John Alexander

Harpswell, Cumberland, Maine, United States

The Life of John

When John Alexander was born on 8 October 1782, in Harpswell, Cumberland, Maine, United States, his father, Samuel Alexander, was 35 and his mother, Rosanna Clark, was 33. He married Lovina Farr on 3 February 1801, in Harpswell, Cumberland, Maine, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 6 daughters.

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John Alexander
Lovina Farr
Marriage: 3 February 1801
Eliza Alexander
Lydia Alexander
John Alexander
David Perry Alexander
Percy Alexander
Mary Alexander
Mary Farr Alexander
Thomas Alexander
Ellen F. Alexander
Arthur Booker Alexander
Caroline Alexander

Spouse & Children

3 February 1801
Harpswell, Cumberland, Maine, United States


  • Eliza Alexander


  • Lydia Alexander


  • John Alexander


  • David Perry Alexander


  • Percy Alexander


+6 More Children

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+4 More Children

World Events (8)

1783 · A Free America

Age 1

The Revolutionary War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris which gave the new nation boundries on which they could expand and trade with other countries without any problems.
1804 · Whitehead Light

Age 22

In 1804, President Thomas Jefferson authorized the creation of a light station on Whitehead Island. The light house went into service by 1807. It is the third-oldest light house in Maine. Whitehead Light still exists as the private property of Pine Island Camp, a non-profit organization.
1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 37

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

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, "Maine Births and Christenings, 1739-1900"
  • John Alexander in entry for Arthur B. Alexander, "Maine, Births and Christenings, 1739-1900"
  • John Alexander in entry for Lydia Alexander, "Maine, Births and Christenings, 1739-1900"

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