Ada Samantha Alexander

Brief Life History of Ada Samantha

When Ada Samantha Alexander was born on 7 February 1877, in Cass, Texas, United States, her father, John Benjamin "Babe" Alexander, was 31 and her mother, Almedia M. Endsley, was 28. She had at least 4 sons and 6 daughters with James Franklin Taylor. She lived in Justice Precinct 1, Young, Texas, United States in 1910 and Bear Creek Township, Sevier, Arkansas, United States in 1920. She died on 28 December 1954, in Arkansas, United States, at the age of 77.

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Family Time Line

James Franklin Taylor
1871–1937
Ada Samantha Alexander
1877–1954
John Elmer Taylor
1897–1972
Sherman Lee Taylor
1898–1973
Ernest Taylor
1900–
Maude May Taylor
1902–1984
Bertie Taylor
1904–1967
Gertie Tayler
1907–
Vernon Taylor
1908–1955
Bonnie Taylor
1910–1985
Connie Taylor
1915–2010
Mattie Lee Taylor
1919–1977

Sources (5)

  • Ada Taylor in household of James F Taylor, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Ada Taylor in household of Jim F Taylor, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Ada Tayler in household of James Tayler, "United States Census, 1920"

World Events (8)

1881 · Construction of the Fort Worth & Denver Railway

Grenville M. Dodge oversaw the construction of the Fort Worth & Denver Railway. Work began at Hodge Junction, and eventually extended to the New Mexico border by 1888. Service began on April 1, 1888, with trains travelling between Fort Worth and Denver.

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

1898 · War with the Spanish

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.

Name Meaning

Scottish, English, German, and Dutch: from the personal name Alexander, classical Greek Alexandros, which probably originally meant ‘repulser of men (i.e. of the enemy)’, from alexein ‘to repel’ + andros, genitive of anēr ‘man’. Its popularity in the Middle Ages was due mainly to the Macedonian conqueror, Alexander the Great (356–323 BC ) - or rather to the hero of the mythical versions of his exploits that gained currency in the so-called Alexander Romances. The name was also borne by various early Christian saints, including a patriarch of Alexandria (c. 250–326 AD ), whose main achievement was condemning the Arian heresy. The Gaelic form of the personal name is Alasdair, which has given rise to a number of Scottish and Irish patronymics, for example McAllister . Alexander is a common personal name in Scotland, often representing an Anglicized form of the Gaelic name. In North America, the English form of the surname has absorbed cognates from other languages, e.g. Spanish Alejandro , Italian Alessandro , Arabic or Assyrian/Chaldean Iskandar and Iskander , and their derivatives, e.g. Greek patronymic Alexandropoulos.

Jewish: from the adopted personal name Alexander (see 1 above) or shortened from the eastern Ashkenazic (originally Slavic) patronymics Aleksandrovich or Alexandrowicz.

History: A number of Scotch-Irish families of this name landed at New York in the early 18th century. By 1746, six of them were established in NC. Others came in through Philadelphia, for example Archibald Alexander, who came from Londonderry in northern Ireland in 1736 and established himself in VA. — The Revolutionary general William Alexander (1726–83) was always known as ‘Lord Sterling’ to his compatriots, although his claim to the title was denied by the College of Arms in London. His father, James Alexander, was a Jacobite who had fled to New York after the failure of the Jacobite rising in 1715. The claim to the title arose in connection with their ancestor Sir William Alexander, a courtier and poet at the court of King James VI of Scotland (James I of England), who created him Earl of Stirling in 1633.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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