiah Patrick Milledge STEPHENSON and the William "Billy Mack" McALEXANDER pioneer families arrived in Marshall County, Mississippi within a two year span - 1836 to 1838. These families would be linked by the prosperity of the Marshall County ante-bellum decades, their industrious pioneer spirits and the marriage on December 1, 1858 of the beautiful Mary Elizabeth STEPHENSON and David Ferdinand McALEXANDER.

MES/DFM David Ferdinand, was tall with dark hair and intense eyes, strikingly and rakeously handsome man, served two tours of duty in the Confederate Army, first with Company C, 3rd Regiment Mississippi Volunteers for sixty days and then about one year with Company I, 9th Regiment, as well as a three year tour of his own guarding his father's farming land in the Mississippi Bottom - now called The Delta. After the war he returned to Marshall County, Mississippi and continued in farming interest with his father. Ferdie, as he was called by many, was also a noted dog trainer and handler - his speciality was bloodhound tracking runaway slaves. He was the only Republican scalawag (Southern Democrat who switched to Republican) defeated in the 1871 Marshall County, MS election. He was the Republican candidate for Tax Assessor. He died March 6, 1872, (age 35 years, 7 months, 12 days) near Mount Pleasant, Marshall County, Mississippi in the home of his brother, William Calvin McALEXANDER, and was buried in the Calvin Mack Cemetery on the Coldwater River. The cemetery has long since been abandoned and grave stones removed. The stone that marked David Ferdinand's grave was last seen in 1910 being used as a hearthstone in a shack on a nearby farm.

When Mary Elizabeth STEPHENSON married David Ferdinand McALEXANDER, her father gave her a sum of money and a fifteen-year-old slave, Harriet. This union, not an event to the liking of her parents who took to their beds so say family friends, would produce my grandfather Edward "Eddie" Lee McALEXANDER (1862-1933). Mary Elizabeth died Aug 5, 1879 at Mack, MS and is buried in the home place cemetery beneath a small ornately carved monument. She was 38 years, 11 months, 16 days old.

Other children of David and Mary Elizabeth were: Dallas Jefferson (1861-1881) who was killed by lightning while carrying an axe and walking near his home in Marshall County, Elbert Eural (1864-1924) married Lillie SMART and they had eleven (11) children and died in Oklahoma, Coonie Wiley (1866-1868) died as an infant and William Andrew (1869-1933) stayed in Marshall County and had six (6) children by three (3) wives.


Green Ball THE McALEXANDER-STEPHENSON HOME PLACE
MARSHALL COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI

The McALEXANDER-STEPHENSON "home place", an integral part of the McALEXANDER and STEPHENSON history, is located at Mack in rural Marshall County, Mississippi, about five miles north of Holly Springs, Mississippi and stands on three hundred and twenty acres. Josiah Patrick Milledge STEPHENSON purchased the acreage from the United States government on September 7, 1836 when the lands of the Chickasaw Cession were first sold. Only the Chickasaw Indians and Major STEPHENSON and his descendants have lived on this land. Major STEPHENSON was primarily a nurseryman who also became a cotton planter. He operated, before the Civil War, a nursery on the plantation that was widely known in the Mid-South. Certain varieties of apples that he developed were especially noted. In 1846, the nursery had upwards of ten thousand fruit trees of every quality, variety and description for sale. Marshall County during the decade of the 1850s was flourishing and was the premier cotton producing county in the state. Major STEPHENSON and his neighbors were enjoying prosperity and were reaping the benefits of their pioneering efforts of the previous two decades during these ante-bellum times.

The Greek Revival "home place", a story-and-a half wooden structure featuring a wide central hall with stairs rising from the back of the hall, was built during the 1850s. (George W. Snow, a house carpenter, was living with the Stephensons in 1860.) The downstairs has two high-ceiling rooms on each side of the hall, while the upstairs has one large room on each side of the upper hall. Chimneys are on each side with fireplaces in each room. Picket fences once enclosed the residence and all the other dependencies.

