County Donegal, Ireland
|Death: ||Mar. 9, 1730|
Joseph Alexander died in 1726 at New Munster, in the colony of Maryland.
In 1673 Joseph immigrated to Armaugh County, Ireland to gain religious freedom. In Ireland, the King, in an effort to subugate the Irish, divided the counties into parishes. He appointed Clergy of the Church of England and entrusted in them both civil and ecclestiastical authority to govern the people. The Presbyterian ministers were persecuted by the State Clergy and they retaliated by persuading their congregations to immigrate to America with them, where religious freedom was assured.
In 1676 Joseph Alexander and seven of his brothers sailed from Ireland on the "Good Ship Welcome" for America. They anchored in the Delaware River, off shore from the town of New Castle. They then migrated to the established Presbyterian settlement at "New Castle", now known as Christianna Hundred, in the American colony in 1714. Lord Cecil had received from the King of England, a land grand of several thousands acres in Maryland colony. Land speculators had purchased approximately 6,000 acres of Lord Cecil's tract, one part of which was located on the Big Elk River, which the early settlers named "New Munster".
Joseph Alexander and his brothers purchased land in New Munster and established the first homes of the Alexanders in America. The actual location of Joseph Alexander's first home is not known, however, a few of the houses have been restored and they are built of field stone and logs mortared with clay. The original land grant to Lord Cecil and Joseph Alexander's deeds can be seen at the Maryland Historical Library at Annapolis, Maryland. Approxiamately [sic], two hundred years later William DuPont purchased several hundred acres of the original Lord Cecil grant, including a portion of "New Munster" and built his estate "Fair Hill". He restored the old Presbyterian Church (now known as Christianna Hundred) and a few of the old houses. In the graveyard of the Church are buried many of the Alexander immigrants and their descendants.
Joseph Alexander's will was filed at Elkton, Maryland on March 9, 1726 which gives the names of his children and his bequests to them.
Children of JOSEPH ALEXANDER:
1. Sophie Alexander
2. Jane Alexander
3. Abigail Alexander
4. Francis Alexander
5. Abraham Alexander
6. James Alexander
William Alexander (1625 - 1688)
Mary Maxwell Alexander (1625 - ____)
Abigail McKnitt Alexander (1667 - 1714)
James Robert Alexander (1690 - 1779)*
Elizabeth Alexander Wallace (1640 - 1692)*
William Alexander (1646 - 1735)**
Andrew Alexander (1648 - 1700)**
John Alexander (1652 - ____)**
James Benjamin Alexander (1652 - 1740)**
Francis Alexander (1654 - ____)**
Samuel Alexander (1657 - 1733)*
Joseph Alexander (1660 - 1730)
Jane Alexander McKnight (1665 - 1691)*
Head of Christiana Church Cemetery
New Castle County
Maintained by: Kathleen Boucher
Originally Created by: Sue McDuffe:)
Record added: May 25, 2010
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