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Alexander Newsletter

Miscellaneous Records & Articles, Part 2

Alexander Deeds, Frederick Co., MD

(This county set apart from Prince George County in 1748)

James Alexander, of Frederick Co., to Andre Borland, dated Aug 1, 1751. (B. 425).  On the same page a deed from James Alexander to Borland is recorded, July 9, 1752; in which he conveyed land called "Wood Yard", for a consideration of 76 pounds.  His wife, Mary, is named in deeds, which were witnessed by Nathaniel Alexander.

Abraham Alexander, of Frederick Co., "Cooper", to William Alexander, of Frederick Co., recorded Aug 17, 1752. (B. 539) Consideration of 190 pounds.  In the endorsement of this deed, made Kime {sic -- prob s/b June ?} 30, 1752, "Dorkus, his wife" (Dorcas) relinquished her claim of dower.  Witnessed by Nathaniel Alexander.

Nathaniel Alexander, of Frederick Co., to Allen Killough, dated Nov 1752. (B. 643).  Tract called the "Three Cousins", of 250 acres.  The endorsement names "Elizabeth, his wife", who relinquished her claim of dower.  Anothre deed, filed the same date (B. 645) conveys a tract called "Hopewell", being a part of the tract called "Three Cousins."

William Alexander, of Frederick Co., "Farmer", to John Jones. Dated Mar 20, 1753. (B. 122).  Consideration of 200 pounds.  Part of a tract called "Three Friends". The endorsement names "Jean the wife", who relinquished her dower rights.

John Alexander, of Frederick Co., to Margaret Harn. Dated Jun 30, 1753 (E. 204). Consideration of 70 pounds. Part of a tract called "Three Cousins", Jane is named as the wife of John Alexander.

Henry Alexander, of Frederick Co., to Jacol {sic} Bowles. Bill of Sale, dated Apr 4, 1764. (B. 206). Two other deeds by Henry Alexander, dated 1765 and 1770.  (This is one of the rare instances when the name "Henry" is found among Alexander documents.{)}  He may have been a grandson of Francis Alexander, of Somerset Co., one of the pioneers of whom very little has been established.

Joseph Alexander, of Frederick Co., to James Harrod.  Deed recorded Jan 26, 1765, (J 824).  Joseph Alexander of Frederick Co., Bill of Sale, dated Mar 15, 1768. (L 153) Witnessed by Evan Shelby, "one of his Lordships Justices", a brother of Mary Shelby, wife of Col. Adam Alexander, of Mecklenburg.

Mark Alexander, of Baltimore Town, Gent.  Deed dated Sep 27, 1768 (L 512). Land in Tawney Town (Taneytown).  In the following years, Mark Alexander became a prominent businessman of Baltimore and elsewhere in MD.  He was the son of Moses Alexander, son of James Alexander, the weaver.

"(Frederick Co., MD April, 1948)"

Probably originally copied by Dr. A. M. Stafford, of Charlotte, NC, whose name was at the bottom.  Contributed to the Alexander Newsletter by Alice Alexander Grubb.

SOURCE:  Alexander Newsletter, Vol. 1, #3, pg 5

Born in Virginia?

Any reference made to a person having been born in VA as early as 1728 or as late as 1863, could indicate that he/she was born in:

    any part of Illinois from 1781 to 1818 (Statehood)
    any part of Indiana from 1787 to 1816 (Statehood)
    any part of Kentucky from 1775 to 1792 (Statehood)
    any part of Maryland from 1775 to 1792 (Statehood)
    any part of North Carolina from 1728 to 1779
    any part of Ohio from 1778 to 1803 (Statehood)
    any part of Pennsylvania from 1752 - 1786
    any part of Tennessee from 1760 - 1803
    any part of West Virginia from 1769 - 1863

SOURCE:  From Limestone Legacy, Vol. 6, #1, p. 69; Alexander Newsletter, Vol. 1, #4, pg 3

Joseph Alexander, ca 1787, TN - May 1851

Joseph Alexander was one of the earliest settlers on the site of Marionville, MO having entered on Section 35, Twsp 27, Range 25, in 1847.

Not a lot is known of his family.  According to Census records he was born ca 1787, in TN.  He died in May, 1851, and according to the late Lee Collier, Marionville Historian, was buried at the Marionville IOOF Cem., although there are no Alexander markers extant.

The name of his first wife is not known.  His second marriage was with Elizabeth H. Mallard (b ca 1807), a widow with several children.  She appears in the 1860 census, apparently enumerated twice, with her son-in-law, John McClure, and Charles Newton Gammil.  She is not found in 1870.

