It has been proven that the Alexander family of Aryshire County, Scotland have no connection to the MacAlister Clan. The Alexander's of Aryshire were lowland Scot's who were closely related to the English and were Presbyterians in their faith. They would never had associated themselves with a Celtic or even a Catholic Clan like the MacAlisters.
During the great plantation to Northern Ireland, one John Alexander, a tenant farmer, arrived with his landlord Sir James Cunningham and settled in what is now Raphoe, County Donegal, Ireland.
Here John Alexander had at least four sons, the youngest name William was reputed to be the father of seven sons and two daughters, all of whom migrated to Somerset County, Maryland in the early to mid 1670's, probably at different times.
It also has been proven that no Alexander's ever set sale on the ship named "Welcome". Nor was there any pastor kidnapped and taken to America from Ireland. Where these fables came from is a mystery, but they are not true.
If you are interested in learning the truth behind one of the most difficult families to research, contact me. There is a group online that is seriously getting to the bottom of this Alexander Family, both in paper research as well as DNA Testing.
We need male Alexander's, descendants of the six brothers named below to volunteer for DNA testing. The reason is to prove a connection proving once and for all that they were related to each other: Andrew Alexander, Francis Alexander, James Alexander, John Alexander, Joseph Alexander, Samuel Alexander, William Alexander.