John Adolphus Alexander (14 Feb. 1849-16 Feb. 1878)

John A. Alexander was the son of Josiah Alexander (1813-1892), a North Carolinian, and his first wife, Angeline Anthonet Burford (1830-1854). Josiah was one of the earliest settlers in what is now Perry County, Alabama.

On 1 Sep. 1861—at the age of 13!—John enlisted in the Confederate army for the length of the Civil War. He entered service as a private, and was a sergeant of Company D of the 20th Alabama Infantry Regiment by the end of the war. He was among those who were besieged in Vicksburg, Mississippi, and served as a nurse in “Hospital #1” there. His service jacket contains a signed parole from Vicksburg, signed 17 Jul. 1863, in which he swears not to take up arms again against the Union. However, his record contains documents that indicate he did return to service, including a receipt for clothing in 1864. In March 1865, he was furloughed for 60 days because of a diagnosis of “phthisis pulmonalis”—tuberculosis. About that same time he was wounded on duty.  In May 1865, he was recorded as a prisoner of war as a “straggler, Confederate States Army.” (U.S. Compiled Service Records)

John A. Alexander parole

Parole of John A. Alexander, 17 July, 1863. From Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Alabama, Record Group 109. 

John attended the University of Virginia in session 46 (1869-1870), where he studied history, Latin, and mathematics. In the 1870 U.S. Census, he was living on his father’s farm and is recorded as a “Farmer.” In 1878, John died and was buried in the Valley Creek Cemetery, Dallas County, Alabama. (; Pomeroy) I have not been able to find a document giving the cause of his death, but will keep searching.

[Note: The tombstone gives his birth date as “Feb. 10, 1849” while the U.Va. Matriculation Books (in which the information is written by the students themselves) give his birth date as “14 February 1849.”–JLC]


  • 1850-1900 U.S. Census.
  • “Alabama State Census, 1855,” database, FamilySearch ( : 14 November 2014), J A Alexande, Perry, Alabama; citing p. 5, Department of Archives and History, Montgomery; FHL microfilm 1,686,107.
  • “Alabama State Census, 1866,” database, FamilySearch ( : 14 November 2014), Josiah Alexander, Perry, Alabama; citing certificate 25747, p. 48, Department of Archives and History, Montgomery; FHL microfilm 1,533,835.
  • “Alabama Estate Files, 1830-1976,” database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 December 2014), Josiah Alexander, 1892; citing Perry County courthouse, Alabama; FHL microfilm 2,114,393.
  • Alexander tombstones, Valley Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Dallas, Alabama.
  • McIntosh, Elise D., Email to Carol Elliott, 31 Aug. 2001, Re: John Sample Alexander, Dallas Co., AL, on [Note: This name should be “James Sample Alexander.” — JLC]
  • Pomeroy, Kay & Jean Pickering. Valley Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Dallas, Alabama [tombstone transcriptions]. 2003.
  • United States. [Records of John A. Alexander] in Carded Records Showing Military Service of Soldiers Who Fought in Confederate Organizations , compiled 1903–1927, documenting the period 1861–1865 in Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Alabama. The National Archives, Record Group 109, Publication number M311, roll 0277.
  • University of Virginia Matriculation Books, 1825-1904, Accession #RG-14/4/2.041, Special Collections Dept., University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.
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Lewis Emanuel Texada (2 Aug. 1818-23 Aug. 1884)

L. E. Texada was the son of John Augustus (or Augustin) Texada, of Mississippi, and his wife, Lucy Welsh (1794-1845). “The first of the Texadas to immigrate from Castile, Spain, was Don Manuel Garcia de Texada, the father of John Augustus Texada,” who moved the family to Rapides Parish, Louisiana. “John operated Castile Plantation, which was later operated by his son Lewis.” (Atkinson) Lewis attended the University of Virginia in sessions 13-15 (1836-1839), and studied mathematics, moral philosophy, and law.

He returned to Rapides Parish in 1839, and in the same year, married his first wife, Annie B. Lyon (d. 1849) of Charlottesville, VA, who was an invalid. Upon his return to Louisiana, Lewis Texada was unable to set up a law practice due to the illness of his first wife, but became a planter.  

