Wade in Cumberland County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Colonel Alexander McAllister
Patriot and Revolutionary Hero
Erected by Descendants of Alexander McAllister, under the auspices of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Government & Politics • Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1773.
Location. 35° Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4150 Old Bluff Church Road, Wade NC 28395, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Bluff Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Old Bluff Church (approx. 0.8 miles away); David M. Williams (approx. 3.4 miles away); Prelude to Averasboro (approx. 4.2 miles away); Federal Hospital (approx. 4.3 miles away); Federal Artillery (approx. 5 miles away); "Oak Grove" (approx. 5.1 miles away); 20th Corps (approx. 5.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wade.
More about this marker. Mounted on a large stone in front of a wrought iron fenced area of the cemetery.
Also see . . .
1. McAllister Genealogy. Alexander McAllister's line of descent compiled by Edwin R. McKethan (Fayetteville, NC - 1897) (Submitted on June 6, 2010, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.)
2. Genealogical Record of the Descendants of Col Alexander McAllister. Full text version of the book, Genealogical Record of the Descendants of Col Alexander McAllister of Cumberland County, N.C. also of Mary and Isabella (Submitted on June 6, 2010, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.)
3. Genealogical record of the descendants of Col. Alexander McAllister. GoogleBooks digitized version of the book, Genealogical record of the descendants of Col. Alexander McAllister by David Smith McAllister (1900) (Submitted on June 6, 2010, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.)
1. Alexander McAllister
Alexander McAllister's ancestry has been traced to Archibald McAlister of Tarbert (his grandfather), who, in 1698, purchased the estate of Balinakill, Clachan. It was later purchased by his younger brother Ronald McAlister of Dunskeig in 1717. He and his wife had a family of at least three sons: Coll, John and Robert.
John became a surgeon, but little can be found of Robert who, however, was recorded as witness to a document at Lochgair in 1724, in respect of a declaration by Hector McAlister of Loup. Coll, the eldest, sold Balinakill in 1739, and emigrated to North Carolina. At this time, 5 Scottish gentlemen and some 90 poor families totaling 350 souls in all, sailed from Campbelltown and Gigha on 6 June 1739 on the ship "Thistle" of Saltcoats, Ayrshire. The old Campbelltown Customs records show the ship to be "embarking passengers
Recent research uncovered the complete document signed by Coll McAlester and later by Janet McNeill, his spouse, at Skerrols in Islay on 10 May 1739. An old letter which has survived records the ship at Gigha taking on more passengers. This was written by John McAlister of Cown to his relatives in North Carolina. In 1740 all these gentlemen were given large land grants and exemption from taxes together with a money grant to help establish themselves in their new country. This was the first large emigration of Scots settlers to America recorded, and all came from the mainland of Kintyre and the adjacent islands of Islay, Gigha and Jura.
Coll McAlister and Janet McNeill had a family of two sons: Alexander, born in 1715, and Hector born in 1716, together with three daughters, Grissella, who died unmarried, Isabella, who married Farquhard Campbell and Mary, who married Hector McNeill. Alexander McAlister was thrice married. His first wife died shortly after their marriage and was buried at sea on a return voyage to Carolina in 1740. They had no children. His second wife was Flora McNeill, a daughter of Neill McNeill and Grissella Campbell. They had four children: Coll, Grissella, Janet and Neill. His third wife was Jane Colvin who was, according to historians,
In letters preserved between Alexander and his brother Hector on the island of Arran, he gives details of his family. Alexander, later Colonel Alexander McAlister, became a great patriot and became a prominent figure in North Carolina, becoming a member of the N.C. Senate in 1787. A monument erected to his memory commemorates his many achievements.
Hector McAlister returned to Scotland after selling off his estates and settled on the island of Arran, adjacent to east Kintyre. The Jacobite rebellion was soon to break out all over western Scotland and he, being true to the Stuart cause, was given money to raise a force of men to support Prince Charles Edward Stuart. This force was unable to leave the island since Archibald McAlister of Tarbert was an ardent Hanoverian, and despite the fact that his Clan Chief Angus McAlester of Loup supported the Jacobite cause, Tarbert allowed Lord Loudon's regiment to be stationed at Tarbert to prevent anyone from sailing to join Prince Charles. Hector McAlister was denounced as a rebel and Government forces ordered to apprehend him. Those apprehended were to be imprisoned in Dumbarton Castle near Glasgow. After many months in hiding among the hills of Arran, he evaded capture and was later pardoned. On one occasion he was hiding underneath
Charles McAlister was drowned in 1774 when, on a journey from Arran to Islay with one of his sisters, he had a sword fight with the captain of the ship who had molested his sister. His body was recovered near Davaar Island, Campbelltown, and is buried in the family vault in Kilbride Cemetery, Lamlash, together with his father Hector, two sisters and brother-in-law Neil Shannon of Lephenstrath, Kintyre. Hector died in 1790, aged 74 years. He wrote a lament for his son who was thrown overboard on the orders of the Captain, who was named James Hamilton. The inscription on the stone in Kilbride, Lamlash, Arran reads, "The burying tomb of Hector McAlister, Esquire of Springbank died A.D. 1790 aged 74 years, and Elizabeth McAlister, his daughter she died 1769 aged 23 years. Also Charles McAlester his son died 1774 aged 24 years."
— Submitted June 12, 2010, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
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