John Alexander

1775–1778
Wilmington, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of John

When John Alexander was born on 28 May 1775, in Wilmington, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, his father, John Alexander, was 24 and his mother, Molly Winn, was 22. He died before 1778, at the age of 1.

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Family Time Line

John Alexander
1751–1828
Molly Winn
1753–1820
John Alexander
1775–1778
Peter Alexander
1777–
John Alexander
1778–1791
Molly Alexander
1779–1871
Joseph Alexander
1782–1860
Nathaniel Alexander
1785–1840
David Alexander
1787–1830
Jonas Alexander
1789–
Jonathan Alexander
1791–1845
John Alexander
1794–1839
Betsey Alexander
1796–

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1776

Age 1

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776 · The Declaration to the King

Age 1

"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""

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.

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • John Alexander, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • John Alexander, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • John Alexander, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"

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