James Alton Alexander

27 December 1905–27 July 1987 (Age 81)
Texas, United States

The Life of James Alton

When James Alton Alexander was born on 27 December 1905, in Texas, United States, his father, Walter Eugene Alexander, was 41 and his mother, Matilda Brown, was 36. He married Leverna Eva Riddle on 26 August 1923, in Caldwell, Texas, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 daughters. He lived in Justice Precinct 1, Caldwell, Texas, United States in 1910 and Justice Precinct 4, Caldwell, Texas, United States in 1930. He died on 27 July 1987, in Caldwell, Texas, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Bunton Cemetery, Dale, Caldwell, Texas, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Alton Alexander
Leverna Eva Riddle
Marriage: 26 August 1923
Infant Daughter Alexander
Artilla L Alexander
Eva Joyce Alexander

Spouse and Children

26 August 1923
Caldwell, Texas, United States


    Infant Daughter Alexander


    Artilla L Alexander


    Eva Joyce Alexander


Parents and Siblings

    Walter Eugene Alexander







    Blanche Beulah Alexander


    James Oscar Alexander


    Ledford Alexander



+3 More Children

World Events (8)

1906 · Saving Food Labels

Age 1

The first of many consumer protection laws which ban foreign and interstate traffic in mislabeled food and drugs. It requires that ingredients be placed on the label.
1914 · Steamboat Service Established with New York

Age 9

Satilla was the first Deepwater Steamship to arrive at the port of Houston. This accomplishment successfully established a steamboat service between Houston and New York City.

Age 22

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.

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.

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

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Sources (3)

  • James A Alexander, "United States Census, 1930"
  • J Alton Alexander, "United States Census, 1940"
  • James Alton Alexander, "Texas, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1947"

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