Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

John Alexander

Male Abt 1603 - 1677  (~ 74 years)


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  • Name John Alexander  [1
    Born Abt 1603  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 5 Oct 1677  Stafford County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I020444  Tree1
    Last Modified 26 Jul 2020 

    Family 1 Catherine Graham,   b. Bef 1620, Gartmore, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1663, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 43 years) 
    Married Bef 1636  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth {Unproven} Alexander,   b. Abt 1636, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1686, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 51 years)
     2. Anne Alexander,   b. Abt 1643,   d. Aft 1679, Somerset County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 37 years)
     3. John Alexander,   b. Bef 1644, Northumberland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jun 1685, Old Rappahannock County, Virgina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 41 years)
     4. Robert Alexander,   b. Bef 1644, Northumberland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1664, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 22 years)
     5. Christopher Lund,   b. Bef 1644, Northumberland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1671, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 29 years)
     6. William Alexander,   b. Bef 1644, Northumberland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1694, Northumberland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 52 years)
    Last Modified 26 Jul 2020 
    Family ID F12570  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Elizabeth MNU Alexander,   b. Bef 1647,   d. Bef 1680, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 33 years) 
    Married Bef 1663  Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Robert Alexander,   b. 1663, Tarbert, Kentyre, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jun 1704, Stafford County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years)
     2. Philip Alexander,   b. 1664, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 11 Sep 1706, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 42 years)
     3. Sarah Alexander,   b. 1667, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 26 Jul 2020 
    Family ID F10897  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      The Hunter Family of Virginia and Connections, Page 47

      WILL OF JOHN ALEXANDER.

      In the name of God amen this 25th day of October, 1677, I John Alexander of the County of Stafford Gent being sic etc
      Imprimus I give and bequeath all my estate to my sons Robert and Philip Alexander equally to be divided betwixt them that is to say my personal estate
      Item I give unto John Dry a horse called Blackbeard and 500 acres of land being the uppermost part of the 6750 acres in the Freshes of the Potomack River
      Item I give unto my son Robert Alexander 500 acres of land and the House and Plantation where I now live.
      Item I give all the rest of my land to my sons Robert and Philip Alexander equally to be divided betwixt and to their heirs forever except what is hereafter given
      Item I give to Elizabeth Homes and to her heirs 200 acres of Land where John Coggins lives
      Item I will that my son Robert Alexander shall not dispose of any of his estate before he comes of age without the advice of Samuel Hayward and I do nominate make and ordain and appoint my son Robert Alexander to be the executor of this my will I will that the land at the head of Potomack Creek and the land at Attopin dam be sold and the produce be equally divided between my sons Robert and Philip Alexander
      Item I will that my estate given to my said sons shall not be appraised but equally divided by two honest men.
      (signed) Samuel Haywood Elizabeth Cather.
      Samuel Haywood and Elizabeth maketh oath that the above written was delivered by Capt. John Alexander as his last will and Testament but prevented by death he not signing it.
      Jura in Curia 14th Novr 1677 and the recorded Samuel Hayward and Elizabeth Cather Deposeth that Capt. John Alexander did give Elizabeth Holmes a feather Bed saying I do not mean the best bed but the Bed I brought out of England.

      Signed
      Samuel Hayward

      Elizabeth X Cather

      Jur. in Curia 14th November 1677.
      A Copy Henry Tyler C. S. C. (This is a copy certified to by Henry Tyler who was Clerk of the Court of Stafford County and who died about 1770).

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      "John Alexander, A Northern Neck Proprietor, His Family, Friends and Kin" By Wesley E. Pippenger, 1990, Gateway Press, Baltimore County, Maryland. Private publishing, Wesley E. Pippenger, 6437 Richmond Highway, #302, Alexandria, Virginia 22306
      (Prince William County, Virginia Deeds B:1)

      Howson assigned his patent 13 October 1669 to John Alexander for six hogsheads of tobacco. The deed was recorded in Stafford County, but the record has been lost.

      John Alexander had three sons: John who died without issue, Robert and Phillip. John Alexander made an unsigned will 5 October 1677 in which he bequeathed "200 acres where John Coggins lives" to Elizabeth Holmes, 500 acres to John Dry "being the northernmost part of the 6750 acres on the freshes of the Potomac river" and the rest of his estate was to be divided between his sons Robert and Philip.

