Facts and Events
Gabriel Alexander was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Gabriel Alexander's land (Beverley Manor SE, 433 acres, 1749) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009.
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 435.--27th February, 1749. Same (From William Beverley) to Gabriel Alexander, 423 acres in Beverley Manor. Line of Beverley Manor crossing South River; James Bell's line. Corner William Long. Teste: James Gilaspey, James Bell.
Will of Gabriel Alexander
- Page 54.--25th August, 1778. Gabriel Alexander's will (of South River of Shanandore)--To wife, Dorcus; to son, James, 5 shillings; to son, Francis, 5 shillings; to daughter, Dorcus Lackey, 5 shillings; to daughter, Margaret; to son, John, 60 acres on South River, part of home plantation joining John's other land and William Long; to son, Gabriel, tract owned by locator and James Bell. Executors, sons Gabriel and James. Teste: Samuel and David Long, John Bell. Proved, 16th March, 1779, by John Bell and Samuel Long. Executors qualify.
Processioning List of 1747-8 & 1755
- "Processioning" was the periodic review and agreement of property lines between settler's lands. Processioning Lists are useful in determining the general area of a settlers lands and their neighbors at specific time periods:
- Page 19.--Robert Christian and James Caldwell report, viz: 1747-8, 24th February, processioned for Arthur Hamilton; processioned for James Moody, present Robert Wilson; processioned for James Wilson; 26th February, processioned for Andrew Cowan, present Robert Wilson; processioned for James Caldwell, present John and William Caldwell; 27th February, processioned for James Armstrong, present John and William Caldwell; 28th February, processioned for James Armstrong, present Wm. Armstrong and John Davison; 1st March, processioned for Isaac McCully; processioned for Wm. Long, present John Long; 2d March, processioned for James Bell, present Gabriel Alexander; 3d March, processioned for James Alexander; processioned for Thomas Black, present Wm. Johnson; 4th March, processioned for Robert Cunningham; processioned for Wm. Henderson, present, Thomas Black; processioned for Geo. Rutlidge, present Wm. Henderson; 6th March, processioned for Geo. Caldwell, present Wm. Caldwell and Wm. Henderson; processioned for John, Robert, William Christian; 10th March, processioned for Thos. Stewart, present James and John Black. 8th March, 1747-8, Edward Hall's land not processioned, there being a dispute between the said Hall and Col. Patton, not at home.
- Page 139.--By order of Vestry, dated 27th November, 1755, subscribers have processioned all the patroned land within bounds of Cap. Wm. Christian's Company, by Wm. Henderson, Thomas Stuart, viz: For William Scott, present Robert Cunningham, Waltee Davis; for Walter Davis, present Wm. Scott, Robert Cunningham; for Rob. Cunningham; for Thos. Black, present Thos. Rutlidge, Jas. Armstrong; for Wm. Henderson, present Ro. Cunningham, Geo. Caldwell; for Geo. Rutlidge; for John McNutt, present Wm. Marshall; for Wm. Marshall, present Saml. Caldwell; for James Caldwell; for John Coalter; for Wm. Ledgerwood; for Andrew Cowan, present Wm. Carry; for Wm. Carry; for James Moody; for James Wilson; for Robert Wilson; for John Shields; for Thos. Brown; for Rob. Wilson; for Andrew Alexander; for Samuel Blackwood, present Thos. Blackwood; for Thos. Blackwood; for Wm. Karr; for Robert Christian, present; for John Christian; for Wm. Christian; for Jas. Armstrong; for Wm. Armstrong; for James Frame; for Thomas Shields; for Jacob Van Lear; for James Bell; for Gabriel Alexander; for John Black; for Anthony Black; for Wm. Wright; for Jos. Tees (deceased), no one to show lines; for Wm. Long, present Alex. and John Long; for Wm. Long; for John Glass (deceased), no one to show lines; for Samuel Lusk, has no deed; for Samuel McCoule, has no deed; for John Hunter, has no deed; for James Patton (deceased), no one to show lines; for Thomas Stuart; for Edward Hall; for Alex. Thomson.
Records of Gabriel Alexander in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Page 483.--27th February, 1749. Same to same (From William Beverley to William Long), 433-1/2 acres in Beverley Manor on South River. Corner Gabriel Alexander. Corner John Black.
- Vol. 1 - AUGUST 21, 1752. - (328) Thomas Stewart, Isaac White, John McClure, Edward Hall, James Patton, John Black, James and Gabriel Alexander, and James Bell--clear and keep a road from Edward Hall's to Wm. Long's Mill.
