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or THE 

House of Alexander 

From 1640 to 1909 

BY ' 

Frances Alexander Butterworth 



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Copyright June. 9, i909. by 

Frances Alexander Butterwortk 

5517 Cornell Ave. 

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The name Alexander, its Origin and History 
Early Colonists. 


Records and Register of Births at Princess 
Anne, Somerset Co., Maryland. The first Pres- 
byterian Church in America at Snow Hill, Mary- 
land. Rev. Francis Makemie. Will of William 


Samuel Alexander and his descendants. The 
Broad Creek Presbyterian Church in Cecil Co., 
Md. Will of Samuel Alexander. Maryland, from 
1700 to 1730, Bohemia Manor. 

Will of James Foster, father of Susannah 
Foster, Martin Alexander's wife. 

Will of Martin Alexander, son and heir-at-law 
of Samuel Alexander and father of David Alex- 

The Eastern Shore. 

Boundaries of lands and depositions of the 
Brevards, Van Bibbers, Caldwells, Bayards, Boul- 
dins, Hermans, etc. Mark Alexander of Balti- 


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1779 David Alexander removes to Mecklenberg 
Co., North Carolina. Sale of plantations, deeds 
and wills. 


Removal of David Alexander Jr. to Ken- 
tucky in 1794. Deeds and records from the Court ♦ 
Registers at Charlotte, Mecklenberg Co., N. C. 

1796, death of David Alexander Sr. His will 
and deeds to sale of Plantations. The famous 
Declaration of Independence, of 1775 at Char- 
lotte, N. C. A curious law suit. 


David Alexander's descendants in Alabama 

and Tennessee. Letter from Daniel Alexander of 

Murfreesboro, Tennessee, written in 1833 to his 

nephew, David Alexander of Woodford Co., Ky. 


David Alexander Jr. and his descendants. 
Letter from Col. Archibald Cathey of Mecklen- 
berg Co. to David Alexander, of Montgomery 
Co., Ky. written in 1807. 

Discharge papers of David Alexander from 
Gov. Shelby's Kentucky mounted volunteers, war 
of 1812. 

William Rankin Alexander and his descend- 
ants. A contemporary of Henry Clay and 
"confrere" of Abraham Lincoln. His wife a not- 
ed beauty of Lexington, Kentucky. 

Additional wills of Alexander's from the rec- 
ords at Elkton, Cecil Co., Md., and Charlotte, 
Mecklenberg Co., N. C. 


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Frances Alexander Butterworth, Frontispiece 
William Rankin Alexander 1 

Coat of Arms, Crest and Motto of the 

Alexanders of Sterling 4 

Old Manor House at Pcincess Annex Som- 
erset Co. Maryland, Period, 1700 6 
Prof. Thomas Crowder Chamberlin, head 
of the Geological Dept, University of 
Chicago 20 
Virginia Butterworth and Marie Louise 
Marks, in the gowns worn by their 
grandmother, period of 1835 32 
Residence of Theodore Burterworth 44 
Residence of Charles Alexander 71 


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TH E name of Alexander has filled a largo 
and conspicuous place in the history of 
the world, and touched national events 
at many points. It is a synonym for devoted 
patriotism, for fidelity to religion, and the Scot- 
tish love of Clan. 

For more than 2,000 years the name Alexander 
has been found among all civilized nations. 
Few names, indeed, have been so long used both 
as a Christian name and a surname. It is of 
Grecian origin, and means "helper of mankind." 

In explanation of this wide dissemination of 
the name is the following story: 

Alexander the Great, before setting out on 
his career of conquest in the East, sent word to 
the Jews to erect a monument in his honor. 
Some years later, on returning, he was as- 
tonished and angered to find that no monument 
had been raised to him by these people. He 
summoned the high priest, who came with 


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many children, in his train. The king asked, 
sternly, if his order had been forgotten. "O 
king," replied the high priest, "it is contrary 
to our religion to make an imaga or a statue. 
But behold!" Turning, he asked a boy who 
stood near, * 'What is your name ?" * 'Alexander, ' ' 
replied the boy. Other boys on being asked 
their names replied in turn, ' 'Alexander. ' ' "You 
see, O king," exclaimed the high priest at last, 
"we have fulfilled your command by naming 
every son of our race Alexander who has been 
born since your command was given. That 
name will go down from generation to gener- 
ation and such living monuments will be far 
more enduring than a monument of stone." 

The high priest spoke truly. If Alexander 
has no such significant memorials as has Caesar 
in the titles "kaiser" and "czar," his is still a 
favorite name for princess as well as for com- 
mon folk of many nations, from the Persian 
Iskander to the Scottish Saunders. 

Saints, bishops, eight popes, kings of Scotland 
and Poland and emperors of Russia have borne 
the name, and made it glorious or the reverse. 
It was the first Pope to bear the name who 
issued the bull dividing the New World of North 
America between Spain and Portugal,. 

The heroine of the name is Helen Alexander. 


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History tells of her courage and devotion during 
the persecution bf the Scotch Covenanters in 
the seventeenth century, and her name is to-day 
a household word in every West of Scotland 

One of the Scottish ancestors was Alexander 
McDonald, son of Donald, Lord of the Isles. 
He had two sons who assumed the Christian 
name of their father as a surname, and started 
one branch of the Alexander family on theway 
to fame and fortune. The Donalds trace back 
to Somerled, through a somewhat misty High- 
land genealogy. 

William Alexander Earl, of St'rling. from 
whom many of the Alexanders in America 
claim descent, was Secretary of State for Scot- 
land in 1626. He ruled for the king with single 
eyed patriotism. His writings were famed in 
their day. His most important work was the 
assistance he rendered James I. in the metrical 
version of the Psalms. 

James Alexander, the descendant of Lord 
Stirling was obliged to leave Great Britain on 
account of active partisanship with the Pre- 
tender. He was colonial secretary of New York 
and among the staunchest of pre-revolutionary 
friends of civil liberty. His son William was 
the Lord Stirling of revolutionary fame. The 


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family flourished in Virginia, and where Wheel- 
ing, W. Va., now stands, William Alexander 
owned two hundred acres of land which he 
received in exchange for a horse, so valuable 
was a horse and so cheap city lots. 

A great many genealogies of the various 
branches of Alexanders who emigrated to 
America in the early history of this country 
have been written. 

A historical sketch and genealogical record of 
a family of colonists, a branch of the numerous 
families of Alexanders that has not been written 
will be of interest to the descendants of David 
Alexander, whose birthplace was the eastern 
shore of Maryland. 

Kis ancestors must have come directly from 
Scotland with the English Colonists who landed 
at Jamestown about 1640, or perhaps earlier, 
settling on lands patented to them and pur- 
chased in Virginia. The plantations occupied by 
the Colonists were scattered along the shores 
of the Chesapeake Bay, across the narrow strip 
of land that separates the bay from the ocean, 
along the banks of the rivers and creeks that 
fall into that noble bay and on their tributary 
streams to the head of tide-water. 

The first tobacco plant was taken to England 
in L586. The demand for it was soon estab- 


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"By Land and by Sea," 

Crest, A bear sejant, erect. Arms, quarterly 1st and .4th 
per pale Argent, Sa A chevron and in base a crescent, all 
counter-changed, 2nd and 3rd or, a Lymphad, Sa. Sails furled, 
and flags flying, between three cross crosslets, fitchee gu. 


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lished. The early Colonists were at once ab- 
sorbed in its cultivation. The neighborhood of 
navigable waters was esteemed necessary to 
the successful operations of the planters and 
the most fertile portions of the land between 
the rivers, were occupied by them. As the 
early inhabitants of Maryland and Virginia 
were all planters, they were scattered over 
the country as suited their convenience and 
were fed by their plantations and the abundance 
of the sea. There were no large towns in Vir- 
ginia at this period, nor any number of small 
ones, the planters increasing rapidly in wealth 
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In a history of Maryland we find that as 
early as 1665 some Colonists named Alexander 
began to purchase lands in the most southern 
county of the eastern shore. The court reports 
at Princesse Anne, county seat of Somerset 
County, record deeds to William Alexander of 
a tract of land of- 300 acres called Daintry, on 
the south side of the Wicomoco River, and to 
a plantation called Rapho of 300 acres. 

Hunting Quarter, at the head of Menoken 
was bought by WilUam Alexander from Cor- 
nelius Anderson in 1668. Trouble plantation 
was sold to William Alexander by Thomas 
Strawbridge in 1698. 

Two tracts called Golden Quarter and Rysley 
were sold to Henry Alexander by George Taylor 
and Comfort his wife, for ye consideration of 
tobacco paid by Francis Alexander. Samuel 
Alexander, acting for Griffith Jones of North 


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Carolina, sold to William Alexander of Somer- 
set County in 1723 a part of Walsy's Chance. 
At St. Marys on Chesapeake Bay 100 acres for 
50 pounds, taken from Walsy's Chance and 

These Alexanders formed a considerable ele- 
ment of the first three Presbyterian churches 
organized in America by the Rev. Francis 
Makemie towards the close of that century, 1684. 
The Snow Hill Presbyterian Church, Rehobeth, 
at Pocomoke, and Head of Menoken, Wicomoco. 
These places were settled by English Episco- 
palians and Scotch and Irish Presb3rterians. 
Generations have uttered the praises of Francis 
Makemie, who organized the first Presbyterian 
church in America at Snow Hill. Parents in 
the neighborhood gave his name to their chil- 
dren until it became a common one. Francis 
Alexander was, no doubt, named for Francis 
Makemie, the name Francis descending through 
the various generations to the present time, 
the writer of this record bearing the name with 
the feminine terminal — "ces" instead of **cis.*' 

William Alexander is mentioned on the 
records at Princesse Anne as one of the trustees 
of the Menoken Presbyterian Church. 

The records of the courthouse at Princess 
Anne, Somerset County, Maryland, contain the 


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following register of births of William Alexan- 
der's descendants and his son William's will. 

Abigail Alexander, daughter of Andrew Alex- 
ander, and born of his wife the 15th day of Sep- 
tember, 1()77. Ehas Alexander, son of Andrew 
Alexander, born 1679. 

James, son of Samuel Alexander, and born of 
Mary, his wife, 1st day of January, 1()85, in 
Annamessex. Martin Alexander, son of Samuel 
Alexander, and born of Mary, his wife, 18th of 
March, 1687 in Annamessix. Sarah, daughter 
of Samuel Alexander, and Mary his wife, born 
August 28th, at Pocomoke. 1690 Francis, son of 
Samuel Alexander and Mary, his wife, born 
March, 1693, at Annamessix. Mary, daughter 
of Samuel and Mary Alexander, born 1695 at 
Pocomoke. Andrew Alexander, son of Samuel 
and Mary, his wife, born 1697. Samuel Alex- 
ander, son of Samuel and Mary, his wife, born 
in 1699 at Pocomoke. 

Esther, daughter of John Alexander and 
Barbara, his wife, born in 1693. 

In the name of God, Amen, the seventh day of March, 
in the year of our Lord God, 1732, I, Wm. Alexander, 
of Somerset County, and Province of Maryland, planter, 
being sick and weak in body but of perfect mir.d and 
memory, thanks be given unto God therefor, calling 
unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that 
it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and 


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ordain this my last willand testament, that is to ^ay, 
principally and hrst of all 1 give and recommend my 
soul unto tiie hands of God that gave it, and my body 
to tne eartn to be decently buried in a Christian manner 
at ye discretion of my executors, nothing doubting 
but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same 
again by ye Mighty Power of God and as touching such 
estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in 
this life I give and bequeathe the same in m^anner 
and form following (viz.) Imprimis my will is that 
after my just debts are paid that my well beloved wife 
Catherine A., have therefor use and occupation of my 
dwelling plantation, with all liberties thereunto be- 
longing during her natural life with one full third of 
all my personel estate to be at her full disposal. I then 
give and bequeathe unto my son, Samuel A., his heirs 
and assigns forever the land and plantation whereon 
he now lives, being part of two patents that contain 
300 acres, lying on the east and west sides of Mr. 
Thomas Gillius' Mill Branch, being the less on the 
east side of the said branch containing 150 acres, to 
him the said Samuel as aforesaid. 

To my sons, James, 150 acres, Moses A., 200 acres, 
being the tract where my father, William A. did live 
and where my said son Moses did live. To my youngest 
son, Liston, the land called Trouble, 250 acres, also 
90 acres, part of two tracts that I bought of Griffith 

Witnesses John Caldwell, 
Jos. Caldwell. 

Moses A. had two daughters, Mary and Elizabeth. 
William A., father of Moses gave to Mary and Agnes, 
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Second will probated July 19, 1735. 
First will probated June 18, 1735. 
Liston died 1738. James died 1735. 

The records of Princesse Anne of Snow Hill 
and Wicomico County, Maryland, show that 
these Alexanders increased in numbers and 
wealth for about a hundred years, when they 
began to migrate and seek new homes and it is 
doubtful if any of their descendants could be 
found in this region to-day. 

The following records of the purchase and 
patents to lands by this family of Alexanders 
can be found in the land Commissioner's office 
at Annapolis, Maryland. 

Alexandria 130 acres lying in Cecil Co., Maryland 
surveyed for Samuel Alexander and John Holtham the 
19th of January , 1720. Patented to his sons Martin 
and Francis Alexander, 4th of November, 1732. 

Alexander's Lot, 190 acres, lying in Cecil Co., sur- 
veyed for Mark Alexander, son of Francis, 7th of 
March, 1769. Patented to him 7th of Oct., 1769. 

Bullens Range, 129 acres in Cecil Co., patented to 
Samuel Alexander, 8th of October, 1723. Patented to 
Andrew Alexander, 1740, 24th of June. 

Hispaniola, 868 acres lying in Cecil Co., surveyed 
for William Richardson 1920. Patented to him 1722, 
sold to Samuel Alexander, 1724. 

Sligo 200 acres lying in Cecil Co., surveyed for 
Samuel Alexander, 8th of May, 1713. Patented to 
him the 10th of December, 1714. 


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I hereby assign to Samuel Alexander a tract of land 
200 acres of warrant called Sligo for 100 acres granted 
me 30th of March, 1713. Witness my hand and seal 
8th day of May, 1713. 

Matthias Van Bibber. 


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Samuel Alexander, true to the religion of his 
forefathers, assisted in establishing the first 
Presbyterian church in Cecil County, In 1723 
Richard Thompson made over to Samuel Alex- 
ander and Peter Bouchelle, for 21 years an acre 
of land for the use of the Presbyterian congrega- 
tion to erect a meeting house, for the annual rental 
of one ear of Idian corn, if lawfullly demanded, 
June 13th, 1723. 

