James Lafayette Alexander Sr.

11 August 1882–July 1967 (Age 84)
Hinton Township, Mecosta, Michigan, United States

The Life Summary of James Lafayette

When James Lafayette Alexander Sr. was born on 11 August 1882, in Hinton Township, Mecosta, Michigan, United States, his father, James L. Alexander, was 33 and his mother, Elizabeth Harvey, was 30. He married Myrtle B De Mott on 17 September 1902, in Mecosta Township, Mecosta, Michigan, United States. He lived in Pine Township, Montcalm, Michigan, United States in 1920 and Bushnell Township, Montcalm, Michigan, United States in 1940. He died in July 1967, in Lansing, Ingham, Michigan, United States, at the age of 84, and was buried in Evergreen Township Cemetery, Sheridan, Montcalm, Michigan, United States.

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James Lafayette Alexander Sr.
Ethel Lena Marlett
Marriage: 11 August 1904
James Demester Alexander Jr.
Torrance Alexander
Arden Alexander
Rollin Alexander
Doyle Wesley Alexander
Daisy L Alexander
Dennie Elizabeth Alexander
Iris Evelyn Alexander
Oirs J C Alexander
Orvil Alexander
Milton Delonie Alexander

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  • Marriage
    11 August 1904Mecosta, Morton Township, Mecosta, Michigan, United States
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    World Events (8)

    Age 4
    Statue of Liberty is dedicated.
    1887 · The Bagley Memorial Fountain
    Age 5
    "The Bagley Memorial Fountain was erected in 1887 with funds from the estate of John Judson Bagley. Bagley's will ordered the construction of the drinking fountain which would provide the people of Detroit ""water cold and pure as the coldest mountain stream."" H.H. Richards was the architect for the Romanesque-style, pink granite, lionhead fountain. It is engraved with the words, ""TESTAMENTARY GIFT FOR THE PEOPLE FROM JOHN JUDSON BAGLEY A.D. MDCCCLXXXVII""."
    1906 · Saving Food Labels
    Age 24
    The first of many consumer protection laws which ban foreign and interstate traffic in mislabeled food and drugs. It requires that ingredients be placed on the label.

    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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    Sources (19)

    • James L Alexander in household of James Alexander, "United States Census, 1900"
    • James Alexander in entry for Harold Jones and Daisy Alexander, "Michigan, County Marriages, 1820-1940"
    • James Alexander, "United States Census, 1910"

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