James Joseph Alexander

1916–1988 (Age 72)
McLennan, Texas, United States

The Life of James Joseph

When James Joseph Alexander was born on 18 April 1916, in McLennan, Texas, United States, his father, Thomas Jefferson Alexander, was 32 and his mother, Ruth Beatrice Davis, was 28. He married Onita Gay Martin on 22 December 1942, in Thurston, Washington, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He lived in Bruceville, McLennan, Texas, United States in 1920 and Justice Precinct 4, Concho, Texas, United States in 1930. He died on 17 December 1988, in Waco, McLennan, Texas, United States, at the age of 72, and was buried in Valley Mills Cemetery, Valley Mills, Bosque, Texas, United States.

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James Joseph Alexander
Onita Gay Martin
Marriage: 22 December 1942
Letha Lee Alexander
Marion Glynn Alexander

Spouse & Children

22 December 1942
Thurston, Washington, United States


  • Letha Lee Alexander


  • Marion Glynn Alexander


Parents & Siblings



+7 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 1

U.S. intervenes in World War I, rejects membership of League of Nations.
1929 · The Great Depression Arrives

Age 13

Like most of the country, the economy of Texas suffered greatly after the Stock Market Crash of 1929. Thousands of city workers were suddenly unemployed and relied on a variety of government relief programs; unemployed Mexican citizens were required to take one-way bus tickets to Mexico.
1935 · The FBI is Established

Age 19

The Bureau of Investigation's name was changed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to help citizens know that the Government is helping protect from threats both domestically and abroad.

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 in household of Thomas Alexander, "United States Census, 1930"
  • James Alexander in household of Tom J Alexander, "United States Census, 1920"
  • James Jos Alexander, "Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008"

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