|Posted By:||Gay Edens Carrigan|
|Post Date:||February 22, 2008 at 05:14:33|
|Forum:||Amherst County, VA Genealogy Forum|
WILLIAM McALEXANDER (1744-1822) of Amherst, Henry & Patrick Cos., VA
I believe we may have solved the mystery of William McAlexander’s first wife, but we need proof.
On 05 January 1800, my ancestor, JOHN HENDERSON, SR. wrote his will mentioning “HEIRS OF MY DAUGHTER AGNIS ALEXANDER DECD.” (No names) Probate 16 June 1800, Amherst Co., VA. My objective was, and is, to prove the marriages and whereabouts of the children of this John Henderson. My own line, Esther Henderson who married Henry McClain, is an established one.
My search for John Henderson’s daughter, Agnis Alexander, was unsuccessful. Realizing that the surnames Alexander and McAlexander were sometimes used interchangeably in the records, I began the search for an Agnis McAlexander. I contacted (Mr.) Bev Harris, and he graciously aided me in narrowing down the possibilities of which McAlexander may have married Agnis Henderson in early Amherst County. His mention of William McAlexander’s unknown first wife led me to do further research on this family.
I found that William McAlexander was one of the five sons of James McAlexander, Sr., in early Amherst Co., VA:
1. James Jr., b abt 1741, m Patience McDaniel, probably 1760s, Amherst Co., VA
2. William, b 13 Jan 1744, m (1) Unknown, (2) Jane/Jean “Jennie” Ferguson, (3) Tamer Booth.
3. Samuel, b abt 1748. No known marriage or children.
4. John, b abt 1751, m Agnes “Nancy” Burnett, 02/25 Mar 1780, Amherst Co., VA.
5. Alexander, b 01 May 1756, m Martha “Patsy” Burnett, 02/25 Mar 1786, Amherst Co., VA.
Based on John Henderson’s Will, William McAlexander’s Obituary, and the McAlexander men living in Amherst Co. at the appropriate time, I believe that William McAlexander married Agnis Henderson, circa 1765-70, in Amherst Co., VA. My reasoning:
(1) William McAlexander was married three times, as established by his obituary
(2) Agnis Henderson Alexander/McAlexander was deceased before 05 Jan 1800, per John Henderson’s will
(3) The estimated birthdates of William’s first four children, clearly indicate that they were born before his marriage to Jean Ferguson in 1778.
I have gathered the following information on William McAlexander from online posts and VA marriage records: Daughters approximate birth year based on their being 16-21 yrs. old at the time of their marriage.
WILLIAM McALEXANDER, b 13 Jan 1744, d 08 Mar 1822, Rockcastle Creek, Patrick Co., VA
His birthplace is unproven, but variously shown as Ireland, Scotland, or Albemarle Co., VA
Does anyone have the source of his birthdate? Bible, DAR, Rev Pension?
m (1) Unknown
m (2) Jean Ferguson, 21 Feb 1778, Henry Co., VA
m (3) Tamer Boothe, 27 Dec 1798, Patrick. Dau of George Booth Sr. & Milly. Surety Beveridge Hughes. Wit George Booth Jr., Sarah Booth & Daniel Booth
05 April 1822, William McAlexander Obituary, The Lynchburg Press, p 3:
"...on Friday, the 8th ult. at his residence in Patrick County, after a short illness, which he bore with Christian fortitude. Mr. William McAlexander, in the 79th year of his age. Few have descended to the tomb more regretted. On the stage of life his conduct has been most exemplary. At an early age he became a professor of religion and a member of the Presbyterian church--he was a strict observer of the sabbath, and never known to use the name of God irreverently. He was firm in his purpose, inflexible in his integrity, unbound in his benevolence, he was the friend of the poor, and the protector of the widow and the orphan. The good, disinterested neighbor, his heart was open to every noble feeling. Mr. McAlexander was one amongst the first settlers in that part of Virginia, and as a true republican soldier placed himself under the standard of his country, and with active zeal bore a faithful part in obtaining our independence. In him we have lost one of the fathers of our freedom. He has had three wives and 21 children--and now a widow and 18 children, besides a numerous train of connections and friends, are left to mourn their irreparable loss." [Note: Ultimo or ult. means— last month.]
