Alexander Sackett Greenlee

FatherSamuel Greenlee (1783-1848)
MotherMinerva Kezia Sacket (1804-1851)
Birth1834, North CarolinaG,1,2
Marriage1857Elizabeth Glass1
Alexander Sackett Greenlee, son of Samuel Greenlee and Minerva Kezia Sacket, was born in North CarolinaG on 11 November 1834.1,2 He married on 5 May 1857, Elizabeth Glass, daughter of Frank P. Glass and Margaret Dyzart.1
     Alexander served as a Confederate soldier in the American Civil War in the 6th North Carolina Regiment. He fought in the battles of Petersburg, Richmond, and Lynchburg, Virginia, and at Plymouth, North Carolina. He was taken prisoner by Northern troops but was exchanged and returned to duty with his regiment.
     In 1850 Alexander was living in Morganton, Burke County, North CarolinaG, in the household of his mother Minerva, and was recorded in the census as Alexander Greenlee, a student, aged 15 and born in North Carolina. He owned two slaves, a female aged eleven and a male aged six.3,4

Children of Alexander Sackett Greenlee and Elizabeth Glass

  • Frank P Greenlee b. 7 Aug 1858, d. 26 Jun 1884
  • Samuel M Greenlee b. 20 Jul 1860
  • Minerva S Greenlee b. Oct 1862, d. c 1897
  • Alexander S Greenlee b. 25 Jan 1865, d. 1 Dec 1901
  • Ephraim E Greenlee b. 29 Jun 1867
  • Fred Allen Greenlee b. 15 Apr 1871
  • James L Greenlee b. 9 Oct 1874, d. Aug 1898
  • David G Greenlee b. 13 Oct 1877, d. Jun 1897
  • Maggie E Greenlee b. 13 Oct 1877, d. 1 Dec 1898

2013. Alexander Sacket Greenlee, 1834–, of Mason, Tenn., son of Samuel Greenlee and (782) Minerva K. Sackett, was married, May 5, 1857, to Elizabeth Glass, the daughter of Hon. Frank P. Glass and Margaret Dyzart. His father being a wealthy planter and the owner of many slaves, he grew toward manhood with the inbred idea that with such an education as would make of him a fit associate for cultured Southern gentlemen of leisure, he would be amply fitted for the life of pleasure and social prominence it would surely be his to enjoy. When he was about 16 years of age, his father died, and about a year later his mother too deceased. His guardian, it would appear, assumed no responsibility beyond caring for his ward's interest in the estate of his parents, until he should reach his majority. When that time arrived, Alexander Sacket Greenlee, as previously stated, married, and when the long threatened Civil war was at last inaugurated by the bombardment of Fort Sumter, in Charleston Harbor, he was the father of two bright boys, and, as he now (1907) puts it, "eating with a gold spoon." But ere long he was in the Confederate army, serving in the ranks of the 6th North Carolina Regiment of Gen. Hoke's Brigade. He participated in many of the battles about Petersburgh and Richmond, at Lynchburgh, and at Plymouth, N. C. He was with Earley in the Valley and spent many a weary night in the trenches about the Confederate capital. At one of the battles in which he participated, he was captured by Northern troops and sent a prisoner of war to Camp Douglas, near Chicago, Ill. While there he found means of communicating with his mother's brothers, who interested themselves in his behalf, securing for him many privileges and comforts until he was exchanged and returned to duty with his regiment. In a letter dated Jan. 1, 1907, he writes: "When I was a prisoner Uncles Alexander and George Sackett were very kind and good to me." After the war was over he returned to his home, resolved to rebuild his shattered fortune, but does not appear to have succeeded to any great extent in that undertaking. In another letter, of recent date, he writes of his losses and checkered experience in a rather pathetic strain, but grows indignant when he mentions the "Reign of the Carpetbaggers," who ate up what was left of his substance, and to live he was, with many others, compelled to move to the State of Texas, where he remained until his children had grown up and established homes of their own. Then he came to Western Tennessee, where, broken in health, he expects to make the best of conditions, the reverse of those he enjoyed in his boyhood days, until the end comes and the sorrows and disappointments of this life are ended.
4719a. Frank P. Greenlee, b. Aug. 7, 1858, d. June 26, 1884; m. Lizzie Shelton.
4719b. Samuel M. Greenlee, b. July 20, 1860; m. Mary Hoppoldt [Happoldt].
4719c. Minerva S. Greenlee, b. Oct. 1862, d. in 1897.
4719d. Alexander S. Greenlee, b. Jan. 25, 1865, d. Dec. 1, 1901.
4719e. Ephraim E. Greenlee, b. June 29, 1867; m. Ruby Marshall.
4719f. Fred Allen Greenlee, b. Apr. 15, 1871; m. Marie Miller.
4719g. James L. Greenlee, b. Oct. 9, 1874; d. Aug. 1898.
4719h. David G. Greenlee, b. Oct. 13, 1877, d. June 1897; m. Kate McGovern.
4719i. Maggie E. Greenlee, b. Oct. 13, 1877, d. Dec. 1, 1898; m. B. L. Hamblet.

 Notes & Citations

  1. Charles Weygant, The Sacketts of America, "2013. Alexander Sackett Greenlee, b. Nov. 11, 1834, m. Elizabeth Glass."
  2. Census.
  3. 1850 United States Federal Census, Roll 622, p 347b
    Morganton, Burke County, North Carolina, 6 Aug 1850
    Greenlee, Minerva K, 44, real estate $12,000, b. NY
    Greenlee, Saml P, 22, farmer, real estate $4,500, b. NC
    Greenlee, Emily A, 21, real estate $4,500, b. NC
    Greenlee, Elizabeth, 17, real estate $4,500, b. NC
    Greenlee, Alexander, 15, student, real estate $4,500, b. NC
    Greenlee, George, 13, real estate $4,500, b. NC.
  4. 1850 United States Federal Census, Slave Schedules
    Morganton, Burke County, North Carolina
    M K Greenlee, 10 slaves, males aged 38 black, 23 b, 13 b, 7 mulatto, 4 months m, females aged 60 m, 31 b, 30 b, 14 b, 5 b
    S B Greenlee, 8 slaves, males aged 45 black, 22 b, 14 b, 10 b, 2 b, females aged 19 b, 18 b, 18 b
    Emily A Greenlee, 1 slave, female aged 6 black
    E E Greenlee, 1 slave, male aged 12 black
    Alexr Greenlee, 2 slaves, female aged 11 black, male aged 6 b.
Appears inSacketts in the Military
Sackett line7th great-grandson of Thomas Sackett the elder of St Peter in Thanet
ChartsLine 3a (American)
Last Edited11 Jan 2024

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