Witnesses William Foster. 

Jacob Vandegraff. 

Lord Commissioners of Justice, 
Samuel Alexander. 
James Alexander. 

The first Elders of the church were : 
Samuel Alexander. 
Peter Bouchelle. 
John Brevard. 


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The first pastor of the church was Alexander 
Hutchinson, a Scotch Presbyterian minister 
who was installed in 1723. This church was 
called the Broad Creek Presb5rterian Church. 

Alexander Hutchinson was a Licentiate from 
Scotland. Immediately preceding his ordina- 
tion to the gospel ministry by the Presbytery, 
then and there in session to install him pastor 
of the church, and first, before the solemn service, 
the clerk of the body made proclamation three 
times, at the door of the sanctuary, that if any 
persons had anything to object, against or- 
daining the candidate, they should make it 
known to the Presbytery new, setting. No 
objection being offered, the said Mr. Hutchin- 
son was solemnly set apart to the work of the 
ministry by fasting and the imposition of the 
hands of the Presbytery. 

This Broad Creek Presbyterian Church was 
near the present site of Chesapeake City, at the 
head of the Chesapeake and Deleware Canal. 
Bethel Church, erected later is said to occupy 
the same site as the old Broad Creek Church. 
A very old cemetery adjoins the church, in 
which no doubt, Samuel Alexander and many 
of his descendants were buried, but almost two 
centuries have left no trace of the headstones 
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old moss covered stones remain but the in- 
scriptions are entirely obliterated. In a newer 
portion of this old graveyard are the graves of 
many distinguished persons — the Bayards, Gov- 
ernor Clayton, etc. 

Deed to lands given by Samuel Alexander to 
his son Martin Alexander. 

To all Christian people to whom these presents 
shall come, Samuel Alexander sends the greeting. 

Know ye that the said Samuel Alexander, doth 
revise, release and quit claim forever to Martin Alex- 
ander, his heirs and assigns, all that land lying at the 
north end of a tract of land called Sligo, beginning at 
a white oak marked with twelve notches standing 
on the bank of Silver Run within four or five rods of 
Galloway's spring, thence to Galloway's two last 
dwelling houses that stand upon the said Sligo, thence 
to a line still the same course until it intersects a tract 
called Alexandria to a leainng growing black oak and 
an old dead black oak standing close together and by 
the county roadside where the said Martin Alexander 
his foot path leaves a tract of land called Bullen's 
Range and all the lands contained in the above two 
tracts with the appurtenances thereon or thereto, be- 
longing, the said lands lying and being in Cecil Co . , 
In testimony whereof the said Samuel set his hand and 
seal this twenty ;first day of September, anno domina 

Samuel Alexander. 

Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of Francis 
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In 1724 Samuel Alexander gave to his son 
Francis a part of Sligo and Alexandria. 
Witnesses to deed John Alexander. 

Samuel Alexander. 

Recorded in the Court House at Elkton, Cecil Co. 

In the name of God Amen. The 29th day of March, 
1727, I Samuel Alexander, of Cecil County in Mary- 
land, being in health of body an4.of sound and perfect 
memory (Praise be given to God for the same) and 
knowing the uncertainty of this life on earth and 
being desirous to settle things in order do make this, 
my last will and testament in manner and form follow- 
ing: That is first and principally I commend my 
soul to God my Creator, hoping that I shall receive 
full pardon and remission of all my sins and be saved 
by the precious death and merits of my blessed Saviour 
and Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ, and my body to 
the earth, whence it was taken, believing and hoping 
for a glorious resurrection at the last day. And touch- 
ing such worldly estate as it hath pleased the Lord 
to bestow upon me, my will is that it shall be employed 
and bestowed as follows: 

I give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife, 
Mary Alexander, my house and plantation whereon I 
now reside, called "Sligo" during her natural life, 
and after her death I bequeath the said plantation to 
my son-in-law, Thos. Craig, and my daughter Mary, 
his wife — to them and theirs forever, they with what 
assistance I and my said wife can give them paying 
my present debts. 


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I give unto my son-in-law the crop of wheat that is 
now upon the ground toward the payment of my debts 
and my will is that my son-in-law shall have the use 
and occupation of all the ground cleared and to be 
cleared and one of the houses that is now built upon 
this plantation from this day forward except so much 
as will maintain me and my wife during our natural 

I bequeath unto my loving wife all my personal 
estate and also make and constitute her my sole 
executrix of this, my last will and testament as witness 
my hand and seal the day and year above written. 

Sam Alexander Seal 
Witnesses present, Francis Alexander. 
Martin Alexander. 

James, oldest son of Samuel and Mary Alex- 
ander, born in 1685 at Pocomoke, Somerset 
County, Maryland, no record. 

Martin Alexander, son of Samuel and Mary 
Alexander, born 1687, at Annamessix, Somerset 
County, Maryland, removed with his father 
Samuel to Cecil County, Maryland in 1723. He 
became the owner of numerous plantations and 
lands, purchased, patented to him by Lord 
Baltimore and given him by his father, Samuel. 
These lands were known and recorded by the 
various names of Hispaniola, Alexandria, Alex- 
ander's Lot, Bullen's Range, Warwick, Knowl- 
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or the Three Sisters; Glasgow and Sligo. Other 
lands were recorded as Triangle, Francis Marshes, 
Boulden's Nest, CarrolFs Delight — ^all belonging 
to sons and grandsons of Samuel Alexander. 
These lands adjoined and were part of the 
historic Territory of Bohemia Manor, one of the 
most interesting manors in America, where two 
hvmdred years ago, lordly opulence, titled fam- 
ihes, and stately mansions might have been seen, 
and where to-day this beautiful coimtry with 
its romantic history is as picturesque and lovely 
as when Augustine Herman, the Lord of the 
Manor gazed upon his noble domain of 20,000 
acres, granted him by Lord Baltimore for his 
work in preparing maps of this coimtry. 

The Bohemia and Elk rivers enter Deleware 
Bay at this point and with the wooded hills and 
valleys, the glint of the sunshine among the 
lengthened shadows of the trees that bend lov- 
ingly above the enchanted waters of these mystic 
streams, they form a scene of ravishing beauty. 
The memories that haunt these shadowed vales 
and sunlit slopes, the gay Lords and Ladies 
that hawked and hvmted and fished in the 
primeval forests and the noble streams; the 
charm of the flowing waters, the gay lilting of 
the wooded songsters, the blue skies, the soft 
air heavy with the perfume of the scented woods. 


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Small wonder that our forefathers chose to 
erect an ancestral home and rest awhile from 
their wanderings in this enchanted paradise. 

The history of this period— 1700 to 1730-40 
contains many allusions to hawking, fishing, 
fowling, wild cattle and horses. The hawking, 
hunting and fishing privileges, are always men- 
tioned in the deeds to lands of this period. At 
this time the stock of the early colonists and 
planters was allowed to run wild in the forests 
and after the lapse of years became plentiful. 
The country was sparsely settled, and but little 
of it under cultivation — much of it covered with 
its original growth of timber, that afforded 
shelter for these animals. They increased very 
fast and it was customary for the owners of the 
stock to mark it by making slits, notches or 
holes in one or both of the animal's ears, the 
marks registered or recorded in the county. 

John Churchman, a planter, writes of the 
trouble experienced from wild horses enticing 
the colt away from the mare he rode. In 1715 
an act passed by the Legislature appointed an 
officer who was called a ranger to capture this 
wild stock. 

The great staples of importation wete rum 
and negroes, those of exportation, skins of 
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staple gf the colony, was largely cultivated and 
yielded a large return to the planters. Wheat 
was also cultivated. The planters shipped 
their tobacco directly to England and were 
supplied with slaves by the traders. 

From 1700 to 1730 Bohemia Manor, and ad- 
joining plantations, and manors exceeded all 
other portions of the country in wealth and 

An attempt to introduce the manor system 
of England in this vicinity of which Bohemia 
Manor was the center was made and prevailed 
for a time. 

The plantations with manor houses sold at 
this time were recorded in the deeds as Messuage 
Plantations, or plantations having a manor 
house. As early ,as 1636, says the historian 
Fiske, Lord Baltimore issued instructions that 
every grant or owner of 2,000 acres should be 
erected into a manor. The manor, was the 
land on which the lord and his tenants lived. 
These manors were scattered all over tide- water 
Maryland. In 1767, 27 manors in Maryland 
were sold, embracing 100,000 acres. Many of 
the manor houses were built of brick brought 
from England but few have withstood the 
ravages of time. The brick house built by 
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Bohemia Manor was destroyed by fire, with its 
contents, including some valuable paintings. 

Hispaniola, the plantation devised by Samuel 
to Martin Alexander is described as a Messuage 
Plantation, that is, with a manor house. • The 
deed to Hispaniola also mentions the hawking, 
fowling, fishing and hunting privileges, with all 
edifices, tenant houses, improvements, heredi- 
taments, orchards, meadows, ways, waters, 
water courses, rents, issues, rights, reversions, 
forests, etc. 

Martin Alexander married Susannah Foster, 
daughter of James Foster, who owned a 
plantation called Jones Green Springs, which 
adjoined Knowlwood, a large plantation ex- 
changed many times among the Alexanders — 
Martin and his sons. Susannah, wife of Martin 
was a niece of the Prices and Bouldins, whose 
plantations adjoined Martin Alexander's and 
many of whose descendants are still living in 
Cecil County on these same lands. 




In the name of God, Amen. This 12th day of April 
1740, I, James Foster, being sick and weak of body, 
though in perfect mind and memory, and calling to 


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mind that it is appointed for all men once to die, do 
make and appoint this to be my last will and testament : 

First I recommend my soul mito the hands of Al- 
mighty God, who gave it, and next I commit my body 
to the earth, from whence it was taken, to be buried 
according to the discretion of my executrix; and as for 
such worldly goods as God hath been pleased to endow 
me with, I dispose of in manner and form following: 

And first I will that all my just debts be paid, I do 
also appoint my beloved wife Elizabeth to be sole ex- 
ecutrix of this my last will and testament. 

I give unto my wife this plantation that is to say 
the use and profits thereof until my son James shall 
arrive at the age of twenty-one years and then to him, 
his heirs and assigns forever. 

2nd. I give and bequeath unto my daughtter Mary 
five shillings. 

3rdly. I give unto my two daughters Susannah and 
Rebeccah their equal portion according to law. That 
is in consideration that my wife do keep and educate 
my children that I do allow her the use of plan- 

In testimony whereof I do hereunto set my hand and 
seal the day and year first above written. 

James Foster 
In the presence of us 

Thos. Cowan. 
Martin Alexander. 
James Price. 
Cecil County, May 10, 1740. 

Jas. Price and Martin Alexander, two of the fore- 
going will, being duly and solemnly sworn on the Holy 
Evangels of Almighty God deposed and say that they 


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saw the Testator, Jas. Foster, sign the foregoing will 
and heard him publish and declare the same to l?e his 
last will and testament, and that the time of his so 
doing he was to the best of their appr,ehension of sound 
and disposing mind and memory, and that they and 
Thos. Cowan, the other witnesses subscribed their re- 
spective names as witnesses to the said will in the 
presence of the testator and at his request. 

Sworn before John Thompson. 
Examined by David Smith, Reg. 




In the name of God, Amen. This 5th day of March, 
1750, I, Martin Alexander, being in perfect mind and 
memory, do make and appoint this to be my last will 
and testament. I do appoint my beloved wife, Sus- 
annah, to be sole executrix of this last will and testa- 
ment. I will that all my just debts be paid. 

I give and bequeath unto my son, David, the one- 
half of the plantation where I now dwell during his 
mother's life, but not allowing him to sell or rent it 
during her life, and after her death the whole to him, 
his heirs and assigns forever, provided that he pay or 
secure unto my son, Amos, twenty pounds when he 
shall arrive at the age of twenty-one years. 

I give and bequeath unto my son, Moses, that land 
that lies in New Castle County, provided that he secure 
unto my son, Aaron, fifteen pounds when he shall ar- 
rive at the age of twenty-one years. 

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purchased of Thomas Stratton, to him, his heirs and 
assigns forever, provided that he secure unto my son, 
Amos, the sum of fifteen pounds when he shall arrive 
at the age of twenty-one years. 

I do further will, that if any of my above named 
sons, David, Moses, or Eli, shall refuse to pay the above 
named legacies, that any of my other three sons, James 
Aaron, or Amos, so refused, shall come in for one-half 
of the land left to him that so refused him his legacy to 

I do further will, if any of my three eldest sons shall 
die issueless and intestate and without assigiiors that 
James shall succeed David, Aaron shall succeed Moses, 
and Amos shall succeed Eli in the above said lands. 

I give and bequeath to my daughter, Rebecca, the 
feather bed called her bed, together with a coverlit 
and blanket, bolster and pillows, and four ewes and 

I give and bequeath unto my daughter, Sarah, the 
bed called David's bed, with a blanket, coverlit, 
bolster and pillows within these three years or sooner 
if her mother pleases. I 

I give and bequeath each of my sons, David, Moses, 
Eli, James, Aaron, Amos, and Josiah, one shilling a 
piece of my personel estate. 

I give and bequeath to my abovesaid wife all the 
residue of my personal estate provided that upon her 
second marriage, she give security to the court or 
commissary, to pay to my son, Josiah, thirty pounds 
when he shall come of age, or, if she refuses to give 
s-ich security, to pay him half what two honest men 
shall value the said residue to be worth, after my 
decease, to keep my son, Josiah, from being defrauded 


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by her then husband, and I do further will that the 
values of such residues annexed to this will, and 
forthwith put upon record, but no administration be- 
cause she will have neither debts nor legacies to pay 
or answer till she marry again. 

I will that in case my son, David's child or children 
should die under age, that my son, James, should still 
have this plantation. 

I will that not above six acres of this plantation be 
cleared during my wife's life. 

In witness whereof, I have set my hand and seal 
hereunto this 10th day of March, 1750. Signed, 
sealed, pronounced, and delivered in the presence of 
us. Before singing and sealing, I give and bequeath 
unto my sister, Mary Lowry, all that part of a tract of 
land called Alexandria which my father received to 
himself, during her life, and afterwards to her six 
daughters, to them, their heirs, and assigns forever. 

Martin Alexander. 
John Crozier, Richard Bouldin, Mary A. Cooign, 
Andrew Alexander. 