(Posted 7 Nov 1998, VAPATRIC-L@rootswebcom, by "Tamara J Bentz" <TJBENTZ@prodigy.net>)
KNOWN CHILDREN OF WILLIAM MCALEXANDER’S 1ST MARRIAGE TO UNKNOWN
1. MARGARET “PEGGY” McALEXANDER
b abt 1772-77, Henry Co., VA
m Reuben Harris, 11 Nov 1793, Patrick Co., VA
2. JANE McALEXANDER
b abt 1765-73, Henry Co., VA
m Benjamin Morris, 16 Dec 1794, Patrick Co., VA
3. ESTHER McALEXANDER
b 24 Dec 1767, Henry Co., VA
m James Lackey, 02 Dec 1799, Patrick Co., VA
4. JAMES McALEXANDER
b abt 1775, Henry Co., VA
m Charlotte Hall, 05 Mar 1801, Patrick Co., VA
KNOWN CHILDREN OF HIS 2ND MARRIAGE TO JANE FERGUSON, 21 FEB 1778, HENRY CO., VA
5. WILLIAM McALEXANDER JR.
b 23 Aug 1779, Henry Co., VA
m Anna Boothe, 09 May 1807, Patrick Co., VA Marriage Bond. (Married 14 May?)
6. NANCY or AGNES McALEXANDER (Nancy & Agnes used interchangeably in colonial times.)
b 27 Apr 1781, Henry Co., VA
m Isaac Booth, Jr., 03 May 1807, Patrick Co., VA
7. SARAH McALEXANDER
b abt 1786, Henry Co., VA
m Daniel Boothe, 28 May 1805, Patrick Co., VA
8. MARY McALEXANDER
b abt 1788, Henry Co., VA
m Daniel Boothe, 24 Apr 1806, Patrick Co., VA
9. ELIZABETH McALEXANDER
b abt 1790, Henry Co., VA
m Samuel Carroll, 14 May 1807, Patrick Co., VA
10. ALEXANDER McALEXANDER
b 24 Feb 1794, Patrick Co., VA
m Mary Boothe, 16 Jan 1815, Montgomery Co., VA
11. HANNAH McALEXANDER
b abt 1795, Patrick Co., VA
m Robert Brammer, 12 Apr 1809, Patrick Co., VA
KNOWN CHILDREN OF HIS 3RD MARRIAGE TO TAMER BOOTHE, 27 DEC 1798, PATRICK CO., VA
12. JOHN FLOYD McALEXANDER
b abt 1800, Patrick Co., VA
m Margaret Brammer, 17 Jan 1828, Patrick Co., VA
13. MILDRED “MILLY” McALEXANDER
b 03 Sep 1801, Patrick Co., VA
m (1) James Reynolds, aft 1822, (Patrick Co., VA?)
m (2) John Hubbard, 31 May 1860, Patrick Co., VA
14. DANIEL McALEXANDER
b abt 1804, Patrick Co., VA
m Nancy ______ (Barnett/Burnett?), 1829, Montgomery Co., VA (LDS)
15. SAMUEL McALEXANDER
b abt 1808, Patrick Co., VA
m Nancy Byar Lester, 11 Mar 1830, Montgomery Co., VA
16. TAMAR McALEXANDER
b abt 1813, Patrick Co., VA
m Aaron Dehart, 05 Feb 1832, Patrick Co., VA
17. ISABELAH McALEXANDER
b abt 1810-20, Patrick Co., VA. No further information. Did she die young?
The Isabella who m William J. Robertson, 24 Jan 1828, Patrick Co., VA, can be proven to have been the daughter of Daniel & Nancy McAlexander, who went to Bath Co., KY.
18. RACHEL McALEXANDER
b 16 Dec 1817, Patrick Co., VA
m Champion “Champ” Camden Lester, 08/12 Mar 1835, Patrick Co., VA
It would be helpful to know the date William McAlexander wrote his Will, and the date of probate, along with the Will Book number and page. I have seen only an undated will abstract posted. Does anyone have those dates? In fact, it would be great if the entire will, complete with dates, will book and page, were posted.
Would someone in the area look for a Settlement of the Estate of John Henderson, after 1800, naming his Alexander/McAlexander grandchildren? The answer may lie in Nelson Co., since it was formed from Amherst Co. in 1807. Further, there may be mention of this legacy to the heirs of Agnis Henderson McAlexander in the Court Order Books of Patrick or Nelson Co., VA.
A Word of Caution: Unless we can come up with something specific showing this Henderson-McAlexander relationship in Amherst, Nelson, Henry or Patrick Co. records, we are only speculating. What we have thus far is not solid proof.
My sincere thanks to any and all who might contribute any clue concerning Agnis (Henderson) McAlexander. If I might be of help, please ask.
Gay Edens Carrigan