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CONTENT


  • PREFACE ˃ Page 1

    • THE COVER PHOTO ˃ Page 1

    • A NOTE ON THE BOOK’S PHOTOS ˃ Page 1

    • COMMENTS ˃ Page 1

    • OUR LINEAGE ˃ Page 2

    • JOE AND FANNIE ALEXANDER ˃ Page 2

    • JOHN AND SALLIE ALEXANDER ˃ Page 2

    • WILLIAM AND LILEY ALEXANDER ˃ Page 3

    • JOHN AND POLLY ALEXANDER ˃ Page 4

    • FRANCES ALEXANDER ˃ Page 4

    • BOOK PRINTING INFORMATION ˃ Page 4

    • UNITED STATES FEDERAL CENSUS ˃ Page 4

    • HELPFUL INFORMATION ˃ Page 5

  • DARLINGTON AND FLORENCE AREA ALEXANDERS ˃ Page 6

  • OUR ANCESTORS - SETTLERS IN OLD SUMTER DISTRICT ˃ Page 70

  • HANCOCK FAMILY ˃ Page 90

    • RUSS HANCOCK’S HANCOCKS - BACK TO THE FIFTEEN HUNDREDS ˃ Page 96

  • STEWART FAMILY ˃ Page 97

  • A COMPOSITE OF COMPANY A, 14TH REGIMENT ˃ Page 99

  • PERIODICALS OF THE LINEAGE REGION ˃ Page 105

  • UNCLE LEE’S STORYTELLING ˃ Page 106

THE COVER PHOTO


The cover photo was taken June 23, 1900. On the left was John W. Alexander, a Confederate veteran who survived Gettysburg. To his left, a portion of his immediate family at his Lone Tree Farm just outside of Timmonsville in then Darlington County. It was the day of son Henry’s marriage to Laura M. Raines.

Next to John was wife Sallie Stewart. The children are unidentified, but likely those of his son Charlie and his first wife Olivia Jernigan. Standing in the back row, left to right, were Charlie, his sister Maggie, his brother Henry, and Laura. The farm hand took advantage of the photo opportunity as well.

By viewing Charles Engram Charlie Alexander’s biography in the section Darlington and Florence Area Alexanders, you may want to try guessing the identities of the children by estimating their ages, and comparing them with Charlie and Olivia’s list of young’uns. In the same section, Maggie’s listed under Maggie Louise Alexander, and Henry’s under Henry Lee Alexander.
A NOTE ON THE BOOK’S PHOTOS
Biographies contain photos that were available. I used some of my own snapshots from over the years, mostly taken at reunions, or what I had collected from others in the family. If anyone cares to offer photos by way of the Internet, please send them, preferably in the .jpg format (JPEG) to valmcginness@yahoo.com. I may add them to any future revisions, and there probably will revisions until I’m no longer among the living. Corrections are welcomed, as well.
COMMENTS
With the cost of paper, ink, mailing, etc., I no longer offer it in an actual printed book. It’s available online so that you may print out your own. You may take advantage of a free download. The download offers one file with the body of the information, and one for the book’s cover. It’s available in .docx and .pdf formats.
http://freepages.family.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~analexanderfamily.index
Over the years, the content has been whittled down to a smaller size which now includes mostly just the Alexanders who hail from Florence and Darlington counties in South Carolina, yet follow the line from my first cousins’ 4-great grandmother in North Carolina, and later in the area around Bishopville, to now.

I've been looking into the family’s history for decades as sort of a hobby, some call an obsession, and unfortunately since then my first cousins and I have lost all of our blood Alexander parents. Now we are the elders in our family, with the exception of the remaining wives of our Alexander parents. Hence, the First Cousins edition.

I hope this small effort makes the information on relations more relevant to the understanding of our descendants. It’s not uncommon for people to get a little confused with the multiple use of the word great before a name, i.e. great-great-great-great grandmother. Hopefully this approach will soften the confusion. For instance, a first cousin’s great-great grandparents (or 4-great grandparents) would be their children’s great-great-great grandparents (or 3-great grandparents). It, of course, can still be a little confusing.

Our ancestors unknowingly transferred their deoxyribonucleic acid to us, their DNA. That’s the molecule that encodes the genetic instructions used in the development and functioning of all known living organisms, including Alexanders. It’s the stuff that allows people like television’s Maury Povich to tell us who the baby daddy is. It’s helpful in many ways, and now with genealogy research. People are starting to use it to find their ancestors, but it costs money.

It is hoped that with the little I know, it will be useful to coming generations with the hope that someone will figure it out, and go back into our past a lot farther than I have. There’s a saying that some researchers use: Trying to figure it out, so I’ll know who to blame.
OUR LINEAGE
Briefly, what I know about our family’s line is that a coastal North Carolina widow, Mrs. Frances Alexander, maiden name and husband’s name unknown, is the first of our known line of Alexanders, who was first documented back in 1786 for a land survey in what is now Bishopville, South Carolina. However, it was her only known son, John Alexander who was the first true blood kin. John, Frances, and a few others traveled into what is now Bishopville during the latter 1790s. The larger area they moved into was then known as Sumter District, and Bishopville was then known as Salem. More on Frances and her immediate family may be found in the Our Ancestors – Settlers in old Sumter District section.
JOE AND FANNIE ALEXANDER
First cousins, many of you older ones knew these two personally, and much of what’s included in this book concerns their collective family. A farming family, Joe, Fannie, and their children totaled fourteen, and due to their age span, they never all lived in the home at the same time. Fannie had them between May 26, 1906 and September 17, 1932, over twenty-six years. Joe was formally Joseph Kirkland Alexander, Sr., and Fannie was Frances Leitha Hancock Alexander.

In order of age the children were:



  1. Jessie Clifton Alexander, Sr. (1906-1973)

  2. Joseph Lee Alexander (1908-1987)

  3. Wilton Kenneth Alexander Jr. (1910-1986)

  4. Belvin Ryan Bill Alexander (1913-1989)

  5. Loren Vivian Alexander (1915-1954)

  6. Willard Terry Alexander Sr. (1918-1996)

  7. Gladys Myrtis Alexander (1921-1969)

  8. William Elbert Alexander (1923-1924)

  9. Barney Kirby B.K. Alexander (1925-1945)

  10. Frances Mildred Alexander (1927-2014)

  11. Marvin Esker Alexander (1929-1971)

  12. Joseph Kirkland Joe Alexander Jr. (1932-2011)

More on Joe and Fannie is found in the section Darlington and Florence Area Alexanders.
JOHN AND SALLIE ALEXANDER
You first cousins who were born Alexanders, these are your paternal great-grandparents. Your grandfather Joe’s parents were farmer John Alexander and the former Sallie Stewart of Darlington District, a daughter of Abel S. and Lydia Kirkley Stewart. Although John and Sallie had a small family cemetery on their own land, they’re buried at Pine Grove United Methodist Church, just outside of Timmonsville, but in Darlington County.

John and his family were initially active members of old Cypress Methodist Church in old Darlington District, now Lee County, and then Pine Grove Methodist in Darlington County after Cypress was discontinued on the area Methodist circuit due to fire damage and subsequent dismantling. The old Pine Grove was, and is, located in Darlington County. On my last visit to the site, the old church was still standing, and being used by another organization next to, and visible from, Interstate 20 in Darlington County. John was the Superintendent of the old Pine Grove’s Sunday school.

The newer Pine Grove Methodist Church was built at the site of Pine Grove Church’s burying ground, the old Thornal Cemetery on South Carolina Highway 341 just outside of Timmonsville, but in Darlington County. In the 1960s, it became Pine Grove United Methodist Church. By the way, many times throughout the book you’ll see the term United Methodist Church replaced with UMC.

His parents originally lived in old Darlington District before moving to Henry County, Alabama where his uncle James Alexander lived sometime after the 1840 census survey in Henry. The family, however moved back before the survey was taken again in old Darlington District. John was born in Henry County in 1846, although everyone else in his family was born in South Carolina. I suspect that the family returned to South Carolina due to mother Delilah’s failing health, as she is believed to have died in 1851.

After the start of the Civil War, teenager John Wesley decided to join the Confederacy in Cartersville, near Timmonsville, both then located in old Darlington District. John wasn’t old enough, but fibbed about his age, and was accepted. After boot camp at Camp Johnson in what is now the Columbia area of South Carolina, Private Alexander fought in many well-known battles with Carterville’s Company A, 14th Infantry Regiment, South Carolina Volunteers, Confederate States of America. He fought and survived many well-known battles including the infamous Battle of Gettysburg. Toward the end of the war he wound up in a Union prison in Elmira, New York that people referred to as the Death Camp of the North. When the war ended, he was released to find his way home.

Eventually, he and Sallie married, and bought a farm just outside of Timmonsville. Formally, they were John Wesley Alexander and Sarah A.M. Stewart Alexander.

