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Joseph Alexander (son of William Alexander)109, 110, 111 was born 1659 in Raphoe, Donegal, Ulster, Ireland111, 112, 113, and died Bef. March 09, 1729/30 in New Munster, Cecil, MD, USA113, 113. He married Abigail McKnitt on 1686 in Somerset, Maryland, USA113.

 Includes NotesNotes for Joseph Alexander:
SOURCE: 18 May 1714: ABSTRACTION: Thomas Stephenson conveyed 1100 acres, called New Munster, to Matthew Wallace and his company, in Cecil County, Maryland. The company included James Alexander the farmer, Arthur Alexander the farmer, David Alexander the weaver, Joseph Alexander the tanner and his son, James Alexander the tanner, and James Alexander the weaver and his son, Moses Alexander.
[SOURCE: Deed book 2 J.D. #2, pg 280-283]
SOURCE: 1724 "Inhabitants of Cecil County 1649-1774"
Land Patents and Certificates in Cecil county
p. 14 Alexander, James - 1724- "James' Inheritance" - 170 acres
Alexander, Joseph - 1724 "Joseph and James' Settlement" - 710 acres
[SOURCE: I ‘believe’ this source is Henry C. Peden jr. Marylanders to Carolina: Migration of Marylanders to North and South Carolina Prior to 1800]

Joseph Alexander: Transportation unclear, he was recorded purchasing property in New Munster, Cecil County, Maryland in 10 Feb 1718/19: Thomas Stevenson, of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, gent., conveyed to Joseph Alexander and his son James Alexander of Cecil County, farmer, 184 acres. Joseph and James Alexander have restored to Thomas Stevenson lands they formerly purchased from said Stevenson except for 368 acres in exchange. Thomas Stevenson makes over to them a tract of 184 acres adj. the above said 368 acres. Said land is part of a tract called New Munster. [SOURCE: Cecil County, Maryland Deed Book 3 Page 199].
[SOURCE: Deed book 2 J.D. #2, pg 280-28]. 18 May 1714: Thomas Stephenson conveyed 1100 acres, called New Munster, to Matthew Wallace and his company, in Cecil County, Maryland. The company included James Alexander the farmer, Arthur Alexander the farmer, David Alexander the weaver, Joseph Alexander the tanner and his son, James Alexander the tanner, and James Alexander the weaver and his son, Moses Alexander.

