Hello! My name is Bruce McRae and I am seeking help from my fellow McRae genealogists regarding one of the brothers of my ancestor John Campbell McRae of Anson County NC. My ancestor had an older brother named Alexander who was born circa 1790 most likely in Richmond or Cumberland Counties NC. When their father Farquhar McRae died circa 1832-33 in Anson County NC the family sold the family farm in 1834 to a Henry Haney. In the Deed of sale the wife of Farquhar and all the children are mentioned including a deceased son named Daniel. But one of the living sons who were mentioned did not sign the land transaction and that was Alexander. I believe the reason was he had already moved to Tennessee and started his own life; therefore he was unable to sign the Deed of sale.
I believe I have found this Alexander McRae living in TN. I think he left Anson county NC in the 1818-19 or early 1820s and moved first to Dickson County then moved to Humphreys County then when Benton was split off from Humphreys County he ended up there.
I am seeking any descendants of this Alexander McRae who it is said married first a Jane McLeod possibly in Anson County or somewhere in TN then married a Lavinia Rumbly in Humphreys or Benton County when his first wife died. It is believed he finally died about 1877 in Benton County TN.
These are the children of Alexander McRae and his wives:
Mary Ann born circa 1823 married Joseph Melton
Elizabeth Jane born circa 1825 married William J. Greer
Elizabeth Jane born circa 1832? Married James Byrn
John L. born circa 1835 married Mahala Jane Alsup
Martha A. born circa 1837 married Claiborn Herrin
William H. born circa 1841 married Lidia Jane McBride
Alexander C. born circa 1843 married Lanora Ann Brown
Sarah Catherine born circa 1844 married Rev. E. N. Williams
Esther Ann born circa 1845 married Merritt Melton
Daniel Jefferson born circa 1848 no known wife
Thomas L. born circa 1853 married Malissa Bell
Newton K. born circa 1855 married Julia Murphy
If you descend from any of these children I would love to talk to you and share information regarding our respective families. My desire is to determine if this Alexander is the brother of my ancestor John C. McRae.
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