Hi Chris and Jared. This is the other Chris Alexander.(girl) I want very much to see your dna outcomes. Chris I have recieved so much information from you that I want to share this with you. Maybe it will get me to type the rest of the information. (I hate to type)
I do know from my uncles research that From:
The Highland Clan of Scotland:Their History and Trodition By George Eyre-Todd With the introduction by A.M. MacKintosh Vol I (there are 3 volumes and I payed 300.00 for just vol. 1 and 2.
While several of the Highland Clans, like the MacGregors and MacQuaries, could by reason of their decent from the Scots' King Alpine, support their dignity with the proud boast, "Royal is my race," there were others to whom it was open to make an almost equal claim by reason of their decent from the ancient Princes and Lords of the Isle. Among those who could in this wayclaim to be of the blood of the mighty Somerled were, first of all the MacDonalds and MacDouglas, and driving from them were lesser claims like the MacIans of Glencoe and the MacAlistairs, and MacAlexanders of Argyllshire.
The MacAlistairs trace their decent in the famous MS. of 1450 AD. from the great grandson of Somerled, angus Mer MacDonald, Lord of the Isles, in the latter part of the thirteenth century. Angus Mer had two sons Alexander of Alistair, and Agnur Og, and it is from the former of these that that theMacAlisters take their patronymie. Alexander of the Isles added considerably to his power and territories bymarriage with one of the daughtersto Ewen de Ergadia, otherwise John of Argyll. This connection brought him into into serious trouble, however, for his relationship by marriage Alexander of Argyll, married the third daughter of John, The Red Coyn, slain by Robert Bruce in the church of the Minorites at Dumfries. In consequence of that event Alexander of Argyll and his son John of Lorn became Bruce's most bitter enemies. They were naturaly supported by Alexander of Alastair of the Isles. Accordingly, after he had finally defeated John of Lorn at the Bridge of Awe, and the captured Alexander of Argyll in the stronghold of Dunstaffnage, he turned his attention to crushing Alexander of the Isles. For this purpose he had his galley drawn, like that of Magnus Barefoot before him, across the Isthmus at Tarbert, and besieged the Island Lord in Castle sweyn, his usual residence. Alexander was forced to surrender, and was forthwith imprisoned in Dundonald Castle in Ayrshire where he died. At the same time his possesions and Lordship of the Isles were forfeited and given to his younger brother Angus Og, whose support had been of so much Value to the warier King, and who figures as the hero of Sir Walter Scott's famous peom.
From their decent as ligitimate heirs of the forfeited Alexander of the Isles, the MacAlexanders and MacAlexanders may lay claim to be actual representatives of the mighty Somerled.
The principal seat of the MacAlastair Chiefs in the early times was at Ard Phadruic on the south side of Lock Tabert. The nearest cadet of the house of MacAlistair of Tarbet, was Constable of Tabaret Castle, the stronghold built by Robert the Bruce himself after subduing Alexander of Isles. Among other positions of honour and power, the Stewardship of Kintyre was held by Charles Macalister in the year of 1481.
Alister, son of Alexander was founder of the Clan MacAlexander. Somewhere in the sixteenth century John son of Archibald 1533 moved to county Donegal in Eire.
Archibald, son of William, Earl of sterling, County Ballbigmore, came to America with his family in 1765 from county Tyrone, and dropped the Macfrom MacAlexander.
It is from his son Joseph the the present Clan Alexander preserve their lineage in America "Also Samuel"
Then I have the break down of our family from 790 AD.
Samuel and Joseph Alexander emigrated tp America from county Tyrone in Ireland with his father. He was at the time (1765) nine years of age. Most of the family records were destroyed in his father's home by fire in 1780. This house stood one mile from the town of Northumberland in the County of the same name in western Pennsylvania. He also lived in Center Co., and he moved to Ross Co., Ohio in 1803. In Ohio he resided in Ross and Clarke Co. until 1828, when he moved to Montgomery Co., Indiana to live with his sons.
From there I am refered to History of Montgomery Co., Ind. by H. W. Beckman 1881.
Chris I think the rest is what you know.
I think I sent you that book on Alexander Alexander and it got me really confused. I hope this helps. I don't think he had a family until he moved to Ohio then Indiana
I have information on his pension papers the number and an actual copy of the court documents.
So now I hope this makes sence and that you can include me in what you are building or have built.
This stuff is hard and I have another persons work to go by. I make myself confused.
Oh yea I also bought the book History of Montgomery Co., Ind. by H. W. Beckman 1881.
Oh yea Joseph was stationed on the Susquihana