The Alexander Family

The Alexander Family (HM59Q)

Location: Arlington, VA 22202 Arlington County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 51.07', W 77° 2.663'

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Abingdon Plantation

Abingdon Plantation was originally part of a 6,000 acre tract if land granted to Robert Howson in 1669. As master of a sailing ship, he was given the land in exchange for transporting settlers to the colony of Virginia. Howson sold it to John Alexander for 6,000 pounds of tobacco.

John Alexander was a sea captain and surveyor who emigrated from Scotland to Virginia. After his death in 1677, Alexander's land was divided between his sons.

By 1746, Gerard Alexander I, John Alexander's grandson, built a house on his portion of the land. Its one-and-a-half story oak framework, side brick chimneys and steep roof were typical of early colonial houses. The brick foundation to the right was part of his home. The other brick wall and foundation in front of this placard are from a later kitchen/laundry structure.

Gerard Alexander I was probably the first member of the Alexander family to live on this land. After his death in 1761, his three sons inherited the estate.
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HM NumberHM59Q
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Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 11:40pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 322594 N 4302246
Decimal Degrees38.85116667, -77.04438333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 51.07', W 77° 2.663'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 51' 4.20" N, 77° 2' 39.78" W
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Area Code(s)703, 202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2400 S Smith Blvd, Arlington VA 22202, US
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