We, the undernamed persons, have valued the per- 
sonel estate of the within Martin Alexander, deceased, 
as the will directs and upon the same we find the amount 
of the whole to be 117 pounds, 10 shillings, 6 pence. 

Given under our hands and seals this day of August, 
1751. Present — Moses Alexander. 

Thomas Nash 
James Bouldin 
Cecil County, August l-16th, 1751. 

Andrew Alexander, John Crozier, and Richard 
Bouldin, three of the subscribers* witnesses to the 
foregoing will, being duly and solemnly sworn the 


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Holy Evangels of Almighty God depose and say that 
they saw the Testator, Martin Alexander, sign the 
within will, and heard him publish* and declare the 
same to be his last will and testament, and at the time 
of so doing, he was to the best of their belief and appre- 
hension, of sound disposing mind and memory, and 
that they subscribed their respective names as wit- 
nesses to the said will in the presence of the said Tes- 
tator, and at his request which oath was taken by 
the said witnesses in the prsence of David Alexander, 
heir at law, which said David Alexander did not 
object to the Probate of the said will of demise. 

M. Carle, Deputy Com. of ye, Cecil County. 

Examined by David Smith, Registrar. 
Book of Wills, No. 2, Page 106. 

Elkton, Cecil County, Maryland. 

Sarah Alexander, daughter of Samuel and 
Mary Alexander, no record, bom 1690. 

Samuel, Jimior, son of Samuel and Mary 
Alexander, removed with his father to Cecil 
County in 1723, purchased land near his father. 
No record of his descendants. 

Mary, daughter of Samuel and Mary Alex- 
ander, bom 1693, married Thomas Craig of 
Bohemia Manor, Upon his death she married a 
Mr. Lowry. She left numerous descendants — 
both Craigs, and Lowrys. 

Andrew Alexander, son of Samuel and Mary 
Alexander, was an attorney at law and largely 
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The purchase of Warwick and Triangle from 
John Holtham by Andrew Alexander for twenty 
pounds and five hundred pounds of tobacco, is 
recorded at Elkton, Cecil County. 

The sale of a portion of BuUen's Range, 
granted Andrew Alexander by his Lordship the 
Lord Proprietor in 1740 to Robert Patton is 
recorded at Elkton. Francis Key, Clerk. 

Francis Key was the father of the Francis 
Key, author of the "Star Spangled Banner." 

John McKnitt sold to Andrew Alexandew 
June 14th, 1745, a tract of land called Glasgow, 
patented to John McKnitt's grandfather, this 
being the boundary of a tract of land called 
Hispaniola, belonging" to Samuel Alexander. 

Andrew*s Chance was another tract of 
land bought by Andrew. Andrew's wife, Jean, 
was probably a daughter of John McKnitt. 

Andrew and Isaac Alexander, his son, sold to 
George Ford, Boulden's Rest, on Bohemia Back 

Hispaniola was at the head of Long Creek 
Bohemia. In a deed to John McKnitt of a por- 
tion of Hispaniola, by Samuel Alexander, the 
present improvements of Samuel Alexander are 
left out, but include the said John McKnitt's 

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was granted to Andrew Alexander, given by 
him to Isaac, his son, and Thomas Boulden. 

Francis Alexander, Son of Samuel and Mary 
Alexander, was born at Pocomoke, Somerset 
County, Maryland, March, 1693. In the his- 
torical sketches of Maryland, he is mentioned as 
buying lands called Sligo and Alexandria, with 
his father Samuel, and brother Andrew in the 
southern part of Cecil County, Maryland. 

Alexjandria, surveyed for Samuel Alexander 
in 1720, was patented to Martin and Francis 
Alexander, 1732. 

Alexander's Lot, surveyed for Mark Alex- 
ander in October, 1769, was patented to him 
7th of March, 1769. 

Mark Alexander was the son of Francis Alex- 

Frequent mention is made of Francis in the 
purchase and sale of lands in the Cecil County 
records, as follows: 

Francis Alexander of Pennhaden Hundred, County 
of Newcastle, Delaware, planter, bought of Thomas 
Ogle a tract of land called Francina, willed by Augus- 
tine Herman to his daughter, Francine, part of the 
plantation called, Three Bohemia Sisters, for 1,000 

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anders, as it occurs frequently in different gener- 
ations and is still used at the present time. I 
have made mention of this before. 

A will of Francis Alexander is recorded in the 
Newcastle Cotmty records in 1717. He leaves 
to his wife, Mary Steele, and sons Joseph and 
John, and Francis, 316 acres and other lands. 
The witnesses were Samuel Alexander, M. 
Wright and James Miller. 

The name Francis Alexander also occurs fre- 
quently in depositions of the boundaries of these 
various lands as well as many other names well 
known in the history of the "Eastern Shore" in 
colonial times. The Brevards, Van Bibbers, 
Caldwells, or Colwells, Bayards, Craigs, Prices, 
Bouldens, Bouchelles, Hermans and many others 
The depositions in themselves are interesting 
and unique. I reproduce several. 

Francis Alexander, aged 62 or thereabouts, deposed 
that 36 or 37 years ago he was about purchasing from 
his uncle, Francis Alexander, a part of a tract of land 
called Alexandria and Sligo. That his uncle took him 
to a black oak tree and from thence along a line, now 
in possession of Thomas Brevard, until he came to the 
plantation owned by James Foster, called Jones Green 
Springs, to a line that divided his land from Thomas 
Craig until it came to the original line near Purgatory 
Swamp, the land was purchased by Samuel Adair from 
his uncle, Francis. Signed, Francis Alexander. 


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Richard Bouldin Ford, Richard Bouldin, Eli Alex- 
ander, Jeremiah Taylor, and Thos^ Richardson ask 
for the boundaries of Knowlwood, containing 1,000 
acres, etc. 

Caleb Alexander, aged 35, said about 14 years ago> 
I bought Knowlwood from John Hall. It lies bfetw^en 
Richard Bouldin's land and Benj. Pierce's land and 
begins on the east side of Elk River at the naouth of 
Shallops Cave on a line with Vulcan's Rest. 

Thomas Caldwell, gentleman of Fairfax Co., Colony 
of Virginia^ bought 200 acres called Knowlwood for 
the sum of 200 poimds from Henry Pearcc 1730. This 
land was on the east side of Elk River and was part 
of Knowlwood bought by Caleb Alexander from John 

Thomas Brevard, aged 53, Benjamin Brevard, 46, 
and Orville Biddle aged 45 deposed that for 30 odd 
years there was a lane between Francis Alexander's 
and Robert Lowry's land at the "head of Elk." 

Deposition of Alexander Scott, aged 49, said, 25 
3^ars ago he was informed by Andrew Alexander that 
Blankenstine's Park, which he had purchased from 
Jacob Van Bibber, began at the head of Elk River in 
Bohemia and ran on down to Chop tank road 1760. 

Harmon's Creek commenced at Half Pone. 

Josiah Alexander aged 20 years, said, *• I came along 
with father, Eli Alexander and Robert Armstrong, 
surveyor of Knowlwood, and that Knowlwood began 
at Col. Col well's land on the east side of Elk. 

In 1734 sale of lands from Richard Bouldin, to 
Alexander Bouldin, deeds signed by Martin and Paul 
Alexander and Thomas Bouldin. 

Wm Price, uncle to Martin Alexander's, wife Susan- 
nah, wills her part of Three Bohemia Sisters. 


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Orphans Craig's lands, and plantations in court pro- 
ceedings. Andrew Wallace and Richard Bouldin guar- 
dians. Children of Mary Alexander Craig, who after- 
ward married Lowry, 

William Foster, father of James Foster, father of 
Susannah, Martin Alexander's wife. 

Mark Alexander, son of Francis Alexander, 
is well known in the history of the Revolution. 
He was one of the wealthiest merchants of Balti- 
more at this time. He built the first large ware 
houses, and erected extensive buildings in 175(> 
on Calvert and Baltimore Sts. and a handsome 
residence on the southwest corner of Charles and 
Saratoga Streets. A large sum of money was 
raised by the merchants of Baltimore to reduce 
the price of salt, Mark Alexander giving 2,000 
pounds and four hogsheads of tobacco. 

Between 1756 and 1762 a tax was placed on 
all bachelors twenty-five years old and over. 
Mark Alexander was one of the victims. He 
was at one time Lord Baltimore's agent. 

This Historic Tree near Baltimore is well 
known in connection with Mark Alexander. 

A gigantic chestnut tree, with a girth of about 
twenty-five feet, and under whose branches 
in 1777 Washington and Lafayette held a coun- 
cil of war, and ate their meals, while camping on 
the place, when the American army was march- 


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ing from Baltimore to Philadelphia! is one of the 
many objects of interest shown to visitors on 
the McCormick farm, near Baltimore. This is 
not a tradition, but a well authenticated fact, 
as is abundantly attested by the archives of the 
McCormick family. 

The first owner of the old Manor was George 
Councilman, who obtained possession of the 
farm through a grant from Lord Baltimore. The 
grant is in possession of Mr. McCormick, who 
prizes it as a precious heirloom. Mr. McCormick 
became a member of the Councilman family by 
marriage with Miss Martha Councilman, daugh- 
ter of George Councilman, who recently died at 
the advanced age of ninety-six years. The 
grant is beautifully engrossed on parchment and 
is well preserved and perfectly legible. The 
place was named Mark Alexander's Range, in 
honor of Mark Alexander, Lord Baltimore's 
agent at that time. It is situated on the old 
Blue Ball road, a short distance east of Pokomy's 
Four mile house, on the Belair road. 

Mark Alexander owned portions of the various 
tracts of land and plantations that remained in 
the Alexander family for nearly a hundred years. 

Martin Alexander's children were David, Eli, 
Moses, Amos, Aaron, James, Josiah, Rebecca, 
and Sarah. No records remain of any save 


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David, Eli, and the descendants of Jamesf. 
They no doubt took part in the great struggle 
for freedom, but this can never be known as 
the records of Cecil County of this period were 
taken by the British and destroyed. It was 
religious liberty that lured the Scotch and 
Scotch-Irish colonists to America and it is 
not doubted that they would take up arms in 
defence of their homes. 

It is of David, the oldest son of Martin and 
the heir-at-law that we have to do. The date of 
his birth is not positively known but must have 
been about . 1724. During the revolutionary 
struggle the Marylanders bore a highly distin- 
guished part, the Maryland line participating 
in almost every battle of the war. 

While it is possible David's age might have 
prevented any active service, as he was between 
fifty and sixty years old, there is no doubt he 
gave much aid to the patriots' cause. In a per- 
sonal letter from General Alexander Evans, a 
descendant of the Alexander's, he writes : **There 
were some patriots in the struggle fifty years 
old, but very few." 

David's age is computed from the birth of 
his father, Martin, in 1687, and the time of his 
father's death, in 1750, David is mentioned as 
being married, with a child or children. Esti- 


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In the gowns worn by their grandmother, Mrs. William R. Alexander, 
Period of 1835. Page 75 


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mating his age at twenty-five or twenty-six at 
this period he would have been over fifty at the 
time of the Revolution. 

David as the Heir-at-law inherited the prin- 
cipal plantations owned by his father, Martin. 
From deeds on record we find he was twice mar- 
ried — the first wife named Susannah, as the 
following deed shows. Her family name is not 
known. The deed is copied from book 9, page 
23, Cecil County records at Elkton. I will 
omit the voluminous descriptions and location 
of lands. It is part of one of the plantations 
that changed hands so frequently but always 
remained among the Alexanders. The deed is 
from Isaac Alexander, a son of Andrew, the latter 
David's uncle, to David and Susannah Alexander, 
his wife, of Cecil County, for part of Hispaniola 
and Bullen's Range, dated the 10th day of June, 
1758. It was transferred to Andrew's son Isaac 
in 1756. It is described as a "messuage planta- 
tion" with a Manor House, and included all "edi- 
fices, improvements, meadows, orchards, water 
courses, rents, issues, rights, reversions, hunting 
fishing and fowling privileges." Acknowledged 
before George Catto and John Mackey, com- 
missioners. "Received from David Alexander 
and Susannah, his wife, the sum of five shillings 
sterling money of Great Britain on account of 


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fine due the Lord prorpietor on the alienatioii 
of these lands/' Frances Key, Clerk. 

At this period Frederick Calvert, the sixth 
Lord Baltimore was the Lord proprietor of 
Maryland and it was to him the sum of five 
shillings was paid upon the sale of lands. This 
was some of the same land patented to Samuel 
Alexander, David's grandfather, in 1723 by 
Charles Calvert, the fifth Lord Baltimore. 

Another sale of lands to David patented to 
Samuel Alexander in 1723, occurs in 1769, as an 
excerpt from this deed. Book 11, page 462, 
Cecil County records show, as follows : 

** Indenture 23d of October, in the year of our Lord 
1769, between Joseph Alexander, of Augusta Co., 
Colony of Virginia, and David Alexander of Cecil Co., 
province of Maryland, two tracts of land called Sligo^ 
and Alexandria in the province of Maryland. Joseph 
Alexander personally appeared before us, the sub- 
scribers, two of his Lordship's justices of the peace of 
said county and acknowledged the within written 
indenture to be his deed. 

John Leach Knight. 
Joseph Gilpin. 


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The fever of migration that started in Vir- 
ginia as early as 1750 began to show itself along 
the eastern shore of Maryland. Numerous settle- 
ments were made in the Carolinas during the 
years that followed . Cotton planting was rapidly 
becoming a large industry which the introducr 
tion of slave labor made possible. 

The beautfiul valleys of the Catawba in Mech-^ 
lenberg County, North Carolina, the broad fields, 
the lush grasses, the virgin forests filled with 
game, the clear streams teeming with fish, new 
homes to carve out in the wilderness, beckoned 
the Alexanders from the Manor Homes where 
they had grown and flourished in wealth and 
numbers for a century. In 1779 we find David 
Alexander disposing of the various plantations 
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others. A deed to Richard Boulding Ford is on 
record at Elkton as follows, but not in detail: 

"This indenture, made on the 25th day of Sept. in 
the year of our Lord, 1779, between David Alexander, 
of Cecil Co., the state of Maryland, of one part and 
Richard Bouldin Ford, of Cecil Co., of the other part; 
witness, that the said David Alexander, for and in con- 
sideration of the sum of four thousand and twenty 
pounds, to him in hand paid and secured, to be paid by 
the said David Alexander doth hereby acknowledge 
and assign to him and his heirs forever, all that tract 
or parcel of lands and plantations lying and being in 
Back Creek Hundred, Cecil Co., belonging to David 
Alexander enumerated as follows: 

Alexandria, Sligo, Bullen's Range, Hispaniola, 
Knowlwood and Alexander's Lot. These lands, 
beginning at the corner of Widow Adair's lands and 
running thence to a corner stone, on a branch of 
Silver Run, then north to Benj. Brevard's land, and 
thence south to a cornerstone of Jeremiah Taylor's 
land, to the middle of the great road leading from the 
head of Elk, to Long Creek Mill, then from the said 
road, south to a corner stone, standing on the east side 
of the said road, northwest of the gate, standing be- 
tween two walnut trees, which now leads from the 
said road to the home of the said David Alexander. 
All these lands with all rights-, appurtenances, heredi- 
taments, premises, rents, issues, and profits, from these 
estates. All buildings, all orchards, all hunting, 
fowling, and fishing privileges, every part and parcel, 
belonging or apertaining to every estate and estates of 
rights, titles, claims, and demands whatsoever, all 


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deeds, charters, patents, writings, whatsoever con- 
cerning the said lands, estates, tenements, heredita- 
ments, and premises, I do grant and sell and assign to 
Richard Bouldin Ford, his heirs and assigns forever. 
In witness whereof I do set my hand and seal on the 
day and year written. 

Dax-id Alexander. Seal 
Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of 
Thos. Bouldin. 
A. Glenn. 
Received the day of the date written of the within 
named Richard Bouldin Ford, the sum of four thousand 
and twenty-three pounds. David Alexander. 

"Cecil Co., Be it remembered that Da\4d Alexander 
came before us two justices of the peace and acknowl- 
edged the within deeds to be his acts, also came before 
us Elizabeth, his wife, and being privately out of the 
hearing of her said husband, declared that she freely 
consented to the deeds of her husband to the estates 
sold to Richard, Bouldin Ford and that she acknowl- 
edged this willingly and freely without any fear of 
threats of ill usage by the said husband. 

Thos. Bouldin, 

Sam'l Glenn. 

••Know all men by these presents that whereas there 
is a parcel of land conveyed from the above David 
Alexander unto the above named Richard Bouldin 
Ford, that was lawfully the property of Elizabeth, his 
wife, I do bind myself in the sum of five hundred 
pounds should any claim arise from her. Otherwise 
the present obligation to be void and of no effect." 

David Alexander. 


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Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of 
Andrew Crow Gilmer, Jr., and Jeremiah Taylor. 
Recorded the 27th day of Sept. 1779. 

Another deed from David to his brother Eli 
was made on the same date of parts of the same 
plantations as follows, not copied in detail 
from records: 

This indenture, made the 25th of Sept. 1779, be- 
tween David Alexander of Cecil Co., in the province 
of Maryland, of the one part, and Eli Alexander, his 
brother, of the other part, witnesseth that the said 
David Alexander in consideration of the sum of fifteen 
hundred pounds, to him in hand paid by the aforesaid . 
Eli Alexander, doth assign and sell all that portion of 
land situated on Back Creek, to-wit Hispaniola, Alex- 
andria, BuUens Range, Alexander's Lot, etc., that 
may be left without description, and not conveyed to 
Richard Bouldin Ford, to his heirs and assigns forever. 

David Alexander. 
Thomas Bouldin. 
Sam'l Glenn. 
Indenture of the within named Eli Alexander, the 
sum of fifteen hundred pounds paid by him to me. 

David Alexander. 

Eli Alexander married a daughter of Richard 
Bouldin Ford, named Tamizon. Her mother, 
a daughter of Richard Bouldin, was also named 
Ta-niizon, an old English name derived from 
Tho nas. 


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Eli Alexander remained in Maryland on these 
feame plantations until his death in 1785. Many 
references are found in the Cecil County records 
of him and several of his numerous family, es- 
pecially Richard Ford Alexander and Josiah.. 

In 1784 Josiah Alexander, aged twenty years, 
deposed as to the boundaries of Knowlwood 
which contained one thousand acres. He said: 

"I came along with father, Eli Alexander, and 
Robert Armstrong, the surveyor.*' The bound- 
aries follow, but the description would be of 
no interests 

In 1793 Richard Ford Alexander, Gentleman 
of Newcastle County, Delaware, sold to Richard 
Harding, Gentleman of Elkton, Cecil County, 
a part of Hispaniola, and Bullen's Range, in* 
herited from his father, Eli Alexander, for 175 

Harmon, son of Eli, sold to RichaM BoUldiii 
in 1791, part of Knowlwood, inherited from his 
father, who bought it from his brother, David 
in 1779; 

In 1799 Harmon Alexander, son of Eli, re- 
moved to Casho County, South Carolina. 

Harmon is a family name and is still retained 
at the present time. It came from Augustine 
Herman (pronounced Harmon) the Lord of 
Bohemia Manor, and which adjoined Hispaniola, 
K*^cv/!TV3od. etc. 


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A grandson, a great grandson and a Great 
great grandson of David Alexander were named 
Harmon, the latter a brother of the writer. 

The following is the will of Eli Alexander, 
recorded at Elkton, Cecil County: 

"I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Tamyzon, 
all my lands and improvements, one- third of personal 
estate. To Josiah, myson, that tract of land formerly 
called Bullen's Range. I give and bequeath to my 
son, Harmon Alexander, all the land I bought of Caleb 
Alexander, which is part of Knowlwood, together with 
four acres that is reserved off of Richard Ford Alex- 
ander's tract. I give and bequeath to Richard Ford 
Alexander all my land at the Home place. Josiah 
shall pay the sum of fifty pounds to my son, Lewis. 
Richard Ford should pay unto my sons Eli and Jere- 
miah, the sum of fifty pounds and that my son Harmon 
should pay fifty pounds to my son Hezekiah. I give 
and bequeath to Araminta, Susannah, Lydia and 
Kephia, all my movable property and land which I 
had at Elk, and appoint Benjamin Brevard and Hez 
kiah Ford, executors." 

Year 1785. Eli Alexander. 

The first purchase of land in North Carolina 
by David Alexander is recorded as follows in 
both the records at Elkton, Cecil County, 
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This land was purchased in July, 1779, while 
the sale of David's possessions in Cecil County, 
Maryland was not made until September 25, 

This indenture, July sessions in the year of onr Lord, 
1779, between James Alexander of the one part of Cecil 
Co., of the province of Maryland and David Alexander, 
of the same province of the other part witnesseth that 
the said' James Alexander in consideration of the sum 
of five hundred pounds to him in hand paid, do sell to 
him and his heirs forever, a parcel of land situated in 
Mechlenberg Co., province of North Carolina, begin- 
ning at Robert Brevard's Comer, running thence to a 
hickory, and on to Osborne's line, this being part of 
a tract of land granted to James Alexander, Oct. 1756. 
This land containing 226 acres, all houses, buildings, 
orchards, waters, water courses, mines, minerals, 
commodities, hereditaments to the same belonging, 
with all tenements, to have and to hold to the said 
David Alexander, his heirs and assigns forever. In 
witness whereof I do set my hand and seal 

James Alexander, 
Province of Maryland. 

Be it remembered that on the 19th day of June, 
James Alexander acknowledged the above indenture 
and also his wife Rachel Alexander acknowledged 
this deed of writing to have been done with her con- 
sent. Solomon Glenn. 

Another tract of land of four hundred acres 
was bought on the east side of the Catawba 
November 15, 1779. 


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Numerous other deeds to lands bought by 
David are found in the records of Mechlenberg 
County, at Charlotte. 

It was perhaps the spring of 1783 when David 
Alexander with his large family left the fair 
"Eastern Shore" of Marlyand to found a new 
home in Mechlenberg County, North Carolina. 

The names of David's children were, Ephriam, 
Isaac, Mary, Fannie, Sarah, Thomas, Joel, and 
David — ^all born in Cecil County, Maryland. 
David was the youngest, bom on Christmas day, 
1772. David, Hke Harmon is a family name, 
and has descended in the family in an unbroken 
line for five generations. David Alexander, an 
infant and grandson of William Harmon Alex- 
ander now bearing the name. It is possible 
that David's oldest sons, Ephraim and Isaac 
took part in the struggle for freedom, as they 
were old enough to bear arms and no mention 
is made of them until 1794, when we find them 
buying lands from their father. 

David was twice married as will be found 
by referring to deeds. Some signed by Sus- 
annah in 1756. Who were her ancestors we 
have not been able to discover, but she was, 
no doubt, of good lineage, as were all these old 
colonial families on the "Eastern Shore" of Mary- 
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ardsons, Thompsons, Ashtons, Craigs, Van 
Bibbers, Veazies, etc., who lived in the neighbor- 
hood of Bohemia Manor. 

David's second wife, Elizabeth, was no doubt, 
a Caldwell, or Colwell, as it was spelled in Mary- 

In genealogical research it is sometimes diffi- 
cult to discover maternal ancestry, and some 
things, must be left to conjecture and probabil- 
ities. In this case so many things point to this 
conclusion that it is almost a certainty . In the 
first place the family of Caldwells were numerous 
in Virginia and Maryland and Thomas Calwell, 
a Lord chief justice lived on an adjacent planta- 
tion to David Alexander, the latter purchasing 
lands from him in 1769, three years before the 
birth of David, Junior. A munber of Caldwells 
removed to Mechlenberg the same year of 
David*s removal. Last but not least, of the 
Caldwell probabilities, David Alexander, Jr., 
the youngest son and possibly the only child 
of Elizabeth, married his first cousin, Ann Cald- 
well, for which act he was disinherited by his 
father, as the strict Scotch Presbyterians were 
opposed to marriages of such close consan- 
guinity. Ann Caldwell was no doubt a daugh- 
ter of Elizabeth's brother who removed to North 
Carolina) as we have no record of either of David's 


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two sisters marrying a Caldwell or going to 
North Carolina. One of them probably married 
Jeremiah Taylor, to whom David released part 
of Sligo and Alexandria for five shillings. 


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Not until 1794 do we find any further records, 
when the following and numerous other deeds 
are recorded at Charlotte. N. C. 

This indenture made the 15th day of our Lord, 1794, 
between David Alexander, Senior, and Elizabeth, his 
wife, in the State of North Carolina, Mechlenburg Co., 
on the one hand and Isaac Alexander of the other part, 
witnesseth whereas George Cathey did make entry of 
land on the east side of the Catawba River in the year 
1749, in all four hundred acres and the aforesaid Geo. 
Cathey conveyed the same to John Tool, July 10th, 
1758, and the said John Tool for a valuable considera* 
tion did convey the same to David Alexander, Sen. and 
his wife, Elizabeth, Nov. 15, 1779, as doth fully appear 
Now for the sum of two hundred pounds in hand did 
convey the full quantity of 90 acres to David Alexander, 
Junior, June 16th, 1794. Now the aforesaid David 
Alexander, Sen., and his wife, Elizabeth, for a com- 
sideration and the sum of nine hundred pounds do 
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title to the following described land, beginning at a stake 
or post on the east side of the Catawba River, continuing 
to a hickory and a red oak, on the river bank, then down 
the several courses of the river to the place of beginning, 
containing 306 acres. All the above parcel of land the 
said David Alexander, Sen. and hiswife Eliza beth do 
bargain, grant and sell to the said Isaac Alexander in 
consideration of the sum of nine hundred pounds, the 
receipt of which they hereby acknowledge and also 
absolutely sell all right and title to the said Isaac Alex- 
ander, his heirs and assigns forever, to the said piece 
of property lying in the county of Mechlenburg in the 
State of North Carolina as aforesaid to have and to 
hold together with all buildings and appurtenances 
belonging thereto lying within the limits of said land 
and subject to such interest as shall become due to 
the chief Lord of Lords of the I. C. C. In witness 
whereof we do affix our hand and seal. 


Mechlenburg Co., July Sessions 1794. 

The marriage of David Alexander to his cousin 
Ann Caldwell against his father's wishes and no 
prospect of reconciliation with the stem doc- 
trinal Presbyterian, induced the migration of 
David and such belongings as he could collect 
together to the blue grass regions of Kentucky. 
While disinherited by his father and only 22 he 
must have accumuated some worldly posses- 
sions as deeds to the sale of lands are recorded 
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The bills of sale of these negroes are interesting 
as giving the price and manner of purchase. 
Four were bought from his brother Thomas as 
shown in the following bill of sale. 

Know all men by these presents that I, Thomas 
Alexander of the State of North Carolina, and County 
of Mechlenburg, do bargain, sell aud deliver unto David 
Alexander four Negroes to wit, Beck, Isaac, Jacob and 
Amos, for and in the consideration and sum of one 
hundred and fifteen pounds together with services 
done, in hand paid, for which property I do warrant 
from all men or manner of persons having 
claims thereto. Given from under my hand this 2nd 
day of June, 1794. 

Thomas Alexander, (seal) 
A. Cathey. Mechlenburg County, 

July Sessions 1974. 
Then was the Execution of the above Bill of Sale 
proven in Open Court by A. Cathey and evidence and 
I admitted to word . Isaac Alexander, M. C 

These negroes accmpanied David over the 
mountains and through the forests that were 
filled with wild animals, camping once at night, 
where the remains of a massacre of emigrants 
by Indians were discovered in the morning. 
It was a long and dangerous journey for this 
courageous young man to make with his young 
wife. A graphic description of a journey 
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1794 is given in Winston Churchill's novel, 
The "Crossing." The perilous passes, the narrow 
trail over the Cumberland Mountains and 
through the gap that led into the promised 
land are vividly depicted. 1793 and 1794 
marked the period when the great tide of emig- 
ration flowed from Virginia and the Carolinas 
into the new state, Kentucky, admitted to the 
Union in 1792. 

The following is a copy of a deed to sale of 
land by David Alexander before his removal 
to Kentucky: 

This indenture made the 23d of Oct., 1794, between 
David Alexander and Ann, his wife, of Mechlenburg 
Co., North Carolina, of the one part and Ephraim Alex- 
ander of the same place, said tract of land entered in 
1749 by Geo. Cathy, sold to John Tool, by him to 
David Alexander Senior and his wife, Elizabeth, did 
sell 90 acres to David Alexander, Junior, and his wife, 
Ann for the sum of two hundred and twenty-one 
pounds, did grant, bargain and sell to Ephraim Alex- 
ander all right and title to the tract of land beginning 
at a red oak on the east side of the Catawba river run- 
ning to a hickory tree and thence on the general courses 
of the river to the beginning containing 96 acres with 
the allowance of six per cent for highways and roads 
Signed, sealed and acknowledged. 




