Alva Alexander

12 March 1799–26 March 1890 (Age 91)
Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States

The Life Summary of Alva

When Alva Alexander was born on 12 March 1799, in Acworth, Sullivan, New Hampshire, United States, his father, Jabez Alexander, was 43 and his mother, Lois Pool, was 40. He married Phoebe Houston on 7 May 1822, in Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Pottawatomie, Kansas, United States in 1850 and Salt Lake, Utah, United States in 1860. In 1860, at the age of 61, his occupation is listed as farmer in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. He died on 26 March 1890, in East Millcreek, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 91, and was buried in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Alva Alexander
Cathrina Nilsdotter
Marriage: 24 November 1866
Maria Johanna Larsson
Phoebe Charlotte Alexander
Julia Etta Alexander
Joseph Franklin Alexander
Charles Oscar Alexander

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    24 November 1866Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.
    Age 1
    While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.
    1808 · Concord Becomes the Capital
    Age 9
    In 1808, Concord became the capital of New Hampshire. It was originally the Penacook Plantation given to the state by the Massachusetts Bay Colony. 
    1825 · The Crimes Act
    Age 26
    The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.

    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 …

    Sources (61)

    • Alvah Alexander, "United States Census, 1880"
    • Alvah Alexander in entry for Chas. O. Alexander, "Idaho Death Certificates, 1911-1937"
    • Alvah Alexander, "United States Census, 1860"

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