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:
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.