Charles Wells Alexander

Brief Life History of Charles Wells

When Charles Wells Alexander was born on 26 December 1879, in Branch, Camden, Missouri, United States, his father, Robert Alexander, was 46 and his mother, Adeline Wells, was 32. He married Julia Appling on 28 January 1903, in New Florence, Montgomery, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Spokane, Spokane, Washington, United States in 1930 and West Spokane Township, Spokane, Washington, United States in 1940. He died on 28 March 1967, in Cheney, Spokane, Washington, United States, at the age of 87, and was buried in Marshall Cemetery, Spokane, Spokane, Washington, United States.

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Charles Wells Alexander
1879–1967
Julia Appling
1884–1947
Marriage: 28 January 1903
Bernice Ruth Alexander
1903–1984
Charles Hugh Alexander
1906–1978
Mary Adeline Alexander
1908–1909
Bessie Mae Alexander
1911–1990
Joseph Paul Alexander
1915–1992
Elizabeth Julie Alexander
1916–1999
William King Alexander
1919–1990
David Ellis Alexander
1921–2005

Sources (29)

  • Charles W Alexander in household of Robert Alexander, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Charles W. Alexander, "Idaho Marriage Index, 1947-1961"
  • Charles W Alexander, "Washington, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1947"

World Events (8)

1880

Historic Boundaries 1880: Spokane, Washington Territory, United States 1889: Spokane, Washington, United States

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.

1902 · So Much Farm Land

A law that funded many irrigation and agricultural projects in the western states.

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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