      No record has been found for John Dry, but the 200 acres of Elizabeth Holmes is shown on a survey of 1741 as "Mr. Harrison's land." Elizabeth Holmes married Richard Nixon and they sold to Burr Harrison, who devised the land to his son Thomas. Burr Harrison, son of Thomas, and Anne his wife, sold the land, "250 acres on Great Hunting Creek including large marsh," for 300 to John West, Jr. (19 November 1762. Fx. Deeds E:186) The east line of this tract was set by articles of agreement and began in the north line of Duke Street . . . west 786 feet . . . West street . . . a little to westward of arch of the new stone bridge across a run in Duke Street . . . (Fx. Deeds A2:527)

      In 1698 Robert Alexander made a three-live lease to John Harper, Sr., William Harper and Elizabeth Harper for 200 acres, "part of a tract of 6000," to join tract formerly sold to John Pemit. John Harper was to pay the quit rents and two fat hens yearly, if demanded. This is the first recorded lease found for Fairfax County. (Stafford Will Book Z:200)

      Robert Alexander sold 150 acres to John Pimmet in 1687. (RS 1:37) George Pimmet, son of John, sold the 150 acre tract which was located on the north side of Four Mile Run, to William Harper for 8000 pounds of tobacco. (11 February 1707. Stafford Will Book z:403)

      John Withers Harper sold the 150 acres to Thomas Pearson, whose sister Constantia married Nathaniel Chapman. (Pr. Wm. Deeds B:1) Chapman owned the tract in 1741, although there is no known record of a deed. The Chapman home above Four Mile Run was called Summer Hill. Pearson Chapman, of Charles County, Maryland, sold the 150 acres 23 July 1766 to his brother George, also of Charles County, for "love and affection and 10 shillings." The deed recites that the property had belonged to Nathaniel Chapman of Charles County, Maryland, decd. His son and heir, Nathaniel, inherited, but died without making disposition so the land descended to Pearson, "brother and heir of last named Nathaniel."

      In 1690 Robert Alexander conveyed a half-interest in the Howson patent to his brother Philip, The land had descended to Robert because their father's will was unsigned. Three years later Phillip reconveyed to Robert his half-interest, but reserved 500 acres in the southeast corner of the patent for himself. His son Philip (1704_1753) inherited and had quarters on the land in 1741.

      Part of this 500 acre tract was taken for the site of Alexandria. John Alexander, after the death of Philip in 1753, became the owner of the tract and also town lots in Alexandria. By his will 1 May 1775, in Stafford County, John Alexander devised to his son William Thornton Alexander. The Executors of John Alexander laid off and sold lots next to Alexandria. In 1807 William Thornton Alexander sold his interest in the tract (and ground rents) to John Taliaferro. This ended the Alexander family connection with the 500 acre tract reserved in severalty to Philip Alexander. (Arlington County Deeds B:5-88)

      The remaining part of the Howson patent passed from Robert, son of the John of the original purchase, by will dated 7 December 1703, to his sons Robert and Charles. Charles died intestate and Robert became the sole owner. This Robert was born 1688 and died 1735. He lived at the home plantation of the Alexanders, Caledon, but visited his Hunting Creek lands,

      In 1731 Benjamin Sebastian was employed as overseer and collector of rents; he lived on Alexander's Island. In a deposition he stated that he became a tenant to Alexander on promise of a lease, which he never got from Alexander in his life, but after his death, he got a lease from Gerrard Alexander, son of Robert, who inherited part of the land, (LRLS: 315)

      Benjamin Sebastian listed the tenants living on Alexander's land in 1731. They paid rents of 524 pounds of tobacco for 100 acres and twice that for a double lot of 200 acres. The tenants living below Four 'file Creek were: Judith Ballenger, James Going, Sarah Young, and Sarah Amos. Above the creek the tenants were: Edward Chubb, Richard Middleton, William Boylstone, John Straughan, Adam Straughan, Edward Earpe and Richard Wheeler. Robert Alexander received 6812 Pounds of tobacco yearly for the rent since Richard Middleton and William Boylstone had double lots.