Their known children were:


  1. Mary A. Elizabeth Alexander (1867-1886)

  2. Ella L. Alexander (1870-1902)

  3. Charles Engram Charlie Alexander (1871-1949)

  4. Henry Lee Alexander (1872-1948)

  5. Mattie Viola Mollie Alexander (1874-1951)

  6. John Luther Alexander, Sr. (1878-1955)

  7. Maggie Louise Alexander (1879-1965)

  8. Addie Olivia Alexander (1883-1911)

  9. Joseph Kirkland Joe Alexander, Sr. (1885-1962)

More on John and Sallie may be found in the section Darlington and Florence Area Alexanders.
WILLIAM AND LILEY ALEXANDER
These are your great-great grandparents (2-great grandparents), the couple who started this Florence/Darlington set of Alexanders. They were Rev. John William Reese Alexander, a Methodist local preacher, and the former Delilah Alexandra Liley Kea (pronounced Key), the parents of your great grandfather (1-great grandfather), John Wesley Alexander.

William Alexander was one younger of several children of John and Mary Polly Woodham Alexander. Wherever he preached, churchgoers called him Uncle William. It’s not quite clear if he was ever ordained, although some have said that he was, yet there’s not a lot of evidence to back that. My research mentor, the late Horace Fraser Rudisill, Historian of the Darlington County Historical Commission once wrote a newspaper article stating that he was, but I’m not so sure he still believed that years later.

In William’s earlier life he was listed on census surveys as an Overseer on his father’s plantation, and later on his own land. Later, he relocated slightly south in old Darlington District, sort of drifting away from his parents’ family, yet lived not too far away from them. He primarily lived in an area that now encompasses the communities of Lamar and Cypress, and once lived near the road in front of what is now Lee State Park in Lee County. Back then, both locations were in old Darlington District, yet today Lamar is in Darlington County, and the Cypress area is mostly in Lee County.

A local preacher was one who filled in at churches when their pastor was ill, or at churches that were between regular preachers, that sort of thing. Mostly, those preachers stayed and preached within their respective Methodist circuits, which seem to change a lot over the years.

William and first wife Liley were active members of old Cypress Methodist Church. His home church of Cypress Methodist was discontinued on the circuit by the Methodist Conference, and the congregation was transferred to Newman Swamp Methodist Church near Lamar, where William’s buried. As far as can be determined, Liley, short for Delilah, died in 1851, and William later married Martha Anne E. Parnell. That union produced a daughter named Gamewell Alexander. She married widower Alexander Sylkirk Sandy Fields. She and Sandy raised a sizeable family.

William and Delilah’s known children included:



  1. Mary Alexander (About 1838-?)

  2. Abner Alexander (About 1840-1863)

  3. Elizabeth C. Lizzie Alexander (1843-1899)

  4. John Wesley Alexander (1846-1934)

William and Anne’s only known child was:

  • Frances Gamewell Alexander (1864-1926)

More on William, Delilah, and Anne are in his biography under John William Reese Alexander in the Our Ancestors - Settlers in old Sumter District section.

JOHN AND POLLY ALEXANDER


Cousins, here are your great-great-great grandparents (3-great grandparents). John is the first known male of this study. Born around 1774 in the old Dobbs County, North Carolina, he died in 1846 in old Darlington District in the area of Stoke Bridge community in now Lee County outside of Bishopville. He married the former Mary Polly Woodham who outlived him by a few years. They came from the area of coastal North Carolina that is now Lenoir County. Their large family included Rev. John William Reese Alexander.

John and Polly’s known children included:



  1. Abner M. Alexander (1796-1871)

  2. Mary Alexander (1798-1868)

  3. Anna Ann Alexander (About 1806-About 1870)

  4. Mary Susannah Susan Alexander (1809-1847)

  5. Jane Alexander (1810-1880)

  6. James Irvin Alexander Sr. (1812-1892)

  7. Aris Alexander (About 1815-Between 1870-1880)

  8. John William Reese Alexander (1819-1899)

  9. Cornelia Caroline Alexander (About 1823-1898)

  10. Elizabeth J. Alexander (1828-1856)

More on John and Polly’s in the section Our Ancestors - Settlers in old Sumter District.
FRANCES ALEXANDER
Mrs. Alexander was married to, then widowed by an unknown, unnamed Alexander who was a possible casualty of the Revolutionary War, making her the oldest in this particular line, known at this time. He what I call my brick wall, someone I cannot get past, information-wise.

Frances’ only known children were:



  1. John Alexander (About 1774-1846)

  2. Mary Margaret Alexander

Frances is first documented by a land survey of her proposed land acquisition in 1786 in old Salem in Sumter County, South Carolina, although at the time she was living in old Dobbs County, North Carolina in a part that is today Lenoir County. She was also surveyed in North Carolina during the first United States Federal Census. Son John was the one responsible for siring the first set of Alexander in our lineage, and starting the line that still exists.

Frances moved into Salem sometime after the 1790 census and the birth of her grandson, Abner M. Alexander in 1796 in Sumter District, South Carolina, one of son John’s sons. She traveled to Salem with both of her children, her future daughter-in-law’s aunt Mary Woodham Wiggins, and Mrs. Wiggins’ son Daniel. There may have been others in her traveling party. By today’s standards, the journey was not that far.

Salem later became Bishopville, South Carolina, and Mrs. Alexander moved there onto 130 acres of land. Son John moved onto 500 acres. Daughter Mary Margaret Alexander married Paris Hickman, a son of William Hickman, in South Carolina. Mary and Paris later moved on to eastern Mississippi in the vicinity of the Choctaw Nation.
PRINTING NOTE
If you'd like to print this information, that's okay. You can even take it to an office supply place that copies and prints, i.e. Office Depot or Office Max, and they'll do a plastic ring binder with a vinyl front and back cover, usually in the available color of your choice, even clear, for around five dollars.
UNITED STATES FEDERAL CENSUS
The first United States Federal Census survey was in 1790. Back then it wasn’t as much of an information gatherer, as a head count. Only the Head of household was identified by name, the area in which he or she lived, the sex and race of those living in the household, and by their approximate age group, just nothing very specific.

Census takers weren't and still aren’t regular government employees, just people like you and me. They have mostly been literate men and women who had a minimal amount of training. In the old days, many of the enumerators wrote in overdone flowery cursive that was hard to read and decipher. Uppercase letters like I would look like a J, etc. Those workers only had that job for a matter of weeks, and only every ten years. I'm sure they were good people, but they made a ton of mistakes.

On that note, survey information was not always dependable. Often, enumerators would show up at a residence to survey the household during the day, but the person who greeted them at the door would not always be someone who knew all of the information that would make the survey correct, and it was not always a family member. It may have been a cook, someone mentally incompetent, or just about anyone who wasn't working in the fields or had a job outside of the home. In one survey I saw a woman listed as Emmer. I found out her name was actually Emma, but the census taker usually took down the name as he or she understood it. All names in this report were intended to be spelled the same as in the actual census record, and some may be misinterpreted or incorrect, not necessarily by me.

No census was taken in 1890, leaving out a lot of information of that period, meaning no census information for twenty years, from 1880 until 1900. A lot of living and dying took place during that period.


HELPFUL INFORMATION


  • The emphasis of this report is on the born Alexanders of this lineage, not necessarily whom an Alexander married, yet in several cases more information was available on the spouse.

  • Individual’s names, as best known, are listed alphabetically by known first name.  For instance, Luther Alexander was actually John Luther Alexander, so he would be listed under John.

  • When trying to figure out a person’s parents, look to the right of the subject’s name.

  • A sizeable portion of the early South Carolina Alexanders who came from old Dobbs County in North Carolina, are believed to be buried in the old destroyed Woodham Family Cemetery in the Stokes Bridge community of Lee County since John Alexander’s wife was a Woodham. John and Mary Woodham Alexander lived in the Stokes Bridge community later in life. There's no way to tell now how many and who were buried there. The cemetery has been reportedly destroyed, and crops have been said to grow above the graves. After at least seventy years of no burials, maintainance, etcetera, South Carolina law states that it's okay to plow over the land. That was the law the last time I checked years ago. If they haven't changed that law, I hope they do. People who are buried are not discarded garbage.

  • Spelling of names in this report are from various sources, and not all are necessarily and absolutely correct.  In the past, not everyone could effectively read and/or write, let alone spell perfectly.  Even some in the same section of the family didn’t know how some of the names were supposed to be spelled, and many of the names within have been obtained from documents that may not have the proper spelling, as well. There are grave markers that have incorrect spellings, dates, or other information because the inscriber was directed by a person who wasn’t accurate.

  • When you see where someone died at the South Carolina State Hospital many years ago, it doesn’t necessarily mean they were crazy. Some of their death certificates from the hospital have referred to some patients as insane or senile. It was the ignorance of the times, but I believe that most of those in this story who died there were those who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, a form of dementia. They didn’t know about those conditions back then. Some of those conditions took longtime care, so the State Hospitals were the place, and being state operated, likely free of charge, definitely not like today.

  • Much like today, nicknames were popular in the old days, too. A few of the nicknames were different than now. For instance, Mary was likely to be called Polly, Frances might be called Fannie, Sarah might be Sallie, and Elizabeth had several options, i.e. Lizzie, Eliza, Liza, Beth, Betty, and Liz, and Martha became Mattie or Mollie. An example of men’s nicknames was Henry being turned into Hank or Harry.  If you see that an individual’s name is in quotations in their full name, it generally means they were commonly known by a nickname.

