Facts and Events
Biography of Robert Alexander
Born Nov 1746, Rockbridge, VA Died Married 10 Mar 1774, Nancy Ann Austin, b 10 Mar 1758, Bedford, VA and d 1846, Bedford, VA
Children Born John Alexander 1780, Rock Castle, VA Susan Dabney Alexander 22 Jan 1799, Lynchburg, VA Esther Alexander 18 Jul 1778, Campbell, VA Catherine Wilson Alexander 17 Jun 1786, Rock Castle, Campbell Mary Glenn Alexander Hugh Alexander 1780
Capt. Robert Alexander (b Nov 1746 - VA; d 20 Nov 1820 - Campbell, VA) was, as mentioned in the above article, the son of Robert Alexander (b ca 1710 - Ireland; d 18 Nov 1783 - Augusta, VA), the founder of Washington and Lee University, and his wife, Esther Beard, daughter of Thomas Beard. The younger Robert Alexander on 10 Mar 1774 married Ann Austin (b 10 Mar 1758 - VA; d ca 1815 - VA).
Robert and Ann Austin Alexander had at least five children:
i. Robert Alexander (b 1782 - Rock Castle, Campbell, VA), who served as Campbell County Clerk from 1819 to 1838. ii. Sallie Alexander (b Rock Castle, Campbell, VA), who married Nathaniel J. Manson iii. Mary Glenn Alexander (b 3 Oct 1793 - Rock Castle, Campbell, VA; d 19 Jan 1871) m William Garland Pendleton iv. Catherine Wilson Alexander (b 17 Jan 1796 - Rock Castle, Campbell, VA; d 2 Aug 1838), who on 5 Dec 1812 married Nathaniel West Payne (b 11 Apr 1790) v. Susan Dabney Alexander (b 22 Jan 1799 - Rock Castle, Campbell, VA; d 14 Feb 1882 - Buckingham, VA), who on 26 Feb 1819 married Dr. Robert Walter Withers (b 22 Feb 1795 - Fauquier, VA;d 23 Oct 1881)
I am NOT certain that this is a complete list of Robert and Ann Austin Alexander's children. I suspect that there were others.
The Col. Robert Withers identified in the article above was Robert Enoch Withers (b 18 Sept 1821 - Campbell, VA; d 21 Sep 1907 - Ingleside, Wytheville, VA), a physician who graduated from the University of Virginia. Col. Withers served in the 18th VA Infantry, C.S.A.. After the Civil War, he established the Lynchburg News in 1866. He served as Lt. Governor of Virginia from 1873-1875, United States Senator from Virginia from 1875-1881, and United States Consul to Hong Kong from 1885 to 1889. For more information about Col. Withers, see his biography in the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress at http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=W000659 .
I am descended from Capt. Robert Alexander through his daughter Catherine Wilson Alexander (b 17 Jan 1796 - Rock Castle, Campbell, VA; d 2 Aug 1838). Catherine Withers Payne (b 1826), a daughter of Nathaniel West Payne (b 11 Apr 1790) and Catherine Wilson Alexander, on 17 May 1843 married Benjamin Eliscus Roper (b 8 Nov 1816 - Richmond, Henrico, VA; d 11 Apr 1871 - Lynchburg, Harris, TX). Benjamin Eliscus Roper was the son of Rev. David Roper, of Richmond.
For more information about Rev. David Roper and his family, see my Post on the RootsWeb Roper Message Board "Biography of Rev. David Roper, of Richmond, VA" at: