John Alexander

23 September 1855–20 July 1935 (Age 79)

The Life of John

John Alexander was born on 23 September 1855, in Canada as the son of James W Alexander and Winnifred Sedon. He married Augusta Beier on 29 August 1876. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. He lived in Lafayette, Chippewa, Wisconsin, United States in 1880 and La Crosse, La Crosse, Wisconsin, United States for about 30 years. In 1930, at the age of 75, his occupation is listed as blacksmith, city repair in La Crosse, La Crosse, Wisconsin, United States. He died on 20 July 1935, in La Crosse, Wisconsin, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in La Crosse, La Crosse, Wisconsin, United States.

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John Alexander
Augusta Beier
Marriage: 29 August 1876
Mamie Alexander
Georgina Alexander

Spouse and Children


    Augusta Beier


29 August 1876
La Crosse, La Crosse, Wisconsin, United States


    Mamie Alexander


    Georgina Alexander


Parents and Siblings



    Lilian Alexander


    Elizabeth Ellen Alexander Fergusen


    Winnifred Alexander



    Adeline Alexander


+3 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 8

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1867 · The First Successful Typewriter is Invented

Age 12

A patent was filed on October 11, 1867, on a new direct action typewriter. The patent was filed by Christopher Latham Sholes, Carlos Glidden, and Samuel Soule who had invented the prototype in Milwaukee.
1876 · The First Worlds Fair in the U.S.

Age 21

The First official World's Fair, was held to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. 37 Countries provided venues for all to see.

Name Meaning

Scottish, English, German, Dutch; also found in many other cultures: 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 ( ad c.250–326 ), 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 patronymic surnames, for example Mc Allister . Alexander is a common forename in Scotland, often representing an Anglicized form of the Gaelic name. In North America the form Alexander has absorbed many cases of cognate names from other languages, for example Spanish Alejandro , Italian Alessandro , Greek Alexandropoulos, Russian Aleksandr, etc. (For forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988 .) It has also been adopted as a Jewish name.

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

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Sources (3)

  • John Alexander in household of James Alexander, "United States Census, 1870"
  • John Alexander, "United States Census, 1910"
  • John Alexander, "United States Census, 1930"

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