Facts and Events
Robert Alexander was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Advisory on Robert Alexander
2016 Note: Proof of parentage is still needed. Some claim that Robert Alexander's father was a Robert Alexander, not William Alexander. More research is necessary to prove his ancestry.
Early Land Acquisition and Disposition in Augusta County
Robert Alexander's land (Beverley Manor SW, 314 acres, 1747) 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 294.--13th August, 1747. William Beverley to Robert Alexander, £9.9.0; 314 acres in Beverley Manor; Patrick Hays' line; corner Robert Ramsey. Witnessed and proved as above.
- Page 240.--18th March, 1760. John Moore to Robt. Alexander, £95.10.0, 304 A., 3 R., 15 P., in Borden's tract; corner Wm. Moore. Teste: Arwaker Johnston.
- Page 354.--21st November, 1780. Casper Hoffman and Margaret ( ) to Robert Alexander. Delivered to James Alexander, 1st April, 1831. (Note: not sure if this record is for this Robert Alexander, or perhaps his son, Robert).
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 119.--15th February, 1763. Robert Alexander to William Alexander, £100, 304 acres, 3 roods and 15 perches; cor. George Henderson. Delivered: William Alexander, May Court, 1765. (Note: this land is the 304-acre tract located in the Borden Tract acquired from John Moore in 1760, probably sold to Robert's son, William Alexander).
Processioning List of 1748 & 1756
- "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 17.--James Fulton and John Mitchell make returns, viz: 1748, 26th March, processioned for Samuel Doak, present Samuel Braford; processioned for John Mitchell, present Samuel Doak; processioned for Samuel Braford, present Samuel Doak; processioned for John Buchanan, present James Cowen; processioned for Martha Mitchell (widow), present John Buchanan; processioned for James Cowen, present David Mitchell; processioned for David Moor, present Jas. Cowan; processioned for Robert Wilson, present Andrew Alexander; processioned for Andrew Alexander, present Robert Wilson; processioned for Patrick Campbell, present Joseph Reed; processioned for Joseph Reeds, present Chas. Campbell; processioned for Chas. Campbell, present Pat. Campbell; processioned for Patrick Hays, present Wm. Robinson; processioned for Robert Alexander, present Robert Ramsey; processioned for Robt. Ramsey, present Pat. Hays; processioned for Sarah Ramsey (widow), present Robt. Ramsey; processioned for John Lockhart, present Pat. Hays; processioned for Thos. Beard, present John Lockhart; processioned for Samuel Wilson, present Robert Wilson; processioned for David Doak, present Samuel Wilson; processioned for Eleanor Mitchell (widow), present Robert Wilson; processioned for John Teats, present Thos. Beard; processioned for James Linn, present Samuel Doak; processioned for John Brownlee, present Wm. Smith; processioned for George Breckinridge, present, Breckenridge; processioned for James Robinson, present Anthony Black; processioned for Anthony Black, present Jas. Robinson; processioned for Wm. Robinson, present Robinson; processioned for Jas. Fulton, present Alex. Brownlee; processioned for Samuel Steel, present John Fulton.
- Page 176.--1756: Processioned by John Tate and Samuel Doak, in Cap. James Mitchell's Company, viz: for Widow Mitchell, for Wm. Thompson, for james Robinson, for Charles Campbell, for Saml. Brawford, for John Mitchell, for Saml. Doak, for Widow Fulton, for Robt. Alexander, for Nathl. and Robt. Steele, for David Hays, for Helen Mitchell and Jno. Tate, for David Doak, for James Cowan, for Robert Sayers, for John Campbell, for Pat. Campbell, for John Ward, for Widow McTyre, for John and Alex. Brownlee, for Saml. Steele, for Patrick Hays, for John Fulton, for Thomas Tate, for Robert Willson.
- Page 279.--1760: Processioned by James Trimble, John Maxwell, viz: For Joseph Lapsley (bad state health), for John Moore, for Robert Alexander, for John Wiley, for James Campbell, for Patt Young, for Robert Moore, for Joseph Walker, for John Smiley, for Abraham Brown, for Peter Wallace, for Francis McCoun, for David Tilford, for Robert McKlehaney, for William Hall, for George Campbell, for John Paxton, for Wm. Paxton, for Alex. McKorkle, for James Campbell. (Note: this processioning list is for Robert's land in the Borden Tract acquired in 1760).
Will and Probate Records
- Page 371. - - 20th February, 1781. Robt. Alexander's will - - To wife, Esther; to daughters, Sarah and Eleanor, unmarried; to sons, Peter, Hugh, James. Peter's tract at Lessley's cabin; James adjoins John Fulton and James Henry (all sons unmarried); to daughters Ann and Esther, 5 chillings each; to son William; to son, Thomas; to son, Robert; to grandchild, Martha. Executors and guardians, wife and son Robert. Teste: Hugh Fulton, Thos. Stephenson, Thos. Baird. Proved, 18th November, 1783, by Baird and Stephenson. Executors qualify.
