In 1972 , this question of the father of the children on the ship "Welcome" was passed around in a group of Alexander family authors and genealogist. The will of Rev. James 1634-1704 and wife Marion Shaw was discussed by a large circle of these Alexander genealogists. I will list some of the references & sources of this information below (as my memory and notes recall)
Known as the Reverend and Minister of the Convoy congregation, county of Donegal, Ireland, from 1678 until his death in 1704. Convoy is in the Laggan Presbytery and is about four miles from Raphoe. He was educated at Kings college in Aberdeen, Scotland from 1666 to 1670. He was ordained Dec. 12, 1677 and became minister of Convoy in 1678.
Reverend James was fiery old codger, as we find occasionally in the Alexander linage. He insisted on upholding his religious beliefs, which was contrary to the Royal Authority, and was fined twenty pounds which he was unable to pay. He was sent to jail in Dublin October 8, 1681 and there he remained until April 20, 1682. He was released in the custody of the Sheriff and his fine reduced to twenty shilling which was paid by his friends.
(1)James Alexander's will dated March 13, 1702 and proven in 1704 is theoreticaly on file and names his wife Marion Shaw as his executrix. She left everything in her estate to a niece, daughter of James Shaw, in a will dated 1711. They both are buried in Convoy, Ireland. No church information or family history recorded by the church stated that James and Marion Shaw had any children.
(2)The birth dates of the 9 children that immigrated (1669)to American also works against Rev. James being their father. Rev James 1634 - William 1646, Andrew 1648, James "the Weaver" 1652 and etc.. In one of the Maryland genealogy book written, there was a statement that these 9 children were "kin" to the Rev. James.(? uncle, cousin ?). Anyway, I notice that Ray or Mac Alexander posted this question many years ago on this forum, I'm sure they were doing what I done recently by posting this question to see if anyone had found "proof" of who was these children's father. Ms. Lacy, I didn't mean to upset you and your 15 years of research with this question.
Sources or references:
The Family bible of John Alexander and Sarah Donaldson which is in the study at the Tennessee Governor Lamar Alexander's residence in Nashville.
Genealogical Guide to the Early Settlers of America.
Plumb's History, Hanover, 387: Egle's History, Reg Int. Penn., 11, 19
Richmond, Va. Standard, Vol 1, 39, 41,47,III,2,5,7,36,37. Hayden's Virginia genealogies, 180, 192. Foote's Sketches, Virginia, II, 100.
American Ancestry, vol I, 1; IV, 82; VI, 148; VIII, 142; IX, 56
Early Alexanders and Cloyd's Creek Blount Count, Tennessee.
Our Alexander History.