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Alexander Montgomery, I

Also Known As: "Montgomerie"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Maybole, South Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Death: April 1768 (58-67)
Orange, North Carolina, British Colonial America
Place of Burial: Orange, North Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of unknown father of Alexander Montgomery and unknown mother of Alexander Montgomery
Husband of Anna Montgomery and Mary Montgomery
Father of Margaret Montgomery; Capt William E. Montgomery; Mary Catherine Barnett; Elizabeth Maxwell; Anne Edmonson and 8 others

Occupation: Farmer
Managed by: Private User
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About Alexander Montgomery, I

Birthplace seen as Bessmount Park,Tyholland,Monaghan,Ireland

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Please be aware, EACH of Alexander Montgomery Sr's sons named their first son ALEXANDER!!!

  • There are also a variety of grandsons with the name of Alexander also, so Please be careful with merging any Alexanders!
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Based on Y-DNA testing, there is a strong reason to believe that William Montgomery (1660-1721) in NOT the father of Alexander Montgomery (1705-1768). Further research is needed to establish parents of Alexander I.

Email 9/25/14:

It is my personal opinion that Alexander Montgomery (b. 1705, d. 1768) is NOT the son of William Montgomery (b. 1660, d. 1721).

  • I refer to this latter branch as the William of Brigend branch.
  • There are a number of Y-DNA participants in the program who show a consistent R Haplogroup reading for this William of Brigend branch. All have very similar and consistent reading patterns.
    • This R reading is a bit too distant for those who have R-readings and claim Alexander (1705-1768) as their ancestor for my belief to be a relative.
    • T H Montgomery in his book indicates that William Montgomery (1660-1721) did have a son named Alexander (see page 83), but that Alexander, son of William of Brigend, did not marry and nothing further is known of him (per T H Montgomery).
  • Now, let me talk a bit about Alexander Montgomery (1705-1768) and his branch, and the mixed-up haplogroups involved.
    • It is my own personal opinion (not necessarily shared by others) that the main tree trunk of the Montgomery family is of J2 haplogroup.
    • This haplogroup is fairly easy to spot amongst Scottish descendants and has remained consistent for five hundred years, based on known participants in the DNA program.
    • Haplogroup R, though, is very, very common amongst most men of Scottish descent (except Montgomerys and Setons).
    • Thus if a man from any non-Montgomery Scottish family is introduced as a father into the Montgomery line any where along the line, all descendants from him thereafter would be a R haplogroup rather than a J haplogroup.
    • The same, I think, can be said of I Haplogroup, though I tend to think the I's are closer consistent relatives somewhere back in Scotland to the Montgomerys.
  • Alexander (1705-1768) has descendants from each of those haplogroups. Here is how I have decided to sort it out in my own mind (am I right? who knows?). First of all (grin) I have to yell about this Alexander and how soooooooo many many of his descendants are also named Alexander. Did they do that just to confuse us in the 21st century? Very hard to keep all those Alexanders straight. I will call him Alexander I.
    • He had a son William.
      • A descendant of son William is of the J haplogroup.
    • Alexander I also has a son Alexander II.
      • A number of descendants of Alexander II (including your cousin Kenneth) are of the I haplogroup.
      • In addition, though, there are other descendants of Alexander II who show the R haplogroup and not the I haplogroup.
      • It is my opinion here that the introduction of R happened some time in the mid 1800s and affected only one or two of the smaller sub-branches of that era. (Also supported by what I know of the living and times of those particular sub- branches - adoptions and less-clear family connections were there).
        • Thus it is my opinion that the main reading for the branch of son Alexander II and all his descendants (except for one or two small subsequent sub branches) is haplogroup I.

Keith Montgomery (editor for Clan Montgomery Society International)

*********************************** '''DNA INFO:''' From:  http://www.familytreedna.com/public/Montgomery/default.aspx?section...

The branches on the paternal tree are haplogroups. SNP markers on the Y-Chromosome define them. This page displays Y-Chromosome DNA (Y-DNA) SNP results for the project. It shows Y-DNA haplogroups and all SNP results both positive (derived) and negative (ancestral). A plus, +, sign denotes positive results. A negative, -, sign denotes negative results. You may learn more about Y-Chromosome SNPs on the Understanding Y-DNA SNP Results learning page. Learn more about this page. This page displays project membersâ™ Y-DNA haplogroups and SNP results. Predicted haplogroups are in red, and confirmed haplogroups are in green.

  • Paternal Ancestor Name: Alexander b ? 1705 d Orange Co NC 1768; Haplogroup: I1 (in green); Short Hand: I-M253; Confirmed SNP: M253+
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===Montgomery Family ===

WHEN THE PAST REFUSED TO DIE - A History of Caswell Co NC 1777-1977 by Wm. S. Powell
pg 39 On the SS of Dan River adj. Montgomery's line on Young's Mill Creek, the water of Dan River. Joseph Akin deed Apr. 2 1762.

ALEXANDER MONTGOMERY I b. Abt 1712 d. Abt. 1768 Orange Co., NC.,

  • m. Mary______
  • Children: ALEXANDER MONTGOMERY II; Michael Montgomery; James Montgomery; William Montgomery; Elizabeth Montgomery; Ann Montgomery; Mary Ann Montgomery.

ALEXANDER MONTGOMERY II b. Abt. 1740 Orange Co., NC., d. Bet. 1778 - 1779 Logan's Gap OH,

  • m. Abt. 1760 Martha Walker.
  • Children: ALEXANDER MONTGOMERY III b.February 1, 1762; John Sr. Montgomery b. August 5, 1764; Michael Montgomery b. 1765; Phillip Montgomery; Joseph Montgomery; James Montgomery b. Bet. 1770 - 1780; William Montgomery, b. December 10, 1779.
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Evidence needed to support as son of Alexander Montgomery

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  • Please be aware, EACH of Alexander Montgomery Sr's sons named their first son ALEXANDER!!!
    • There are also a variety of grandsons with the name of Alexander, so Please be careful with merging any Alexanders!
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Obit date: 31 Jan 1767, per an ad placed in 1917 in a Kingstree, S.C. newspaper.

Alexander Montgomery Sr., was born about 1705 in Brigend, MP, Ayrshire, Scotland, his parents were William & Isabells (Burnett) Montgomery [SIC: no proof] He married Anna Sutherland 13 Jun 1735 in Kildaltan, Argyllshire, Scotland.

Alexander and Anna came to the United States from the Highlands of Scotland. They came over by ship with Captain Lachlan Campbell and arrived here on 22 September 1738.

The first ship departed Islay, an island of 239 square miles, at the south of the Inner Hebrides, in former county of Argyllshire, now Argyle and Bute. It arrived New York City on 22 September 1738 bringing by one count 33 "families" and some single passengers, altogether 153 persons. Laughlan Campbell and his family were aboard. Soon after Alexander Montgomery represented them all in a petition.

A list of passengers who came in 1738 included: Alexander Montgomery & Anna Sutherland his wife, Hugh Montgomery, Elisbie Sutherland and her children: James, Alexander, Duncan, Margaret & Elizabeth Gillies - 5 children.
[Married Scots women were called by their own surnames until over time the custom changed in America. We would call her Elizabeth (Sutherland) Gillis or Gillies. Anna would be Anna (Sutherland) Montgomery.

They were among the Scottish people who came to New York State on land grants to protect the people from the Indians. Their home was at 1764 Lot 77, Argyle Township, Albany Co. New York. Alexander and Anna {Sutherland} Montgomery Sr. had six children. They were Alexander II, Mary, William, John, Ann & Elizabeth. Part of these children were all born in Scotland & part in New York and Virginia.

Alexander Montgomery moved across the Hudson River to the Kakiat Patent as did Elizabeth (Sutherland) Gillis/Gillies and family. Anna died. Alexander remarried, by 1759, probably to a Campbell.

Alexander Montgomery Sr. was named Executor to the estate of Captain Lachlan Campbell, the ship captain.

The organizer, Lauchlin Campbell, of "Campbell Hall", Ulster County, New York, created his own estate where he died in the later 1740s or 1750 as his LW&T was made 1 February 1744/5 and proved 12 September 1750. Campbell named "my trusty friends" Alexander Montgomerie of the County of Orange and Edward Graham of the City of New as executors along with his wife Martha.

Alexander Sr. came to Albemarle Co Virginia in about 1745. He purchased 640 acres of land from Jno. and Elizabeth Chiswell by deed dated 25 April1745.

On 25 June 1747 Alexander received a land grant of 450 acres on both sides of Buck Creek, a branch of Rockfish River. This area was later Amherst County, and now is Nelson Co. Virginia.

On 10 February 1752, Alexander Montgomery Sr. deeded 250 acres in Albermarle Co. to his son William Montgomery. This was part of the 640 acres Alexander Sr. purchased from the Chiswell family. This land was on Buck Creek a branch of Rock Fish River.

In another deed dated 11 February 1752 Alexander Montgomery Sr. deeded to his son John for 20 Shillings 336 acres which was part of the 640 acre she purchase from the Chiswell Family. This land was also on Buck Creek a branch of Rock Fish River.

Alexander Montgomery of Orange County, schoolmaster, and Eanes Graham, of New York City, Tailor, were executors of the LW&T of the LW&T of Duncan Duffie, of New York City, carpenter, dated 20 September 1758, proved 16 December 1758. Eanes Graham was called Ennis Graham in the probate.

Alexander Montgomery Sr. was settling land on his older children who had come of age long before his death.

Apparently his first wife, (Anna) had died, leaving him with at least five children, and he had remarried to Mary Campbell, a widow. By Mary he had his last 3 children: Michael, Jane & James.

On 14 June 1757 Alexander Montgomery Sr. bought 175 acres in Orange County, North Carolina from John Ferguson. This deed is not extant, but evidence is found in court records. He apparently bought more land in Orange County, but no record has been found to establish this. No water course is mentioned in any of the available records concerning this land. Later deeds show the land in the vicinity of Rattlesnake Creek.

Alexander Montgomery Sr. and family moved to Orange County, North Carolina, right after he married Mary. His son, Alexander Montgomery II married Martha Walker about 1760. This marriage probably took place in Orange County where her parents, John and Ann (Houston) Walker, were living.

On 4 August 1759, Alexander Montgomery of Orange County, North Carolina sold 26 acres to his son-in-law Robert Barnett of the Parish of St.Ann's, Colony of Virginia for 40 pounds. This land was described as "in the County of Albermarl on Rockfish River near the Blue Mountains".

A later deed record shows Alexander Montgomery, Sr. had deeded 250 acres of land on Buck Creek to Alexander Montgomery II. No date is indicated for this transaction, nor has the record been found.

On 25 March 1762, Alexander Montgomery II, of St. Matthews Parish, Orange County, North Carolina sold 250 acres on both sides of Buck Creek to his brother-in-law Robert Barnett, of Amherst County, Virginia for 15pounds.This was part of 450 acres patented to Alexander Sr. at Williamsburg, Virginia on 25 June 1747, and sold by him to his son Alexander 11. This was witnessed by William Montgomery, John Barnet, & Theobald Waighan (Maighan).

Years later, NY did offer land on the frontier to immigrants who had come over on three ships arranged by (but not paid for) by Laughlan Campbell who was deceased. After an effort to locate the passengers and their heirs, most were no longer interested. They ignored the offer or sold to speculators. Many tracts were occupied by squatters. When the eligibility was being determine, Alexander Montgomery was found living in New York and had no children.

Alexander was entitled to a survey at the northeast of the so-called "Argyle Patent" but he did not take up the land. Mentioned on 19 November 1763 as Alexander Montgomery, farmer, of Orange County. His was to be Lot 77, being a farm lot of 600 acres and 60 acres town lot.

Ennis Graham and Alexander Montgomery were among the original ten designated to be Trustees of the "Argyle Patent" in May 1763. A letter dated 15 September 1763 to Alexander Montgomery and Alexander McNaughton from Duncan Read, Archibald Campbell, and Neal Shaw informed them that they were to appear on the 29th before the Governor and Council "to have yourself empowered to raise money for the charges of this Patten or to get clear and show reason for not so doing". There was a dispute between those who were trying to collect money to arrange the patenting, surveying, and moving costs, and those who would not pay anything in advance of the patent. Montgomery was of the latter. At the 29th September meeting, Montgomery Ennis Graham. and three other trustees were removed for their refusal.

A letter from the five remaining trustees to Alexander Montgomery probably from September 1763. "We would have never excluded you. But as you often repeated, you was sorry that you ever consented to have your name imparted as a trustee and that's our reason which we hope can give no offense to Mr. Montgomery and we hope to give you general satisfaction for We remain your most humble servants." [MacNaughton, Argyle Patent, 406.]

The first deed was made by the Trustees in the spring of 1765. The Trustees sold lot 77, which would have been Montgomery's, containing 570 farm acres and 60 town acres, to Goldsbrow Banyar on 20-21 March 1765. Banyar sold this lot and eight others to Peter Middleton, a wealthy New York City surgeon. Lot 77 was sold with Middleton's estate beginning in September 1805. Deeds associated with this lot appear in MacNaughton, Argyle Patent, pages 198-201, down to 1848. There is no sign that Alexander Montgomery ever owned the surveyed land. [Ennis Graham born 1724, became wealthy in NYC and had to flee the British occupation there but died soon after in Middlesex County, NJ.]

The single man Hugh Montgomery who arrived NYC in 1738 on the same ship was located living in New York, married, and having two children as of 1763. He was eligible for a 300-acre survey, lot 65, near the future (1803) Greenwich Township line and a little west of the Salem line. He or the Trustees apparently sold it.