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The following are bills of sale for negroes 
bought by David Alexander in Kentucky, many 
of their descendants remaining in the family until 
the close of the civil war. The Alexander 
negroes were the aristocracy of the "Blue Grass," 
in Woodford County, and only mingled with the 
upper crust of colored "sassiety." The little 
pickaninnies dressed in long white skirts and 
robes, were brought in by the proud mothers 
to be admired by each newcomer who came to 
this hospitable home. 

Know all by these presents that I, Moses Bledsoe of 
the County of Montgomery and State of Kentucky, 
have bargained and sold unto David Alexander of the 
County and State aforesaid, one negro woman, name 
Betty, and her negro girl child, name Pat, for the con- 
sideration of One hundred and ten pounds in hand paid, 
the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, and do 
by these presents I warrant and forever defend the 
rights of the aforesaid Negroes and their increase to 
the said Alexander, his heirs and assigns forever in 
Testimony whereby I have hereunto set my hand and 
seal this sixth Day of Oct., 1807. Signed, sealed and 
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•' Know all men by these presents that I, Robert B. 
Crooks for and in consideration of the sum of three 
hundred and fifty dollars to me in hand paid the re- 
ceipt, whereas hereby acknowledged, have bargained, 
sold and delivered to David Alexander a Mulatto 
girl, named Nance, which said girl with her future in- 
crease I do warrant as a slave for life to the said Alex- 
ander, his heirs and against the claims of all persons 
whosoever in witness whereof I do hereunto set my 
hand and affix my seal this twenty-fifth day of October, 
one thousand eight hundred and eight. 


"Know all men by these presents that I, Frederick 
Murchley of Edwards County, Illinois Territory, have 
this day granted, bargained and sold and delivered unto 
David Alexander of Montgomery County, and State 
of Kentucky, a negro man named Tom, age thirty-eight 
years, and a negro woman named Fanny, aged thirty 
years, for the consideration of seven hundred dollars in 
hand paid, the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, 
which negroes I warrant to be sound and healthy. 
And further, I do by these presents warrant and for- 
ever defend the rights of the aforesaid negroes to the 
said David Alexander, his heirs, etc. in testimony 
whereof I have hereto set my hand and seal this 
twenty-eighth day of January, One thousand eight 
hundred and seventeen. Signed, sealed and delivered 
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David Alexander died in 1796. His will is 
Recorded in the book of wills at Charlotte, Mech- 
lenburg Co., North Carolina, as follows; 

••In the name of God, Amen. This the 31st day of 
May in the year of our Lord, 1796, I, David Alexander, 
of the County of Mechlenburg, in the State of North 
Carolina, being sick and weak in body, but of a perfect 
sound mind and memory, thanks to God, and calling to 
mind the mortality of the body and that it is appointed 
of all men to die, do make this my last will and Testa- 

First of all, recommending my soul unto the hands 
of God who gave it and my body to the earth to be 
buried in a decent Christian Burial at the discretion 
of my Executors hereafter named, nothing doubting 
but to receive the same again at the general Resurrec- 
tion by the mighty hand of God, hoping through the 
merits, death, and passion of my Lord and Savior, 


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Jesus Christ, to receive a full and free pardon of all 
my sins and to inherit everlasting life, and as touch- 
ing such worldly state as it hath pleased God to bless 
me with in this life, I give, demise, bequeath, and 
dispose of in the following manner and form, viz: 

First of all, I will that all those debts and duties that 
I owe to any person or persons be first paid and satisfied 
by my Executors hereafter named. 

Item — I give and bequeath to my loving wife, Eliza- 
beth, mp dwelling house, one bed and furniture thereto 
belonging, with the tables and furniture thereto be- 
longing, including pots and all vessels of cooking, one 
horse to the value of twenty-five pounds, with a saddle 
and bridle to be levied out of my estate, one Negro 
woman named Rachel, her maintenance in my house 
during her widowhood, and all above mentioned to be 
at her own disposal except the House to her, her heirs, 
and assigns forever. 

Istem — I give and bequeath to my son, Joel, twenty 
s'lillings current money to be levied out of my estate 
to him and his heirs forever. 

Item — I give and bequeath to my son, Thomas, 20 
shillings current money to be Iveied out of my estate 
to him and his heirs forever. 

Item — I give and bequeath to my son, David, twenty 
shillings current money to be levied out of my estate 
to him and his heirs forever. 

Item — I give and bequeath to my sons, Isaac and 
Ephraim, all my plantation implements to be equally 
divided between them, and it is my will that the said 
two sons, Isaac and Ephraim, shall maintain their 
mother in a, plentiful decent manner during her 
widowhood as above mentioned. 


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Item — I give and bequeath to my daughter, Mary, 
one Negro boy named George, with one bed and furni- 
ture, with a saddle and bridle, with one cow and calf, 
with a two-year old mare, to her and her heirs forever. 

Item — I give and bequeath to my daughter, Sarah 
one Negro boy named Peter, a saddle and bridle, and 
one cow and calf, to her and her heirs forever, with 
one bed and furniture. 

Item — I give and bequeath to my daughter, Fanny, 
seventy pounds lawful money to be levied out of my 
estate, a saddle and bridle, one cow and calf, with a bed 
and furniture, to her and her heirs forever. 

Item — It is my will and I order that my son, Eph- 
raim, gets a horse -valued at twenty pounds lawful 
money to be levied out of my estate. 

Item — I give and bequeath to my wife, Elizabeth, 
two cows and calves of her own choosing, and to her 
heirs forever. 

Item — It is my will and I order that the two planta- 
tions, one known by the name ** Johnston's Place" and 
the other known by the name of The Rocky River Land; 
be sold in order to pay my debts and legacies, and after 
the payments of all debts and legacies, if any remainder 
should be, with the residue left of my estate including 
my cattle and hogs, to be equally divided* among my 
children, namely, Isaac, Ephraim, Mary, Sarah, and 
Fanny, to them and their heirs forever. 

Item — It is my will and I order that the debts of my 
son, Thomas, to me, if he is ever found and the debts 
can be recovered, be equally divided among the above 
mentioned five children. 

Item — I name and nominate, constitute and appoint 
my loving wife, Elizabeth, and my two sons, Isaac an 


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Ephraim, executors of this my last Will and Testament, 
hereby revoking and dismissing all former and other 
wills, bequests, and demises heretofore, ratifying and 
conforming this and no other to be my last Will and 

Signed, sealed, published, pronounced, and declared 
to be the last Will and Testament of the said David 
Alexander in presence of 



31st day of May, 1796," 

Charlotte, Mecklenburg Co., N. C. 

Page 41, Wills Book A. 

In 1797, Ephraim and Isaac, sons of David, 
proceeded to dispose of the various lands and 
plantations left them by their father . Some of 
the deeds to these are herewith given : 

This indenture, made the 29th of Oct. in the year of 
our Lord, 1794, between Ephraim Alexander of the 
County of Mechlenburg, State of N. C, planter of the 
one part and John Bodman of the County of Lincoln 
on the other part did bargain and sell to the said John 
Bodman for the sam of one hundred and fotry-one 
pounds the tract of land lying on the east side of the 
Catawba river, whereon the oaid Ephraim Alexander 
now resides, near the Tools Ford, containing ninety 
acres together with all houses, appurtenances, heredi- 
taments belonging to said plantation in witness whereof 
I set my hand and seal. 



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This indenture between Isaac Alexander and Eph- 
raim Alexander of the one part and Samuel Harris of 
the other part do bargain, sell and convey to him the 
plantation originally granted to John Gullen, conveyed 
to James Alexander, by him to David Alexander, and 
by him to Ephraim and Isaac Alexander, they do 
hereby confirm to Samuel Harris for a valuable con- 
sideration to them in hand paid, all right and title to 
said tract of land, all ways, woods, waters, buildings, 
tenements and appuretnances thereto belonging, in 
witness whereof we do affix the hand and seal of 

24th of January, 1797. 

Book 15, page 61. 

County Records in Charlotte Court House, Mechen- 
burg, Co., North Carolina. 

This indenture made in the year of our Lord, 1797, 
between Isaac Alexander and Ephraim Alexander of the 
one part and James Johnston of the County of Lincoln 
and Staet of N. C, of the other part witnesseth that the 
said Isaac and Ephraim Alexander for and in con- 
sideration of the sum of 1,200 Spanish Milled Dollars 
to them in hand paid by the said Isaac and Ephraim 
Alexander do hereby acknowledge, doth grant and, 
bargain and confirm unto the said Jas. Johnston the 
tract of land lying in the County of Mechlenburg, N. C, 
being a part of a tract of land granted orginally to 
Geo. Cathey and bearing date 1769 and said Cathey to 
John Tool and from John Tool to David Alexander, 
dated 15th Nov., 1779, and from said David Alexander 
to his sons Ephraim and Isaac by will, said land 
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at a red oak and running thence to a stake and follow- 
ing the various courses of the river to its beginning 
and all the buildings, waters, water courses, mines and 
appuretnances thereof to James Johnston to have and 
to hold to him and his assigns forever. In witness 
whereof we do affix the hand and seal of 

Page 338 Book 14 Court Records, Charlotte, Mech- 
lenburg Co., N. C, 1797. 

This indenture between Ephraim Alexander and 
Joel Jones for the sum of 600 dollars a tract of land 
containing 122 acres. 


March 17, 1809. 

Mechlenberg County and Charlotte, the county 
seat were among the most interesting and his- 
torical points during the revolution* It was at 
Charlotte that the famous and much disputed 
first declaration of the independence of the 
colonies was framed and signed in 1775. The 
chairman of the meeting was Abraham Alex- 
ander. The secretary, John McKnitt Alex- 
ander and among the signers were Ezra Alex- 
ander, Adam Alexander, Charles Alexander and 
Hezekiah Alexander. Who can doubt the 
patriotism, the loyalty, the love of country and 
of freedom of this race of men. 


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David Alexander and his descendants dis- 
appeared entirely frcm Mechlenberg Co., in less 
than 30 years as there are no records after 1809. 
One Elizabeth Alexander died in 1833, who 
might have been David's widow, as she was 
possibly much yourgcr than he. 

Seme fragments of papers as follows in regard 
to a lawsuit were found among the papers of 
William Alexander Grandson of David and 
Elizabeth. They are curious and valuable as 
giving the date of David Jr's., birth. At this 
period the smallest affairs were of much im- 
portance to these early colonists and were settled 
in court. 

Mrs. Elizabeth Alexander depose th and saith that 
David Alexander, the defendant was born the 25th 
day of December, 1772, and that the said David 
Alexander was employed by his brother, Thomas 
Alexander, to go a trip in driving cattle northward in 
the summer of the year of 1793. The defendant re- 
turned home on Christmas day the 25th of December, 
1793, and since that time has had no concern either 
as employed or otherwise with the said Thomas Alex- 
" ander and further this deponent saith that said David 
Alexander had no claim of any property whatever till 
after the time of his return when he came of age of 21 
years, and that the said David Alexander was not 
allowed by his father to trade in any respect or make 
any contracts for himself, until after the time of his 
coming of age. 

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;hat in the year 1792 Thomas Alexander "engaged^me 
from my father to go a trip in taking horses to the 
northward? ; 

Answer: — I did. ^^ 

Question second by the same: — What was the con- 
sideration which Thomas Alexander was to give my 
father for my services in going said trip and what was 
the contract between them. State if you recollect? 

Answer: — To the best of my recollection Thomas 
Alexander agreed to bring David Alexander's father of 
the defendant a negro girl and was to have her at what 
she cost and that the services of the defendant, was to be 
in part pay of said Negro girl.. 

Question 3rd by same: — Did Thomas Alexander 
bring said Negro girl? 

Answer: — No. Thomas Alexander did not bring 
said Negro girl, agreeable to contract but brought a 
negro man named Chester. 

Question by the same: — Did you ever know me to 
trade or make any contract with any person whatever 
until I came of age? 

Answer: — No, and further deponent saith not. 

Joel Alexander on oath saith that some time in the 
year 1793 the deponent was present, when a contract 
took place between Thomas Alexander and David 
Alexander, father of the present defendant which was 
that said Thomas Alexander agreed and took a negro 
fellow from Major Worth and let his father have said 
negro to pay for the services of this defendant while he 
was gone on a trip northward to take horses to Virginia 
and Maryland. 


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David Alexander, Sr. had eight children, viz. : 
Isaac, Ephraim, Joel, Thomas, Fannie,Polly, 
and David. 

Isaac Alexander removed to Alabama in 1794 
and raised a large family of whom there are no 
records save the names of his children as follows : 
Violet Davidson, Martha Rose, Joseph McKnitt, 
Thomas Young, Mary Sample, Margaret Jane, 
and Nancy Pharr. 

Ephraim made his home near Knoxville, 
Tenn., married twice. Had one child, a daugh- 
ter named Sophia by his first wife. Names of 
other children not known, Sarah, Fannie, Polly 
and Joel removed toRutherford Co., Tenn. 

Polly married Mr. Haley. One son, Elijah. 
Married the second time, Mr. Burke. One son, 

Fannie married James Alexander. Had two 
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Joel married, had three sDns, John, Harvey, 
one unknown. 

Harvey married, two sons, Thomas and 

Sarah and her descendants are the only 
Alexanders belong'ng to David's family of whom 
I have personal knowledge except David of 
Kentucky, the writer's ancestor. 

Sarah married her first cousin, Daniel Alex- 
ander, son of James a brother of David. 
Sarah and Daniel Alexander had five children, 
Elam, Madison, Levi, Albert, Eliza Jane and 
Polly. Elam and Levi died. 

Madison married Katherine Suttle; had ten 
children. Albert, James, William, Elizabeth, 
Jennie, Charles, Henry Clay, Ellis, Sarah, Ben- 

Albert married Annie Suttle, had seven 

Eliza, Madison, Robert, Elizabeth, Sarah, 
Ophelia and Katherine. 

Eliza Jane married Charles Leatherman, had 
several children. One named Sarah. 

Sarah, daughter of David lived to be 99 years 
eld. Daniel, her husband died, aged 57. 
Madison died at 88, his wife, Katherine 77. 
Albert died, £ged 62, his wife, Annie, 89. 

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Charles died unmarried. James married Cas- 
sandra Burroughs, had six children, Harriet, 
Clifton, Albert, Vernon, Lucy, Eliza. 

