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Revolutionary War Veteran John Alexander – Will 1830

Cumberland County, Kentucky, was formed in 1798 from portions of Green County, and named for the Cumberland River.  It shares the border with Tennessee.  Cumberland County is actually larger than my home county of Mercer, but much smaller in population – about 22 people per square mile.  It is a lovely county, much farmland, and we found the small Alexander/Davis Cemetery just south of Hwy 90 on Hwy 100. 

Buried there is Revolutionary War veteran John Alexander and his family.  John was from Goochland County, Virginia, and was a captain in Lee’s Continental Troops.  John moved his family to Cumberland County about 1805.

John Alexander’s will was written in 1825, and he died five years later.  His wife, Lucy, died in 1815.  Eleven children and two grandsons were named in his will.  Given the amount of slaves he owned he must have been a wealthy man.  He died October 17, 1830.

Cumberland County Will Book B   Page 427-428

I, John Alexander, of the county of Cumberland and state of Kentucky, being weak in body but of a perfect and sound mind, do make this my last will and testament.  After my just debts being paid I do hereby dispose of all my worldly goods in the following manner.  To wit, I give to my son Thomas Alexander, two Negroes named Isaac and Polly.  I give to my son John M. Alexander, two Negroes named Jacob and Lewis.  I give to my daughter Sarah C. Barton, two Negroes named Agnes and Jarret, one feather bed and furniture and bedstead.  I give to my son Ingrum Alexander, one Negro man named Peter.  I give in trust to my son John M. Alexander and Reuben Alexander, for the use and benefit of my daughter Elizabeth Smith, one tract of land whereon she now lives containing one hundred and twenty-five acres, more or less, and two Negroes named Jim and Jack Jr., and one featherbed and furniture and one bedstead, and at the decease of Thomas Smith, and his present wife Elizabeth, the said land to be equally divided between his two sons, John M. Smith and Thomas Smith.  I give to my son Robert Alexander, two Negroes named David and Bayson.  I give to my daughter Obediance Gearheart, one Negro man named Jack, Sr., and thirty-five dollars in lieu of one feather bed and furniture.  I give to my son Reuben Alexander, one Negro man named Patrick, and that part of my tract of land whereon I now live, that lies on the upper or west side of the creek that divides the plantation, and my family Bible, and one fourth part of my stock of cattle and one third part of my stock of sheep and one third part of my stock of hogs, in quality.  I give to my son Joseph Alexander, one Negro man named Adam, one cow and calf now in his possession and two hundred dollars in the hands of J M P V R Alexander.  I give to my son Philip Alexander, one Negro man named Valentine and all that part of my tract of land that lies on the south end side of the creek that runs through the plantation whereon Robert Alexander formerly lived.  I give to my daughter Susanna Hall, one Negro woman named Suda, her two children, with all her future increase during her natural life, and at her death to be equally divided amongst the heirs of her body,

one cow and calf, and two ewes, or the value thereof, and two feather beds and furniture, now in her possession.  It is my will and desire that the Negroes hereafter to be devised should not be sold out of the family, and if there should be any money due from one legatee to another in the divisions, the money so coming from one legatee to another shall have the indulgence of the payment thereof eighteen months, and the balance of my estate that is not given away in this instrument of writing shall be equally divided so as to make all their proportions equal with what they have had, equally amongst the following named persons – Thomas Alexander, J. M. Alexander, Sarah C. Barton, Ingrum Alexander, Obediance Gearheart, Susan W. Hall.  It is my will and desire that all the within named legatees should be in harmony amongst themselves, but if any of them attempts to overset or destroy this my last will and testament, he or she or anyone for them, that legatee so attempting shall forever forfeit his or her legacies given them in the above instrument and the same shall be equally divided amongst those peaceful legatees.  I do hereby appoint John Wash, Sr., and James Baker and John M. Alexander to execute this my last will and testament in every part and particular thereof or any two of them, witness my hand this fifteenth day of February one thousand eight hundred and twenty-five.

John Alexander

Test. Isaac McBee, John Wash, Sr., Longston Pace

Kentucky, Cumberland County

I, Milton King, Clerk of the county court for said county, do certify that the foregoing last will and testament of John Alexander, deceased, was produced in open court at the November term, 1830, proven by the oaths of the two subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to record, and the same is truly copied of record in my office in Will Book B, Page 427.  Given under my hand this 6th of January 1831.

Milton King

John Alexander, Kentucky.  Sgt. Lee’s Legion, Continental Troops, Revolutionary War, October 17, 1830.  Alexander/Davis Cemetery, Cumberland County, Kentucky.

Wedding Showcase At Kentucky Historical Society

When last at the Kentucky Historical Society I took time to photograph the beautiful wedding collage on one of the walls near the entrance.  I always look at this since it is so lovely, and now I have photos to share with you!

The wedding photographs and documents must be from Scotland since the documents are about the Aitcheson family from Rochsalloch, Scotland.  Not only is there a marriage bond, or certificate, but deeds and conveyances to members of the family.

Each bride is individually beautiful and dressed according to the time period in which she was married.