  • Not known by this research means that my research may not have the answer, but it's possible that someone, somewhere does have the answer.

  • If you see a number to the right of a person’s name, it indicates that there was more than one person with the same known name.  For instance, a (1) shows that this was the oldest known of the people with the same name. This happens in a few cases.

  • Some biographies have more info than others.  Many times finding information was easy, but many more times it was not.  Some people left more of a paper trail than others.

  • The addition of the popular genealogy term (nee?) within a female’s name indicates that her maiden name is not known by this research. Italics are also used for emphasis, and other reasons.

  • If a source is not listed in the articles or obituaries, it's not known by this research.

  • The majority of our Alexanders were Methodists, and earlier on Methodist-Episcopal, so there are many obituaries that were printed in the old periodical Southern Christian Advocate, giving the obituary writer, usually a Minister, a chance to write about the deceased in a more flamboyant manner than usual, and after the fact. The person had probably already been buried a while by the time the obituary got to Advocate subscribers. It was usually written by ministers who worked the area where the subject of the obituary lived. The periodical was published by a combined group of Methodist clergy in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Most, if not all of an Advocate collection can be found at the Methodist Archives at the Sandor-Teszler Library at Wofford University in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Keep in mind that back in the old days, not every area had a newspaper to spread the news of a death, especially at the time of the death.

  • Dates listed with only the year indicated are usually marked with the word About. If only the year is known, many times it might just a guess or estimate.

DARLINGTON AND FLORENCE AREA ALEXANDERS


ABNER ALEXANDER – The elder of two sons of Rev. John William Reese Alexander and the former Delilah Alexandra Liley Kea

Born: About 1840 Darlington District, South Carolina

Died: Approximately at age 24. According to a Confederate muster roll dated December 4, 1863 Abner died from wounds sustained about a month earlier in the Civil War, or War Between the States at the Battle of Lookout Mountain at Chattanooga, Tennessee.  The family found out about his death, but not necessarily officially. Communication wasn’t a guaranteed thing during that war.

Marriage: Abner was not married, yet had a girlfriend at the time he went off to war

Burial: Unknown. As a note a few years ago, I wrote the Veterans Administration, and they had no record of his burial. His brother John Wesley Alexander’s Reminiscence has John saying that Abner was killed at Lookout Mountain, Tennessee. I've once saw a muster roll stating that he was indeed alive after that battle, and was in the hands of the enemy. He did, however, die about a month later, likely taken off of the field of battle, and on to a Union hospital or prison camp, before he perished, location unknown. One of the nastier things about the Civil War was that soldiers would leave home to fight for the cause, and were never heard from again. Although Muster Rolls were a good thing, they just weren’t filled out as often as they should have been, and without consistency. In my mind, word of Abner’s demise was somehow relayed to the family by someone other than a Confederate official. Each soldier in Abner’s unit was from the Darlington District, so that’s probably how the family heard about it. If a soldier didn’t die on the battlefield, and did in a prison camp, there may not be a record of burial, only a listing on a grave as an Unknown.

Abner, the older of the two males born to his parents, was an infantry soldier in Company F, 8th Infantry Regiment, South Carolina Volunteers, Confederate States of America, nicknamed the Darlington Grays, made up of men in the more northern section of the old Darlington District. The larger group was called The Third or 3rd Battalion. He went in as a Private. I’ve viewed paperwork on his unit that lists Abner as the only Alexander in Company F.

The soldiers were made up mostly of men from the Society Hill, Dovesville, Lydia, and Stokes Bridge areas of old district.

Abner’s brother, John Wesley Alexander became a Confederate himself, joining a Cartersville unit when he was not quite fifteen years old. His unit was Company A 14th Infantry Regiment. He was given the rank of Private. One viewed muster roll I saw said he was twenty-three years old.

In 1932, while in his mid-80s, and with the help of his schoolteacher daughter Maggie, John dictated what was labeled Reminiscence, mostly a remembrance of his experiences during the Civil War. In it he told of a chance meeting with his big brother during the war: At the beginning of the war, my only brother, Abner Alexander, enlisted for service for six months.  He fought in the first Battle of Bull Run, Virginia.  Six months he came home and found that I had entered the army.  He regretted, very much, that I had taken this step.  I went away while he was at home.  My brother re-enlisted and went back to the same company.  Just a few days before they went to Tennessee, I heard that my brother's command was about a mile from me.  I got permission to go to him, and this was the last time I ever saw him.  He came a part of the way back with me.  We sat on a chestnut log and he told me that he felt like that we would never see each other again, and told me, also, where I would find his trunk and other belongings.  He was killed at Lookout Mountain, Tennessee.  I found his things, as he told me, his trunk and picture, but his girlfriend refused to part with his jewelry.

In 1863, thousands of men were killed or injured during two separate battles at Lookout Mountain, Chattanooga, Tennessee. The first battle was Chickamauga, fought September 19th and 20th. The South won that one, however the Union forces regrouped and won the Battle of Lookout Mountain on November 24th. That was the battle that John Wesley Alexander spoke about in his Reminiscence, saying that was where Abner was killed.

There is a huge National Park adjacent to and south of Chattanooga, along U.S. Highway 27, that according to the National Park Service commemorates both battles. It draws hundreds of visitors each day.

Several researchers have made the mistake of confusing Abner with his much older uncle and namesake Rev. Abner M. Alexander, b. About 1796, his father’s oldest sibling who lived not too far away in old Sumter District, and the much younger Abner, b. About 1840, who lived in old Darlington District.  Although you don’t hear of many people named Abner now days, there were plenty back then.

During the early 1840s, previous to the war, Abner’s family moved into Henry County, Alabama after being surveyed in the census for Darlington District, South Carolina, apparently to live closer to another uncle, James I. Alexander, Sr.  Abner’s mother Delilah may have become ill, citing the fact that the whole family was back in Darlington District by the 1850 census, and Delilah reportedly died in 1851.

United States Federal Census Reference:

1850 - September 16th.  Darlington District.  This was the only survey I found that included Abner. He was not listed in the 1860 enumeration, but would have been around twenty years of age at that time, and might have been working somewhere away from his home. Back then young men would work on someone else’s farm, and live with them as a boarder. The war had not yet commenced, and the 1860 was the first survey after his family’s move back to Darlington District. The section of Alabama in which his family lived is now considered rural Newville, in Henry County near Dale County. Newville is a small town located just off of U.S. Highway 431 between Eufaula and Headland.


  • Wm Alexander, age 30 (head/overseer)

  • Delilah Alexander, age 29 (wife)

  • Mary Alexander, age 12 (daughter)

  • Abner Alexander, age 10 (son)

  • Elis C Alexander, age 7 (daughter)

  • John W Alexander, age 4 (son)


ADDIE OLIVIA ALEXANDER (HILL) - Parents: John Wesley Alexander and the former Sarah A.M. Sallie Stewart

Born: August 31, 1883 old Darlington County, South Carolina

Died: February 8, 1911 at age 27

Marriage: John Lemuel Lem Hill

Born: September 8, 1874 South Carolina

Died: August 4, 1910 Darlington County at age 36

Burial: Both Byrd Cemetery, Timmonsville, Florence County

Their children:



  • Luther Carlisle Hill b. April 7, 1906 Florence County d. October 25, 1935 High Hill, Darlington County at 29 years 6 months and 19 days of age, m. none known. Burial: October 27, 1935 Byrd Cemetery, Timmonsville

  • Martin Gary Hill b. August 3, 1908 (likely Timmonsville, Florence County) South Carolina d. May 30, 1977 Oklahoma at age 68, m. Before 1929 to Rosa Lee (nee?). (It may be that Lee was Rosa's surname, or that her name may have been Rosalie). Burial: Gary at Rose Hill Cemetery, Ardmore, Carter County, Oklahoma. Rosa’s name was not seen in a search of those buried at Rose Hill.  The Hills had at least one child: Ruth Hill, b. About 1929 who married a Mr. Spratt. In the 1930 census in Timmonsville, Gary was listed as a farmer. According to Gary's World War II Army Enlistment Records, he enlisted in Augusta, Georgia on November 19, 1945 into the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was living somewhere in South Carolina at the time. The Term of Enlistment stated, Enlistment for Hawaiian Department. He was a Technician 4th Grade Equivalent to Code 5: Sergeant. The papers listed him as married, and a Cook in civilian life. It also stated that he had four years of high school.

  • Sallie May Hill b. January 22, 1911 Florence County d. March 30, 1916 Ebenezer community, Florence County at age 5 years 2 months and 8 days at her grandfather John Wesley Alexander’s home in Ebenezer community outside of Timmonsville. Burial: March 30th, the day of her death, at Byrd Cemetery

Lem’s parents:

  • Calvin Hill b. February 12, 1831 South Carolina d. December 18, 1883 Timmonsville, old Darlington County (now Florence County) at age 52. Burial: Amos Hill Cemetery, Timmonsville, described as a destroyed cemetery. It is said that the tiny cemetery, for whatever reason, was destroyed around 1955. It’s located at the edge of the town limit of Timmonsville at the end of South Kershaw Street on James Street.  At last visit, I saw no visible sign that it was a graveyard, just a small area overgrown with weeds. I’ve talked to relatives who lived within a block of the old burying ground who said they never knew it was a cemetery.

