Alexander Rector

Discovered Coal in Macon Co.


Lucinda Eggleston Rohrs

Alexander Rector

Alexander Rector is prominent in Macon County history because of his discovery of coal in the Bevier area which led to the lucrative coal mining business in Macon County.

In 1860, Alexander Rector made his discovery of coal when he was digging a well for farmer Wilburn Hughes 1 1/2 miles west of Bevier.

Alexander Rector was born in 1840 in Lawrence County, Indiana, the son of John Rector, an attorney, and Mary Neel Rector, from the Rector line which goes back to the First Germanna Colony in Virginia, founded in 1714. Alexander Rector came to the Bevier, Missouri area as a young man where he married Dicy Angeline Reed, daughter of David S. Reed and Elizabeth Wilson Reed, on October 3, 1861.

Alexander Rector and Dicy Angeline Reed Rector had eight children whose descendants still live in the Macon County area: John Anderson Rector; Mary Elizabeth Rector; Louisa Euphemia Rector [Ryon]; James Monroe Rector; Minnie Rector [Brammer]; Susan Amanda Rector [Sagaser]; Cleveland Alexander Rector; Adesta Estella Rector [Bragg].

Alexander Rector died May 23, 1906 and is buried in the East Oakwood Cemetery in Bevier near his son and daughter-in-law, James Monroe and Ida Rector.

From--Great-granddaughter of Alexander Rector through daughter Susan Amanda Rector Sagaser--

Further information about Alexander Rector's discovery of coal in Macon County, Missouri, may be found in the following publications: Bevier's Black Diamond Jubilee, Bevier Centennial Book Committee (Chester Shoemaker, Josephine Muncy King, John R. Amedei, Mary Rowland Evans, Harold Julius, Pansy Zellers Sagaser), 1958, reprinted 1999, pp. 9-10; General History of Macon County Missouri, Chicago: Henry Taylor & Company, 1910, pp. 100-101.

Ernie Miles