Hezekiah Alexander
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Hezekiah Alexander (1721 - 1801)

Colonel Hezekiah "South" Alexander
Born in New Munster, Cecil, Marylandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 12 Jun 1752 in Newcastle, Lawrence, Pennsylvaniamap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 80 in Charlotte, Mecklenburg, North Carolina, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 4 Feb 2012 | Last significant change: 17 Mar 2023
21:01: Neal Parker merged Hezekiah Alexander (1721-1801) into Hezekiah Alexander (1721-1801). (Alexander-22740 into Alexander-2274: Clear duplicate.) [Thank Neal for this]
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Daughters of the American Revolution
Hezekiah Alexander is a DAR Patriot Ancestor, A001156.
1776 Project
Colonel Hezekiah Alexander performed Patriotic Service in North Carolina in the American Revolution.

Birth: Jan 13, 1721 (1727/1728), Cecil County, Maryland

Death: Jan 10, 1801, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, USA

Parents: James Robert Alexander (1690 - 1779) and Margaret McKnitt Alexander (1693 - 1736)

Spouse: Mary Sample Alexander (?-1803)


  1. William Sample Alexander (1751 - 1826)
  2. Silas Alexander (1758 - 1831)
  3. Esther Alexander Garrison (1762 - 1829)
  4. Mary Alexander Polk (1765 - 1796)
  5. Amos Alexander (1769 - 1847)
  6. Joel Alexander (1773 - 1825)


  1. Theophilus Alexander (1714 - 1768)
  2. Hezekiah Alexander (1721 - 1801)
  3. Jemima Alexander Sharpe (1727 - 1797)
  4. Amos Alexander (1729 - 1780)
  5. John McKnitt Alexander (1733 - 1817)
  6. Ann Moore (1736 - 1802)
  7. Elizabeth Alexander Sample (1746 - 1822)

Burial: Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery #02 Charlotte Mecklenburg County North Carolina, USA


  • 1768 appointed County Magistrate, Mecklenburg County, NC. By Royal Governor William Tyron.
  • 1771, he founded Queen's College (Queen's Museum), also served as the college's 1st Treasure.
  • 1775, participated in the Mecklenburg Convention. Signer of the "Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence." He also assisted in the Mecklenburg Resolves.
  • In 1776 he became a member of the Mecklenburg Committee of Safety. The same year was appointed to the Council of Safety, elected as a Delegate to the 5th provincial Congress in Halifax. Served on the Committee appointed to draft the first North Carolina State Constitution and Bill of Rights. Signer of Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence

Revolutionary War Service

With the approach of the Revolution, both of the Alexander brothers (Hezekiah and John McKnitt) became increasingly involved in the events which would culminate in independence from Great Britain. In 1775 both men were members of the Mecklenburg County Committee of Safety. On August 21, 1775, Hezekiah was appointed by the Provincial Congress meeting in Hillsborough to the Salisbury District Committee of Safety which was to serve as the local governing body for a multi-county area. In November, 1776, Hezekiah joined other state delegates at Halifax to form the Fifth Provincial Congress which was charged with the task of writing the first state constitution. After the Halifax Congress, Hezekiah joined the Fourth Regiment of North Carolina Troops as Paymaster.[1]



Hezekiah was reportedly a Freemason. One can see supposed Freemason symbols carved above the windows and doors of the Hezekiah Alexander House in Charlotte, NC and Freemason news publications allude to the Alexander House doubling as a lodge meeting hall upon its completion in 1774.

Research Notes

Birth was January 13, 1722 is now January 13,1721 (likely a census rounding error) and death date was July 16,1801 now January 10,1801 (likely transcription error)

Hezekiah was born in 1721. He passed away 1801.

Conflicting death information in a merge 2/2023:

  • Died 10 Jan 1801 at age 79 in Mecklenburg, North Carolina, United States
  • Died 16 Jul 1801 at age 80 in Charlotte, Mecklenburg, North Carolina, United States


  1. J.D. Lewis, record for Hezekiah Alexander, 4th Regiment
  2. Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, (http://www.dar.org/ : accessed Feb 22, 2018), "Record of Hezekiah Alexander", Ancestor # A001156.

See also: Norris W. Preyer. Hezekiah Alexander and the Revolution in the Backcountry. By the author: Charlotte, North Carolina, 1998. (Reports "there is an old cemetery in northeast Charlotte across from the Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church on Tryon Street....over one of the graves is a weathered headstone which says simply, "Hezekiah Alexander, died July 16, 1801, aged 73 years.""

Hezekiah Alexander, "United States Rosters of Revolutionary War Soldiers and Sailors, 1775-1783" https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QG29-9YD6

1796 WILL OF HEZEKIAH ALEXANDER "Mecklenburg County, North Carolina; Will Abstracts, 1791-1868, Books A-J" 6, p 23. published 1993 - by Herman W. Ferguson

Hezekiah Alexander, "United States Census, 1800" Cabarrus, North Carolina https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHR8-LJS

DAR Genealogical Record of the Six Alexander's Who Signed The Mecklenburg County Declaration of Independence.


  • Originally Alexander-6047 was created by Al Alexander through the import of Alexander Jr Family Tree.ged on Jan 11, 2015.

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Alexander-22740 and Alexander-2274 are not ready to be merged because: Middle name South should be removed. No documentation to reflect his middle name as South I found the error came from a signee on his 1796 will Hezekiah South.
posted by Sally (Seay) Smith
Alexander-22740 and Alexander-2274 appear to represent the same person because: Same name, same wife, same birth date
posted by Neal Parker
Alexander-8150 and Alexander-2274 appear to represent the same person because: I believe this was missed due to a misspelling of the first name and a mistake on the birth yr. The correct spelling is Hezekiah and correct yr is 1927. Same middle name, birthplace, death date, wife and children. 8150's own source confirmed they misspelt the name. The year mixup is common and represented in multiple conflicting sources. I lean towards 1927 because it's closer to the date listed by the Charlotte Museum of History: rlottemuseum.org/about/hezekiah-alexander-homesite/
posted by Alexandra Smith
Alexander-2274 and Alexander-11914 appear to represent the same person because: Same wife, same kid listed (Amos).
posted by Alexandra Smith
Alexander-10781 and Alexander-2274 appear to represent the same person because: Same birthplace, same birthdate (different yr). 2274 is closer to correct based on The Charlotte Museum of History's timeline where the Hezekiah Alexander House is located. Same death place, same year (different date). 10781 is correct based on the timeline from the Charlotte Museum of History. http://charlottemuseum.org/about/hezekiah-alexander-homesite/
posted by Alexandra Smith
Served as paymaster during revolutionary war. Probate 1817
posted by Anonymous Warnier
Alexander-2274 and Alexander-6262 appear to represent the same person because: same name, birth, father, son
posted by [Living McQueen]
Alexander-6047 and Alexander-2274 appear to represent the same person because: same person
posted by [Living McQueen]