Kingsley, Captain Alpha
Capt. A. Kingsley
Nov 21st 1778
Died in Nashville
(Rest cracked off)
Sept 28th 1846
1908 Plat: Capt. A. Kingsley
Section 28 SE Lot 31
1909 List: Lot owner A. Kingsley
Interment Book: 9-28-1846 Capt. A. Kingsley
Superintendent of Nashville Cemetery
Note: Nashville Whig, Sept. 29, 1846
“Captain Alpha Kingsley died
yesterday morning in Nashville.”
Biography for Captain Alpha Kingsley
Captain Alpha Kingsley History
I viewed the website directory and index for those names listed as buried at the Nashville City Cemetery. I managed to find my ancestor, Captain A. (Alpha) Kingsley along with his son William Bissell Kingsley and Alpha’s adopted daughter Eugenia Wilson. They are interred at lot 28.51 as shown in your records.
Alpha Kingsley was my fifth Great Uncle. I am directly descended from his brother Simeon Burk Kingsley. Alpha was born in Woodstock VT, in 1778. He joined the Army in 1799 and was in charge of the building of the first fort at Fort Madison Iowa in 1808/1809. Shortly thereafter he wed Elizabeth Ayer of Kingston in Roane County, TN. He probably was stationed at Fort Southwest Point where William Bissel Kingsley was probably born. About 1811 after his father-in-law died, he moved his family to Nashville and owned a mercantile business there from 1815 to about 1819. Thereafter, about 1820/21 he owned the Nashville Inn and operated it for about four years. He was the first Sexton of the City Cemetery. He remained in Nashville until he died in September of 1846. He was also the district paymaster for that part of Tennessee.
History sent to Nashville City Cemetery Association
By David Kingsley. August 12, 2006
According to the official website for Fort Madison Iowa:
“Fort Madison was constructed by members of the Department of Indian Trade as well as soldiers from Captain Ninian Pinkney’s Company, United States Infantry Regiment. The men that oversaw the actual construction were First Lieutenant Alpha Kingsley and United States Factor John Johnson."
For more information, visit the Old Fort Madison Iowa website for photographs of the reconstructed fort, its history and annual events.