John Alger

5 November 1820–4 February 1897 (Age 76)
New Lyme, Ashtabula, Ohio, United States

The Life Summary of John

When John Alger was born on 5 November 1820, in New Lyme, Ashtabula, Ohio, United States, his father, Samuel Alger, was 34 and his mother, Clarissa Hancock, was 30. He married Sarah Ann Pulsipher on 6 January 1842, in Hancock, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Salt Lake, Utah, United States for about 10 years and Utah, United States in 1870. He died on 4 February 1897, in St. George, Washington, Utah, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in Saint George City Cemetery, St. George, Washington, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Alger
Sarah Ann Pulsipher
Marriage: 6 January 1842
Nelson Alger
Sarah Ann Alger
Olivia Alger
Adeliza Alger
John Zera Alger
Martha Ellen Alger
Anna Eliza Alger
Samuel Nelson Alger Sr.
Alva Don Pulsipher Alger
Willard Edgar Alger
Mary Edna Alger

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    6 January 1842Hancock, Illinois, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1821 · Financial Relief for Public Land
    Age 1
    A United States law to provide financial relief for the purchasers of Public Lands. It permitted the earlier buyers, that couldn't pay completely for the land, to return the land back to the government. This granted them a credit towards the debt they had on land. Congress, also, extended credit to buyer for eight more years. Still while being in economic panic and the shortage of currency made by citizens, the government hoped that with the time extension, the economy would improve.
    Age 7
    Historical Boundaries: 1827: Hancock, Illinois, United States
    1841 · The Nauvoo Legion
    Age 21
    In 1841, the Nauvoo Legion was organized. It was a group of men formed to protect the people of Nauvoo but also fought in different wars. Joseph Smith was the Lieutenant General of this group. Other leaders included Brigham Young, John C. Bennett, and others. They were part of the Illinois Mormon War (1844-1846), Mexican-American War (March of California, Capture of Tucson), Indian Wars (Battle Creek Massacre, Battle of Fort Utah, Walker War, Ute Black Hawk War, Mountain Meadows Massacre), American Civil War, and Morrisite War. The Legion was disbanded in 1887.

    Name Meaning

    English: from the Middle English personal name Alger. Pronounced with a soft g it is from Old French Alg(i)er, Aug(i)er (ancient Germanic Adalgari, composed of the elements adal ‘noble’ + gāri ‘spear’); see Auger . Pronounced with a hard g, it is a variant of Algar .Scottish and English: in Scotland, Alger may be a variant of Algeo .German: from a shortened form of the ancient Germanic personal name Adalgar (see 1 above).

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

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    Story Highlight

    Annie Eliza Alger, Her Memories [John Alger & Brigham Young conversation, Move to St George, Herd Cows, House Robbed]

    A little west of Main Street on Third South [Salt Lake City], my father owed an acre of land and there I was born on the twentieth day of December, 1855, the sixth child of John Alger and Sarah Pulsip …

    Sources (115)

    • John Alger in entry for Annie E Price, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
    • Samuel Alger, "United States Census, 1840" family of 6
    • John Alger, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"

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