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Alexander Gordon, Sr
Birth: Aug. 4, 1635
Aberdeen City, Scotland
Death: Aug. 15, 1697
Rockingham County
New Hampshire, USA

Unfortunately, no stone exists for this grave. Alexander was born about 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 summer or fall 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.

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 1653 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. On October 10th, 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 William's War." Alexander died before August 7, 1697 (date of probate) 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:

1. Elizabeth, who married Thomas Emerson

2. Nicholas, who married Sarah

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
Family links: 
  Mary Lisson Gordon (1639 - 1697)*
  Nicholas Gordon (1665 - 1747)*
  Mary Gordon Smith (1668 - 1737)*
  Alexander Gordon (1675 - 1730)*
  Thomas Gordon (1678 - 1762)*
  Daniel Gordon (1682 - 1743)*
*Calculated relationship
Gordon Hill Cemetery
Rockingham County
New Hampshire, USA
Created by: Shari Hanson Frey
Record added: Aug 10, 2009
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Alexander Gordon, Sr
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In honor of Alexander Gordon, one of the 8th Great Grandfather of Chloe Jeanne Olson/Burnham, my wife, and the 9th Great Grandfather of our children. May he rest in peace and may the memory of him live forever.
 Added: Mar. 26, 2016
8th great-grandfather
- Burton Campbell
 Added: Nov. 1, 2015

- Bob & AJ
 Added: Mar. 16, 2015
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