Alec Kin P 199 "Deed Thomas Stevenson of Bucks Co PA gent to Joseph Alexander and his son James Alexander of Cecil Co. farmer 184 acres of land. Joseph and James Alexander have restored to Thomas Stevenson lands they formerly purchased from said Stevenson except for 368 acres. In exchange, Thomas Stevenson made over to them a tract of 184 acres of land in Cecil Co adjoining the above said 368 acres. Said land is part of a tract called New Munster which is part of 903 acres the said Stevenson bought from Robert Roberts of Queen Annes Co. by deed dated 14 Aug 1718. Made 15 Aug 1718. Wit: James Alexander, Moses Alexander, Gavin Hutchinson Stevenson JPs Matth Vanbebber, M Vanderheyden Rec 11 Feb 1718 S Knight, Clerk.
(This Joseph with son James is grandfather and father to Hezekiah and John McKnitt)
Witnesses: James Alexander and Moses Alexander, JPs: Sam Alexander, James Alexander for a deed rec 12 Aug 1721 in which Edward Ellis of New Milford, Cecil Co and Lydia his wife to David Wallace of same place 50 acres of land called Haile Hill.
Alex Kin P 282 "Deed Joseph Alexander and his son James Alexander both of Newmunster Cecil Co because they are moving quit claim to Joseph Alexander, John Alexander and Francis Alexander sons of James Alexander carpenter late of Newmunster deceased and to his widow Mary Alexander all their interests in 316 acres of land in Newmunster purchased by James Alexander carpenter from Thomas Stevenson and confirmed by Stevenson to the children and widow of said James Alexander, carpenter b deed dated 15 Aug 1718. Made 18 Dec 1719. Wit James Alexander, John Spir. Ackn: 10 mar 1719 Rec 18 Mar 1719 S Knight, clerk.
COPY OF DEED
Thomas Stevenson to MATTHEW WALLACE, James Alexander, Arthur Alexander, David Alexander, James Alexander and Joseph Alexander.
Recorded in Book 2. (J. D. 2) pages 280-281-282-283, one of the Land Record Books in and for Cecil Co. State of Maryland. Dated May 18, 1714.
This INDENTURE made the eighteenth day of May in the thirteenth year of the Reign of our Soverigh Lay Anne by the Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland, Queen defender of the faith & in ye years of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fourteen by and between Thomas Stevenson of ye County of Bucks in ye Province of Pennsylvania, Gent of ye one part and MATTHEW WALLACE, yeoman,James Alexander, farmer, and carpenter Arthur Alexander farmer, David Alexander weaver, James Alexander weaver, and Joseph Alexander Tanner
Records of John E. Alexander "Among those who went to North Carolina were several who greatly distinguished themselves by their public spirit and devoted patriotism during the Revolution. Two of these were sons of James Alexander of New Munster, Cecil county, Md. This James was probably the son of Joseph, who has already been named among the first purchasers of the Munster lands in 1714. James acquired considerable land both in Maryland and in North Carolina. As a ruling elder his name appears first on the minutes of the New Castle Presbytery in 1725, and frequently afterwards in those of the Synod of Philadelphia. The name of his first wife was Margaret, probably Margaret McKnitt, the sister of John McKnitt, already mentioned as Stephenson's attorney; for John McKnitt, in his will dated 1733, appointed James Alexander, his "brother-in-law," his executor; and James Alexander called a son, who was born that same year, John McKnitt Alexander.
James Alexander By this his first wife he had issue as follows: Theophilus, Edith, Keziah,
Hezekiah, Ezekiel, Jemima, Amos, John McKnitt, and Margaret. By Abigail, his second wife, he had, Elizabeth, Abigail, Margaret, Josiah, and Ezekiel. The first set of children were born between 1716 and 1736, and the second set, between 1746 and 1754.
Of these Hezekiah, John McKnitt, and Jemima, who had married Thomas Sharpe,removed from Maryland to Mecklenburg county, N. C., about the year 1754.
Alex Kin pg 8 "Joseph Alexander b. 1660 Scotland: to Ireland; family tradition says to America on Ship WELCOLME 1679 d. 1730 Cecil Co.MD.
DAR " Joseph Alexander was the progenitor of six signers of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence:Hezekiah & John Mcknitt being sons of James, Col. Abraham and Ezra sons of Sophia, and Col. Adam and Captain Charles,sons of William (son of Sophia dau of Joseph). (see Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine,March 1952 Page 315)"
Pa Genol Mag VI " Joseph Alexander is said by two students of the Alexander and McKnitt family records to have married Abigail McKnitt" [ Mrs.Clarence W. Pettigrew, Pine Bluff, Ark., in V compendium of American Genealogty 691, and W.S. Ray in his The Mecklenburg Signers and Their Neighbors] She was doubtless a sister of John McKnitt.Sr.[cir 1660-1714] In the Matthew Wallace and Company listing of Alexanders he is the last named " Joseph Alexander, Tanner." He is of especial intrest to our story because he was the paternal grandfather of John McKnitt Alexander,secretary of the Mecklenburg Convention of May 1775. The reason given by Thoms Stevenson for conveying the New Munster tract to Matthew Wallace and Company is stated in the original deed of 18 May 1714. Title was conveyed to them because these lands "had for some years past been improved and possessed by them and had been divided amongst themselves, each man according to his holden [holding] and that he the said Stevenson being minded to sell the 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.[Cecil Co.Deeds 280, ( History of Cecil Co. 126] Another convent provided that Stevenson would give them each a better deed, if thay demanded it within the next seven years. (History Cecil Co. 136.137) By a series of eight deeds, dated 15 Aug 1718, he conveyed his intrest in 903 acres to Joseph, James, David, Arthur, Elija (posssibly Elias), and Mary Alexander, and by two others he transfered to John Gillespie and Matthew Wallace, Jr,.. their respective holdings [George Johnston: History of Cecil Co 136,137] One of these eight, to "Joseph Alexander and his son James Alexander, of Cecil County and in the Province of Maryland, tanner," provides that " whereas Joseph Alexander and James Alexander have by way of a swap restored unto Thomas Stevenson all and every lands with the apurtenancy thereof whisch thay formerly bought of Thomas Stevenson, except 386 acres, the said Stevenson now conveys to Joseph Alexnader ....",etc. ( History of Cecil County, w 137) " The lands conveyed to the colony of Alexanders embraced the northeast part of the New Munster tract and extender from a short distance north of Cowantown to the extreme northern boundrary of New Munster, which, as befere stated, was about a mile north of the State line, as it was located by Mason and Dixon, fifty years afterwards."
