William Rogers Alexander and his brother, John Henry Alexander, who has already been discussed in this blog, were sons of William Christopher Alexander (ca. 1810-1850), a farmer in Clarke County, Virginia, and his wife, Susan Catharine Swart (1826-1885).
William Rogers did not serve in the CSA, being too young for the military. He attended the University of Virginia in session 49 (1872-1873). In April 1876, he married Annie Shuck Willis (1856-1886), and they had the following children: Virginia, Mary Rogers, William Carroll, and John Baldwin Alexander. William Rogers was a lawyer and settled his practice in Winchester, Virginia.
In Feb. 1898, Alexander, who had “been in ill health for some months, is now in Florida, seeking restoration.” (Shenandoah Herald, 25 Feb. 1898) and a year later, “William R. Alexander died at his home in Winchester, on Dec. 23rd. He was well known in this county, where he had many friends.” (Shenandoah Herald, 13 Jan. 1899)
He and his wife are buried in Mount Hebron Cemetery in Winchester, Virginia.
- Alexander tombstones, Mount Hebron Cemetery, Winchester, VA. Findagrave.com.
- McIlhany, Hugh Milton. Some Virginia families. Staunton, VA, 1903, p.242-243.
- “Personal.” Shenandoah Herald (Woodstock, Va.) 25 Feb. 1898, p. 3.
- “William R. Alexander.” Shenandoah Herald (Woodstock, Va.) 13 Jan. 1899, p. 3.