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  • ID: I1903
  • Name: William Eli Alexander
  • Surname: Alexander
  • Given Name: William Eli
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 15 Oct 1854 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
  • Death: 8 Mar 1940 in Huntersville, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
  • Burial: Huntersville ARP Church, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
  • _UID: 3FDAE8AA2ADD034B9122D2DDF49607928525
  • Census: Page 72, Family number 573, Film number 803906, Digital GS number 4237511, Image number 00155, NARA publication number M 1860 Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
  • Census: NARA film number T9-0972, Page 463B, Entry number 1417, Film number 1254972 1880 Lemley, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
  • Occupation: Farmer 1880 Lemleys, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
  • Census: Enumeration district 0062, Sheet number 5A, Household id 76, Reference number 12, GSU film number 1241206 1900 Lemley, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
  • Census: 1910 Huntersville, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
  • Census: Film 1821310, Digital GS 4384957, Image 01131, Sheet 17 1920 Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
  • Census: 1930 Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
  • Residence: 1940 Alexander Place, Sumptown Road, Huntersville, North Carolina 28078
  • Note:
    Y-DNA Research on ALEXANDER surname

    PEARCE-ALEXANDER: CDA and JAP are 3rd cousins 1 time removed. Their common ancestors are Ezekiel Alexander and Mary Ann McGahey.
    a) Ezekiel Alexander > William Eli Alexander > Samuel Irvin Alexander > Sarah Alexander > IAP > JAP (FTDNA Kit No 175026)
    b) Ezekiel Alexander > James Franklin Alexander > William Franklin Ezekiel Alexander > William Franklin Alexander > CDA (FTDNA Kit No 245943)


    FF-DNA Research

    PEARCE-GLASS: CLG and JAP are 9th cousins. Their common ancestors are Unknown "7+2 Father" Alexander and Unknown.
    a) Unknown "7+2 Father" Alexander > Samuel Alexander Sr > Martin Alexander > Amos Alexander > Eli Alexander > Ezekiel Alexander > William Eli Alexander > Samuel Irvin Alexander > Sarah Alexander > IAP > JAP
    b) Unknown "7+2 Father" Alexander > Joseph "Tanner" Alexander > James "Yeoman" Alexander > Hezekiah Alexander > William Sample Alexander > Alphonso Alexander > Zeno Alexander > George Alphonso Alexander > Anne Lee Alexander > Margaret Katherine Gammill > CLG


    1860 United States Census

    Name: Wm E Alexander
    Residence: Mecklenburg, North Carolina
    Minor civil division: Western Division
    Age: 5 years
    Estimated birth year: 1855
    Birth place: North Carolina
    Gender: Male
    Page: 72
    Family number: 573
    Film number: 803906
    Digital GS number: 4237511
    Image number: 00155
    NARA publication number: M653
    Collection: 1860 United States Census


    1880 United States Census

    Name: William E. Alexander
    Residence: Lemleys, Mecklenburg, North Carolina
    Birth date: 1855
    Birth place: North Carolina, United States
    Relationship to head-of-household: Self
    Spouse name: Mary J. Alexander
    Spouse birth place: North Carolina, United States
    Father name:
    Father birth place: North Carolina, United States
    Mother name:
    Mother birth place: North Carolina, United States
    Race or color (expanded): White
    Ethnicity: American
    Gender: Male
    Marital status: Married
    Age: 25 years
    Occupation: Farmer
    NARA film number: T9-0972
    Page: 463
    Page letter: B
    Entry number: 1417
    Film number: 1254972
    Collection: 1880 United States Census


    1900 United States Census

    Name: William Alexander
    Titles and Terms:
    Event Type: Census
    Event Year: 1900
    Event Place: Township 10, Lemley, Mecklenburg, North Carolina, United States
    District: 62
    Gender: Male
    Age: 46
    Marital Status: Married
    Race: White
    Race (Original): W
    Relationship to Head of Household: Head
    Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Head
    Number of Living Children:
    Years Married: 18
    Birth Date: Oct 1854
    Birthplace: North Carolina
    Marriage Year (Estimated): 1882
    Immigration Year:
    Father's Birthplace: North Carolina
    Mother's Birthplace: North Carolina
    Mother of how many children:
    Sheet Number and Letter: 5A
    Household ID: 76
    Line Number: 12
    Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
    Affiliate Publication Number: T623
    GS Film Number: 1241206
    Digital Folder Number: 004117834
    Image Number: 00351

    Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
    William Alexander Head M 46 North Carolina
    Janie Alexander Wife F 34 North Carolina
    Jessie Alexander Daughter F 17 North Carolina
    Irvin Alexander Son M 16 North Carolina
    Lelia Alexander Daughter F 14 North Carolina
    John L Alexander Son M 12 North Carolina
    Violet Alexander Daughter F 9 North Carolina
    Lutie Alexander Daughter F 5 North Carolina
    Katie Alexander Daughter F 3 North Carolina
    Rebecca Alexander Daughter F 1 North Carolina

    Citing this Record:
    "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 22 January 2015), William Alexander, Township 10, Lemley, Mecklenburg, North Carolina, United States; citing sheet 5A, family 76, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,241,206.


