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William Alexander
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Birth: May 19, 1810
Clinton County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Apr. 14, 1901
Lucas County
Iowa, USA

Husband of Elizabeth Leidy and Amanda Thomas. Son of Joseph Alexander and unknown mother


Chariton, Iowa
Thursday, April 18, 1901


Wm. Alexander Departs This Life After a Long and Useful Pilgrimage

The silver cord is loosed, the golden bowl is broken, the dust has returned to the earth as it was, the spirit has returned to the God who gave it and Grandpa Alexander, as he was familiarly called by all, now rests in peace.

On Sunday noon, April 14, 1901, at the age of nearly ninety-one years, he closed his eyes in death. The end was as peaceful as the close of a beautiful summer day, when daylight fades into night with increasing loveliness. His demise occurred at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Lizzie Eikenberry, with whom he resided.

Largely attended funeral services were held at her residence on Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock. Rev. Jos. A. Russell read a biography of the deceased, Rev. Vollmar delivered the sermon, and Rev. Whitten read the favorite hymn of Mr. Alexander and commented upon it. A quartette sang several beautiful selections and the ceremonies throughout were very impressive. The remains were tenderly laid to rest in the Chariton cemetery.

William Alexander was born in Clinton county, Pennsylvania, on the 19th of May, 1810, and came of good old Revolutionary stock, his grandfather, who also bore the name William, having served in the War of Independence. His father, Joseph Alexander, was also a native of the Keystone state and a farmer by occupation.

William Alexander was born on his father's farm and acquired but a meager education in the school room. When eight years of age he attended a subscription school for about a year, and in his sixteenth year spent nine months in a select school.

At the age of seventeen, Mr. Alexander went to Phillipsburg to learn the cabinet-makers trade, serving a three years apprenticeship. In 1832 he commenced business on his own account at Bellefonte, Center county, Pennsylvania, which he continued until the panic of 1837 forced him out of business at a considerable loss.

In 1839 he emigrated to Iowa, landing at West Point, Lee county, on the 11th of October of that year. Soon after his arrival he established himself in the cabinet-making and undertaking business. In 1852 he opened a general merchandise store and continued in business for about ten years, but remained a resident of that place until 1867. While at West Point he was prominently identified with public affairs, served as postmaster for one term and was twice the candidate on the republican ticket for the office of representative.

On coming to Chariton in 1867, Mr. Alexander again began general merchandising in connection with the furniture business, continuing in trade until 1879. With the exception of two years spent in his native country in Pennsylvania, he has resided continuously in Chariton since 1867 and has ever been one of its most prominent, progressive and valued citizens. On the 19th of March, 1886, he was appointed postmaster and acceptably discharged the duties of that office for four years.

On the 15th of May, 1836, in Bellefonte, Centre county, Pennsylvania, Mr. Alexander was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Leidy. To them were born three children. One son, Joseph Franklin, died in childhood. The eldest son, William Leidy, is well known here where he resided for many years. The daughter is Mrs. Lizzie Eikenberry, of this city, with whom Mr. Alexander made his home.

Mrs. Alexander died on February 28, 1855, and Mr. Alexander was again married on March 3, 1857, to Miss Amanda Thomas of Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, who died on August 1, 1892.

For seventy-five years Mr. Alexander was an active and zealous member of the M. E. church. In all the relations of life he has been honorable and upright, and the many traits of his character account for the high regard in which he was universally held. With him, success in life was reached by his sterling qualities of mind and a heart true to every manly principle.

Only the memory of the good old man is left us, yet how sweet, how uplifting its influence. For after all, death is but the slipping off of the outer body. When death strikes down a grand old father in Israel, for every feeble form from which he lets the panting spirit free, a hundred virtues rise, in shape of mercy, charity and love, to walk the world and bless it. He, who doeth all things well makes no mistakes. The human link snapped asunder on earth if forged anew in heaven.
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  Amanda Thomas Alexander (1816 - 1892)
  Lizzie Jane Alexander Eikenberry (1852 - 1901)*
*Calculated relationship
Chariton Cemetery
Lucas County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Sec K Row 3
Maintained by: Skip
Originally Created by: Doris Christensen
Record added: Nov 08, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 80073096
William Alexander
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William Alexander
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William Alexander
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