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Alexander, Milton K.

Born: 1796-01-23 Elbert County, Georgia

Died: 1856-07-07 Paris, Illinois

Flourished: Paris, Illinois

In 1804, Alexander moved with his family to Williamson County, Tennessee. He married Mary Shields in 1819 and the pair had eight children. In 1823, Alexander and his family moved to Edgar County, Illinois. Alexander served in the War of 1812, the First Seminole War, and the Black Hawk War. The Illinois General Assembly elected Alexander as a member of the Board of Commissioners of Public Works in 1837, and in 1839 as a member of the railroad and canal commission. Alexander engaged in mercantile and agricultural businesses in Paris, Illinois, where he also served as postmaster for twenty-five years and clerk of the County Commissioners' Court for eleven years. In 1850, he was farming in Edgar County and owned $19,401 in real property. Alexander was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Paris from 1830 until his death.

The History of Edgar County, Illinois (Chicago: Wm. Le Baron, Jr., 1879), 553-54; Anne Mims Wright, comp., A Record of the Descendants of Isaac Ross and Jean Brown (Jackson, MS: Consumers Stationery and Printing, 1911), 146-51; Sangamo Journal (Springfield, IL), 2 March 1839, 2:1; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Edgar County, IL, 199; The Prairie Beacon (Paris, IL), 11 July 1856, 3:2.