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James B. Alexander

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Raphoe, Donegal, Ulster, Ireland
Death: Died in New Munster, Cecil, Maryland, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of James (Rev.) Alexander, of Laggan Presbytery and Marion Alexander
Husband of Mary Alexander
Father of Moses Alexander; John Alexander; Arthur Alexander; Francis Alexander; David Alexander and 2 others
Brother of Elizabeth Wallace; William Alexander, 1646; Samuel Alexander; Francis Alexander; Joseph Alexander and 3 others

Occupation: Weaver
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About James B. Alexander

Pn Genol Mag p.1. 85,87 " James Alexander b. 1652 Scotland; d. abt1725New

Munster,Cecil Co .,Maryland"

Alex Kin p.8.,9 " Land Deed 1714. Milford Hundred: sold part ofland

toWm.Semple of Cheste r Co.,Pennsylvania Deed book 5 P.97 Cecil Co.

(borderdisputebetween MD.DE,PA settled by Mason -Dixon line)"

Pionerres "Was transported to Somerset Co. Maryland in

1678/9.(Earlysettlers,Vol 1, Land Of fice ,Annapolis).

Deeds Cecil His wife Mary name on deed for land in New

MunsterTractRecorded 22 Oct 1718/9.

Brevard " James Alexander (weaver) (b abt 1652)

ImmigratedfromIreland, m Mary (some sa y Mary Wallace dau of Jane

Wallace) JamesandMary lived in the Milford "Hundred' of the New Mu nster

tractinNorthern Cecil Co., Maryland"

Alexander Pioneers James Alexnnder,weaver of Somerst

andCecilCo.MD.died in New Munster are a of Cecil Co. after 1740.

Itisreasonable to assume that he was the same James who "transport

ed"toSomerset county in 1678.(Index of Early Settlers Vol 1

LandOffice,Annapolis) and that h e was close kin to the other

AlexanderPioneers.However,no land or court record has been foun d of him

inSomersetcounty. In fact the first record concering James is found in

thedeedof Tho mas Stevenson to the Alexanders in 1714 and again in 1718.

In these deeds James,weaver,and son Moses were joint grantees

totheirland which laid just s outh ot the Mason-Dixon line,on the

eastbank of theElk River adoining the land of David Alexa nder. In

1725,hewas an executorof the will of John Garner and the same year he

andhis son Mos es joinedin addressing a petition to the Assembly (anumber

of New MunsterAlexanders also sign ed this document). In 1735,James and

Moses sold landand in 1736 he sold more land to his sonM oses. He

probably died soonthereafter for no further recordsconcering him are

found.

"Inhabitants of Cecil County 1649-1774" by Henry Peden

p. 14 Alexander, James - 1724- "James' Inheritance" - 170 acres#

, Joseph - 1724 "Joseph and James' Settlement" - 710 acres

Brevard D" James Alexander (weaver) (b abt 1652) ImmigratedfromIreland,

m Mary Steel (som e say Mary Wallace dau of Jane Wallace)

Pn Genol Mag p.1. 85,87 " James Alexander b. 1652 Scotland; d.

1725NewMunster,Cecil Co.,M d from Ireland to Somerset Co.,MD 1678 to

CecilCo.LandDeed 1714."

Another deed of 1718 New Munster does mention James

Alexander,weaver(born 1652) and so n Moses. Another mentions David

Alexander,weaver whoseland was contiguous with James and Mose s. So this

Jamesis still living in1718. This must be the brother to Samuel,

Williametc (of th e 7 originalbrothers)

Helen Smith JAMES ALEXANDER born 1652, one of

originalsevenbrothers and two sisters, s on of either a William

Alexander(NorrisPreyer) and wife unknown or son of Rev. James Alexande r

andMaryMaxwell. Some material has Mary as buried in Cecil County.His

wifewassaid to be Mar y Steel-confirmed in will of John Garner. He

hadlandadjacent to David with son Moses. He die d about 1740.

Welch " James Alexander,who called himself Weaver

andCarpentermarried Mary Daughter o f John Steel. Thay had six sons

listed inthewill probated 1719 "

Pn Genol Mag p.1. 85,87 " James Alexander b. 1652 Scotland;

d.abt1725 New Munster,Ceci l Co.,Maryland"

Alexander Pioneers James Alexnnder,weaver of Somerst

andCecilCo.MD.died in New Munste r area of Cecil Co. after 1740.

Itisreasonable to assume that he was the same James who "tran

sported"toSomerset county in 1678.(Index of Early Settlers Vol 1

LandOffice,Annapolis) and th at he was close kin to the other

AlexanderPioneers.However,no land or court record has been f ound of him

inSomersetcounty. In fact the first record concering James is found in

thedeedo f Thomas Stevenson to the Alexanders in 1714 and again in 1718.

