|Birth: ||Dec. 10, 1844|
|Death: ||Dec. 30, 1916|
The son of John & Nancy Sigworth Alexander and the husband of Mary Louisa (Glassmire) Alexander, whom he married September 27, 1865, in Orwigsburg, Schuylkill County. In 1860, he was living in Orwigsburg but shortly moved to Carlisle, Cumberland County, where he worked as a clerk. He stood 5' 8" tall and had black hair and dark eyes.
A Civil War veteran, he enlisted in Carlisle July 25, 1862, and mustered in Harrisburg August 6, with Co. G, 130th Pa Inf, serving at the rank of private until honorably discharged with his company on May 21, 1863. He also served with Murray's Independent Cavalry Militia June 17 - August 11, 1863, during the Gettysburg crisis.
Some time after the war, James Alexander, from a musical family, took a position as band director in Wilkes Barre, Luzerne County, and became renown throughout northeastern Pennsylvania and possibly beyond. While ice fishing on Harveys Lake, he fell through the ice and remained submerged for up to 15 minutes, although his death certificate lists cerebral hemorrhage, not drowning, as cause of death. His obituary in a Wilkes Barre newspaper wrongly claims that he served with the 139th Pa Inf, and his death certificate reports December 8 as birthday.
Maria Louisa Glassmyer Alexander (1845 - 1918)*
Carrie Alexander (1866 - 1866)*
Irvin G. Alexander (1871 - 1920)*
Cora Alexander (1873 - 1876)*
Created by: Dennis Brandt
Record added: Jul 14, 2011
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