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The Lives of John Grayson and
Alexander Hamilton McQueen

Updated July 4, 1999
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John Grayson McQueen, Methodist minister and farmer, was born near Roan's Creek, Johnson County, Tennessee in 1807. In 1830, he married Susannah Goodwin, b. 1812. Their children were: William M. (1833-1922), Celia Elizabeth (1835-1857), Edna Jane (1837-1860), Mary Ann (1841-1933), Alexander Hamilton (1843-1929), James Lowery (1846-1929), Allen Milburn (1849-1927), and John Smith (1854-1919). John, Susannah, and all their children were born in Johnson County, Tennessee.

In 1863, when he was 56 years old, John and his two eldest sons, William M., age 30, and Alexander Hamilton, age 20, joined the US Cavalry, 13th Regiment, Tennessee Volunteers. John was a Private in Company L, William M. was a Captain in Company G, and Alexander was a Sergeant in Company G. (John's first cousin, Samuel E. McQueen, was a Colonel in the Home Guard of the Confederate Army.) The 13th saw some action during the war, including skirmishes with the Confederate East Tennessee Brigade and raids on saltworks, mines, forges and railroads in Virginia. The winter of 1864-65 was spent doing little. It's last campaign was to pursue the Confederate East Tennessee Brigade through Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia even though the war was essentially over. The13th Regiment was mustered out of service in Knoxville on September 5, 1865.

In October of 1866, Alexander married Nancy Carolyn Crosswhite. Their first child was a son, stillborn in 1867. Their second child, John Hamilton McQueen, was born in 1868 and became a Baptist preacher. Leunia Elizabeth McQueen was born in 1872. She was known as Leuny (Lee OON e).

In February of 1879, John's wife, Susannah, died. Later that year, Alexander's wife, Nancy, gave birth to Mary Margaret. Alexander lost Nancy in August of 1880.

After the deaths of their wives, John and Alexander, along with Alexander's children, moved from Johnson County to Pecan Gap, Delta County, Texas, a small town about 100 miles northeast of Dallas. Alexander, however, didn't stay in Texas very long. The flatlands of eastern Texas were not like his mountain home in Tennessee. A Census of 1890 Civil War Veterans lists him as living near Flourville, Washington County, TN. John and Alexander's daughter, Leuny did stay. (We have no information about Alexander's son, John Hamilton.) Leuny met and married Claude St. Clair Frye of Ladonia, Hunt County, Texas in 1892. Their first child, a son, was born in 1894, but lived only 24 hours. He was buried near Pecan Gap in Bledsoe Cemetery.

Another of John G.'s sons, John Smith McQueen, moved his family to Texas sometime in the early 1890's. Presumably, they lived near his father and brother. His daughter, Julie, was born there in 1895.

In 1896, when she was only 16, Alexander's youngest daughter, Mary Margaret, died. She was buried in Bledsoe Cemetery near Elizabeth's first child.

Leuny and Claude Frye gave birth to Goldie Beniti in 1897.

In 1899, John G. McQueen passed away at the age of 92. He was buried in Dial Cemetery near Pecan Gap.

Leuny and Claude continued to live in Texas after their second daughter was born in 1900. They named her Mary Louise.

Around 1900, John Smith McQueen decided to return to Johnson County, Tennessee, saying that the water in his Texas well tasted oily.

Leuny and Claude Frye also moved to Tennessee. They were living in Washington County when their next child, a son, was stillborn in 1904. After moving to Johnson County, Leuny's birth place, they finally had a son, Delbert Devin, in 1908.

Alexander Hamilton McQueen died in 1929 at the age of 85. Leuny was 82 when she died in 1954. Both are buried along with other McQueens in their family row at the Union Cemetery, Johnson County, Tennessee.


Compiled by Glenn Busbin, GG Grandson of John G. McQueen, from "FAMILY HISTORICAL RECORD AND GENEOLOGY OF JOHN G. MCQUEEN AND SUSANAH GOODWIN MCQUEEN" and other sources.


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