Alexander Russell

19 February 1818–11 August 1888 (Age 70)
Elgin, Morayshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of Alexander

When Alexander Russell was born on 19 February 1818, in Elgin, Morayshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, William Russell, was 36 and his mother, Isabel Gatherer, was 26. He married Isabella Simpson on 16 September 1844, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Truro, Colchester, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1871. He died on 11 August 1888, in New Brunswick, Canada, at the age of 70.

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Alexander Russell
Isabella Simpson
Marriage: 16 September 1844
Alexander Gatherer Russell
Mary Russell
Eliza Margaret Russell
Mary Russell
Isabel Russell
Jane Russell
William Russell
James Farquhan Russell
Jean Russell
Thomas Simpson Russell

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  • Marriage
    16 September 1844Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    World Events (8)

    1820 · "The ""Radical War""."
    Age 2
    The Scottish Insurrection was a week of strikes and unrest with demands for reform in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The economic downturn after the Napoleonic war ended, brought increasing unrest with the Artisan workers in Scotland, seeking action to reform the government. But the insurrection was largely forgotten about, as attention was focused on the better publicized Radical events in England.
    Age 5
    Rugby Football 'invented' at Rugby School.
    1838 · Jenners Department Store Opens its doors
    Age 20
    Jenners was founded by Charles Jenner as a department store for the community. The original building was destroyed by a fire in 1892 but, with a new design in mind, the store was reopened in 1895 with new features. It was named Harrods of the North after it was given Royal Warrant in 1911 and was visited by Queen Elizabeth II on its 150th anniversary. It was sold to the House of Fraser in 2005, which in 2008, made much needed improvements to the store.

    Name Meaning

    English, Scottish, and Irish: of Norman origin, from Old French and Anglo-Norman French r(o)ussel, a diminutive of Old French rous(e) ‘red, reddish’, used either as a nickname for someone with red hair or a ruddy complexion, or as a personal name. Compare Rouse . This Norman name has been established in Ireland since the 12th century. It has been reinforced in Britain and Ireland by Huguenot bearers of the name Roussel, of the same Old French origin.English: habitational name from any of several places called Rushall (Norfolk, Staffordshire, Wiltshire) or possibly sometimes from Rusthall in Speldhurst (Kent). Rushall in Staffordshire derives from Old English rysc ‘rush, rushes’ + halh ‘nook, corner of land’. Rushall in Norfolk derives from an uncertain first element + Old English halh. Rushall in Wiltshire derives from an Old English personal name Rust (genitive Rustes) + halh. Rusthall in Speldhurst (Kent) probably derives from Old English rust ‘rust, rust color’ + wella ‘well, spring, stream’, but with a change in the final element due to influence from Middle English, Old English hall ‘hall, residence’, perhaps referring to a nearby building.Americanized form of German Rüssel, from a pet form of any of various personal names formed with the element hrōd ‘fame, renown’.

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

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    Sources (11)

    • Alexander in entry for Alexander G. Russell, "Canada, Nova Scotia Marriages, 1864-1918"
    • Alexander Russell in entry for Thomas Simpson Russell, "Virginia, Death Certificates, 1912-1987"
    • Alexander Russell, "Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"

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