Saturday, January 23, 2010

Bell 244 Alexander-Hodgson

244. Zebulon Alexander & 245. Hannah Hodgson {… MD, Mecklenburg Co. NC}


1720, Zebulon born in MD; s/o 488. Moses Alexander & 489. Mary Wallace.
~1725, Hannah born in MD, d/o 490. Phineas Hodgson.
11/15/1749, Aaron Alexander farmer of Lancaster Co. PA sells to John Alexander of New Brittain Twp., Chester Co. PA land that was part of New Munster “which did formerly belong to David Alexander of Cecil Co. MD”; witness Zebulon Alexander.
4/29/1751, Zebulon 1st married Hannah “Hodgesson”. (S) Records of Holy Trinity [Old Swedes] Church, Wilmington [old New Castle], DE.
~1754, Hanna died [likely in the birth of a 2nd child.]
11/7/1760, New Britain Twp. Chester Co. PA - Zebulon Alexander appears as witness.
2/2/1762, Zebulon left 5 shllings in the will of his father.
Zebulon married 2nd [or 3rd] Jane McClung.
Bef. 1768, Zebulon moved to Mecklenburg Co., NC.
4/29/1768, Henry Laurens & John Gervais were granted 5000 acres “bounded on the north west by lands of Zebulon Alexander”. (S) The Paper of Henry Laurens, 1979, P671.
10/10/1773, the Commisioners of Charlotte, NC granted Zebulon a deed for 3 lots, 181 & 188 on the south side of Tyrone St., and 178 on the west side to Tyrone St. (S) Publ’s of the Southern History Asso., 1907, P334.
7/1775, Zebulon served on a Mecklenburg Co. jury. (S) Publ’s of the South. Hist. Assoc., 1/1897, P333.
2/5/1777, a deed for property on Sugar Cr adjoining “Zebulon Alexander, … Phineas Alexander, and Charles Alexander.” (S) Mecklenburg Co., DB10, P94.
3/3/1779, Zebulon Alexander received a state land grant of 70 acres on the Reed branch of Sugar Cr adjacent to his son Phineas. (S) Mecklenburg Co., DB10, P509.
3/20/1780, Zebulon bought 200 acres for £100 on the south side of Sugar Cr adjoining the lands of his son Phineas.
10/14/1782, Zebulon and wife Jane sold 111 acres to Phineas for £50. (S) Mecklenburg Co., DB11, P171.
3/3/1784, Zebulon wrote his will in Mecklenburg Co., NC. In his will of 1784, he names his wife Jane as executrix; all the children are named in the will.

Family notes:
• This lineage for Zebulon up through Moses to his grandfather James has been substantiated by DNA testing.
• Will of Zebulon: In the name of God Amen. I Zebulun Alexander of the County of Mecklenburg and State of North Carolina being weak in body but of sound mind and memory thanks be to God therefor calling to mind that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say principally and first of all I give and bequeath my soul to the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in a decent manner at the discretion of my Executors and as touching such worldly State wherewith it hath pleased God to Bless me in this life I give and dispose of the same in the following manner and form viz... Item I give and bequeath unto Jean Alexander my beloved wife one Negroe wench named Bet over and above the one third part of all my personal state appointed by law. I likewise bequeath unto her the one third part of all my real estate for and during her widowhood it is farther my will and pleasure that she should enjoy the whole of the yearly value of a certain plantation lying in South Carolina called the Gum Swamp for and during her Natural Life. I also give and Bequeath unto her one Brown Mare called Blackbird and her saddle and one bed and bedding. Item: I give and Bequeath unto Phineas Alexander my beloved son one Cross cut saw and also the sum of ten shillings Item I give and Bequeath unto Abel Alexander my Beloved Son one plantation situate lying and being on Sugar Creek commonly called the Indian Land for which I obtained a patten many years ago and also one Brass Kettle. Item I give and bequeath unto Zebulun Alexander my Beloved son the one half of that Plantation on which I now live, one Rifle Gun and mystock Buckle-- Item I give and Bequeath unto Zenos Alexander my beloved son the other half of the said plantation one horse and my saddle Item I give and Bequeath unto Mary Irwin my Beloved Daughter the sum of five shillings Item I give and Bequeath unto Ruth McCree my beloved Daughter the sum of ten shillings Item I give and Bequeath unto Hannah Greere my Beloved Daughter the sum of five shillings Item I give and Bequeath unto Tirzah Alexander my Beloved Daughter one horse and saddle and one bed and bedding Item I give and Bequeath unto Martha Alexander my Beloved Daughter all that plantation called the Gum Swamp lying in South Carolina at and after her mother’s death and also one Negro girl child called Hannah but in case that the said Martha should die before she should be capable in law to dispose of her estate or unmarried then my will and pleasure is that the land should belong to her mother in fee simple and that the value of the Negro girl should be equally divided between my two younger Daughters to wit Deborah and Tirzah Alexander. It is farther my will and pleasure that in case either of my two younger sons Zebulun or Zenos should die before the age of twenty one years that the survivor should enjoy his share in fee.It is farther my will that in case either of my two young daughters my first wife to wit Deborah and Tirzah should die before the age of eighteen year or before Marriage that the survivor of them should enjoy her share it is farther my will and pleasure that after my just debts are paid and the above mentioned Legacies discharged that all the remainder of my Estate be equally divided between the said Deborah and TirzahAnd I do hereby constitute and appoint Jane Alexander my beloved wife John McCree my son in law and Hez. Alexander to be my sole Executors of this my last Will and testament and do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disanul all and every other former Wills testaments Legacies and Executors by me named willed or Bequeathed before Ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament in witness whereof I the said Zezulun Alexander have hereunto set my hand and seal this third day of March 1784 N. B. the word one unto my first wife to wit Deborah and Tirzah were all interviewed before signing.Signed sealed pronounced and Declared by the said Zebulon Alexander as his last will and testament in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names Abel Alexander Mathew Bryan, Jr. Zebulon Alexander Hez. Alexander.

