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Descendants of James Alexander

Generation No. 1

      1. James1 Alexander was born 1634 in Bughall, Scotland, and died 17 November 1704 in Raphoe, Donegal, Ulster, Ireland. He married Mary Maxwell. She was born 1634 in Raphoe, Donegal, Ulster, Ireland, and died in Cecil County, Maryland.

Notes for James Alexander:
James ALEXANDER Reverend5, 12,13,9 was born about 1618 in Menstrie, Sterling, Scotland.5 Brevard Family "Rev James Alexander (1634 - 1704) "
Charles C. Miller--sent me an extensive file on descendants of John
Alexander, b. 1590 Scotland, d. in Eridy, Donegal Co. Ireland, son Robert married to Mary Hamilton, his son James (Rev.) b. c. 1634 Bughall Scotland, d. 1704 in Raphoe, Ireland or Cecil "Co. Md. married to Mary Maxwell whom he says died in Cecil Co. Md. (Has this been established?) He was ordained on 12 Dec 1677 in Raphoe, Donegal, Ulster, Ireland.14 Rev James ordained Dec 12, 1677 imprisoned 8 months for publicly holding "a day of prayer and fasting" Minister of Raphoe, 3rd minister at Convoy on Montgomery Estate. Salary in 1691 was lb 24 and 24 barrels of Corn Died Nov 17 1704. He died 9 Dec 1691 and 17 Nov 1704 in Donegal, Donegal Co, Ireland.5 In the records of "The General Synod of Ulster" (a copy of these records in three volumes is in the library of the Presbyterian Historical Society, Witherspoon Bldg., Philadelphia.) James Alexander and William Liston, of Raphoe, are noted as absent from the meetings in 1691, 1692,and 1694, after which Liston's name appears no more; but James were accepted, and finally his death on 17 November 1704 was minuted [Opus cit, vol I, 96]
Brevard Family D "Rev. James and his wife are presumed to have remained in Ireland "
Jim and Sylvia (This goes back to Aug. 1997) sent me a line of descent of John Alexander b. 1590 in Scotland. James Alexander, the Reverend and wife Mary Maxwell. He died about 1704?, brother or cousin to William Alexander who was the father of the seven brothers and two sisters who came to America.(Preyer)
PA Genol Mag Pg 85 to 86
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.
In Somerset, at early dates, we find William, Andrew, Samuel, and John Alexander, and in Cecil County James, Francis, Joseph , and the afore-mentioned Samuel Alexander. I hazard a guess that they were sons of the Reverend James Alexander, of Raphoe, a member of Laggan Presbytery in 1680, whose ministerial brethren then in northern Ireland included David Brown, of Urney, William Traile, of Lifford, Thomas Wilson, of Killybegs, and William Liston, of Letterkenny, to mention a few. I name these because one David Brown became an important civic-minded Presbyterian leader in Somerset: because William Traile and Thomas Wilson soon joined Francis Makemie, "father of organized Presbyterianism in America", in his labor in Somerset: and because William Alexander, Sr., of Somerset, had a grandson named for William Liston. At first in Somerset and later in Cecil, we find Matthew Wallace and John McKnitt.

Children of James Alexander and Mary Maxwell are:
+ 2 i.   William2 Alexander, born Abt. 1646 in Raphoe, Donegal, Ulster, Ireland.
+ 3 ii.   Andrew Alexander, born Abt. 1648 in Raphoe, Donegal, Ulster, Ireland; died 1747 in Slate Hill, York County, Pennsylvania.
+ 4 iii.   James B. Alexander, born Abt. 1652 in Raphoe, Donegal, Ulster, Ireland; died 1717 in Scotland.
+ 5 iv.   Francis Alexander, born Abt. 1654 in Raphoe, Donegal, Ulster, Ireland; died Bef. 1712 in Scotland.
+ 6 v.   Samuel Alexander, born Abt. 1657 in Raphoe, Donegal, Ulster, Ireland; died Abt. 18 June 1733 in Cecil County, Maryland.
+ 7 vi.   Jane Alexander, born Abt. 1660 in Raphoe, Donegal, Ulster, Ireland; died 26 March 1691 in Manokin Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland.
+ 8 vii.   Joseph Alexander, born Abt. 1660 in Raphoe, Donegal, Ulster, Ireland; died 09 March 1730 in Cecil County, Maryland.
+ 9 viii.   John Alexander, born Abt. 1662 in Raphoe, Donegal, Ulster, Ireland.
+ 10 ix.   Elizabeth Alexander, born 1663 in Raphoe, Donegal, Ulster, Ireland; died 1692 in Scotland.

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