There were several families which were neighbors and associates of the Montgomerys in Albermarle County, Virginia, some of whom apparently moved to Orange County, North Carolina. It was the custom for families to move and settle together. There may have been some intermarriages of other family connections about which we have not learned. Some of these include Joseph Barnett, Hugh Dobbin, John Wright, along with the Maxwells and the Robinsons.

Alexander Montgomery died in early 1768. His will, dated 27 July,1767, in Orange County, North Carolina, was proved in Orange County Inferior Court, April 1768. His will named his wife as sole executrix. He left"my plantation I now live upon...to her and my three youngest children, to be equally divided at my wife's death". The name of his wife was not mentioned in the will. Her name is known, by later records, to be Mary. Her maiden surname was Campbell. Also in his will, he mentioned "my two sons Michal and James". To his son Alexander Montgomery he left 170 acres of land "at the lower end of the tract that I now live on, including the plantation he now lives on". He left to "my son-in-law Robert Barnett in Amherst County, in the Province of Virginia my plantation that lyeth in Rockfish settlement".To "my son William Montgomery" he left five shillings and no more; and to"the rest of my children, namely, John, Elizabeth and my daughters Anne and Mary" he left 1 shilling to each. This will was witnessed by William Robinson, Charles Crawford and William Maxwell.

*********************************** '''Based on Y-DNA testing, there is a strong reason to believe that William Montgomery (1660-1721) in NOT the father of Alexander Montgomery (1705-1768).  Further research is needed to establish parents of Alexander I.'''

==Email 9/25/14:==

It is my personal opinion that Alexander Montgomery (b. 1705, d. 1768) is NOT the son of William Montgomery (b. 1660, d. 1721).

  • I refer to this latter branch as the William of Brigend branch.
  • There are a number of Y-DNA participants in the program who show a consistent R Haplogroup reading for this William of Brigend branch. All have very similar and consistent reading patterns.
    • This R reading is a bit too distant for those who have R-readings and claim Alexander (1705-1768) as their ancestor for my belief to be a relative.
    • T H Montgomery in his book indicates that William Montgomery (1660-1721) did have a son named Alexander (see page 83), but that Alexander, son of William of Brigend, did not marry and nothing further is known of him (per T H Montgomery).
  • Now, let me talk a bit about Alexander Montgomery (1705-1768) and his branch, and the mixed-up haplogroups involved.
    • It is my own personal opinion (not necessarily shared by others) that the main tree trunk of the Montgomery family is of J2 haplogroup.
    • This haplogroup is fairly easy to spot amongst Scottish descendants and has remained consistent for five hundred years, based on known participants in the DNA program.
    • Haplogroup R, though, is very, very common amongst most men of Scottish descent (except Montgomerys and Setons).
    • Thus if a man from any non-Montgomery Scottish family is introduced as a father into the Montgomery line any where along the line, all descendants from him thereafter would be a R haplogroup rather than a J haplogroup.
    • The same, I think, can be said of I Haplogroup, though I tend to think the I's are closer consistent relatives somewhere back in Scotland to the Montgomerys.
  • Alexander (1705-1768) has descendants from each of those haplogroups. Here is how I have decided to sort it out in my own mind (am I right? who knows?). First of all (grin) I have to yell about this Alexander and how soooooooo many many of his descendants are also named Alexander. Did they do that just to confuse us in the 21st century? Very hard to keep all those Alexanders straight. I will call him Alexander I.
    • He had a son William.
      • A descendant of son William is of the J haplogroup.
    • Alexander I also has a son Alexander II.
      • A number of descendants of Alexander II (including your cousin Kenneth) are of the I haplogroup.
      • In addition, though, there are other descendants of Alexander II who show the R haplogroup and not the I haplogroup.
      • It is my opinion here that the introduction of R happened some time in the mid 1800s and affected only one or two of the smaller sub-branches of that era. (Also supported by what I know of the living and times of those particular sub- branches - adoptions and less-clear family connections were there).
        • Thus it is my opinion that the main reading for the branch of son Alexander II and all his descendants (except for one or two small subsequent sub branches) is haplogroup I.

Keith Montgomery (editor for Clan Montgomery Society International)

*********************************** '''DNA INFO:''' From:  http://www.familytreedna.com/public/Montgomery/default.aspx?section...

The branches on the paternal tree are haplogroups. SNP markers on the Y-Chromosome define them. This page displays Y-Chromosome DNA (Y-DNA) SNP results for the project. It shows Y-DNA haplogroups and all SNP results both positive (derived) and negative (ancestral). A plus, +, sign denotes positive results. A negative, -, sign denotes negative results. You may learn more about Y-Chromosome SNPs on the Understanding Y-DNA SNP Results learning page. Learn more about this page. This page displays project members’ Y-DNA haplogroups and SNP results. Predicted haplogroups are in red, and confirmed haplogroups are in green.

  • Paternal Ancestor Name: Alexander b ? 1705 d Orange Co NC 1768; Haplogroup: I1 (in green); Short Hand: I-M253; Confirmed SNP: M253+
***************************** Ancestors @ http://www.angelfire.com/ca/dhowe/montgomery.html
  • Alexander Montgomery Sr is 28th Generation!
  • Generation 28

Alexander Montgomery I

  • Birth: 1705 in Brigend, Maebole Parish, Ayrshire, Scotland
  • Death: abt 1768 in Orange County , North Carolina
  • Burial: Wilcox Family Cemetery, Orange County, North Carolina
  • Father: William Montgomery (b abt 1650 in Brigend, Maybole, Ayrshire, Scotland)
  • Mother: Isabella Burnett (b abt 1665 in Lethentie, Scotland)
  • Marriage: Anna Sutherland (b abt 1705)
  • Children:
    • John Montgomery (b aft 1735 in Islay, Argyllshire, Scotland);
    • William Montgomery (b abt 1737 in Islay, Argyllshire, Scotland);
    • Mary Montgomery (b abt 1738 in Argyll Township, Scotland);
    • Alexander Montgomery (b abt 1740 in Argyll Township, Scotland);
    • Ann Montgomery (b abt 1744 in Argyll Township, Scotland);
    • Elizabeth Montgomery (b abt 1746 in Albemarle, Virginia).
***************************** '''DNA INFO:''' From:  http://www.familytreedna.com/public/Montgomery/default.aspx?section...

The branches on the paternal tree are haplogroups. SNP markers on the Y-Chromosome define them. This page displays Y-Chromosome DNA (Y-DNA) SNP results for the project. It shows Y-DNA haplogroups and all SNP results both positive (derived) and negative (ancestral). A plus, +, sign denotes positive results. A negative, -, sign denotes negative results. You may learn more about Y-Chromosome SNPs on the Understanding Y-DNA SNP Results learning page. Learn more about this page. This page displays project members’ Y-DNA haplogroups and SNP results. Predicted haplogroups are in red, and confirmed haplogroups are in green.

