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Alexander, John - Ensign
ENSIGN JOHN ALEXANDER, b. at Fort Dummer in 1738, was one of the first settlers of Brattleboro. He died at Marlboro, July 8, 1828. He was commissioned Ensign, Feb. 26, 1776, and gave various important services in the Revolutionary War.
(From the New Hampshire Patriot and State Gazette, Feb. 4, 1828)
In Marlborough, Vt., John Alexander, his age supposed to be 89 years. At the time when Bridman's fort was burnt by the Indians (the site of which is Vernon) and when Mrs. Howe and others were made captives, Mr. Alexander was a lad ten years old, in the woods, after the cows belonging to the fort. Being in the woods he providently escaped captivity.
In the old French War, at the age of 17, he served as a soldier under Gen. Amherst and was at the taking of Ticonderoga, and in the American Revolution was at the taking of Burgoyne. He was one of the first settlers of Brattleborough, where he resided more than half a century and reared a large family.
Few men have lived to his age and enjoyed a great measure of health, and few, very few men of his stature, which was below the middle size, have been more active, robust and Herculean than Mr. Alexander. One instance is mentioned (which he was often heard to relate) as proof in point.
He, at one time, carried on his shoulders, upon snow-shoes, a five-pail iron kettle, two sap-buckets, and axe, a tapping-iron, a knapsack, four days' provisions, a blanket, a gun and accoutrements, more than three miles through the woods, over hills and valleys and in deep snow. An enormous load! Mr. Alexander at the time of his decease, was the second white person born, the oldest living, and one of the first native settlers on the New Hampshire Grants, alias Vermont.
Annals of Brattleboro : 1681-1895, Brattleboro, VT, pages 150-151