Alvah Jedathan Alexander

Male21 September 1831–6 February 1917

Brief Life History of Alvah Jedathan

When Alvah Jedathan Alexander was born on 21 September 1831, in Northfield, Washington, Vermont, United States, his father, Alva Alexander, was 32 and his mother, Phoebe Houston, was 27. He married Elizabeth Soule on 13 March 1854, in East Millcreek, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Utah, United States in 1870 and Elkhorn, Wasatch, Utah, United States in 1900. He died on 6 February 1917, in Midway, Wasatch, Utah, United States, at the age of 85, and was buried in Midway City Cemetery, Midway, Wasatch, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Alvah Jedathan Alexander
1831–1917
Elizabeth Soule
1834–1924
Marriage: 13 March 1854
Mary Elizabeth Alexander
1855–1934
Phebe Annette Alexander
1857–1944
Alvah Alexander III
1858–1920
Adelbert Sidney Alexander
1860–1931
Ella Gertrude Alexander
1863–1931
Frederick Soule Alexander
1865–1869
Ada Deanna Alexander
1867–1961
Charles Edwin Alexander
1870–1917
Henry LeRoy Alexander
1872–1932
Florence Mina Alexander
1875–1878
Effie May Alexander
1879–1958

Sources (38)

  • Alvah J Alexander, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Alvah J Elexander in entry for Elizabeth Elexander, "Utah, Salt Lake County Death Records, 1849-1949"
  • Aloa Alexander, "United States Census, 1870"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    13 March 1854East Millcreek, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Children (11)

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    Siblings (5)

    World Events (8)

    1832 · The Black Hawk War

    Age 1

    Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

    1839 · Nauvoo is Settled

    Age 8

    After the Saints had been chased out of Missouri they moved to a swampy area located next to the Mississippi River. Here they settled and named the place Nauvoo which translates into the city beautiful.

    1859

    Age 28

    Historical Boundaries: 1859: Utah, Utah Territory, United States 1862: Wasatch, Utah Territory, United States 1896: Wasatch, Utah, United States

    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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    Alvah J. Alexander and the Prophet Joseph Smith

    (From Young Woman's Journal 17 (1906), p.541) - Found at the Lands and Records Office in Nauvoo Sept 2014 "I came to Nauvoo in the fall of 1842. At this time I met the Prophet Joseph Smith, and kne …

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