      Robert Alexander in his will devised "Pearson's Island where he now lives" to son John. His daughters Parthenia Massey and Sarah Alexander received 400 acres each. He left Holmes Island (302 acres) and 1125 ad-joining acres to his son Gerrard. The remaining acreage of the patent was divided between sons John, who took the land south of Four Mile Run, and Gerrard, who took the land north of Four Mile Run.

      John, the eldest son, married Susannah, daughter of Capt. Simon Pearson. He deeded to his son Charles two tracts of land devised to his wife Susannah by her father Simon Pearson, a moiety of a tract lying not far from the falls warehouse taken up by his father Robert (800 acres adjacent to Rev. Scott) and all the land that "I hold between Mr. Baldwin Dade (Senior) and tract of John Alexander's that adjoins town of Alexandria." In return Charles was to relinquish right to money from sale of lots in Alexandria. (Fx. Deeds E:312, 6 June 1763)

      Gerrard Alexander, son of Robert, received the land north of Four Mile Run, except for the part belonging to Pearson Chapman, and was co-owner with his brother John of the famous contested strip which was the cause of many court suits. Gerrard Alexander in his will
      9 August 1760 (Fx. Will Book B:127) devised to his son
      Robert: "the house wherein I now live and 904 acres adjacent"
      Philip: "904 acres formerly leased to Robert
      Osborn with the island therein included known by the name of Homes Island." Gerard: "900 acres of the upper part of the tract whereon I now live."

      A survey was made many years later to fix boundaries in settlement of a controversy between the Executors of the estate of John Parke Custis and the Alexanders. (RS 2:61)
      John Parke Custis purchased the plantations of Gerard and Robert Alexander in 1778. Custis died in 1781 and his Executors were unable to make the required payments. The land of Robert Alexander was returned and he was paid rent for the twelve years that Custis had been in possession. John W. Parke Custis remained in possession of the 1000 acre tract of Gerard and on this tract Arlington House was built.

      Robert Alexander, whose estate was returned, devised in 1793 to his two sons Robert and Walter S. Alexander. The last named Robert died leaving two children, Edward H. and Ashton Albert Alexander, who sold their one-half interest, or 400 acres, in 1834 to Anthony R. Fraser. As late as 1900 one of Walter S. Alexander's sons owned 100 acres west of Fort Meyers, one of the last remaining parts of the patent held by a descendant of the first John Alexander who had purchased the patent in 1669 from Robert Howson.

      For more detailed information on this patent and the court suits concerning the contested west line ,see Stetson, Four Mile Run Land Grants.
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      Charles County Circuit Court, Liber B, 18 Dec 1662, Page 46
      Edward Baker, by his arty. Edmond Lindsey who deputed Mr. Francis
      Batchelor, Plt.; John Meeke, by his atty., Mr. Humphery Haggat, Def.; letter of atty. entered appointing Edmond Lindsey; dated 5 Nov 1662; /s/ William Baker (sic) (mark); wit. Gerrard Fouke, Robert Massey; petition regarding Edward Baker being arrested by Meekes and held by the sheriff for 23 days;

      Charles County Circuit Court, Liber B, 18 Dec 1662, Page 47
      defendant denies Batchelor to be atty. of plaintiff and that Batchelor is one of his witnesses and desires that a jury should say whether Mr. Batchelor may be one of the witnesses for him; plaintiff alleges that last night he appointed new atty.; that no man can be forced to swear against himself, defendant desires that his witnesses be sworn; mentions Samuell Price, John Neads, Andrew Watson and John Cherman jury impaneled: Mr. John Alexander, William Price, Daniell Johnson, Samuell Dobson, Francis Thorington, James Lee, John Browne, Giles Tomkins, Gils Glover, William Aliffe, John Nevill, William Cary; jury charged to determine whether Mr. Batchelor was appointed atty. last night or subpoenaed to give evidence

      Charles County Circuit Court, Liber B, 18 Dec 1662, Page 48
      18 Dec 1662; jury finds Mr. Batchelor to be atty. for the plaintiff-, defendant requests referral to next court as the evidence be in Virginia; James Lindsey, high sheriff of Charles County swore that Edward Baker was in prison from 16 Oct to 7 Nov, the fee being 47# of tobacco to the sheriff