Mack Home Place A separate office building was constructed by Major STEPHENSON which later was expanded to house a store and the Mack, Mississippi Post Office which was established February 15, 1894 by Major STEPHENSON'S grandson Edward Lee McALEXANDER. Both the house and office building were placed on high enclosed brick foundations set with the same style oval cast-iron ventilators.

Mack School was built north of the store and on the east side of the road in 1895 and was in operation for over twenty years serving the education needs of the ten McAlexander children, as well as other area families. Teachers for the school always lived at the McAlexander house. The house was occupied until the mid 1970s and after that began to deteriorate and eventually was stripped of doors, mantlepieces and even the clapboards. The McAlexander-Stephenson family cemetery is located across the road from the house. During its prime years the residence and all dependencies furnished a good example of the establishment of a small planter in ante-bellum Mississippi.

The day after Confederate General Van Dorn's successful raid on the Federal supply base at Holly Springs, Marshall County, Mississippi (December 20, 1862), the Union troops made a raid on the Stephenson plantation as they were foraging the countryside to replace their supplies of food, stock, etc. that had been destroyed. Major STEPHENSON left his sick-bed to try to stop the Union soldiers from sacking the plantation. As a result of exposure on that bitter winter day he developed pneumonia and died about three weeks later on January 15,1863. Family tradition has it that before this raid the family hid their valuables in the main hall stair case by removing a banister post and the third step and placing the items in the void space underneath. The "Yankees" did not find the hiding place. Permanent repairs were never made to the stairs, as many years later first time visitors were shown how the post could be removed and the step raised revealing the hiding place, obviously validating the story. Stepping on the third step always caused a distinct hollow sound.

Upon the death of Josiah Patrick Milledge STEPHENSON possession of the home place passed to his son, Lea Andrew Jackson STEPHENSON who would become a dentist. Eliza Jane STEPHENSON, Lea's sister, purchased the home place from Dr. Lea when he suffered financial reverses. Edward Lee McALEXANDER purchased the home place from Eliza Jane STEPHENSON, who allowed him a long time to pay. John Irvin McALEXANDER bought the home place from the estate of Edward Lee McALEXANDER in 1935. John's heirs now own the "home place." The house lay in ruins for many years. It was demolished in 2001.


Green Ball McALEXANDER FAMILY

The Edward Lee McALEXANDER and Minnie Lee JACKSON immediate family existence spanned a total of one hundred-ten years, one month, and eighteen days (110 years, 1 mo, 8 days) from their marriage on 23 Dec 1885 until the death of their only remaining child on 31 Jan 1996.

John Frank Olivia Boyd Euclid Lena Mama Katie Bee Papa Mae

Edward "Eddie" Lee and Minnie Lee JACKSON McALEXANDER family on steps of Mack, MS home place, circa 1912. Top L-R: John, Frank, Olivia, Boyd, Euclid; Bottom L-R: Lena, Minnie Lee "Mama", Katie, Bernice, Eddie Lee "Papa", Minnie Mae. Chester is not in picture.


Green Ball McALEXANDER FAMILY EPILOGUE

Eddie Lee & Minnie Lee Edward "Eddie" Lee McALEXANDER (1862-1933) married Minnie Lee JACKSON (1870-1932) on December 13, 1885. Eddie Lee was barely twenty-three and Minnie Lee was about fifteen and one-half years old on their wedding day (wedding photo, 13-Jan-1885, on right). Their first born child, Chester Eural (1888-1987), was born two months after Minnie Lee's eighteenth birthday. The offsprings of Edward Lee McALEXANDER and Minnie Lee JACKSON eventually numbered ten very hardy individuals. Minnie Lee gave birth to five boys and five girls all living to full majority, which is quite an accomplishment during the period in which they were born and grew to adulthood. The home place where the children were born and raised was five miles out in Marshall County from Holly Springs, Mississippi. Minnie Lee, fondly called "Mama", must have been quite a resourceful mother to administer to the many needs of the children, manage the house for the family, help with chores, and fulfill her own needs. Just imagine the difficulty of getting medical assistance to this locale before the age of automobiles and telephones. Of course Edward Lee, called "Eddie Lee" or "Papa", had to be an energetic and intelligent man to provide for the physical needs of his family. He attended Chalmers Institute in Holly Springs, MS under W. A. Anderson. He managed a cotton farm, established a United States Post Office in February 1894 and managed a store at the home place. He realized the need for his children's education and was instrumental in establishing in 1895 the Mack School across the road from the home and he served as a school trustee for many years. Eddie Lee was always a stern disciplinarian and insisted on perfection in many aspects of his family's existence. He became increasingly difficult to please in his later years.

