Chapter 4 - The Alexander Family
by Harland Moore
Newton Alexander was born July 14, 1814, in Morgan Co., Alabama. He
was married to Marande May on April 13, 1832, in Lawrence Co., Alabama.
Their first child was William Robert Alexander, born Mar 9, 1833 in
Alabama. The second child was James Newton Alexander, born Sept. 15,
1834, also in Alabama. The family apparently moved to Haywood Co.,
Tn. as the next child, John VanBuren Alexander, was born Sept. 7,
1836, in Haywood C., Tn. The fourth child was Napoleon Woodson Alexander,
born Mar. 19, 1842, in Haywood Co., Tn. (We called him Uncle Poe.
I remember seeing him once. It must have been about 1928. He came
to Bend Store with his son, James Newton Alexander. (This James Newton
Alexander is a nephew to the one mentioned earlier.) The 1900 census
of San Saba Co. Prec 4 shows Napoleon Alexander living there with
his wife, Mary and children, William R., James N. and two daughters
Florence and Neoma. The same record shows another son, Edward living
near by with his wife, Ida and two children. We called James Newton,
“Jim Alexander”. I knew him and his son, John Mack Alexander. Jim’s
first wife had already died at that time. James Newton Alexander’s
second wife came much later. She lived across the Colorado River from
Jim Alec when he married her. I knew her personally as “Osie Marley”
Alexander and that is the name on her grave marker in Sand Hill Cemetery
at Bend, Tx.)
Now back to the children of Silas Newton Alexander. Their fifth child
was my great grandmother, Damaris Frances Alexander, born Mar. 22,
1844. (Here, again we have a discrepancy. Ima and H Jack show her
as being born in Cabot, Prairie Co. Ark. I have in my possession,
an affidavit by “Damaris F. Moore” in which she states that she was
born in Hardeman Co., Tn. Now if this is a fact, then the Silas Newton
Alexander family was still in Tennessee in March of 1844. This was
about three and a half years before Silas Newton is reported to have
died in Cabot, Ark. I have not been able to document his death nor
the place that he died. The stories that I remember as a child said
that he died in a feud with the Alcock family in Tennessee. That family
also moved to the central Texas area. The Alexander family that moved
to Bend, Tex. looked for them for years. Many years later, as the
story goes, an old man was talking from his death bed to one of the
Alexander descendants when he said that their family name used to
be Alcock back where they came from but that they had changed it when
they moved to Texas.
I do not know how much of this story is true, but it is a fact that
Damaris Frances Alexander married my Great Grandfather, Seth Martin
Moore on Sept. 6, 1865, in Haywood Co., Tn. I do not know how these
two families got together at that time, but I knew quite a bit about
both families after they moved to Bend, Tx,
on the Colorado River between San Saba and Lampasas Co.
William Robert Alexander, (1833 - 1899) was the oldest son of Silas
Newton Alexander. He was about 14 years old when his father died.
I do not know when he moved to Bend, but he married Mary J. Marley
and their son Robert Silas Alexander was born in Feb. 1866. Mary J.
Marley Alexander died a month later and was buried at Sand Hill Cemetery
Mar. 8, 1866. William Robert then married Margaret J. Tate.
Silas Newton Alexander had four other children in addition to William
Robert. They were James Newton Alexander (1834 - 1877), John VanBuren
Alexander (1836 - 1888), Napoleon Woodson Alexander (1842 - I have
not been able to establish the date of death or his burial place.
The 1920 census lists him as 77 years old and living with his son,
Jim Alec. I can remember seeing Uncle Poe around 1926 to 1928). The
youngest child of Silas Newton Alexander was only 3 years old at the
time of his death. She was my great grandmother, Damaris Frances Alexander
Moore (1844 - 1927).
In the winter of 1877, James Newton Alexander, came to Bend,
Texas, to visit his brother, William Robert, and he got sick and
died. He was buried at Sand Hill Cemetery, Dec. 16, 1877. His widow,
Deborah, and five children were taken in by William Robert Alexander
and his second wife Margaret. These five children were: John Rankin
Alexander (1867 - 1959), William Oliver Alexander (1869- 1955). (
He married Aunt Ollie Doss and I remember them both), Mary Marinda
Alexander (1871 - 1891), Henry Woodson Alexander (1874- 1919). (He
married Henrietta Eva Lewis). The youngest child was just over 2 months
old when her father, James Newton died. This child was Emma Bell Alexander
(1877 - 1926) We called her Cousin Emma.
The following is a Quote from the grand daughter of Emma Bell Alexander,
Ima J. Stephens. “My grandmother, Emma Bell ALEXANDER, married John
Washington STEPHENS in 1910. He had been married previously and he
was 33 years her senior. John was a veteran of the Civil War where
he served for the 10th Texas Infantry, Company C. John had 8 children
from his first marriage who were all adults by the time of his marriage
to Emma. The couple lived in Comanche County, Texas and had 6 children,
one of whom died at age 9. John died in 1924. Although he was a Civil
War pensioner, Emma was denied the rights to his pension after his
death.Emma’s and John’s children lived the rest of their childhood
in the Masonic Home in Fort
Worth, Texas. Emma visited as much as she could,but it was very
hard on her. She died in San Saba County, just over 21/2 years after
John. Emma was only 48 years old. Her death certificate states that
she died of heart ailments, but I will take the liberty of implying
that this included a broken heart.”
Cousin Emma had six children, Debs, Oliver, Seidel, Silas, John and
Ella Mae. When their father, John Washington Stephens died, they all
stayed with my grandparents, Silas and Ella Moore, near Comanche until
they could get into the Masonic Home in Fort Worth.
Great Grandmother Damaris Frances Alexander Moore had a brother just
older than she was. His name was Napoleon Woodson Alexander. I understand
that he joined the Union Army during the Civil War while his brother-in-law,
Seth Martin Moore, was in the Confederate Cavalry. When the War was
over, there was no real animosity between the two branches of the
family, but they were never quite as close as other members were.
Uncle Poe came to Bend after the war and settled on the San Saba side
of the Colorado River. His place was on a high plateau between the
river and Cherokee Creek. He had two boys, Edward and Jim Alec that
lived with him or near by. There is an interesting story regarding
the Moore and Alexander clans. I don’t think any of them were very
proud of what happened and they were not anxious to talk about it.
I will try to relate the event as best as I can remember of what I
It seems that Seth Martin Moore’s oldest son, Frank Moore, had land
that joined the Alexander land. Uncle Frank was a cowboy and actually
drove cattle up the old Chisholm Trail. He was a dyed in the wool
cow man and he hated sheep and goats. He had lived in the era of the
“range wars” and he was the son of a Confederate Veteran who was severely
wounded by a Yankee. On the other hand, his Uncle Poe was a Yankee
Veteran of the Civil War, and he had sons and they raised goats. It
seems that the goats repeatedly got through the fence and over into
Uncle Frank’s place. One morning when Uncle Frank looked out over
his cow pasture and saw it full of goats, it was just more that he
could stand. He grabbed his gun and started shooting goats. He shot
and killed goats until he ran out of ammunition. He then pulled out
his pocket knife and started catching them and cutting their throats.
He wiped out the whole herd except for two or three that got away.
I do not remember how many that they said he killed, but it seems
that it was over forty. As you guessed that incident was not over.
Uncle Frank ended up in court and had to pay the Alexanders for their
Chapter 5 - The Fry Family