James Joseph Alexander

1855–1941 (Age 86)
Rutherford, Tennessee, United States

The Life of James Joseph

When James Joseph Alexander was born on 4 April 1855, in Rutherford, Tennessee, United States, his father, John H. Alexander, was 27 and his mother, Nancy Ann Barrett, was 26. He married Mary Etta Alford on 4 May 1875, in Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 7 daughters. He lived in Justice Precinct 7, McLennan, Texas, United States for about 30 years. He died on 3 August 1941, in McLennan, Texas, United States, at the age of 86, and was buried in Osage Cemetery, Osage, Coryell, Texas, United States.

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James Joseph Alexander
Mary Etta Alford
Marriage: 4 May 1875
Eliza Alexander
James L. Alexander
Thomas Jefferson Alexander
Mattie Elizabeth Alexander
Bertha Josephine Alexander
Horace Harrison Alexander
Albert Goldbird Alexander
Annie Belle Alexander
Robert L. Alexander
George Summers Alexander
Edgar Augustus Alexander
Mary Etta Alexander
Ada Lee Alexander
Willie May Alexander

Spouse & Children

4 May 1875
Tennessee, United States


+9 More Children

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+3 More Children

World Events (8)

1861 · Texas Secedes from the United States

Age 6

On February 1, 1861, Texas seceded from the United States. On March 2, 1861, they had joined with the Confederate States of America.

Age 8

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1878 · Yellow Fever Epidemic

Age 23

When a man that had escaped a quarantined steamboat with yellow fever went to a restaurant he infected Kate Bionda the owner. This was the start of the yellow fever epidemic in Memphis, Tennessee. By the end of the epidemic 5,200 of the residence would die.

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, "United States Census, 1930"
  • J J Alexander, "United States Census, 1910"
  • James J Alexander, "United States Census, 1900"

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