Letters were granted on the estate of Joseph Alexander May 30, 1853, James M. Moore, executor.  He mentions the contact between Elizabeth Mallard and himself is to be carried out, i.e., the property of each was to go to their respective heirs. (Will Book 1, Pg 23, dated May 3, 1853).  As best can be determined, his children are named as follows:  Malinda, Samuel, James, Elizabeth, Nancy, Archibald, George, and (Joseph) Jackson.

Not much is available on his family.

1.  Malinda Alexander, no data

2.  Samuel Alexander.  Was deceased by May 4, 1845 when Joseph S. (age 5), son of Samuel (deceased), was bound to his grandfather until the age of 21 (G. 38r).  Joseph was living with his grandfather in 1850.

3.  James Alexander, no data

4.  Elizabeth Alexander, no data

5.  Nancy Alexander, b. Feb 16, 1822, d. Sep 13, 1913.  Married Dec 25, 1845 (ABC/7), Pleasant Phariss.  Both buried at Aurora City (MO) Cem.

6.  Archibald Alexander, b ca 1825.  He appears in the 1860 and 1870 Census of Lawrence Co (MO).  He married Elizabeth Osborn, 21 June 1846.

7.  George Alexander, b. ca 1828 ?  Md #2 Jane Sullivan, July 10, 1867, Bk 387.  (Sender says this is her gr/gr mother).  George's #1 wife Jane Fawcett

8.  (Joseph) Jackson Alexander.  May be the J J Alexander, buried at the Aurora City (MO) Cemetery.

Marriages - Lawrence Co. Missouri

Joseph J. Alexander to Martha Matilda Bain, Feb 14, 1854, (ABC/103)
Joseph L. Alexander to Miss Susannah Fossett, Oct 13, 1858 (ABC/192)
Harriet N. Alexander to Aaron Woods, Jan 10, 1864 (ABC/451)
Mary A. Alexander to George David, May 16, 1864, Barry Co. IL (G. 26r)

There are two Mallard girls living with Joseph Alexander in 1850, and several marriages recorded here.  These are probably daughters of Elizabeth {unknown) and Mallard Alexander.

1.  Sally Ann Mallard, b ca 1836, TN.  She married Jackson Hail(e) Aug 5, 1858 (ABC/213).  A daughter is buried Marionville IOOF Cemetery.

2.  Alsy R. Mallard, b ca 1842, TN.  Married John McClure Jan 27 1869 (ABC/215)

3.  Nancy Mallard, b ca 1842.  Md Chas. Newton Gammil Nov 27 1848, Bk 47

4.  Sary J. C. Mallard.  Married Wiley Adams Sep 9, 1855 (ABC/130). His first wife was Minirva Hall who he md here Nov 8, 1849.  Minirva died here in 1853, and is buried at Marionville, MO.

5.  Elizabeth A. Mallard.  Married Lemuel M. Burton May 11, 1861 (ABC/264)

Descendant of George and Jane Sullivan Alexander is:
Delores Reffett {address deleted for privacy}

From Lawrence Co. MO Historical Society; Alexander Newsletter, Vol. 2, #1, pg 6

Adlai E. Stevenson

. . . Adlai E. Stevenson, ex Vice President of the US (In 1893) and his grandson, Gov of Illinois in 1949 are in the line of descent from Jane Alexander who married John McKnitt ca 1682?

Here is their line . . .
Jane Alexander -- John McKnitt
Katharine McKnitt -- Jean Brevard
John Brevard -- Jean McWhorter
Hugh Brevard -- Jane Young
Nancy Agnes Young Brevard -- James Stevenson
John Turner Stevenson, b 1808 -- Elizabeth Ann Ewing
Adlai Ewing Stevenson, V.P. of US 1893-7 -- Letitia Green
Lewis Green Stevenson, b 1868 -- Helen Louise Davis
Adlai E. Stevenson, II, Gov. of Illinois from 1949 - 1953

Extracted from two correspondents information:  Mrs. Cynthia Reese {address deleted for privacy} & Ms. Rosemary A. Stevenson {address deleted for privacy}; Alexander Newsletter, Vol. 2, #1, pg 6

Re:  Rev. James Campbell

Soon after Rev. Campbell removed to Carolina, he commenced preaching at Alexander Clark's, & continued his appointments for years.  About 1746, John Dobbin, who had md the widow of David Alexander in PA, & had resided in VA, near Winchester, about a year, removed to Carolina; & while the Alexander families that came with him took their abode on the Hico or the Yadkin, he fixed his residence on the Cape Fear, somewhat against the inclinations of his wife and step-daughter.  The situations on the river being esteemed less healthy than those more remote, Mr. Dobbin & others took their abode on Barbacue; & about the year 1768, Mr. Campbell began to preach at his house, and did so till the "Barbacue Church" was built, 1765-6.  A first Elder of the Church was Gilbert Clark, son of Alexander Clark & step-son-in-law of John Dobbin, having md Ann Alexander.  He was 1st magistrate of Cumberland Co.

