The genealogies of these families have generally been researched and documented. Various versions are online such as at WorldConnect "Our Family Tree" - Alexander Reid It appears that the family group and individual information presented on these sites do not include various data such as census and marriage indices which is available on the internet.
It looks like a lot of the research and data for these families has been done by Russell M. Reid of Louisville, Kentucky the these online files repeat that information. He directly submitted the transcription of the Reid Cemetery at Lincoln County, Missouri with extensive annotations. and the Family Bible of Alexander Reid and Jane Shannon
My interest is in migration from Shelby County, Kentucky to Lincoln County, Missouri. The following is a brief recap of what is a very complex web of families.
Biographies in HLC: Reid Alexander (1827-), page 499; John J. Alexander (1832-), page 500; Joshua H. Alexander (1846-), pages 500-501.
1) John Alexander (-abt1835), his wife Anna (Reid) Alexander (-1851).
Both born Shelby County, Kentucky and married there 28 Nov 1816;
son Reid Alexander (1827-aft1888) born there, (other children?).
A John Alexander in 1830 census in Shelby County, Kentucky:
"North of the Road from Louisville to Frankfort."
Family migrated to Lincoln County about 1833.
A John Alexander NOT in the 1840 census in Lincoln County, Missouri, he
reportedly deceased about 1835.
HLC pages 499-500.
2) Samuel (1798-1854) and Ann R. (Shannon) (1800-1872) Alexander born Virginia and Tennessee, respectively. HLC page 500 reports they married about 1820 in Shelby County, Kentucky and migrated to Lincoln County 1831. However, uncited IGI patron entry gives Samuel Alexander married Anna Reed Shannon 25 July 1920 at Warren Co., Kentucky. A Samuel Alexander in the 1830 census in Shelby County, Kentucky. A Samuel Alexander in the 1840 census in Lincoln County, Missouri. One surviving son: John J. Alexander (1832-aft1888), born Lincoln County.
3) James Alexander A James Alexander in the 1830 census in Shelby County, Kentucky and a James Alexander in the 1840 census in Lincoln County, Missouri. Possibly the James Alexander referred to in HLC pages 500-501 and/or the James Alexander who was husband of Julia and father of Martha E. who married John M. Reid (HLC page 607). (James Alexander (1817-1875), s/o John Tilford Alexander & Anne Reid?)
See Online transcription of Reid Cemetery
Biography of Andrew Finley (1833 - )
History of Lincoln County, Missouri (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1888) page 537.
Andrew FINLEY, a well known farmer and stock raiser of Lincoln County, comes of a family whose name is a familiar one in connection with the early pioneers and representative citizens of this locality. His father, Cyrus FINLEY, was born in Virginia in 179 9, but when a child, owing to the death of his parents, he was taken to Kentucky, where he continued to make his home for many years. While living in that State he met and subsequently married, in Shelby County, Miss Jane SHANNON, a Kentuckian by birth, a nd some ten years younger than her husband. This happy union was blessed by the birth of ten children; eight of whom, six sons and two daughters still survive. In 1829 Mr. FINLEY and wife left Kentucky and sought a home in the then thinly populated distri ct of Lincoln County, Mo., where they continued to make their home until death, esteemed, respected members of society. The father died in 1861, his companion surviving him until 1887. Among their children is the subject of this sketch, a native-born resi dent of the county, whose birth occurred in Hurricane Township, January 20, 1833. While growing up, he applied himself to the duties about the home farm, receiving a common school education, and about 1859 he and a brother purchased the farm of 220 acres which he still owns and cultivates. In 1869 he married to Miss M. Jennie FINLEY, a daughter of Andrew FINLEY. She was born in Shelby County, Ky., April 8, 1835, and accompanied her brothers to this county in 1860. Their family consists of two children, Ja ne E. and Georgie S. Mrs. FINLEY is a member of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. Mr. FINLEY is school director and road overseer, and politically is a Democrat. For fifty-five years, he has made this county his home, gaining a reputation and su ccess which account him a deserving citizen.
File submitted to HERITAGE PAGES of LINCOLN COUNTY, MISSOURI by Betty Lavy Krieg, 4 May 2001. Link change or update: 27 May 2001
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