      Charles County Circuit Court, Liber B, 18 Dec 1662, Page 49
      jury of Mr. John Alexander, foreman, William Price, Daniell Johnson, Capt. William Batten, Francis Thorington, James Lee, John Browne, John Nevill, William Cary, William Aliffe, Gils Tompkins, Giles Glover render following verdict in the case between Edward Baker and John Meekes: 18 Dec 1662 That Mr. Meekes pay all clerk and sheriff fees and charges and pay Edward Baker for the loss of his time and his sloop; defendant requests appeal; not granted; defendant ordered to pay Edward Baker 2500# oftobacco Petition of John Meekes states he employed Edward Baker to bring a parcel of good from Virginia to Maryland and the said Baker delivered part of the goods and not all
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      Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book No. 6; [Nell Marion Nugent]; page 16
      Mr. William Storke, 600 acres bet Potomac and Rappa rivers on branches of Apomattox Cr 24 Sept 1667, p 56
      South by a branch dividing this and land of John Washington, North by a branch dividing this and the land of Capt Ashton & John Alexander & for trans of 12 persons.
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      Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book No. 6; [Nell Marion Nugent]; page 38
      Coll Peter Ashton, Capt John Alexander, Mr. William Horton & Robert Street; 2000 acres Stafford County, Virginia at the head of upper Machoticke river, 6 Aug 1668, pg 157
      Nigh Robert Kings Plantation, surveyed by order of Stafford Court & due for trans of 40 persons
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      Contributed by: James Hughes

      Note:
      Title Alexander, John Gent.
      Publication 1677
      Gen. note Part of index to wills not listed in Virginia Wills and Administrations, 1632-1800 (Torrence).
      Note Archives Division Accession No. 22965 (3)

      Title Alexander, John.
      Publication 1677
      Gen. note Part of index to wills not listed in Virginia Wills and Administrations, 1632-1800 (Torrence).
      Note Will - 1677
      Prince William Co. Land Causes, 1789-1793, p. 221