From Sketches of NC by Rev. Wm. H. Foote, 1846; Chapter:  Settlement on River Cape Fear, Pg. 133; Alexander Newsletter, Vol. 2, #1, pg 7

Alexander Family Reunion {poss 1894}

The Reunion of the Alexander family which was to have taken place July 8 (1894 ?) and which was postponed until the arrival of one of the brothers, will take place today (Thursday) at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. John Sellers, East Sixth Street.  This is the first reunion of the 3 brothers and 1 sister in 65 years.

The father, William W. Alexander was born in Cecil Co., MD. Feb 1777 and died in Marysville (Ohio) in March 1871 in his 94th year of age.  He was the grandson of Sir William Alexander who came to this country from Scotl{and} and with Lord Baltimore.  The father of William W. died from wounds and camp fever at Valley Forge.  Wm. W., although not of age voted at the second election of General Geo. Washington.  He came west and settled at Mr {sic} Vernon, Ohio and owned the land now occupied by the business part of Mt. Vernon.  He was married in 1803 to Miss Lucy Sprague who belonged to one of the first families of Rhode Island and who was a sister of Col. Pierce Sprague, a soldier of 1812.  To this couple were born in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, on Oct 9th, 1804, William; on Jan 11th, 1808, Joseph C.; on Jan 17th, 1811, Louisa; and Dec 17th, 1813, James S.  The mother of these children died at age 29 and is buried at Mt. Vernon, Ohio.

William, the eldest, now 84 years of age left home and was unheard of for many years.  He went to the south but came back and married a Miss Tway of Union County.  They settled in northern Indiana, where William Alexander still resides.  Of their three children one lives in Indiana, one in Ohio and one in Kansas.

Joseph C., now 81 years of age carried the first mail from Mt. Vernon to Cleveland, O{hio} in 1817, being but 9 years of age.  He rode an Indian pony and was 9 days making the trip, stopping with the Indians on the route.  He went to Delaware in 1826, engaged in the mercantile business, but after a time went into the Recorder's office and for many years held offices of public trust.  He married Miss Delight Switzer, sister of the Hon. Charles Switzer.  Their children, four in number, are married and living in Delaware.  Mrs. Delight Alexander died in 1886.

Louise E., who has reached the 78th milestone, was married in Marysville in 1883 to Rev. William Morrow of the M. E. Northern Ohio Conference.  Mrs. Morrow has been a widow for 30 years.  She makes her home with her daughter, Mary wife of Capt. Frank P. Cross, U.S.A., of Washington, D.C. and has a son, Col. F. G. Morrow, well known in that city, being the editor of the Sunday Gazette.

James S., now 75 years old, came to Marysville in 1830 and was married to Miss Nancy Twiford in 1831.  To these were born fourteen children, eight of whom are now living, residents of Marysville.  Nancy Alexander died in 1857.

The fact that these members of the same family, all of them still hale and hearty meet each other after a separation almost as long in duration as the Psalmist's limit of human life, renders the reunion of particular interest.  The four members of this family bid fair to rival the longevity of the father.  The Alexander family are well known for their patriotism.  The father, William W. was in the War of 1812.  The youngest son of Wm., Joseph C. and two sons; James S. and two sons; and two sons of Louisa having served in the late civil war.  In these bustling and stirring times there is not much room for sentiment, yet the fancy is strangely aroused when one thinks of the evens that have filled the years since their last reunion.  Altho' an educated and intelligent people, 65 years ago the Alexander family had never seen a telephone or telegraph, didn't know what a Pullman car was and looked upon KS & CO as a part of the Great American Desert.  Verily, these old people will have a startling lot of reminiscences to recall at their reunion today.