These lands were conveyed a few years later by " Joseph Alexander and James, his son, both of New Munster, Cecil county , Maryland " to " Joseph, John, and Francis Alexander, sons of James Alexander, carpenter and to Mary Alexander, relic of James Alexander, 316 acres, being in New Munster, aforesaid, and bouht by James Alexander carpenter aforesaid, from one Thomas Stevenson and confirmed by the said Stevenson unto the children and relict of the said James Alexander, carpenter ..." in conformity with " the last will of the aforsaid James Alexander 18 December 1719."(Cercil Deeds 282 at Elkton) ( Thomas Stevenson had already turned over to James Alexander and his son Moses their appropriate "holdens".)
When Joseph Alexander made his will 30 December 1726, he described himself as "tanner" and of New Minster in Cecil County. It was probated 9 March 1730 (WillsCecil)
Witnesses were Owen O'Konnel, Ann Taylor (The widow Taylor), John Dale ("Irish"), and John McKnitt (jr.). Joseph named he son James to be his executor; made bequests varing between 10 and 40 shillings to his son-in-law Elias Alexander, his dauhters Sophia Alexander, Jane Muley, and Abigail Chapham, and his son Francis Alexaneer: and left to his son James the remainder of hs estate.
"Among the Scotch-Irish immigrants who were seeting religious, political and ecomonic freedom there were many Alexanders. A large group of them settled in Somerset and Cecil Counties in Maryland,in Chester County, Pennsylvania,and on the Eastern Shore of Virginia before the year 1700.
Joseph Alexander,tanner,and his on, James were members of the group of Alexanders and others of Cecil County,Maryland, who on 18 of May 1714,purchased from Thomas Stevenson as large tract of land on the east side of 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 Northeastern corner of Maryland-Pennsylvania, for a short distance above the present Mason adn Dixon Line.
It would seem that this tradition has been handed down by descendaents of John McKnitt Alexander,of Mecklenburg county,N.C. who is as grandson of Joseph.
There is every reason to believe that Joseph was a brother, or near kin of Andrew, William, Samuel, Sophie and James Alexander of Somerset county,and yet no recod is found of him in that county.
It will be noted that James Alexander, the weaver "transported to Somerset in 1678: which was about the time that Joseph is supposed to have arrived in America. If he was in the Colony of Maryland as early as the date mentioned it is almost cirtain that he was on of the "fifteen other Irishmen" for whom George Talbot surveyed the New Munster tract. along the Elk River in 1683. It has been proved that there were Alexander in that group.
Pioneers "The first authentic record found of Joseph Alexander is where he and his son, James were of a group of seven Alexanders who were deeded 1,100 acres of land in the New Munster tract of Cecil County by Thomas Stevenson, on May 18, 1714 (Recorded Oct 22, 1714, in Cecil Co.Deed Book No.2, Page 280). In this deed he is described as a tanner. The next record found of Joseph is in the deed by which Thomas Stevenson transferred to the same group, including Mary and Elias Alexander, 903 additional acres in seperate deeds, each being dated Aug 15, 1718. Joseph's and James deed was recorded Feb 11, 1718-19 (Cecil book 3 Pg 199) James Alexander was one of the witnesses. He may have been either James the Farmer or James the Weaver.His mother, a widow Alexander, became Joseph's second wife."
Pa Gen Mag pg 85,88,89 " When Joaseph Alexander made is will 30 Dec 1726, he described himself as 'tanner" and of New Munster in Cecil County, It was probated 9 Mar 1730" [Cecil Wills AA-1pg. 222] Witness were Owen O'Donnel, Ann Taylor (the Widow Taylor) John Dale ("Irish"), and John McKnitt [jr,] Joseph named is son James to be hs executor: made bequests varing between 10 and 40 shillings to his son-in-law Elias Alexander, his daughters Sophia Alexander, Jane Muley, and Abigail Chapham, and his son Francis Alexander: and left to his son James the remainder of his estate."
Brevard " Joseph was a tanner,He lived in the New Munster Tract at the extreme north of Cecil Co He left a will dated 30 Dec 1726 proved 16 Mar 1730. Names of the last four children are from the will (James; Francis; Jane Muley; Sophia; Abigail Chaptman) Joseph and Abgail were parents of many of the Alexanders of North Carolina"
Maryland Families pg 59 " Land Deed 1714 O'Dwire Tract, purchased 316 A. at New Munster, Cecil Co Md , Elkton records May 18 1715 tanner m. Abigail McKnitt sister of John McKnitt sr. 5 ch"
Richard B.Alexander "Joseph ALEXANDER, tanner, and his son, James, were members of the group of Alexanders and others of Cecil County, MD, who on the 18th of May, 1714,purchased from Thomas STEVENSON a large tract of land on the east side of 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" 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." In his will, dated December 30, 1726, and filed March 9, 1730, in Cecil Co., MD, Joseph ALEXANDER did not mention his wife, so it would seem that she had died before that time. Some genealogists have thought it probably that she was Abigail MCKNITT. There is no confirmation of this, though' there does seem to have been a close relationship between the MCKNITT and ALEXANDER families. One of the witnesses to the will was John MCKNITT. [A Genealogical Record for the NADAR Magazine GR 2929.2 Ingram 1952 Alexander documents # 4] He was born circa 1660 at Raphoe, Donegal, Ireland. . He married Abigal MCKNITT? in 1686 at Somerset, MD. He died on 9 March 1730 at Cecil Co., MD.
"Inhabitants of Cecil County 1649-1774" by Henry Peden
p. 14 Alexander, James - 1724- "James' Inheritance" - 170 acres#
, Joseph - 1724 "Joseph and James' Settlement" - 710 acres
p. 133 Early Inhabitants of Cecil Co
Alexander, James (farmer) 1714
Alexander, Arthur (farmer) 1714
Alexander, David (weaver) 1714
Alexander, Joseph (tanner) 1714
Alexander, Mary..widow of James Alexander 1718

