Ernestine: I like to use GenForum so that others might share with data. Here's data on the Alexanders:
ROBERT ALEXANDER: a schoolmaster, b. 1710, County Down, Ireland; emigrated first to PA in 1736 and to Augusta Co., VA in 1746; d. Nov 1783, Augusta Co., VA; s/o WILLIAM ALEXANDER "The Corpulent"; m. abt 1740 at PA to ESTHER BEARD, b. 1724, Ireland; d. > 1779; d/o *THOMAS BEARD, and JEAN MCNUTT.Known Issue: (Not in order of birth): William, Ann, Robert, Thomas, Esther, Peter, James, Hugh, Sarah, and Eleanor.
In 1746, Robert was one of 12 elected as Church Warden, and was again elected on 6 Apr 1747. He resigned from the Vestry, 17 Mar 1760, "on account of a lingering sickness which has long disabled him from going abroad." On 13 Aug 1747, he purchased from William Beverley 314 acres in Beverley Manor, Augusta Co., for a little over 9 pounds. In 1760, he purchased from John MOORE 504+ acres in the Borden's Tract for 95 pence, 10 shillings. On 15 Feb 1763, Robert sold 304 acres situated at the corner of George HENDERSON'S land to his son, William, for 100 lbs. Robert was educated at the universities of Dublin and Edinburgh and founded Augusta Academy in 1749, which became Liberty Hall and evolved into Washington & Lee Univ.
ROBERT ALEXANDER: b. Nov 1746, Augusta Co., VA; d. 20 Nov 1820, Campbell Co., VA; bur. Klein Farm Cem., Gladys, Campbell Co.; s/o ROBERT ALEXANDER and ESTHER BEARD; m. 10 Mar 1774, Bedford Co., to NANCY ANN AUSTIN, d/o WILLIAM AUSTIN, Capt. in Rev. War, and HANNAH GLENN.Known Issue: William (b. 7 Sep 1776 & d. 12 Sep 1800 unm.), John Dabney "Jack," Esther, Sally, Nancy, Elizabeth "Betsy," Catherine Wilson, Charlotte, Mary Glenn, and Susan Dabney.
Source: (1) Arnold's "The Alexander Family of Scotland, Ireland, and America," (2) Waddle's "Annals of Augusta County, Virginia," (3) DAR Vol. 15, p. 173, # 14462, Virginia Seccessia Withers Terry, submitter, (4) Chalkey's "Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia," (5)Morton's "A History of Rockbridge County, Virginia," (6) Hon. Hugh B. Grigsby's address at Washington and Lee University titled "The Founders of Washington College." The address is included Historical Papers No. 2 - 1890," (7) Will of Robert Alexander, Augusta Co., 1783, (8) Will of Thomas Beard, Augusta Co., 1769.