His second wife, whom he married in 1850, was Pleasance Hunter (1831-1913) of the neighboring Eden Plantation. The couple had 8 children: Lucy, Lewis Manuel, William T., John A., Henry Allen, Susan P., Margaret J., and Mary Ellen Texada. (1850-1910 U.S. Census)

[Note: On the 1860 Census, another child is listed as “Milley F.,” female, age 5. This child appears in none of the other censuses and may be a mistake on the enumerator’s and the indexer’s part, because this child is the correct age to be Willy T. or William T.—JLC] (1850-1910 U.S. Census)

Lewis was politically active in the Democratic Party. He was first elected to represent Rapides Parish in the Louisiana legislature in 1844, and throughout his life—both before and after the Civil War—he served several times in both the State Senate and House of Representatives. In 1861, he was elected as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention that took Louisiana out of the Union.  (Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northwest Louisiana; Louisiana Democrat, 1884)

In August 1884, L. E. Texada died suddenly at his home, of heart disease. He is buried in the Texada Cemetery, in Rapides Parish, where Pleasance Texada and several of their children are also buried. (; Louisiana Democrat, 1884)

[Note: On Mr. Texada’s tombstone, the birth date 2 Aug. 1819, is given.  The date of 2 Aug. 1818 is from the U.Va. Matriculation Book, in which the students themselves wrote their information.—JLC]


  • 1850-1910 U.S. Federal Census.
  • Atkinson, Megan M., comp. “Biographical/Historical note,” in Finding aid to Texada Family Papers, Mss. 5119, Inventory. Louisiana State University Libraries, Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University, 2013, p.4.
  • Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northwest Louisiana.  Nashville, TN, 1890, p. 594-595.
  • “Biographical/Historical note.” in Finding Aid to Lewis Texada And Family Papers, Mss. 2985, Inventory, Louisiana State University Libraries, Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University, 2015, p.4.
  • “Hon. Lewis E. Texada.” Louisiana Democrat (Alexandria, LA), Aug 26, 1884, p. 2.
  • “Louisiana Legislature.” Baton-Rouge Gazette (Louisiana). February 14, 1846, p.2.
  • Texada tombstone, Texada Cemetery, Rapides Parish, LA.
  • [Obituary]. The Town Talk (Alexandria, LA), 31 Aug. 1884, p. 3.
  • University of Virginia Matriculation Books, 1825-1904, Accession #RG-14/4/2.041, Special Collections Dept., University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.
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Joseph Reid Anderson, Jr. (22 Feb. 1851-[ca. 31 Jan.] 1930)

Joseph R. Anderson, Jr., was the son of General Joseph Reid Anderson, Sr., (1813-1892), the owner of Tredegar Iron Works in Richmond, Virginia, and his wife, Sarah Eliza Archer (1819-1881). (Among their several children were Archer Anderson, who also went to U.Va., and Ellen Graham Anderson, who married her cousin William Alexander Anderson.)

Anderson Junior attended Virginia Military Institute in 1870-1871 (VMI Photo), then attended the University of Virginia in session 48 (1871-1872).


Joseph R. Anderson Jr. as a cadet at VMI.

On 8 Oct. 1873, Anderson Junior married Anne Watson Barbour Morris (1851-1895) (Richmond Whig, 9 Oct. 1873). Their children were Morris (spelled “Maurice” on the birth record), Julian W., Joseph Reid Jr., and Calvert Allan Anderson. (U.S. Census, 1880-1930) There are indications that they had two additional sons, George Watson Anderson and William Anderson, who died young, but these two names do not appear in the U.S. Census.

Anderson, Jr., succeeded his father in running the Tredegar Iron Works. Later in his life he served as the “historiographer” for the Virginia Military Institute, and wrote a book entitled, Record of Service in the World War of V. M. I. Alumni and their alma mater. (University of Virginia, Directory of living alumni, 1921)

Joseph Reid Anderson, Jr. died in early 1930 and was buried in Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, VA on 31 Jan. 1930. (Hollywood Cemetery)


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William Alexander Anderson (11 May 1842-21 Jun. 1930)

William A. Anderson was the son of Francis Thomas Anderson (1808-1887), a lawyer, justice of the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, and rector of Washington College (now Washington & Lee University). His mother was Francis’s wife, Mary Ann Alexander (1806-1881).

William was a student at Washington College from 1857-1861. He never graduated, but when the Civil War broke out, he, with many of his classmates, joined the Confederate army as the Liberty Hill Volunteers. This unit became Company I of the Fourth Virginia Infantry Regiment, which was under the command of Stonewall Jackson. William was wounded in the knee at the First Battle of Manassas (Bull Run), and walked with a limp for the rest of his life.

