Thank you for answering.
Apparently you have the same last names on your tree as I do but I could not make a connection with your Wallace/Alexander family to my Wallace/Alexander family.
Here is a brief one generation of my Cecil co., Maryland Wallaces and Alexanders, do you find anything familiar?
Descendants of Matthew (W256) Wallace II
Generation No. 1
1.MATTHEW (W256)17 WALLACE II(MATTHEW (W512)16, JOHN (W1024)15, WILLIAM (W2048)14, JOHN (W4096)13, WILLIAM (W8192)12, PATRICK (W16384)11, GEORGE (W32768)10, THOMAS (W65536)9, JOHN (W131072)8, JOHN (W262144)7, JOHN (W524288) (LAIRD)6, MALCOLM (W1048576) (SIR)5 WALAYS/WALLACE, ADAM (W2097152)4 WALAYS, HENRY (W4194304)3 WALLENSE/WALAYS II, RICHARD (W8388608)2 WALLENSE I, ELMERUS (W16777216) GALIEUS1) was born Abt. 1672 in Donegal, Ulster, Ireland, and died May 3, 1751 in Manokin Hundred, Somerset co., Maryland.He married SARAH (W257) ALEXANDER Abt. 1708 in Cecil co., Maryland, daughter of SAMUEL ALEXANDER and MARY TAYLOR.She was born August 28, 1690 in Pocomoke, Annamessex, Somerset co., Maryland, and died Abt. 1760 in Frederick co., Maryland.
Notes for MATTHEW (W256) WALLACE II:
Foote’s HISTORY OF NORTH CAROLINA tells of the emigration of seven Alexander brothers and their widowed mother from Ireland to the eastern shore of Maryland. Unable to endure the persecution preceding the revolution of 1688, they decided to come to America where they could worship in peace.. Before leaving Ireland, they sent back to Scotland for their minister to come and bless the voyage and administer the Lord’s Supper. Everything was ready, and all the families were on board the vessel partaking of the Lord’s Supper, when a company of English soldiers boarded the ship, broke up the meeting and took the minister to jail. All were distressed over the plight of the preacher, and none knew just what steps to take. Finally, an aged woman who had been piously covenanting all day for her grandchildren, suggested that they wait until nightfall, then raid the jail, rescue the preacher, and take him to America with them. Her plan was acted upon and before dawn, the ship was at sea with the minister on board. Having no family, he cheerfully proceeded to America with the colony.
These seven brothers joined a settlement of Scots in Somerset County, Maryland, later removing into Cecil County, Maryland, at the head of the Chesapeake, “on the main fresh of the Elk River,” across from New Castle in Delaware. This was the scene of George Talbot’s ambitious project of founding his “County of New Ireland,” Talbot was the alert Irish cousin of Cecil Calvert, the third Lord Baltimore. He had come into the Maryland Colony in 1680 from County Roscomon in Ireland, with Baltimore. Lord Baltimore was soon to learn, if he did not already know, that the English Stewarts wwere about to pay a debt to Willimam Penn with the same land which their father, Charles I, had granted Baltimore. Consequently, this land at the head of Chesapeake Bay was in dispute for many years, being claimed by both Maryland and Pennsylvania. The certificate for the settlement of the “New Munster” tract in the New Ireland Colony was issued by George Talbot in 1683 in these words:
“Surveyed for Edwin O’Dwire and fifteen other Irishmen by virtue of
warrant from his Lordship, August 7, 1683 a certain tract of land called New Munster lying and being in the County of Cecil…on the main fresh of the Big Elk…containing 6,000 acres more or less.