  • Paternal Ancestor Name: Alexander b ? 1705 d Orange Co NC 1768; Haplogroup: I1 (in green); Short Hand: I-M253; Confirmed SNP: M253+
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  • Alexander Montgomery came to Albemarle County, Virginia as early as 1747.
  • He received a grant of 450 acres on both sides of Birch Creek in the area of Rockfish River.
    • This grant was dated June 25, 1747, signed by William Gooch.
    • This area was later Amherst County, and now is Nelson County, Va.
  • Records show that Alexander Montgomery, Sr. deeded 250 acres on Buck Creek to Alexander Montgomery II.
    • This may be when he moved to what was then Orange Co., N. C. in 1762.
    • No record has been found of any land grant to Alexander Montgomery in Orange Co., N.C., nor has any deed been found whereby he purchased the land. No watercourse is mentioned in the one available deed whereby his son, Alexander II, conveyed the and to the widow of Alexander I.
    • However, the land was probably in the area where John Walker lived, which was on Moon's Creek in what is now Caswell Co., N.C., not far from the Virginia line.
  • Alexander Montgomery probably died in early 1768.
    • His will, dated 27 July 1767, in Orange County North Carolina, was probatedin April 1768.
      • His will named his wife as sole executrix.
      • He left "my plantation I now live upon ... to her and my three youngest children, to be equally divided at my wife's death".
      • He mentioned "my two sons Michael and James"; and "to my son Alexander Montgomery 170 acres of land at the lower end of the tract that I now live on, including the plantation he now lives on".
      • He left to "my son-in-law Robert Barnett in Amherst County in the Province of Virginia my plantation that lyeth in Rockfish settlement".
      • To "my son William Montgomery" he left five shillings and no more; and
      • to "the rest of my children, namely, John, Elizabeth and my daughters Anne and Mary" he left 1 shilling to each.
      • This will was witnessed by William Robinson, Charles Crawford and William Maxwell.
  • On 3 June 1769, Alexander Montgomery II, with his wife, Martha (X) Montgomery, deeded to Mary Montgomery (widow of Alexander Sr.) "one parcel of land left to me the said Alexander Montgomery by the will and testament of Alexander Montgomery Sr. date 27th July 1767 containing one hundred and seventy acres of land at the lower end of the tract that the said Mary Montgomery lives on including the plantation where Alexander Montgomery now possess".
    • This deed, witnessed by William Robinson, Alexander Dobbin and Michael Montgomery was proven in April Court 1771 by oath of Michael Montgomery.
**************************** http://www.montyhistnotes.com/genealogy/rpt_ind.php ''(Site no longer valid???/pscoggin 10/14/13)'' Arrived in New York in 1738.
**************************** From:  http://deepsouthernroots.familytreeguide.com/getperson.php?personID...

Alexander Hugh of New Castle De Montgomery From: JOHN WILLCOX 1728-1793 OF CHESTER CO.PA., CUMBERLAND CO.N.C.AND CHATHAM CO. NC by George W. Willcox

  • He came from Deleware to Orange in 1740.
    • (Also line of Mrs. Martha Albertson 2688 W. Regency Dr. Tucker, Ga. 30084.)
  • 1752-6 ORANGE COUNTY,N.C. Abstracts of the Minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions of Sept. 1752 - Aug 1766 page 85 55
    • Ordered that the following persons to wit, Wm. Smith, John McMillion, Wm. Wear? David Hicks, Isaac Middlebrooks, James Tinsley, Charles Crawford, John Roberts, David Roper, Samuel Paul, Alexander Montgomery, and Patrick Porter... lay open a road... from Hogan's Creek... between Round Hill and Wm. Waters, thence down to the Roun (?) Oak Rd nr Alex. Montgomery's Sr. under the direction of William Ware..Overseer....
  • From Court of August 1763.

From, Abstracts of Wills 1752-1800 Orange Co. NC by Ruth Herndon Shields pg. 19 A-81

  • Will of Alexander Montgomery dated 27 Jul 1767 proved Apr 1768.
  • Wife not stated.
  • Son Alexander Montgomery son-in-law Robert Barnett in Amhurst Co. Va "My plantation that lyeth in Rockfish settlementson Wm. 5 shillings..rest of my children, namely John, Elizabeth and my dtrs. Ann and Mary one shilling sterling.
  • Sold ex. well beloved wife. Wit. Wm. Robinson, Ch. Crawford, Wm. Maxwell.
  • Witness Alex Montgomery his mark.. to will of Joseph Akin. Orange Co.pg 15 same book.

WHEN THE PAST REFUSED TO DIE a History of Caswell Co NC 1777-1977 by Wm. S. Powell pg 39

  • On the SS of Dan River adj. Montgomery's line on Young's Mill Creek, the water of Dan River. Joseph Akin deed Apr. 2 1762.

ALEXANDER MONTGOMERY I b. Abt 1712 d. Abt. 1768 Orange Co., NC.,

  • m. Mary _________
  • Children: ALEXANDER MONTGOMERY II; Michael Montgomery; James Montgomery; William Montgomery; Elizabeth Montgomery; Ann Montgomery; Mary Ann Montgomery ;

ALEXANDER MONTGOMERY II

  • b. Abt. 1740 Orange Co., NC.,
  • d. Bet. 1778 - 1779 Logan's Gap OH,
  • m. Abt. 1760 Martha Walker.
  • Children:
    • ALEXANDER MONTGOMERY III b.February 1, 1762;
    • John Sr. Montgomery b.August 5, 1764;
    • Michael Montgomery b. 1765;
    • Phillip Montgomery; Joseph Montgomery;
    • James Montgomery b. Bet. 1770 - 1780;
    • William Montgomery, b.December 10, 1779;

ALEXANDER MONTGOMERY III

  • b. February 1, 1762,
  • d. 1831in Ky.,
  • m. Mary Elizabeth Johnson in Russell Co., Va.
  • Children:
    • ALEXANDER "SANDERS" MONTGOMERY IV,
    • b. Bet. 1780 - 1790 in Bet. 1780 - 1790 in Va.,
    • d.1847 in KY.,
    • m.1806 to Elizabeth Eddington in Russell Co., VA.
    • Children:
      • JOHN J MONTGOMERY b.1808; Eliza Montgomery b. Bet. 1810 - 1815;
      • Martha Montgomery Bet. 1810 - 1815;
      • Alexander Montgomery V b.1814 d.1850 m. Elizabeth ____?;
      • JOHN J MONTGOMERY
        • b.1808,
        • d.?
        • m. 1826 in Morgan Co., KY to Lettica "Letty" Howard b.Morgan Co., KY, d. after 1880.
        • Children:
          • son Montgomery b. Bet. 1820 - 1825;
          • Joseph Montgomery b.Bet. 1825 - 1830;
          • Benjamin Montgomery b. Bet. 1825 - 1830;
          • Charles A. Montgomery b.Abt. 1834;
          • dau Montgomery b.Bet 1830-1835;
          • MARION MONTGOMERY b.June 1837;
          • William Montgomery b. Bet. 1835 - 1840;
          • Louisa Montgomery b. October 1842;
          • Elizabeth Montgomery b. 1853;
          • Martha A. Montgomery, b. 1854 Lew of Cleveland, Oh

Genealogical History and Pedigree of the family of Montgomery Page 154 .

