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William J. Alexander was born in Calhoun County, Ala., in May, 1842, and is a son of Arthur T. and Rebecca (Borden) Alexander. The senior Mr. Alexander was born in North Carolina, and when a child taken by his parents to Habersham County, and thence to Carroll County, Ga. He came to Calhoun County, this State, in 1832, and settled eight miles east of Cross Plains (now in Cleburne County), where his father entered lands and improved them. He died in 1851, and a few months later his wife followed him. They left two sons and four daughters, all of whom lived to maturity. The Alexanders and Bordens are of English ancestry. The subject of this sketch was reared on a farm, received a common-school education, and at the age of seventeen years began life as a farmer, which he has continued ever since. In July, 1861, he enlisted in Company I, Twenty-fifth Alabama Infantry, and was in the first battle of Farmersville, Tenn., south of Shiloh. He participated in the Kentucky invasion, was taken prisoner at Glasgow, Ky., and was exchanged about two months later. He joined his regiment again at Shelbyville, Tenn., and was in the battles of Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, in all the fights from Chattanooga to Atlanta and New Hope Church to Atlanta. When Hood made his raid into Tennessee, our subject joined Wheeler's cavalry, with which command he remained until the surrender. At the close of the war he resumed farming. In 1871 he was appointed sheriff of Cleburne County, and in 1874 was elected to that office. He served in this capacity about six years. In 1878 he was elected to the Lower House of the Legislature, reelected in 1882, and in 1884 was elected to the Senate from his district, which office he holds at the present writing (1888). Mr. Alexander was married in August, 1866, to Sarah Cornelia, daughter of Henry A. Smith, of Floyd County, Ga. This union has been blessed with two children, William H. and Bessie E. Mr. Alexander and wife are members of the Christian Church.
Source: Northern Alabama: Historical and Biographical, Published by Smith & DeLand, Birmingham, Ala., 1888 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

John F. Smith is a native of Cleburne County, where he was born December 15, 1839, and is a son of John and Sarah Ann (Lambert) Smith. The senior Mr. Smith immigrated to Alabama from Georgia in 1833, and moved from Cleburne County to a point on the Tallapoosa River, south of Edwardsville in 1851, and there died in 1853, at the age of forty-two years. He reared two sons: the subject of this sketch and Samuel H. John F. Smith was reared on a farm; was educated at the common schools, and at the age of eighteen accepted a clerkship in a store. In 1858 he went to Wetumpka, and from there the year following to Talladega, where he engaged in business in partnership with J. B. Gay. This partnership lasted but a short time, when he sold out and resumed employment as a clerk. In 1861 Mr. Smith enlisted as a private in Company H, Tenth Alabama, and remained in the service until the close of the war. Soon after the battle of Dranesville he was promoted to third lieutenant, and when he left the service he held the rank of first lieutenant, and had been for some time in command of his company. From first to last he participated in many of the hardest-fought battles of the war, and was wounded three times. Returning from the war, he located at Selma, and from there, in 1866, came to Oxford, where he has since made his home. In 1869 he moved upon his farm, at Boiling Springs, and from that date has given most of his time to agriculture. He was married in 1869, to Miss Augusta G. Carver, daughter of Thomas J. and Eliza (Davis) Caver, and has had born to him four children: Kate E., Nannie Gay, Carrie Lee and Thomas F.
Source: North Alabama: Historical and Biological; Published by Smith & DeLand, Birmingham, Ala., 1888 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Augustus Walter Tate, educator, was born February 2, 1861, at Arbadioochee, Cleburne County; son of Thomas James and Martha Susan (Watson) Tate, the former born near Jacksonville, Calhoun County, who lived at Arbachoochee; served in the C. S. Army, in Lee's army in Virginia, Longstreet's corps. Hood's division, under Capt. Denman, Forty-fourth Alabama regiment, was wounded at the battle of the Wilderness and again in May, 1864, and surrendered at Appomattox Court House, 1865; grandson of Cooper Bennett and Nancy (White) Tate, who lived at Carnesville, Ga., the latter living in Calhoun County, before her marriage, and of John B. and Mary (Furlow) Watson, who came from Milledgeville, Ga., to Alabama in 1844. The Tate's descended from Anglo-Saxon stock; the great-great-grandfather Tate came from England with his brother before the Revolutionary War, ran away from home when he was fourteen years of age, and joined the revolutionists at Green Mountain. The great-great-grandfather Watson came from Holland before the Revolution and settled in Carolina. Mr. Tate's early education was obtained in the rural schools. For his professional education, he studied systems and methods of some of the old European countries, and formulated his own methods. He taught in the rural schools in 1880, attended the State normal college at Florence, 1881-1885, and was graduated in the latter year. After his graduation, he resumed teaching. He founded the Baptist collegiate institute at Newton in 1898, beginning in a two-room building with twenty-six pupils, and remained principal of the school for many years. He is a Democrat and a Baptist Married: (1) to Katherine Barnes, daughter of Willam H. Barnes, a. paper manufacturer at Detroit. Mich.; (2) to Florence Victoria Stanford, daughter of James Polk and Elizabeth Ellen (Bolin) Stanford, who lived at Crews, Lamar County; granddaughter of James Stanford and great-grand-daughter of William Stanford, who emigrated from Ireland to Georgia, and whose ancestors on her mother's side were descendants of the Ann Bolin family and settled In North Carolina before the Revolutionary War. Children, by first marriage: 1. Thomas Barnes, d. in infancy; by second marriage; 2. Katherine Belle, 3. Nellie Claire; 4. Augusta Mae; 5. Lygla Lee; 6. Mary Ellen; 7. Ouida Maude, deceased; 8. Augustus Walter, jr.. deceased; 9. Annie Florence, deceased; 10. Samuel Franklin; 11. Alfred William. Residence: Newton.
Source: History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography by Thomas McAdory Owen, Vol IV, Published by S. J. Clark Publishing Company, 1921. Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

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