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

Alexander Smith

Male Bef 1630 - 1696  (> 66 years)

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  • Name Alexander Smith  [1
    Birth Bef 1630  Bristol Parish, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Death 6 Apr 1696  Middlesex County, Virginia - probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I119123  Tree1
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2024 

    Father Middlesex Co Va Smith 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F16193  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Anne Cocke,   b. 22 Feb 1634, Cherry Burton, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Middlesex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Marriage Abt 1650  Middlesex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Rachel Smith,   b. Abt 1654, Middlesex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Aft 1696, King & Queen County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location (Age ~ 43 years)  [Father: natural]
     2. Samuel Smith,   b. Bef 1657, Gloucester County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 5 May 1687, Christ Church Parish, Middlesex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location (Age > 30 years)  [Father: natural]
     3. John 'Lt' Smith,   b. 1662, Middlesex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 6 Apr 1696, Middlesex County, Virginia - probate Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 34 years)  [Father: natural]
    Family ID F25940  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2024 

  • Notes 
    • Smith of Abram's Plains, Jonathan Kennon Thompson Smith (1988):

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      1694-1697 Middlesex County, Virginia Order Book 3, [Antient Press]; Page 121)
      Court 19th of February 1695/1696
      - Probate of the Last Will and Testament of Mr. ALEXANDER SMITH, deced.. is granted to Mr. MAURICE COCK, one of the justices or overseers mentioned in ye said Will
      - Upon the Pettition of Mr. MAURICE COCK, one of the Trustees or Overseers of the Last Will and Testament of Mr. ALEXANDER SMITH, deced,, it is ordered that Capt. RICHARD WILLIS. Mr JOHN GRYMES, EDWIN THACKER & Mr. JOHN HIPKINGS or any three of them doe appriase the Estate of Mr. ALEXANDER SMITH. deced., on Thursday being the 16th of this instent Aprill, being first sworne before one of his Maties Justices of this County; And that an Inventory of the same be returned to the next Court
      By Mrs. P. W. Hiden, Newport News, Va.
      The family of Alexander Smith has been written up in Tyler's Quarterly, volume 7, and to some extent in William and Mary Quarterly, volume 9, first series. It is also mentioned in Miss Du Bellet's "Some Prominent Virginia Families," where it is asserted that he was a brother of Arthur Smith of Isle of Wight County, and a nephew of Sir Thomas Smyth, who was a great friend to the struggling Virginia colony. Miss Du Bellet gives no proof of her statementst and to the writer, they seem hardly plausible. The wills of both Alexander and Lt. John Smith have seals but they are not sufficiently clear to be identified as the arms of any Smith. In Greer's "Early Virginia Immigrants," page 304, an Alexander Smith is mentioned as brought to Lancaster by John Robinson in 1653. Five years later, Alexander Smith's name appears for the first time among the tithables of Lancaster County, and in 1661 he is appointed constable. In 1665, Cuthbert Potter deeded to Alexander Smith 700 acres, lying on the Great Swamp, beginning at a marked white oak standing by Mattapony path near the plantation of John Smith. In 1713, the deed for this land then lying in Middlesex was recorded in Middlesex (Deed Book 1703-1720, page 321) by John Smith, grandson of Alexander. This was not the first land Alexander had purchased, for a few months previously, John Curtis had sold to John Smith 300 acres near the Great Swamp adjoining Cuthbert Potter's land, and running to the land of David Allison and Alexander Smith, "of which land John Smith was now and had been in possession for a year." From the fact that John and Alexander appear in the records together, and evidently bought land adjoining each other, it would seem a natural inference that they were brothers. This inference is in line with the statement in Tyler's Quarterly, volume 2, page 196, that Alexander Smith is traditionally said to have been a son of Joseph Smith, of Bristol, and to have had a brother John.
      The wife of Alexander Smith is unknown from the records. He had a son Samuel who died young, May 5, 1687. In his will, dated January 5, 1696, and probated April 6, 1696, only two children are mentioned, John and Rachel. Rachel was then the wife of William Wyatt, Jr., of King and Queen County, son of William Wyatt who patented land in Gloucester County December 20, 1653 (William and Mary Quarterly, volume 10, page 260). *John Smith, the son of Alexander, was a Lieutenant of Middlesex Militia, for in the Christ Church Vestry Book, page 74, December 5, 1693, he is given this title, and his will, dated February' 8, 1696, and probated at the same time that his father's was, was marked, "Will of Lieutenant John Smith
