There were several classes of settlers attracted by the genial climate, rich plains and rugged mountains of this new country. Adventurers from Virginia and the other older colonies tiring of the growing civilization around them, found North Carolina an attractive land. New Jersey furnished a large number of settlers to the region between the Catawba and Yadkin rivers. Mecklenberg county was at one time called Jersey county. This territory also became the home of many of the Scotch-Irish who came in colonies from Ireland, some settled on the shores of North Carolin, other came through Pennsylvanioa Maryland or Virginia and the majority of the settlers to this valley were the presecuted Scotch-irish. There were in the confines of the present state of North Carolina several Gwerman and Huguenot settlements and numerous detached settlers. "Burk's Peerage" mentions the settlement in North Carolina of JOHN ALEXANDER, WHO CAME BEFORE 1700. THIS LEADS US TO BELIEVE THAT THERE WERE MANY OTHERS HERE AT THIS EARLY PERIOD.AT ONE TIME TWO THIRDS OF THE WHITE POPULATION OF MECKLENBERG COUNTY WERE HARRISES AND ALEXANDERS.
A large number of the Alexander family, who trace their ancestery back to William Alexander, who possibly settled at Jamestown about 1640, and had numerous descendants in th and around Mecklenbergy county, N. C. and in other Southern states, bear the smae coat of arms.