The father and brother of your Joseph Alexander may have been John Alexander or James Alexander, who were living in Northumberland Co, PA, in the 1772-and subsequent period. I cannot tell if the John and James in these early records were brothers or father and son or some other relationship.The following information comes from the "History of Northumberland County, Pennsylvania" by Herbert C. Bell in 1891, web linkhttp://www.webroots.org/library/usahist/honcpa00.htmlhttp://www.webroots.org/library/usahist/honcpa00.html
and/or from census and tax records:
1772 Fort Augusta, Northumberland Co - county justices/commissioners recommend to the Governor giving a license to John Alexander of Turbuta license "to sell spirituous liquors by small measure, and keep houses of public entertainment in the townships and places where they now respectively dwell." (Ch. 5, History of Nrthmblnd. Co.)
May 1772the following re both Malone and Alexander families are mentioned in Ch. 8 of the History of Northumberland "Public roads became a subject of judicial consideration in May, 1772,at the first court of quarter sessions after the formation of the county,when "sundry the inhabitants of the West Branch of Susquehanna and parts
adjacent" petitioned for the opening of a public road from Fort Augusta up the east side of the West Branch to ycoming. Richard Malone, Marcus Hulings, Jr., John Robb, Alexander Stephens, Daniel Layton, and Amariah Sutton, to whom the petition was referred, submitted their report at
August sessions, 1772; it was forthwith confirmed and an order of court issued declaring the road "a public highway of the breadth of thirty-three feet, to be cleared, maintained, and remain free and open for the public
or persons using the same agreeably to the laws of this Province forever." As thus laid out it crossed the North Branch half a mile above Fort Augusta "to a marked hickory near the bank in the main point," thence passing the houses of John Alexander, William Plunket (above Chillisquaque), John Dougherty, and Marcus Hulings between the North
Branch and the gap in Muncy Hill."
April 1777 Militia Organized into 4 batallions and James Alexander is listed as a member of the Third Battalion, First Company as an ensign. (Colonel, William Plunket; lieutenant colonel,James Murray; majors: John Brady, Cookson Long.First Company. -Captain, Henry Antes; first lieutenant, Thomas Brandon; second lieutenant, Alexander Hamilton; ensigns: John Morrison,James Alexander.) (Ch. 3 History of Nrthmbland)
1783 John Alexander on tax list of Chillisquaque, Northumberland Co. (Ch. 20-26, History of Northumberland)
1787 John Alexander is listed as an auditor of Chillisquaque (Ch. 4, History of Northumberland)
1790 John Alexander on census of Northumberland Co. 3 males over 18, 3 males under 18 and 3 females.James Alexander is also listed next to him on the census with 1 male over 18 and 4 females.
1792 John Alexander is listed as an overseer for the community of Chillisquaque (Ch. 4, Hist. of Northumberland)
1796James Alexander is one of the original subscribers to the first school to be built in Northumberland Co. (Ch. 14B, History of Northumberland)
1798 James S. Alexander is born in Northumberland Co.He is my ancestor, but I'm not sure if he is a son of John Alexander or James Alexander, or maybe one of James' brothers.Given the ages, I suspect he is a grandson of John Alexander.
1808 2nd assessment of improved property in the town of Sunbury describes "Chestnut Street.- Log house, owned and occupied by Joseph Alter,carpenter; frame house and stable, owned by Andrew Graeff and occupied by Andrew Albright, merchant; frame house and stable, owned and occupied by James Alexander, merchant." (Ch. 14A History of Northumberland)
abt 1825 James S. Alexander (the one born in 1798) marries Susannah Crites/Creitz in about 1825 in Northumberlanddaughter of John Adam Creitz and Susannah Streby.They give birth to a number of children, and most of the family moves to Pickaway Co. OH in the 1830's.One of their children, John, is a school teacher, serves in the Civil War, became deputy sheriff of Pickaway Co.He married first Margaret Martz (married in PA just before moving to OH) and second Ellen Trout/Traut, both of who had families from Northumberland before moving to OHIO. John Alexander and Margaret Martz had a daughter Mary Elizabeth Alexander who married James Addison Dresbach in Pickaway Co in abt 1868.They are my Great Great grandparents.
On the following website, it is stated that James S. Alexander was the son of John Alexander, born 1756, and Nancy Stone.It indicates that the information is from a will left by John Alexander in 1821.It says: John ALEXANDER was born about 1756. He died in Liberty Twp., Columbia Co., Pennsylvania. His Ancestral File Number is CND2-DB. WILL : February 10, 1821.Spouse: Nancy STONE. Children were: William ALEXANDER, Robert ALEXANDER, Sarah ALEXANDER, John ALEXANDER, Elizabeth ALEXANDER, Rebacher ALEXANDER, Nancy ALEXANDER, James S. ALEXANDER.See http://www.birdsofafeather1.com/surnames/all/narrative/b18.htm#P4811http://www.birdsofafeather1.com/surnames/all/narrative/b18.htm#P4811
If this John was born in 1756, then he would not be old enough for a tavern license in 1772 (only age16 then), so he must be a son of the original John Alexander who got the tavern license.My guess is that your Josephe was another son of the first John, but that is just a guess.