St. Francois County
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THE ALEXANDER FAMILY
One of the men chosen to select the seat of permanent government for the county of St. Francois was William Alexander. Alexander was born in Lincoln county, N.C. His parents were English and had come to America previous to William's birth.
William Alexander was a farmer and believing that the new Missouri country offered opportunity to a young man, came to Jefferson county in 1817 with his sons. After four years of struggle in Jefferson county he removed himself to what was to be St. Francois county and in 1821 took up a large tract of land consisting of seven hundred acres of fine land just north of what was later to be the town of Farmington. Before coming to Missouri, William Alexander had been married to Miss Elizabeth Fish. There were five daughters and three sons. Two of the sons we will speak of later.
William Alexander's only venture into the affairs of the county was his part in selecting the place for the county government and he lived his life on the farm, developing it into a very fine one. He died during the period 1835-40.
Located behind Parkland Hospital, formerly known as Farmington Community Hospital, 1101 Liberty Street, Farmington, Missouri