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

Robert Alexander

Male 1663 - 1704  (41 years)

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  • Name Robert Alexander  [1
    Birth 1663  Tarbert, Kentyre, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Death 14 Jun 1704  Stafford County, Virginia - probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I17032  Tree1
    Last Modified 24 Mar 2023 

    Father John Alexander,   b. Abt 1603, England Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 5 Oct 1677, Stafford County, Virginia - probate Find all individuals with events at this location (Age ~ 74 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Elizabeth MNU Alexander,   b. Bef 1647   d. Bef 1680, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location (Age < 33 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Marriage Bef 1663  Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F11536  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Frances Ashton,   b. 1665, Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia - admin Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 1707, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 42 years) 
    Marriage 16 Jun 1683  Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Robert Alexander,   b. 1685, St. Clement's Manor, St. Mary's County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 13 Apr 1736, Stafford County, Virginia - probate Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 51 years)  [Father: natural]
     2. Charles Alexander,   b. 1697, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [Father: natural]
     3. Anne Alexander,   b. Bef 1704, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Aft 1754, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location (Age > 52 years)  [Father: natural]
    Family ID F1649  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 24 Mar 2023 

  • Notes 
    • Sources:
      Title: John Alexander, A Northern Neck Proprietor, by Wesley E. Pippenger
      Page: 107
      1699-1709 Stafford County, Virginia Deed & Will Book; [Antient Press]; Page. 292- 294
      Will of ROBERT ALEXANDER. I Robert Alexander of the county Stafford & Colony of Virga. Gent. being sick & weak of body .. after all my just debts are paid I give & bequeath unto my well beloved son ROBERT ALEXANDER my now dwelling plantation with houses orchards & 300 acres of land belonging to the same .. unto my well beloved son CHARLES ALEXANDER 350 acres of land it being the moiety or half of my back quarter land the uppermost half thereof commonly called John Drys Plantation .. the other half or moiety of my back land being 350 acres joining upon my Brother PHILLIP ALEXANDER I give to my son Robert Alexander .. my land and plantation lying up the river & On the upper side of Great hunting Creek in this county I bequeath to my two sons Robert & Charles Alexander the same to be equally divided between them both as to quality & quantity .. to my son Robert Alexander negroes .. 9 in number .. to my son Charles Alexander negroes .. 7 in number .. (other of his estate to his two sons) .. I give to my Couzen ELIZA. ALEXANDER the daughter of my Brother Phillip Alexander one negro girl .. to my couzens JANE & SARAH ALEXANDER daughters of my Brother Phillip Alexander as a token of my affection 1000 pounds of Tobo. apiece to buy each of them a side saddle .. to my God son JOHN FITZHUGH a young mare .. to my God daughter ELIZA. DUNCOMB 2 cows & 2 calves .. to my Taylor JOHN ALLEN my best wearing Suit of cloaths with hat shoes and 2 good shirts and his freedom .. to my Taylor JOHN HYATT my second best suit_ of cloaths and a year of his time .. to my friends Collo. HOOE, Mr. Phill. Alexander & WILLIAM FITZHUGH a ring of 20s price .. to my mulatto Grace a cow .. appoint my loving Brother Mr. Phil. Alexander and my good friend Collo. RICE HOOE My Execrs. .. this 22nd day Decr. 1703.
      Presence Richard Foote, Robert Alexander William Fitzhugh, John Hyatt
      At a Court held for Stafford County the 14th day of. June 1704
      The Last Will & Testament of Robert Alexander Gent. deced proved in Court .. and Collo. Hooe in Court did refuse a probate of the will but being willing to accept the ward of the sd children of the sd deceased the Court doth grant the same Wherefore CHARLES ASHTON Gent. next of kin to the said Orphans moved for administration of ye sd Estate therefore administration with the will annexed is granted him for the admr, of the said Estate COLLO. GEORGE MASON COLLO. WILLIAM FITZHUCH became security with the said Charles Ashton for the due admon of the Estate & entered into Bond accordingly & the sd Ashton ordered to return a true & perfect Inventory of the said Estate to the next Court upon his oath & the Will ordered to be recorded & is recorded.
      Annals of Alexandria" by Mr. Wm. F. Carne.
      The will of Robert Alexander, probated by Stafford county court in 1704, gave his lands mostly to his sons Robert and Charles; and other property to Eliza, Jane, and Sarah, daughters of his brother Philip; also to John and William Fitzhugh, and to Philip Alexander. The estate was large and the property various. His son Robert was only fifteen and Charles only six years old when their father died.
      Charles died childless, and the entire upper part of the patent passed into the hands of Robert. The lower part remained to Philip and his representatives.
      These few items of a family which gave its name to a county, city and island within their patent, are extracted from the "Annals of Alexandria" by Mr. Wm. F. Carne
      Deed in Stafford Co, dtd 1701, from Robert Alexander, son and heir of John Alexander, and Frances, his wife, for part of a tract patented by said John ALEXANDER, Oct. 25, 1660. This Robert died before June 1, 1704; inventory recorded in Stafford County, Oct. 14, 1704. His will bears date Dec. 22, 1703, and names sons Robert and Charles, who died intestate without issue {testimony in Birch vs. ALEXANDER}; "cousins Elizabeth, Jane and Sarah, daughters of my brother Philip ALEXANDER;" his god-son John FITZHUGH and executers Col. Rice HOOE and 2C, Philip ALEXANDER. Both children under 18.........W and M, vol. 10, p.180, says Robert was 15 and Charles 6, at time the Will was made in 1703......says further: It would seem that Frances, the wife of 1C ,Robert was Frances Ashton, sister of Sarah Ashton, wife of 2C, Philip ALEXANDER; but the authority for the statement is not given.
      1699-1709 Stafford County, Virginia Deed & Will Book; [Antient Press]; Page. 232-233 An Inventory of Mr. ROBERT ALEXANDERS Estate of Stafford County deced taken the 8th of April 1704. .. items listed without value .. include one silver headed cane & silver whistle & coral, 16 silver spoons & one large silver tankard, 1 small silver tankard & one silver tumbler, 1 small silver dram cup & one stone locket, one pair of gold Bobs, 2 mourning gold rings, 1 large gold ring and one small do, one pair small silver buckles, 1 silver Thimble .. mentions a number of animals .. three English servants 2
      men one woman ..
      Charles Ashton
      This inventory was returned into Court by Charles Ashton Admr. curt Testamento annexed of the Estate of Robert Alexander Cent. deced the 13th day September 1704 who having sworn to the same in Court it is ordered to be re-corded 6 was recorded the 14th day September 1704.
      1699-1709 Stafford County, Virginia Deed & Will Book; [Antient Press]; p-242 I have here sent from under my hand a true & just account how long the three English servants belonging to the Estate of ROBERT ALEXANDER deced hath to serve. Ilyet is free the 5th day of Novr. next. Wm. Stokes is free on the 25th day November 1705 and Grace Gough is free the 23rd day Februery 1701 and for the account of the negroes they are (names 16) and also one negro girl by name Suses given to me of the daughters of Mr. PHILLIP ALEXANDER
      Charles Ashton
      The above account of servants & Negroes belonging to estate of Mr. Robert Alexander was returned into court .. ordered to be recorded.
      The Hunter Family of Virginia and Connections, Page 47

