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Alexander Nation

Birthdate: (84)
Birthplace: Blount County, Alabama, United States
Death: March 14, 1926 (84)
Maypearl, Ellis County, Texas, United States
Place of Burial: Maypearl, Ellis, Texas, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of David Nation and Elizabeth 'Betsey' Nation
Husband of Vienna Nation
Father of Aubrey Nation
Brother of Nancy Gilley; Deborah S. Caldwell; Absolom Jonathan Nation; Martha Alabama Banks; Sarah Minerva Wood and 8 others
Half brother of David Nation and Fanny Nation

Managed by: Dan Cornett
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About Alexander Nation

Note: Book-History of Ellis County Texas P.450 Alexander Nation, a successful farmer of Ellis county, was born in Alabama, March 10, 1842, a son of David and Elizabeth Nation, natives of Virginia and South Carolina. The father served as Justice of the Peace, was a General of the militia during the war, and was a Lieutenant in the late war. He came to Texas in 1867, where he located and improved a farm, and where he died in 1884. He married Miss Elizabeth Hood, a daughter of Nipper Hood a native of South Carolina, who died in Alabama.

Mr. and Mrs. [David] Nation had twelve children: Nancy, Sophronia, Abson J., Alexander, Martha A., Sarah M., Martin P., Edward, Maggie, David, Clint and Julietta. Seven are living in Texas, and mostly in Ellis county. The wife and mother died in 1867, while the family were in Eastern Texas.

Alexander, our subject, enlisted in the Confederate service in North Alabama, in 1861, in Company K, Nineteenth Alabama Infantry, under General Wheeler, and was in many of the memorable battles. He was twice wounded at the battle of Shiloh, and was afterward on hospital service with the regimental hospital at Springfield, Kentucky, where, with twelve others, he was captured and imprisoned for four months. He was taken to Alton, Illinois, and out of the thirteen prisoners only five survived.

Mr. Nation was then exchanged and taken to Cairo, Illinois, through Indiana and Ohio, and on to City Point, Virginia, after which he returned to his command. He participated in the battle of Chickamauga, where he was wounded in the leg, was then with the traveling hospital until he recovered, and next was with General Forrest until the close of the war.

In 1865 Mr. Nation came to Texas first stopping in Smith county one year, and then, in 1868, he came to Ellis County. He bought 160 acres, paying $1,000 for the tract, and from time to time has added to this purchase until he owned 860 acres. He has since sold part of his land, and now owns but 450 acres, 250 acres of which are under cultivation. He owns a beautiful home at Auburn, and for twenty years was engaged in running a gin, but has since sold out.

About ten years ago he was partially paralyzed, but his brain is as active as ever, and he is about entering into a new enterprise.

Mr. Nation married Miss Vina Scott, a daughter of Thomas and Sarah Scott, natives of Tennessee and North Carolina. The parents had ten children, of whom Mrs. Nation is the youngest child. The father, a farmer by occupation, died in Alabama in 1874; the mother died in 1888. The old homestead is still owned by the family. where two of the daughters still reside.

Mr. and Mrs. Nation have had six children, three girls and three boys, but the latter are the only ones now living: Thomas D., born November 2, 1867, is at home; Franklin, born October 4, 1871, is a farmer by occupation; and Stephen C., born December 31, 1876, is at home.

Mr. Nation has served his county as school trustee and road overseer, and is a member of the Primitive Baptist Church.

17 Aug 1870 Census Ellis Co. Tx Page 36 Precinct of Waxahachi 178-265 Nation, Alexander 28 M W Farmer 1600-150 Ala (1842)

, Vina 30 F Ala
  1. Thomas 3 M La

1880 Census Ellis Co. Tx 110-114 Nation, A.(Alexander) M 38 Farmer Ala Tenn S.C.

, Vianna F 39 wife K.H Ala Tenn Tenn
  1. J.D. M 12 son at H La Ala Ala
  2. Franklin M 10 son at H Tx Ala Ala
  3. S. M 4 son Tx Ala Ala

Enlisted Confederate in North Ala in 1861 Co. K. Nineteenth Ala Inf under General Wheeler.

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Father: David Nation Sr. b: 18 Jan 1815 in ,,Virginia ; Mother: Elizabeth Hood b: 13 Apr 1816 in ,,South Carolina

Marriage 1 Vianna "Vina" Scott b: 1843 in ,,Alabama


  1. Thomas D. Nation b: 2 Nov 1867 in ,,Louisiana
  2. Franklin Nation b: 4 Oct 1871 in ,Ellis Co.,Texas
  3. Stephen C. Nation b: 31 Dec 1876 in ,Ellis Co.,Texas
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Alexander Nation's Timeline

March 10, 1842
Blount County, Alabama, United States
March 14, 1926
Age 84
Maypearl, Ellis County, Texas, United States
March 1926
Age 83
Maypearl, Ellis, Texas, United States