James Reuben Alexander

1 March 1863–17 June 1943 (Age 80)
Greencastle, Putnam, Indiana, United States

The Life of James Reuben

When James Reuben Alexander was born on 1 March 1863, in Greencastle, Putnam, Indiana, United States, his father, William Nicholas Alexander, was 46 and his mother, Mary Jane Ellington, was 32. He married Annie Allen about 1908. He lived in Whetstone, Cumberland, Kentucky, United States in 1880 and Bowling Green, Warren, Kentucky, United States for about 20 years. He died on 17 June 1943, in Warren, Kentucky, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Fairview Cemetery, Bowling Green, Warren, Kentucky, United States.

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James Reuben Alexander
Annie Allen
Marriage: about 1908

Spouse and Children

about 1908

Parents and Siblings

    William Nicholas Alexander


    Mary Jane Ellington




    Albert Miller Alexander


    Alonzo Millard Alexander


    William E. Alexander



    Edward E Alexander


+7 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 2

Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.
1865 · The Assassination of a President

Age 2

"While attending the play ""Our American Cousin"" in Ford's Theatre, actor John Wilkes Booth climbed up the stairs to the suite that President Abraham Lincoln and his wife resided. Once inside the suite Booth pulled out his pistol and shot The President in the head. In critical condition The President was carried out of the theatre for urgent medical attention. Unfortunately, Lincoln died the following day. Abraham Lincoln was the first American president to be assassinated, and his death caused a period of national mourning both in the North and South."

Age 23

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.

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)

  • James Alexander in household of William N Alexander, "United States Census, 1870"
  • J R Alexander, "United States Census, 1940"
  • James R Alexander, "United States Census, 1930"

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