In these deeds James,weaver,and son Moses were joint grantees

totheirland which laid just s outh ot the Mason-Dixon line -------------------- "James the Weaver"

DNA results here:

http://alexanderdna.org/summary.html

James Alexander was probably from Ulster, North of Ireland. The date of his birth is not known. It is reasonable to assume that he was the same James who "transported" to Somerset County on the eastern shore of Maryland in 1678 (Index of Early Settlers, Vol. I, Land Office, Hall of Records, Annapolis, Maryland). This James Alexander, of Cecil County, was probably a brother or near relative of William Alexander, Sr., Andrew and Samuel, of Somerset County, as well as a brother of Joseph Alexander of Cecil County, who was a tanner.

Assuming that James Alexander was the one who "transported" in 1678 to Somerset County, he was doubtless one of the Alexander group who removed to the "Head of ye Bay" and for whom George Talbot, Surveyor General, surveyed the New Munster lands in 1683. The fact that he had a son, Moses, old enough in 1714 to received title to land, proves that he was of middle age and could have been in Cecil County for many years.

James Alexander and his son, Moses, both were weavers and farmers. The name of his wife does not appear in the records, nor any reference to her birth or death.

In 1718, Thomas Stevenson confirmed each of the purchasers of his land in a separate deed. James Alexander and his son, Moses, had land located in the New Munster division known as Milford Hundred.

There are no further records of James Alexander until 1735 when we find him selling this land:

"Deeds, Cecil County, Maryland, Book 5, p. 97, April 8, 1735

This indenture the 8th day of April 1735, between James Alexander with Moses his son, and Mary, wife to ye said Moses, of the one part?and William Sample, of Chester County, Pennsylvania of the other part?.

The said James Alexander, Moses Alexander, and wife Mary, do sell unto the said William Sample, a parcel of land being a part of the 92 acres purchased from Thomas Stevenson, of Bucks County, Pennsylvania?1718.

Wit: Signed: James Alexander

David Alexander Moses Alexander

John McCallmont Mary Alexander

Then came Captain James Alexander, Moses Alexander, and Mary, wife of the said Moses?.

Deeds, Cecil Co., MD, Book 5, p. 235 1736

James Alexander, Gentleman, of Milford Hundred, releases to his son, Moses Alexander, the remainder of the tract of land jointly purchased by them from Thomas Stevenson.

James Alexander disappears from the record about 1740, and it is supposed he died about that time, but no will or administration has ever been found for him.

He probably married in Ireland, and his wife may have been dead when he came to America.

Children of James Alexander

As for children: We know he definitely had one son, Moses, and he seems to have had a son, James, Jr.

David Alexander, weaver, bought land adjoining his, but whether this David was his older son, or whether he was a brother, is not known.

The EARLY SETTLERS OF MARYLAND" by GUS SKORDAS

Alexander, James Liber 15 folio 553 Transported 1678

"James Alexander was a passenger on The St. George, a merchant ship that sailed from Waterford, Ireland to Maryland in 1677"

The passenger list for The St. George, a merchant ship that sailed from Waterford, Ireland to Maryland in 1677

St. George - London - Waterford - Maryland - Oct 7, 1677

Following is The passenger list for The St. George, a merchant ship that sailed from Waterford, Ireland to Maryland in 1677, carrying 180 passengers.

"Oct. 7 [1677] Portsmouth. Ralegh Hull to Robert Yard. This morning sailed from Spithead The St. George of London for Waterford and thence for Maryland, wind N. E." On November 1, 1678, John Quigley, a merchant captain, not The captain of The ship, appeared before The Secretary of Maryland and applied for land warrants for transporting 180 settlers into The province on The ship St. George of London. Following is The list of settlers. The original spelling is duplicated, along with The original order of names.

William Simple

James Alexander

Captain John Quigley hath appeared before me and made oath upon The Holy Evangelist of Almighty God that The severall persons within named amounting to The number of one hundred and eighty were by him imported into this province in The Ship St. George of London, and that neither himself nor any person for him by his consent privity or knowledge hath made use of their or any of their rights for taking up of land according to The condition of plantations. Given under my hand The first day of November anno 1678. Source: Maryland State Archives. Land Office, Patent Records, Liber 15, Folio 553. Annapolis, Maryland: 1678.

George C.Greer; Early Varginia Immigrants 1623 - 1666. " Names of Immigrants Compiled from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680. Besides James Alexander listed for 1678 there was a John Alexander listed for 1679

Index " James Alexander, weaver, married Mary Steele who probably died in Somerset. The Index of Early Settlers, Vol 1, Land Commissioner's Office, Annapolis, Md., has a James Alexander, weaver transported to Somerset in 1678.

According to The book, "Alexander Kin I", page 15 under The caption of

Chapter IV Third Generation, James, Weaver, one of "The Seven

Brothers", The immigrant.