- Page 386.--18th November, 1783. Robert Alexander's estate appraised. Due by Hansel Olphid.
- Page 386.--18th November, 1783. Robert Alexander's estate appraised Due by Hansel Olphid. [Relates to record below]
- Page 388.--18th November, 1783. Allotment of above estate among the legatees--To Ann Balew, wife of Abraham Balew, 5 shillings; to Esther Austin, wife of Wm. Austin, 3 shillings. Signed by all except Austin.
Records in Augusta County
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 2 - Muster List of 1742: Capt. John Christian's List: John Christian, Captain; William Christian, Lieutenant; Fran Betty, Ensign; Jhn. Holms, Josep Read, Finley McClewr, George Camble, George Caldwell, Wm. Caldwell, Alex. Thompson, Jas. Caldwell, Isaac McCulough, Jas. Armstrong, Wm. Armstrong, Thos. Henderson, Wm. Henderson, Rob Conigham, Wm. Conigham, Thos. Black, Wm. Johnston, Joh Davison, And. Cowin, Jas. Moody, Jas. Willson, Niol. Leeper, Jno. Turk, Wm. Adams, David Mitchel, Rob. Ramsey, George Breakinsed, John Mitchel, Jas. Fulton, John Fulton, John Brownlee, Chas. Camble, Jas. Camble, Will Camble, Jno. Buchanan, Nathan McClewer, Jas. Robinson, Antho Black, Will Long, Thos. Bell, Jas. Bell, Jno. Black, Wm. Robinson, Thos. Shields, And. McCord, Thos. Beans, Arth. Hamilton, And. Scott, John Maxwell, Pat. Barney, Alex. Brackinsedg, Rob. Brackinsedg, James Brackinsedg, _____ McCoulough, Jas. Miler, Rob. McClenachan, Jno. Doacke, Sam Doacke, Patt Hayes, And. Boyd, Jas. Black, Alex. Fordice, David Steel, Moses Thompson, John Thompson, And. Russell, Rand McDonel, Hug Martine, Joh Robinson, Jas. Beans, Rob. Alexander, Ths. Lewis.
- Vol. 2 - Page 3.--20th July, 1747: Vestry met; all present. Robert Alexander, James Lockhart, John Buchanan, John Archer, John Smith, John Madison directed to meet to purchase land for a Glebe convenient to the lands of Col. Patton near Leeper's Old Plantation, which is adjudged the most convenient place to build a church. Patton agrees to give timber, stone and five acres convenient to a spring; they are to agree with workmen to build a dwelling house 32 x 18 with a partition staircase, a brick or stone chimney at each end, floored above and below, a stable 14 x 18, of square logs, a dairy 10 feet square, framed, to be finished by the first of October, 1748. Mr. Hindman allowed £20 yearly for his board, until the Glebe be purchased and buildings completed. John Smith, Gent., and others have leave to build a Chappel of Ease on Daniel Harrison's plantation, provided it doth not affect the Parrish now or hereafter.
- Page 64.--14th September, 1747. David Steele's will--Farmer, son Robert, plantation; wife; son, Nathaniel; daughters, Martha Teas, Isabella McCluer, 5 shillings; daughters, Rebecka, Jannet. Executors, Samuel Doak and Robert Ramsey; refused to execute. Teste: Wm. Steel, Geo. Brakenridge, Robert Alexander. Proved, 18th November, 1747, by Brakenridge and Alexander.
- Page 383.--17th October, 1747. Wm. Beverley to Samuel Steel, £17.14.0; 690 acres in Beverley Manor; corner to James Huston; David Steel's land; corner to Robert Alexander; corner to Patrick Hayes. Teste: Robert Alexander, Robert Ramsey, John Fulton. Proved by two Roberts, 18th November, 1747. Proved by John, 22d August, 1766.
- Page 386.--17th October, 1747. Wm. Beverley to Robert Ramsey, £10.4.0; 340 acres in Beverley Manor; corner to Wm. Robcrson; to Robt. Alexander and Patrick Hays; to Wm. Robinson. Teste: Robert Alexander, Jno. Fulton, Robt. Baird. Proved by Ro. Alexander and Ro. Beard. 18th November, 1747.
- Page 389.--17th October, 1747. Wm. Beverley to George Brackenridge, £15.12.0; 540 acres in Beverley Manor; corner to Alexander Brackenridge; corner to David Mitchell. Teste: Robert Alexander, John Fulton, Robert Ramsey. Proved by Alexander and Ramsey, 18th November, 1747.