He attended the University of Virginia Law School in sessions 40 & 42 (1863-1864 & 1865-1866), and established a legal practice in Lexington, Virginia.

William married first, Ellen Graham Anderson (1849-1872), the daughter of his uncle Joseph Reid Anderson. William and Ellen had no children. After her death, he married on 9 Aug. 1875, as his second wife, Mary Louisa Blair (1849-1933) of Lexington, VA. They had four daughters and a son, Ruth Floyd, Anna Aylett, William Dandridge Alexander, Judith Nicoll, and Ellen Graham Anderson. (1880-1900 U.S. Census)

William A. Anderson was active in politics his entire life. He was elected as president of the Virginia Bar Association. From 1869 to 1873, he was a Virginia State Senator, and was in the House of Delegates in 1883-1885, 1887-1889, and 1918-1919. He is noted for sponsoring the act to establish the public school system in Virginia while in the Senate. He served as president pro tempore of the 1901 constitutional convention, and as Attorney General of Virginia from 1902-1910. He served on the Board of Trustees and as rector of Washington & Lee University. (Tarter)

Anderson died at his home in Lynchburg. He and his wife Mary Louisa, and their four daughters were buried at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery in Lexington, Virginia. Their son William Dandridge Alexander Anderson is buried at Arlington Cemetery.


  • 1850-1930 U.S. Federal Census.
  • Anderson tombstones, Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery, Lexington, VA. Findagrave.
  • Tarter, Brent and the Dictionary of Virginia Biography. “William A. Anderson (1842–1930).” Encyclopedia Virginia. Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, 19 Jul. 2016. Web. 10 Mar. 2017.
  • Tyler, Lyon Gardiner, Men of Mark in Virginia. Washington, DC, Men of Mark Publishing Co., v.3, p. 3-5.
  • University of Virginia Alumni Association. Directory of living alumni of the University of Virginia. Centennial Edition. Charlottesville, VA, 1921, p. 11.
  • “Virginia Deaths and Burials, 1853-1912,” database, FamilySearch ( : 12 December 2014), Ellen G. Anderson, 25 Jan 1872; citing Richmond, Virginia, reference Line 31; FHL microfilm 2,048,591.
  • “Virginia, Historical Society Papers, 1607-2007,” database with images, FamilySearch ( : 5 December 2014), Ellen Graham Anderson, 23 Feb 1849; Birth, citing Virginia, United States, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond.
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McCarty Family (Fairfax County, Virginia)

In the 18th and 19th centuries, the McCartys were one of Virginia’s most prominent families, associating with families such as the Balls, Lees, Masons, and Washingtons. The family’s progenitor in America was Dennis McCarty, who arrived in Virginia by 1675. Dennis’s great-great-grandson was Daniel McCarty (1758-1801) who married Sarah Eilbeck Mason, the daughter of George Mason IV (1725-1792) of Gunston Hall. Daniel and Sarah had ten children, among them William Mason McCarty (ca. 1789-1863). (Cooper*)

Genealogical tables:
McCarty-Mason   William Mason McCarty Family  McCarty-Bronaugh

William Mason McCarty (ca. 1789-1863), a lawyer, married, first, Emily Rutger Mason (1793-1836), a cousin of his mother, and second, in 1838 (Index to the Richmond Enquirer, Library of Virginia), Mary Blair Burwell (1811-1892). William and Emily had two sons, William Thornton McCarty (1819-1858) and James Ball McCarty (1822-1888). William and Mary had one son, William Page McCarty (1839-1900). Each of the sons attended the University of Virginia. William Mason McCarty is buried in Shockhoe Hill Cemetery, in Richmond, VA. Emily is buried in Saint James Episcopal Church Cemetery in Leesburg, VA. Mary is buried in Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, VA.

William Thornton McCarty (22 Apr. 1819-23 Dec 1858) attended the University of Virginia in session 24 (1847-1848), where he studied law. He married Rebecca Martha Royall (1830-1855) before 21 Aug. 1850, when the 1850 U.S. Census recorded them as living in Miss Terrill’s boarding house. This couple had three sons, William Mason, Junius Royal, and James Thornton McCarty, each of whom also attended the University of Virginia (see below). William Thornton McCarty practiced law in Charlottesville, VA.  Both William and Rebecca McCarty died young, Rebecca in 1855, and William in 1858, leaving three sons under ten years old. William and Rebecca are buried in the University of Virginia Cemetery, in Charlottesville, VA.