The EARLY SETTLERS OF MARYLAND" by GUS SKORDAS

Alexander, James Liber 15 folio 553 Transported 1678

" James Alexander was a passenger on The St. George, a merchant ship that sailed from Waterford, Ireland to Maryland in 1677"

The passenger list for The St. George, a merchant ship that sailed from Waterford, Ireland to Maryland in 1677

St. George - London - Waterford - Maryland - Oct 7, 1677 Following is The passenger list for The St. George, a merchant ship that sailed from Waterford, Ireland to Maryland in 1677, carrying 180 passengers. "Oct. 7 [1677] Portsmouth. Ralegh Hull to Robert Yard. This morning sailed from Spithead The St. George of London for Waterford and thence for Maryland, wind N. E." On November 1, 1678, John Quigley, a merchant captain, not The captain of The ship, appeared before The Secretary of Maryland and applied for land warrants for transporting 180 settlers into The province on The ship St. George of London. Following is The list of settlers. The original spelling is duplicated, along with The original order of names.

William Simple

James Alexander

Captain John Quigley hath appeared before me and made oath upon The Holy Evangelist of Almighty God that The severall persons within named amounting to The number of one hundred and eighty were by him imported into this province in The Ship St. George of London, and that neither himself nor any person for him by his consent privity or knowledge hath made use of their or any of their rights for taking up of land according to The condition of plantations. Given under my hand The first day of November anno 1678. Source: Maryland State Archives. Land Office, Patent Records, Liber 15, Folio 553. Annapolis, Maryland: 1678.

George C.Greer; Early Varginia Immigrants 1623 - 1666. " Names of Immigrants Compiled from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680. Besides James Alexander listed for 1678 there was a John Alexander listed for 1679

Index " James Alexander, weaver, married Mary Steele who probably died in Somerset. The Index of Early Settlers, Vol 1, Land Commissioner's Office, Annapolis, Md., has a James Alexander, weaver transported to Somerset in 1678.(Alex Kin) A brother Andrew Alexander had children Elias and Abigail born in Somerset, but he is thought to have died by 1700 as he is not found later in Cecil County or Somerset. Elias was early found in Cecil County as witness of New Munster purchase.

COPY OF DEED 1714

Thomas Stevenson to MATTHEW WALLACE, James Alexander, Arthur Alexander, David Alexander, James Alexander and Joseph Alexander.

Recorded in Book 2. (J. D. 2) pages 280-281-282-283, one of The Land Record Books in and for Cecil Co. State of Maryland. Dated May 18, 1714.

This INDENTURE made The eighteenth day of May in The thirteenth year of The Reign of our Soverigh Lay Anne by The Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland, Queen defender of The faith & in ye years of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fourteen by and between Thomas Stevenson of ye County of Bucks in ye Province of Pennsylvania, Gent of ye one part and MATTHEW WALLACE, yeoman,James Alexander, farmer, and carpenter Arthur Alexander farmer, David Alexander weaver, James Alexander weaver, and

Joseph Alexander Tanner

Pn Genol Mag p.1. 85,87 " James Alexander b. 1652 Scotland; . d. abt 1725 New Munster,Cecil Co.,Md"

Alex Kin p.8.,9 " James Alexander, weaver transported to Somerset in 1678.

Land Deed 1714. Milford Hundred: sold part of land to Wm.Semple of Chester Co.,Pa Deed book 5 P.97 Cecil Co. (border dispute between MD.DE,PA settled by Mason-Dixon line)"

Alex Kin P 201 "Deed Thomas Stevenson of Bucks Co., PA gent. For £20 to James Alexander of Cecil Co., weaver, and Moses Alexander his son 92 ¾ acres of land by Christiana Creek in The easternmost part of a line of The Newmunster tract and is a corner of Joseph Alexander's land, part of 903 acres purchased from Robert Roberts of Queen Anne's Co. by deed dated 14 Aug 1718. Made 15 Aug 1718. Wit Gavin Hutchinson, James Alexander, John Alexander. Ackn: by Gavin Hutchinson, attorney for Stevenson JP's Matth. Vanbebber, M. Vanderheyden. Rec 11 Feb 1718 S. Knight, Clerk.

On page 5, Chapter II of Alex Kin it starts something to The affect that their ancestor is James The weaver, but willl include material they have on seven brothers. The first one listed is William Alexander (born 1646) his cattle mark registered 1687, his son Wm. Jr. and his wife Ann, probably Ann Liston, dau of Wm. Liston.

Pioneers "Was transported to Somerset Co. Md. in 1678/9. (Early settlers,Vol 1, Land Office ,Annapolis).

Deeds Cecil Deed Book 3. 212. August 15,1718 His wife Mary name on deed for land in New Munster Tract Recorded 22 Oct 1718/9.

Brevard " James Alexander (weaver) (b abt 1652) Immigrated from Ireland, m Mary (some say Mary Wallace dau of Jane Wallace) James and Mary lived in The Milford "Hundred' of The New Munster tract in Northern Cecil Co., Md."

