Grace Elnora Alexander

22 February 1896–May 1967 (Age 71)
Tuscola, Douglas, Illinois, United States

The Life of Grace Elnora

When Grace Elnora Alexander was born on 22 February 1896, in Tuscola, Douglas, Illinois, United States, her father, Robert James Alexander, was 31 and her mother, Margaret Susanna Swangle, was 24. She married William Earl Butts on 4 February 1914, in Boone, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She lived in Tuscola Township, Douglas, Illinois, United States in 1900 and Urbana, Champaign, Illinois, United States for about 20 years. She died in May 1967, in Champaign, Illinois, United States, at the age of 71.

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Family Time Line

William Earl Butts
Grace Elnora Alexander
Marriage: 4 February 1914
Marion Gifford Butts

Spouse and Children

4 February 1914
Boone, Indiana, United States


    Marion Gifford Butts


Parents and Siblings

    Robert James Alexander


    Margaret Susanna Swangle




    Claire May Alexander



    Ralph T. Alexander



    James Everett Alexander


World Events (8)

1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 2

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.
1910 · Boy Scouts of America

Age 14

When W. D. Boyce was visiting London, he encountered a boy that helped him find his destination. The boy refused the tip that Boyce offered to him and told him that he was just doing his daily good turn. Being inspired, Boyce incorporated the Boy Scouts of America to help teach young men how to have an attitude of service always. Since its foundation, The Boy Scouts of America has become one of the largest Scouting organizations in the United States. Around 110 million people have been participants at some time in their life. The BSA was established to help young people make better choices in life and showing selflessness by serving the community.
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 20

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

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)

  • Grace E Butte in household of William E Butte, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Elnora Butts in household of Earl C Butts, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Elnora G Butts in household of William E Butts, "United States Census, 1940"

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