Edgar Snowden Alexander (6 Oct. 1838-31 July 1885)

Edgar S. Alexander (known as Ned to his friends) was born in Hardy County, VA (now WV), the son of Samuel Hamilton Alexander (1798-1882) and his wife Mary (Lobb) Alexander (1805-1888). He attended the University of Virginia in sessions 33-34 (1856-1858). Alexander enlisted as a private in the Confederate Army at Centreville, VA, on 2 Sept. 1861, and served in Capt. Archibald Graham’s Company, Virginia Light Artillery (the “Rockbridge Artillery”). He was discharged because of wounds on 10 Nov. 1863; he is reported to have lost an arm in the conflict.

On 30 Oct. 1866, Ned Alexander married Rebecca Lanck Cunningham (1843-1928) at Glenmoon, the home of the bride’s father. The couple had four children, two of whom lived to adulthood: Maurice (d. young), Annie Truehart  (d. young), Bernard C., and Mary Alexander. After the Civil War, Ned Alexander and his brother Maurice were in business as druggists; their store was located in Moorefield, WV at the corner of Main Street and Winchester Avenue. Alexander died in Moorefield in 1885, and was buried in Olivet Cemetery there. His wife and children moved to Texas after his death.


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