|Birth: ||unknown, Scotland|
New Hampshire, USA
Unfortunately, no stone exists for this grave. Alexander was born about 1630-1635.
"The Gordon Genealogy DNA project shows Alexander Gordon is the first Gordon to come to the New World, and that he descends from Adam de Gordoun through Sir William Gordon 1265 Laird of Strathbogie (now Huntly)."
~ The above information obtained from Wikipedia; not otherwise sourced.
On September 3, 1651, Alexander Gordon was captured by Oliver Cromwell's army at the Battle of Worcester at the end of the English Civil War while fighting as a Scot Royalist in General Monk's army. The Royalists were attempting to place Charles II on the throne after the execution of Charles I. Alexander was held prisoner throughout the winter of 1651-1652 at Tuthill Field prison outside London. In the spring of 1652 Daniel Stone of Cambridge, negotiated his release with the condition that he be transported to the colonies.
He boarded the ship Liberty, commanded by Captain John Allen and sailed for the New World, arriving Boston in the late spring or early summer of 1652. Along with many other Scots prisoners he was confined at Watertown as a prisoner of war. On April 25, 1653 he entered into a six year bound labor contract with John Cloyes, a boatswain or mate of the vessel Liberty. This contract or so called "apprenticeship" was to learn the art of husbandry. It is unknown whether the illiterate Alexander understood his contract at the age of seventeen.
For approximately a year Alexander remained with John Cloyes, living in Cambridge on the road to Watertown, near the site of where Cambridge Hospital stands today. Then in October of 1652 John Cloyes sold Alexander's contract to Samual Stratton, withholding compensation to Alexander for his year of labor. In an effort to right the wrong done to him by John Cloyes, on May 23, 1655, Alexander, along with several other men with similar histories, appealed to the General Court of Massachusetts for freedom from their bound contracts, but the requests were denied. On November 3, 1663 Alexander again appealed to the General Court of Massachusetts and was finally released from his contract in a landmark court case, which became the legal precedent in Massachusetts.
After the court released him from bondage, Alexander left Massachusetts and made his way to New Hampshire with other Scots ex-prisoners. He settled in Exeter where he found employment at the sawmill of Nicholas Lisson. Later, in October of 1664 he married Mary Lissen in Exeter, New Hampshire. Mary was the daughter of his employer. At the time of his marriage Alexander was given twenty acres of land as dowry by his father-in-law. On October 10, 1664 he received a grant of land from the city of Exeter which was adjoining the land given to him by Nicholas Lissen.
In 1675 Alexander fought with the army to help defend the colony against the Indian chief King Philip. In 1695, at the age of 60, Alexander again enlisted in the army, serving in Captain Kingsley Hall's company in "King Williams War." Alexander died a wealthy man, owning several saw mills, and a good deal of land at the age of 62.
Children of Alexander and Mary (Lissen) Gordon:
3. Mary who married Nicholas Smith.
4. John who married Sarah Allen.
5. James who married Abigail Redman.
6. Alexander who married Sarah Sewall.
7. Thomas who married 1st Elizabeth Harriman and 2nd Rebecca Heard.
8. Daniel who married Margaret Harriman.
Mary Lissen (1639 - 1697)*
Nicholas Gordon (1665 - 1747)*
Thomas Gordon (1678 - 1762)*
Gordon Hill Cemetery
New Hampshire, USA
Created by: Shari Hanson Frey
Record added: Aug 10, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40520997