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William Harden Alger
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Birth: Jan. 21, 1839
Page County
Virginia, USA
Death: Mar. 6, 1900
Page County
Virginia, USA


Son of John Wesley and Mary Ann Alger (m. 14 Jun 1838); Husband of Reffina Catherine Pettit (m. 5 Sep 1866, page Co, VA); Father of Annie Lee, William Elijah, Early Van Buren, Reuben William, Saloma J., David M., Mary S., James Henry, Lydia, Carrie Elizabeth Alger, plus 2 more children who died prior to 1900 (according to information provided by his wife, Reffina, in the 1900 U.S. Census).

William was a farmer and a boatman on the Shenandoah River, mentioned by John Wayland in "History of Rockingham County" and served as a Confederate Soldier during the U.S. Civil War. His brother, Elias Roy Alger, who also served as a U.S. Civil War Confederate Soldier, married Reffina's sister, Mary Frances Pettit, on 22 Aug 1867 in Page Co, VA.


U.S. Civil War Service

Name: William H. Alger
Unit: 7th (Ashby's) Cav. Regt.
Unit Note: None
War Side: Confederacy
War Side Note: None
Company: D (Captain Macon Jordan)
Rank In/Out: Private/Private
Service Year: 1861
State: Virginia
Location: Page County, Virginia


After nearly 33 years of marriage, William passed away in Marksville, Page County, Virginia on 6 Mar 1900 at 61 years of age. Reffina remained in their home for at least another decade, then moved in with the family of their daughter, Carrie, sometime before 1920.

On 2 Mar 1922, Reffina would succumb to valvular heart disease, passing away at 72 years of age in Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia. Regrettably, nothing more is known about William, but Reffina was solemnly laid to rest at Norborne Cemetery in Martinsburg on 5 Mar 1922.

Familial Relation: 2nd Great-Grand Uncle

- Luana Dawn Alger, 9 Jan 2016



All pertinent information I have included here can be verified by U.S. Federal Census Records for the family in conjunction with various public records, including any documents I may upload to this memorial.

Though I can not prove with 100% certainty that this family's composition and relation status is as I display it to be, I can say that the circumstantial evidence weighs very heavily in favor of the accuracy of these stated familial connections.

Family links: 
  John Wesley Alger (1806 - ____)
  Mary Ann Alger (1811 - ____)
  Reffina Catherine Pettit Alger (1849 - 1922)*
  James Henry Alger (1885 - 1963)*
  Elias Roy Alger (1837 - 1913)*
  William Harden Alger (1839 - 1900)
*Calculated relationship
Alger-Buracker-Nichols Cemetery (Fox Hollow)
Page County
Virginia, USA
Maintained by: Luana Dawn Alger
Originally Created by: JAC
Record added: Mar 24, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 50155236
William Harden Alger
Added by: Luana Dawn Alger
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RIP to my 2nd GgUncle
- Luana Dawn Alger
 Added: Jan. 19, 2016

- Old Coot
 Added: Apr. 7, 2014

- Stoneseeker23
 Added: Sep. 9, 2013
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