Alexander Pioneers James Alexnnder,weaver of Somerst and Cecil Co.MD.died in New Munster area of Cecil Co. after 1740. It is reasonable to assume that he was The same James who "transported" to Somerset County in 1678.(Index of Early Settlers Vol 1 Land office, Annapolis) and that he was close kin to The other Alexander Pioneers. However,no land or court record has been found of him in Somerset County. In fact The first record concering James is found in The deed of Thomas Stevenson to The Alexanders in 1714 and again in 1718.

In these deeds James,weaver,and son Moses were joint grantees to their land which laid just south ot The Mason-Dixon line,on The east bank of The Elk River adoining The land of David Alexander. In 1725,he was an executor of The will of John Garner and The same year he and his son Moses joined in addressing a petition to The Assembly (a number of New Munster Alexanders also signed this document). In 1735, James and Moses sold land and in 1736 he sold more land to his son Moses. He probably died soon thereafter for no further records concering him are found.

"Inhabitants of Cecil County 1649-1774" by Henry Peden p. 14 Alexander, James - 1724- "James' Inheritance" - 170 acres#, Joseph - 1724 "Joseph and James' Settlement" - 710 acres

Ch Christinia "The Presbyterian Historical Society has John Garner as The first recorded elder of The Head of Christiana Church in 1707, followed by John Steel in 1711, James Alexander beginning in 1715, joined by David Alexander in 1726, The latter serving until 1732. On 8/9/1726, John Brevard of The Elder Broad Creek Church and David Alexander attended The New Castle Presbytery in DE. In 1717,

GUS SKORDAS "Alexander, James Liber 15 folio 553 Transported 1678

MD Heraldic Families pg 64 " James Alexander, weaver, married Mary Steele who probably died in Somerset. The Index of Early Settlers, Vol 1, Land Commissioner's Office, Annapolis, Md., has a James Alexander, weaver transported to Somerset in 1678. A brother Andrew Alexander had children Elias and Abigail born in Somerset, but he is thought to have died by 1700 as he is not found later in Cecil County or Somerset. Elias was early found in Cecil County as witness of New Munster purchase.

Pn Genol Mag p.1. 85,87 " James Alexander b. 1652 Scotland; d.abt 1725 New Munster,Cecil Co.,Md from Ireland to Somerset Co.,MD 1678 to Cecil Co.Land Deed 1714."

Another deed of 1718 New Munster does mention James Alexander, weaver (born 1652) and son Moses. Another mentions David Alexander, weaver whose land was contiguous with James and Moses. So this James is still living in 1718.

Brevard D" James Alexander (weaver) (b abt 1652) Immigrated from Ireland, m Mary Steel (some say Mary Wallace dau of Jane Wallace)

Peden " James Alexander mentioned in 1755 deposition of Sophia Gardner that he is her father and that James Alexander, jr.is her brother (CELC 2:57-58)

Alex Notebooks pg 6 " James Alexander,weaver died in New Munster area of Cecil Co.after 1740

MD Heraldic Families pg 64 " One William Alexander came from Scotland before 1675, Ch--of William Sr. unknown but for William Jr., who m- Catherine. (Will dated 3/7/1732, Somerset Co., Md., book E. B. 9, folio 174; made 2nd will after death of his son, James.) Issue--James, m-- (???) (Will dated 3/30/1725. Somerset Co., Md., book W. B. 9, folio 174.) Samuel; Moses, issue--Mary; Eliza; Samuel. Liston (???); Mary (???); Agnes, m--William Alexander, her cousin, parents of Col. Adam Alexander, with line proven.

Welch " James Alexander,who called himself Weaver and Carpenter married Mary Daughter of John Steel. Thay had six sons listed in The will probated 1719 "

Pn Genol Mag p.1. 85,87 " James Alexander b. 1652 Scotland; d. abt 1725 New Munster,Cecil Co.,Md"

Alexander Pioneers James Alexnnder,weaver of Somerst and Cecil Co.MD.died in New Munster area of Cecil Co. after 1740. It is reasonable to assume that he was The same James who "transported" to Somerset County in 1678.(Index of Early Settlers Vol 1 Land office, Annapolis) and that he was close kin to The other Alexander Pioneers. However,no land or court record has been found of him in Somerset County. In fact The first record concering James is found in The deed of Thomas Stevenson to The Alexanders in 1714 and again in 1718. Deed Book 3. 212. Aug 15 1718

In these deeds James,weaver,and son Moses were joint grantees to their land which laid just south ot The Mason-Dixon line,on The east bank of The Elk River adoining The land of David Alexander. In 1725,he was an executor of The will of John Garner and The same year he and his son Moses joined in addressing a petition to The Assembly (a number of New Munster Alexanders also signed this document). In 1735, James and Moses sold land and in 1736 he sold more land to his son Moses. He probably died soon thereafter for no further records concering him are found.