William married Laura Copeland, seven chil- 
dren, Florence, Madison, William, Benjamin, 
Earl, Jane and Lulu. 

Jane married William Polk. 

Elizabeth married Burwell Fletcher, had six 
children, Alice, Richard, Ellen, Robert, Ida, 
and John. 

Henry Clay married Katherine Ellis, six chil- 
dren, Addie, died, Elizabeth, Ellis, Sarah, 
Henry, died, Katherine. 

Ellis married Katherine Burroughs of Memphis, 
Tenn., they have two charming children Horace 
and Mattie. 

Sarah married James M. King. Both died 
early; left one child, Albert R. King. 

Jennie married. Husband's name unknown. 
No children. 

Benjamin is a bachelor and spends much of 
his time at Tampa, Florida, where he has large 

Albert Gallatin Alexander's descendants: 

Madison died at Springfield, 111. 

Robert married Mrs. Kitty Harris, widow of 
Dr. R. B. Harris. This was her third marriage. 
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maiden name was Katherine Jackson. 

Elizabeth married William Sutton. 

Ophelia married Benjamin Rucker, a relative 
of Ex-President Polk. One child, Annie. Mar- 
ried second time John King. Had three chil- 
dren, Robert, Azale, and Ophelia. 

Katherine married Clarence Kimbro, had five 
children, Elizabeth, John, died; Obediah, died; 
Julian, Clarence. 

Eliza never married. She lives in the old 
family home near Murfreesboro,.Tenn. Has a 
charming and aristocratic personality and is very 
proud of her ancestry. 

A letter written in 1833 by Daniel Alexander 
to his Grand Nephew, David Alexander of 
Kentucky, grandson of David, Sr. gives an 
account of these families of Alexanders who 
made their homes in Tenessee and much infor- 
mation that is most interesting. We give the 
letter entire. 

Murfreesboro, Tenn., 
March the 18th, 1833. 
Dear Cousin: 

I received vour favor of the 12 of February for the 
first I have heard from any of your father's family, 
except himself and I am very sorry to learn your father 
is dead, which we had not heard before. You wish 
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Ephraim's family. I am sorry to say he died near 

two years since. He lived near Knoxville, miles 

from here and I have not seen him for 8 or 10 years. 
Your aunt Polly is married to a Mr. Robert Burk who 
lives at a place called the Crab Orchard near Spencer- 
ville, on the main stage road from Nashville and are 
doing very well. She, like your father has lost her 
first companion and has married her second. Mr. 
Burk, though she never had but two children — both 
.sons — one by each husband. I expect your Uncle 
Isaac is living. I was at his house several times about 
four years ago. He then lived in Alabama about 200 
miles from here. He and his wife had 7 children — 
5 daughters and two sons. Their oldest daughter was 
then married. Your Aunt Sallie and myself has been 
so imfortunate as to lose 4 of our children out of 7 
that we have had. We now only have 2 sons and one 
daughter now a living, all single. The two boys both 
live about one mile from me and keep bachelor's hall 
on an excellent plantation adjoining me that I bought 
last summer. We only had one child ever married and 
he died in about five nionths after he married though 
his wife never had any children. She married not 
long since again and I think she has married very wel 
I believe I am through my narrative to you about your 
reltaions in this country and as for news I have none 
to give you of importance. Our cotton crop the last 
season was very indifferent. I cultivated about 62 
acres in cotton and only made about 23 thousand 
three hundred pounds of cotton seed. My two sons 
tended 27 acres and only made about fifteen thousand 
three hundred pounds. Cotton is the staple of this 
country and when that fails the times is hard with 
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my part I never involve myself and hard times don't 
afTect me. As I have no other subject worth your at- 
tention I will give you the names of all your cousins 
in this country that I believe is living, beginning with 
my own, viz. : MadisonHowe, Albert Gallatin, Eliza 
Jane, all grown. Your Uncle Isaac, as follows: viz.: 
Violet Davidson, Martha Rose, Joseph McKnitt, 
Thomas Young, Mary Sample. Margaret Jane, Nancy 
Pharr. Now your Aunt Polly's viz. : Haley, named 
after the first husband. Burk, named after a brother 
of her present husband. I liked to forget your uncle 
Joel's and Aunt .Fannie's families, though your aunt 
has been dead upwards of twenty years. She only 
had two sons, Elias Alexander and Josiah Alfred Alex- 
ander. Uncle Joel and his wife are both dead and 
have only three children living in this country, yiz. : 

John Alexander, Harvey Alexander Alexander, 

all married except John, though I have not seen them 
for several years, though all live in this state. The 
two oldest sons went to live in Indaina some 15 years 
ago and I have not late news of them, to-wit, Thomas 
and Robert. 

Your Uncle Ephraim was also married twice. He 
only had one child by his first wife which was a daugh- 
ter. Her name was Sopphiah. I never saw his last 
wife or his children nor do I know how many she had 
or their names. I should like very much to see any 
of your father's children in this country if it would be 
convenient for any of you to come. Please to give 
my best wishes to all your family, your brothers and 
sisters if you should see them. I should like to receive 
letters from them at any time and also from yourself. 

From your sincere friend and uncle, 



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N. B. I gave my oldest sons a first rate education . 
One of themstudied law and the other medicine and 
both of them died. The oldest was named Elam and 
the other Levi. Madison and Albert only wish to 
make farmers therefore they did not incline to take a 
liberal education. 

Your Uncle, D. A. 


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David Alexander, Jr. the youngest child of 
David Alexander and Elizabeth was born on 
Christmas day, 1772, in Cecil Co., Maryland on 
the plantation called Hispaniola, adjoining 
Bohemia Manor. Hispaniola is described in one 
of the deeds to lands that David sold as a planta- 
tion with a manor house. David was eight 
years old when his father removed to Mechlen- 
berg, Co., N. C, and only 22 when he and his 
wife, Ann Caldwell, with several of her brothers 
removed to Kentucky. He purchased land and 
made his home first in Montgomery County, 
removing afterwards to Woodford County, near 
Versailles, the garden spot of the blue grass 
regions. Here he prospered in wealth, lands, 
houses, and negroes, served his country loyally 
in the war of 1812, rasied a large family of chil- 
dren, all of them doing honor to his name and 
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and representatives to congress. He died in 
1833 at the age of 61 and was buried in the old 
Pisgah Presbyterian grave yard. David no 
doubt assisted in organizing the Pisgih Pres- 
byterian church, as did his ancestors in Maryland 
Virginia and North CaroHna. It is near Ver- 
sailles and about ten miles from Lexington. 
Services are still held in this old church which is 
in a good state of preservation. 

The following letter from Col. Archibald 
Cathey of Mechlenburg Co., N. C, and of revo- 
lutionary fame to David Alexander Ir., of 
Montgomery Co., Kentucky, written in 1807 
is interesting, giving information as to crops and 
prices of corn, wheat and cotton and referring 
to the lawsuit memtioned before. Col. Cathey 
and David Alexander both married Caldwells. 
Reference in the letter is made to the relation- 

To Mr. David Alexander, Kentucky, 
Mechlenburg County, North Carolina, May 31st, 1807. 
Sir: — I lift my pen to right once more, letting you 
know that we are all well, hoying you and your family 
are well also. Crops was very indifferent last season, 
corn is not to be had, and where it is is over one dollar 
per bushel, but it is not to be had. Wheat crops is 
very good where crops is of any account. The crops 
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Sir, I am told that suit is commenced against you that 
I have long looked for from the eastern shores of Mary- 
land. I have a neighbor I think could be of great ad- 
vantage to you but I will state facts and you may judge 
what use to make of him or in other words, teU or let 
your attorney know the amount of his evidence. I 
I made particular inquiry af him and you will hear his 

1. Was you in the room at the time the obligation 
was signed? I was. 2. Did David Alexander sign 
it? No, he did not sign the obligation. Q. Who 
signed his name to that obligation? A. His brother, 
Thomas Alexander. Q. Did David Alexander ak- 
knowledge his name when signed? A. No, he did 
not. Q. Was he at the table when signing. A. No, 
he was not. Neither did he pay any attention to them. 
Q. Did he direct his brother, Thos. Alexander to 
sign for him? A. I do not know but I think not. 
Q. Was David Alexander and Thomas Alexander in 
co-partnership in trading? A. It appeared as if they 

Sir, I have come as near as possible to the amount of 
the evidence that Patrick Johnston will make in the 
county and state aforesaid if it should appear necessary 
to take the evidence of the said Patrick Johnston and the 
laws of the state will admit of commissions to take the 
evidence at my house in Mechlneburg county, state of 
North Carolina, near Beattys Ford, before myself and 
Joh nHarris or Richard Boney, Esq. I believe I have 
stated things as well as I can in truth. You can act 
as you think best. Sir, you have a long time forgt me 
but I have not forgot you. Give my compliments to 
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mother send their compliments to all their relatives, 
in particular, Aunt Polly and their Cousin Anna. 

Sir, excuse me for not writing more fully on other 
things. My mind is taken upon that suited you best 
I am yours to serve Col. Arch C. Cathey. 

Mr. Dayid Alexander I cannot recollect the names 
of the creditors in that obligation though I have seen 
it, I believe twice. A. C. to D. A. 

The children of David Alexander and his first 
wife Ann Caldwell, were seven: John, Caldwell, 
James, Elizabeth, Jane, Harmon, Andrew and 

The children of his second wife, Mary Frances 
Rankin, were six: William, Rankin, Adam, 
Thomas Calvin, Martha, David. Amanda. 

John Caldwell Alexander married Nancy Wil- 
son, removed to Palestine, Crawford Co,. 111. 
Was a practicing physician and a member of the 
legislature for several terms from Crawford Co. 
Had five children: John Houston, Angeline, 
Guy, William and David. 

John Houston went to California in 49, made 
several fortunes and lost them. Returning, 
studied medicine, graduating at Miami College, 
Cincinnati, married Mary Tarkington, of Greens- 
burg, Indiana. She belongs to an old revo- 
lutionary family and is a D. A. R. John Hous- 
ton Alexander was surgeon of an Indiana regi- 
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Is practising physician and pension examiner 
at Greensburg, Ind. Three children, John 
Joseph and Mary. Mary died in infancy. 
John married Miss Claudia Hill. Is manufactur- 
ing druggist, no children. 

Joseph married Myrilla Morris Anderson, 
lives in Indianapolis, is druggist and salesman. 
One daughter, Margaret June, has remarkable 
musical talent. 

Angeline married a Mr. Fletcher, lived in 
Springfield, 111. Two children, son aad daughter, 
both married. 

Guy studied law, went through the Civil war, 
was captain of a company in an Illinois regiment. 
Practised his profession after his return from 
military service, was a brilliant lawyer. Married 
Miss Rhoda Decker of Crawford Co., 111. Guy 
died leaving four children, John C, William 
Decker, Frank, Carrie. 

John C. married Edith Taylor, have one child 
living, Joseph Vermon. 

John C. Alexander died. 

William Decker married Ava Wood. Have 
one child living, Catherine. They reside at 
Danville, 111. 

Frank and Carrie are not married and live 
at Robinson, 111. 

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of Guy Alexander. He died at an early age. 

Harmon removed from Woodford Co., Ken- 
tucky to Palestine, 111. in 1817. Was a practising 
physician and also a member of the legislature 
and land commissioner for a number of years. 
Married three times. His first wife was Eliza 
Kitchell, daughter of Judge Joseph Kitchell 
of Palestine, 111. One child, Mary Ellen, who 
died young. His second wife was Julia Kitchell 
a sister of his first wife. Three children Kitty, 
Catherine and James- 

Kitty married E. E. Murphy, a merchant of 
Palestine, 111. Three children. Henry died 
in infancy, Janette married George Newbold. 
Six children, two died. Guy, Roy, Ruth and 
Glenn are living at Robinson, 111. Belle married 
Frank Fields, 

Catharine married George Sweet. Had four 
children, Edward, Mary, Nellie and Allen. 

James, son of Harmon married Adaline Runell 
of Marshall, 111. Had several children. 

James died. 

Harmon's last wife was Jeretta Wilson. There 
were two children, William and Elizabeth. 

William married Margaret Lanham. Have 
four children, Frank Wilson, Clifford Harmon, 
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Clifford Harmon married Ruth Gudgely, of 
Hazleton, Ind. 

Frank Wilson married Mignone Phillips of 
Palestine, 111. Ray and Bessie unmarried. 

Elizabeth daughter of Harmon married W. C. 
Eaton, banker of Robinson, 111. 

Elizabeth Alexander, daughter of David 
Alexander and Ann Caldwell, married John Gill, 
who was a soldier of the War of 1812 and was in 
the same company as David Alexander, who also 
was a soldier of 1812. 

John Gill and Elizabeth Alexander had a large 
family of Children who grew to maturity, all 
dying save one of that mysterious disease of 
the ear,y days in Illinois called milk sickness. 

Celia, the only surviving child was married and 
living at Mattoon, 111., at this time, thus escap- 
ing the sad fate of her family. Celia married a 
Rev. Mr. Chamberlin. Thev removed from 
Mattoon to Beloit, Wisconsin, had four sons, 
Thomas, Nelson, Joseph and James. 

Thomas Chamberlin is at the head of the geo- 
logical department of the University of Chi- 
sago. Married Miss Belle Wilson of Beloit. 
One son, RoUin, who is also in the geological 
department of the University of Chicago. 

Nelson Chamberlin, farmer and stock breeder. 
Married three times. Three children, one mar- 


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ried, Joseph Chamberlin, is a Congregational min- 
ister and president of a college at Marietta, Ohio. 
Two children. 

James Chamberlin, Congregational minister, 
lives at Berkeley, California. Three children. 

Janet Alexander married William Gay and 
removed to Monroe Coimty, Missouri. Two 
children a son and a daughter. Son died, 
daughter married Richard Durrett of Monroe 
County, where their descendants still live. 

Mary Alexander married William Martin of 
Woodford County, Ky. They did not live long, 
left two children, Mary Frances and William; 
both married and descendants living in Kentucky 

James Alexander married Betsey Hearst, 
daughter of a well known family of this name in 
Woodford County, Ky. 

James Alexander was the only one of these 
Alexanders who remained in Kentucky, raising 
hemp and tobacco and increasing his lands and 
negroes. He left but one child to perpetuate 
his name, Charles Alexander, who married 
Mollie Daniels of Nicholasville. Are still living 
near Versailles in one of the beautiful homes of 
the "Blue grass." No children. 