SOURCE:  Newspaper article contributed to Alexander Newsletter by Mrs. Lynda Alexander Fonde and her sister, Marsha Alexander; Alexander Newsletter, Vol. 2, #2, pg 4

Letter re Rev. War service pertaining to above William Alexander:

Rev. and 1812 War Section
May 24, 1934

Miss Mollie H. Ash
Elkton, Maryland


I have to advise you that from the papers in the Rev. War pension claim R-85 it appears that William Alexander enlisted Dec 10, 1776 and served as Lieut. in Capt. Johnson's Co., 5th MD Reg't. until Aug 27, 1777 when he died from wounds received in line of duty.

He married in Cecil Co. MD, Elizabeth Cruthers (?), or Curthies (?) who on about August 11, 1813 started south after which date she was never heard from again.

Their son William W. Alexander while a resident of Union Co., Ohio aged 60 yrs, applied for pension Aug. 11, 1857 on account of the service of his father but there was no law under which he was entitled to a pension for the service of his father.



SOURCE:  {probably contributed to Alexander Newsletter by Mrs. Lynda Alexander Fonde and her sister, Marsha Alexander}; Alexander Newsletter, Vol. 2, #2, pg 4

Abraham Alexander (1717-23 Apr 1786)

ALEXANDER, Abraham, (1717-23 Apr 1786), Revolutionary patriot, was a member of one of the seven Scotch-Irish families, bearing the surname Alexander, who landed at New York during the 18th century.  One family remained there, the others moving on to New Jersey and then to Maryland.  About 1745 these six families left Maryland for North Carolina, settling on the Catawba not far from the South Carolina boundary.  Of one of these the head was Abraham Alexander, the others being his brothers, Adam, Charles and Ezra (See note below) & two cousins, Hezekiah and John McKnitt, sons of James, grand sons of Joseph.  In course of time Abraham, whose residence was three miles northwest of Charlotte, became one of the influential and prominent leaders of the affairs of his community. He was for years an elder in the Presbyterian Church at Sugar Creek.  In 1762 he was appointed by Gen. Dobbs, a justice of the peace for the county of Mecklenburg, established that year, and one of the commissioners for erecting a court-house and other public buildings; and in 1766 he was one of the commissioners for establishing the town of Charlotte.  In 1769 and 1770 he represented Mecklenburg in the North Carolina Assembly, and in the latter year he was one of the trustees of Queen's Museum, an educational institution at Charlotte, the charter of which was disallowed by the Crown because the trustees were Dissenters; but the institution functioned without a charter until 1777, when it was incorporated as Liberty Hall.  Abraham again appeared as a trustee.  In the agitation resulting in the Revolution he was active, being a member of the committee of Safety of Mecklenburg Co.  On May 31, 1775, he was chairman of a public meeting at Charlotte which adopted resolutions declaring that as King George III by his address to Parliament in the preceding February had suspended the constitution of the colonies, the people of Mecklenburg should adopt certain regulations for the government of the county.  This was a declaration that independence was the result of British not American policy, and it was the first step in all the colonies toward establishing a government independent of England.  The records of the meeting passed into the possession of John McKnitt Alexander (1738-1817), and when they were destroyed by fire in 1800 he attempted to recast them from memory; in that effort he wrote into the resolutions the spirit and some of the language from the Declaration of Independence adopted by the Continental Congress in 1776, and also made the date of the meeting May 20.  Thus arose the controversy as to the historicity of the resolves of May 20.

    There is a brief and inaccurate sketch of Abraham Alexander in Geo. W. Graham's "Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence", 1905.  This must be supplemented by the "Lineage and Tradition of the Family of John Springs" (Atlanta, 1921) and reference in the "Colonial Records of N.C., VI-IX, XXIII, XXIV."  W. H. Foote's "Sketches of N. C." (1846) contains the best account of the Scotch-Irish settlements and W. H. Hoyt's "Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence" (1907) gives the best presentation of the controversy over the documents bearing the name.

Note:  Abraham, Adam, Charles & Ezra, are sons of Elias and Sophia (Alexander) Alexander.  Elias is the son of Andrew (b 1648).  Sophia is the daughter of Joseph, the Tanner (b 1660).  Andrew and Joseph were brothers.

