Governor Alexander LILLINGTON


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Governor Alexander LILLINGTON

  • Born: 1643
  • Marriage (1): Sarah JAMES on 11 Jun 1668
  • Marriage (2): Elizabeth COOKE on 13 Jun 1675
  • Marriage (3): Ann STEWARD on 19 Mar 1695
  • Died: 11 Sep 1697, Perquimans Co., North Carolina aged 54

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Extract from "Sketches of Church History in North Carolina" (1892)
The family of Lillingtons, both through its male and female members, was very influential in the Province from early times. Alexander Lillington was Deputy Governor of Albemarle in 1693 \emdash '95. Gen. Alexander Lillington, his grandson, was one of the most daring spirits who inaugurated the Revolution, sharing with Caswell the distinction of defeating the Tories in the important battle of Moore's Creek Bridge, his son likewise being an ardent Soldier. It has been already stated that a daughter of Gov. Lillington was successively the wife of Governor Walker and of Edward Mosely, and another daughter was successively the wife of Samuel Swann, the elder, and of Maurice Moore, the elder. She was the mother of the eminent lawyer and speaker of the Assembly, Samuel Swann, the younger, and of the wife of John Baptista Ashe. Another daughter married John Porter, and one of their daughters became the second wife of Maurice Moore, the elder, and thus the mother of Judge Maurice and Gen. James Moore; so that it appears that most of the Cape Fear worthies had in their veins some of the excellent Lillington blood. I do not find this name among the peerage or gentry of Great Britain, but the high position held by the first Lillington in North Carolina, and by his father in Barbadoes, makes it probable that they were relations of Admiral Lillingston, who was prominent in the latter half of the 17th century, the dropping of a letter being very common, in the history of families.

Extract from "The North Carolina Historical and Genealogical Register: Vol. I" edited by J.R.B. Hathaway (1900)
Births, Deaths, and Marriages in Berkeley, later Perquiman's Precinct, N.C.
Alexander Lillington and Sarah James was married by Mr. Taylor, Minister of the Gospell, on the 11th of June 1668.
Alexander Lillington and Elizabeth Cooke was married by Mr. John Wood, Minister of the Gospell, on the 13th of June 167_.
From affidavits made in a suit between Benjamin Davis and Joshua Lamb, to whom tobacco was consigned, te following named persons gave their ages in January 1680-1, as follows:
Alexander Lillington, 37 years.
Records of the Lillington Family
Major Alexander Lillington married 3rd Ann Steward March 19, 1695, by Hon. Samuel Swann. No issue. He was born in 1643 and died in 1697, and his will executed September 9th, 1697.
Alex. Lillington, of Perquimans. September 9, 1697; sons John and George, daughter Ann Walker, daughter Elizabeth Fendall, daughter Mary Lillington, daughter Sarah Lillington, wife Ann.
Will of Alexander Lillington, proved by the oath of Capt. Walker, Caleb Galloway, and Robert Herman; 1697.

Extract from "Abstract of North Carolina Wills" by J. Bryan Grimes (1910)
Lillington, Alexander. Perquimans Precinct.
September 9, 1697. October 8, 1697.
Sons: John ("plantation whereon I now live and plantation that was formerly Stephen Hancocks and my silver-hilted sword"), George ("my plantation at Yawpim River and plantation at Little River whereon Francis Penrie now lives").
Daughters: Ann Walker, Elizabeth Fendall, Mary Lillington, Sarah Lillington.
Sons-in-law: Henderson Walker and John Fendall.
Wife: Ann
Executors: Col. William Wilkison and Henderson Walker.
Witnesses: Caleb Callaway, John Barrow, Robert Harman.
Clerk of the Court: W. Glover.
Coat of arms on seal.

Extract from North Carolina Deaths
Name: Alexander Lillington
Death: 11 September 1697 at Perquimans County, North Carolina


Alexander married Sarah JAMES on 11 Jun 1668.


Alexander next married Elizabeth COOKE on 13 Jun 1675. (Elizabeth COOKE was born in 1650 and died in 1693.)


Alexander next married Ann STEWARD on 19 Mar 1695.

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