Family allegiances were very strong within the McALEXANDER family, evidenced by all the children except three having spent for all practical purposes their entire lives in Marshall County, Mississippi. Boyd (1898-1981) , Katie (1905-1996), and Bernice (1906-1974) physically left the confines of their Marshall County heritage for an extended length of time. Boyd lived and farmed in Texas and Oklahoma during his baseball playing days, but returned to Marshall County after his baseball career was over. When Bernice's marriage was breaking apart due the abuse inflicted by her husband, her brother Boyd went to Oklahoma and rescued her. He literally abducted Bernice from her husband and safely returned her to Mississippi. Bernice spent many years working for the U. S. Government in Knoxville, Tennessee, but upon retirement she returned to Holly Springs to live out her remaining years residing with Minnie Mae and Boyd. Katie left when she moved to West Point, Mississippi in 1937 with her husband, Fred Edwin Pennebaker and son, Paul Edwin, but her emotional tie line was never severed to the Holly Springs-Marshall County-Mack connection. All the McALEXANDER children are buried in Marshall County, Mississippi, at either Hill Crest Cemetery or the McALEXANDER-Stephenson Cemetery at Mack. The family tie runs so strong in the children that their husbands and wives are also affected by these family allegiances as several are buried in Marshall County beside their McALEXANDER spouse.

Olivia (1892-1982), the oldest girl and fondly known as "Sister", was a surrogate mother to the other Mack children, especially the younger girls, supplying them emotional, nutritional and financial support. She sponsored Minnie Mae (1903-1978), Katie, and Bernice through the county high school at Slayden, Mississippi. Grandmother Sarah Jane HARDISTER (1844-1928) lived her final years in Sister's home. When Minnie Lee could no longer manage the strain of living at Mack and caring for herself she moved to Sister's home to spend her last months. Euclid (1889-1957) lived at Sister's home during his waning years. Sister offered her home and time for her family while at the same time raising a son and working full time at the Holly Springs Post Office. Visitors to Holly Springs could always find a sumptuous meal at Sister's; however, she believed the food was never of sufficient quantity to fill the visitors' stomachs. In reality, she always had enough food on hand and prepared to feed almost any size group of visitors. Visitors would always give a helping hand in preparing the meals. A grandnephew relates how much he loved her as she always was his sponsor and gave him many hours of her time talking about the family heritage and lore. Sister was quite a night person often not going to bed until well after midnight.

Occupations of the Mack children have been diverse, although three had long careers with the U. S. Postal Service. Chester was for several years the Postmaster at Holly Springs (1913-1922) and later worked as an accountant. Euclid was unable to work at strenuous jobs and worked for some time at J. T. Watkins' (Olivia's husband) store. Olivia retired from the U. S. Postal Service after a service span of almost forty years. John Irvin (1894-1972) bought the home place from Eddie Lee's heirs and raised his family on the farm and worked as a rural mail carrier for many years, retiring from the U. S. Postal Service. Frank (1896-1972), an avid hunter and hunting dog fancier, worked for many years as a salesman/driver for a local soft-drink distributor. Boyd was a farmer and professional baseball player. Lena (1901-1982) was widowed in 1935 and never remarried. Minnie Mae worked in the court house governmental/political establishment for many years and was elected Chancery Clerk of Marshall County for a four year term in the 1970s. Katie was a housewife and good mother. Bernice worked for many years with the FHA in Knoxville, Tennessee. Four of the "boys" played baseball; Boyd, Euclid, John, and Frank. John pitched in the minor leagues. Boyd was a stellar player and was on All-Star teams as an outfielder in Texas and Oklahoma professional leagues.