It is Appointed, Contracted and Matrimonially Ended between the Partys following, viz., William Alexander, Merchant in Edinburgh, lawful Son of William Alexander, Esquire, Lord Provost of Edinburgh, with the Special advice and consent of the said William Alexander, his father of the one Part, And Mrs. Christian Aitcheson, lawful Daughter of John Aitcheson, of Rochsalloch, Esquire, with the Special advice and consent of the said John Aitcheson, her father, of the other Part in manner following.  That is to say the said William Alexander the Younger and Mrs. Christian Aitcheson, having conceived a Mutual Affection for one another have accepted and taken and by those presents Accept and take each other as their lawful spouses and promise to Solemnize and complete the holy Bond of Marriage together with all requisite Solemnities.  In Contemplation of which Marriage the said William Alexander the Younger hath become bound and obliged and by these presents, binds and obliges him, his heirs, Executors and successors to consent and pay to the said Mrs. Christian Aitcheson a free life-rent annuity of Seventy pounds sterling during all the Days of her life, in case she shall survive him, at two terms in the year, Whitsunday and Martinmas, by equal portions beginning the first term’s payment  thereof at the first term of Whitsunday or Martinmas that shall happen after the decease of the said William Alexander the Younger for the half year immediately preceding and so forth yearly and termly thereafter during all the Days of the life of the said Mrs. Christian Aitcheson with the sum of seventy pounds sterling.

         William Alexander, Junior, Christian Aitcheson, John Aitchseon

Quite a different marriage bond from what we have in Kentucky!  Whitsunday is Pentecost Sunday, usually the first holiday of summer, and Martinmas is the feast of St. Martin’s death on November 11th.  Since Martinmas corresponded with the end of harvest it was a good time for celebration.

Such a wonderful collection!  This would be a fantastic way to show off your own collection of old photos and documents (copies, of course!)

Hm, I thought this post was finished, but decided to do a little extra research on this family – why would a Scottish family be on the wall of the Kentucky Historical Society?

There is no date on the marriage contract, making it a little difficult to research, but I found out that William Alexander’s wife, Christian, died about 1783 in Scotland.  His father, William Alexander, died about 1763.  Since he was alive at the marriage, William and Christian must have married shortly before that date.  After Christian’s death, William and son, Robert, came to Virginia.  Robert moved on to Woodford County, Kentucky, and his father came about 1816, dying there three years later.  William Alexander also had children by a second wife.  They came to Kentucky about the same time, and lived near his eldest son.  Now we have our Kentucky connection!

 

Will of Robert Alexander of Stafford County, Virginia

Will of Robert Alexander of Stafford County, Virginia

Will Book M, pp. 201-202

In the Name of God, Amen.  I, Robert Alexander of Stafford County, Virginia, being sick in body but of perfect mind and memory, do make this my last will and testament.  I give to my well beloved wife Anne Alexander, all my lands in Stafford County, to act with the same as she shall think proper during her life and also four Negroes, Solomon, Natt, Grace and Dinah.  And Solomon and Grace not to be removed off of my now dwelling plantation during their lives, also the thirds of my personal estate and after her death to be equally divided between my two sons hereafter named.  Item.  I give to my daughter Anne Hooe 200 acres of land commonly called Sumner’s Quarter and all things already given in her possession to her and her heirs.  Item.  I give to my son John Alexander all my land in Stafford County now left to his mother after her death, also the Island in Prince William County, commonly called Pexrsons, an island where he now lives on.  Item.  I give to my daughter Parthenia Massey 400 acres of land in Prince William according to my bond and all other things that bond contains and also two white servant women, they having seven years to serve each, and to her liking tradesmen excepted and forty barrels of corn to be paid in two years proceeding the date and on her aforesaid land to be built, at the costs of my executors hereafter named, a 50 foot tobacco house, twenty foot wide and a twenty foot quarter, fifteen foot wide and four cows and calves, four sows with pigs and 800 weight of meat.  Item.  I give to my son Gerard Alexander the Island in Prince William County commonly called Homes Island, where he now lives on, also 1125 acres of land joining to said island, also four Negroes, Robin, Shire, Sam and young man, and 2 beds and furniture and his common riding mare called Squirrel and all her increase and all the rest of his household stuff that is on the said island now in his possession and 13 head of sheep.  Item.  I give unto my daughter Sarah Alexander 400 acres of land joining to Parthenia Massey’s, the same length on the back line and the same breadth on the river as my bonds mentioned to Parthenia Massey, 4 Negroes, 2 new Negro women and two new Negro men, they not to exceed 20 years, a horse of 10 pounds price, a saddle of 6 pounds price sterling, also the same stock and household stuff as my bond mentions to Parthenia Massey to be delivered when she comes to age of 16 by the aforesaid executors hereafter named and the said Sarah, to be maintained by the executors with apparel and diet till the age of 18.  Moreover, I give to my daughter Sarah Alexander 40 barrels of corn and the building of a 50 foot tobacco house 20 foot wide and a 20 foot quarter, 15 foot wide, her plantation use and the said Negroes to be found with clothing for two years and if my daughter Sarah should die without heirs lawfully begotten of her body, then all the things that are given to my said daughter to be equally divided between my two sons John and Gerard Alexander and heirs, and all the rest of my estate, both real and personal, to be equally divided between my two sons and their heirs forever.  Item.  The four Negroes mentioned to my wife to be equally divided between my two sons as aforesaid, but if in case she should choose the thirds of my estate, then the Negroes falling to her part I desire may be equally divided between my two sons as aforesaid.  Item.  I desire that all my lands and Negroes be entailed from heir to heir.  Those excepted being John Alexander’s four already given, Thomas Spring, George, Frank and Will and their increase, and also Gerard Alexander’s four, Robin, Slice, Sam, Young Nan and their increase.  I also appoint my well beloved wife, Anne Alexander, and John Alexander and Gerard Alexander my whole and sole executors of this my last will and testament, dated 28th April 1735.

                                                                  Robert Alexander

Signed in the presence of Richard Todd, Jethro Bunsplatt, Sarah Bunsplatt

At a court held for Stafford County 13th April, 1736, this will was presented, executors made oath and certificate was granted for obtaining probate.