  • Sophronia Adeline DuBose b. June 6, 1844 Cypress Crossroads, Darlington District, South Carolina d. July 6, 1919 Timmonsville at age 75.  She was a daughter of Henry James DuBose and the former Jane Kelley. Burial: Byrd Cemetery.

Lem's known siblings:

  • Clemuel Hodge Hill b. July 27, 1877 South Carolina d. May 23, 1922 Timmonsville at age 44, m. Viola Skinner Hill b. October 28, 1879 Darlington d. November 22, 1969 Florence at age 90

  • Attie Sophronia Hill b. September 3, 1884 Timmonsville d. May 5, 1965 South Carolina at age 80 m. Robert Pressley McMillan b. January 12, 1882 Darlington County d. May 27, 1942 Timmonsville at age 60. Burial: Both Byrd Cemetery

According to his 1910 United States Federal Census survey, Lemuel was a retail merchant.

Daughter Sallie May Hill died as the result of Extensive burns, 2nd and 3rd degree, and was buried March 30, 1916 at Byrd Cemetery. She lived for about 6 hours after being burned. Her grandfather, John Wesley Alexander was the Informant of her death.

The children's aunt, Maggie Louise Alexander, raised the three orphans following their parents' death.  Maggie was engaged at the time, yet took in the children, and gave up her future marriage. I've been told that Addie and Lemuel may have died during an elongated flu epidemic, and that Lem died about six months after Addie.

J.H. Kistler Funeral Home of Darlington handled Carlisle's arrangements.  His uncle, John Luther Alexander, Sr. (1), Luther, was the Informant of Carlisle's death, which was the result of a cerebral hemorrhage, a stroke, rendering him paralyzed previous to his death. He was a farmer until 1925, and was single at the end of his life.

United States Federal Census Reference:

1910 - April 18th.  Addie died in February of the following year. Pernice Register, Addie’s aunt, was in the house, listed as a servant. All were born in South Carolina.



  • Lemuel J. Hill, age 35 (head)

  • Carlile L Hill, age 4 (son)

  • Martain G Hill, age 1 years 4 months (son)

  • Pernice Register, age 60 (servant) (Pernice Neesie Stewart Register, a sister of John W. Alexander’s wife, the former Sallie Stewart)

  • Clara Stewart, age 15 (boarder) (a niece of Sallie Stewart Alexander)

1920 - January 5th and 6th.  This botched survey was taken in what was then called Ebenezer, and now thought of as rural Timmonsville.  It was the location of John's Lone Tree Farm on Sallie Hill Road.  In this day and time, most in the area think of Ebenezer as part of the west end of Florence, around ten miles from Sallie Hill Road, near the Magnolia Mall, and several restaurants and motels located on Business I-20, the eastern end of Interstate 20.  The survey listed John as married, although he was actually a widower, and daughter Maggie Louise Alexander was listed as his wife.  Also incorrect: the Hill boys were John's grandchildren, not his nephews.  They were, however, Maggie's nephews, orphaned sons of Addie Olivia Alexander Hill.  Sallie had died in 1917.

  • John W Alexander, age 73 (head)

  • Maggie Alexander, age 38 (wife)

  • Carlisle Hill, age 13 (nephew)

  • Gary Hill, age 11 (nephew)

1930 - April 4th.  Timmonsville.

  • John W Alexander, age 83 (head)

  • Maggie Alexander, age 45 (daughter)

  • Luther C Hill, age 24 (grandson)

ALBERT DEWEY ALEXANDER - Parents: Wilton Kenneth Alexander and the former Lillie Beatrice Bea Lloyd

Born: July 17, 1932 Effingham, Florence County, South Carolina

Died: At home in Effingham August 30, 2005 at age 73

Marriage: Shirley Ann Harper

Born: May 16, 1935

Died: August 24, 2002 at age 67

Burial: Elim Baptist Church, Effingham. Dewey was buried there September 2, 2005.

Dewey and Shirley had two sons:


  • Kenneth Dewey Kenny Alexander b. July 18, 1957 d. October 10, 1975 at age 18, burial was near his parents at Elim Baptist Church. He was likely named after both his father and paternal grandfather.

  • Stanley Alexander

Shirley Ann’s parents:

  • W. Frelon Harper b. February 19, 1909 Florence County d. May 18, 1939 Coward, Florence County at age 30

  • Victoria Sims b. April 15, 1904 Florence d. June 26, 1985 Florence County at age 81

Frelon was the second of three marriages of Victoria. Her first husband was Charlie Weaver, and her third marriage was to Elias Kirby.

OBITUARY for Dewey from Morning News September 1, 2005

    EFFINGHAM - A. Dewey Alexander, 73, of 136 Kinswood Circle died Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005, at his residence.

Born in Effingham, Mr. Alexander was the son of the late Wilton Kenneth Alexander and Beatrice Lloyd Alexander Ward. He was a retired supervisor from Adams Advertising Co. and a member of Southside Baptist Church. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Surviving are a son, William Stanley (Christie) Alexander, Sr. of Effingham; two brothers, Hoyt (Rosa Jean) Alexander of Charleston and Jimmy (Gloria) Alexander of Florence; four sisters, Virginia (Harry Lee) Dennis and Evelyn (Joe) McCutcheon, both of Effingham, Carolyn (Jennings) Welch of Florence and Lois (Curtis) Dewitt of Pamplico; and two grandchildren, William Alexander, Jr. and Crystal Michelle Alexander, both of Effingham.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Ann Harper Alexander; and a son, Kenneth Dewey Alexander.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 2, at Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Elim Baptist Church Cemetery, directed by Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and other times at the residence of Harry Lee and Virginia Dennis at 146 Kinswood Circle, Effingham, SC 29541.
ARNOLD CEIL ALEXANDER, SR. - Parents: John Luther Alexander, Sr. (1) and Nettie Hatchell

Born: February 14, 1912

Died: December 28, 1983 at age 71 Florence, Florence County, South Carolina

Marriage: 50 years to Maggie Mae Rogers. They were married June 20, 1932.

Born: May 22, 1917

Died: February 15, 2002 at age 84

Burial: Pine Grove United Methodist Church, Darlington County, South Carolina

Their children:



  • Grace Elizabeth Alexander b. About 1934

  • Eldridge Lee Alexander b. About April 1940

  • Arnold Ceil Alexander, Jr.

  • John Luther Alexander, Sr. (2) b. June 20, 1944 d. July 14, 2009 at age 65

Maggie’s parents:

  • William Everett Rogers b. November 23, 1885 d. September 15, 1929 at age 33

  • Eunice Vista Folsom b. December 31, 1882 d. March 11, 1960 at age 77. The couple is buried at Newman Swamp Methodist Cemetery, Lamar.

Arnold and Maggie lived at Alexander’s Crossroads where Arnold’s parents ran a country store. That was on South Carolina Highway 340, a road that goes from Timmonsville to Darlington, just yards away from Pine Grove United Methodist Church and its cemetery where they, Arnold’s parents, and several other Alexanders are buried.  I once saw a map on the wall in the Timmonsville Post Office, denoting the intersection. The map’s designer missed the site of the crossroads location, making it look like it was slightly north of Interstate 20, but it’s about a half mile or less south. The crossroads is in Darlington County, yet is just outside of Timmonsville, located in Florence County, and serviced out of the Timmonsville Post Office.

United States Federal Census Reference:

1940 - May 17th. Anderson (School District), Philadelphia, Darlington County. Arnold, Maggie, and Grace were living there on April 1, 1935, as well.


  • Arnold Alexander, age 27 (head)

  • Maggie Alexander, age 22 (wife); Grace Alexander, age 6 (daughter)

  • Eldridge Alexander, age one month (son)


BARNEY KIRBY B.K. ALEXANDER - Parents: Joseph Kirkland Joe Alexander, Sr. and the former Frances Leitha Fannie Hancock

Born: May 12, 1925 Darlington County, South Carolina

Died: April 9, 1945 at age 19 in Belgium during World War II’s infamous Battle of the Bulge

Marriage: None

Burial: Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial, Plot E Row 34 Grave 35, St. Avold, France. The cemetery is near the border with Germany, and is the largest American World War II cemetery of American soldiers in Europe, with graves numbering 10,489 American men and women. A majority of them died trying to cross the Moselle River, and during the advance of crossing Lorraine, France into Germany in 1945. Ten others with the surname Alexander are buried at the cemetery. Alphabetically, B.K. is first on the list.picbarneykirbybkalexander01

The young man whose family called B.K. was a Private First Class (PFC) in the U.S. Army, 255th Regiment, 63rd Infantry Division. His enlistment was at Fort Bragg, North Carolina on March 29, 1944.  The registration says that he was from Darlington.  It also said that he weighed 100, but it also had his height as 00. Seems as though someone didn’t fill out all of the information.