Another deed of 1718 New Munster does mention James Alexander, weaver (born 1652) and son Moses. Another mentions David Alexander, weaver whose land was contiguous with James and Moses. So this James is still living in 1718. This must be The brother to Samuel, William etc (of The 7 original brothers)

Church Christiana " A Rev. Gillespie was The first pastor of church, Head of Christiana, in Cecil Co. Elders. John Garner was The first one mentioned 1707, John Steel,1711, James Alexander, and David Alexander, 1726, Andrew Wallace in 1726"

James, "The weaver".

D.A. Tompkins, History of Mecklenburg Co NC, Vol I, (Charlotte 1903) states James 'The weaver' transported to Somerset in 1678. This James seems to disappear from The records about 1740. No will or estate settlement has been found. No mention is made of his wife after 1714.His son James Jr was on The Rent Roll in The New Munster section in 1738. Alexander Kin states only Moses and James Jr have been authenticated as children of James 'The weaver' although they say he must have had others.

The CharlMeck story ". JAMES Alexander was The person of that name called "weaver", fifth listed of The Alexanders in The sale of land to "Matthew Wallace and Co." by

Thomas Stevenson of Bucks Co., Pa., through his attorney, John McKnitt, in 1714.11 He married Mary, daughter of John Steel. In his will 12 he calls himself "James Alexander, carpenter, of New Minster, Cecil County." He named as executors his wife, Mary, his father-in-law John Steel, yoeman [sic], of New Castle County, Delaware, and his "brother Francis Alexander of Cecil County, Maryland." A witness was his brother Samuel Alexander. The will of John Garner, of Cecil County, dated 7 March 1723/4, probated 22 October 1725,13 contained a bequest of £40 to "The children of James Alexander by Mary Steel." The eldest of these was Moses Alexander who was a witness to that will. Another was David, and Arthur was probably another. In their father's 1719 will mention by name is made of other sons named Joseph, John, and Francis The youngest.

10 This was surveyed for him 20 May 1689. It contained 200 acres "in The fork of The Southern most branches of The Rockiawakin."

11 2 Cecil County Deeds ,280, 283, at Elkton.

12 Abstracted Calendar of Delaware Wills: New Castle County, C-103. 13 Baldwin: Maryland Calendar 0f Wills, Vol. V p. 204.

14 Frances Alexander Butterworth: A Family of The House of Alexander, p.12.

15 Same reference as in footnote 14.

There is a well established tradition that seven Alexander brothers, Presbyterians from Scotland who had sojourned a while in The north of Ireland, probably at Raphoe.Co., Donegal, and Sligo,Co.,came to Somerset Co.Md. before going on to Cecil Co. If we may judge from The circumstantial evidence remaining, then along with The brothers came two sisters: one, The wife of Matthew Wallace; The other Jane, who married John McKnitt. '

"The passenger list for The St. George, a merchant ship that sailed from Waterford, Ireland to Maryland in 1677"

St. George - London - Waterford - Maryland - Oct 7, 1677 Following is The passenger list for The St. George, a merchant ship that sailed from Waterford, Ireland to Maryland (don't know what port) in 1677, carrying 180 passengers. "Oct. 7 [1677] Portsmouth. Ralegh Hull to Robert Yard. This morning sailed from Spithead The St. George of London for Waterford and thence for Maryland, wind N. E." On November 1, 1678, John Quigley, a merchant captain, not The captain of The ship, appeared before The Secretary of Maryland and applied for land warrants for transporting 180 settlers into The province on The ship St. George of London. Following is The list of settlers. The original spelling is duplicated, along with The original order of names.

William Simple

James Alexander

Captain John Quigley hath appeared before me and made oath upon The Holy Evangelist of Almighty God that The severall persons within named amounting to The number of one hundred and eighty were by him imported into this province in The Ship St. George of London, and that neither himself nor any person for him by his consent privity or knowledge hath made use of their or any of their rights for taking up of land according to The condition of plantations. Given under my hand The first day of November anno 1678. Source: Maryland State Archives. Land Office, Patent Records, Liber 15, Folio 553. Annapolis, Maryland: 1678.

George C.Greer; Early Varginia Immigrants 1623 - 1666. " Names of Immigrants Compiled from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680. Besides James Alexander listed for 1678 there was a John Alexander listed for 1679

Gust Skordas "Alexander, John Liber 20 Folio 185 Transported in 1679

DeedMD 2:280 This Indenture made 18 day of May 1715 between Thomas Stevenson of Bucks Co.,.Province of Penn and Nathan (Mathias or Matthew) Wallace,Yeoman, James Alexander Farmer, Arthur Alexander farmer, David Alexander weaver, James Alexander weaver, and Joseph Alexander,etc. This trract of land contained 1150 aces being on The east side of The main brach of The Elk river in Cecil County in The Provence of Maryland, part of said Tract to James Alexander weaver and his son Moses Alexander, joint purchasers etc.

