Alexander Standish

Alexander Standish (abt. 1626 - 1702)

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Alexander Standish
Born about in Plymouth Colonymap
Husband of — married about 1660 [location unknown]
Husband of — married 1689 in Plymouth Colony, Massachusettsmap
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Died in Duxbury, Plymouth, Province of Massachusetts Baymap
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Alexander Standish was the son of Captain Myles Standish and Barbara, his wife. He was born about 1626 at Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts. The first record of him is in the 1627 Division of Cattle.[1] He passed away on July 5, 1702 at Duxbury, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts.[2]

Alexander married first, Sarah Alden, the daughter of John Alden and Priscilla Mullins[3] about 1660.[4] Date of marriage by about 1660 is based on approximated birthdates of children [NEHGR 52:363-65]), son of MILES STANDISH [PM 451].[5]

Sarah died before June 13, 1688, when Alexander Standish, in right of his wife Sarah, deceased, and the other heirs of John Alden signed a release on his estate.[5]

Alexander married second, Desire (Doty) (Sherman) Holmes, daughter of Edward and Faith (Clark) Doty, who was born around 1645 in Plymouth, MA. She married first William Sherman of Marshfield, MA and second, Israel Holmes.

Alexander was elected Freeman on June 7, 1648 in Plymouth, MA. He was Constable of Duxbury, MA in 1669 and on the list of Freeman of Duxbury in 1670.

Children from marriage with first wife, Sarah Alden:

Lorah Standish Sampson
Lydia Standish Sampson (1662 - ____)
David Standish (1664 - 1689)
Mercy Standish Samson (1665 - 1728)
Elizabeth Standish DeLano (1665 - 1732)
Sarah Standish Soule (1666 - 1760)
Myles Standish (1668 - 1739)
Ebenezer Standish (1672 - 1755)

Children from marriage with second wife, Desire Doty

Desire Standish Weston (1689 - 1766)*
Thomas Standish (1690 - 1789)*
Ichabod Standish (1693 - 1772)*

Burial: Myles Standish Burying Ground

Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
Created by: Kaaren Crail Vining, Record added: May 27, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14421272

Will And Testament of Alexander Standish

....21 Feb. 1701/2, ment. unnamed wf and follow. chil., viz: Miles Standish (eldest son), Thomas Standish, Ichabod Standish, Desire Standish, Ebenezer Standish, Lorah Samson wf of Aabraham, Lidia Samson wf of Isaac, Mercy Samson wf of Caleb, Elizabeth Delano wf of Samuel, Sarah Soul wf of Benjamin; brother David Alden;..."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..." Codicil, 5 July 1702, ment. wf, son Miles & his wf, chil. Thomas, Ichabod & Desire. Wit. sworn 29 July 1702. (On 10 Aug. 1702 the will was contested by Abraham Samson, Isaac Samson, Caleb Samson & Benjamin Soule (& 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 her he had two sons and one daughter." It also states Alexander was about 76 when he made his will, his eldest son married the daughter of the 2nd wife, son Myles was by 1st wife, son Ebenezer was the 2nd son by the 1st wife and his 5 daughters by his 1st wife were all married with children.)

His will was dated February 21, 1702, a codicil dated July 5, 1702 and proved August 10, 1702.


  1. Caleb Johnson's Mayflower History : The 1627 Division of Cattle Alexander Standish
  2. Find A Grave Memorial# 14421272
  3. Mayflower Families for 5 Generations Vol. 14
  4. Family of John Alden. Mayflower Families through Five Generation. Vol 16 part 1. (General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1999) pp 41-43
  5. 5.0 5.1 2020 American Ancestors by New England Historic Genealogical Society John Alden
  • Alexander's Last Will and Testament is an excerpt taken from "Mayflower Increasings"
  • Information was taken from the website : Descendants of John Alden, Second Generation Sarah Alden
  • Warner, Russell L. (edited by Wakefield, Robert S, FASG), Mayflower Families through Five Generations, Vol. 14. Myles Standish, Boston, Mass., General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 2007
  • Woodworth-Barnes, Esther Littleford and Williams, Alicia Crane, Mayflower Families through Five Generations, Vol. 16 Part 1 of 3, John Alden, Boston, Mass.: General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 2002.
  • Source: S109 Author: Roser, Susan E. Title: Mayflower Increasings Publication: Name: Pub 1995; Repository: #R11 Call Number: 929.3 ROS NOTESource Medium: Book CONT
  • Repository: R11 Name: Goshen Public Library
  • American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI)
  • Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988
  • Mayflower Births and Deaths, Vol. 1 and 2
  • U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
  • U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current

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Standish-995 and Standish-1 appear to represent the same person because: Birth, spouse, ch

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