    1910 United States Federal Census
    name: W E Alexander
    birthplace: North Carolina
    relationship to head of household: Self
    residence: Huntersville, Mecklenburg, North Carolina
    marital status: Married
    race : White
    gender: Male
    immigration year:
    father's birthplace: North Carolina
    mother's birthplace: North Carolina
    family number: 84
    page number: 11
    Collection: W E Alexander, "United States Census, 1910"

    Household Gender Age Birthplace
    self W E Alexander M 55y North Carolina
    wife Janie S Alexander F 44y North Carolina
    dau Jesse M Alexander F 26y North Carolina
    son S Irwin Alexander M 25y North Carolina
    dau Lelia C Alexander F 24y North Carolina
    son John Lee Alexander M 22y North Carolina
    dau Violet J Alexander F 19y North Carolina
    dau Lutie B Alexander F 14y North Carolina
    dau Kate L Alexander F 12y North Carolina
    dau Rebecca Alexander F 10y North Carolina
    son Ried Alexander M 8y North Carolina
    dau Edith Alexander F 5y North Carolina
    son Craig Alexander M 2y North Carolina
    son Not Named Alexander M y 1m North Carolina


    United States Census, 1920

    Name: William E Alexander
    Residence: , Mecklenburg, North Carolina
    Estimated birth year: 1854
    Age in years: 66
    Birthplace: North Carolina
    Relationship to head-of-household: Self
    Gender: Male
    Race or color (on document): White
    Marital status: Married
    Father's birthplace: North Carolina
    Mother's birthplace: North Carolina
    Film number: 1821310
    Digital GS number: 4384957
    Image number: 01131
    Sheet number: 17
    Collection: United States Census, 1920


    North Carolina Deaths and Burials, 1898-1994 for William Eli Alexander

    name: William Eli Alexander
    gender: Male
    burial date:
    burial place:
    death date: 08 Mar 1940
    death place: Huntersville, Mecklenburg, North Carolina
    age: 85
    birth date: 1855
    marital status: Married
    spouse's name: Janie Alexander
    father's name: Ezekiel Alexander
    father's birthplace:
    mother's name: Mary Ann Mcgathey
    mother's birthplace:
    indexing project (batch) number: B03807-5
    system origin: North Carolina-EASy
    source film number: 1943181
    reference number: file 2174 cn 110


    North Carolina Deaths, 1931-1994 for William Eli Alexander

    name: William Eli Alexander
    titles & terms:
    death date:
    death place:
    birth year:
    estimated birth year: 1855
    burial date:
    burial place:
    funeral home:
    street address:
    gender: Male
    death age: 85
    marital status:
    birth date:
    father: Ezekiel Alexander
    father's titles & terms:
    father's place of birth:
    mother: Mary Ann Mcgathey
    mother's titles & terms:
    mother's place of birth:
    spouse: Janie Alexander
    spouse's titles & terms:
    additional relatives:
    reference number: file 2174 cn 110
    film number: 1943181


    North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1975 about William Eli Alexander
    Name: William Eli Alexander
    Gender: Male
    Race: White
    Age: 85
    Birth Date: 15 Oct 1854
    Birth Place: Mecklenburg
    Death Date: 8 Mar 1940
    Death Location: Huntersville, Mecklenburg
    Spouse's Name: Janie Alexander
    Father's Name: Ezekiel Alexander
    Mother's name: Mary Ann Mcgathey


    Birth: Oct. 15, 1854
    Mecklenburg County
    North Carolina, USA
    Death: Mar. 8, 1940
    Mecklenburg County
    North Carolina, USA

    Family links:
    Ezekiel Alexander (1812 - 1875)
    Mary Ann McGahey Alexander (1826 - 1912)

    Sarah Janie Knox Alexander (1866 - 1936)*

    Samuel Irvin Alexander (1884 - 1945)*
    Violet Jane Alexander (1891 - 1955)*
    Rebecca Alexander Baker (1899 - 1965)*
    Reid Knox Alexander (1902 - 1968)*
    Edith Alexander Nicholson (1905 - 1989)*
    William Craig Alexander (1907 - 1973)*
    Jones Houston Alexander (1910 - 1994)*