PA Genol Mag " James Alexander was The person of that name called"weaver" fifth listed of The Alexanders in The sale of land to Matthew Wallace and Co."by Thomas Stevenson,of BucksCo,Pa,through his attorney,John Mcknitt,in 1714 (Cecil County Deeds 280,283,at Elkton)."

Pioneers " The first record concering James is found in The deed of Thomas Stevenson to The Alexanders in 1714 and again in 1718 In these deeds James, weaver and son Moses were joint grantees to their land which laid just south of The Mason-Dixon line, on The east bank of The Elk River. adjoining The land of David Alexander,"

Alexander Pioneers James Alexnnder,weaver of Somerst and Cecil Co.MD.died in New Munster area of Cecil Co. after 1740. It is reasonable to assume that he was The same James who "transported" to Somerset County in 1678.(Index of Early Settlers Vol 1 Land Office, Annapolis) and that he was close kin to The other Alexander Pioneers. However,no land or court record has been found of him in Somerset County. In fact The first record concering James is found in The deed of Thomas Stevenson to The Alexanders in 1714 and again in 1718.

In these deeds James,weaver,and son Moses were joint grantees to their land which laid just south ot The Mason-Dixon line,on The east bank of The Elk River adoining The land of David Alexander. In 1725,he was an executor of The will of John Garner and The same year he and his son Moses joined in addressing a petition to The Assembly (a number of New Munster Alexanders also signed this document). In 1735, James and Moses sold land and in 1736 he sold more land to his son Moses. He probably died soon thereafter for no further records concering him are found.

Only two children of James,weaver are of record, Namely Moses and James jr.The former became his father's heir and took over his unsold land. Nothing is known of James Jr. except that he was charged with ground rent on The tract "New Munster" in 1739.

Peden Colonial Familes "James Alexander deposing in 1755 that Sophia Gardner is his daughter and James Alexander jr. deposes that Sophia Gardner is his sister. (Since James The weaver was The only James to have a son named James Jr. of this period, it appears that this refers to our James The weaver and his son James Jr. John Gardner will of abt.1723 shows that The children of James and Mary Steele are left some money. Sophia must have died by 1755. However that means that James The weaver must have been younger than born in 1652 to still be alive in 1755. I venture that he may have been born about 1660 and been about 18 years old when he came to Maryland on The St. George 1678.)r (CELC 2:57-58)

Deeds Maryland 3-282 The land of New Munster owned by Joseph [James] Alexander, carpender, deceased, was conveyed in 1719 by His sons Joseph, John, Francis and Mary (relict of James B.) to Joseph Alexander and James his son. 316 Acres of land bought by James B. from Thomas Stevenson. in 1714.( Cecil Deed Book 3 page 282 dtd 18 Mar 1719)

Brevard D " James Alexander (weaver) (b abt 1652) Immigrated from Ireland, m Mary Steel (some say Mary Wallace dau of Jane Wallace) James and Mary lived in The Milford "Hundred' of The New Munster tract in Northern Cecil Co., Md."

Will John Garner "Garner, John, Cecil Co, 7th March 1723-4, 22nd Oct 1725

To : children of James Alexander, by Mary Steel, L40"

MD Heraldic Families Pg 60-61 under subtitile: " History of Presbyterians in America, New Brunswick Presbytery."In 1750 John Steel became part of this Synod as minister. He came from Ireland from The Londonderry Presbytery. He settled in New London, Penn, emigrated to Va. Augusta Co. (then Rockbridge) included Alexanders, Browns, Wallaces and Patons -all intermarried. (James The weaver mar. Mary Steele and Samuel's son James (d.1717) married a Mary Steele

Maryland Heralic Families p.58 "James Alexander m. Mary (....) who had come from Munster, Ireland and d. bef 1714"

MD Hearldic Families PAGE 58: " Mary WALLACE Alexander was, with several sons, among The first to purchase and colonize a large tract of land in Cecil Co., Md. With others she fled to this country from Munster, The Earl of Sterling having suffered attainder,together with several thousand, from earls to yeomen, during The Dublin Parliment of James The Second.

Evans " James Alexander,who called himself Weaver and Carpenter married Mary Daughter of John Steel. Thay had six sons listed in The will probated 1719 "

Index " James Alexander, weaver, married Mary Steele who probably died in Somerset. The Index of Early Settlers, Vol 1, Land Commissioner's Office, Annapolis, Md., has a James Alexander, weaver transported to Somerset in 1678.(Alex Kin) A brother Andrew Alexander had children Elias and Abigail born in Somerset, but he is thought to have died by 1700 as he is not found later in Cecil County or Somerset. Elias was early found in Cecil County as witness of New Munster purchase.

History Cecil " George Johnston, in History of Cecil Co. concludes that Mary Alexander was " The widow of James Alexander decesed"

"Inhabitants of Cecil County 1649-1774" by Henry Peden p. 133 Early Inhabitants of Cecil Co Alexander, Mary..widow of James Alexander 1718"

Deed book 5 p 97 Cecil Co Md. dated April 1 1735 records: "James Alexander and son Moses and Mary wife of ye said Moses" selling part of their New Munster tract to William Sample of Chester Co.Pa.

