Sorry, June.I am NOT directly related to any of the ALEXANDERs in that 2009 post.I am the co-administrator of the ALEXANDER Y-DNA project so I have -- somewhat -- of an overview of what is being discovered through Y-DNA testing.As it happens, I am a direct descendant of one of the traditional Seven Brothers/Two Sisters ALEXANDER family (Joseph Alexander 'tanner' [c1660 IR - 1730 Cecil Co, MD]) who first settled in Somerset and then Cecil Co, MD with large branches spreading out into PA and MD and also down to Mecklenburg/Cabarrus Co, NC, but my direct line is not the subject of Frances Butterworth's book -- at least from what I remember of her book.
I don't have anything further to add to that 2009 posting.My very best advice to you is to identify a present day male who can be well documented as a descendant of your Alabama ALEXANDERs and have a Y-DNA test done.[Roger Alexander and I are 'volunteer' coordinators of the project.We do not have any financial ties to the testing -- we just coordinate the information.See the project website at: http://www.familytreedna.com/public/ALEXANDER-Y-DNA/default.aspxhttp://www.familytreedna.com/public/ALEXANDER-Y-DNA/default.aspx Use the drop down arrow on the ABOUT THIS GROUP tab to select "Results".[The project is open to ALL male ALEXANDERs, not just the Seven Brothers/Two Sisters.]Scoll down this page to locate the Lineage Summaries for the "7Brothers, Two Sisters, Ireland to MD Family".This group of participants have DNA results showing that they all have a common ancestor, although the common ancestor is unknown, and many have credible paper trails to one of the traditional Seven Brothers to the extent that we can say that the DNA results support the tradition that at least four of the brothers were brothers.
Sorry that I can't help you any further.I have done a lot of Seven Brothers/Two Sisters research, but it is fair to say that I have concentrated on my own direct line.I have some knowledge of the entire Seven Brothers/Two Sisters, but it is from information available on-line and through the DNA project -- nothing groundbreaking.The Seven Brothers/Two Sisters family is just massively huge and quite daunting to sort through. Y-DNA is going a long way in sorting people.A lot of older research has been proven to be correct and some of it has been shown to be incorrect.
Find a male cousin of your ALEXANDER and talk to him about Y-DNA testing.Write either Roger or I directly* with any questions about Y-DNA testing.We'd be happy to help with technical aspects, but neither one of us has the genealogical answers to so many of genealogical puzzles that abound in the Seven Brothers/Two Sisters world, or indeed, the rest of the hundreds ALEXANDERs who were floating around colonial America.We have about 250+ participants on the project and are seeing 'about' 90+ seperate and completely distinct ALEXANDER lineages showing that the same surname does NOT -- necessarily -- mean a genetic relationship.
Carol Vass Kent, WA
*Our email addresses listed on the front page of the Y-DNA project.