John Francis Alexander

22 February 1849–29 May 1906 (Age 57)
Potter Township, Centre, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of John Francis

When John Francis Alexander was born on 22 February 1849, in Potter Township, Centre, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Amos Alexander, was 37 and his mother, Elizabeth Keller, was 33. He lived in Penn Township, Centre, Pennsylvania, United States in 1860 and Pennsylvania, United States in 1870. He died on 29 May 1906, in Centre, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 57.

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Amos Alexander
Elizabeth Keller
William Keller Alexander
Catharine Alexander
Margaret E. Alexander
James Alexander
Christian Alexander
Amos Reed Alexander
John Francis Alexander
Sarah Elilzabeth Alexander

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Age 14

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1863 · Battle of Gettysburg

Age 14

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.

Age 16

Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

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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  • John F Alxander in household of Amos Alxander, "United States Census, 1860"
  • John Alexander in household of Amos Alexander, "United States Census, 1870"
  • John Alexander in household of Amos Alexander, "United States Census, 1850"

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