Also, it has been proven that these Alexander's were not children of Rev. James Alexander nor William Alexander, known as Lord Stirling.
Several books have been published through the years regarding the earlier Alexander's who settled first in Accomack County, Virginia, and later to Somerset County, Maryland. Several of these researchers claim nine Alexander's possibly siblings living in Somerset County and later in Cecil County, Maryland descended from Rev. James Alexander of Raphoe, Ireland. Further research clearly show Rev. James Alexander had no heirs, and in fact he was a contemporary to the Alexander's living in Maryland at the time of his death. Additionally, his will which was probated in Ireland in 1704 the year of his death, leaves his entire estate to his wife Mary Maxwell. Mary (Maxwell) Alexander also made a will and bequeaths her estate to her niece.
Lord Stirling's family were from County Stirling, Scotland a county located north of County Aryshire, Scotland. Was there a relationship between the two Alexander families? Possibily, but William Alexander of County Aryshire is not the same William Alexander known as Lord Stirling. Lord Stirling's family was related by marriage to Sir James Cunningham and by blood to the MacAlister Clan. This would indicate that Lord Stirling original surname was MacDonald and the family took on the first name of their ancestor Alexander MacDonald as their surname.
This leaves the researcher with a question, who were the parents of John Alexander, who settled in Raphoe, Donegal, Ireland? This question may never be answered.