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Captain Alexander Fleming

Birthdate: (56)
Birthplace: Cumbarnauld, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Death: December 30, 1668 (56)
Rappahannock River, Old Rappahannock County, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of NN Fleming and NN Fleming
Husband of NOT KNOWN ( Elspet ) Fleming
Father of Elizabeth Thornton; Alexia Pace; William Pollard Fleming; Thomas Fleming; John Fleming, died in infancy and 7 others

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About Captain Alexander Fleming

  • emigrated 1649


  1. Captain Alexander FLEMING married to Elsbeth (or Elizabeth) ANDERSON (b. abt. 1614 of Glasgow, Scotland - 6 Oct 1656 - 5 Jul 1658 in Rappahannock Co. VA), a daughter of William ANDERSON, probably the Marion BELL and William ANDERSON (b. 1588), who registered a testament in Glasgow 10 Nov 1623
  2. After his wife's death, he married secondly (1659) Ursula, widow of John BROWN of Accomac Co., dec'd.  She was living and signed a deed with him 19 Apr. 1660.
  3. He married 3rd before 5 Feb. 1660-61, ELIZABETH MADESTARD, sister of Thomas Madestard, and widow of Epaphroditus Lawson and William Clapham, Jr. On 3 July 1666 she is called in a document "Late Wife of Mr. Alex. Fleming."
  4. He married, 4th by marriage contract signed about 15 May 1666, in Westmoreland County, JOYCE JONES, the rich and attractive widow of Anthony Hoskins (County Court Note Book VI:23). She survived him and married 3rd Lawrence Washington; and 4th James Yates. Joyce (b. 1613), was the daughter of Capt. William JONES. 

On 4 Sep 1667, Capt. Alexander bought 560 acres in the freshes of Rappahannock Co. He left his estate "Westphalia" to his wife Joyce FLEMING, Executrix, and other properties to his daughters Alexia and Elizabeth. The title "Captain" is clearly a VA one, probably related to the militia, but perhaps like KY Col., a matter of recognition, property and deference. 

Child of Alexander Fleming and Elizabeth (Elspeth) Anderson:

  1. x 1. JOHN, b. abt. 1633, in Scotland; a Virginia headright in 1653; d. 27 Aug. 1686, New Kent Co., Va.; Md. MERCY or MARY. His birth should be sought in Scotland. Married Mercy Martiau.

Child of Alexander Fleming and Elizabeth Madestard:

  1. 2. ELIZABETH, b. abt. 1662-1666, Rappahannock Co., Va.; Md. ROWLAND THORNTON.

Child of Alexander Fleming and Joyce Jones:

  1. 3. ALEXIA b. by 1668, Rappahannock Co., Va; dead by 6 Sep. 1692; md. by 1683, THOMAS PACE.


from "A Family Tradition, Tested" 

"Of course, the logical next step is to examine the parish registers of Scotland where the Fleming family resided, in the hope of locating the baptism of John Fleming, emigrant. These are on films in our Library, under the general call number "F Scot. 6."mAn examination of these registers shows that Cumbernauld,  Barony,Gorbals, Govan, Biggar and Cambuslang parishes all have registers which begin too late to help with this problem. A search of the baptism records of Glasgow parish, Lanarkshire, reveals this entry for a child of Alexander Fleming and Elspet Anderson, his wife:  fflemyg Alexr fflemyng & Elspt Andrsone L Dochtr (i.e., lawful daughter) Mart; gd fathrs Rot. Cubo, Hendrew(?) Moresone, 13 September 1644." (F Scot. 6, part 966, Glasgow baptisms, Vol. 4, p. 350 b.)  It is written that the father of Alexander above had a private chaplain to serve his family, who probably baptized the other children."

From retrieved May 2014

     John Fleming, 2nd Earl of Wigton was baptised on 7 December 1589. He was the son of John Fleming, 1st Earl of Wigton and Lady Lilias Graham. He married Margaret Livingstone, daughter of Alexander Livingstone, 1st Earl of Linlithgow and Lady Helen Hay. He died on 7 May 1650 at age 60. He gained the title of 2nd Earl of Wigton.

Children of John Fleming, 2nd Earl of Wigton and Margaret Livingstone

  1. Lady Eleanor Fleming d. 20 Apr 1652
  2. Lady Anne Fleming+1 d. 20 Apr 1661
  3. John Fleming, 3rd Earl of Wigton+ d. Feb 1664/65




Alexander had with his brother William a dispensation from their father and brother of the annual rents effeiring to the principal sums of 10,000 merks payable from the lands of Harbertshire, Denny, and Catscleuch on 5 April 1636. [1]


  1. The Scots Peerage: Founded on Wood's Edition of Sir Robert Douglas's Peerage of Scotland, Containing an Historical and Genealogical Account of the Nobility of that Kingdom, with Armorial Illustrations (1904-1914), Paul , Sir James Balfour, (9 volumes. Edinburgh: D. Douglas, 1904-1914), FHL book 941 D22p; FHL microfilms104,157-104,161., vol. 8 p. 550.
  2. [S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume II, page 263. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.


  1. Brøderbund WFT Vol. 2, Ed. 1, Tree #2853, Date of Import: Jul 28, 1997


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Captain Alexander Fleming's Timeline

Lanarkshire, Scotland
Age 19
February 7, 1632
Age 20
Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Age 23
Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Age 23
Age 25
Rappahannock, Virginia, USA
Age 27
Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Age 28
Virginia, United States
September 4, 1645
Age 33
Glasgow, Glasgow City, Scotland, United Kingdom