  He fought and died in the infamous Battle of the Bulge, the largest land battle of World War II, in which 19,000 were killed, and 60,000 injured.  It was extremely tough on the men, mostly due to the intense cold, lack of non-frozen water, and a shortage of supplies.  In scope and number of participants, no American engagement in history was more costly or massive.  Winston Churchill called it the greatest American battle of the war, and it’s considered to be the breaking point in the war against Hitler for good reason, since Germany surrendered in May, just a few months later.  The battle was also known as the Ardennes Offensive and the Von Rundstedt Offensive, taking place December 16, 1944 through January 25, 1945.  It was a major German offensive through the densely forested Ardennes Mountains region of Wallonia in Belgium. B.K. earned, and posthumously was awarded the Purple Heart Medal, in fact, he’s listed on the World War II Honor Roll.

Back home, the names of B.K. and three other local soldiers who died in World War II are inscribed on a brick and cement monument gatepost at Philadelphia Southern Methodist Church in Darlington County.  One of those named is Olin Clyde Folsom, first husband of B.K.'s sister, Gladys, who married Olin, and lost him in the South Pacific a very short time later. She posthumously received his Purple Hear Medal and other awards in a ceremony at what is now the Florence Regional Airport on U.S. Highway 301, Marion Highway, a military installation during the war.

Barney’s uncle, William Barney Ward, husband of Laura Belle Hancock Ward may have been this Barney's namesake, as Laura and his mother were very close.

Most of the following letters, if not all, were furnished by B.K.’s niece Mary Frances Alexander Jensen:

LETTER from B.K.’s Commander to his parents

Mrs. Fannie H. Alexander
Route 2
Timmonsville, South Carolina


My dear Mrs. Alexander: 
Please accept my deepest and heartfelt sympathies in the loss of your son, Barney K. Alexander, 34966578, Company B, 255th Infantry, who gave his life in battle on 9 April 1945 for his country.  He was buried in the United States Military Cemetery in Western Germany and services were conducted by the Protestant Chaplain, who officiated.
    There is little one can do or say at such time to help ease the burden that is yours.  While I did not know your son personally, I do know that he enjoyed the high respect and admiration of the officers and men with whom he was associated.  The sacrifice he has made, his devotion to duty, and his courage will not be forgotten, and will serve to inspire us to better efforts. 


Sincerely yours,
James E. Hatcher
Lt. Col., Infantry
Commanding

LETTER from Theron J. Anderson, one of B.K.’s teachers at Lamar High School. Sent to B.K.’s parents



Dear Mr. and Mrs. Alexander,
I am writing to let you know that I feel very deeply for you in the loss of your son, 'B.K.'. As you know he was in my classroom in Lamar for a number of months.  In fact I had known him as a little boy but had not been with him for a number of years.  I don't know that I have ever told you just what I thought of B.K. I have remarked to my parents at home something of my appreciation for him.  I can say to you now that B.K. was one of the finest boys I have ever had the privilege of teaching.  He was courteous, quiet and orderly.  He never did one thing in the classroom that made it necessary for me to have to ask for his attention.  He did a fair grade of work but you always had the feeling that he knew more than his paper showed because he was always attentive.  I know that such comments about him will not bring him to you but I know it will mean something to you to know that one who knew him admired him.  I know nothing of his record as a soldier but I believe he was every inch a true American soldier who did well what he was asked to do.
    I wish to express my sincere sympathy for you and the other members of the family.  You know that I can feel for you in that I lost a very dear brother in the same horrible conflict.  I wonder if there is anything we can do to atone for what those boys have done for us.  If in any way I can be of service to you please don't hesitate to call on me.


Your sincere friend
Theron J. Anderson

LETTER to brother Lee - Postmarked Camp Van Dorn, Mississippi, September 2, 1944


Sept. 1, 1944
Camp Van Dorn


Dear Lee, 

    Received your letter today and sure was glad to hear from you.  I hope this finds you all well.  As it leaves me just fine.  Or at least I think I'm O.K.


    I sure would like to see you and the family now.  It seems like ages.  I'm figuring on being home very shortly.  This pen I got won't hardly write.  It's one I borrowed.  Someone borrowed one out of my locker p.m.  So now I haven't any.  I hope the tobacco continues to sell good.  As it has in the past.  It sure does rain a lot out here.


For the last few days I have got soaking wet every afternoon.  Tell Edith and Mary hello for me.  I'll close now will write more next time.

Love, B.K.

P.S. Got a letter from Belvin a few days ago.

LETTER - To Lee. Written about two and a half months before B.K.'s death



France
March 2, 1945


Dear Lee,

This leaves me fine and hope you are the same.  How is Mary and Edith?  Tell them hello for me.  I haven't time but to write a line or two but will try to pick a time to write more next time.  I guess you have your crop well under way by this time.
I'll close for now.  Answer soon.


Love,
B.K.

ARTICLE about B.K. - Source unknown to this research



Killed in Action

    Darlington. May 4 - Mr. and Mrs. J.K. Alexander, of the Philadelphia section of Darlington County, have been notified by the War Department that their son, Private B.K. Alexander, of the U.S. Army, had been killed in action somewhere in Germany.


    Private Alexander had been overseas for the past several months.  He entered the armed forces some time ago.  He had served in France, Holland, Belgium and in Germany recently.

A NOTE - I found a document on the Internet labeled DEATH - National Jewish Welfare Board, Bureau of War Records, Alphabetical Cards, dated September 25, 1945. It has sparse information, and listed B.K.’s mother, Fannie H. Alexander as next of kin.


BELVIN RYAN BILL ALEXANDER - Parents: Joseph Kirkland Joe Alexander, Sr. and Frances Leitha Fannie Hancock

Born: April 15, 1913 Florence County, South Carolina

Died: February 3, 1989 at age 75 at home in Florence, Florence County, South Carolina

Marriage: March 17, 1946 to Jennie Lee Caddell, performed by Rev. John L. Jernigan

Born: April 11, 1915 Berkley County, South Carolina near Moncks Corner

Died: May 18, 2010 Florence, Florence County, South Carolina at age 95

Burial: Both Belvin and Jennie were entombed in the indoor section of the mausoleum at Florence Memorial Gardens, Old Timmonsville Highway, Cashua Drive, Florence, Florence County, South Carolina

Belvin and Jennie’s children:



  • Barbara Ann Bobbie Alexander

  • Patricia Pat Alexander

Jennie’s parents:

  • Sam Caddell

  • Nettie (nee?)

Belvin was manager of railroad-related Fruit Growers Express in Florence for many years, and following the close of the Florence branch, a company that iced trains, he finished his working years in Fort Myers, Florida with the same corporation.  Refrigerated train cars eventually phased out the need for ice, and Belvin was getting around retirement age by that time, so he returned to Florence to spend the rest of his days. He was a member of the Breakfast Optimist Club and the Amity Masonic Lodge #340 in Florence, Brotherhood of Retired Railroad Men, and a member and Steward of St. Paul United Methodist Church on West Palmetto Street in Florence.
Belvin's name is written in a family Bible of a brother and sister-in-law as Belvin Rhyne Alexander, yet he always spelled it Ryan.
From World War II Army Enlistment Records: Belvin R. Alexander; Born - 1913; Citizen; Native of South Carolina; Resident of South Carolina; (County or City) Florence; Enlisted June 26, 1941 South Carolina at Fort Jackson, Columbia; Private; four years of high school; Single, without dependents; 69 inches in height; and 215 pounds. Branch Immaterial – Warrant Officers, USA.

TRIBUTE - Belvin’s daughter Patricia remembers…

     Belvin Ryan Alexander was a special man.  His family, his church, and his friends were the most important things in his life.

    Belvin loved to watch ball games on television and to fish - winter or summer.  He was very active at his church, St. Paul United Methodist Church.  He visited shut-ins weekly and delivered Meals on Wheels to the elderly when he was in his seventies.  He didn't seem to realize the old people he was helping were often younger than him!


    Belvin died on Friday, February 3, 1989 while working in his yard.  It was a quick, peaceful death like his father before him.  Hundreds of people filled the church at his funeral.  It was a tribute to a loving, funny, precious man who liked just about everyone he met and accepted each person for the good he found in them.  I don't believe he realized he always saw the good in people because he brought out the best in them.

     He loved his family.  He and Jennie were married for 43 years before his death.  He was the kind of father every child should have.  He had an abundance of patience and a great sense of humor.  Even though he worked long, hard hours at the ice plant, he always had time for his children and their friends.  He spent hours in the yard surrounded by neighborhood children.  He had the Alexander knack for telling an outrageous tale with such a straight face you weren't sure if he was teasing you or not.  He drank ‘tea’ from dainty china teacups, had his fortune told by 5-year-old gypsies, bought gallons of Kool-Aid from card-table stands, and drove carpools with a gentle, steady humor.  He didn't endure these activities, but enjoyed them.

     Belvin and his brother Lee were especially close.  Belvin lived with Lee and his wife, Edith some before he got married.  Over the years they shared many family activities and celebrations.  They planted a garden together on Lee's farm each summer.  Others enjoyed being around Belvin and Lee because they enjoyed each other's company so much.