  • William Mason McCarty (b. 1850) attended U.Va. during sessions 41 and 44 (1864-1865 & 1868-1869). He married Mary Champe Garnett (1853-1882) on 15 Aug. 1881. Mary died about a year later, on the day that her daughter was born. William remarried to a woman named Anna (last name unknown), and lived in New York City for the rest of his life. William and Anna had no children. He worked first as a metals agent, and later as a partner in a smelting business. William and Mary’s daughter, Mary Garnett McCarty (1882-1969) was raised by her maternal grandparents, Edgar M. and Emily (Hayward) Garnett, in Richmond, VA. After Edgar died, Mary and her grandmother moved to Baltimore, MD, where Mary later became the Maryland State Librarian from 1920-1922. She later married Thomas Jefferson Manning of West Virginia, but had no children.
  • Junius Royall McCarty (1852-12 Mar. 1906) attended U.Va. in sessions 49-50 (1872-1874). He married Rebecca Yerger (ca. 1855-before 1900), and the couple had a daughter named Lillian. They lived in Washington, D.C., where Junius was a clerk for the U.S. Senate. By 1900, Junius McCarty was a widower and lived in Chicago, IL, working as a secretary. He died in 1906, and was buried in Read Dunning Cemetery, in Cook County, IL.
  • James Thornton McCarty (b. 1854) also attended U.Va. in sessions 49-50 (1872-1874). The most known about him at this time is that he was alive and in Richmond, VA, in 1903, based on an article in the Richmond (VA) Evening News.

James Ball McCarty (1822-22 Apr. 1888) was the second son of William Mason McCarty (ca. 1789-1863) and his first wife, Emily Mason. He attended the University of Virginia in session 24 (1847-1848), where he studied chemistry, medicine, and anatomy and surgery. After leaving U.Va., he started a medical practice in Richmond. When his brother, William Mason McCarty died, Dr. McCarty had custody of his underage nephews.

During the Civil War, Dr. McCarty served as a surgeon in the Confederate army. He worked at hospitals in Staunton, Richmond, and Mount Jackson, Virginia. After the war, he resumed his practice in Richmond. As early as 1871, Dr. McCarty was developing his farm near Oakwood Cemetery south of Richmond, planting grapevines, and other fruits and fruit trees of all kinds. In the 1880 census, he is described as a “vintinor” or vintner. Dr. McCarty died in 1888, having never married. He is buried in Hollywood Cemetery, in Richmond, VA.

[Note to the researcher: There is another contemporary James Ball McCarty (1826-1888) of a related McCarty line who lived in the Northern Neck of Virginia. He was a lawyer, and is often confused with the James Ball McCarty who attended U.Va.—JLC]

William Page McCarty (9 Nov. 1839-25 May 1900)—called Page McCarty—was the son of William Mason McCarty (ca. 1789-20 Dec 1863) and his second wife, Mary Blair Burwell. He attended the University of Virginia in session 37 (1860-1861). He served as first lieutenant and adjutant in Company S, Virginia 13th Light Artillery Batallion, and by late 1863, was a brigade inspector in Wharton’s Brigade in the Army of Tennessee. He was wounded in 1864 in the Battle of Petersburg. His final rank was captain.


William Page McCarty, from DeLeon, T. C, Belles, beaux and brains of the 60’s. (1907)

After 1865, Page McCarty took up the profession of newspaperman. He was the editor of several newspapers during his life, including the Alexandria Gazette, the Richmond Enquirer, the Norfolk News, and the Washington Post. Page McCarty is most well-known—one might say “notorious”—for killing John Brooke Mordecai (also a former U.Va. student and a former friend) in a duel in 1873. In addition to his newspaper career, Page McCarty was active in the Democratic Party, both locally and nationally, and wrote plays and operas. He died in 1900, and the wounds received in the 1873 duel were thought to have contributed to his final illness. He is buried in the family lot in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA, near his brother James Ball McCarty and his mother, Mary (Burwell) McCarty.

[*Most of the information above is summarized from my book, A Challenge Was Given. (See below.)—JLC]


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