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William Knox Alexander
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Birth: Jan. 14, 1814
Bedford County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Oct. 19, 1901
Fairfield
Jefferson County
Iowa, USA

"Fairfield Ledger", Oct. 23, 1901, Pg. 3, Cols. 3 & 4

SIXTY YEARS IN FAIRFIELD. Capt. William Knox ALEXANDER died in this city Saturday morning, in the home on West Broadway where had lived fifty-three years. He was in the eighty-eighth year of his age, and death was the result of a general breaking down of the system.

Capt. ALEXANDER came to Fairfield in 1845 and was one of its oldest citizens, both in years and time of residence. During much of this time he had been closely connected with public affairs, had a wide acquantance throughout the community, and was held in high esteem. He had been honored by his fellow citizens with many positions of profit and trust. His first official position was that of School Fund Commissioner. He was afterwards County Judge, Justice of the Peace for several terms at different times, coroner, and Mayor of Fairfield. He was also captain of Company I, Forty-fifth Iowa Infantry, in the Civil War.

Mr. ALEXANDER was born in Bedford County, Penn., January 14th, 1814, where he attained his majority. He was married there in 1840 to Elizabeth FORE, who survives him. They came to Fairfield five years later. At that time and later Mr. A,'s mother, two brothers and three sisters -- A. Clark and Wesley ALEXANDER, Misses Susan and Maria ALEXANDER, joined them. All the members of this large family are now dead, except Clark and Maria, both of whom still reside here. Two children survive Mr. ALEXANDER, Mrs. M. S. CRAWFORD (sic. Anna E.; Mrs. Marshall S. CRAWFORD) of Denver, Col., and H. J. ALEXANDER (sic. Hugh John ALEXANDER) of Trinidad, Col., both of whom were with their father in his last hours. The remains were interred in this city Sunday afternoon.... George Strong Post, G.A.R., gave its old comrade a soldier's burial. The funeral services were largely attended, for Mr. ALEXANDER had many friends among the older residents of Fairfield. An honest and upright man, a good and patriotic citizen, one who did much toward the upbuilding of the community in which he lived so long, has gone to his last reward.....

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Update:
Note: In recently discovered legal documents, William Knox Alexander, acting as Jefferson County Judge, signed the original documents in October 1861 authorizing the organization of a county militia at the direction of Governor Kirkwood. These orders and township rosters of eligible men were a result of concerns over the border of Missouri and Iowa. /rkt 9/28/2010 
 
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 Parents:
  Ann Alexander Alexander (1790 - 1881)
 
 Spouse:
  Elizabeth Fore Alexander (1821 - 1906)
 
 Children:
  Robert Emery Alexander (1848 - 1879)*
  Hugh J. Alexander (1851 - 1928)*
  Ada Bell Alexander (1855 - 1856)*
  Frank W Alexander (1856 - 1881)*
 
 Siblings:
  William Knox Alexander (1814 - 1901)
  Sarah Ann Alexander Poinsett (1816 - 1880)*
  Martha Maria Alexander (1820 - 1908)*
  Robert West Alexander (1822 - 1896)*
  Andrew Clark Alexander (1825 - 1904)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Evergreen Cemetery
Fairfield
Jefferson County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Old.P.326
 
Created by: Richard K Thompson
Record added: Jul 26, 2010
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William Knox Alexander
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William Knox Alexander
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Thank you for your service to Jefferson County as a judge and community leader.
- Richard K Thompson
 Added: Sep. 23, 2010
 
 
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