Birth: ABT 1659 in Raphoe also called Convoy, Donegal, Ulster, Ireland
Note:
Hist Joseph "Joseph Alexander arrived in MD at age 40? 21 Sep 1679 Joseph Alexander was undoubtedly born in Ireland. Just when he came to America is not known. There has been a tradition that he arrived in the Delaware River in 1679,but of this we have found no proof. However, it may be supposed that he had been hear several years before his purchase of the "New Munster" land in 1714 and it is possible that he could have been one of the "fifteen other Irishmen" for whom Talbot surveyed the land in 1693 In the deeds Stevenson stated that the land had "for some years past been possessed and improved by them"
Pioneers " It is written that he came to this county on the ship "Welcome" which anchored in the Delaware River (probably Lews or New Castle) on Sept 21, 1679 and that he was 40 years old at the time. (No authority for this assertion has been forund, but being explicit it is worthy of credence.)"
Alexander Kin pg 8 "Joseph Alexander b .1660 Scotland: to Ireland; family tradition says to America on Ship WELCOME 1679 d. 1730 Cecil Co . Md "
Richard B.Alexander "Joseph ALEXANDER] He was born circa 1660 at Raphoe, Donegal, Ireland. He married Abigal MCKNITT? in 1686 at Somerset, MD. He died on 9 March 1730 at Cecil Co., MD.
Brevard " Joseph Alexander (Tanner) (b abt 1660) Immigrant from Ireland m Abgail McKnitt"

