McRae, Alexander 

Biography

7 Sept. 1807–20 June 1891. Tailor, sheriff, prison warden. Born in Anson Co., North Carolina. Son of John B. McRae and Mary. Moved to South Carolina; to Iredell Co., North Carolina; and back to South Carolina. Enlisted in U.S. Army, Mar. 1829, and served five years. Moved to Louisville, Jefferson Co., Kentucky, 1834. Married first Eunice Fitzgerald, 2 Oct. 1834, in New Castle, Henry Co., Kentucky. Moved to Ripley Co., Indiana, before June 1837. Baptized into LDS church, June 1837. Moved to Far West, Caldwell Co., Missouri, Sept. 1837. Elected captain of Twenty-Third Regiment of Missouri militia. With JS in jail at Liberty, Clay Co., Missouri, 1 Dec. 1838–Apr. 1839. Moved to Quincy, Adams Co., Illinois, 1839. Ordained a seventy, 1839, at Quincy. Moved back to Ripley Co. Appointed aide-de-camp in Nauvoo Legion, 20 Feb. 1841. Moved to Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois, before 1842. Served mission to North Carolina, 1844. Returned to Indiana after death of JS. Moved back to Nauvoo, spring 1845. Moved to Winter Quarters, unorganized U.S. territory (later in Omaha, Douglas Co., Nebraska), by May 1847. Moved to Kanesville (later Council Bluffs), Pottawattamie Co., Iowa, by Sept. 1850. Elected sheriff of Pottawattamie Co. Moved to Salt Lake City, 1852. Married second Caroline Amelia Webb, 1856, in Salt Lake City. Served mission to southern states, 1869–1870. Died in Salt Lake City.