Charles Alexander

???? - 1778


Charles Alexander appears in two separate groups of indentures, the first dated 1751 & 1755 concerning the Monteros estate of the Watkins family (the Hon. Samuel Watkins and his son John Watkins of Brampton) on Antigua (in which he was described as 'now of Great Britain, but late of Antigua') and the second of 1763 concerning the Dunnings estate, in which he appears as 'of London merchant', the husband of Margaret Watkins, the widow of Hon. Samuel Watkins, the former Chief Justice of Antigua: the Dunnings estate had been purchased during Margaret's widowhood, and the indenture between the couple and Harry Alexander and William Colcraft gave Charles and Margaret a life interest and then sought to provide portions for the younger children of Margaret's son by her first marriage, John Watkins of Brampton, who had become financially distressed after the 1751 indenture. It is undoubtedly the same man in both indentures.

  1. Will of Charles Alexander [of London] merchant [but now residing at] Upton near Stratford proved 10/11/1778. In the will he recited that he had deposited £10,000 into the hands of the co-partnership of Alexander, Colcraft & Cox 'as my principal and part of the stock-in-trade', and he provided that if he died before the end of the co-partnership's term, £4000 of the £10,000 would go to his cousin and partner Herbert Palmer Cox. Everything else went to his beloved wife Margaret.


  1. PROB 11/1048/141.

Further Information

Margaret Watkins

Associated Estates (1)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1755 [SY] - → Trust beneficiary

Legacies Summary

Commercial (1)

Name partner
Alexander, Colcraft and Cox
West India merchant?  

Relationships (2)

Step-father → Step-son
Notes →
Charles Alexander was a creditor of John Watkins of Brampton, as well as married to Watkins' mother....
Business partners
Notes →
The two men were also 'cousins', according to the will of Charles Alexander: they were certainly...