Philip Alexander

PHILIP ALEXANDER, the son of Joseph4 (John3, George2, John1) and Margaret (Mattoon) Alexander, was born 29 Sep 1712 in Deerfield, Franklin Co., MA. He died on 1 Apr 17[?]2 (Gassett, 1792 or 1772). According to Edith Gassett, Philip's death was recorded in the church in Westmoreland NH, but the date is illegible. There are no records of the burials of Philip and Abigail. They were probably buried in the cemetery in Westmoreland. Many of the Westmoreland records were destroyed by fire.

Philip did not sign the Putney petition for a New York Charter in 1766. He was, however, listed as head of household in Putney on the 1771 Census of Cumberland County NY (now Windham Co. VT). He was not listed on the 1791 Census of Putney.

According to most sources, Philip was of Deerfield MA 1712-1716, Northfield MA 1716-1737 and Arlington [Winchester NH] 1737-1743. His son, Aaron was born on the Great Meadows [Putney VT] in 1746 and his daughter, Rhoda, was born in Northfield MA in 1747. He petitioned for the grant of Westmoreland NH in 1750 and was a grantee in 1752, along with John and Simeon Alexander. He was a first settler in Putney VT and grantee in 1752 [some records say he settled there in 1755, obviously an error].

It has been said that Philip was a soldier in the Battle of Bunker Hill in Capt. H. Hasting's Company; Col. Whitcomb's Massachusetts Regt. in the American Revolutionary War. He enlisted as a Private on 17 May 1775 and served until 1 Aug 1775 (muster roll date). He served for two months and two days. This service has been attributed to both Philip Sr. and Philip Jr.

He married ABIGAIL ?? by 1743 probably in Northfield MA or Winchester NH [parents unknown].

Children of Philip and Abigail (C) Alexander:

  1. ABIGAIL ALEXANDER born 10 Jan 1744 in Northfield.
  2. AARON ALEXANDER born 6 Apr 1746 on the Great Meadow and said to be the first white child born within the limits of Putney (IGI, b. recorded Northfield MA). He married ABIGAIL CUTLER of Plainfield NH on 25 Feb 1779 in Putney VT [int. 25 Jan 1779 Putney].
  3. RHODA ALEXANDER born 18 Apr 1747 [1737] in Northfield MA and died 2 Nov 1816 age 79th year in Westminster VT [age 72nd year]. She married ELEAZER HARLOW. Eleazer, the son of Eliphaz and Hopestill (Babbitt) Harlow, was born in 1739 in Rehoboth MA and died 13 Jan 1822 age 84th year Westminster VT. They were buried in the Old Cemetery in Westminster VT.
  4. LUCY ALEXANDER born 11 Mar 1749 in Northfield and died 14 Dec 1817 age 68 yrs Putney VT. She married DANIEL BROWN [int. "5 1779" Putney VT, filed by Amos Haile, Town Clerk). Daniel was the son of Jethro and Molly (Haynes) Brown of Groton CT. Daniel Brown died 4 Oct 1823 age 67 yrs Putney VT.
  5. SUSANNA ALEXANDER baptized 3 Feb 1751. She married DANIEL GATES on 8 Oct 1772 in Westmoreland NH. They attended the Park Hill Church in Westmoreland NH.
  6. PHILIP ALEXANDER, JR. born 26 Oct 1755 in Putney VT and died 11 Mar 1830 age 75 yrs. in St. Albans, Franklin Co. VT. He married OLLIVE MORGAN on 8 Sep 1778 in Putney VT (Putney VR, int. 31 Aug 1778; both of Putney). Olive was born about 1760 in VT and died 4 Apr 1839 in St. Albans VT .

Alexander References: DAR Patriot Index; DAR #386260; Putney VT VR; Temple, History of Northfield MA; History of Westmoreland NH; Correspondence with Edith Gassett; Gravestones, Old Cemetery, Westminster VT; Mass Soldiers & Sailors of the Revolutionary War, p. 123.