James L Alexander

Pickens, South Carolina, United States

The Life of James L

When James L Alexander was born about 1828, in Pickens, South Carolina, United States, his father, William L Alexander Sr, was 28 and his mother, Ann Beeson Lewis, was 25. He married Selina Holden about 1850, in Pickens, Georgia, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons. He lived in Blount, Alabama, United States in 1860 and Alabama, United States in 1870. He died before 1893, at the age of 64.

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Family Time Line

James L Alexander
Selina Holden
Marriage: about 1850
Julius Harlston Alexander
Thaddas Alonzo Alexander
William Abner Alexander
James B. Alexander

Spouse & Children

about 1850
Pickens, Georgia, United States


Parents & Siblings

  • William L Alexander Sr


  • Female1803–1889Female



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World Events (8)

1829 · Fort Sumter Constructed

Age 1

In 1829 Fort Sumter is constructed in the Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. Fort Sumter is most known for being the site of the first shots of the Civil War. It is barely ready when the American Civil War starts.
1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 2

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

Age 18

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

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)

  • James Alexander, "United States Census, 1860"
  • J Alexander, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Legacy NFS Source: James L Alexander -

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