I am wondering if anyone has ever been able to make a connection between the ALEXANDER families of early Andrew Alexander of Coleraine, Co. L'derry, Nor. Ireland and that of David Alexander also of the Coleraine, L'derry, N. Ireland family who came to Cumberland/Sagadahoc Co., Maine area in the early 1700's? My 2nd grt. grandmother was an Alexander from these parts of Maine and I am trying to determine if the ALEXANDER-WILSON links I am finding in another branch of my surname Ydna family in Nor. Ireland, connects to my 2nd grt. grandmother's Alexander-Wilson line in Maine as well. It seems logical, but I would like further proof. Here is just some of the info I have from an old book my grandmother left me when I took on the family genealogy in her stead. From pg. 12 of DeAlva Stanwood Alexander's book(publ. 1898) on the Alexander's he says that David Alexander was the ancestor of the family name in the vacinities of Brunswick, Topsham and Harpswell etc. Maine. James Alexanderwhose farm was entered of record in Topsham in 1738 was his son and probably younger than (son) William Alexander. [David was my 8th grt. grandfather and his son William my 7th. William married Janet/Jane/Jean WILSON daug. of James WILSON (who also was from Nor. Ireland with Scottish ancestry). It also says that David Alexander was one of the defenders of L'derry in the 1600's.The author goes on to say that Lt. Col. William CAMPBELL was also at the Seige of L'derry and was 3rd grt. grandfather to some of David Alexander's grt. grt. grandchildren. David's son William married Janet (although her name is found spelled in various ways amongst the old records and writings...Jean, Jane, Jennet, Janet etc.) WILSON daug. of James WILSON. James WILSON's children were: Jennet/Janet; William; Robert; Samuel; Alexander; and Hugh WILSON. James Wilson's sons located to the Cathance River area which seems to indicate that James Wilson came over with the Robert Temple and William Boyd crew in 1719, but apparently James Wilson died before 1731 before his land records could be recorded. However, his sons William, Samuel and Hugh WILSON occupied adjoining lots of one hundred acres each numbered 56, 57 and 58. They also owned farms farther up river adjacent to those of Robert and William ALEXANDER.
Alexander WILSON in 1747 removed to Harpswell, Cumberland Co., Maine near the vacinity of his brother-in-law William ALEXANDER(who m. Janet WILSON my 7th grt. grandparents). He(Alexander WILSON) was married to Catharine SWANZEE.Hugh WILSON married Elizabeth HEWEY, Samuel married Mary REED(Reid), and William WILSON married Isabella LARRABEE.
William ALEXANDER and Janet WILSON had the following children: David, James, William, Samuel, Hugh and John.
From some of the online ALEXANDER info I have viewed, I noticed that a John Alexander (perhaps that is where Wm. and Janet got the name "John" for their son as one of the earliest ancestors of the Alexander family might have been this particilar John) I found a John Alexander said to be born in the late 1500's from Kintyre, Argyll, Scotland who was married to a STEWART. They supposedly had a son named Andrew Alexander who was a Reverend and born c1634 in Coleraine, Co. L'derry, Nor. Ireland. This Andrew had a son of the same name born in 1660 Limavady area of Co. L'derry, N. Ire. Some of the names given to these early Alexander's area Archibald, Phillip, Robert, William, John and Andrew.
Again, my interest here is to see if there is a link between these two family lines from Co. Londonderry, Nor. Ireland. If anyone knows, I would be Most Greatful for any help. Perhaps by now some Ydna results have shown that there is indeed a link between them. I would greatful for any suggestions or links to show this as well. Thank You.