ALEXANDER FAMILY HISTORY

 

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    The information presented in this web site has been compiled from oral interviews of the oldest descendants of Gilmore and Rose Alexander, and their daughters, Delphine and Niecy Alexander.  Most of this information is obtained from the The Alexander Family book, Honoring the "House of Twenty" 2008, by author Allison Fatherree. It is enjoyable to question and stimulate the memories and recreate the lives of our beloved ancestors.

     Our purpose is to give everyone information about the Alexander Family with as much accuracy as possible.  Much of the history is incomplete and sketchy because the customs of the past did not permit children to hear "grown folks" business.

     The following information covers the period from approximately 1870 to the present.  May we vow to add regularly to our great heritage.  We hope this web site provides enjoyment for everyone.  The stories and pictures gives us a presence of our ancestors and their lives, which allows us to better grasp the history of ourselves, PLEASE ENJOY !!!

 

The ALEXANDER Family tree is remembered from the "Two Roots". 

DELPHINE and NIECY

Their parents were Gilmore (b.1839, Mississippi) and Rose (b.1835, Louisiana)  Alexander. They were both born enslaved.  Gilmore was 25 years old when Emancipation came to Mississippi's enslaved people. Rose spent almost 30 years of her life enslaved.  She reports that she bore 15 children during her lifetime. Her last child Niecy was born after 1870.  

Once emancipated from enslavement, Gilmore and Rose continued to be farm laborers on Mississippi soil.  With the use of the 1870, 1880, 1900 and 1910 United States Census, we know that our fore-parents resided in Copiah County, Mississippi in and around the town/city of Hazelhurst

In 1870 the family household listed Gilmore, Rose, Delphine, Custur, Joseph and, Abner Alexander living together in Hazelhusrt Mississippi.  Ten years later in 1880 the household has Gilmore, Rose, Delphine, and Perniecie Alexander together, along with nephew, and nieces, Wm. Gistar, Jane Gistar, and Emma Alexander. By 1910 Rose Alexander is shown living with her two daughters Delphine and Niecy, and her numerous beautiful grandchildren. Rose is 75 years old in 1910.

     Gilmore and Rose Alexander successfully raised and supported their children and relatives with care and hope.  Their legacy of family love, hardship, endurance, and strength is the foundation of the Alexander descendant's.

           When the two sisters, Delphine and Niecy, became mothers, they lived together and raised their "eighteen"children in a one bedroom house affectionately known as the

 "HOUSE OF TWENTY" 

     Delphine and Niecy made homes at several plantations around Copiah County, Mississippi as they worked to survive and strengthen the next generation of free-born Alexanders.

     After Gilmore passed, Delphine and Niecy farmed, with their mother Rose, on the Tom Harris plantation. 

GILMORE ALEXANDER was born in 1839 somewhere in Mississippi.  He was born enslaved and lived twenty-six years in bondage.  Although born enslaved, Gilmore knew his parents.  They were both from Virginia. Gilmore may have been European parentage because the 1870 Census reports him as a "white".  This was probably a physical assessment by the census taker.  It may be safe to reason that Gilmore was very light-skinned.  The State of Virginia during the 1700's through the 1800's was heavily involved in the enslavement of human beings.  It was common for European slaveholders to force themselves on (rape) enslaved women for sport or commerce.  Their inhumane actions brought forth a mixed coloring of the enslaved people of African descent.

     Father Gilmore was younger than his wife Rose and was a supportive head of their family. Under his roof he sheltered his family and relatives.  He also provided for a disabled (crippled) member of the family.  Gilmore was a farm laborer.  No family stories or historical records show that he owned property.  He worked the land and lived with Rose until his death sometime during the 1900's.  Hopefully, family will find his death record in Mississippi.

 

ROSE ALEXANDER was born enslaved in Louisiana in 1835.  Family members tell a story of Delphine and Niecy being enslaved and moving from Louisiana to Mississippi, but census records clearly shows that Delphine and Niecy were born in Copiah County, Mississippi after the Civil War.  The belief is that the story given to Delphine and Niecy is actually the life story of their mother Rose Alexander.  While young, her family was separated, --- "probably sold to a new slaveholder" and with her mother and a brother, Rose was moved to Mississippi to labor on the "Tom Harris" plantation.

     Grandmother Rose bore 15 children in her lifetime.  Most of her children were not with her on the 1870 census.  Indeed, only three of her children are listed. Custur, Joseph and baby "Delphine".  We can only wonder with sorrow the fate of her other children.  Rose was enslaved 30 years. During her young childbearing years she was "chattel" property as were any children she bore.  It is hard to think true, but slaveholders robbed mother Rose's children from her arms.  By 1910, when she is widowed and living with daughters Delphine and Niecy, Rose reports to the census taker that she had 15 children and only three are known to her to be alive.

     The children of Delphine and Niecy remember their mother being able to speak French.  The "mother" they remember speaking "French" is probably their grandmother, Rose.  Rose was brought up in French Louisiana and it is likely she was exposed to the language there.  Storied of Rose were told by family but unfortunately they were lost through the generations.  Niecy honored her mother by naming her first daughter Rose after her mother.  Grandmother Rose lived with her daughters and their children until her death, although do not have her death notice at this time.