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      Stafford County Court Records, 1680; THE ANTIENT PRESS
      P. 17(29)-(30) TO ALL XPIAN PEOPLE to whome these presents shall come, I ROBERT ALEXANDER send Greeting in our Lord God Everlasting, Now know yee that whereas my Mother, MRS. ELIZABETH ALEXANDER, late of this County, deced in ye yeare of our Lord 1672 (she being then ye Attorney of my Father, Capt. JOHN ALEXANDER, like-wise since deced), give grant bargaine & sell to JNO: PIMETT and THOMAS BROWNE and their heires & essignes forever One hundred acres of Land scittuate tying & beings in Stafford County, att ye head of POTOMACXE CREEKE and backe of ye Land of Capt. ROBT WALTON, as by her Deed of Conveyance bearing date ye 28th day of February 1672 will more at large appeare, relacon beinge thereunto had, which Deed ye 12th day of March following was authentickly acknowledged in Court and recorded; And for as much as I ye said ROBERT ALEXANDER, ye Son and heire of Capt. JNO; ALEXANDER, am well satisfied that ye sale aforesaid was made by my Mother upon good and valid considerations and for and in consideration of ye summa of five shillings of lawfull money of England in had payed mee by CHARLES HICKS. ye assignee of ye said PIMETT and BROWNE afore-said. I doe therefore by these presents conlirme ye said Sale and ye Tytle of in and to every parte and parcell of ye said one hundred acres of land in manner and forme as in ye aforesaid Deed to CHARLES HICKS. ye assignee of said PIMITT and BROWNE; To have and to hold to him ye said HICKS and his heires and assigner forever, without left trouble or molestation of any person or persons claiming by from or under mee, my heires Ezrs. or Admors. as Witness my hand and seals this tenth day of Novembr; 1680 Signed Sealed and Delivered in ye presence of us
      EDWARD HUMSTON, ROBERT ALEXANDER
      JNO; WITHERS
      This Confirmation of a Sale of Land was by ye said ROBERT ALEXANDER acknowledged in ye County Court of Stafford unto ye said CHARLES HICKS 10th Novembr: et Recordatr,
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      http://image.lva.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/GetLONN.pl?first=392&last=&g_p=P4&co llection=LO Patent
      Title Alexander, John.
      Publication 24 March 1659.
      Other Format Available on microfilm. Virginia State Land Office. Patents 1-42, reels 1-41.
      Note Location: Northumberland County.
      Grantee(s): Scarburgh, Littleton; Alexander, John; and Smart, Tabitha.
      Description: 1500 acres.
      Source: Land Office Patents No. 4, 1655-1664, p. 392 (Reel 4).
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      URL (Click on link) http://image.lva.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/GetLONN.pl?first=36&last=&g_p=P5&col lection=LO Patent
      Title Alexander, John.
      Publication 23 March 1664.
      Other Format Available on microfilm. Virginia State Land Office. Patents 1-42, reels 1-41.
      Note Location: Westmoreland County.
      Description: 550 acres upon the south side of Attopin Creek Dam.
      Source: Land Office Patents No. 5, 1661-1666 (v.1 & 2 p.1-369), p. 36 (Reel 5).
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      http://image.lva.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/GetLONN.pl?first=236&last=237&g_p=G2 &collection=NN Grant
      Title Buttler, Peter.
      Publication 23 April 1696.
      Other Format Available on microfilm. Northern Neck Grants, reels 288-311.
      Note Location: Richmond County.
      Description: 350 acres adjoining John Alexander and Henry Pate.
      Source: Northern Neck Grants No. 2, 1694-1700, p. 236-237 (Reel 288).
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      Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book No. 5; [Nell Marion Nugent]; Page 446
      JOHN ALEXANDER, Senior, 550 acs. Westmoreland Co., 23 Mar. 1664,
      p. 159, (36). S. side of Atropin Cr. dam, bounded E. by land formerly in possession of John Vaughan & W. by tract of land surveyed for George Weding, Daniell White & Miles Phillips. Trans. of 11 pers: Lawrence How, Phill. Wilkenson, David Williams, Jno. Woodruff, Ann Tanner, Jeffery Summons, Margery Westinscott, Joan Donn, Alex. Turner, Wm. Ackley, Wm. Cox.
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      Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book No. 5; [Nell Marion Nugent]; Page 446
      MAJOR JOHN WASHINGTON, 320 acs. Westmoreland Co., 23 Mar. 1664, p. 161, (38). Upon S.E. side of Hollis Cr., beg. at an Oyster shell poynt, N.E. by N. upon Potomack Riv., N.W. by W. upon a cr. dividing this from land in possession of Mr. Daniell Lis- son, S.E. by E. upon a gutt dividing this land in possession of Widdow Brookes &c. along Richard Hills lyne 228 perches till it falls on line of Mr. Daniell Lisson &c. 125 acs, granted to Henry Brooke 14 Oct. 1657 by him assigned to Richard Coale, who sold to Davy Anderson & by him assigned to sd. Washington, & 195 acs. for trans. of 4 pers: Ambrose Couch, Robt. Alexander, Jno. Alexander, Samll. Short
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      Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book No. 5; [Nell Marion Nugent]; Page 546
      JAMES GREEN, FRANCIS LEWIS & WM. BALDROP, 1050 acs. W'moreland Co., bet. Rappa. & Potomack Rivers, 22 Mar. 1665/6, p. 475, (580). Beg. at back line of Robt. & Jno. Alexander & Henry Pate, extending W. &c. Trans. of 21 pers: Jno. Thomas, 7 Negroes; Mary Johnson, Precilla Parker, An Frankes, Roger Eglestone, Wm. Peirce, Sarah Peirce, Jno. Elston, (or Eliton), George Walker, Ann Leviton, Francis Nelson, Wm. Gilbert, Nicholas Short.
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      Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book No. 6; [Nell Marion Nugent]; Page 42
      COLL. PETER ASHTON, CAPT. JNO. ALEXANDER, MR. WM. NORTON & ROBT. STREET, 2000 acs. Staff. Co., at the head of upper Machoticke Riv., 6 Aug. 1668, p. 157. Nigh Robert King's 'plantation. Surveyed by order of Staff. Court & 'due for trans. of 40 pers.*

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      "Beginning at a White Oak - Patents and Northern Neck Grants of Fairfax County" By Beth Mitchell.
      "Beginning at a White Oak - Patents and Northern Neck Grants of Fairfax County" By Beth Mitchell.

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