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Colonel Adam Alexander

Birthdate: (70)
Birthplace: Princess Anne, Somerset County, Maryland, Colonial America
Death: November 13, 1798 (70)
Clear Creek Section, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, United States
Place of Burial: Mint Hill, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Alexander and Agnes Alexander
Husband of Mary Sarah Alexander
Father of Adam Rankin Alexander; Isaac Shelby Alexander; Mary Shelby Harris; Sarah Shelby Springs; Catherine McCoy and 4 others
Brother of Elizabeth Freeman; Ezekiel Alexander; Isabella Shelby and Charles Alexander
Half brother of Elizabeth Alexander and Charles Alexander

Managed by: Lila Buck Volner
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About Colonel Adam Alexander

Adam Alexander was one of the original signers of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. Talk of freedom from British rule was prevalent in Mecklenburg County in the spring of 1775. A committee of citizens drew up a document known as the Mecklenburg Resolves on May 31, 1775. They reorganized their local government and declared themselves "independent of the Crown of Great Britain." This document was published in the North Carolina Gazette in New Bern on June 16, 1775. It has great historical importance but has never drawn the interest and curiosity of historians, politicians and citizens as much as an alleged previously written document known as the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence.

Controversy has existed for decades about the possibility of a "declaration of independence," often referred to as the "Meck Dec," which was reportedly written eleven days prior to the Mecklenburg Resolves. Was the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence written on May 20, 1775, more than a year before our founding fathers met in Philadelphia and signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776? According to legend, the original Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence was signed by more than twenty-five prominent citizens of Mecklenburg County on May 20, 1775. There is no original copy of this document because it is alleged to have been burned in a fire at the home of the Secretary of the convention, John McKnitt Alexander, Adam’s uncle, shortly after its signing. However, many do not believe the story of the loss in a fire. The question of whether the original document ever existed has been debated for decades and there is much information to support both sides of the argument.

Adam also served as a delegate to the Catawba Indians. He owned a store and a mill, as well as a home in another location. Justice of the Peace, member of the Mecklenburg County Court and Elder of Clear Creek Presbyterian Church were just some of the titles given him during his lifetime.

Although he had no will, when his property was evaluated at the time of his death, and it is reported that he had more than 30 books, a large collection for this time period.

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Colonel Adam Alexander's Timeline

1728
September 23, 1728
Princess Anne, Somerset County, Maryland, Colonial America
1746
1746
Age 17
1752
1752
Age 23
Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
1756
June 7, 1756
Age 27
Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
1758
August 19, 1758
Age 29
Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
1759
1759
Age 30
Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
1759
Age 30
Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
1764
September 9, 1764
Age 35
Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
1767
1767
Age 38
Mecklenburg County, North Carolina