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James Wallace McAlpin was born October 29, 1831, son of Henry McAlpin a wealthy businessman. Mr. McAlpin was one of eight children. He was educated as a civil engineer, and worked on the construction of the South-Western Railroad between Albany and Macon. Mr. McAlpin served in the Confederate Army for the entire war. He became a wealthy planter on the Savannah River with his wife, Maria S. Champion. Mr. McAlpin and his wife had five children together. Mr. McAlpin died August 3, 1905, outliving his wife, Maria, and leaving a large estate behind.
Campbell, Brett M., "A Biography of James Wallace McAlpin" (1991). Savannah Biographies. 179.