Abraham "Alexander" Proudfoot

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Abraham "Alexander" Proudfoot

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Leeds Manor, near Salem, Fauquier County, Virginia, United States
Death: Died in Barbour County, West Virginia, United States
Place of Burial: on a knoll overlooking the Proudfoot farm, Barbour Co., WV, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of John Proudfoot, Jr. and Lenora Hitt Proudfoot
Husband of Elizabeth Proudfoot (Cole)
Father of William Chester Proudfoot; John Hitt Proudfoot; Leanor "Leanna" Bartlett; Frances Cole; Kiziah "Kizzie" Talbot and 4 others
Brother of John R. Proudfoot; Mary "Polly" Robinson; Elias Proudfoot; William Proudfoot; James Proudfoot and 1 other

Managed by: John Bryan Knapp
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About Abraham "Alexander" Proudfoot

Abraham Alexander Proudfoot, 4th child of John and Leanor (Hitt) Proudfoot was born 9 Apr 1791 at Leeds Manor, near Salem, Fauquier County, Virginia. In 1808, he migrated with his parents to an area north of Philippi, (now West) Virginia, now known as Fox Grape Run.

On 2 Dec 1815, Alexander purchased 116 acres located on upper Pleasant Creek from Josiah Davison for the sum of $1.00. Back then, cost per acre was $2 to $4. It was also customary to receive land as payment for work performed. Upper Pleasant Creek is located north of Philippi, West Virginia, near the Taylor County line.

On 25 March 1818, in Harrison County, Virginia, he married Elizabeth Cole, daughter of William Cole, Jr., and wife Anna Modisett. Elizabeth Cole was born 7 Oct 1799, Fauquier County, Virginia. William Cole, Sr., and William Cole, Jr., had considerable land holdings. William Cole, Sr., was an American soldier in the Revolutionary War, serving in Virginia.

Eight children were born to Alexander and Elizabeth Proudfoot on upper Pleasant Creek: William Chester Proudfoot (1819-1898), John Hitt Proudfoot (1822-1906), Leanor "Leann" Proudfoot (1823-1892), Francis Proudfoot (b. 1825), Kiziah "Kizzie" Proudfoot (1829-1903), Mary "Polly" Proudfoot (1832-1907), Joshua Proudfoot (1833-1917), and Nancy Proudfoot (b. 1836).

In the spring of 1837/38, Alexander and his family moved to the wilderness area along the Middle Fork River in what is now southern Barbour County, later known as Talbott Community. Records indicate that Alexander was the first settler in that area.

Elizabeth Cole Proudfoot died of tuberculosis on 31 January 1863 in their cabin home and she was buried on a knoll overlooking the Proudfoot farm.

On 7 Jan 1864, Alexander sold 195 1/4 acres to his youngest son Joshua for the sum of $1.00.

Alexander died in 1869 on the Proudfoot farm and was buried beside his wife, Elizabeth. His gravestone stands on the knoll overlooking the farm.


Source: Proudfoot, Dorsey. Genealogy of the Proudfoot Family 1680-1986. (El Paso, Texas, Complete Printing, 1986) p. 55.

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Abraham "Alexander" Proudfoot's Timeline

1791
April 9, 1791
near Salem, Fauquier County, Virginia, United States
1818
March 25, 1818
Age 26
Barbour, West Virginia, United States
1819
April 25, 1819
Age 28
Barbour Co., Virginia (now West Virginia), United States
1822
September 8, 1822
Age 31
Barbour County, Virginia (now West Virginia), USA
1824
August 22, 1824
Age 33
Barbour County, Virginia (now West Virginia), USA
1825
1825
Age 33
Harrison Co. (now Barbour Co.), Virginia (now West Virginia), United States
1829
1829
Age 37
Pleasant Creek, Barbour Co., West Virginia, USA
1832
1832
Age 40
Barbour County, Virginia (now West Virginia), United States
1833
December 27, 1833
Age 42
Barbour County, Virginia (now West Virginia), United States
1836
December 31, 1836
Age 45
Barbour County, Virginia (now West Virginia), United States