The Cecil County, Maryland, records (Deed Book 2, J.D., 2 pg 28, 81, 82, 83) show deeds from Thomas Stevenson and his wife, Sarah, of part of this tract called “New Munster” to a group of Alexanders who were led into the colony by Matthew Wallace. This deed stated that the land had originally been granted to Edwin O’Dwire and others. Those purchasing from Stevenson were:
James Alexander, farmer
Arthus Alexander, weaver
David Alexander, weaver
Joseph Alexander, tanner, and his son, James
James Alexander, weaver, and his son Moses
This deed speaks of Matthew Wallace and “his company,” indicating that Matthew Wallace, whom we know from the records to have been living in Somerset County, Maryland, on the eastern shore of Maryland, led this company (probably relatives) into Cecil County to settle on this New Munster tract. The first deed was a –ase [possibly lease?] deed dated 1714, and set forth that the settlers had been on this land for some years, as the improvements which they had made were taken into consideration of the price. As Matthew Wallace gave Power of Attorney to his kinsman, William Alexander, back in Soemrset in 1707 to sell his land there, this migration must have taken place very much earlier. These Alexanders who came with him were probably some of the seven brothers mentioned by Foote, or their sons, Ross McKendrick states:
“To Mecklenburg county, N.C., a great wave of Scotch-Irish migration flowed directly from New Munster in Cecil County, Maryland, through the Shenandoah Valley. Numerous descendants of George Talbot’s tract had brought their families and taken up lands (in North Carolina) prior to 1732. Wills of certain Alexanders of New Munster, indicate that this family was strongly represented in the North Carolina settlement. The importance of Maryland’s part in the settlement of N. C. may be drawn from the story of the famous Mecklenburg Convention of May 31, 1775 ----of the seven signers, more than half may be directly traced to Cecil County, Maryland, and adjacent settlements. This action (The Mecklenburg Resolves) anticipated more than a year before the actual Declaration of Independence by Congress, and reflected the spirit which emigrated from George Talbot’s County of New Ireland. The Maryland immigrants to North Carolina only made great asserveration of purpose, but were to be found in the thick of the flight at King’s Mountain….”
Children of MATTHEW WALLACE and SARAH ALEXANDER are:
i. GEORGE18 WALLACE, b. Abt. 1710, Cecil co., Maryland; d. Bef. 1810.
ii. ALEXANDER WALLACE, b. Abt. 1712, Cecil co., Maryland; d. Bef. 1812.
iii. EZEKIEL WALLACE, b. Abt. 1714, Cecil co., Maryland; d. Bef. 1814; m. MARGARET ROBERTSON, Abt. 1738; b.. Abt. 1717; d. Bef. 1817.
iv. JAMES WALLACE, b. Abt. 1716, Cecil co., Maryland; d. Bef. 1816, Kent co., Maryland or Delaware; m. ELIZABETH HART, Abt. 1740, Maryland or Delaware; b. Abt. 1719; d. Bef. 1819.
v. WILLIAM WALLACE, b. Abt. 1718, Somerset co., Maryland; d. Bef. 1818, Augusta co., Virginia.
vi. JOHN (W128) WALLACE VI, b. Abt. 1720, Somerset co., Maryland; d. September 29, 1782, Rockbridge Co., Virginia; m. ISABEL/ISABELLA (W129) RUTHERFORD, Abt. 1740, Staunton, Augusta co., Virginia; b. 1718, County Down, Ireland; d. Bef. May 18, 1774, Walker's Creek, Rockbridge co., Virginia.
Notes for ISABEL/ISABELLA (W129) RUTHERFORD:
Isabel is not mentioned in her mother's will probated May 18, 1774...She may have been dead by this time.
vii. CATHERINE WALLACE, b. Abt. 1722, Somerset co., Maryland; d. Bef. July 1775, Mecklenburg, North Carolina; m. THEOPHILUS ALEXANDER, Abt. 1734, Maryland; b. March 13, 1713/14, Cecil co., Maryland; d. August 7, 1768, Cecil co., Maryland.
viii. JOSEPH WALLACE, b. Abt. 1724, Somerset co., Maryland; d. Bef. 1824; m. JEAN UNKNOWN, Abt. 1748, Maryland; b. Abt. 1727, Maryland; d. Bef. 1827.
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I am open to corrections and additions.