Death: BEF 9 MAR 1730 in New Munster Manor Cecil Co.MD.
Note:
Abstract Will of Joseph Alexander dtd 13 Dec 1726 probated 9 Mar 1730 (GS 013867) Cecil Co.Md.(AA-1-222) " I, Joseph Alexander of New Munster, in Cecil County, in the Provedence of Maryland -- make this my last Will and Testament as follows;
First: I give and bequeath to my son-in-law Elias Alexander a sarton (cirtain ?) bond assigned to me by Sarah Stown baring date the 19th of August 1718 eccept so much as is already paid and fourty shiling to my daughter Sophiah.
Item: I will and bequeath to my son Francis, twenty shillings to my daughter Jane Muley 1ten shillengs to my daughter Abigail Clapan(named for Joseph's wife Abigail McKnitt Alexxander) Clayhorn 10 shillengs.
Item: all and singular the rest ot my estate real and mouvable of what denomination nature of kind so ever I will and bequeath to my son James his heirs and assigns for ever and I doe appoint ordain and constitute the said James Alexander to be sole executor of this my last Will and Testament. Witness my hand and seal this 13 day of December, Anno Domini 1726.
The witnesses were: Owen O'Donnel, Ann Taylor, John Dail, John McKnight.evidently his brother in -law.
Pa Gen Mag "Pa Gen Mag pg 89 " When Joseph Alexander made is will 30 Dec 1726, he described himself as 'tanner" and of New Munster in Cecil County, It was probated 9 Mar 1730" [Cecil Wills AA-1pg. 222] Witness were Owen O'Donnel, Ann Taylor (the Widow Taylor) John Dale ("Irish"), and John McKnitt [jr,] Joseph named is son James to be his executor: made bequests varing between 10 and 40 shillings to his son-in-law Elias Alexander, his daughters Sophia Alexander, Jane Muley, and Abigail Chapham, and his son Francis Alexander: and left to his son James the remainder of his estate."
Will Cecil "In his will dated December 30 1726,and filed March 9, 1730 in Cecil County,Maryland, Joseph Alexander did not mention his wife,so it would seem that she had died before that time (1726) . Some genealoist have thought it probable that she was Abigail McKnitt.There is no confirmation of this, though there seme seems to have been a close relationship between the McKnitt and Alexander families. One of the witnesses to the will of Joseph Alexander was John McKnight."
Pioneers " the will of Joseph Alexander dated 1726 names sons James and Francis daughters Sophia, Jane Muley (or Mackey), Agigaill Chapham and his son in law Elias Alexander: who we know was the son of Andrew Alexander of Somerset (So.Register, I,.K.L.)
Alex Kin pg 8 "Joseph Alexander b. 1660 Scotland: to Ireland; family tradition says to America on Ship WELCOLME 1679 d. 1730 Cecil Co.MD. "
Richard B.Alexander "Joseph ALEXANDER] He was born circa 1660 at Raphoe, Donegal, Ireland. He married Abigal MCKNITT? in 1686 at Somerset, MD. He died on 9 March 1730 at Cecil Co., MD.
Alice Campbell "Joseph ALEXANDER Org 7 tanner: born between 1639 and 1660 in Raphoe, Donegal, Ulster, Ireland; married in 1686 in Somerset Co., Md.; died on 9 Mar 1729/30 in New Munster, Cecil Co.,Md.