- Page 95.--15th February, 1748. Robert Allison to Joseph Paxton; James River; the Narrows on No. Branch of James. Teste: Thomas Sheals, Robert Alexander.
- Page 135.--15th February, 1748. George Brackenridge to Mathew Erwin. Corner Samuel Lusk. Teste: John Francis, James Patterson, Robt. Alexander.
- Page 244.--26th February, 1749. Andrew Boyd's will, farmer--Wife, Rebecca; two sons, Thomas and John; cousin, Jno. White, 1 cow, if he come to live here. He is to live 3 or 4 years at a Spring between (betwixt) Andrew's dwelling house and the Half Way Creek. Executors, wife and James Fulton. Teste: Wm. Hay, Jennat Boggs, Robert Alexander. Proved, 22d May, 1750, by Hay and Boggs, and both executors give bond, with sureties Patrick Hays. Rebecca's mark--
- Page 505.--27th February, 1749. Deed for the Glebe. Robert Campbell, Gent., to James Lockhart and John Madison, Church Wardens, and the other vestrymen, viz: James Patton, John Buchanan, Patrick Hays, John Christian, John Buchanan, Robert Alexander, Thomas Gordon, John Archer, John Mathews, John Smith, 200 acres in Beverley Manor. Corner James Clarke. 350 acres conveyed to Robert by Beverley, 24th July, 1740. Teste: Patrick Cook, John Risk, Matthew Wilson, Nathan Patterson, Samuel Walker.
- Page 568.--28th February, 1749. Same (From William Beverley) to Robert Steel, 309 acres in Beverley Manor; corner Robert Alexander and Robert Ramsey; corner Nathaniel Steel; James Fulton's line; corner Samuel Steel. Teste: Samuel Steel, John McClure.
- Vol. 1 - 1750 - Petition for road from Joseph Kennedy's Mill to John Huston's, and from John Huston's to the great road from Timber Grove to Woods Gap: James Hill, Joseph Kenedy, John Wilson, James Eakin, John Handly, William Wardlaw, William Lockridge, John Edenston, William McConnell, Walter Eakin, Robert Stewart, Robert Dunlap, Andrew Duncan, John Huston, Samuel Huston, Robert Alexander, Patrick Hays, John Mountgomery, Andrew Steel, John Stewart.
- Page 254.--10th August, 1750. Andrew Boyd's appraisement, by James Fulton, Wm. Moore and Robert Alexander. Jennet Steel's note; Alex. McCorkle's note; David Moore's note.
- Page 511.--18th July, 1753. James Fulton's will farmer--Son, Hugh, 250 acres joining Samuel Steel's line. One horse died in New England, and 1 horse died here. Son, James, to take care of the widow for her life. Son, William. James to take care of the 2 young boys, David and Thomas, and 3 daughters, Elizabeth, Elliner, and Jane. Son, John. To daughter, Elizabeth, a mare brought from New England. Son, David. Wife, Sarah, and son, Hugh, executors. Teste: Robert Ramsey, Thomas Beard, Robert Alexander. Proved, 15th August, 1753, by all witnesses, and executors qualify with sureties John Brownlee, Thos. Beard.
- Page 515.--23d May, 1751. James McNutt's orphans. Settlement by Thos. Beard, administrator. Paid Mr. Burden for 185 acres bought by my wife (Thos. Beard's?) now, but before marriage. 17__ to Mr. Burden quit rents on 85 acres for 10 years. 1747 to Mr. Downs for quit rents. 1744 to Mr. Burden for quit rents, 300 acres. December 20th, 1748, paid David Hays rents debt due before marriage. Paid Wm. Nutt debt. 8th May, 1749, paid Wm. Hunter for work. 4th February, 1747, paid John Huston, debt. 9th December, 1748, paid John Roseman. debt. 10th May, 1748, paid Saml. Wilson, for bringing some linen from Penna. Paid to Widow Sheals, a debt. Paid to Robt. Alexander, for schooling James and Robert McNutt. Paid to James Dobbins, for schooling Alex. McNutt. Paid one new Bible, for Alex. McNutt. Paid one new Testament, for James McNutt. Paid one new spelling book, for the children.
- Page 136.--3d December, 1754. William Smith's will--farmer. Child yet unborn; wife's young son, Thos. Steel; step-daughter, Jannet Steel; stepson, Robert Steel; stepson, Thomas Steel. Executors, Samuel Steel and wife Janet. Teste: Patt. Campbell, Wm. Steel, Robert Alexander. Proved, 17th March, 1756, by Campbell and Alexander. Executors qualify, with surety John Ward.
