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Philip Alexander, II

Also Known As: "name sake of Alexandria Virginia"
Birthplace: St. Paul's Parish, Stafford, Virginia
Death: Died in Stafford, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of Phillip Alexander, I, Colonel and Sarah McGill
Husband of Sarah Alexander
Father of Jane Ashton; Frances Stuart; Elizabeth Alexander; Sarah Fendall; John Alexander and 3 others
Brother of Jane Dade; Elizabeth Frances Dade and Sarah Dade
Half brother of Ann Scott and Robert Burden Clifton

Occupation: Captain, Justice
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About Capt. Philip Alexander, ll

Philip Alexander

  • Birth: July 22 1704
  • Death: July 19 1753 - Stafford County, Virginia
  • Parents: Philip Alexander, Sarah Ashton
  • Wife: Sarah Hooe
  • Children: Frances Alexander, Jane Alexander, Elizabeth Alexander, Sarah Alexander, John Alexander, William Alexander, Robert Alexander, Philip Alexander

Owner of a 500 Acre Estate that a portion of, later became known as Alexandria, Virginia (With cousin Capt John Alexander, co-founded Alexandria, Virginia)

the founding of Alexandria, Virginia

From Wikipedia

Around 1746, Captain Philip Alexander II (1704–1753) moved to what is south of present Duke Street in Alexandria. His estate, which consisted of 500 acres (2.0 km2), was bounded by Hunting Creek, Hooff’s Run, the Potomac River, and approximately the line which would become Cameron Street. At the opening of Virginia's 1748–49 legislative session, there was a petition submitted in the House of Burgesses on November 1, 1748, that the "inhabitants of Fairfax (Co.) praying that a town may be established at Hunting Creek Warehouse on Potowmack River," as Hugh West was the owner of the warehouse. The petition was introduced by Lawrence Washington (1718-1752), the representative for Fairfax County and, more importantly, the son-in-law of William Fairfax and a founding member of the Ohio Company. To support the Company's push for a town on the river, Lawrence's younger brother George Washington, an aspiring surveyor, made a sketch of the shoreline touting the advantages of the tobacco warehouse site.[7]

Since the river site was amidst his estate, Philip opposed the idea and strongly favored a site at the head of Hunting Creek (also known as Great Hunting Creek). It has been said that in order to avoid a predicament the petitioners offered to name the new town Alexandria, in honor of Philip’s family. As a result, Philip and his cousin Captain John Alexander (1711–1763) gave land to assist in the development of Alexandria, and are thus listed as the founders. This John was the son of Robert Alexander II (1688–1735).


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Capt. Philip Alexander, ll's Timeline

July 22, 1704
Stafford, Virginia
October 3, 1728
Age 24
King Geo Co., Va
January 12, 1730
Age 25
Stafford Co., Va
December 23, 1731
Age 27
September 30, 1733
Age 29
Stafford, Virginia
November 15, 1735
Age 31
Stafford Co., Va
May 31, 1742
Age 37
March 3, 1744
Age 39
Prince William, Virginia, USA
August 1, 1746
Age 42