- Page 225.--9th December, 1760. John Black to his son William Black, £10, 369 acres on South River of Shanandoe, part of 738 acres whereon John now lives; cor. William Long, Samuel Black's part of said tract. Teste: Thomas Stewart, James and Gabriel Alexander, Samuel Black. Delivered: William Black, 19th July, 1787.
- Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 19, 1767. - (351) Hemp certificates: Gabriel Alexander, Nicholas Solles, Israel Christian, James Henderson, David Robinson, John Buckanon, Robt. Steel, Wm. Wordlow, John Brown.
- Page 23.--28th July, 1777. James Alexander's will--To nephew, James Alexander, executor, plantation he (decease) lives on, 400 acres in Beverley Manor on Long Meadow. Teste: Samuel Bell, Gabriel Alexander, Richard Madison. Proved, 19th May, 1778, by Alexander and Madison. Executor qualifies.
Information on Gabriel Alexander
Augusta County, VA will book #6 1778 - 1787
film (LDS) 0030318
will of Gabriel ALEXANDER, 1778 ,mentions
sons Gabriel, John, James, Francis, daughters Dorcas, Margaret, wife Dorcas.
6. Gabriel3 Alexander (Collector22, Collector1) (#10135) was born probably before 1725. Gabriel died before March 6, 1779 in Augusta Co, VA, at approximately 54 years of age.
He married Dorcas (Alexander). (Dorcas (Alexander) is #10165.) Dorcas was born maybe around 1725. In Gabriel Alexander's will written August 25, 1778 in Augusta Co, VA, Dorcas was named as his wife.(16)
February 27, 1749 Gabriel purchased by deed 423 acres in Beverley Manor in Augusta Co, VA.(17) Gabriel Alexander wrote his will August 25, 1778 in Augusta Co, VA.(18) He said he was of South River of Shenandore. He bequeathed to son John 60 acres on South River, part of his home plantation, adjoining John's other land.
Gabriel's estate was probated March 6, 1779 in Augusta Co, VA.(19)
Gabriel Alexander and Dorcas (Alexander) had the following children:
+ 16 i. Francis4 Alexander was born maybe around 1740.
17 ii. James Alexander (#10166) was born maybe around 1750. In Gabriel Alexander's will written August 25, 1778 in Augusta Co, VA, James was named as his son and executor.(20)
18 iii. John Alexander (#10168) was born maybe around 1750. In Gabriel Alexander's will written August 25, 1778 in Augusta Co, VA, John was named as his son.(21)
19 iv. Dorcas Alexander (#10169) was born maybe around 1750. She married Mr. Lackey. (Mr. Lackey is #10170.) Mr. Lackey was born maybe around 175
In Gabriel Alexander's will written August 25, 1778 in Augusta Co, VA, Dorcas Alexander was named as his daughter.(22)
20 v. Margaret Alexander (#10171) was born maybe around 1750. In Gabriel Alexander's will written August 25, 1778 in Augusta Co, VA, Margaret was named as his unmarried daughter.(23)
21 vi. Gabriel Alexander (#10172) was born maybe around 1750. In Gabriel Alexander's will written August 25, 1778 in Augusta Co, VA, Gabriel was named as his son and executor.(24) In Francis Alexander's will written April 25, 1792 in Augusta Co, VA, Gabriel was named as his brother and executor.(25)
From Ancestry.com post:
I am searching for descendents of Gabriel ALEXANDER who died in Augusta Co., VA in 1779. He had a brother named James ALEXANDER (d. 1778 in Augusta Co., VA) and possibly another brother Andrew ALEXANDER (d. 1778 or 1779 Augusta Co., VA). I believe that I am descended from Gabriel's son James ALEXANDER (d. 1809 "Long Meadow" Augusta Co., VA). When Gabriel's son James dies in 1809, he leaves a will mentioning the following children: John, William, Gabriel, Andrew*, James, Mary, Dorcus, Martha, Margaret, and Elisabeth. I believe that I may be descended from Andrew (son of James who dies in 1809). If anyone has any information on this family, it would be greatly appreciated.
Page 435.--27th February, 1749. Same (William Beverley) to Gabriel Alexander, 423 acres
in Beverley Manor. Line of Beverley Manor crossing South River; James
Bell's line. Corner William Long. Teste: James Gilaspey, James Bell.
22 August 1752 O. S., p. 328
Ordered that a Road be Cleared from Edward Halls to William Longs Mill and that Thomas
Stewart be Surveyor and with his Own Titheables, Isaac White, John McClure, Edward Hall
James Patton, John Black James & Gabriel Alexander & James Bell he Clear & keep the same in
repair According to Law
1778 Page 352.--Teste: John Bell, Samuel Long, Gabriel Alexander.