      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.
      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).
      === wife priscilla ?
      1689-1693 Stafford County, Virginia Deed & Will Book, Part 2 [Antient Press];
      KNOW ALL MEN by these presents that I JOHN LONGE of ye County of RAPPAHANNOCK Cooper for ye sume of foure thousand Nine hundred pounds of good & Legall Tobacco & Caske and Twenty five shillings in money to me paid have sold unto ROBERT COLLIS of ye Countie of GLOSTER in Virginia Gent a certaine parcell of land beinge on ye North side of POTOMACKE CREEKE in Stafford County aforesaid beinge by Estimacon Eight hundred Eighty five acres of Lande granted unto JOHN ALEXANDER SENR by Pattent dated ye 25th day of October 1669 and sold unto me JOHN LONG and THOMAS WATTERMAN both then of NORTHUMBERLANDE COUNTY by ROBERT ALEXANDER Sonne & heire of JOHN ALEXANDER as by a certaine deed or writeinge under ye hands of said ROBT. & PRISCILLA his Wife bearing date ye 9th of October 1685 and acknowledged in Stafford County Court may appeare unto ye said ROBERT COLLIS his heires assignes for ever To Have and To Hold the said Eight hundred eighty five acres of land and wan-ant ye said Lande from all persons whatsoever and that my Wife shall acknowledge her right or third in Stafford County Court when thereunto required In Testimony whereof I have sett my hande and affixed my Seale this 9th day of July 1690 in ye second yeare of ye Reigne of our Sovereigne Lord and Lady KING WILLIAM & QUEEN MARY
      This above sale of land was acknowledged in ye County Court of Stafford by the said JOHN LONGE by himseffe in person unto ye aforesaid ROBERT COLLIS on July the 9th 1690 And then was recorded
      1689-1693 Stafford County, Virginia Deed & Will Book, Part 2 [Antient Press];
      p. 236 TO ALL CHRISTIAN PEOPLE to whom these presents shall come Wee JOHN WITHERS & MATTHEW THOMPSON of Stafford County Gent!. have granted to ROBERT ALEXANDER one Towne lots called number Nineteen bounded wth POTOMACK CREEKE on ye South, lott number Twenty on ye North, lott number Sixteen e on ye East & wth a line of ye Towne Platt nigh ye Swampe beinge in Figure a Rombus To Have and To Hold provided allwaies ... (build upon the premises) ... In Wittness whereof wee have sett our handes and Scales on ye 11th day of February 1691/2 and was then recorded
      1680 Stafford County, Virginia Order Book [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
      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,
      1680 Stafford County, Virginia Order Book [Antient Press];
      p. 27(49) - (50) TO ALL XPIAN PEOPLE to whom these presents shall come, send Greeting in our Lord God everlasting_ Know yee that I ROBT. ALEXANDER of Stafford County in ye Colony and Dominion of Virga:. Gent!" for and in consideration of ye sume of Three thousand four hundred pounds of good sound merchantable Tobo: in caske by me already received of and from GEORGE LISLE of ye aforesaid County of Stafford, Planter, doe from me my heires freely and absolutely give sell and confirms unto him ye said GEORGE LISLE his heires & assigner all that parcell of Land containing by estimation three hundred acres bee ye same more or less, lyinge and beinge on ye North side of POTOMAC CREEKE in ye County aforesaid, joyning upon ye land formerly sold to THOMAS BROWNE and JNO: PIMETT; and is a parte of a Pattent of Twelve hundred eighty acres which Pattent beares date ye twenty fifth day of October one thousand six hundred sixty nine; with all its rights and appurtenances whatsoever to the same be-longing; To have and to held ye said Three hundred acres of land above sold to ye sole and onely proper use of him ye said GEORGE LISLE his heires and every of them forever together with all woods ways paths profitts and appurtenances whatsoever to ye same belonging; And ye said ROBT. ALEXANDER for himselfe his heires doth by these presents agree with the said GEORGE LISLE his heires the said land and all pr:misses unto ye said GEORGE LISLE his heires from ye claime of any persons whatsoever shall and will warrant and forever defend; In Witness whereof ye said ROBT ALEXANDER have hereunto sett his hand and seale the two and twentyeth day of February Anno Dom: 1680
      Sealed and delivered in ye sight and presence of us
      Acknowledged in ye County Court of Stafford unto ye said GEORGE LISLE ye ninth day of March Anne Dom: 1680; and was then recorded