    Jane Eliza Alexander Irvin (1837 - 1914)**
    Katharine Curtilda Alexander Beard (1848 - 1912)*
    Elizabeth Camille Alexander Cashion (1852 - 1929)*
    William Eli Alexander (1854 - 1940)
    Houston Johnson Alexander (1859 - 1904)*
    James Franklin Alexander (1863 - 1929)*
    Julia Nancy Alexander Shields (1866 - 1957)*

    *Calculated relationship

    Note: husband of Sarah Janie Knox

    Huntersville ARP Church Cemetery
    Mecklenburg County
    North Carolina, USA

    Created by: Karen Hayes
    Record added: Jan 29, 2009
    Find A Grave Memorial# 33379811


    Alexander Y-chromosome DNA matches:
    * Martin Alexander > Eli Alexander > Jeremiah Alexander > John Barnes Alexander > Jason Carson Alexander > Rev Jeremiah Roberson Alexander > William Jefferson Alexander


    Educate Ten Children With "Perfect System"
    Mr. And Mrs. W. E. Alexander, Sr., Explain How Farmer Sends Children Through College - Mr. Alexander Declares Right Mother First Point.

    BY FANNIE LOU BINGHAM Charlotte News Staff Writer

    The overproduction of school teachers has now been traced to its source. The misdemeanor is laid at the door of Mr. And Mrs. W. E. Alexander, Sr., who live on a farm about two miles from Huntersville. The Alexanders are the parents of twelve children, ten of whom were graduated from college and became teachers in schools of the country scattered from Mecklenburg county to Los Angeles, California.

    The Alexanders, parents and children, have repented of the chaos into which they threw the teaching profession - and in the last few years all of them except one have deserted it for greener fields.

    Mr. Alexander is 82 years old. His wife is 70. They have been married 54 years. Mr. Alexander has farmed all his life. He started out with 50 acres. He now has 135.

    Sending children through college is no task at all, he says, "I would have sent my other two if they had wanted to go."

    "No, it isn't a matter of money. It's just a matter of the right kind of system. Takes no more money to send ten children through college than to send one. Have you ever tried it?"

    "Well, you see it's kind of like pushing a rock down the hill. It takes a lot of push to get it started but after that it runs along on its own momentum."

    "One thing that made it easy to get our children educated was that we had smart children. They took after the mother, you know. My wife was Miss Janie Knox and she took lots of prizes for being smart when the old Huntersville school was just started."

    Here Mrs. Knox took up the story about education. "I was one of the eight pupils enrolled when Dr. W. W. Orr opened the Huntersville high school. The first year he offered a prize for general merit. The prize was a Green's history of the English people and I got it."

    "Dr. Orr didn't leave any room for people to say his prizes were given unfairly. He lined his students up on the stage at the school exhibition, and gave an oral examination. The whole community sat around and looked on. The students who answered the most questions got the prize."

    And here Mr. Alexander continued. "I was policing the school exhibition that night and I decided right then that that was a mighty smart little girl. Later when she was 15, almost 16, we got married. I was 26 years old."

    "Well, getting that smart mother for them was the first step in getting my children through college. After that it was not so much a matter of money, just a system.

    "We saved and economized and sent the first one. Then she began to teach school and paid the money back. As she paid back, we paid the expenses of the next one and on and on and on. In a few years we had more children paying back money than we had children in college. The rock was just flying down the hill then. If you have money enough to send one child through college and the right kind of system you can send ten just as easily."

    Erskine and Asheville Normal were the favorite colleges with the Alexander family shoes educational career when something like this:

    Mary Jessie, the oldest daughter, was graduated from old Lynwood college and taught at Fletcher, Gilead, Long Creek and Bessemer City. She laterbecame Mrs. Gliff Westmoreland.

    Irvin was the next. He graduated at Erskine college and taught at Muskingum, Ohio. Twenty years ago, however, he left the profession andwent to work in the Charlotte post office, wher he has been ever since.

    Then Lelia, the third child, graduated from Lynwood college and taught in the Mulberry school in Mecklenburg county and in Gaston county until shemarried M. M. Morrison.

    J. L., the fourth one, graduated at Erskine and became principal of the Carmel school in Mecklenburg county. He is now pastor of the UnitedPresbyterian church at Winfield, Iowa.

    The girls now changed over from Lynwood to Asheville Normal. Violet graduated from this school and taught in Valdosta, Ga., Mecklenburgcounty and Franklin. She is now home demonstration agent in Beaufortcounty.

    Leutie next graduates from the Asheville Normal and taught in Gaston county, Roberson, Archdale, High Point, and Mecklenburg. A few monthsago, she was married to Dr. J. W. Woodle, the Quaker minister at WhitePlains.

