Plymouth County Biographies

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Alexander Standish

Alexander Standish, son of Captain Myles Standish, married (first) Sarah Alden, daughter of John and Priscilla (Molines) Alden. He married (second) Desire (Doty), daughter of Edward Doty and widow first of Israel Holmes and second of William Sherman. He was admitted to the freedom of the colony 1648; was third town clerk of Duxbury from 1695 to 1700. He died in Duxbury in 1702; his widow Desire in 1723. His will was dated July 5, 1702, and proved August 10, 1702. He bequeathed to his eldest son Myles his dwelling house and homestead at Duxbury; mentions also children Thomas, Ichabod, and Desire Standish, Lorah Samson, Lydia Samson, Mercy Samson, Elizabeth Delano, Sarah Soule Ebenezer. The estate in England to which his father referred in his will he devised also, stating that he had committed it: into ye hand of Robert Orchard to recover in England by letters of Attorney from under my hand & seal." Children, by wife Sarah: 1. Myles, married Experience Sherman or Holmes; he died September 13, 1739. 2. Ebenezer, born 1672, died 1748; married Hannah Sturtevant. 3. Lorah, married Abraham Sampson, of Duxbury. 4. Lydia, married Isaac Sampson, of Duxbury. 5. Mercy, married Caleb Sampson, of Duxbury. 6. Sarah, married Benjamin Soule, of Plympton. 7. Elizabeth, married Samuel Delano, of Duxbury. By wife Desire: 8. Thomas, born 1687, married Mary Carver. 9. Desire, born 1689, married Nathan Weston. 10. ichabod, married Phee Ring or Pring. 11. David, killed in Duxbury 1689 by the fall of a tree.

Cutter, William Richard. Historic Homes and Places and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the families of Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Vol IV. Lewis Historical Publishing company, 1908. pg. 1741-1742