Dictionary of American Biography, published 1928, New York; Alexander Newsletter, Vol. 2, #2, pg 5

Archibald Alexander (Apr 17, 1772 - Oct 22, 1851)

Alexander, Archibald (Apr 17, 1772 - Oct 22, 1851), Presbyterian clergyman, educator, author, was named for his grandfather, Archibald Alexander, a well-educated Ulster Scot, who about 1736 migrated from County Derry in Ireland to Pa., and after some years moved south and organized a settlement of his fellow countrymen near Lexington, in the present county of Rockbridge, VA.  There his son William, a merchant and farmer, and an influential elder of the Presbyterian Church, married Ann Reid, the daughter of a prosperous landholder of the same community.  Of the nine children of this union, the subject of this sketch was the third.  The Alexanders were noted for their love of liberty, their intellectual vigor and ambition, and their devotion to evangelical religion.  Archibald knew his Shorter Catechism at seven; began his Latin even earlier; used his own rifle at eleven; and in his early teens became an expert swimmer & horseman.  At Libery Hall (later Washington College) he studied the classics under the Rev. Wm. Graham, a graduate of the College of N. J.  At seventeen, when about to take his bachelor's degree, he interrupted his studies to accept a tutorship in the family of Gen. Posey, near Fredericksburg.  There was a season of religious awakening in the community, & in the fall of 1789 Alexander made a public profession of his faith.  On his return to Lexington he began theological studies under Graham, who encouraged him to "exercise his gifts" in preaching.  His maiden effort was prophetic of his later reputation as an extemporaneous preacher.  "Athough" {sic}, he himself testifies in 1843, "I did not know a single word which I was to utter" -- he had been called on unawares -- "I began with a rapidity and fluency equal to any I have enjoyed to this day" (Life, p 86).  Licensed by the Lexington Presbytery at the early age of nineteen, he spent some months in a missionary tour in VA, and in NC with extraordinary success.  On Nov 7, 1794, he was ordained as pastor of the churches of Briery and Cub Creek, in Charlotte Co.  His preaching was both awakening and edifying and resulted in many conversions.  As president of Hampden-Sidney College, a position which he accepted in 1796 & resigned in 1801 in order to be free to make an extended trip to New England, & which he held a second time from 1800 to 1807, he exerted great influence not only by his teaching but also by his preaching in the churches that sought him as a supply.  On Apr 5, 1802 he married Janetta Waddel, daughter of Dr. James Waddel of Louisa Co.  Of the seven children of this {marriage} -- six sons & one daughter, two sons became noted lawyers and three became eminent ministers.

In the spring of 1807 Alexander was installed over the Pine St. Church of Philadelphia, one of the largest congregations in the metropolis of the nation.  The same year he was chosen moderator of the General Assembly, being one of the youngest ministers ever elected to this office.  The next year he preached the opening sermon on the text, "Seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church" (I Cor XIV 12), in which he crystallized the growing sentiment in the denomination in favor of establishing a theological seminary.  In 1812 the Assembly resolved to locate the institution in Princeton, and by an almost unanimous vote elected Alexander as the first professor (June 2, 1812).  Inaugurated Aug 1813, he not only organized all the courses, but himself conducted the whole work of instruction.  With the coming of Dr. Miller in 1813 as the second professor, he devoted himself to teaching didactic (instructive) and polemic (controversial) theology.

In 1840 his chair was changed to that of pastoral & polemic theology, and in 1851, the year of his death, the subject of church government was entrusted to him.  In this period of 39 years he put the stamp of his scholarly attainments and his fervant piety upon the whole life of the seminary.  This was also the period of his literary productivity.

His most important works, besides numerous theological essays, reviews, tracts, and sermons, were: "A Brief Outline of the Evidences of the Christian Religion" (1825); "The Canon of the Old and New Testaments" (1826); "Suggestions in Vindication of Sunday Schools" (1829); "The Lives of the Patriarchs" (1835); "Thoughts on Religious Experience" (1841); "Biographical Sketches of the Founder and Principal Alumni of the Log College" (1845); "History of Colonization on the Western Coast of Africa" (1846); "Outlines of Moral Science" (1852).

Small and rather slight in build, he had in his prime a clear complexion, dark piercing eyes, abundant hair, a flute-like voice, and an extraordinary vivacity in speech and gesture.  Simple in his tastes, affable and hospitable, he was venerated and beloved for his "singular attainments in holiness."

(The admirable "Life" by his son, James W. Alexander (1854), is based on original sources.  Cf. W. B. Sprague, "Annals of the American Pulpit, III," 612-26, & John DeWitt's, "Archibald Alexander's Preparation for His Professorship," in Princeton Theological Review", Oct. 1905)


SOURCE:  Alexander Newsletter, Vol. 2, #2, pg 6

Submitted by: Vera Andrews, editor of the Alexander Newsletter. Online transcription by Susan Shields Sasek

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