    Kate, who is now Mrs. Maynard McLean, graduated at the Asheville Normal and carried the torch of education to the western states. She taught inNew Mexico, Tucson, Arizona and Los Angeles, Cal.

    Rebecca, Mrs. S. O. Baker, was the next graduate of the Asheville Normal. She also took the torch of education to New Mexico and California.

    Then Reid, the ninth, came along. He graduate from high school about the time that the United States entered the World war. Instead of going tocollege, he volunteered to "make the world safe for democracy." He hasbeen in the army since. He is now stationed at Fort Bragg.

    Edith came next, changed colleges and graduated from the East State Teachers college at Greenville, N. C. She went to Roberdale to teach andhas been there the past ten years. She is the only member of the familywho has stuck to the teaching profession.

    William U., the eleventh child, decided he'd like Davidson better than Erskine. He graduated from Davidson; also got his M.S. degree from thesame school and later graduate from the Erskine college seminary. Hetaught at Hillcrest and Lucia and is now home missionary in WestVirginia.

    Then came Jonas, the twelfth and last. Jonas graduated from the Huntersville high school right in the middle of the depression. He wasoffered a scholarship at State college - because of his football record. Jonas says he multiplied the additional $500 per year he would need bythe four years he would have to go. Then he would figure up what hecould make teaching or farming. At last, he decided he would startfarming without any scientific training.

    Jonas now lives at the family home with his mother and father. Mr. Alexander rocked Jona's baby last night as he explained his system.

    "I have never done anything except farm," he said. "No, educating your children isn't a matter of money. It's a matter of the right kind ofmother and the right kind of system."

    The writer looked around the comfortable living room. Attractive rugs were on the floor. Prints of painting from the masters hung on the walls. Mahogany furniture filled the spaces.

    What a mother! What a system!
  • Change Date: 22 Aug 2016 at 23:38:09

    Father: Ezekiel Alexander b: 1 Sep 1812 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
    Mother: Mary Ann McGahey b: 16 Sep 1826 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina

    Marriage 1 Mary Jane Torrence b: 26 Jul 1857 in North Carolina
    • Married: 22 Nov 1877 in Dewese, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
    • Note:
      North Carolina Marriages, 1759-1979

      Groom's Name: W.E. Alexander
      Groom's Birth Date: 1854
      Groom's Birthplace:
      Groom's Age: 23
      Bride's Name: M.J. Torrence
      Bride's Birth Date: 1857
      Bride's Birthplace:
      Bride's Age: 20
      Marriage Date: 22 Nov 1877
      Marriage Place: Dewese, Mecklenburg, North Carolina
      Groom's Father's Name:
      Groom's Mother's Name:
      Bride's Father's Name:
      Bride's Mother's Name:
      Groom's Race: White
      Groom's Marital Status:
      Groom's Previous Wife's Name:
      Bride's Race: White
      Bride's Marital Status:
      Bride's Previous Husband's Name:
      Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M75211-3
      System Origin: North Carolina-EASy
      Source Film Number: 812964
      Reference Number: bk 1
      Collection: North Carolina Marriages, 1759-1979
    1. Has No Children William Espy Alexander b: 1880 in Lemley, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
    2. Has No Children Torrence Caldwell Alexander b: 1880 in North Carolina

    Marriage 2 Sarah Janie Knox b: 31 May 1866 in Huntersville, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
    • Married: 2 Feb 1882 in Huntersville, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
    1. Has No Children Mary Jessie Alexander b: 29 Nov 1882 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
    2. Has Children Samuel Irvin Alexander b: 1 Aug 1884 in Lemley, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
    3. Has Children Lelia Caldwell Alexander b: 12 Dec 1885 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
    4. Has Children John Lee Alexander b: 15 Jan 1888 in Croft, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
    5. Has No Children Infant Alexander b: 17 Jan 1889 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
    6. Has No Children Violet Jane Alexander b: 31 Mar 1891 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
    7. Has No Children Ida Law Alexander b: 16 May 1892 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
    8. Has No Children Lutie Elizabeth Alexander b: 27 Aug 1895 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
    9. Has Children Katie Lavinia Alexander b: 18 Nov 1897 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
    10. Has Children Rebecca Alexander b: 14 Aug 1899 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
    11. Has Children Reid Knox Alexander Sr b: 4 Apr 1902 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
    12. Has No Children James Franklin Alexander b: 14 Mar 1904 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
    13. Has No Children Edith Alexander b: 13 Jul 1905 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
    14. Has No Children William Craig Alexander b: 28 Jun 1907 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
    15. Has Children Jones Houston Alexander b: 25 May 1910 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
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