  • The other of the two families referred to, and members of which claim relationship with the foregoing, is descended from Captain ALEXANDER MONTGOMERY,
  • who was the descendant of one of two brothers who emigrated from Scotland some time before the year 1690, and settled in County Derry, Ireland.
  • The reference may here be made to the fact, only as a coincidence, and without hazarding a conjecture as to the supposed relationship of the two younger brothers, of the third Sir Neil Montgomerie of Lainshaw, having emigrated to Ireland.
    • Their father had three sons, the eldest succeeding him, and of the others, the historian makes no further mention than that "the two younger sons went to Ireland."
  • Of the elder of these two there is a son and grandson mentioned, but their christian names are not known. 1 I. Alexander was born about the year 1665, and, at the age of twenty-five years was in the battle of the Boyne as Captain of Grenadiers under King William, where he was severely wounded. He never entirely recovered from his wound, and died from its effects at the age of thirty-six years. He married and left two sons,
  • I. WILLIAM, who had five sons.
    • 1. WILLIAM,
    • 2. RICHARD,
    • 3. JAMES,
    • 4. ALEXANDER HUGH, and
    • 5. ROBERT.
  • Of these Five, four of these came to America;
  • two settling in Pennsylvania, one in Kentucky, and
  • one in North Carolina, before the Revolutionary War.
  • Richard was in the war and wounded many times.

II. ALEXANDER. ALEXANDER MONTGOMERY married in Ireland, and left Londonderry about the year 1734 with his wife and son William, and settled in New Castle, Delaware. He died between 1750 and 1760, leaving several children:

  • I. WILLIAM, of whom afterwards (???);
  • II. Elizabeth, died unmarried;
  • III. ALEXANDER, born in New Castle. He read law with Thomas McKean, afterwards Governor of Pennsylvania, and finished his studies in the Temple, London, before the Revolution. He practiced his profession subsequently in Virginia, and died within a few years, at the Sweet Springs, Allegheny county, the residence of his brother in law;
  • IV. Ann, died unmarried;
  • V. Mary, married William Lewis, of Virginia, brother of Colonel Andrew Lewis, and had a large family;
  • VI. HUGH had his attention early turned to a sea life, by his eldest brother, and in a few years, was Captain of a Merchantman. In 1775 his ship was chartered by the Continental Government, to make a voyage to the West Indies, for the purpose of bringing from Porto Rico, munitions of war contracted for with the Spanish Government. While at St. Thomas, he received news of the Declaration of Independence, and having sailed under British colors, made...
  • No record has been found of any land grant to Alexander Montgomery in Orange Co., North Carolina, nor has any deed been found whereby he purchased the land.
  • No watercourse is mentioned in the one available deed whereby his son, Alexander Jr. conveyed the land to the widow of Alexander Sr. however, the land was probably in the areas where John Walker lived, which was on Moon's Creek in what is now Caswell Co., North Carolina, not far from the Virginia line.
  • Records show Alexander Montgomery Sr. deeded land in 1759 to Robert Barnett.
  • He also deeded 250 acres on Buck Creek to Alexander Montgomery J. This may be when he moved to what was then Orange Co., North Carolina.
  • In 1762, Alexander Montgomery Jr., of St. Mathews Parish, Orange Co., N.C. sold Robert Barnett, Amherst Co., 250 acres on both sides of Buck Creek for fifteen pounds. This was part of 450 acres patented to Alexander Montgomery Jr. "and now in Barnett's possession." witnesses of this deed were William Montgomery, John Barnett, Theobald Waighan (or maighan). http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:1675947... Pearl Jackson FTW

Scharf, Thomas J., History of Delaware, 1609-1888. Volume Two- pp. 914-932. CHAPTER XLVI. MILL CREEK HUNDRED Mill Creek Hundred, New Castle DE The trustees in 1740 were James McMechen, of White Clay Creek Hundred, and William McGaughey, William Nevin, Alexander Montgomery, David Nevin and William Coughran, of Mill Creek Hundred.

In October, 1677, there was patented to John Anderson alias Stalcop, a tract of land, on the east side of a branch of Christiana Creek called "Red Clay’s Kill," containing six hundred acres, known as "Southern Land." He was also the owner of the land which is now occupied by the city of Wilmington. A portion of the six-hundred-acre tract was conveyed at an early date to Thomas Bird, and descended to his son Empson, who sold to Robert Phillips, May 8, 1773. On it was an old log mill known as the "Swedes’ Mill," which remained till 1812, when it was torn down, and on part of the foundation a stone mill was erected to be used as a woolen manufactory. In 1790, in the rear of the log mill, the present frame mill, forty by sixty feet, three stories high, was erected. The woolen-mill was operated but a few years and then connected with the grist-mill. In 1828, the mill property was purchased by John C. Phillips. It was next owned and operated by Isaac D. & William G. Phillips till 1876, when Isaac D. Phillips became the sole owner and has since operated it. Some of the machinery was purchased of Oliver Evans. The buildings have been remodeled several times. The grinding is done by burrs and consists of merchant and custom work. The mill is situated on Red Clay Creek. On January 12, 1747, six acres of land in Mill Creek Hundred were condemned for the use of the mill, at that time in the possession of David Robinson and Alexander Montgomery.

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BIOGRAPHY: The Origin of "Old Alex" Montgomery
 Assessing the Connections between Alexander Montgomery (died Orange Co., NC) and William Montgomerie of Brigend, Scotland (and later Freehold, East Jersey)
By J. David Montgomery, CMS 1770.



It is my intention to document pieces of evidence that might suggest that the Alexander Montgomery (died Orange Co., NC 1767/8) was actually the youngest son of William Montgomerie of Brigend, Scotland and his wife Isabel Burnett. The one piece of definitive information has yet to surface but I think that the growing body of circumstantial evidence will speak for itself.

In the Genealogical History of the Family of Montgomery compiled by Thomas Harrison Montgomery in Philadelphia, PA 1863, he extensively documents the Montgomerys from Roger De Montgomerie up to others of the nineteenth century. Particularly he notes William Montgomerie of Brigend, Scotland, his wife Isabel Burnett and their seven children. Much detail is given for all the children with the exception of his youngest son Alexander. For Alex the only statement is, "Alexander, who is said to have died unmarried." This short unassuming statement really says more than at first glance. First, the author did not know where Alexander died or he would have so stated. He did not know what became of him after his early days in Freehold or it would have been stated. Lastly, he did not know if he was married. The author's words, "said to have" implies that the information was hearsay at best. I believe that the reason no one knew any more about Alex is because he left the vicinity and probably did not communicate with those who stayed in the Jersey/Pennsylvania area.