Children of Zebulon and Hanna:

i. Phineas Alexander ( 122), born 1752 in Cecil, MD.

Children of Zebulon and Jane:

ii. Abel Alexander, born 1765-1775 in MD.
3/20/1780, Abel witnessed a deed of his father.
3/3/1784, Abel bequeathed the “Indian Lands” plantation in his father’s will.
(S) 1790 Census, NC, Mecklenburg Co. Abel: 2,2,2. He lives next to his brother Phineas.
1/5/1803, Abel, of York Distr., SC, sold to his brother Zenas 500 acres on Sugar Cr including the mouth of Steele Cr, being the land willed to him by his father. (S) Mecklenburg Co., DB16, P825.
(S) 1810 Census, SC, Mecklenburg Co. Abelen: 01010,40010.

iii. Zebulon/Zebedee Alexander, born 1765-1775 in MD.
6/2/1788, Zebulon witnessed a deed. (S) Mecklenburg Co., DB13, P514.
7/28/1789, Zebulon sold the 235 acres of land that was a state grant for £260. (S) Mecklenburg Co., DB13, P707. [He must have inherted it from his father.]
7/9/1794, a deed of land adj Zebulon. (S) Mecklenburg Co., DB14, P299.
(S) 1800 Census, SC, Mecklenburg Co. “Zebn”: 00010,00100.
(S) 1810 Census, SC, Mecklenburg Co. Zebulon: 10010,40010.
1826, Zebulon died in Mecklenburg Co.
Children:
William Almarine Alexander, born 1801 in NC.
1829, he married Agnes Nancy Means.
1840 he died.

iv. Ruth Alexander, born ? in MD.
Ruth married John McRee.
3/3/1784, John named son-in-law and executor in Ruth’s father’s will.

v. Hannah Alexander, born ? in MD.
Hannah married ? Grier/Greer.

vi. Zenas Alexander, born 12/25/1771 in MD.
1/24/1797, Zenas married Margaret McLeary, d/o Gen. McLeary, born 2/25/1772.
(S) 1800 Census, SC, Mecklenburg Co. “Zeanir”: 10110,10010.
1/21/1801, Zenas bought 144 acres on Sugar Cr for $288. (S) Mecklenburg Co., DB16, P695.
1/5/1803, Brother Abel, of York Distr., SC, sold to Zenas 500 acres on Sugar Cr including the mouth of Steele Cr, being the land willed to him by his father. (S) Mecklenburg Co., DB16, P825.
5/16/1808, Brother Phineas sold to Zenas 70 acres on Sugar Cr for $500. (S) Mecklenburg Co., DB18, P375.
(S) 1810 Census, SC, Mecklenburg Co. “Zenno”: 33010,11010.
5/26/1826, Zenas died; buried in Steele Creek Presbyterian Church Cem.
11/26/1846, Margaret died; buried in Steele Creek Presbyterian Church Cem.
Children:
Zenas Alexander, born ~1799.
He married Peggy ?.
11/2/1855 he died; buried in Steele Creek Presbyterian Church Cem.
Hannah Grier Alexander, born 10/23/1802.
11/25/1819, she married William Henry Neel.
11/21/1880, she died.

vii. Deborah Alexander, born 1768 in MD.
(S) DAR Lineage Book, #49134, Publ. 1919.
3/3/1784, Deborah identified as an unmarried daughter in her father’s will.
1785 in NC, Deborah married Jesse H Clark, s/o 120. William Clark.
[For additional info see Jesse.]

viii. Martha Alexander, born ? in MD.
3/3/1784, Martha was bequeathed a plantation called “Gum Swamp” in the will of her father.

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