The first child to die was second born Euclid. He was sixty-seven years old when he died in 1957. His early demise could be attributed to the ill health that plagued him after being in World War I battles where poisonous gas was used. Chester, the first born, lived to almost ninety-nine and yet was beset with many health problems. He worked until he was almost ninety. Katie Elizabeth, the penultimate child and last to die, died on January 31, 1996 at age ninety years and 10 months. The other children died at ages ranging between sixty-eight and ninety.

The two youngest grandchildren, Minnie Irene "Bunnie" MOORE and Paul Edwin PENNEBAKER were born after the deaths of Eddie Lee and Minnie Lee; therefore, sadly missing the experience of knowing their McALEXANDER grandparents. They did have the experience of knowing and being involved with the Mack children during their lives. This is particularly true for "Bunnie" as she has lived most of her life in Holly Springs and at one time owned Sister and J. T.'s home. I have very fond memories of family reunions and trips to Holly Spring during my pre-teenage years and later. It was a pleasure and a unique experience to know all the McALEXANDER ten children and their many sons and daughters - my seventeen first cousins.


Green Ball Minnie Lee JACKSON McALEXANDER and Her Family
August 1931

Mama's Brood Fred Pennebaker Katie McAlexander (Mrs. Fred) Pennebaker Boyd McAlexander Hattie Robertson (Mrs. Boyd) McAlexander Henry Crawley Frank McAlexander Olivia McAlexander (Mrs. J. T.) Watkins John McAlexander Hubert McAlexander Euclid McAlexander Chester McAlexander unk-Mabel Greer? Minnie Lee Jackson 'Mama' (Mrs. Eddie Lee) McAlexander Bernice 'Bee' McAlexander Mae McAlexander Ruth McAlexander (Mrs. Henry) Crawley Icy Horton (Mrs. Chester) McAlexander Jimmy Moore Lena McAlexander (Mrs. John Roger) Moore Majorie Nell McAlexander Annie Valentine (Mrs. John) McAlexander John Roger Moore J. T. Watkins Elizabeth McAlexander (Mrs. Gerald) Rose John McAlexander, Jr. Sarah Kathryn Moore Boyd Eugene Moore Ferrell Moore Grady McAlexander George Edward McAlexander Roland McAlexander Gene McAlexander Wallace McAlexander John Roger Moore, Jr. John T. Watkins

Photograph of Minnie Lee's ten children, sixteen grandchildren, seven daughters and sons-in-law and a couple extras. Two of Minnie's grandchildren had not been born in 1931.


Green Ball REFERENCES

black dot  McAlexander, Hubert Horton; Pesely, George Edward; Tomlin, Jeanne McAlexander, MCALEXANDER - A Family History, Penobscot Press, November 2002, 282 pages, a Limited Edition.

black dot  McALEXANDER and STEPHENSON material from Hubert H. McAlexander and other McAlexander sources (see Acknowlegments and Sources).

black dot  McAlexander, Hubert H., Flush Times in Holly Springs, Feb. 1986, Journal of Mississippi History.

black dot  STEPHENSON Introduction, Shield, and Motto from Thomas B. Stephenson, III (no known address).

black dot  Official designation of the McALEXANDER-STEPHENSON "home place" community as Mack, Mississippi.

black dot  James McAlexander Timeline, 1715-1798 by Jeanne Tomlin.

black dot  Other McAlexander contributors: Ralph Hayes, Roger Stanford, Thomas McAlexander.

black dot  Early McAlexander History by Ralph Hayes.

black dot  Debbie Wafford presents a WOFFORD genealogy site "Wofford Vol. by Zelma Price, 1964."  Scroll down Wofford genealogy on pages 17-27 to "(5) 6.2 Benjamin Wofford" to find "The Tory."  Use browser [Back] control to return here.  Click here to return to prior position.

black dot  From A South Ayrshire Parish, Rev. George Turnbull, D.D., 1908 (where he describes the Lairds of Drummochreen, John and Thomas McAlexander on page 119). Reference courtesy Jeanne Tomlin.

black dot  James McAlexander's 150 acre (10-Mar-1756) Land Grant/Patent in Albemarle County, Virginia source is: The Library of Virginia Digital Collections, Electronic Card Indexes, Land Records, Land Office Patents and Grants, Chronological/Numerical Index, Patents (book) No. 34 1756-1765 (VOL.1 2 3 & 4 p.1-1088), Pages 1 - 101. Select Page 20/21 and document number 033_0014.tif can be viewed or saved to disk.

