Biography of Reid Alexander (1827- )
History of Lincoln County, Missouri (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1888) page 499.

Reid ALEXANDER, farmer and stock raiser of Lincoln County, Mo., was born in Shelby County, Ky., in 1827, and is a son of John and Anna (REID) ALEXANDER, who were born in the same county and state as their son, and there lived until 1833, when they came to Lincoln County, Mo., and settled on a farm, where the father died soon after, it is supposed about 1835.  His grandfather, James ALEXANDER, was born in Virginia, and was of Scotch-Irish descent.  His father, also named James, came from Ireland to America and located where Philadelphia now is.  John ALEXANDER, an uncle of our subject, was a solder in the War of 1812, and his half brother, Archibald ALEXANDER, was an eminent divine of Virginia, and was a man of great literary ability.  Mrs. Anna ALEXANDER died in 1851.  Reid ALEXANDER is the youngest of her five children, and his educational advantages were limited to the country schools.  He was married in 1847 to Sarah J., a daughter of Cyrus and Jane FINLEY, of Kentucky, and by her became the father of six children:  Jennie (deceased), Anna (wife of William SHANNON), Bettie, Matie, Hadassah and Lou.  He owns a good and well cultivated farm of 240 acres, and takes considerable interest in stock raising.  He is a Democrat in politics and he and wife are members of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church of the South.

File submitted to HERITAGE PAGES of LINCOLN COUNTY, MISSOURI by Betty Lavy Krieg, 30 Oct. 2000.  Link change or update: 19 November 2000

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