Father: William ALEXANDER b: BET 1620 AND 1626 in Parish of Ray and Barony of Raphoe.

Marriage 1 Abigail MCKNITT b: BET 1653 AND 1673 in Sterling,Scotland
Note:
SOURCE: 1722 PETITIONERS OF NEW MUNSTER CIRCA 1722 TO LORD BALTIMORE. (They stated their belief that Maryland was their proper place of residence not Pennsylvania) Joseph Alexander, James Alexander, David Alexander, James Alexander farmer (one who died in 1717, son of Samuel), James Alexander, tanner (son of Joseph), Elias Alexander, Moses Alexander, Arthur Alexander, Mathew Wallace, Jane Wallace (widow), David Wallace, John Wallace, Mathew Wallace jr., Cornelius Vanzant, George Vansant, James McLuse, Adam Rinkin, John Garrison, William Pendergrass and James Tailor, [SOURCE: Calvert Papers, Maryland historical Soc. Manuscript Division MS 174, Microfilm No. 6 Document no 279.]

Cecil County Land Deeds by June D.Brown P. 280, Bk 2 Deed Thomas Stevenson of Bucks Co Pa, because he is moving and for L172, 10s to each of the following men Matthew Wallace, yeoman, James Allexander, farmer, Arthur Allexander, farmer, David Allexander, weaver, James Allexander, weaver and his son Moses Allexander & Joseph Allexander, farmer and his son James Allexander their share of land on the east side of Elk River (1150 acres of land which said Stevenson bought from Robert Roberts of Queen's co glover on 1 April 1714) Said land was for some years improved and possessed by said Matthew Wallace and Company and already divided among them. The land is bounded by the land of Cap Daniell Pearce Signed by Thomas Stevenson and Sarah Stevenson. Made 18 May 1714
Wit: John Wallace, Elias Allexander Ackn: 20 Aug 1714 by John Macknett of Cecil co attorney for Thomas Stevenson, JPs John Jawert Matt Van Bebber. JP for Bucks Co Francis White Rec. in Cecil Co 22 Oct 1714 Jno Dowdall, Clerk
P. 283 Power of attorney. Thomas Stevenson of Bucks co Pa appoints his friend John McKnitt of Back Creek, Cecil Co. his attorney to acknowledge a deed to John Wallace. Made 18 May 1714 Wit Matthew Wallace, Elias Allexander. Ackn: 20 Aug 1714 JPs: John Jawert, Matth. VanBebber Re. 22 Oct 1714 Jno Dowdall,Clerk
Stafford, Alexander Note Books "The land in New Munster of James and Moses was known as Milford Hundred and was on the east bank of the Elk River adjoining David Alexander. In 1766 an old millstone bearing the letters I. F. had taken the place of the original cornerstone marking the boundary of James's and David's plantation. David and James evidently had land further to the east---bordering on Christiana Creek-- which they acquired from Stevenson under the 1718 deed. The New Munster land passed from James to his son Moses whose will of Feb 2 1762 passed it to his son Daniel. Daniel sold it to his uncle Mark Alexander a merchant of Baltimore in 1763. Mark sold to John Alexander a part of this original grant in 1772 (Cec. 14-92). This was witnessed by Amos, son of James, son of Joseph and his son Walter witnessed the deed. Stafford believes that with the exception of Mark of Baltimore all of the male descendants of James the weaver appear to have left Cecil Co. about the time of Daniel's sale and gone south---1763. (Stafford) (The John Alexander of Chester Co. Pa has died by 1772.
The CharlMeck Story ". JOSEPH ALEXANDER is said by two students of the Alexander and McKnitt family records to have married Abigail McKnitt.19 She was doubtless a sister of John McKnitt Sr. (c. 1660-1714). In the Matthew Wallace and Company listing Alexanders he is the last named, "Joseph Alexander, tanner." He is of special interest to our story, because he was the paternal grandfather the John McKnitt Alexander, secretary of the Mecklenburg Convention of May 1775. The reason given by Thomas Stevenson for conveying the NEW MUNSTER tract to Matthew Wallace and Company is stated in the original deed of 18 May 1714. Title was conveyed to them because these lands "had for some years past been improved and possessed by them and had been divided amongst themselves, each man according to his holden [holding] and that the said Stevenson being minded to sell the 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."20 Another covenant provided that Stevenson would give them each a better deed if they demanded it within the next seven years. By a series of eight deeds dated 15 August 1718, he conveyed his interest in 903 acres to Joseph, James, David, Arthur, Elijah (possibly Elias), and Mary Alexander, and by two others he transferred to John Gillespie and Matthew Wallace, Jr., their respective holdings.21 One of these eight, to "Joseph Alexander, and his son James Alexander, of Cecil County and in the Province of Maryland, tanner," provides that "whereas JosephAlexander and James Alexander have by way of a swap restored unto Thomas Stevenson all and every lands with the appurtenancy thereof which they formerly bought of Thomas Stevenson, except 386 acres, the said Stevenson now conveys to Joseph Alexander ..." etc. George Johnston, in his History of Cecil County wrote:22
"The lands conveyed to the colony of Alexanders embraced the northeast part of the NEW MUNSTER tract and extended from a short distance north of Cowantown to the extreme northern boundary of NEW MUNSTER, which, as before stated, was about a mile north of the State line, as it was located by Mason and Dixon fifty years afterwards."
These lands were conveyed a few years later by "Joseph Alexander and James, his son, both of NEWMINSTER Cecil County, Maryland" to "Joseph, John, and Francis Alexander, sons of James Alexander, carpenter, and to Mary Alexander, relict of James Alexander, 316 acres, being in NEWMUNSTER, aforesaid, and bought by James Alexander carpenter aforesaid, from one Thomas Stevenson and confirmed by the said Stevenson unto the children and relict of the same James Alexander, carpenter ..." in conformity with "the last will of the aforesaid James Alexander, 18 December 1719."23 (Thomas Steveson had already turned over to James Alexander and his son Moses their appropriate "holdens".)
When Joseph Alexander made his will 30 December 1726, he de-scribed himself as "tanner" and of NEW MINSTER in Cecil County. lt was probated 9 March 1730.24 Witnesses were Owen O'Donnel, Ann Taylor (the Widow Taylor), John Dale ["Irish"], and John McKnitt [Jr].
Joseph named his son James to be his executor; made bequests varying between 10 and 40 shillings to his sonin-Iaw Elias Alexander, his daughters Sophia Alexander, Jane Muley and Abigail Claphan, and his son Francis Alexander; and Ieft to his son James the remainder of his estate.
16 ibid, 14.
17 ibid, 15.
16 ibid,15.
19 Mrs. Clarence W. Pettigrew, Pine Bluff, Ark., in V Compendium of American Genealogy 691, and W. S. Ray in his Mecklenburg Signers and Their Neighbors.
20 2 Cecil County Deeds 280, quoted in George Johnston: History of Cecil Co. 126.
21 George Johnston: History of Cecil Co. 136, 137.
22 Opus cit., 137.
23 Cecil Deeds 282, at Elkton.
24 Cecil Wills AA-l, p. 222:

