Byron: I won't claim to be an expert on the ALEXANDER Seven Brothers/Two Sisters, but they came to America in the mid 1680s, settling first in Somerset Co, MD -- and most of them moved to Cecil Co, MD somewhere between 1700-1714.They settled on the New Munster tract -- land which was first surveyed in 1683 for Edmond O'Dwyer.
I have a transcription of Samuel Alexander/Mary [prob. Taylor]'s LW&T, which I am pasting in below.There is no mention of a daughter named Martha.Samuel Alexander & his wife, Mary, registered four of their children's births in Somerset in 1693, although the oldest child's birth occurred in January 1685 -- some kind of delayed birth registration, but their birth places are designated as in Somerset County.
The ALEXANDER Seven Brothers/Two Sisters group is extremely large and extremely complicated to research.Again, I'm not an expert on them, although I can trace my maternal grandmother to the brother, Joseph Alexander 'tanner', but I don't see anything that connects a female to 'a' William Lashley/Lassley.Our early female ancestors are particularly difficult to trace.I work on the ALEXANDER Y-DNA project with Roger Alexander. [Y-DNA only traces direct male ancestry, not females.] There are about 250+ male participants and we are seeing something like 100 separate and distinct ALEXANDER lineages.Y-DNA testing is telling us that same surname/same location/same time frame, does not, necessarily, mean that they were closely related.
Best of luck to you!!
Carol Vass Kent, WA ----------------------------------------------------- 29 March 1727Cecil County, MarylandPrerogative Court Wills 20,pp 706, 708 In ye Name of God Amen The 29th Day March 1727.I Samuel Alexander of Cecil County in Maryland being in health of body And of Sound and perfect Memory praise be Given to God for the Same, and knowing the Uncertainty of this life one [sic] Earth and being Defirous to Setle [sic] things in order do make this my last Will and Teftament in maner [sic] and form following -- that is first and principally I commend my Soul to God my Creator hopeing [sic] that I Shall receive full pardon & Remifsion of all my Sins and be Saved by the precious Death and Merits of my blefsed Saviour & redeemer the lord Jefus Christ and my Body to the Earth whence it was taken believeing [sic] and hopeing [sic] for a Gloryous [sic] refurection [sic] at ye last Day. and touching Such Worldly Efstate as it hath pleased the lord to bestow upon me my will is that it Shall be imployed [sic] and beftowed as followeth Item. I Give and bequeath unto my well beloved Wife Mary Alexander my house and plantation whereon I now Dwell Caled [sic] Sligo -- Dureing [sic] her Naturall [sic] Life and after her Death I bequeath the Said Plantation to my Son in law Thomas Creig and my Daughter Mary his Wife to them & theires [sic] for ever they with what Afsistances & my Said Wife Can give them paying my prefent Debts. Item. I Give unto my Sd Son in law the Crop of Wheat that is now upon the Ground toward the payment of my Debts and my Will is that my Said Son in law Shall have the use and occupation of all the Ground Cleared and to be Cleared and one of the Houfes that is now built upon the Sd Plantation from this Day forward Except So much as will maintain me and my Sd Wife Dureing [sic] our Naturall [sic] lives. Item, I bequeath unto my loveing [sic] Wife all my perfonall [sic] Eftate and also make and Conftitute her my Sole Executrix of this my last will and Teftament as Witnefs my hand and Seall [sic] the Day and Year above Written Sam: Alexander (seal) Witnefses prefent --?Francis Alexander?Martin Alexander -- On the back of the aforegoing Will was the following Probate thus Written Cecil County fst June 14th 1733. Then perfonally Appeared Martin Alexander One of the Subscribing Evidences to the within Written Will and Declared on the holy Evangelists of Almighty God that he Saw Samuel Alexander the therein named Teftator Sign & Seal the Said Will and heard him publish and Declare the Same as his Last Will & Teftament, and that at the time of doing
Doing the Same he was of Sound and disposing Mind Memory and Underfstanding to all Appearance & to the best of his knowledge and farther [sic] Declares that he and Francis Alexander the other Evidence did Subfscribe the Same in the Prefence and at the request of the Said Teftator -- Sworn before meWm Ramsey [_____]