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Patriot Grave Marking Event Honoring James M. Alexander (1756-1844)One of Buncombe County, North Carolina’s first settlers was honored by the Blue Ridge Chapter Sons of the American Revolution at a grave marking ceremony Saturday, October 9, 2021. Patriot James M. Alexander, who rests in the Piney Grove Cemetery in Swannanoa, North Carolina was honored in a solemn ceremony attended by more than 30 guests. Taking part in the event was James M. Alexander’s 5x Great Grandson, Swannanoa valley genealogist, Bill Alexander, officers of the Blue Ridge SAR Chapter, the Chapter Color Guard, and members of three area Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) chapters from Henderson County (Abraham Kuykenhahl Chapter), Buncombe County (Ruth Davidson Chapter) and Madison County (Rebecca Sevier Waddell Chapter). Private James M. Alexander, whose parents had migrated to North Carolina from Maryland, actually enlisted in the Patriot forces five separate times. He was one of the patriots and heroes of the Battle of Kings Mountain where he was wounded by Tory troops. Three months later, he fought at the Battle of Cowpens under Brigadier General Daniel Morgan in a critical American Patriot victory.