Belvin had two daughters and two granddaughters.  He passed his love of growing things on to his older grandchild, Susie.  She frequently stayed with her grandparents on weekends and during summer vacations.  Emily, his younger grandchild, was especially lucky because she lived in the same town as Granddaddy.  He had retired before she was born so they were playmates.  Granddaddy would be hanging out of the door waiting when he knew his buddy was coming.  They spent hours swinging in the backyard and playing I Spy.

Belvin Ryan Alexander was a special man.

United States Federal Census Reference:

1930 – April 23rd. Effingham, Florence County, South Carolina.  Belvin was living in his mother's brother's home, the home of his Uncle Press, Preston Brooks Press Hancock.


  • Press B Hancock, age 54 (head)

  • Eva Hancock, age 53 (wife)

  • Olivia Hancock, age 11 (daughter)

  • Belvin Alexander, age 17 (nephew)

  • Julia White, age 74 (mother)

  • Ham Kirby, age 58 (boarder)

1940 – July 15th. First St. John’s township, Berkeley, Berkeley County, South Carolina. Belvin was working for the Worker’s Progress Administration (WPA), working in Camp #8 north of Charleston. The survey states that Belvin was living in rural Horry County on April 1, 1935. The survey listed him among the enumerated ninety-nine WPA workers.

  • Belvin R Alexander, age 26

Photo: Jennie and Belvin (in 2 photos). (L to R) Marvin Alexander, Val McGinness, Jake Ruther, and Belvin.
BERTHA MARIE ALEXANDER (FIELDS) - Parents: John Luther Alexander, Sr. (1) and the former Nettie Hatchell

Born: August 27, 1903 South Carolina

Died: February 1, 1967 at age 64

Marriage: About 1921 to David Woodruff Fields

Born: March 6, 1897 Darlington County, South Carolina

Died: April 4, 1968 Hartsville, Darlington County at age 71. David was residing in Hartsville at the time of his death.

Burial: Westview Memorial Park Cemetery, Hartsville, Darlington County.

Marie and David's children:



  • Dorothy Fields b. February 22, 1922 South Carolina d. February 21, 1988 m1. Malcolm M. Atkinson b. October 19, 1916 d. February 10, 1911 at age 54. Mr. Atkinson's grave marker states SOUTH CAROLINA PFC 133 INF 34TH INF DIV WORLD WAR II m2. A Mr. Wilkes, burial was at Swift Creek Baptist Church, Darlington County. Dorothy inscription: REST IN PEACE.

  • Jennings E. Fields b. December 11, 1923 South Carolina d. March 5, 1957 at age 33, Burial: Wesley Chapel UMC, Lydia, Darlington County. Inscription: HE HATH DELIVERED MY SOUL IN PEACE, FROM THE BATTLE THAT WAS AGAINST ME.

  • Marian E. Fields b. About 1928 South Carolina

David's parents:

  • Paron Fields b. October 15, 1868 Darlington County d. April 2, 1930 at age 61 Darlington, Darlington County. Burial: Paron on April 3, 1930 at Wesley Chapel UMC, Lydia, Darlington County. Paron’s inscription: IN LOVING MEMORY. According to Paron’s death certificate, his father was P.G. Fields.

  • Rosa Mae Barnes b. May 4, 1878 d. September 27, 1950 at age 72. Burial: Wesley Chapel UMC. Rosa was buried there too, and her marker is also inscribed, but cannot read it from the provided photo due to weeds.

Rosa Mae’s father was Thomas Nathaniel Barnes.

On June 5, 1918 at age 21, David signed his World War I draft registration at the Local Board in Darlington County. His physical features were described as gray eyes, tall, slender, and dark brown hair. At the time he was living in Lamar, Darlington County.

Miscellaneous information on Marie states that the completion of her education was the seventh grade.

United States Federal Census Reference:

1930 - April 2nd. Hartsville (School District), Darlington County, South Carolina.


  • David W Fields, age 33 (head)

  • Marie Fields, age 26 (wife)

  • Dorothy Fields, age 8 (daughter)

  • Marian Fields, age 3 (daughter)

1940 - April 10th. Epworth in Darlington County is the location on the transcription of the census for that year, but the actual census records says Lydia in Darlington County. David and Marie are found living with David’s mother.

  • Rosa B Fields, age 61 (head)

  • David W Fields, age 43 (son)

  • Marie A Fields, age 35 (daughter in law)

  • Jennings E Fields, age 16 (grandson)

  • Marian E Fields, age 12 (granddaughter)


CARL HENRY ALEXANDER - Parents: Henry Lee Alexander and the former Laura M. Raines

Born: April 4, 1919 South Carolina

Died: February 17, 1961 Thomas Clinic, Ninety Six, Greenwood County, South Carolina at age 42

Marriage: December 22, 1947 Greenville, Greenville County, South Carolina to Dorothy Kathleen Dot Shealy

Born: January 12, 1926 Greenwood County

Died: May 13, 2011 Wesley Commons, Greenwood, at age 85

Burial: Elmwood Cemetery, Ninety-Six, Greenwood County

According to enlistment records, Carl joined the United States Army on May 23, 1941 at Fort Jackson, South Carolina near Columbia.  That put a halt to his baseball career until after the war, in 1946.

In the 1935 and 1938 City Directory for Greenville, Carl is listed a driver for Ballenger Brothers. He lived at 223 Montgomery Avenue, same as his parents. Also living there was his brother, Eugene.

At the time of Carl’s death he had been employed by a textile factory.

OBITUARY for Carl from Index-Journal Greenwood February 18, 1961

C.H. Alexander of Ninety Six Dies Suddenly

Ninety Six – Carl Henry Alexander, 42, of Ninety Six, died Friday at 5 p.m. of a sudden illness.

He was a son of the late Henry Lee and Laura Raines Alexander. He attended Cambridge Methodist Church and was a member of the excelsior Sunday School Class. He was a World War II veteran and had played professional baseball for a number of years before moving to Ninety Six in 1947, where he was an employee of the Ninety Six Plant of Greenwood Mills.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Dot Shealy Alexander; a daughter, Ann Alexander; a son, Douglas Alexander, all of Ninety Six; a sister, Mrs. John Padgett of Greenville; and five brothers, Gene and John, both of New York; and Willie, Leland and James Alexander, all of Greenville.

Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock from Cambridge Methodist Church in Ninety Six with the Rev. E.L. Johnson, the Rev. Morgan Kizer and the Rev. Robert James officiating. Interment will follow in Elmwood Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Bim Snipes, Fred Dowis, Frank Edwards, Curtis Goldman, Jean Belue, Thomas Hipp, Cy Bishop, and James Voiselle.

Honorary escorts will be T.B. Barden, Leroy Strawn, H.S. Buzhardt, Jake Hill, S.W. McCreight, J.W. Drummond, Temple Lamar Jr. and Temple Lamar Sr., R.E. Wingard, Glenn Forrester, George McKinney, R.M. Yonce, Monty Moseley, Morrall Turner, Chiles Calhoun, Wes Harter, Dr. O.L. Thomas, Dr. L.A. Schneider, C.O. Byars, Frank Ballenger, Woodrow Reeder and Bruce Exell.

After 4:30 p.m. the body will be at the home on Wilson Road in Ninety Six. Blyth Funeral Home in charge.

OBITUARY for Dot - An after-the-funeral version

    Dorothy Shealy “Dot” Alexander, 85, widow of Carl H. Alexander, died May 13, 2011 at Wesley Commons in Greenwood.  Born in Greenwood, she was a daughter of the late DeWitt T. and Annette Summer Shealy.
    Mrs. Alexander was retired from Greenwood Mills, Ninety Six Plant, and was an Avon representative for more than 42 years.  She was a member of the St. Paul United Methodist Church.
    Survivors include her daughter, Ann (Randy) Stephenson, Ninety Six, five grandchildren, Amanda Brock and John Stephenson, both of Ninety Six, Carla Dean, Rutherfordton, North Carolina, Deidre Alexander, Charleston, and Drew Wilson, Ninety Six; five great-grandchildren.
    In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by a brother, Earl Shealy.
    Funeral services were conducted at the St. Paul United Methodist Church; Revs. Philip Chandler and Thomas Cartledge officiated.  Burial followed in Elmwood Cemetery.  The Blyth Funeral Home and Crematory Services of Greenwood assisted the family with the arrangement.
    Pallbearers were Irby Shealy, Ronnie Shealy, Richard Shealy, Paul Johnson, Ned Johnson, Jimmy Norris, Stanley Bell, and Colin Gunnells.
    Honorary escorts were the staff of Wesley Commons and Hospice Care of the Piedmont, Friends of 96 Depot along with Suzy Farrar, Leonard Bryan, Helen Belue, Frances Pratt, Ruby Turner, and Jamie Brown.
    Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 66, Ninety Six, South Carolina 29666, or to Hospice Care of the Piedmont;, 408 W. Alexander Avenue, Greenwood, South Carolina, 29646.

