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Biography: Olin M. Alexander born February 8, 1868

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Calhoun County, Alabama

Olin M. Alexander was born in Millville, Mo., February 8. 1868, the son of Rev. Samuel Alexander and Isabelle (Rooker) Alexander, natives of Tennessee and Missouri. Rev. Samuel Alexander was a Methodist minister who died at Marion, Virginia.

Olin was the grandson of John Alexander and wife, who was a Miss Wood, who lived in Tennessee and Missouri and later in Virginia and the great-great-grandson of William Alexander and Sarah Bruce (Casson) Alexander, and great-great-great-grandson of Robert Alexander and Ann (Fouke) Alexander.

The family is of Scotch ancestry. John, lord of the isles, married Margaret, daughter of Robert II, of Scotland, and from this marriage are descended the Alexanders. Traceable connection becomes plain in 1480; Thomas Alexander, son of Alexander Alexander, obtained Menstrie, 1505; his son, Andrew, married Catherine Graham in 1500, and had a son who married Elizabeth Douglas, whose eldest son, Andrew, married and succeeded to Menstrie (an estate), 1544.

Andrew’s son married Elizabeth Forbes and had issue. The eldest son, Alexander Alexander, married Marian Coutee, 1567, whose only son, William (Lord Sterling), married Janet Erskine, and their son, John Alexander, emigrated to Virginia in 1659. Their son, Robert, also married and had issue. He died, 1704, and his son, Robert, married Anne Fouke, 1710. Their son, John Alexander, married Susannah Pearson, 1734. Their son, William, married Sarah Bruce Casson. He died, 1802.

John Alexander, grandson of William, once of Pennsylvania, had one brother and two sisters who remained single, being Quakers; John Alexander married a Miss Wood, lived in Tennessee, Missouri and later in Virginia. He died at Marion, Va., in 1878. His only daughter, Elisa, died in early womanhood. He had two sons, Frank and Samuel Alexander; the latter died February, 1874. Both were ministers in the Methodist Episcopal Church South. Samuel had two daughters, Orien S. Alexander and Delia Alexander both of whom are graduates, with the degree of master of arts, of Howard-Payne college, Fayette, Mo.

The latter of these married John H. Goldman, a captain in the United States infantry, and he served as governor of Battaan, Philippine Islands. He was formerly a resident and prominent attorney at law in Brookfield, Mo. Orien S., after a course at the Scarrett Bible Training school, Kansas City, Mo., became a missionary of the Methodist Church South at Shanghai, China. William Caples Alexander and John Milton Alexander died in infancy, the former at Millville, Mo., the latter at Salisbury, Mo.

John Wood, the maternal grandfather of Samuel Alexander’s mother, left London with his wife on the ship “Hopewell,” and settled in Portsmouth, N. H., in 1635 (they were Quakers).

Rev. Samuel Alexander was born at Elizabethton, Tenn., 1836. He was educated for the ministry at Bloomington, Mo. He was ordained to the ministry in the Methodist Episcopal Church South under Bishop E. M. Marvin, and died at Marion, Va., February, 1874. His wife, Isabelle (Rooker), was born at Brookfield, Mo., 1842, and now resides in Kansas City. Her mother was Miss Elizabeth Saffell, daughter of Samuel Saffell, of Louisville, Tenn. Samuel Saffell was a second cousin to President James Madison.

Olin M. Alexander was educated in Central college, Missouri, afterwards taught school in Tennessee, Arkansas, St. Louis and Nebraska City, nine years. He removed to Alexandria, Calhoun county, Ala., in 1897. He was engaged in the hardware business in Anniston, Ala., until 1902, then became engaged in the farm loan and supply business in that city.

He was married in Anniston, July 28, 1898, to Mrs. Sarah Louise Fulenwider Lloyd Cooper, widow of the late W. P. Cooper and Joseph Robert Lloyd. Olin was a member No. 443, Anniston lodge, Free and Accepted Masons; past chancellor, Anniston lodge, No. 91, Knights of Pythias, Anniston chapter, Royal Arch Masons, No. 105; member Blue Mountain lodge, No. 96, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and a Woodman of the World.

Mrs. Alexander was a member of Cane Creek Baptist church. She was formerly Miss Sarah Louise Fullenwider, (b. 1852-1932) a descendant of an old Mecklenburg, N. C, family, some of whom are among the signers of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence.

Her mother was Miss Lavenia Forney, a sister of General Jacob and W. H. Forney, both of whom represented their district in Congress. In 1905 Olin M. Alexander received a patents for an improved valve for use with liquid, steam, gas or air vessels and another patent for a flushing-tank. He died Aug. 31, 1930 in Tampa, Florida and was buried in Birmingham, Alabama.


  1. Notable Men of Alabama: Personal and Genealogical, Volume 2 edited by Joel Campbell DuBose
  2. UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE -OLIN M. ALEXANDER, OF ANNISTON, ALABAMA. VALVE. – Specification of Letters Patent. Application filed February 21, 1905. Serial.No. 246,716.
  3. No. 801, 126 Patented Oct. 3, 1905. and SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent N0. 792,955, dated June 20, 1905. Application filed July 5, 1904. Renewed May 15, 1905. Serial No. 260,588.
  4. 3.1900, 1910, 1920 Calhoun County, Alabama census
  5. 1930 Hillsborough, Florida census

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