- Page 89.--18th March, 1755. James Fulton's appraisement taken by Hugh and Sarah Fulton, executors, appraised by Alex. Brownlee, Patrick Hays, Robert Alexander.
- Page 146.--17th May, 1756. William Smith's appraisement, by John Mitchell, Robert Wilson, Robert Alexander--Widow Howston, Thomas Tate, Jno. Brownlee, widow Fulton, owe by accounts.
- Page 334.--25th June, 1757. James Moffett's will, farmer--Sons, John and James Moffett, the plantation to be divided between them by a line beginning at middle of Wm. Ledgerwood's pasture, cross the Hasle Bottom, thence to James Carr's land; to daughter, Elizabeth; daughter, Mary; son-in-law, John Berryhill, and his wife, Rachel Berryhill; son James is infant; daughters, Martha and Elizabeth; daughter, Jane; to son-in-law Wm. Campbell and his wife Margrett; to Ann Miller, 1 dollar. Executors, Wm. Ledgerwood and James Mitchell. To son-in-law James Berryhill. Teste: Wm. Edmiston, Arthur Hamilton, Robt. Alexander. Proved, 26th March, 1764, by Edmiston and Hamilton. Executors refuse to execute and James Moffett is granted administration, who qualifies with Arthur Hamilton and Walter Smiley.
- Page 305.--1st February, 1758. Martha Mitchell's will, widow--Son, James Mitchell. As her son David Mitchell, through the necessity of the times, hath been forced to leave his own habitation, he is to live with James until it pleases God to restore peace to the land. Executors, David and James Mitchell, her sons. Teste: Jno. Fulton, Hugh Fulton, Robert Alexander. Proved, 16th May, 1759, by the Fultons. The executors qualify, with John Hugh Fulton, John Fulton.
- Page 205.--7th November, 1759. Samuel Steel and Sarah to Robert Steel, £20, 330 acres in Beveriey Manor, part of 590 acres granted Samuel by Beverley; corner Robt. Alexander and Patrick Hays. Teste: Wm. Peerviance, Patrick McCorkle. Delivered: Samuel Steel, June, 1766.
- Page 506.--18th August, 1762. Robert Ramsey and Margaret, of Anson County in North Carolina, to James Henry, £70, 340 acres in Beverley Manor, cor. Samuel Huston; cor. Robert Alexander and Patrick Hays; cor. Wm. Purris. Acknowledged and privy examination. Delivered: Samuel Henry, 21st June, 1771.
- Page 353.--5th April, 1764. Archd. Clendenning's appraisement (Ann Clendenning, administratrix), by Jno. Fulton, Samuel Steel, Nathaniel Steel, Robert Alexander, 1 tomhawk, pipe, and pistole. Walker & Cabell's receipt for provisions; 1 cow wounded with an arrow. Carrington & Walker's receipt for provisions.
- Page 60.--20th August, 1765. Patrick Hays and Frances to Hugh Hays, 100, 400 acres corner Robert Alexander, Halfway Creek. Teste: John Taylor Wm. Robertson, Robert Alexander. Delivered: Francis Smith, 1st October, 1767.
- Page 485.--23d October, 1765. William Lockridge and Agness ( ) to Jno. Wier, £131, 266 acres in Borden's tract; corner Beard, Wm. Moore's line; corner Alexander's land, McCanlees line. Teste: Benj. ( ) Blackburn, Samuel ( ) Wier, Robert Alexander, Thos. Bowyer, William Crow, David Stewart. Delivered: Robert Steel, 15th March, 1813, by order of John Wier.
- Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER, 1766 (B). - Bowyer vs. Alexander.--William Alexander, son to Robert. 1765.
- Page 203.--2d February, 1769. Robert Wilson's estate appraised (Mary Wilson, executrix), by John Tate, Robert Alexander, John Fulton, David Doack.
- ↑ Chalkley, Lyman. Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish settlement in Virginia: Extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta County, 1745-1800. (Rosslyn, Virginia: The Commonwealth Printing Company, 1912-1913 in Three Volumes).
[Augusta County, Virginia Court Abstracts]
- ↑ Family Recorded, in Withers, Robert Enoch. Autobiography of an octogenerian. (Roanoke, Virginia: Stone Print. & Mfg. Co. Press, 1907), 11.
[the author is a great-grandson of Robert Alexander]
... ... My grandfather, Robert Alexander, was a native of Rockbridge County, Virginia, his father, Robert Alexander, established the first classical school west of the Blue Ridge, which subsequently became "Liberty Hall Academy," and afterwards Washington College and Washington and Lee University. He was first cousin to Archibald Alexander, of Princeton, New Jersey. The ancestors of the Alexanders came to Pennsylvania from the north of Ireland after the siege of Londonderry and subsequently to the Valley of Virginia. ...