|Birth: ||Jul. 27, 1748|
County Antrim, Northern Ireland
|Death: ||Jan. 19, 1831|
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
In 1755, Alexander emigrated to Albany, NY with his parents John and Jane Gordon Macomb,brother William and sister Jane.
He and his brother subsequently migrated to Detroit, where on May 4, 1773,Alexander married Mary Catherine Navarre. In 1776, he and brother William purchased several islands in the vicinity of Detroit, including Grosse Ile. In 1785, he moved his wife and 8 children to New York City and engaged in shipping and land speculation in New York and elsewhere. He built a fine home for them at #7 Broadway. In July 1787 their daughter Anne Phister died at age 12. His beloved Catherine died there Nov. 17, 1789. I have spent much time seeking her burial place in NYC, to no avail. There is no record of reinterrment from NYC to Georgetown. ". . .history of the Presbyterian Burial Ground of Georgetown. . .was in use between about 1802 and 1887. In 1907 it was converted into the playground now known as Volta Place Park. Some remains were moved to other cemeteries,. . ."
Alexander moved to his country place at Broadway and 230th St. in King's Bridge where son Robert and family lived. He rented his #7 Broadway home to the French Ambassador. In Feb.1790 it was briefly the 1st "White House" of Pres. Washington before the Federal Capitol was moved to Philadelphia that summer.
In 1791, A. Macomb, Sr., bought 3,670,715 acres at about one shilling (one eighth of a dollar) an acre, on St. Lawrence River, including all the Thousand Islands that belonged to New York. This tract is known as "Macomb's Purchase" and later became Jefferson County. On July 11 of that year, he married Jane Marshall Rucker at Trinity Church in NYC. They had 7 children, all born in NYC.
Negative financial surprises plagued him, at one time landing him in debtor's prison in NYC. By 1822, they were living in Washinton, DC in a home provided by the seventh child of his first marriage,Gen. Alexander Macomb (FindaGrave #12936).
Alexander, Sr. was buried in Georgetown 1831 and was reinterred at ANC, with his second wife, Jane Marshall Rucker Macomb on May 12, 1892. A number of other family members were moved at the same time and rest in adjacent or nearby plots.
His, son General A. Macomb, was buried at the Congressional Cemetery in June 1842 with his first wife Catherine Macomb Macomb; she had been reinterred from Georgetown Presbyterian Burial Ground to his vault.
The photo on the page for Jane Marshall Macomb is his tombstone as well, his being the name on the top.
Jane Marshall Macomb (1761 - 1849)*
John Navarre Macomb (1774 - 1810)*
Alexander Macomb (1782 - 1841)*
Robert Macomb (1783 - 1832)*
Elizabeth Maria Macomb Flandreau (1795 - 1873)*
Martha Macomb Dinsmore (1797 - 1859)*
Edwin Bennett Macomb (1802 - 1831)*
As deciphered from a rubbing: " Alexander Macomb/ born in Ireland, July 27, 17? / died in Georgetown DC 183?"
Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: Sec. 1, Grave 302-B
Created by: Shirley Stanton
Record added: Aug 02, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40174442