The first record of Alexander is in the 1627 Division of Cattle and he is found next in the 1643 list of those entitled to bear arms in Duxbury. On 1 June 1647 Alexander Standish was proposed as a freeman and was elected freeman 7 June 1648. He was constable of Duxbury in 1669, on the list of Freemen of Duxbury in 1670, and he was a juror there in September 1690. Alexander was Duxbury town clerk from 1695-1700, during which time it is thought that his house burned down and, along with it, most of the town and church records.
probably David, who died before 14 February 1689, when an inquest into the death of David Standish of Duxborough was sworn. The jury decided cause of death was the fall of a tree he was cutting onto his head and his skull was broken. David predeceased Alexander, so he is not named in his father's will.
Sarah died before 13 June 1688, when Alexander Standish, in right of his wife Sarah, deceased, and the other heirs of John Alden signed a release on his estate.
Alexander married second, about 1686 or 1687, Desire (Doty) (Sherman) Holmes, daughter of Edward Doty and Faith Clark, widow of William Sherman of Marshfield, Massachusetts and Israel Holmes. They had children:
Desire, married Nathan Weston; she was born 5 May 1689 and died 20 June 1766.
Thomas, married Mary Carver; he was born 29 January 1690, and died after 13 June 1774.
In September 1700, Alexander Standish and Desire, his wife, sued John Partridge for slander and defamation and the case was referred to arbitration.
Death and Estate
Alexander died, aged about 76 years, on 6 July 1702 at Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts Bay, and was buried there in the Myles Standish Burying Ground.
The will of Alexander Standish dated 21 February 1702, with a codicil added 5 July 1702, was proved 10 August 1702. In it, he lists his wife (unnamed) and children: Miles Standish (eldest son), Thomas Standish, Ichabod Standish, Desire Standish, Ebenezer Standish, Lorah Samson wife of Abraham, Lidia Samson wife of Isaac, Mercy Samson wife of Caleb, Elizabeth Delano wife of Samuel, Sarah Soul wife of Benjamin; and "brother" David Alden [brother of his first wife, Sarah]. He also added a bit about the estate in England, which was referred to in his fathers will: "Whatsoever Estate Either in New England or in old which I have committed into ye hands of Robert orchard to Recover in England by letters of Attorney...Thus taking my leave of all my near & dear Relations my christian friends in church Covenant & all my loving neighbours I bed you all farwell till we meet in Heaven..." The codicil, 5 July 1702, mentions his wife, and children Miles (and his wife), Thomas, Ichabod and Desire.
The witnesses were sworn 29 July 1702 and on 10 August 1702 the will was contested by Abraham Samson, Isaac Samson, Caleb Samson and Benjamin Soule (and later by Samuel Delano), the husbands of the daughters. The "caveat" contains a goldmine of information:
"He had by his first wife who was daughter to ye Whorshipfull Mr. John Alden a good and a prudent woman two sons and 5 daughters and after her decease he lived a widdower many years untill all his sd 5 daughters or 4 of them were marryed...about 16 years before he dyed he marryed a second wife...by her he had two sons and one daughter."
The caveat also provides proof of his age - Alexander was about 76 when he made his will, giving us a birth year. It also provides evidence that his eldest son Myles, son by his first wife, married the daughter of Alexander's second wife. It also confirms that Ebenezer was his second son by his first wife and that his five daughters by his first wife were all married with children.
↑ 1.01.1 Robert Charles Anderson, The Mayflower Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth, 1620. (NEHGS: 2020). Alden, page 21 (Sarah); Standish, page 162 (Alexander).
↑ 2.02.12.2 Merton Taylor Goodrich. "The Children and Grandchildren of Captain Myles Standish" in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, April 1933). Online at AmericanAncestors.org, vol. 87, pages 153-156.
↑ "Vital Records from The NEHGS Register". (Compiled from articles originally published in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register.) Online at AmericanAncestors.org, vol. 4, page 256.
↑ 5.05.1 Russell L. Warner (edited by Wakefield, Robert S, FASG), Mayflower Families through Five Generations, Vol. 14. Myles Standish, (Boston, MA: General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 2007), page 4.
↑ 6.06.1 Justin Winsor. History of the Town of Duxbury, Massachusetts With Genealogical Registers. (1999). Online at Google Books pages 81-83.
↑ "Plymouth County, MA: Plymouth Court Records, 1686-1859". (Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2002). Online at AmericanAncestors.org, vol. 1, pages 15-16.
↑ 8.08.1 Esther Littleford Woodworth-Barnes, edited by Alicia Crane Williams, Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, John Alden, Vol. 16, Part 1 (Plymouth, MA: General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1999), pages 39-43, not available online.
↑ 9.009.019.029.039.049.059.069.079.089.099.10 Ancestry.com. "Mayflower Births and Deaths", Vol. 2 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013. from Roser, Susan E. "Mayflower Births and Deaths: From the Files of George Ernest Bowman at the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants". 2 vols, (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1992). Online at Ancestry.com, vol. 2, page 311.
↑ NOTE: NEHGR 52:363 lists him as a son of Alexander and his second wife, but this is unlikely.
↑ David T. Konig, Plymouth County Court Records, 1686-1859, (Wilmington, DE: Michael Glazier, Inc., 1978-1981) 16 vols., Vol. 1:191.
↑ 2020 on AmericanAncestors.org (New England Historic Genealogical Society - excerpts from Robert Charles Anderson's "The Pilgrim Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth Colony 1620-1633"): John Alden.
↑ "John Alden's Inventory and Settlement of his Estate" in the Mayflower Descendant, vol. III, no. 1, Jan 1901 (Boston, MA: Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1901). Online at Archive.org, page 11.
↑ 2020 on AmericanAncestors.org (New England Historic Genealogical Society - excerpts from Robert Charles Anderson's "The Pilgrim Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth Colony 1620-1633"): Myles Standish
↑ "Plymouth County, MA: Plymouth Court Records, 1686-1859". (Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2002). Online at AmericanAncestors.org, vol. 1, page 45.
↑ Find a Grave, database and images (accessed 12 November 2020), memorial page for Alexander Standish (1626–6 Jul 1702), Find A Grave: Memorial #14421272, citing Myles Standish Burying Ground, Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA; Maintained by Kaaren Crail Vining (contributor 11705756). (No gravestone photo, no sources, incorrectly gives death date as 05 July 1702.)
Will in "Plymouth County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1686-1881." (From records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives.) Online at AmericanAncestors.org, pages 19152:1-39.
Alden.org website: Descendants of John Alden, Second Generation Sarah Alden.
"Records of the Colony of New Plymouth, in New England", Vol. 8. Online at FamilySearch pages 190, 198, 203.
Fielding, Harriet Chapin. The Ancestors and Descendants of Isaac Alden and Irene Smith, His Wife. (East Orange, NJ: 1903). Online at Google Books, page 8.