Though I have not found the Will of William of Brigend, it was common practice for most, if not all inheritance to go to the oldest son. Being the youngest son, Alex had no pressing reason to stay in the area. According to T. H. Montgomery's accounts, William and Isabel crossed the ocean for America about 1701-2. Probably Alexander was born just prior to that time. The earliest date that we definitely document our "Old Alex" is April 25, 1745 in Albemarle Co., Virginia when he buys land from John Chiswell of St. Martin Parish, Hanover Co., Virginia. He continues to buy and sell land until he leaves for Orange Co., NC about 1757.



As the mystery of "Old Alex's" origins remains unresolved, some pieces of unrelated information may shed some new light on the subject. Much of this information has come my way quite by accident. The first piece was found in the "American Guthrie and Allied Families" book published by the Kerr Printing Co., Chambersburg, Pa., copyright 1933. It notes that the William Montgomery from Logan's Fort, Kentucky had a son, William Jr., who married Jane Dodd and later her sister, Maria Dodd. They lived in Shelby County, Kentucky. There were seven children by the first marriage and two by the second. One of the daughters from the first marriage was Martha Ann Montgomery. She became the second wife of Isaac Newton Guthrie... "He (Isaac Newton Guthrie) married secondly May 8, 1845, Martha Ann Montgomery, who was born Jan. 27, 1827; was a daughter of William Montgomery (Jr.), of Shelby County, Kentucky, who was descended from William Montgomery, of Brigend, Scotland, came to America about 1702." An interesting side note; William Jr.'s sister, Jane, would marry Gen. Casey of Kentucky, and was the Grandmother of Mark Twain.



But was the William Montgomery made famous by the Indian massacre near Logan's Fort in Kentucky in 1780 the same William that was the son of our Alexander? Some researchers are not in agreement on this point.



In "Westward into Kentucky, the Narrative of Daniel Trabue", 1981 University of Kentucky Press, Daniel Trabue writes that in November of 1780 he was at the Montgomery Settlement on the Green River (near Logan's Fort) on his way to Virginia. The attack would occur in December of the same year. In his 1827 written account, Daniel Trabue notes that one of William Montgomery's (of Logan's Fort) daughters, Elizabeth or Betty, married her cousin another William Montgomery, later known as Col. Will Montgomery. Then in a footnote added later by Daniel Trabue's son James in 1851, he states, " This William Montgomery, a first cousin of his wife, was a son of John Montgomery and Martha Miller of Amherst County, Virginia. John died in Marion County, Missouri, on November 22, 1832." (*Note 1) This John Montgomery we know to be a son of our "Old Alex." Thus the implication is that the Logan's Fort "William" and Old Alex's "William" are one and the same. I also speculate that the claim by this William's grand-daughter, Martha Ann Montgomery Guthrie, that she was a descendant of William of Brigend, Scotland is a plausible statement. As William (of Logan's Fort) was the oldest of Alexander's children, this could explain the likelihood that if any record of his father's family history would be passed down, it might come through one of the older children, like William, who could have actually known or was told about his father's parents.



In the History of Caswell County 1777-1977 by William S. Powell, 1977, he speaks of Arent Isaacszen Van Hoeck who left the Netherlands in 1648 for New Amsterdam. His son, not named, moved to Freehold, New Jersey. His son, Aaron Van Hook, came to North Carolina by way of Virginia in 1755. Interestingly, when I visited the old lands of Alexander in present-day Caswell County, NC in 1989, I talked to a Mr. Frank Weadon. He and his ancestors have been in the area since those early days. Among many things that he talked about, he mentioned that there was one wealthy planter that lived next to the Montgomerys. This man had a huge estate with slaves numbering in the hundreds. He was a Mr.Van Hook. This man's family was from the same township in New Jersey that William of Brigend lived. Could the Van Hooks have been friends or acquaintances of the Montgomerys from New Jersey?



(*Note 1) It is curious that James Trabue would add such an almost obscure footnote to his father's narrative in 1851. I believe it can be explained by the following known facts. Daniel Trabue had a sister, Magdalene, who married Edward Clay of Virginia. The Clays had a daughter, Martha that married a John Montgomery of Caswell County, NC. Martha Clay Montgomery was a first cousin to James Trabue. James Trabue likely knew of his cousin's in-laws and had known them for some time, with Martha and John's wedding occurring in 1810 in North Carolina. I believe that it was through this familiarity with these Caswell County Montgomerys that Martha's Cousin James Trabue would add the little known fact about John & Martha Miller Montgomery to his father's account of the 1780 massacre. This is explained by the fact that John Montgomery of Caswell County, NC was a son of James Montgomery, who was a brother to the William Montgomery that was killed by Indians in Kentucky in 1780. So the Caswell County John Montgomery was a first cousin to both the Elizabeth and William Montgomery that married each other as noted in the James Trabue's footnote. Otherwise how and why would James Trabue come about this "new" information. This theory further supports the notion that the Montgomery family of Caswell County, originally Orange County, NC were related to the Montgomery family killed by Indians in Kentucky, through the brothers: William (died KY.), John (died Missouri), and James (died NC.), as noted, all sons of "Old Alex". Last updated May 3, 2002 by J. David Montgomery

***************************** Burial info From:  [http://www.werelate.org/wiki/Person:Alexander_Montgomery_%289%29 http://www.werelate.org/wiki/Person:Alexander_Montgomery_(9)]
***************************** From:  http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Montgomery-1180 Alexander Montgomery Born 1705 in Maybole, Ayrshire, Scotland Son of William Montgomery and Isabella Burnett Brother of Robert Montgomery, Alexander Montgomery, Anna Montgomery, Elizabeth Montgomery, William Montgomery, William Montgomery, James Montgomery, Jane Montgomery, Jane Montgomery, James Montgomery and Anna Montgomery [spouse%28s%29 unknown] [children unknown] Died April 1768 in Orange, North Carolina, USA Event:  Type: Arrival; Date: 1738; Place: New York, USA

Sources: • WikiTree profile Montgomery-1180 created through the import of NEWEST BACKUP_2011-10-12.ged on Oct 13, 2011 by Season McMillan. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Season and others.