Andrew Alexander married and removed to 
Callaway County, Missouri. His oldest son 
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descendants are still living there. 

David Alexander's first wife, Ann Caldwell, 
died about 1809. He married his second wife, 
Mary Rankin in 1811 and only a short time be- 
before the war of 1812 in which he participated. 
The following is a copy of his discharge papers -. 

This is to make it known to whom it may concern 
that David Alexander, soldier in Cap't. Richard Mene- 
fies Company composing a part of my regiment under 
the command of his excellency, Gov. Shelby, has served 
his country the period of 74 days and this is the evi- 
dence that said Alexander is entitled to a tour of duty 
for said period and testifying the honorable service of 
said David Alexander having acted the part of a brave 

The commandant of said Regiment takes this last 
occasion to return to the officers and men his sincere 
thanks for their faithful service in his command and 
for the fortitude with which they submitted to pri- 
vations and hardships and to congratulate them on 
the termination of their services which was as brilliant 
as the commencement was patriotic. 

Col. John Donnaldson, I. C. C, 2nd Reg't. Kentucky, 
mounted Volanters, Richard Menefee, Cap't., Novem- 
ber 26th, 1813. 

David Alexander was one of the four thousand 
Kentucky mounted volunteers under Governor 
Shelby, who reinforced General Harrison Sept. 
17th, 1813, in the Northwest. On the 29th 
of Sept, the Americans took possession of De- 


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troit, lostat Hulls surrender Aug. 16, 1812 and 
the 2nd of October General Harrison started 
in pursuit of the enemy. A desperate battle was 
fought. Tecumseh was slain and almost all of 
Proctor's command were killed or taken pris- 
oners. By this brilliant victory all that Hull 
lost was recovered, the war in the Northwest 
was terminated and the volunteers dismissed, 
among them David Alexander. 

The following memoranda and tax receipt are 
interesting : 

Due Nicholas Tyler $23.00 for taking or standing 
Tour of Duty on himself for John Gill and David 
Alexander, in Capt. Thomas Jemmisons Co., and in 
the Second Class of said Company. 

Given under my hand and seal, the 27th of Febru- 
ary, 1813. 

Lexington, 5th Dec. 1804. 

Rec'd of Mr. David Alexander, $5.00, which I 
promise to pay to Henry Clay, Esq. 


The farm of Henry Clay adjoined that of 
David Alexander and they were very close 

David Alexander died in 1833, his wife sur- 
viving him some years. 

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David and Mary Rankin was bom at Mt. Sterling 
Kentucky, August 9, 1813. He married Eliza 
Fleming, a noted beauty of Lexington, Ky. 
She was very fond of keeping the dresses she 
wore at this period and among them remain 
two in a perfect state of preservation. One a 
dark brown brocaded oil boiled silk, and made 
in the fashion of this time, low necked very short 
waisted, immense sleeves, filled out with stiffen- 
ing and a long narrow skirt. The other a dark 
myrtle green silk made much in the same style 
and in which she often related she tripped "the 
light fantastic toe" with Henry Clay at a ball 
given in his honor at Frankfort. A bonnet 
worn with the green silk also remains. It is 
made of the silk of the dress — a very large front, 
with narrow crown running up at the back and 
trimmed with wide white satin ribbon, tied under 
the chin with same in- a large bow. A white 
lace veil drooped from the high rim of this 
bonnet. The lace veil, which was of great 
value, was stolen some years ago. 

William Rankin Alexander, was a contem- 
porary of Henry Clay and a* *conf rere"of Abraham 
Lincoln . An old line Whig, he early manifested a 
spirit of intolerance for the traditions of slavery, 
imbibed no doubt from the Rankins, his mother's 
family. She belonged to the Rankins of Lexing- 


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ton, Ky,. of whom Adam Rankin, the celebrated 
Presbyterian Divine of Lexington was a member. 
Upon the death of his father, David, William gave 
their freedom to the slaves that fell to his share. 
Two of them, Uncle Tom and Aunt Fannie, 
living at Madison, Indiana to a good old age. 
William Alexander was a patriot by right of 
birth. Like all Whigs he espoused the princi- 
ples of the Republican party to which he and all 
his descendants have been faithful adherents. 
He was an inimitable story teller, a brilliant 
conversationalist and an extempore speaker of 
wit and magnetism. Of tall and distinguished 
personal appearance, he was beloved and re- 
spected by all, the rich and poor, by white and 
black. Clinging always to the good old doc- 
trines of his ancestors, the Presbyterians of 
which denomination he was an Elder. He lived 
in Cincinnati during the Civil War, in which he 
was prevented from taking an active part, save 
as Captain of Home Guards, by an injury to the 
sight of one eye. This was not noticeable. 
His eyes were dark brown after the manner of 
the Alexanders, but the merry twinkle in them 
was all his own. He removed to Quincy, 111., 
where he remained until his death in 1880. His 
first wife died in 1870. He married again a 
few years later Miss Jane Chapman. She be- 


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longed to a well known and highly respected 

William and Eliza Alexander had seven chil- 
dren: David Fleming, died in infancy: Elizabeth 
Kinkaid, died aged 17; Mary Frances, Louise 
Amerrette, William Harmon, and Martha Cor- 

David died at the age of two years. Eliza- 
beth Kinkaid was remarkable for her beauty 
and talent as a writer. The depth of her learn- 
ing and wrtings for one so young was most 
unusual and almost without precedent. Her 
mind seemed to fathom intuitively psychic, 
scientific and religious truths. "The immor- 
tality of the soul, independence of thought and 
political subjects were handled with equal ease 
by her facile pen and with the most extraordinary- 
strength and beauty of diction. Truly a brilliant 
future and a bright star in the field of literature 
went out when she passed away. 

Mary Frances Alexander married Theodore 
Butterworth at Quincy, 111., removing to Chicago 
in 1892, where they now reside. Mr. Butter- 
worth came of good ancestry, from the Butter- 
worths, of Birmingham. Er gland, his father, Syl- 
vanus Butterworth of New York, imported the 
first Shcrt Horn cattle into Missouri by way of 
New Orleans. His mother's family were the Van- 


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divers of Virginia. Believing like his father in the 
improvement of stock, he began the publication 
of the Live Stock Journal twenty-five years ago. 
He has continued the publication in Chicago 
since 1895, where it takes first rank among 
Live Stock Journals. 

Mrs. Frances Alexander Butterworth belongs 
to the Daughters of 1812, of which organization 
she is one of the vice-presidents. Her daughter 
Mrs. Virginia Parker is also a member of this 
historical and patriotic society. 

The children of Theodore and Frances Alex- 
Alexander Butterworth are Virginia; Maud 
Fleming, died; Theodore Alexander; Francis 
Sylvanus, died, aged two years; Harold Theron 
Virginia married Dr. Charles Hadden Parker, 
of Chicago. He is of New England ancestry and 
old revolutionary stock. They have two chil- 
dren, Donald Delphonse, and Philippa Virginia. 

Theodore Alexander married Agnese Hortense 
Parker, a daughter of Dr. James Parker of Santa 
Cruz, California, and a niece of Dr. Charles 
Parker. They have one child, Doris Parker. 

Harold Theron has attained his majority and 
is unmarried. The two sons, Theodore and 
Harold are interested in the Live Stock Journal 
with their father. All live in Chicago. 

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Pierre Marks, of Quincy, but formerly of Cincin- 
nati, where he enlisted for service in the Civil 
War, serving as assistant surgeon, but acting 
as first surgeon on the gunboat Fairplay in the 
naval service. He removed to Quincy after the 
war where he was proprietor of a drug store 
and followed his profession. Coming to Chicago 
seme years rgo he practiced medicine until his 
death the 12th of May, 1905. Dr. Marks and 
his wife, Louise Alexander had but one child, 
Marie Louise, a musician. 

Pauline Alexander is unmarried and makes 
her home with her sisters in Chicago. She is an 
artist by profession and has done some very 
charming water colors. 

William Harmon Alexander married Kather- 
ine Agnes Gerry of Quincy, 111. Katherine Gerry 
comes of old revolutionary ancestry and is a 
D. A. R. She is of the famous family of Coverts 
on her father's side and on her mother's of 
Scotch descent. Her tastes are literary. She 
has been president of clubs and done much work 
in this line. 

Haimcn Alexander was proprietor of a drug 
store for seme years in Quincy. His health 
failing he is net new engaged in any 
active business. Harmon and Katherine Alex- 
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Margaret Louise; Francis Flemirg; Robert 
Watt; Paul Marks; Donald, died, aged four; 
Dorothy Cornelia; Mary Virginia; Eleanor 
Ruth. One child died in infancy. 

William Harmon, Jr. married in Texarkana 
Have one child, David Alexander. Harmon 
or Harry as he is called, is at present paymaster 
en a branch railroad running from Texarkana 

Francis and Robert are employed in the office 
of the Quincy Wheel Works. They have posi- 
tions of trust and are in a fair way to make 
responsible and respected citizens of the United 

Mark, the youngest son, is attendirg the 
University of Chicago. Francis and Mark be- 
long to the state militia. Francis is a Lieutenant 
and has won many prizes and medals for marks- 

Cornelia Alexander married Edgar Sylvanus 
Butterworth, brother of Theodore. She died 
in 1890, leaving one daughter, Mabel. Her 
father married again and had a son, Edgar. 

Edgar Butterworth, husband of Cornelia 
Alexander, died in Quincy, 111., September, 

Mabel Butterworth filled a responsible posi- 
tion in the Biological department of the Uni- 


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versity of Chicago for several years. She died 
in Chicago April 1st, 1907. 

Adam Rankin Alexander married Clarissa 
Montgomery of Kentucky. They had two 
children, Frank and Araminta. Adam Alex- 
ander died in California. 

Frank married, died in San Francisco. 

Araminta married in Indianapolis. No chil- 
dren. Dead. 

Thomas Alexander married Angeline Wilson 
in Palestine, Crawford Co., 111. Had five 
children: Virginia, Elizabeth, Harry, Frederick 
and Edward. 

Virginia married Amos Misenhelder of Pales- 
tine, 111. They have four children, Ray, Franks 
Bessie and Kitty. 

Elizabeth died after attaining majority. 

Harry married, lives in Palestine, 111. Hag 
four children. 

Fred married, has two children. Lives in 
Indianapolis, Ind. 

Edward married Miss Ida Freeman in Pales- 
tine, 111. Have four children: Ruth, Herbert, 
Virginia and Samuel. They live in Chicago. 
Edward and his son Herbert are employed in 
the freight offices of the Illinois Central Railroad 

Thomas Alexander died at Palestine 1898. 
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David Alexander married in Madison, Ind., 
and died a number of years ago. He was edu- 
cated at Hanover, Ind. College and was a bril- 
liant scholar. He left one daughter, Mary 

Martha Alexander died young. 

Amanda Alexander the youngest of David 
Alexander's daughters was a great beauty. 
She married a Mr. Janney of Marshall, 111. 
Only live d a few years; left one son, Francis 
Janney. He married and lived in Terre Haute. 
Died a short time since. Left two children. 


In the name of God, Amen. I William Alexander, 
late of that part of the kingdom of Great Britain called 
Scotland, but now of Cceil County, Maryland, merchant, 
being of sound mind and memory, blessed be God 
therefor, do think it convenient and necessary to dis- 
pose of such worldly estate with which it hath pleased 
Almighty God to bless me to which and I do this 
twenty-ninth of July, in the year of our Lord God, 
one thousand seven and thirty eight, make, 
crdain and publish this, my last will and testament, 
in manner and form following, that is to say imprimis : 
I order all my debts and funeral expenses to be paid as 
soon as may be after my decease. 

Item. I give bequeath, and devise unto my loving 
wife, Araminta Alexander and the heirs of her body 
by me, forever all of my estate, both real and personal, 
of every kind and denomination howsoever and what- 


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soever, but for want of such heirs of my said wife, 
Araminta, I burthen my estate in the province afore- 
said with the payment of the sum of five hundred 
pounds sterling money of Great Britain, or to paid 
in twelve months after decease of my wife Araminta as 
also for want of such heirs with the disposition of all 
my real and personal estate that is actually in that part 
of Great Britain called Scotland in manner and form 
following : 

I give and bequeath to my loving sister, Margaret 
Cleland, of the Parish and town of Whitbumshire of 
Galloway , Kingdom of Scotland, the sum of five hun- 
dred sterling money of Breat Britain or to her heirs in 
twelve months after my decease and all my real and 
personal estate that is in that part of Great Britain 
called Scotland I give and bequeath to my cousin, 
Mary Donaldson, of the Parish of Galloway, in Scot- 
land, I give and bequeath one hundred pounds sterling 
money of Great Britain. I appoint my loving wife 
Araminta executrix. In witness whereof I set my 
hand and seal, 


Witnesses present, WM. KYD, 


In the name of God, Amen. The loth day of Nov., 
1171, I, Aaron Alevander, of North Carolina, Mech- 
lenburg County, being in perfect health and memory, 
thanks be given to God therefor, calling to mind the 
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to all men once to die, do make and ordain this my 
last will and testament, that is to say, principally and 
first of all, I give and recommend my soul unto the 
hands of Almighty God that gave it and my body I 
recommend to the earth to be buried in such a decent 
manner at the discretion of my executrix, and as 
touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath 
pleased God to give me I give and devise and dispose 
of in the following manner. First, I give and be- 
queath to my son David Alexander, five shillings 
money of Great Britain. Second, I give and allow 
my well beloved wife, Mary, her full third of my 
movable estate. Third, I give to my son Aaron Alex- 
ander, all my real estate and I order my son Aaron Alex- 
ander to pay my son, John Brown Alexander, twenty 
pounds current money of Pennsylvania, when of age 
and if Aaron die under age or without heirs then John 
is to be heir. I do hereby constitute make, and ordain 
my trusty friend Zacheous Wilson, Sr., and William 
Alexander, my brother, my executors to this, my last 
will and testament, and I deny all wills and testaments 
before the date. Witness whereof i have here unto 
set my hand and seal, the day and the year above 





In the name of God Amen. I, James Alexander of 
Mechlenberg County & State of North Carolina, being 
in health of body and sound mind and memory, yet 
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called the go out to the field of war, and not knowing 
whether I shall return, I think it prudent as well as 
my duty to order and dispose of my worldly estate as 
follows : — 

