Alexander McIlvoy was born 185 years ago – May 13, 1828 – in Washington County, Kentucky. Alexander was the son of Daniel McIlvoy and Matilda Hardin; and the grandson of Alexander McIlvoy and Mary Magdalene McConley, and Benjamin Hardin and Agnes Elizabeth Clark. Alexander died at the age of 25. He never married. His father and paternal grandparents were born in Caldrain, Antrim County, Ireland.