      1699-1709 Stafford County, Virginia Deed & Will Book; [Antient Press];
      On page 78 the drawing shown below appears followed on page 79 by a
      Description of the marks. CD Joseph Hinson- line. GCG George Lyles land containing 150 acres. MMM James Monks Plantation & is being 150 acres. This above land was conveyed by GEORGE LYLES this 15th day Janry. 1690 and at the same time divided between him and JAMES MONK to whom Lyles sold the one half of it & is described in the plat the said land being bought by Lyles of ROBT. ALEXANDER Son and Heir of JOHN ALEXANDER Gent. deced it being part of a dividend of land of 1285 acres taken up and patented by John Alexander Gent. the 25th day October 1669 & was first laid out by Mr. WILLIAM HORTON Surveyor for Stafford County who did not give bound or breadth to make up the Complmt. of the 300 acres which was the quantity that George Lyles bought of Alexander therefore was extended in breadth eleven poles beyond Mr. Hortons survey to make up the true compliment and lies in Stafford County on North side Potomack Creek
      1699-1709 Stafford County, Virginia Deed & Will Book; [Antient Press]; Page 110-112
      To all Christian People .. I ROBERT ALEXANDER of county Stafford for sum Four thousand pounds Tobo. in hand already paid .. by JOHN BROWN of county Westmoreland .. sold one tract of land containing 200 acres situate in Stafford County and on westermost branches of Jordans Bride Beaver Dam & towards the head thereof it being part of a pattent of 500 acres of land pattented in the name of Robt. Alexander bearing date 23rd March 1664 the other 300 acres lying in Westmoreland County and now in possession and occupation of JOHN BREWERTON & GEORGE DOWNING by virtue of a good & authentick deed of Feoffment from Robert Alexander the said 200 acres of land is bounded beginning at a marked Pohickory & extending south to the main branch of Jordans Bridge and crossing 100 poles to another marked hiccory then East to the said Branch 60 poles and down the North side of the branch same course 260 poles to a white oak thence North 100 poles to another oak finally West to the first mentioned hiccory .. the first day of August 1701.
      Presence Wm. Fitzhugh Junr.,
      Jacob Maulden. John Allen Robert Alexander
      At a Court held 10th Decr. 1701 .. Mr. Robert Alexander came into Court acknowledged the aforesaid deed of land to Mr. John Brown of Westmoreland County ordered that said deed with acknowledgment be recorded.
      Know all men .. I FRANCES ALEXANDER wife of the withun Robert Alexander do by these presents for a valuable consideration reced of Mr. John Brown freely & of my own accord impower NATHL. POPE Attorney to acknowledge my right of dower which I hereafter may have or now have to the within 200 acres of land first day Augt. 1701.
      Presence Wm. Fitzhugh Junr., Frances Alexander
      Jacob Maulden, John Allen
      Decr. 10th 1701 A Power from Mrs. Frances Alexander to Mr. N. Pope being proved .. the said Pope by virtue of said Power acknowledged her right of dower to said land. Endorsed on the back of the aforesaid deed. Memorandum that we the Subscribers saw the within Robt. Alexander deliver possession of the within mentioned land to the within mentioned JOHN BROWN by delivering Turf and Twigg parcel & appurtenances of said land to the said John Brown and they both desired us to take notice of the same as witness our hands this 11th day Novr. 1701.
      William Bumbury
      Jno. Bumbury, Charles x Martin

  • Sources 
    1. [S14] Beginning at a White Oak.
      "Beginning at a White Oak - Patents and Northern Neck Grants of Fairfax County" By Beth Mitchell.