Alexander's Marriage to Mary Anderson


            Shortly before he commenced military service, Alexander married Mary Anderson. We have discovered no record of their marriage. Their first child, Margaret Sally, was born in 1777 before Alexander enlisted in the military. Footnote Thus, it is a fair assumption that they were married in 1776 or early in 1777. Seven more children were born to the couple in Virginia. They were:

 

                                  Charles - 1779 to 1809

 

                                  Isaac - 1782 to 1866

 

                                  Mary Polly - 1784 to 1874

 

                                  Elizabeth - 1785 to?

 

                                  Anna - 1786 to 1830

 

                                  Euphemia 1789 to (after) 1870


Sometime after 1789, Mary Anderson Stewart died.

 

We have personal information about Alexander and Mary other than the birth of their children during the late 1770's until 1790. They lived during this period in Washington County, Virginia, which is found in extreme western Virginia near the Cumberland Gap. The area of Washington County where Alexander lived later became part of Russell County and subsequently Lee County. On October 25, 1792, Lee County was formed from Russell County. The County was named for "Light Horse" Harry Lee, a noted Revolutionary War officer and governor of Virginia from 1791-1794.

 

It was not until 1750 that a party of Virginians discovered the Cumberland Gap, a natural doorway cut through the Cumberland Mountains by the Yellow Creek that opened into the blue grass region of Kentucky. In 1775, Daniel Boone marked the Wilderness Trail through the Cumberland Gap opening the West to Settlement.

In 1795, while still living in Virginia, Alexander was appointed Executor for the will of his good friend, Walter Middleton:

 

Will of Walter Middleton


In the name of God Amen, I Walter Middleton of Lee County & State of Virginia Being weak in body but sound memory and in my perfect senses Blessed be God for so great an enjoyment Do this day the tenth of Febry one thousand and seven Hundred and ninety five Do make & ordain my last will and Testament Revoking all other wills and Testaments and I do Declare this to be my only last will and Testament and that in manner following to wit I do leve and Bequeath unto Mary my Beloved wife two negor Boys and one negro girl named Isaac Will & Cotney together with all the Real and personal Estate that she brought me as also all and all and singular my Household furniture and one Bald horse in lieu of a man that she brought me secondly I do leve & Bequeath unto my Father Thomas Middleton all and singular the Ballance or Remainder of my Estate both real and Personal and do ordain and appoint that my said father shall pay all my just Debts and Demands.


And I do appoint and ordain my true & trusty Friend Alexander Stewart to be my sole Executor of this my last will and Testament.


In Witness whereof I have set my hand and affixed my seal Published and declared as my last will and Testament in the presence of the subscribing witnesses.


Witnesses were Joseph Massey, Thomas Middleton, Thomas Massey
Proved 14 July 1795

 

 

 

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