black dot  Alexander McAlexander's land holdings in Virginia and Kentucky were found at Library of Virginia in the "Electronic Card Index" at <http://lvaimage.lib.va.us/cgi-bin/drawer/disk19/CC150/0434/M1060?62> - cards 62 - 73. Additional land holdings are found in Kentucky Land Records, 1774-1924 at Genealogy.com for the years 1782 - 1788.

black dot  Kristi Gross: Wofford Family Clearinghouse Database and a lot of McAlexander information.

black dot  McAlexander Land Grant/Patent page.

black dot  McAlexander Origins by James L. McLemore.

black dot  The McAlexander tartan and heraldry grouped with Clan MacDonell of Glengarry - from  Roger Stanford.

black dot  Nelson County, Virginia location map from  Virginia Gen Web Project.

black dot  Photographs - McAlexanders of Davis Creek, VA.

black dot  Photographs/Memorabilia - McAlexanders and Stephensons of Marshall Co., MS.
blank space  (Photos: Eddie Lee McAlexander, Eliza Mitchell, David Ferdinand McAlexander, Mary Elizabeth Stephenson, Minnie Lee Jackson, Montage)
blank space  (Memorabilia: bible, brooch, butter paddles, cross, receipts)

black dot  Marshall County, Mississippi information and location map from Mississippi Gen Web Project.

black dot  Marshall County, Mississippi History by Bobby Mitchell.

black dot  Bob and Mary Mobley contributed current pictures of "Home Place", cemetery headstone and lineage data.

black dot  Obadiah Maclin/McLin/Martin STEPHENSON data furnished by Kathey Kelley Hunt and Jon Weatherford.

black dot  Hannah STEPHENSON and John Franklin HOLT data furnished by Wes Holt.


Green Ball Additional Acknowlegments and Sources

The data on my maternal McALEXANDER and STEPHENSON lineages were provided by my mother Katie Elizabeth McALEXANDER PENNEBAKER from her personal knowledge and notes, family Bibles, letter by Eliza Jane STEPHENSON, list of those buried in the Mack, Mississippi home place cemetery, newspaper articles, stories related over the years to me and others by many involved family members, and most graciously by Hubert H. McALEXANDER, Jr. - the family genealogist and historian.

black dot  BAILEY, Brenda Kaye McALEXANDER
black dot  BOYKIN, Edna JOHNSON
black dot  GEE, Gary Michael (Mike) - Data on GEE Line
black dot  Hill Crest Cemetery, Holly Springs, MS
black dot  Holly Springs Gazette, Holly Springs, MS
black dot  HOLT, Wes - Hannah STEPHENSON and John HOLT Data
black dot  Hunt, Kathey Kelly - Obadiah Martin STEPHENSON Data
black dot  McALEXANDER, Edward Lee and Minnie Lee JACKSON - Family Bible
black dot  McALEXANDER, George Edward
black dot  McALEXANDER, Hubert H.
black dot  McALEXANDER-STEPHENSON Family Cemetery, Mack, MS
black dot  PENNEBAKER, Katie Elizabeth McALEXANDER - Bible - Notes - Letters
black dot  POTTS-TAYLOR, Eliza Jane Lucy Caroline STEPHENSON
black dot  RHODES, Diane - Data on Milly McALEXANDER
black dot  STANFORD, Roger and Melissa - Clan McDonell of Glengarry Information
black dot  The South Reporter, Holly Springs, MS
black dot  TOMLINSON, Mrs. Mitchell (nee Minnie Irene "Bunnie" MOORE)
black dot  WEATHERFORD, Jon Coy - Obadiah Maclin STEPHENSON Data

black dot  Many generous cousins contributed lineages that I have included.