• Source: S47 Author: Ancestry.com Title: Public Member Trees Publication: Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2006; Repository: #R1

• Repository: R1 Name: www.ancestry.com Address: E-Mail Address: Phone Number:

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Some genealogists identify Alexander Montgomery's father as John Montgomerie of Argyle, Scotland, who died in Monmouth County, NJ about 1721. Alexander himself may have been born in Argyle, as some genealogists indicate that he entered America through New York, presumably immigrating with his parents. Others show him first in New Castle County Delaware, and give that area as the place of birth for his children. These various views may all be true, with him migrating first to America through New York, moving south to New Jersey with his parents, and then moving on to Delaware. These views may also be unfounded, as direct evidence for them is not commonly reported. Direct evidence for his birth in Scotland, immigration through New York, then New Jersey, and/or living in Delaware is needed. The current working assumption is that he probably settled initially in Delaware, eventually moving westward through Pennsylvania, and down the Valley of Virginia, before crossing eastward across the Blue Ridge to settle near Rockfish Gap, in what was then Albemarle County, and is now Amherst County. While an unusual migratory path, others such as Michael Woods settled in Albemarle about 1733 are known to have followed very similar path. Woods researchers believe that those following this path were part of a group of Scot-Irish settlers who settled initially on/near the Nottingham Lots of Old Chester, moved westward to the Cumberland Valley, then followed the valley south into Virginia, before turning east near Staunton to settle on the eastern side of the Blue Ridge in Albemarle/Amherst/Bedford Counties.

Alexander Montgomery of Orange County NC is commonly described as coming there from Amherst County, VA. This belief is at least partially substantiated by the fact that he left a bequest to one of his sons for property in Rockfish Gap, Amherst County. [3]

After his death one of his children deeded land they inherited from him, back to his wife, identified only as "Mary". From an undocumented (see caveats in Note 2, below) source:

Alexander 2nd received 170 acres of land in Orange County, North Carolina, from his father’s will. On 3 Jun. 1769 Alexander and wife Martha deeded this land to his father’s widow, Mary Montgomery.

The documentation for this transfer describes her as Alexander's widow, not the mother of this particular child. It may be that Mary was his second wife, and may not have been the mother of any of his children. Some give his wife as Anna Sutherland b: 1705 in Isle Of Islay, Argyll, Scotland. The basis for this is unknown.

In general, it seems safe to accept the view that Alexander of Orange County came there from Rockfish Gap in Amherst County, VA, and almost certainly came to Orange County in the company of a number of other families (e.g., Dobbins, Maxwell) who also seem to have ties in that general area.

Alexander made his will in 27 Jul 1767 in Orange County, NC. It was proven the following Apr 1768. His date of deat this sometimes given as "1767/68", which might suggest an "Old Style/New Style" date, implying that that he died between January and March of 1768 [4] It may also be that the use of "1767/68" simply reflects that we don't know his exact date of death. (probably the latter as the Gregorian calender was adopted in 1752--Scot 13:14, 22 February 2012 (EST))

Father: John MONTGOMERIE b: 28 MAY 1668 in Dundonald, Ayrshire Scotland

The following children are listed as a first marriage and are included in Alexander's will Children: Alexander MONTGOMERY b: Abt 1726 in New Castle,DE Mary MONTGOMERY b: 1726 in New Castle,DE William MONTGOMERY b: Abt 1730 in New Castle,DE John MONTGOMERY b: 1732 in New Castle,DE Ann MONTGOMERY b: Abt 1734 in New Castle,DE Elizabeth MONTGOMERY b: Abt 1736 in New Castle,DE The following children were listed as specific to Mary as a second marriage, but are not listed in Alexander's will While there='s no question that Mary was Alexander's wife at the time of his death, what is the evidence that the children he did list were by a previous marriage? Why are these children excluded from his will? Marriage 2 Mary Children Michael MONTGOMERY b: Abt 1738 in New Castle,DE Jane MONTGOMERY b: Abt 1740 in New Castle,DE James MONTGOMERY b: Abt 1742 in New Castle,DE

Transcript:Will of Alexander Montgomery, Orange County, NC, 1767 Transcript:Indenture to Alexander Montgomery and wife Mary from Martha Montgomery widow, Orange County NC, 1769 [edit]

In the name of God amen I Alexander Montgomery of Orange County and the Province of North Carolina being sick and weak in Body but in perfect senses and Memory, I do appoint this my last will & Testament, first I give up y Soul to God the Author of it and as for y Body I desire that it may be Decently Buried, nothing doubting but that it will be raised again by the Power of God at the great Day of the Resurrection and for my worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with I dispose of it as followeth.

Item I give to my well beloved wife whom I appoint Sole Executrix of this my last will & testament, my Plantation I now live upon with all the Furnishing therein the House together with all the Chattles horses and Movables to her and my three Youngest children to be equally Divided at my wifes Death, excepting the land I now live on and that to be equally Divided between my two Sons Michal & James.

Item I give to my wife one Negro wench named Tamara During her life and then to her Desposal.
Item I give to my son Alexr Montgomery one hundred & Seventy Acres of land at the lower end of the tract that I now live on including the plantation he now lives on to him & his heirs forever.
Item I give to my son in Law Robert Barnett in Amherst County in the Province of Virginia my Plantation that lyeth in Rock fish Settlement together with all the improvements thereon to him & his Heirs forever.
Item I give to my son William Montgomery five shillings Sterling and no more.
Item I give to the rest of my Children, namely John Elizabeth and my Daughters Anne and Mary[2]one Shilling Sterling to each of them after my Death working[3] all former Wills and Testaments in Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & Seal this 27th Day of July 1767. Signed and Sealed in Alexdr Montgomery (Seal)

The Presence of us.
William Robinson Charles Crawford & William Maxwell
April  ????? 1768
This Will was duly proved in open Court by William Maxwell & was Ordered to be Registered
[Signature] 

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Name: Alexander Montgomery 


  • Arrival Year: 1738 

  • Arrival Place: New York, New York
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Family Members: Wife Anna Sutherland
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Source Publication Code: 6640 
Primary Immigrant: Montgomery, Alexander 
Annotation: Date and port of arrival, a few are date of emigration with intended destination. Source contains four lists of immigrants: "A List of Families from the Island of North Britane;" "A List of the Persons Brought from Scotland by Captain Lauchlin Campbell to
  • 
Source Bibliography: PATTEN, JENNIE M. "The Argyle Patent and Accompanying Documents." In History of the Somonauk United Presbyterian Church near Sandwich, De Kalb County, Illinois, with Ancestral Lines of the Early Members. Chicago: privately printed for James A. Patten and Henry J. Patten, 1928. pp. 297-346. 
Page: 326 


  • Source Information: 

    • Ancestry.com. U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc, 2010. 

      • Original data: Filby, P. William, ed. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Farmington Hills, MI, USA: Gale Research, 2012.
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Description: 
Updated annually, this database is an index to passengers who arrived in United States and Canadian ports from the 1500s through the 1900s. It contains listings of approximately 4,838,000 individuals and references thousands of different records compiled from everything from original passenger lists to personal diaries. For each individual listed, you may find the following information: name, age, year and place of arrival, and the source of the record.
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http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/scotch-irish/1999-03/...

Argyle Patent-5 (a continuation of the 4 previous posts).

  • Document IX - "List of Persons brought from Argyleshire, Scotland by Capt. Laughlin Campbell in 1738. This portion of list was probably prepared in 1763" - Jennie M. Patten.