OBITUARY for Dot - An alternative version by Blythe Funeral Home



DOT ALEXANDER

    Dorothy Shealy “Dot” Alexander, 85, former resident of Wilson Bridge Road, widow of Carl H. Alexander, died May 13, 2011 at Wesley Commons in Greenwood.


    Born in Greenwood, January 12, 1926, she was a daughter of the late DeWitt T. and Annette Summer Shealy. Mrs. Alexander was retired from Greenwood Mills, Ninety Six Plant, and was an Avon Represented for over 42 years. She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church.
    Surviving are a daughter, Ann Stephenson and husband Randy of Ninety Six and a son, Doug Alexander and fiancé Darla of Ninety Six; five grandchildren, Amanda Brock and Jon Stephenson, both of Ninety Six, Carla Dean of Rutherfordton, NC, Deidre Alexander of Charleston and Drew Wilson of Ninety Six; five great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a brother, Earl Shealy.
    Funeral services will be conducted at 3:00 PM Monday at St. Paul United Methodist Church with Rev. Philip Chandler and Rev. Thomas Cartledge officiating.
    Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery.
    Pallbearers will be Irby Shealy, Ronnie Shealy, Richard Shealy, Paul Johnson, Ned Johnson, Jimmy Norris, Stanley Bell and Colin Gunnells.
    Honorary escort will be the staff of Wesley Commons and Hospice Care of the Piedmont, Friends of 96 Depot along with Suzy Farrar, Leonard Bryan, Helen Belue, Frances Pratt, Ruby Turner and Jamie Brown.
    The body is at Blyth Funeral Home and will be placed in the church at 2:00 PM Monday.
    The family is at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Randy Stephenson, 1706 Island Ford Road in Ninety Six and will receive friends at the church from 2:00 to 3:00 Monday afternoon.
    Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church, PO Box 66, Ninety Six, SC 29666 or to Hospice Care of the Piedmont, 408 W. Alexander Avenue, Greenwood, SC 29646.

Photo: Carl in an autographed pic. The copy sent to me by a descendant was extremely small, and enlarging it makes it go way out of focus.


CHARLES ENGRAM CHARLIE ALEXANDER - Parents: John Wesley Alexander and the former Sarah A.M. Sallie Stewart

Born: September 29, 1871 Darlington County, South Carolina

Died: January 9, 1949 at home in the Oates, Darlington County at age 67

Marriage 1: About 1898 to Frances Olivia Jernigan

Born: May 1881

Died: August 1907 at about age 26 Florence County, South Carolina

Marriage 2: Ida Eula Jeffords of Lamar, Darlington County

Born: December 5, 1881 Darlington County

Died: At home July 15, 1949 in Oates at age 67 of heart problems caused by obesity.

Burial: Olivia and three of she and Charlie's children are buried at the vandalized and desecrated old family cemetery on Lone Tree Farm near the waters of Lake Swamp (creek), Timmonsville, Florence County at the Darlington County line on Sallie Hill Road. Charlie and his second wife Ida were buried at nearby Pine Grove United Methodist Church, South Carolina Highway 340, Darlington County near Timmonsville. Inscription: BLESSED ARE THE DEAD WHICH DIE IN THE LORD.  Ida was buried on July 17, 1949.

Charlie and Olivia’s children:


  • Asa Junious Alexander

  • William Frank Alexander, Sr.

  • Mildred Olivia Alexander

  • unnamed infant

Charlie and Ida’s children:

  • Charles Ira Alexander

  • Daniel Allen Alexander

  • Eula Myrtle Alexander

  • Hamilton Earl Alexander

  • James Ervin Alexander

  • John Wesley Johnny Alexander (2)

  • Margaret Leola Alexander

  • Sally Louise Alexander

  • Woodrow Wilson Alexander

Within Charlie's two marriages, he lost five known children to death including an unnamed infant:

  • Charlie and Olivia's son Asa Junious Alexander b. December 14, 1898 South Carolina d. After the April 9th, 1910 United States Federal Census, and before the 1920 United States Federal Census of January 5th. Burial: Lone Tree Farm's cemetery

  • Charlie and Olivia's daughter Mildred Olivia Alexander. Burial: Lone Tree Farm

  • Charlie and Ida's daughter Eula Myrtle Alexander b. September 1, 1912 Ebenezer, Florence County d. 11 a.m. on January 29, 1916 at 3 years, 4 months, and 28 days of age, in Timmonsville. Burial: On the same day she died, in an unmarked grave near her parents at Pine Grove United Methodist Church near Timmonsville. She died from complications of second and third degree burns 24 days after her dress caught fire.

  • Charlie and Ida's son John Wesley Johnny Alexander (2) b. December 9, 1916 Florence County d. May 28, 1918 Ebenezer at age one and a half years, of colitis that had onset thirty days previous to his death. Burial in an unmarked grave near his parents at Pine Grove United Methodist Church.  The informant was his uncle, Joe Alexander, Sr.

  • Charlie and Ida's son Daniel Allen Alexander b. November 27, 1918 d. September 4, 1927 at age 8, not long before his 9th birthday, Ebenezer, Florence County.  His death certificate stated that he died from Auto Intoxication (carbon monoxide poisoning?).  The Informant of his death was his grandfather, Luther Alexander, Sr. (1). Burial: September 5, 1927, the day after his death, at Pine Grove UMC in an unmarked grave near his parents at the right rear area of the graveyard.

Ida's parents:

  • Daniel Madison Jeffords b. August 5, 1842 d. November 16, 1909 Darlington County at age 67

  • Margaret M. Hatchell b. August 20, 1845 Darlington County d. November 3, 1924 at age 79 High Hill, Darlington County. Burial for both at Pine Grove UMC

Margaret was buried there one day following her death, November 4th.

Ida's grandparents:



  • Calvin W. Hatchell b. Darlington District, South Carolina d. Marion County, South Carolina

  • Martha E. Anderson b. Darlington District

Ida's great grandparents:

  • Morris Hatchell

  • Rebecca Allen

Ida’s brother, Bunyan Jeffords was living in Dovesville, Darlington County at the time of her obituary, and brother Daniel Morgan Jeffords was living the in the Pine Grove community of Darlington County.

Ida was listed on her death certificate as a domestic.

OBITUARY for Charlie - Publication not known to this research.

    DARLINGTON, January 11 – Charles E. Alexander, 77, planter died last night at his residence at Oates.  He had been in declining health for some time.



Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock at the Pine Grove Methodist Church, conducted by the pastor, J.P. Raquemore, pastor of the Southern Methodist of Philadelphia.  Nephews of the deceased will serve as pallbearers, and grand-nieces will be in charge of the flowers.

    Mr. Alexander was born in Darlington County.  He was a member of the Methodist Church, and farmed extensively.

    He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Ida Jeffords Alexander; five sons, Frank Alexander, Earl Alexander, Woodrow Alexander, Ira Alexander, all of Oates; and James Alexander of Hartsville; two daughters, Mrs. Howard Watford of Lamar and Mrs. Harley Newsome of Hartsville; two brothers, Luther Alexander and Joe Alexander, both of Timmonsville; two sisters, Miss Maggie Alexander and * Mrs. George Hatchell, both of Timmonsville.  Six grandchildren survive also.

OBITUARY for Ida - Publication and date not known to this research.

    DARLINGTON – Mrs. Charlie E. Alexander, 67, of the Oates section of Darlington County, died Friday night at 9:30 o’clock.

    Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 5 o’clock at the Pine Grove Methodist Church conducted by the Reverend F.L. Frazier, assisted by the Reverend L.A. Houneycutt and the Reverend J.P. Raquemore.  Interment will take place in the ** Thornell Cemetery.

    Mrs. Alexander was born in Darlington County and she had lived here all of her life.  She made home with a son, Woodrow Alexander.

    Her husband died in January of this year.

    Surviving are five sons, Frank Alexander, Earl Alexander, Woodrow Alexander, Ira Alexander all of Oates, James Alexander of Hartsville; two daughters, Mrs. Howard Watford of Lamar, *** Mrs. H. Newson of Hartsville; two brothers, Bunyan Jeffords of Dovesville, Morgan Jeffords of the Pine Grove community.

United States Federal Census Reference:



1900 - June 20th.  Lone Tree Farm, High Hill, Darlington County.  Counties were about to divide within a year or so, and the newly formed Florence County would be taking over the area of his father and mother's farm, which at the time was situated inside of Darlington County. The new jurisdictional border would put the farm just on the Florence side of the new Florence-Darlington line on Timmonsville’s Sally Hill Road. Charlie, first wife Olivia, and son Asa Junious lived there, as well as Charlie’s parents.  This would be Olivia’s final census survey, later dying due to a difficult childbirth, and the child, too. Family lore has it that she and the child were buried in the same coffin at the old forgotten family cemetery on the farm near Lake Swamp creek, which has since been vandalized and desecrated more than once over the years. Now, it’s difficult to access due to the old farm being subdivided into housing properties, and because of the nearby waters of Lake Swamp. Later on, others in the family, including John Wesley Alexander himself chose to be buried at Pine Grove Methodist Church, rather than the old cemetery on his land. That tells me that John must have had second thoughts about continuing that location as a family burial ground.

