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Alexander Cleveland, Sr.

Birthplace: Abingdon Parish, Gloucester County, Virginia
Death: 1770
Blue Run, Orange, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Roger Cleveland and Dorcas Cleveland
Husband of Mildred "Millie" Cleveland
Father of Micajah Cleveland; Alexander Cleveland; John Cleveland, Sr.; Grace Coffey; William Cleveland and 6 others
Brother of John Cleveland and Elizabeth Cleveland

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About Alexander Cleveland, Sr.

Roger Cleveland’s children (John, Elizabeth, and Alexander--who married Milly Presley and advanced the Southern line) were all born in Gloucester County. Abingdon Parish records show that Alexander was baptized 31 Jul 1687

He married Mildred Cleveland in abt 1695 to 1711, in Virginia.[4]


The KNOWN children of Alexander and Mary Presley Cleveland are:

  1. Alexander b. 25 May 1712, Abingdon Parish, Gloucester, VA d. 1776, Blue Run, Orange County, Virginia
  2. John b. 31 Jul 1714, Abingdon Parish, Gloucester, VA d. 1 Nov 1778, Blue Run, Orange County, Virginia
  3. William (b. 23 Feb 1717/8 Abingdon Parish, Gloucester, VA - d. 9 Jun 1788, Loudoun County, VA - Probate)
  4. Benjamin (b. 21 Nov 1721 Abingdon Parish, Gloucester, VA)


Alexander died in 1770 in Orange, Virginia.[5]He nad lived to the age lf 111. He and Mildred died 3 days apart.

We're not sure whether he was born in England or Virginia. He lived to be about 111 years old. He died on his son, John's plantation on Blue Run, in Orange County, Virginia (within 3 days of the death of his wife).

Orange Co Record 1734 - Prince Curtis deeds Alexander Cleveland 101 acres. Alexander Jr. and Margaret, his wife, deed William Cowisey, June 28, 1759 100 acres, part of patent to Col. Thomas Chew for 1,600 acres. No will or settlement of estate.

The farm vacated by Robert Cleveland 1603? in Prince William Co, was rented by _____Holtzelaw to Alexander Cleveland.

Alexander Cleveland, Jr. died at the home of his son, John, on Blue Run in Orange County, Va at the age of 111. It is believed Alexander Jr.'s wife was Milly Presley who died in 1770 at the age of 103.

Alexander and Millie died at the home of their son John, on Blue Run around 1770 within three days of each other at the remarkable ages of 111 and 103. this is confirmed in a letter from Oliver dated May 10 1859. He writes "My father and grandfather were both named Alexander. My grandfather lived to be 111 and my grandmother to be 103 years old. My grandfather was by birth an Englishman.
Born about 1700-1712.

Spurious Pedigree

Mr. Cleveland is the protaganist of a novel by Abbé Prévost, originally published in French during 1731.[1] It characterizes Cleveland as a natural son of Oliver Cromwell and Elizabeth Cleveland,[2] with a wife called the daughter of a Lord Axminster.[2] Some seem to think there is some truth in it, since the novel belongs to the genre of historical fiction.[3][4]

While Prevost's character has no given name, some seem to correlate him with an Alexander Cleveland or the American immigrant Roger Cleveland, who married a woman named Dorcas

Name of wife unknown. Thought sons and daughters remained in Culpeper Co, VA.

Lived with his parents on Bull Run. It is not known whether he removed with them to Blue Run, VA.

Alexander Cleveland & "Lady Axmister" did not qualify at all as Alexander's parents based on George Martin's 1956 research. According to Martin (1956), he's the son of Roger Cleveland and Dorcas UNKNOWN


Title: Original Immigrant of Southern Clevelands

Author: Cleveland Family Chronicles Vikki L. Jeanne Cleveland

Publication: Copyright 1993


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Media: Electronic

His mother's sister was related to Lady Axminister of London. So he supported the crown during the English civil war who lost. Family lore says that when Oliver Cromwell won they left England - maybe forced or fled.

A Mr. Cleveland (may have been Alexander Cleveland 1) of Loughboro, County Leicester, England stated "To have accompanied prior to 1629, the Skipworths of Coats, and Henry Harrick from England to Virginia. If this was Alexander Cleveland, he evidently remained in Virginia while the other journeyed to Salem, Massachusetts. There are Clevelands in Virginia from old times." It was thought that he was a close kinship or brother to Moses Cleveland.

Lilia Cleveland told her granddaughter Linda Mulvihill that two Cleveland brothers came from England. One went north and one went south. The one who went north is a direct ancestor of President Cleveand.

We are related to the one who stayed south.

From “The Genealogy of the Cleveland and Cleaveland Families” compiled by Edmund Janes Cleveland and Horace Gillette Cleveland Volume 1. Hartford Conn. 1899.

Alexander was from England (don’t know where) and came to settle in Prince William County, Virginia. No record of his death or marriage. Wife is unknown. Had at least one child. Alexander Cleveland born probably 1659 either in England or Virginia.

Cleveland family also came to this country in the early to mid 1600s and very likely before 1629. They were part of the first colonization established around Jamestown Virginia that began with the landing of Captain John Smith and 214 passengers in 1607, prior to the Mayflower of 1620. Our lineage and anscestors migrated to and settled in Prince William, Bull Run Virginia in the 1600s, then Blue Run Virginia in 1734. Their children and grandchildren migrated to Wilkes County North Carolina in the 1760s to 1770s and to the Tugalo and Chauga Rivers of Georgia in the 1770s to early 1780s.

As the Revolutionary war began, all the brothers were actively enrolled in the Militia and/or the Continental Army, and either led or played a major role with the Overmountain Men. Under the leadership of Colonel Benjamin Cleveland, the group fought and assested at the Battle of Kings Mountain North Carolina on October 7th, 1780, noted by many as the turning point battle for the American Patriots in the Revolutionary War. The brothers continued military service until the end of the war, and after, received land grants in Georgia for their involvement.

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Alexander Cleveland, Sr.'s Timeline

July 31, 1687
Gloucester County, Virginia
Orange, Virginia, USA
May 25, 1712
Blue Run, Orange County, Province of Virginia
July 13, 1714
Orange County, Virginia, Colonial America
September 1, 1716
Gloucester County, Virginia
February 23, 1717
Gloucester County, Colony Of, Virginia, USA
November 21, 1721
Abingdon, Gloucester, Virginia, USA
Bull Run, Orange, VA
Orange County, Virginia, United States