John Alexander

1787–1865 (Age 78)
North Carolina, United States

The Life of John

John Alexander was born in 1787, in North Carolina, United States as the son of Henry Alexander. He married Polly Ferguson on 3 September 1812, in Lincoln, North Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 1 daughter. He died in June 1865, in Leavenworth, Kansas, United States, at the age of 78.

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John Alexander
Polly Ferguson
Marriage: 3 September 1812
Joseph Y Alexander
Moses Lynton Alexander
Benjamin F Alexander
George W. Alexander
James Alexander
Armette Alexander

Spouse & Children

  • Male1787–1865Male

  • Polly Ferguson


3 September 1812
Lincoln, North Carolina, United States


  • Joseph Y Alexander


  • Moses Lynton Alexander


  • Benjamin F Alexander


  • George W. Alexander


  • James Alexander


+1 More Child

Parents & Siblings

  • Henry Alexander




  • Male1787–1865Male

  • Henry Alexander


World Events (8)

1787 · The Making of the U.S. Constitution.

Age 0

The Philadelphia Convention was intended to be the first meeting to establish the first system of government under the Articles of Confederation. From this Convention, the Constitution of the United States was made and then put into place making it one of the major events in all American History.
1789 · Becomes 12th State

Age 2

On November 21, 1789, North Carolina became the 12th state in the Union.

Age 21

Atlantic slave trade abolished.

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)

  • John Alexander, "North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 "
  • John Alexander, "North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 "
  • John Alexander, "North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 "

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