I found your comments most interesting on the Alexanders of Va. My line seems very close to yours, or so I think.Without any doubt I trace my line through my 3gg, one Thomas Alexander, Jr., who died in Jackson, Ohio; he had fought in the War of 1812. He was born in Bedford Co. Va. I would think his father was Thomas, Sr. of Bedford, though I can't tie Thomas Sr. down very well--no will.I do have record of his selling land to a son, Andrew in 1790. I think that Thomas,Sr had two sons: Andrew and Thomas, Jr.The first born in 1769; the second born 1774. I was hoping that Thomas Sr. was the Thomas mentioned in Beard's will as a grandchild.I haven't felt at ease with the Beard connection with my line (though I would like to believe it correct), owing to will of Robert Alexander, around 1781, which reads to me as if the mentioned Thomas is a miner at that time, which would mean he could not be the same Thomas referred to in the Beard will--sure wish I could get the Thomas problem clarified.If my Thomas were indeed the child of Robert and Ester, I have lots of information on the earlier Alexanders.(Incidentally, a genealogist within my family was diligent in her work and she reached the conclusion that the Robert Alexander and Thomas Alexander connection had been proven--and was quite sensitve on that point.Still, I can't quite make the connection, despite her thorough work on so many questions relative to the Alexanders; in fact, much of what I know, has come through her, whom I only discovered by coming across an inquiry she had made in the Virginia Genealogist in 1957; lo and behold, I tracked her down, and the skies opened up. Again, sounds as if you and I are honing in on the same folks. By the way, in an old Bible, which I am searching for, the name of one David Alexander appears.Any ideas on that?Thanks, and feel free to show me the errors of my thinking.