Well now this is fascinating Benjamin.First, allow me to say that it wouldn't aide us even if you did take the Y-dna test, as it follows the male lineage (y-chromosone), so your taking the test would be useless for our purposes.However, if you should know of anyone named Alexander, or one who may have been an Alexander prior to adoption, then that person we could test for distance to 'us'--meaning the descendants of Thomas Alexander>John Alexander & his sons Hugh and James....anyway, this is what I wrote about in The Alexander Record II.Perhaps it may be of help in our search for ancestors of Thomas, though I caution it is conjecture: …a Chris Alexander, in ancestry.com proposes the following possible early ancestral chart: /William Alexander /Alexander Alexander b: ABT. 1545 d: 1581 |Spouse Unknown /William Alexander b: 1567 d: 24 FEB 1639/40 ||/Gilbert Graham |Marion Graham b: ABT. 1550 |helen kinkaid /John Alexander b: 1603 d: 1 MAR 1640/41 |Janet Erskine b: 1580 d: AFT. MAY 1649 /Archibald Alexander b: ABT. 1610 d: 31 MAR 1687 ||/John Graham |Agnes Graham b: BET. 1592 - 1602 d: 1677 |Mary Erskine /Thomas Alexander b: 1630 d: BET. 1693 - 1698 |Elizabeth Mckay b: BET. 1617 - 1637 d: 30 JAN 1714/15 John E Alexander b: 1693 d: 1777 Marion Peadie b: ABT. 1648
I believe Marion's actual last name to be Peddie.Thomas likely died after 1710.It may be difficult to follow the tree chart in this format, but Chris believed that Archibald Alexander was the father to Thomas, while a John, William, Alexander, and William Alexander were forefathers to Archibald.Where they lived is conjecture as well, though I would say Lanark, Glasgow and Stirling would be the triangle into which I would wager they resided.I neither can confirm nor deny that Thomas was a Royalist, loyal to the Stuarts.It is strongly believed that a Robert Alexander, related to Thomas and our line, was also a Royalist, and either 'treasonous' or 'extremely loyal' depending on one's point of view.Again from my work The Alexander Record II: ‘In the same year (as Samuel Alexander and his sons bought lands in 1723 in Cecil Co. called Sligo and Alexandria) Robert Alexander from the city of Glasgow, Scotland, then a merchant of Annapolis had lands in the same part of Cecil Co. which in 1737 he left to his cousin,William Alexander, of North Britain (Scotland). This William became a large land-holder in vicinity of Elkton, Md. In 1741 he and Araminta his wife deeded a lot in Elkton for the erection of the first Presbyterian Church in that town. His lands descended to a second Robert who went off to England at the Revolutionary War and never returned. His lands were confiscated but after the war one-third of them with one-half of his negroes were restored to his wife Isabella, and to his six children, William, Lawson, Araminta, Henry, Andrew and Robert. William settled on lands near Elkton while the rest of the family seem to have remained in Baltimore. The son of this William, whose name also was Robert succeeded his father on the homestead, but finally sold it and became a hardware merchant.”
From this information we link to Robert Alexander – Rotten Tomatoes Celebrity Profile, which has the following interesting biography and background of this man, who was clearly our kindred and clearly a traitor to his country.Or was he?He obviously considered himself ‘British’. Robert Alexander (c.1740-1805) was an American planter, lawyer, and Tory political leader during the American Revolution. He was a delegate to the Continental Congress for Maryland in 1776.
We may never find the exact relationship of these folks, but dna research has been of great help.Hope this helps you a little...