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

Robert Alexander

Male Abt 1738 - 1793  (~ 55 years)


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  • Name Robert Alexander  [1
    Born Abt 1738  Fairfax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 18 Feb 1793  Fairfax County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I017042  Tree1
    Last Modified 27 Feb 2021 

    Father Gerard Alexander,   b. 1713, St. Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Sep 1761, Fairfax County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years) 
    Mother Mary A. Dent,   b. Abt 1722, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Feb 1793, Fairfax County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 71 years) 
    Married Abt 1733  Fairfax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F01055  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mariamne Truman Stoddert,   b. Abt 1744, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Apr 1808, Charles County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 64 years) 
    Children 
     1. Robert Alexander,   b. Aft 1760, Fairfax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1808, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 48 years)
     2. Walter Stoddert Alexander,   b. 1782, Fairfax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1847, Georgetown, Washington, District of Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
    Last Modified 27 Feb 2021 
    Family ID F06246  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • re: Fairfax Co & Arlington Co Va

      By 1731, Robert Alexander also had five tenants on his lands south of Four Mile Run, including miller Edward Chubb. It is interesting to note that three of the five were women--Judith Ballenger, Sarah Young, Sarah Amos--possibly widows with grown sons, but certainly redoubtable figures and veritable pioneers. More is known about the fourth tenant, James Going, who raised horses "and spent much of [his] money at the races & quot; He and his brother, Thomas, ultimately acquired some land in what is now Arlington County. The nineteenth-century descendants of the Goings were buried behind 1407-1409 West Braddock Road. The majority of the population was probably African or of African descent. It is likely that all of the significant landowners had slave laborers working their fields. At the time of Robert Alexander's death in 1735, his son John resided just south of Four Mile Run. He received title to the lands surrounding his home. Philip Alexander owned a 500-acre piece of land bounded by Hunting Creek, Hooff's Run, the Potomac and, approximately, the line of what would later be Cameron Street. Both Alexanders had extensive slave quarters on their lands.

      Subj: Re: Alex & Sarah Moore Henderson
      Date: 8/21/02 12:23:33 PM Pacific Daylight Time
      From: BArnold147
      To: Annerupert
      CC: TwigsNTX


      Found this:

      Augusta Co. VA Co. District Court Judgements [Chalkley II pp.237-238]: John Sinclair vs. Alexander -- O. S. 324; N. S. 116 -- Bill, March, 1808. Gerrard Alexander, son of Robert Alexander, Sr., acquired 100 acres in now Jefferson County from John Harding, and on 11th November, 1752, obtained patent from Fairfax for 340 acres. And on 1st September, 1753, Gerrard obtained patent from Fairfax for 863 acres. Garrard obtained act of Assembly to dock entail upon him by his father of tract in Fairfax and to settle in lieu there of the 863 acres. Gerrard died, testate, 9th August, 1760, eldest son Robert. Gerrard, Jr., in 1778 conveyed to Alexander Henderson, who conveyed to orator in 1796. Defendants are, viz: Gerrard Alexander, Ashton Alexander; Elizabeth Lee, wife of Thos. Lee, deceased; Griffin Stith and Mary, his wife; ____ Washington, Sarah, his wife; Jane and Sidney Alexander, children and representatives of Gerrard Alexander, deceased, who was son of Gerrard Alexander.

      Will of Robert Alexander dated 28th April, 1735, of Stafford County.
      Wife, Anne;
      daughter, Anne Hooe;
      son, John;
      daughter, Parthenia Massie;
      son, Gerrard, island in Prince William called Hornes (Holmes's);
      daughter, Sarah Alexander, under 16, land adjoining Parthenia Massey.
      Test, Richard Todd, Jethro and Sarah Bunsplatt.
      Proved in Stafford County, 13th April, 1736.
      Act docking entail, 8th December, 1753. Signed by John Randolph, C. H.B(urgesses), John Robinson, speaker; Robt. Dinwiddie.

      Special verdict says Gerard died September, 1761, leaving heir-at-law Robert Alexander, who died, testate, will dated 9th January, 1793.
      Will of Robert Alexander of Fairfax. Wife, Margamme (Maryamne);
      sons, Robert, Walter.
      Land devised to testator by his brother George, who was entitled to land for services in Revolution. Lot near Georgetown that came by his wife, Sister Anne's children. Dated 9th January, 1793.
      Codicil, brother George had a child by Mary Robinson, who is poor and unprovided for. Dated 28th January, 1793. Recorded in Fairfax, 18th February, 1793.
      Special verdict says Robert died 10th January, 1793.
      Gerrard Alexander's will is dated 9th August, 1760.
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      THORNTON, WILLIAM, Baltimore Co. 24 Jul, 1769; 7 Mar., 1769
      Friend Sarah Heigh, and her son William Thornton, who in common report, is my son.
      Cousin: Eleanor Lee, wife of Corbin Lee.
      Tracts: "Haddock's Hills," in Prince George's Co. and "Hucklebury Forrest.
      Exs: Rev. Thos. Thornton, Corbin Lee and John Beall Bordley, Esq.
      Wit: Robt. Alexander, Chas. Ridgeby, Jr., Daniel Chamier. 37. 80

  • Sources 
    1. [S814050] Genealogies of Virginia Families Vol. I, from Tyler's Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine.

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