He was a Sailor. Alexander's mother died when he was quite young and he l ived with a maternal uncle until he was 16 years old, at which time he we nt to sea. In 1809 he sailed to Liverpool, England and continued for so me years in the New York and Liverpool trade. Late in January of 18 13 he shipped on a privateer bound to France, "The Tom", of Baltimore, wi th Captian Wilson of Charlestown, SC. Off the coast of France he was tak en prisoner, about February 25th, by the British Frigate, "Servalent", wi th Sir George Collier commanding. There was a venture on board of $1,0 00 worth of coffee, indigo and nutmeg for trading purposes all of which w as lost and carried into Falmouth, England. From there he was sent to a p rison ship in Plymouth harbor, for two months, with about fourteen hundr ed other prisoners. Thence, as one of four hundred and thirty-eight, to S tapleton, Near Bristol, for about eleven more months, until peace was proc laimed between France and Great Britain, Then to Dartmouth staying unt il peace was proclaimed with the United States, his imprisonment ending Ap ril 7, 1815. He was then put on board the ship, "Ariel", bound for New Yo rk, where they arrived Jun11, thus ending his adventures in the War of 181 2. After marrying at Liverpool, in 1820, at which time he was second ma te of the ship, "Hercules", he made that port his home for five years, sti ll sailing in the New York and Liverpool trade. He then removed to Bat h, ME, and there lived for eight years, still following the sea. his wif e, a good clerk, keeping a grocery and confectionery store. While taki ng his wife with him for a visit to her old home, she died at sea about 18 33.