Robert M. Alexander

KENTUCKY: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin,
4th ed., 1887 Cumberland Co.
ROBERT M. ALEXANDER, was born August 18, 1831. His father, Joseph Alexander, was born in Henry County, Va., July 30, 1780; he was a man of good business education and a good business man. He was married in Henry County, Va., on March 7, 1807 to Miss Ann C. Bouldin, of Charlotte County, Va., and to them were born four children: Fayette W., Ann Clark, Sarah Martin (Baker), and Hugh Nelson, of whom only Ann Clark (Baker) is now living. Mrs. Alexander departed this life aged about thirty, and is buried in Henry County, Va. The second marriage of Joseph Alexander occurred in Charlotte County, Va., December 10, 1818, to Miss Sarah Bouldin, a daughter of Thomas and Lucy Bouldin, of whom Thomas Bouldin emigrated from England and settled in Maryland, but afterward married in Virginia and lived in Charlotte County. He received a land grant from George II, and cultivated this tract of several thousand acres, by slave labor, naming it "Golden Hill," a name which it still retains. He was a man of considerable wealth. In 1824 Joseph Alexander immigrated to Kentucky, and settled a tract of 400 acres in Cumberland County, which land he acquired by purchase. He turned his attention partly to agriculture, cultivating his farm by slave labor, and partly to the manufacture of tobacco, which he carried on at his home four miles northeast of Burkesville. He was elected sheriff of Cumberland County, under the provisions of the old constitution, by which the senior magistrate became sheriff, and for several years was master commissioner of the county. He also held the position of commissioner of common schools, and also that of assessor of the county, and in 1839 was elected on the Whig ticket to represent Cumberland County in the lower house of the Kentucky Legislature. He also held many other responsible positions, not of a public character; was guardian and administrator, and a man in whom the people of his county trusted. Seven children were born to his last marriage: Richard B., Milton J., Thomas Tyler, Martha B., wife of Rev. Martin Baker; Margaret, who died in infancy; Joseph H.M. and Dr. Robert M., of whom only Thomas Tyler and Dr. Alexander are living. Mrs. Alexander, who during life was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, died May 4, 1857, in the sixty-third year of her age. Joseph Alexander, who departed his life October 2, 1859, was a Whig in politics, a great admirer of Henry Clay, and an emancipationist, although he was a slave owner. He had lived in good easy circumstances during life, but on account of security, left only a small estate to his children. John Alexander was born in 1741, about four miles from Glasgow in Scotland, from which place he was brought by his father, John Alexander, to America, and to Henry County, Va., where he grew to manhood. His father became a prominent man in early Virginia politics. He was a member of the House of Burgesses of Virginia prior to the Revolution, and during the troubles and oppressions which brought about that event. He commanded a company of provincial troops in the struggle. His son John became a man of wealth in the county of Henry. He was married to Miss Lucy Martin, of Virginia, by whom he became the father of nine children: Thomas, John M., Ingram, Robert, Reuben, Phillip, Susan (Porter), Odedience (Gerhart) and Elizabeth (Smith). He immigrated to Kentucky, and settled on Marrowbone Creek, Cumberland County, in 1811, where he lived in affluent circumstances, and died aged eighty-eight, in 1830. Dr. Robert M. Alexander, a native of Cumberland County, in boyhood received a common-school education in the neighborhood schools of Cumberland County, attending a high school in Alabama one five month's term. His education is the result of home study, and close application after he had left school. In 1852 he began the study of medicine, under the preceptorship of Dr. T.Q. Walker of Haskinsville, Green County, and in the fall of 1853 began attending the lectures at the University of Louisville, graduating there in the spring of 1855. He then began the practice of his profession, in partnership with Dr. J.H. Cheek, which he continued until 1861. At this time he became assistant surgeon of the Fifth Cavalry (Federal service); but on account of ill health of his family was compelled to resign and return home. He then began the practice on his own account in Burkesville, which, with the exception of four years residence in Louisville, he has continued since. In 1874 he removed to Louisville and remained until 1879, when, on account of failing health, he returned to Burkesville, and re-entered the practice there. Dr. Alexander, on May 1, 1860, was united in marriage to Miss Ellen B. Alexander, a daughter of John M. Alexander, Jr., and Martha R. (Thurman) Alexander, the former a native of Virginia, the latter of Kentucky. John M. Alexander, a nephew of Joseph Alexander, was a son of Thomas Alexander, and Martha R. Thurman, who was a daughter of William Thurman, who was a distant relative of Hon. Allen G. Thurman of Ohio, and came from the same county in Virginia. To Dr. and Mrs. Alexander have been born ten children: John J., who is secretary of the Golden Placer Mining Company of New Mexico; Hortense C., Lavelle M., Robert A., and Mary C., who are living, and four sons and a daughter who died in infancy. Dr. Alexander has a lucrative practice in his profession, confined mostly to the practice of Medicine, with not a great deal of surgical work. He is also one of the board of medical examiners for pensions, and besides his medical practice, owns a young orange grove of 600 trees in Orange County, Fla. The plantation contains eighty acres of very valuable land in the richest and most valuable part of the State and also several hundred acres of valuable land in northern Texas. Dr. and Mrs. Alexander are both members of the Presbyterian Church, of which Dr. Alexander has been a ruling elder since he became a member in 1866. He was a Whig in politics in ante bellum days but since has been a member of the national Republican party. In 1859 he was elected on "opposition party" ticket (opposed to Democracy), to represent the counties of Cumberland and Clinton, in the lower house of the Kentucky Legislature, and he was present and took part in the deliberations of that body during one regular, and two extra sessions, in those times that "tried men's souls." With this exception he has never sought or held political position. In addition to the diploma which he received from the University of Louisville, he attended a five month's course of lectures at Jefferson College, Philadelphia, graduating there in the spring of 1863. Alexander Bouldin Baker Clay Martin Porter Gerhart Smith Walker Cheek Thurman = Green-KY Clinton-KY Orange-FL Henry-VA Charlotte-VA MD AL OH NM TX PA Scotland England