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Alexander J. Derbyshire
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Birth: 1808
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Mar. 29, 1879
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA

510 S. 4th Street, 12th Ward

1879-04-01; Paper: North American
"DERBYSHIRE - On 3d month, 29th of pneumonia, ALEXANDER J. DERBYSHIRE, in the 71st year of his age.
His relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend his funeral, from his late residence, 510 North Fourth street, on Fourth day, 2d, ult., at 3 o'clock. Interment at Laurel Hill.

1879-03-31; Paper: North American
The business community in this city lost one of its oldest members on Saturday morning, in the death of Alexander J. Derbyshire, which occurred at his residence, 510 north Fourth street, of pneumonia. He was born in this city of Quaker parentage, in December 1808, and in his boyhood received a common school education at the Friend's school-house on Fourth street below Chestnut.When he had attained fifteen years, he entered the flour store of Timothy Paxson, and in a short time, by promptness, industry and the display of a quick intelligence, he was promoted to the position of bookkeeper. This was the oldest flour house in Philadelphia, having come into the ownership of Mr. Paxson in 1782. In 1836, when Mr. Paxson retired from the business, a partnership was formed between the former errand boy and Mr. Watson Jenks. This firm continued the business of the old house with increasing profit until 1846, when Mr. Jenks retired and Mr. Derbyshire went on alone enlarging the business and increasing his own profit. He had been an active member of the Board of Trade, and had been instrumental in securing various improvements in the organization. This position enabled him to be of great service to the Pennsylvania Central Railroad scheme, of which he was an earnest promoter. Seeing how great an impetus the proposed railroad would give to the trade of this city, he warmly advocated its construction before the Board of Trade, and did good service in collecting subscriptions for the purpose. He also interested himself in other railroad enterprises, and for years had been a director of the Mine Hill Railroad and president of the Little Schuylkill Railroad Company. Upon the reorganization of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, years ago, he became a director in its management, and served in that capacity until 1878. He was an influential Quaker, and always took an active interest in the public institutions of this city. He had once served as a member of City Councils, had been a director of Girard College, one of the managers of the Pennsylvania Hospital, the Philadelphia Institution for the Blind, the Women's Medical College, and the Merchants' Fund." 
Laurel Hill Cemetery
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Section H Lot 165
Maintained by: Mary Harrell-Sesniak
Originally Created by: Meges
Record added: May 13, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 90083272
Alexander J. Derbyshire
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Alexander J. Derbyshire
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 Added: Jun. 1, 2014

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