Green Ball Researchers/Contributors

McAlexander
  • Kathy Davis
  • Robert E. Dobbins
  • R. Michael Graham
  • (Mr.) Bev H. Harris
  • Debbie Harvey
  • Ralph Hayes
  • Heather
  • Eunice Kirkman
  • Margaret M. Lasater
  • Peggy Light
  • Bitsey Bailey McAlexander
  • Bobby McAlexander
  • Tom McAlexander
  • William (Bill) Dean McAlexander
  • Nancy McDonald
  • Richard Padgett
  • George Pesely
  • Jeanne Tomlin
  • Stephenson & Holt
  • Roberta Bunn
  • Richley Crapo
  • Sheila Harrison
  • Charles Wesley Holt
  • Kathey Kelly Hunt
  • Jerry Robinson
  • Jon Corley Weatherford
  •  


    Green Ball Various Internet Sites of McAlexander Interest

    Genealogy Sites:
  • Booth/McAlexander (Terri Jensen)
  • Boothe/McAlexander (David Fridley)
  • Boothe/McAlexander (Sue Moore)
  • Lake/McAlexander (Alan D. Junkins)
  • Lester/McAlexander (Jerry Curtis Lester)
  • McAlexander (my-ged.com)
  • McAlexander (Robert DeHart)
  • Bitsey Bailey McAlexander's Trees
  • Message Boards:
  • McAlexander FamilyHistory
  • Stephenson FamilyHistory
  • Wofford FamilyHistory

  • McAlexander GenForum
  • Stephenson GenForum
  • Wofford GenForum
  • Miscellaneous Records:

  • Actual Image and Transcription of Amherst Co., VA, Religious Freedom Petition, Nov. 1, 1779.
  •   (Petition signed by James, Jr., Alexander, James, Sr., John and Samuel McAlexander.)
      (To see actual image, sort items "Ascending", select second occurrence of November 1, 1779.)
  • Head of Families - Amherst Co, VA 1783
  • Head of Families - Amherst Co, VA 1785
  • McAlexander/McAlexander Deed, Amherst Co, VA, Deed Bk I, p. 310-311, James, William & John to Alexander, 23 Aug 1799.
  • McAlexander/Burnett marriage bond, 1780 Amherst Co, VA., Marriage Register, p. 12 Date of Bond: 25 March 1780.
  • McAlexander Deed, 1826 Patrick Co, VA, Deed Book 6, p. 522, John McAlexander to Milly Lyon, 7 Sep 1826.
  • McAlexander Surname Distribution
  • Nelson Co, VA, 1850 Census

    Census Records: (You must be a subscriber to GenealogyLibrary.com to view these records)

  • William McAlexander, 1850 Census, Marshall County, MS
  • Josiah Stephenson, 1850 Census, Marshall County, MS
  • William Stephenson, 1850 Census, Marshall County, MS

    Green Ball Notable McAlexanders:

    General Ulysses Grant McAlexander:

  • Rock of the Marne
  • Grave Marker in Arlington National Cemetery
  • Biography and picure from Arlington National Cemetery website.

    Thomas Fortune Ryan:

  • Oak Ridge Estate, Arrington, VA
    Thomas Fortune Ryan, great-great grandson of James "The Immigrant" McAlexander and a spectacularly successful Wall Street financier and Nelson County native, purchased the estate in 1901 and transformed the small, Federal-style dwelling into a 50-room Colonial Revival mansion.

    Lester James "Jimmy" Fortune:

  • Tenor - a very good one - with the Statler Brothers gospel singers.

    and then the rest of us...


    Green Ball Selected McAlexander-Stephenson History Hyperlinks: Addresses not on my ISP site may be inactive.
    (Listed in order of occurrence in the McAlexander History. Use browser BACK button to return to prior position.)

  • Early McAlexander History
  • McAlexander European Environs
  • McAlexander Heraldry
  • McAlexander Records, County Ayr, Scotland
  • McAlexander Virginia Land Grants
  • James McAlexander's Descendants
  • William Stephenson's Descendants
  • Mack, MS Location
  • Mack Home Place
  • Mack Store
  • Mack Aerial Photograph
  • McAlexander Stephenson Cemetery
  • Katie Elizabeth McAlexander Pennebaker's Biography
  • Minnie Lee Jackson McAlexander's Biography
  • McAlexander Family Epilogue
  • Katie McAlexander's Ancestry Tree


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