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Biography: Andrew Alfred Dexter born September 10, 1809

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(1809 – 1854)

Montgomery, Alabama

Andrew Alfred Dexter, a civil engineer, was born at Windsor, N. S., September 10, 1809, son of Andrew and Charlotte Apthorp (Morton) Dexter. He had a good elementary education and was trained as a civil engineer. He surveyed the first railroad from Charleston, S. C. to Augusta, Ga., laid out the town of Aiken, S. C.

He later removed to Alabama and engaged successfully in cotton planting in Macon County. He was engaged in the survey of a railroad from Mobile to New Orleans, La., in 1854 when he contracted yellow fever and died in Montgomery. He was a Whig.

He married at Aiken, S. C., January 7, 1834, to Harrietta Sarah Williams, daughter of William White and Martha (Jeter) Williams, of South Carolina.

Their children were:

  1. Lucy Dexter, d. young
  2. Andrew Alfred Dexter, d. young
  3. Martha Henrietta Dexter, d. young.
  4. Martha Venitia Dexter married at Montgomery to James Robert, son of Hiram Jackson and Martha (Sturtevant) Smith, and had five children
  5. Samuel Dexter, married Caroline Dexter, daughter of Charles Hunt and Sophia (Dexter) Fearing, resided at Palestine, Texas, and had three children:
  6. Laura Harrietta Dexter, unmarried;
  7. Charlotte Morton Dexter, m. at Montgomery to Joseph Files, son of David Levi and Caroline Margaret (Womack) Campbell, resided at Palestine and Galveston, Texas, and had seven children

Alfred Newton Dexter, member Co. D, Seventh Alabama cavalry regiment, moved to Palestine, Texas., married Julia Mar Sandifer, daughter of Calvin Stephenson and Martha (Ervin) Rutland, no children William Wentworth Dexter, removed to Texas in 1874, historian and author, married Mrs. Maggie (Anderson) Abercrombie, daughter of Col. Thomas Mulady and Anne Elizabeth Anderson.

Andrew Alfred Dexter died in Montgomery, December 6, 1854.


  1. History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, Volume III 1921

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