For those who might not have seen the background information in post-1:

  • The Argyle Patent was a land grant in Washington Co., NY of over 47,000 acres which was FINALLY made to 3 groups of SI (Scotch-Irish) immigrants some 23-25 years after their arrival. This and the next two lists will indicate the drastic changes that had taken place within these immigrant families in that space of time.

The passengers that arrived in 1738 and were finally receiving their land grants in 1763:

  • 3. Alexander Montgomery, now living, has a Wife and no Children.............200 acres.
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Some genealogists identify Alexander Montgomery's father as John Montgomerie of Argyle, Scotland, who died in Monmouth County, NJ about 1721. Alexander himself may have been born in Argyle, as some genealogists indicate that he entered America through New York, presumably immigrating with his parents. Others show him first in New Castle County Delaware, and give that area as the place of birth for his children. These various views may all be true, with him migrating first to America through New York, moving south to New Jersey with his parents, and then moving on to Delaware. These views may also be unfounded, as direct evidence for them is not commonly reported. Direct evidence for his birth in Scotland, immigration through New York, then New Jersey, and/or living in Delaware is needed. The current working assumption is that he probably settled initially in Delaware, eventually moving westward through Pennsylvania, and down the Valley of Virginia, before crossing eastward across the Blue Ridge to settle near Rockfish Gap, in what was then Albemarle County, and is now Amherst County. While an unusual migratory path, others such as Michael Woods settled in Albemarle about 1733 are known to have followed very similar path. Woods researchers believe that those following this path were part of a group of Scot-Irish settlers who settled initially on/near the Nottingham Lots of Old Chester, moved westward to the Cumberland Valley, then followed the valley south into Virginia, before turning east near Staunton to settle on the eastern side of the Blue Ridge in Albemarle/Amherst/Bedford Counties..

Alexander Montgomery of Orange County NC is commonly described as coming there from Amherst County, VA. This belief is at least partially substantiated by the fact that he left a bequest to one of his sons for property in Rockfish Gap, Amherst County. [3].

After his death one of his children deeded land they inherited from him, back to his wife, identified only as "Mary". From an undocumented (see caveats in Note 2, below) source:.

Alexander 2nd received 170 acres of land in Orange County, North Carolina, from his father’s will. On 3 Jun. 1769 Alexander and wife Martha deeded this land to his father’s widow, Mary Montgomery..

The documentation for this transfer describes her as Alexander's widow, not the mother of this particular child. It may be that Mary was his second wife, and may not have been the mother of any of his children. Some give his wife as Anna Sutherland b: 1705 in Isle Of Islay, Argyll, Scotland. The basis for this is unknown..

In general, it seems safe to accept the view that Alexander of Orange County came there from Rockfish Gap in Amherst County, VA, and almost certainly came to Orange County in the company of a number of other families (e.g., Dobbins, Maxwell) who also seem to have ties in that general area..

Alexander made his will in 27 Jul 1767 in Orange County, NC. It was proven the following Apr 1768. His date of deat this sometimes given as "1767/68", which might suggest an "Old Style/New Style" date, implying that that he died between January and March of 1768 [4] It may also be that the use of "1767/68" simply reflects that we don't know his exact date of death. (probably the latter as the Gregorian calender was adopted in 1752--Scot 13:14, 22 February 2012 (EST)).

Father: John MONTGOMERIE b: 28 MAY 1668 in Dundonald, Ayrshire Scotland.

The following children are listed as a first marriage and are included in Alexander's will Children: Alexander MONTGOMERY b: Abt 1726 in New Castle,DE Mary MONTGOMERY b: 1726 in New Castle,DE William MONTGOMERY b: Abt 1730 in New Castle,DE John MONTGOMERY b: 1732 in New Castle,DE Ann MONTGOMERY b: Abt 1734 in New Castle,DE Elizabeth MONTGOMERY b: Abt 1736 in New Castle,DE The following children were listed as specific to Mary as a second marriage, but are not listed in Alexander's will While there='s no question that Mary was Alexander's wife at the time of his death, what is the evidence that the children he did list were by a previous marriage? Why are these children excluded from his will? Marriage 2 Mary Children Michael MONTGOMERY b: Abt 1738 in New Castle,DE Jane MONTGOMERY b: Abt 1740 in New Castle,DE James MONTGOMERY b: Abt 1742 in New Castle,DE.

Person:Alexander Montgomery (9)Transcript:Will of Alexander Montgomery, Orange County, NC, 1767 Transcript:Indenture to Alexander Montgomery and wife Mary from Martha Montgomery widow, Orange County NC, 1769

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In the name of God amen I Alexander Montgomery of Orange County and the Province of North Carolina being sick and weak in Body but in perfect senses and Memory, I do appoint this my last will & Testament, first I give up y Soul to God the Author of it and as for y Body I desire that it may be Decently Buried, nothing doubting but that it will be raised again by the Power of God at the great Day of the Resurrection and for my worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with I dispose of it as followeth.

Item I give to my well beloved wife whom I appoint Sole Executrix of this my last will & testament, my Plantation I now live upon with all the Furnishing therein the House together with all the Chattles horses and Movables to her and my three Youngest children to be equally Divided at my wifes Death, excepting the land I now live on and that to be equally Divided between my two Sons Michal & James.

Item I give to my wife one Negro wench named Tamara During her life and then to her Desposal.
Item I give to my son Alexr Montgomery one hundred & Seventy Acres of land at the lower end of the tract that I now live on including the plantation he now lives on to him & his heirs forever.
Item I give to my son in Law Robert Barnett [1]in Amherst County in the Province of Virginia my Plantation that lyeth in Rock fish Settlement together with all the improvements thereon to him & his Heirs forever.
Item I give to my son William Montgomery five shillings Sterling and no more.
Item I give to the rest of my Children, namely John Elizabeth and my Daughters Anne and Mary[2]one Shilling Sterling to each of them after my Death working[3] all former Wills and Testaments in Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & Seal this 27th Day of July 1767.
Signed and Sealed in Alexdr Montgomery (Seal)
The Presence of us.
William Robinson Charles Crawford & William Maxwell
April ????? 1768
This Will was duly proved in open Court by William Maxwell & was Ordered to be Registered
[Signature]

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Alexander Montgomery, I's Timeline

1705
1705
Maybole, South Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
1720
1720
Virginia, United States
1723
February 28, 1723
Age 18
Scotland, United Kingdom
1723
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
1726
1726
New Castle, New Castle, Delaware, United States
1730
1730
New Castle, New Castle, DE, United States
1732
1732
New Castle, New Castle, DE, United States
1735
1735
New Castle County, DE, United States or Lainshaw, East Ayrshire Council or Isle of Islay, Argyll and Bute Council, Scotland, United Kingdom
1738
1738
New Castle, Chester, Pennsylvania, United States
1740
1740
Albemarle, Virginia, Colonial America