  • Charles E Alexander, age 28 (head)

  • Frances O Alexander, age 19 (wife)

  • Asa J Alexander, age 1 (son)

1910 - April 19th. Lone Tree Farm, Ebenezer, Florence County. Charlie’s father and mother were now, jurisdictionally, living in Florence County side of Lake Swamp creek, and the new Florence and Darlington County lines had been established for several years. Charlie and his family still lived on Lone Tree Farm, but the farm was no longer considered to be in High Hill community. It was now Ebenezer. There was already an established community within the same county with the same name, and located on the west side of the city of Florence, about twelve or thirteen miles away. Apparently, Ebenezer then stretched from Florence to the rural outskirts of Timmonsville. Ebenezer near Florence had and still is home to Ebenezer Baptist Church, still active today. The Florence Ebenezer area has become an active business area on Business Interstate 20, including a shopping mall, restaurants, motels, theaters, and more. Charlie’s new wife, Ida was listed. She was the former Ida Eula Jeffords.  Charlie and his children were still living on Lone Tree Farm, except this time it was Ida who was the wife.

  • Charlie I Alexander, age 39 (head)

  • Ida M Alexander, age 28 (wife)

  • Acie J Alexander, age 13 (son)

  • William F Alexander, age 5 (son)

  • Hamlin C Alexander, age 11 months (son)

1920 - January 5th and 6th.  Ebenezer, Florence County. Charlie, Ida, and their immediate family were still living on Lone Tree Farm, as did a few of Charlie’s siblings over the years.

  • Charlie Alexander, age 49 (head)

  • Ida Alexander, age 38 (wife)

  • Frank Alexander, age 15 (son)

  • Earl Alexander, age 10 (son)

  • James Alexander, age 8 (son)

  • Woodrow Alexander, age 5 (son)

  • Allen Alexander, age 1½ (son)

1930 - April 4th.  Lone Tree Farm, Timmonsville, Florence County.

  • Charlie E Alexander, age 60 (head)

  • Ida Alexander, age 48 (wife)

  • Earl Alexander, age 20 (son)

  • James I Alexander, age 19 (son)

  • Woodrow W Alexander, age 15 (son)

  • Ira Alexander, age 9 (son)

  • Leola Alexander, age 6 (daughter)

  • Sallie L Alexander, age 1 year 10 months (daughter)

1940 - April 17th.  Oates, Darlington County. Oates is not very far from Timmonsville. John Wesley Alexander died in 1934. As asked in all of the 1940 census surveys, Charlie's family was also living in the Oates residence on April 1st, 1935.

  • Charles E Alexander, age 67 (head)

  • Ida Alexander, age 57 (wife)

  • Frank Alexander, age 36 (son)

  • Woodrow Alexander, age 25 (son)

  • Ira Alexander, age 19 (son)

  • Leola Alexander, age 15 (daughter)

  • Sallie Alexander, age 11 (daughter)

  • Earl Alexander, age 30 (son)

  • Inez Alexander, age 25 (daughter in law)

  • Josephine Alexander, age 1 (granddaughter – possibly a daughter of Earl and Inez Alexander)

Footnotes: * Mattie Alexander Hatchell. ** Thornal Cemetery is correct. *** (spelling) Newsome is correct.
CHARLES IRA ALEXANDER - Parents: Charles Engram Charlie Alexander and the former Ida Eula Jeffords

Born: December 20, 1920 Darlington County, South Carolina

Died: September 9, 1979 at age 58

Marriage: April 28, 1957 Darlington County to Allien U. Odom

Born: March 1, 1922

Died: At her home on Indian Branch Road near Darlington, Darlington County June 5, 2003 at age 81 following an illness

Burial: Both at Darlington Memory Gardens, Hartsville, Darlington County.  Allien was buried there on June 8, 2003, and Ira in 1979.

As of the 1940 United States Federal Census, the last one currently available, Ira was a 19-year-old living with his parents.

Ira became a United States Army Corporal who served during World War II. His enlistment information is as follows. Enlistment date: September 5, 1942 (age 21). Enlistment location: Fort Jackson, Columbia, South Carolina. Enlistment rank: Private. Enlistment branch: Warrant Officers, USA. Term of enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law.

Other enlistment information was of a seemingly more personal nature. Education: four years of high school. Civil occupation: unskilled occupations in manufacture of paper goods. Marital status: single, with dependents. Height: 67”, Weight: 170 lbs.

Ira’s photo in uniform comes from an unknown source publication named World War II Young American Patriots in the section pertaining to Hartsville area military. Date not known. Information from the part on Ira is exactly as printed. Cpl. U.S. Army 47th A. A. Artillery. Born Dec. 20, 1920. Entered service Sep. 18, 1942, Ft. McClellan, Ala.; Charleston, S.C.; Camp Stewart, Ga.; San Francisco, Calif.; Guadalcanal; Emirau Island; Luzon, Leyte; Camp Gordon, Ga. Awarded 4 BS, G Cond. M., VM, Amer., AP. Disch. Jan. 1, 1946. Attended Hartsville H.S. Protestant. Son of Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Alexander, Rt. 2, Darlington, S.C.

OBITUARY for Allien - Morning News June 7, 2003

    DARLINGTON - Allien U. Odom Alexander, 81, of Darlington died Thursday, June 5, 2003, at her home on Indian Branch Road after an illness.

    Funeral services will be held on Sunday, June 8, 2003 at 3 PM in the Indian Branch United Methodist Church conducted by Reverend Steve Zimmerman. Burial will follow in Darlington Memory Gardens directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home.

    Mrs. Alexander was born in Darlington County on March 1, 1922.  She was the daughter of the late William Jacob Odom and Mildred Iseman Odom. Mrs. Alexander was the widow of the late Charles Ira Alexander.  She was a life member of the Indian Branch United Methodist Church, where she was actively involved.  Mrs. Alexander served as the church historian, a member of the Ladies Aid Society, a long-standing choir member and teacher of the Lottie McSwain Sunday School class for many years.

    Mrs. Alexander is survived by her sister, Mae Belle Odom Hamilton of Baltimore, MD and by many nieces, nephews and friends.

    The family will receive friends at Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home on Saturday, June 7, 2003 from 6-8 PM.

    Memorials may be made to McLeod Hospice, 555 Cheves Street, Florence, SC, 29501.

Photos: Ira Alexander in uniform. Allien Alexander.
EDNA D. ALEXANDER - Parents: Henry Lee Alexander and Laura M. Raines

Born: July 14, 1912 Greenville, South Carolina

Died: September 17, 1981 Greenville, Greenville County at age 69

Marriage: John H. Padgett of Spartanburg, South Carolina, and by 1920 living in Greenville

Born: August 17, 1908

Died: April 1, 1993 Greenville at age 84

Burial: Woodlawn Memorial Park, Greenville, Section BB

Known children:



  • John R. Padgett

  • Lewis Barron Padgett, b. November 20, 1932 Greenville d. January 25, 2010 Taylors, Greenville at age 67

  • Billy L. Padgett

  • Larry L. Padgett

John’s parents:

  • Benjamin Bay Padgett

  • Harriett Hattie (nee?)

As a note, buried at Woodlawn Memorial Park is a Harriet Mathis Padgett who was widowed by Rev. Berryman L. Padgett. Rev. Padgett was buried in a different cemetery. Based on scant information for the above stated, these possibly may be John H. Padgett’s parents. His name was similar to Benjamin. According to his death certificate, Rev. Padgett was born in North Carolina in 1871 (his grave marker says 1972), and Harriet was born in Union County, South Carolina during 1872. Census records for John H. Padgett state that his parents were both born in South Carolina. This research is just guessing.

At the time of brother Carl Alexander’s obituary, February 18, 1961, Edna and John were living in Greenville.

United States Federal Census Reference:

1930 - April 14th. Greenville. Living very near, or next door to Edna’s parents, this was the Padgett's first survey as a married couple. John was 20 when they married, and Edna was 16. He was a truck driver for a coal yard, and Edna was not yet employed.



  • John H Padgett, age 21 (head)

  • Edna D Padgett, age 17 (wife)

1940 - April 2nd. 11 Montgomery Avenue, Greenville. The survey indicated the family, with the exception a lodger, Mrs. Elizabeth M. Ray, was living in the same residence on April 1, 1935. Oddly enough, although I haven't seen this before, the census taker put everyone on the census page with their middle initial first (Padgett H. John). All in the household were born in South Carolina except Ms. Ray, who was born in North Carolina. Edna and John each had an eighth grade education. John worked as a truck driver for a private coal yard and coal dealer. Elizabeth Ray was a seamstress for the Workers Progress Administration (WPA).

  • John H Padgett, age 31 (head)

  • Edna D Padgett, age 27 (wife)

  • John R Padgett, age 10 (son)

  • Lewis B Padgett, age 7 (son)

  • Billy L Padgett, age 5 (son)

  • Larry L Padgett, age 3 (son)

  • Elizabeth M Ray, age 53 (lodger)

EDNA RUTH ALEXANDER (SPRING)


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