First. I order that my wife Rachel and family live 
upon and occupy my plantation with all the imple- 
ments of husbandry now in my possession, and to keep 
in her possession all my stock of horses, cows, sheep, 
hogs and etc., and all my household furniture (if she 
remains a widow until my eldest son Moses be 21 years 
of age). Only my negro boy and such of my books as 
shall be thought necessary by my executor shall be 
put to public sale and the money arriving from the sale 
be put to the use as hereafter directed, and if 
my son Moses lives until he be 21 years of age, 
I give and bequeath to him my plantation on 
which I now live with all the appurtenances only 
my well beloved wife Rachel shall continue in posses 
sion of my dwelling house and have her main- 
tainance of my plantation. While she remains a 
widow and my son Moses enjoying the plantation con- 
taining 300 acres of land shall pay net cash & every 
of the rest of my sons when they arrive to the age of 21 
years fourty pounds, he shall pay to each of the four 
sons, the sum of fifty pounds and to help him further 
therein to reserve them into his possession two work 
horses such as my executer shall think sufficient to carry 
on plantation work, and plow and Tacklings and such 
other tools as are absolutely necessary in carrying on a 
farm. And I leave him my saddle and one cow and 
calf, and to assist his mother in raising his younger 
brother's & sisters. My will further is that when my 
son Moses comes into possession of my plantation that 
I give and bequeath to my well beloved wife Rachel, 


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a horse or mare, such as she shall choose out of my 
stock and a saddle and her bed and furniture and all 
her other clothes and her chest and spinning wheel, 
and two milch cows and calves, and six sheep. Fur- 
ther, I give & bequeath to my daughter Prudence, 
a feather bed and furniture, and spinning wheel, further 
I order all books except Ambrose's works which I 
bequeath to my wife Rachel as long as she lives and at 
her death to be left among my children, and the rest 
to be equally divided among all my children; — and 
then I order all the rest of my goods & chattels to be 
sold and my wife Rachel to have a third part of the 
money arising from that sale and the remainder after 
what is necessary for schooling my children together 
with the money from my negro boy and other things 
sold before and what money may be found in my 
possession (?) at my decease shall be equally divided 
among all my children, and if any of these shall die 
before he comes of age, his part is to be divided equally 
between those who survive. Lastly I ordain and ap- 
point my well beloved wife Rachel and my brother 
Matthew Alexander to be the sole executor of this 
my last will & Testament and have the oversight of all 
my estate during my eldest son's minority and then to 
take care that this my will be performed according to 
the true interest & meaning of the same. In witness 
thereof, I, the said James Alexander, have set my hand 
and seal, this 25th day of December, in the year of 
our Lord, 1779. 
Signed, sealed & delivered 

In the presence of us: — James Alexander (Seal) 
Andrew Alexander 
Benjamin Alexander 
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Names mentioned in will of James Alexander, Father of 
John McNitt Alexander. 

Book of Wills No. 3— Page 100. County of Cecil, Md. 
Courthouse 36. James Alexanders Will. 

In the name of God, Amen. June 17, 1772. 

I, James Alexander of Cecil Co., in Maryland being 
of sound mind and memory, do hereby give & bequeath 
to my beloved wife Abigail. 

I give and bequeath to my grandson George Alex- 

To Amos Alexander 

To my beleved son Ezckiel Alexander 

To my beloved son Hezakiah Alexander 

To my beloved son Josiah Alexander 

I give and bequeath to my beloved son Jno. McNitt 

To my beloved daughter Jemima 

To my beloved daughter Elizabeth Sample 

To my beloved daughter Abigial Bradley 

To my beloved daughter Margaret McCay 

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Alexander, Aaron 23,83 

Alexander, Abigail 8 

Alexander, Abrahaim 55 

Alexander, Adam 55 

Alexander, Adam Rankin 68 

Alexander, Albert 59, 60 

Alexander, Amos 23, 31 

Alexander, Amanda 68,82 

Alexander, Andrew 8, 10, 25, 11 

Alexander, Agnes 9 

Alexander, Ann .48 

Alexander, Araminta 40, 81,82 

Alexander, Barbara 8 

Alexander, Benjamin 59, 60 

Alexander, Bessie 70 

Alexander, Caleb 29 

Alexander, Clifford Harmon 70 

Alexander, Charles 55, 72 

Alexander, Carrie 69 

Alexander, Catherine 69, 70 

Alexander, Daniel 59 

Alexander, David 23, 


Alexander, David, Jr 45,46,48 

Alexander, Dorothy Cornelia . . .80 

Alexander, Donald 80 

Alexander, Edward 81 

Alexander, Elizabeth Kinkaid ...11 
Alexander, Elizabet/h Sample ...87 
Alexander, Elizabeth . .43, 59, 71, 81 

Alexander, Eliza 60, 61 

Alexander, Eli 23, 38, 39 

Alexander, Ellis 59 

Alexander, EHnor Ruth 80 

Alexander, Elias 8 

Alexander, Esther 8 

Alexander, Ezra 55 

Alexander, Ephraim 42, 52, 53 

Alexander, Ezekiel 53 

Alexander, Francis 6, 


Alexander, Francis Fleming 80 

Alexander, Fanny 42, 52 

Alexander, Frank 81 

Alexander, Guy 68, 69 

Alexander, Harmon ... 39, 40, 68, 70 

Alexander, Harvey 59 

Alexander, Harry 81 

Alexander, Henry 6 

Alexander, Hezekiah 40, 55 

Alexander, Henry Clay . . . .59, 60, 74 

Alexander, Herbert 81 

Anderson, Cornelius 6 

Adair, Samuel 28 

Alexander, Isaac 51, 54, 58 


Alexander, John Caldwell 68 

Alexander, John Houston 68 

Alexander, John McKnitt 55 

Alexander, J*ohn Brown 81 

Alexander, Joseph McKnitt 58 

Alexander, Joseph 34, 42 

Alexander, Joel 58, 59 

Alexander, Jennie 59 

Alexander, Josiah 23, 29, 31, 39 

Alexander, John 8 

Alexander, Katherine 

Alexander, Kephia 40 

Alexander, Kitty 70 

Alexander, Louise Ameretta. . 11, 79 

Alexander, Lydia 40 

Alexander, Mary 8, 9, 16, 25 

Alexander, Margaret June 69 

Alexander, Martha Cornelia. .11, 80 
Alexander, Mary Frances ....77,78 

Alexander, Margaret Louise 80 

Alexander, Mary Sample 58 

Alexander, Martha 68, 82 

Alexander, Martha Rose 58 

Alexander, Martin 8, 

9, 13, 14, 16, 20, 22 

Alexander, Mark 27, 30, 31 

Alexander, Madison 59 

Alexander, Moses 9, 22, 23 

Alexander, Nancy Pharr 58 

Alexander, Ophelia 59, 60 

Alexander, Paul 29 

Alexander, Paul Marks 80 

Alexander, Pauline 79 

Alexander, Prudence 86 

Alexander, Rachel 41 

Alexander, Robert 60 

Alexander, Robert Watt 80 

Alexander, Richard Ford 39 

Alexander, Ruth 81 

Alexander, Rebecca 39 

Alexander, Sarah 8, 42, 52, 59 

Alexander, Samuel 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15 

Alexander, Susannah 40 

Alexander, Sophiah 58 

Alexander, Thomas 47, 52, 58 

Alexander, Thomas Calvin 81 

Alexander, Vi'olet Davidson 58 

Alexander, Virginia 81 

Alexander, William Earl of Stir- 
ling 3 

Alexander, William Rankin ..68,74 

Alexander, William Harmon 7^ 

Alexander, William HarmoQ^.J^ 


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Alexander, James :..3, Chamberlin, Nelson 71 

8,12,16,23,31,41,72 Chamberlin, James 12 

Armstrong, Robert 39 Chamberlin, Joseph 12 

Anderson, Myrilla Morris 69 Chamberlin, Rollin 71 

Baltimore, Lord ...16,17,19,31.34 Councilman, Martha 31 

Bouchelle, Peter 12 Chamberlin, Thomas 71 

Bodman, John 53 Chapman, Jane 76 

Bowen, Walker 49 Coverts, 79 

Bouldin, Alexander 29 Crozier, John 24 

Bouldin, Richard 24 Crooks, Robert 49 

Bouldin, James 24 Cleland, Margaret 83 

Bouldin, Tamizon 38 Daniels, MoUie 12 

Bouldin, Thomas 29,36 Decker, Rhoda 60 

Biddle, Orville 29 Decker, William 60 

Burke, John 58 Durett, Richard 12 

Burroughs, Cassandra 60 Donnaldson, Col. John 73 

Burroughs, Katherine 60 Donaldson, Margaret 83 

Brevard, Thomas 29 Donald, 3 

Brevard, Benjamin 36 Eaton, W. C 71 

Brevard, John 12 Evans, Gen. Alexander 32 

Brevard, Robert 41 Fleming, Eliza 75 

Bledsoe, Moses 48 Ford, Richard Bouldin 36 

Butterworth, Edgar 80 Fields, Frank 70 

Butterworth, Mabel 80 Fletcher, Burwell 60 

Butterworth, Maud Fleming . . . .78 Fletcher, Alice 60 

Hutterworth, Francis Sylvanus..78 Fletcher, Ellen 60 

Butterworth, Harold Theron ... .78 Fletcher, Richard 60 

Butterworth, Sylvanus 78 Fletcher, Robert 60 

Butterworth, Theodore 78 I'letcher, Ida 60 

Butterworth, Theodore Alex'r — 78 Foster, Susannah 20 

Butterworth, Virginia 78 Foster, Mary 21 

Butterworth, Doris Parker 78 Foster', James 20 

Caldwell, Ann 43, 46 Foster', Rebecca 21 

Caldwell, Elizabeth 43 Foster, Elizabeth 21 

Caldwell, John 9 Faster, William 12, 21 

Caldwell, Joseph 9 Freeman, Ida 81 

Caldwell, Thomas 29 Gerry, Katherine 79 

Carle, M 25 oin, John 49, 71, 74 

Calvert, Frederick 34 Graham, William 53 

Cathey, Col. Archibald 67 Glenn, Solomon 41 

Catto, George ZZ Glenn, Samuel '^^' ^^ 

Copcland, Laura 60 Glenn, A ^7 

Copeland, Earl 60 Gilpin, Joseph 34 

Copeland, Florence 60 Gilmer, Andrew Crow 38 

Copcland, Madison 60 Gudgely, Ruth 71 

Copeland, Benjamin 60 Gay, Will-iam 12 

Copeland, Jane 60 Hearst, Betsey 72 

Copeland,'Lulu 60 Harrison, Gen /^ 

Copeland, Will ". . . ..60 Harris, Kitty 60 

Craig, Thami.s 25 Harris, Dr. R. B 60 

Covign, Mar} A 24 Harris, Saimucl 54 

Churchman, John 18 Hill, James 48 

Crooks, Robert B 49 Hill, Claudia ,- • Wv^'CoiOiOXo'^^ 

Cowan, Thomas 21 Herman, Epl^raTm°'Xu?ustine..l^, 19 

^ouncilman, George 31 Hutchini^on, Rev. Alexander .... 13 


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Holtham, John 26 Newbold, Ruth 70 

Johnston, Patrick 67 Newbold, Glenn 70 

Janney, Francis 82 Patton, Robert 26 

Jimmison, Capt. Thomas 73 Phillips, Mignone ..71 

Jones, Griffith 6 Priice, James 21 

Jackson, Katherine 61 Polk, President 61 

Jones, Jos'eph 48 ^^^^^ Willia/m ^^0 

Key, Francis 34 Peebles, J'ohn 49 

Kyd, Williiam 82 p , . . 49 

Knight John Leech 34 K; William '.: '. 29 

King, John ...61 porker. Dr. Charles Hadden ...78 

King, Robert 61 p^^^^^^^ Virginia 78 

King. Azile 61 p^^^^^ j^^^^l^ Delphonse 78 

King Ophelia 6 ^ Philippa Virginia 78 

Kimbro, Clarence 6 ^^ j^^^3 78 

Kimbro, Elizabeth 61 ' r ^^ ^ 70 

... u J u Ai Parker, Agnise Hortense /» 

Kimbro, John ^ Peirce, Benjamin 29 

Kimbro, Obadiah 6 p ^ 29 

Kimbro, Julian ol , . y,^ t^ rq 

Kitchen, Eliza 70 Rankin. Mary Frances 68 

Kitchell, Julia .70 Robertson, John 8^ 

Kitchen, Judge Joseph 70 Rucker Benjamm 

LrMr 24 Richardson, Thomas fJ 

L^wry, Robert ''.'.'.'. V.'.V.'.'. '. .'25,* 29 Richardson, WilHam '10 

Lincoln, Abraham 75 Sweet, George 78 

Lanham, Margaret , .70 Sweet, Edward /» 

Leatherman, Charles 59 Sweet, Mary 78 

Marks, Dr. Pierre 79 Sweet, Nenie 78 

Marks, Marie Louise 79 Scott, Alexander 29 

MsKnitt, John 26 Shelby, Gov 73 

McDonald, Alexander 3 Strawbridge, Thomas 6 

Montgomery, Clarissa 81 Suttle, Katherine 59 

McCormick, 31 Suttle, Annie 59 

Misenhelder, Amos 81 Sutton, William 61 

Misenhelder, Ray 81 Stratton, Thomas 23 

Misenhelder, Frank .81 Smith, David 22 

Mdsenhelder, Bessie 81 Tayl'or, Edith 69 

Misenhelder, Kitty 81 Tarkington, Mary CB> 

Misenhelder, Ben 81 Taylor, Jeremiah 3"^ 

Murphy, E. E 70 ^^^i^ j^^n 46, 53 

Murchley, Frederick 49 ^^j^^^ Nicholas 74 

Moon, George 49 Thompson, Richard 12 

Magowan, J. S 74 Thompson, John 22 

Martin, William 72 Vandergriff.'Jacob 12 

Martin, Mary Frances 72 Vandiveres' 77 

Menefies, Capt. Richard 73 y^^ Bibber, Matthias 11 

Makemie, Rev. Francis 7 y^^ Bibber, Jacob 29 

Morton, John H 74 Wilson, Jerretta 70 

McGanns, John 48 Wilson, Belle 71 

Nash, Thomas ^24 Wilson, Nancy 68 

Newbold, George 70 Wilson, Zaccheus 84 

Newbold, Guy 70 Wilson, Angeline (^ r\t\i^]Y^^^ 

Newbold, Roy 70 Worth, Mijor --fdby V^OOglC.s; 

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