James Isom Alexander

1857–1934 (Age 77)
Kentucky, United States

The Life of James Isom

When James Isom Alexander was born on 23 September 1857, in Kentucky, United States, his father, Robert J Alexander, was 24 and his mother, Matilda Roberts, was 28. He married Elizabeth Bailey on 25 December 1875, in Wolfe, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Morgan, Kentucky, United States for about 3 years. He died on 23 October 1934, in Wolfe, Kentucky, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Campton, Wolfe, Kentucky, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Isom Alexander
Elizabeth Bailey
Marriage: 25 December 1875
Martha Jane Alexander
Frank Alexander
Emory Alexander
Albert Raymond Alexander
Mary Effie Alexander

Spouse & Children

25 December 1875
Wolfe, Kentucky, United States


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World Events (8)


Age 4

Kentucky sided with the Union during the Civil War, even though it is a southern state.

Age 6

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 24

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

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 J Alexander in household of Robt J Alexander, "United States Census, 1870"
  • James Alexander in household of Robert J Alexander, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Isom J. Alexander in entry for Martha Jane Johnson, "Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965"

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