Documents seem to verify the existence of seven Alexander brothers (Andrew, William, Samuel, James, Francis, Joseph, and John) who settled in Somerset County, Maryland between the years 1677 and 1714, having come from Ulster. Some researchers believe the father of these brothers to be James Alexander, born about 1628 in Lanarkshire, Scotland or some nearby location in the Scottish Lowlands. However, I would advise caution in accepting this as absolute fact since it is based on family tradition alone. It is entirely probable that the Alexanders came from the Lowlands but the exact location remains unproven by recorded evidence.

The above mentioned authors in addition to Helen Smith of Texas, an unpublished researcher who has an unbelievable data base on the Alexanders, believe that our Alexanders trace to the first immigrant James Alexander, frequently referred to as James Alexander, weaver to distinguish him from others of a similar given name. Other James Alexander's were often noted as carpenter or blacksmith, etc. Lacking any proof to the contrary and accepting the methodical research that brought previous genealogists to such a conclusion, I believe James Alexander, weaver to be our original immigrant. When the generations are delineated, we will see that James Alexander, weaver is the ggg-grandfather of Margaret Alexander Berryhill.

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James and Mary Steele Alexander

The approximate date of birth for James Alexander, weaver is 1652. Most believe this James was among those included on the passenger's list for the ship The St. George, sailing out of Waterford, Ireland to Maryland on October 7, 1677, transported 1678. On this list was included the name of William Simple [sic] or Sample: this family would be found with the Alexander family for years to come, often intermarrying. James was not listed among the indentured passengers; therefore it is believed that he came through independent means.

While records are not conclusive, most researchers believe James married Mary Steele, daughter of John Steele found of record when he signed a loyalty oath to William and Mary of England in Somerset County, Maryland, 28 November 1689. Many of the signers' descendants would be found in North Carolina years later. It is believed that Mary Steele died in Somerset County prior to the family's move to Cecil County.

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Some believe that upon his arrival in the New World, James stayed for a short while in Accomack County, Virginia prior to his moving to Somerset County in Maryland, a short distance since the colonies intersected in that particular geographic area. Definitive records are not available to document his exact movements; however, it was not unusual for families to arrive in one colony only to be transported to another.

This was often a financial arrangement whereby the colonists could obtain land warrants after paying their own transport (as in the case of Robert Holt) or they were transported as "head rights" for others seeking large tracts of land. Others were transported as indentured servants for a specific period of time. With the colonies being independent entities, many of the settlers shopped about from one colony to another in hopes of obtaining more or better land.


Others moved for freedom of religious practices and political beliefs. While we have been taught that the United States was founded to a large extent as a haven for religious freedom, the early colonial period did not necessarily exhibit that tolerance. As an example, those in control of Virginia prior to independence were staunch Anglicans. Those of other faiths, in our case Presbyterians, were often not welcomed and their preachers were forbidden to practice their faith.

Some did not share an enthusiasm for the form of government in operation in Virginia, pre-revolutionary times. Others, particularly Scot-Irish did not share an enthusiasm for England, the mother country. Still others moved about to gain new lands or simply because their neighbors were moving. Whatever the reasons, there was a constant, restless movement within and among the colonies. During this time period, it would have been highly likely that James would have been one of those on the move.

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James the weaver's stay in Somerset County produced no records for us to determine the length of stay. However, in May of 1714, we find a land transaction involving James in the New Munster area of Maryland, present day Cecil County. The county is located in the extreme northeast region of Maryland near the borders of Pennsylvania and Delaware. Just across the Delaware River is New Castle, an historic city that served as the point of entry for many immigrants in the colonial period.

The New Munster story is worthy of additional examination but beyond the scope of this study. History buffs might find it interesting to take a longer look at the Munster settlement, closely associated with the third Lord Baltimore.

May 8, 1714. Thomas Stevenson to Matthew Wallace,

James Alexander, Arthur Alexander, David Alexander,

James Alexander, and Joseph Alexander, 1,150 acres,

on the east side of the Big Elk, for sum of one hundred

and seventy two pounds - ten shillings.

Within the deed, the grantees are named as Matthew Wallace, yeoman; James Alexander, farmer; Arthur Alexander, farmer; David Alexander, weaver; James Alexander, weaver; and Joseph Alexander, tanner.

This sale of land was to all of the grantees in common. It would be for them to assign particular portions to each other. James the weaver and his son Moses lived in the northern area of the tract in an area to become known as Milford Hundred. We do not know the exact acreage he drew.

In 1718, Thomas Stevenson gave them individual titles to the land they had settled on and improved.

Thomas Stevenson of Bucks Co., PA gent. For 20 pds.

to James Alexander of Cecil Co., weaver, and Moses

Alexander his son 92 3/4 acres of land by Christiana Creek

in the easternmost part of a line of the New Munster tract...

