James H Alexander

September 1839–17 July 1907 (Age 67)
Massachusetts, United States

The Life of James H

When James H Alexander was born in September 1839, in Massachusetts, United States, his father, Fordyce Alexander, was 41 and his mother, Thankful Whithed, was 40. He had at least 1 son and 2 daughters with Amanda Jessie Coldren. He lived in Wrightsville, Freehold, Warren, Pennsylvania, United States in 1860 and Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States in 1900. He died on 17 July 1907, in Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 67.

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James H Alexander
Amanda Jessie Coldren
Evalyn Vera Alexander
Amelia Louise Alexander
James Harrison Alexander

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    Amanda Jessie Coldren




    Evalyn Vera Alexander


    Amelia Louise Alexander



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World Events (8)

1848 · The California Gold Rush

Age 9

On January 24, 1848, gold was found at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California, which began the California gold rush. In December of that same year, U.S. President James Polk announced the news to Congress. The news of gold lured thousands of “forty-niners” seeking fortune to California during 1849. Approximately 300,000 people relocated to California from all over the world during the gold rush years. It is estimated that the mined gold was worth tens of billions in today’s U.S. dollars. 
1850 · Los Angeles Is Incorporated

Age 11

Los Angeles was incorporated as a municipality on April 4, 1850.
1863 · Battle of Gettysburg

Age 24

The three day Battle of Gettysburg was one of the bloodiest of the American Civil War. Between the Confederates and Unions, somewhere between 46,000 and 51,000 people died that day.

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 H Alexander in household of F Alexander, "United States Census, 1860"
  • James H Alexander in household of Fordyce Alexander, "United States Census, 1850"
  • James H Alexander, "United States Census, 1900"

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