      1666-1679 Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book No. 6; [Nell Marion Nugent]; Page 151
      MR. ALEXANDER SMITH, 110 acs.. Middlesex Co.. adj. land whereon he lives; land of Major David Cant, dec'd.. Mr. Wm. Gordon, the Gleabe Land, by the Rua& &c; 21 Sept. 1674, p. 525. Trans. of 3 pers: Eliz. Royland. Phillip Powell. Jno. Day.
      1661-1666 Lancaster County, Virginia Deed & Wills [Antient Press]; Page 354-355
      KNOW ALL MEN by these p:sents that I CUTH: POTTER of the County of Lancaster Merchant, for & in consideraconof a valuable sum in hand pd. me by ALEX. SMITH of the aforesd. County, Planter, before the ensealing & delivery hereof have sold unto the sd ALEXANDER SMITH & by these p:sents for my selfe my heirs sell unto the sd ALEX. SMITH a p:cel of land containing Seven hundred acres scituate & being in the County of Lancaster upon the GREAT SWMAP, begining at a marked white Oak standing by MATTAPONY PATH near the plantacon of JOHN SMITH & extending it selfe for bredth from the abovemenconed white Oak N. W. by W. alongst or near abutting MATTAPONY PATH the due bounds of Seven hundred acres to a marked tree upon the PATH side & extending it selfe for its length from the first menconed white Oak down to the GREAT SWAMP side by a certain line of marked trees that divides this land & the land of JO; SMITH, thence by the side & alongst the sd SWAMP the courses paralel to the lands bredth; To have & to hold the sd 700 acres of land unto him the sd ALEX: SMITH his heirs & assigns for ever wth: warranty agt: all p:sons wt:soever And I the sd CUTH: POTTER for me my heirs & assigns grant to & wth: the sd ALEX; SMITH his heirs that the sd ALEX. SMITH & his heirs may at all times forever hereafter quietly hold & enjoy the sd land in as large manner & form as is exprest by Patent to the sd POTTER the rents and services vch: shal from henceforth become due & payable for the sme to be by the sd ALEX: SMITH his heirs duly paid & I the sd CUTH: POTTER do for me my heirs p:mise to acknowledge this Sale in the County Court according to Law when required and in ful confirmacon hereof I have hereunto set my hand & seale this 8th of March 1665 Signed sealed & delivered in the p:sence of
      Recognit in Cur Com Lancr: 1d die Jul: 1666 Recordat p EDWD. DALE, Cl Cur
      1673-1677 Middlesex County, Virginia Order Book 1, [Antient Press]; Page 19, Seventh day of September 1674)
      It is Ordered that Mr. ALEXANDER SMITH be Surveyour of the Highwayes in ye place & stead of Mr. RICHARD ROBINSON to succeed in this the premises and forthwith to execute ye said place in clearing of ye said wages especially in makeing & clearing a waye to ye NEW BRIDGE in ye DRAGON SWAMPE
      1688-1694 Middlesex County, Virginia Deed Book 2, Part 2 [Antient Press]; Page 360)
      TO ALL CHRISTIAN PEOPLE I JOHN SMITH of ye County of Middx. that I ye sd: John Smith for ye love & affection yt: I ye sd: John Smith doe bare unto my Brother in Law JOHN VIVION of ye sd County & to his Wife MARGRETT my Sister I ye sd John Smith have given unto ye sd John Vivian & Margrett his Wife One hundred acres of my land, beginning at my lower corner tree being a Hickory standing hard by Mr. WM. DANIELLs Plantacon & soe runing up my line yt: divides Mr. ALLEXANDR: SMITHs land & mine until it comes to ye head of that plantacon where ye sd John Vivion now liveth & soe along ye head of ye sd: plantacon, upon a graduale Course far as that plantacon nowe stends in breadth & soe down to the lover line beareing such a Course as (those bounds) may contane One hundred acres of land, to hould ye said land for dureing his & her lifetime & at theire decease I doe hereby give ye sd Plantacon onto JOHN VIVION JUNR. Sone of ye sd John Vivion & Margrett his Wife & to his heires of his body lawfully to be begotten for ever and for want of such heires to return to the sd John Smith & to my heires for ever. In Witness whereof I doe hereunto sett my hand & seale this first day of July 1689
      In presents of WILLM. DANIELL, John Smith
      Md: Att a Court held for Middx. County the 1st day of July 1689
      Then personally appeared sd John Smith in open Course acknowledged ye above Deed to be his act & deede
      1680-1686 Middlesex Co Va Order Book; Antient Press: Page 23
      Middlesex County Court 4th of April 1681
      THOMAS CHOWNEING is appoynted Constable in ye roome of JOHN DAVIS &c.
      - JOHN VIVION is appointed Constable in ye roome of ALEXANDER SMITH
      signed RICH' PERROT
      1690-1694 Middlesex County, Virginia Order Book 2, [Antient Press]; Page 538)
      - It is ordered by this Court yt: ROBERT SMITH, Servt. to Mr. ALEXANDR: SMITH, be sett free & yt; he be paid his Corne & Cloathes wth: cost

      === land mentioned
      1695-1706 Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book No. 9; [Nell Marion Nugent]; Page 3
      MR. JOHN SMITH, SENR., 228 acs. Middlesex Co., 25 Oct. 1695, p. 10. Beg. at the Blockhouse land (now Capt. William Daniel's), near the Bridge Road; to land of John Custis, dec'd; & land of Mr. Alexander Smith, formerly Potter's. Imp. of 5 pers: Moria, George, Robin, Betty, Meg. -

  • Sources 
    1. [S83] Genealogies of Virginia Families Vol. IV, from Tyler's Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine, 503.

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