In 1735, James, Moses and his wife Mary, sold 92 acres to William Sample, weaver of Chester County, Pennsylvania. This was land formerly held by Thomas Stevenson. In the same instrument, James deeded the balance to Moses, so there must have been more than 92 acres at that point in time.

James sold additional land to son Moses for 30 pds., October

20, 1736, land formerly bought from Stevenson by James and Moses.

It is assumed that James the weaver acquired more land as the years progressed; perhaps the deeds were never recorded or we have been unable to find them.

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James the weaver disappeared from record about 1740, no will found; therefore, we assume he died in Cecil County, Maryland about that time. It appears that James and Mary had at least four children, perhaps more: James Jr., David, Mary, and Moses. James Jr was found on the ground rent roll for New Munster in 1739. Nothing of certainty has been found on the other children, except Moses.

One take on his parentage:

FIRST GENERATION

1. John ALEXANDER of Tarbert,Kintyre was born between 1601 and 1604 in

Tarbert, Kentyre, Scotland. He died about 1641 in Eridy, Donegal County,

Ireland.

He was married to Elizabeth/Agnes/Cleo Vershoyle GRAHAME/GREENE (daughter

of I.K. VERSOYLE-CAMPBELL) in 1623 in Tassagart, Saggart, Co Dublin,

Ireland.. Elizabeth/Agnes/Cleo Vershoyle GRAHAME/GREENE was born about

1600 in Tassagart, Saggart, Co Dublin, Ireland.. John ALEXANDER of

Tarbert,Kintyre and Elizabeth/Agnes/Cleo Vershoyle GRAHAME/GREENE had the

following children:

+2i.William ALEXANDER.

+3ii.Andrew ALEXANDER Rev D.D..

4iii.Janet ALEXANDER was born.

+5iv.Robert ALEXANDER.

+6v.Archibald ALEXANDER.

+7vi.John ALEXANDER.

8vii.Elizabeth ALEXANDER was born in 1632 in Tarbert, Kentyre,

Scotland.

SECOND GENERATION

2. William ALEXANDER was born about 1625 of Eridy, Donegal Co., Ireland.

He died in 1715 in Somerset Co..

William ALEXANDER had the following children:

+9i.William ALEXANDER Sr. (Org 7).

+10ii.Andrew ALEXANDER (Org 7) farmer.

+11iii.Elizabeth ALEXANDER org 7.

+12iv.James B. ALEXANDER (Org 7) weaver.

+13v.Frances ALEXANDER (Org 7).

+14vi.Samuel ALEXANDER Sr. (Org 7).

+15vii.Joseph ALEXANDER (Org 7) tanner.

+16viii.Jane ALEXANDER org 7.

+17ix.John ALEXANDER (Org 7).

"With the new DNA tester coming in on David Alexander's line, (I am presuming it is David Alexander the Weaver, born 1680) to James the Weaver. It proves James the Weaver is still a brother to both Samuel and Joseph Alexander."

"We have not been able to find any male Alexander heirs of Francis, John nor William. Using Jack Wells' site as reference: William's most recent Alexander male listed is a gggrandson b. abt 1780; Francis shows a grandson b. 1720; John shows the most recent heirs but we have not been able to connect with any yet."

James Alexander, born about 1660, and died about 1755, in Cecil County, Maryland. James was twice married, the names of his first and second wives are not known. By his first wife, he had issue at least one son as follow: A. David Alexander, known as "Weaver" was born about 1680 in Somerset County, Maryland. He died after 23 Oct 1769 in Cecil County, Maryland. By his second wife, Joseph had the following known children, all born in Somerset County, Maryland. B. James Alexander Jr., born about 1690, and died after 1755. C. Moses Alexander, born about 1693, and died before 1 Dec 1762, in New Munster, Maryland. He was buried in the Head of Christiana Church Cemetery, Newark, New Castle County, Delaware. D. Sophia Alexander, born about 1697, and died after 1755, in Cecil County, Maryland. She married John Gardner. E. Mark Alexander, born 1700. Mark married his paternal first cousin once remove, Mary Wallace, daughter of Matthew Wallace and Sarah Alexander, and granddaughter of Samuel Alexander and Mary Taylor.

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James B. Alexander's Timeline

1652
1652
Raphoe, Donegal, Ulster, Ireland
1670
1670
Age 18
Raphoe, Donegal, Ulster, Ireland
1675
1675
Age 23
New Munster Manor, Cecil County, Maryland
1680
1680
Age 28
New Munster Manor, Cecil County, Maryland
1682
1682
Age 30
Cecil County, Maryland
1686
1686
Age 34
Cecil, Maryland, USA
1688
1688
Age 36
Cecil County, Maryland
1690
1690
Age 38
Somerset County, Maryland
1713
1713
Age 61
New Castle County, Delaware
1719
July 12, 1719
Age 67
New Munster, Cecil, Maryland, United States