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  • ID: I6941
  • Name: Joseph Alexander
  • Surname: Alexander
  • Given Name: Joseph
  • Prefix: 7+2
  • Nickname: Tanner
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1660 in Raphoe, County Donegal, Ireland
  • Death: 1730 in New Munster, Cecil County, Maryland
  • Burial: Head of Christiana Church Cemetery, Newark, New Castle County, Delaware
  • _UID: CB0FDC96CC1FDC4E8E0771EBC87758E9D26E
  • Residence: 18 May 1714 Cecil County, Maryland
  • Note:
    FF-DNA Research

    PEARCE-GLASS: CLG and JAP are 9th cousins. Their common ancestors are Unknown "7+2 Father" Alexander and Unknown.
    a) Unknown "7+2 Father" Alexander > Samuel Alexander Sr > Martin Alexander > Amos Alexander > Eli Alexander > Ezekiel Alexander > William Eli Alexander > Samuel Irvin Alexander > Sarah Alexander > IAP > JAP
    b) Unknown "7+2 Father" Alexander > Joseph "Tanner" Alexander > James "Yeoman" Alexander > Hezekiah Alexander > William Sample Alexander > Alphonso Alexander > Zeno Alexander > George Alphonso Alexander > Anne Lee Alexander > Margaret Katherine Gammill > CLG


    23 Feb 2008 | Los Angeles, CA

    Joseph Alexander, born about 1659, and died before March 9, 1730, in New Munster, Cecil County, Maryland. He married first about 1679, Jane McKnitt, in Somerset County, Maryland. Jane was the daughter of John McKnitt and Elizabeth Wallace. They were the parents of the following children, all born in Somerset County, Maryland. A. Sophia Alexander was born 26 Feb 1680, and died after 13 Dec 1726, in Slate Hill, Cecil County, Maryland, but now in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She married her paternal first cousin, Elias Alexander, son of Andrew Alexander, about 1705 in Cecil County, Maryland. B. Francis Alexander was born about 1689, and died in 1781 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. C. Jane Alexander was born about 1691. She married Muley Mackey. D. Abigail Alexander was born about 1693, and died in 1781 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. She married Francis Clapham. E. James Alexander, known as "Yeoman" was born about 1695 in Manokin Hundred, Maryland, and died before 31 May 1779 in Cecil County, Maryland. Joseph Alexander married as his second wife, Abigail McKnitt, sister of his first wife, Jane McKnitt, daughters of John McKnitt and Elizabeth Wallace. The records do not show any children born to this marriage.


    Birth: 1660
    County Donegal, Ireland
    Death: Mar. 9, 1726
    Cecil County
    Maryland, USA

    Joseph Alexander died in 1726 at New Munster, in the colony of Maryland.

    Joseph Alexander's will was filed at Elkton, Maryland on March 9, 1726 which gives the names of his children and his bequests to them.

    Children of JOSEPH ALEXANDER:

    1. Sophie Alexander
    2. Jane Alexander
    3. Abigail Alexander
    4. Francis Alexander
    5. Abraham Alexander
    6. James Alexander

    Family links:
    Abigail McKnitt Alexander (1667 - 1714)

    James Robert Alexander (1690 - 1779)*

    *Calculated relationship

    Head of Christiana Church Cemetery
    New Castle County
    Delaware, USA

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    Record added: May 25, 2010
    Find A Grave Memorial# 52843621


    Information from the Mint Museum of History in Charlotte, North Carolina:

    Joseph Alexander was a tanner. Tradition has it that he arrived in America, the colonies, in the 1670's aboard the ship "Welcome", which anchored in the Delaware River, however to date there is no confirming evidence. The first documentary evidence of Joseph Alexander's presence in Maryland is in a deed dated May 18, 1714. Joseph Alexander, Tanner and his son, James were members of the group of Alexanders and other men of Cecil County, Maryland who in 1714 purchased from Thomas Stevenson a large tract of land on the Big Elk River. This land was part of a tract called "New Munster" which had been surveyed by George Talbot, Surveyor General in 1683, for "a certain Edwin O'Dwire and fifteen other Irishmen". It lay on both sides of the Elk River in the northeastern corner of Maryland and extended over into Chester County, Pennsylvania, for a short distance above the Mason-Dixon Line.

    It is supposed that Joseph had been in the colonies for several years before his land purchase in 1714 and it is possible that he could have been one of the "fifteen other Irishmen" for whom Talbot surveyed the land in 1683. In the deeds Stevenson stated that the land had "for some years past been possessed and improved by them, and had been by them divided among themselves, each man according to his holden, and that he, the said Stevenson, being mind to sell the said tract of land, thought it most equitable, honest and right, that they, the said possessors thereof, should have the first offer to buy or purchase each man his holden or division of ye same."

    From Joseph's will written December 13, 1726, we learn the names of several of his children, including, Sophia, the wife of Elias Alexander, who is referred to in the will as a son-in-law, Francis, Jane Mackey (her married name), Abigail Clapham (her married name) and James. Joseph left most of his estate to his son, James, as well as making him the executor of his will which was probated March 9, 1730. Joseph did not mention his wife in his will, so it is presumed that she had died before 1726.


    "Neither the Rev. James Alexander of Raphoe or Convoy Congregation or the Rev. James Alexander married to Mary Maxwell are the parents of what we call the original "brothers". DNA has confirmed that Samuel, James, Joseph and Andrew---who all went to Cecil Co., ---were indeed brothers. William Alexander of Somerset does not look likely (from DNA of only one candidate). You can find some information about James and Mary Maxwell in "Memorials of Earl of Stirling and House of Alexander" by Rev. Charles Rogers---digitized on Google on-line. We have proven with DNA that we are R1b haplotype and don't connect to Tarbert/Loup McAlisters or Stirling Alexanders." --Helen Smith (2009 Sep)
  • Change Date: 16 Jul 2013 at 23:22:19

    Father: Unknown Alexander b: in Ireland

    Marriage 1 Abigail McKnitt b: ABT 1667 in Manokin, Somerset County, Maryland
    • Married: in Somerset County, Maryland
    1. Has Children Sophia Alexander b: 26 Feb 1680 in Somerset County, Maryland
    2. Has Children Francis Alexander b: ABT 1689 in Somerset County, Maryland
    3. Has No Children Jane Mackey Alexander b: ABT 1691 in Somerset County, Maryland
    4. Has No Children Abigail Clapham Alexander b: ABT 1693 in Somerset County, Maryland
    5. Has Children James Robert Alexander b: ABT 1695 in Manokin Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland

    Marriage 2 Jane McKnitt b: ABT 1653 in Convoy, Donegal, Ulster, Ireland
    • Married: in Somerset County, Maryland
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