Horace Martin Alexander

Brief Life History of Horace Martin

When Horace Martin Alexander was born on 15 February 1812, in Orange, Virginia, United States, his father, James Alexander Jr., was 42 and his mother, Frances Ehart, was 40. He married Nancy Reeder Walker on 14 September 1834, in Winchester, White River Township, Randolph, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 4 daughters. He lived in Parowan, Iron, Utah, United States in 1860 and Springville, Utah, Utah, United States for about 10 years. He registered for military service in 1846. He died on 19 September 1881, in Provo, Utah, Utah, United States, at the age of 69, and was buried in Springville City Cemetery, Springville, Utah, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Horace Martin Alexander
Martha Burwell
Marriage: 15 February 1849
James Thornton Alexander
Henry R. Alexander
Elizabeth Alexander
Ella Amelia Alexander
Margaret Alexander
Morris Alexander
Masis Alexander
Alice Geraldine Alexander
John Wesley Alexander
Flora Adalea Alexander
Charlotte Almira Alexander
Jedediah M. Alexander
Celestia Alexander
Celestine Alexander
Hubert Alexander
Hurbert Alexander
George Alexander
Martha Mildred Alexander

Sources (121)

  • Horace Alexander, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Horice M Or Horris M Alexander, "Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007"
  • Horace M Alexander, "United States Mormon Battalion Pension Applications, 1846-1923"

World Events (8)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

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. 

1821 · The City of Los Angeles Takes Root

El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles del Río de Porciúncula was the city center during Spanish and Mexican rule. Eleven families were sent from the Gulf of California in 1781 to settle the area which became the City of Los Angeles. It is now a historic district in the oldest portion of Los Angeles. The historic district contains the Avila Adobe which was built in 1818 and is the oldest surviving residence in Los Angeles. The Plaza, built in the 1820’s, still stands as well in the District.

1832 · The Black Hawk War

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.

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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That truth is often stranger than fiction is borne out in the love story of my grandparents, Catherine Houston and Horace Alexander, pioneers in Springville and Provo. Catherine, after the death of h …

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