There is a well established tradition that seven Alexander brothers, Presbyterians from Scotland who had sojourned a while in the north of Ireland, probably at Raphoe.Co., Donegal, and Sligo,Co.,came to Somerset Co.Md. before going on to Cecil Co. If we may judge from the circumstantial evidence remaining, then along with the brothers came two sisters: one, the wife of Matthew Wallace; the other Jane, who married John McKnitt.
THE ALEXANDER LINE of Sterling Scotland The Alexander family of New Munster were orginally settled in Scotland. About the time of James I they ,together with a large number of Presbyterians,migrated to Ireland and settled in Ulster.During the latter part of the seventh centry several Alexanders migrated to America and settled in Cecil and Somreset counties, Maryland. There was an Alexander family in Somerset County as early as 1666. Also John McKnitt settled there about the same period(see Old Somerset,by Clayton Torrence).Joseph Alexander of New Munster married Abigail McKnitt and one of his sons was John McKnitt Alexander. Joseph Alexander,the founder of the famous Alexander family of New Munster, Cecil County MD,according to family historians,arrived in the Delaware River (probably Lewes or New Castle) on Ship "Welcome" Sept 21 1679 at the age of 40 yrs. He was one of "fifteen other gentleman" for whom Colonel George Talbot surveyed New Munster Tract in 1683. This Tract was located in Cecil County, Maryland,northeast of the village of Cherry Hill and extended north-ward into Pennsylvania. The cerificate of survey is as follows -"Laid out for him a certain tract of land called New Munster,lying and beginning in Cecil County on the main fresh of ElK River,on both sides of the said fresh,beginning at a marked poplar on a high bank on west side of the said fresh, and about a pistole shot to the mouth of a rivelett,called the Shure, and running west...containing and now laid out for six thousand acres more or less,to be held of the Manor of Cecil, which is hereby Humbly cerified to your Lordship,this 29th day of August,1683 by George Talbor Surveyor-General" (See Johnson's history of Cecil Co..page 133) On May 18,1715,Thomas Stevenson sold the tract on the east side of the Elk River,containing 1,100 acres,to Mathias Wallace,James Alexander,Arthur Alexander,David Alexander,and Joseph Alexander. The deed cites the fact that the tract conveyed to them had for several years past been improved and possesed by Wallace and the Alexander's. On August 15,1718,Stevenson conveyed nine hundred and three more acres to the Alexander's.The land conveyed to the Alexanders embraced the northeast part of the New Munster tract, starting a short distance above Cowantown and extending above the Mason and Dixon line. Josiah Alexander died March 1730,in Cecil County,Maryland. Joseph Alexander

Sources:

The Alexanders of New Munster, Maryland
H Jack Wells

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More About Joseph Alexander:
Died 2: 1730, Cecil, Maryland, USA.114

More About Joseph Alexander and Abigail McKnitt:
Marriage: 1686, Somerset, Maryland, USA.115

Children of Joseph Alexander and Abigail McKnitt are:
  1. +James Alexander, b. 1695, Manokin, Somerset, Maryland, USA115, d. July 15, 1779, Cecil, Maryland, USA115.
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