Mark T. Alexander was the son of U.S. Congressman Mark Alexander (1792-1883) and his wife, Sally Park (Turner) Alexander (1811-1889), and the brother of Robert Park Alexander. Congressman Alexander was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1815-1819, and from 1845-1846, and served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1819-1833. He declined renomination in 1832. He served as a representative in the Virginia State constitutional convention of 1829-1830. At the end of his life, he and his wife moved to Scotland Neck, North Carolina, to live near their daughter Rebecca (Alexander) Smith. (Biographical Directory)
Mark T. attended the University of Virginia in session 36 (1859-1860). He studied Modern Languages, Mathematics, Chemistry, and Moral Philosophy.
Three sons of the Congressman—James T. Alexander, Robert Park Alexander, and Mark Turner Alexander—served in the Civil War. Mark T. Alexander served throughout the War, “first as a member of Company A, 3rd Virginia Cavalry, then in Wickham’s Brigade, Fitz Lee’s Division, Army of Northern Virginia. On detached service he was at General Fitz Lee’s headquarters, remaining there the last two years of the war.” (Confederate Veteran, 1928)
Later in his life (i.e., after the Civil War), he was “involved in agricultural pursuits,” that is, he was a cotton planter. At various times he lived in Mississippi, Louisville, KY, and for the last eleven years of his life, lived in Lunenburg County, VA.
Mark Turner Alexander never married. He died in Norfolk, VA, and was buried in the Trinity Episcopal Church cemetery in Scotland Neck, NC, with other members of his family. (Virginia Deaths, 1912-2014)
- Alexander, Mark tombstone, Trinity Episcopal Church Cemetery, Scotland Neck, NC. Findagrave.com https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/8586874/mark-alexander
- “Alexander, Mark” in Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-Present. http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=A000099
- “Alexander, Mark Turner Death Certificate.” Virginia Department of Health; Richmond, Virginia; Virginia Deaths, 1912-2014. in Ancestry.com. Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.
- Alexander, Sally Park Turner tombstone, Trinity Episcopal Church Cemetery, Scotland Neck, NC. Findagrave.com https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/29859274/sally-park-alexander
- “Mark T. Alexander [obituary].” Confederate Veteran, v.36, no.1 (Jan. 1928) p.24.
- Schele de Vere, Maximilian. Students of the University of Virginia; a semi-centennial catalogue. Baltimore, MD, 1878.
- Trinity Episcopal Church. Trinity Parish Register, Pt. 3. Scotland Neck, North Carolina. Vital records abstracted from the church register. http://www.ncgenweb.us/halifax/vitals/trinity3-reg.htm
- “United States Census, 1880,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MC5K-8LG : accessed 8 April 2016), Mark Alexander, Flat Creek, Mecklenburg, Virginia, United States; citing enumeration district ED 147, sheet 204D, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 1378; FHL microfilm 1,255,378.
- University of Virginia Matriculation Books, 1825-1904, Accession #RG-14/4/2.041, Special Collections Dept., University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.