The first time he appears in a record is in the 1880 census. He is 7 years old, and living in Hamilton Township. His parents, brother Charles, 9, and his sister Anna Clara, age 5, are also there. His father is listed as a Laborer.
The photo to the left is of John about 1898.
On November 19, 1898, in Jackson County, Indiana, he marries Eva Fish, daughter of Isaac E. Fish and Margaret Vaughn. Eva was born on November 10, 1879. John was 25 years old at the time, and Eva was 19. I feel like there should be an earlier marriage but have not found it.
Jackson County Banner
Thursday, December 1, 1898
Married, at the bride's home near Norman Station, John E. Alexander to Miss Eva Fish. May they live a happy and prosperous life is the wish of ye scribe.
In the 1900 census in Paoli, Paoli Township, Washington County, Indiana, he is listed with 20 year old wife, Eva, and 10 month old daughter Mabel. He is listed as day labor.
On August 4th, 1904, in Norman Station, Jackson County, Indiana, Eva Fish Alexander died of TB. She was 24 years, 8 months, 21 days old. She was buried in Liberty Cemetery in Jackson County.
Thursday, August 4, 1904
Died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Fish, near Norman, of consumption, Mrs. John Alexander, aged 35, who lived in this vicinity. Deceased leaves husband and two children and a host of friends to mourn her loss. Funeral and burial at Liberty Monday at 10 a.m.
On October 14, 1905 John married Hettie Belle Charles. She was the daughter of William R. Charles and Susan Kinworthy.
On August the 2nd, 1908, Hettie Belle died of Typhoid. She was 32 years, 9 months and 22 days of age.
The next time I find John in records is the 1910 census. He is living in Owen Township with his daughter, Mabel, age 10, and his mother Amanda, age 63 and widowed. John is 37 and widowed. He is a wagon driver for groceries.
Amanda lived with John and Mabel until her death in 1914. During this period, she and Mabel are in the little gossip columns of the local papers visiting and traveling around. I believe the two became very close during this period.
On November 26, 1910, in Lawrence County Indiana, John married for the 3rd time. Emma C. Stuart was born September 4, 1875 in Heltonville, Indiana. She was the daughter of Steel Stuart and Mary Hunter. She was 35 when they married.
In the 1920 Census, in Indianapolis, Indiana, John, 46, and Emma, 43, are listed with their daughter Helen, age 3 years, 11 months. John is listed as an inspector at Rataine. I have not been able to find what Rataine actually was, but it was clearly written in the census. When he died he was listed as a Motorman, so I think it is something in the transportation field.
On September 22nd, 1920, John died at the age of 47 years. and 8 months. He died of Nephritis. His sister Anna was the informant on his death cert. It lists his place of burial as Seymour, Indiana, but I doubt that very much. The Alexanders were buried in Liberty Cemetery, out at Norman Station, in Jackson County, and I don't believe that they would have brought him back to the county and not buried him with his family. I have yet to find his grave, but many of the graves in Liberty are unmarked
Emma died in Indianapolis, Indiana on July 3rd, 1932. She was 55 years, 9 months and 29 days of age. She was in a Diabetic Coma when she died. She was buried in Anderson Cemetery, and the informant on her death cert. was Mabel Davis, yes, little Mabel Alexander.
1880 U.S. Census, Jackson County, Indiana, Hamilton TWP; Dwelling 123 Family 132, Series: T9, Roll: 286 Page: 82, Heritage Quest.
Marriage - John E. Alexander and Eva Fish, (1898), Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007: 42.
Marriage Article; Jackson County Banner, Brownstown, Indiana, Thursday, December 1, 1898, Page 8
1900 U.S. Census, Posey TWP, Washington County, Indiana, Page: 140 Dwelling 170 Family 176., 140.
Eva Alexander Death; Indiana Archives and Records Administration; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Death Certificates; Year: 1904; Roll: 06
Obituary, Eva Alexander; The Tribune, Seymour, Indiana; Thursday, August 4, 1904; Page 2
Marriage - John E. Alexander and Hettie Belle Charles, (1905), Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007: 110.
Hettie Belle Alexander Death; Indiana State Board of Health. Death Certificates, 1900–2011. Microfilm. Indiana Archives and Records Administration, Indianapolis, Indiana.
1910 U.S. Census, Jackson County, Indiana, Owen TWP; Series: T624, Heritage Quest.
Marriage - John E. Alexander and Emma Stuart, (1910), Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007: 223.
1920 U.S. Census, Marion County, Indiana, 10-WD Indianpolis, Center TWP, Dwelling 140 Family 140.
John E. Alexander Death; Indiana Archives and Records Administration; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Death Certificates; Year: 1920; Roll: 17
Emma C. Alexander; Indiana State Board of Health. Death Certificates, 1900–2011. Microfilm. Indiana Archives and Records Administration, Indianapolis, Indiana.
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