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Capt Williamson M. Alexander
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Birth: Dec. 19, 1836
Monroe County
Indiana, USA
Death: Jul. 25, 1921
Monroe County
Indiana, USA

CAPT. W. M. ALEXANDER was born in Bloomington, Monroe Co., Ind., on December 19, 1836. His parents, John H. and Margaret J. (Clark) Alexander, were natives of Kentucky. They came to Monroe in an early day, and located in Bloomington, where the father engaged in farming, and ran a mammoth tannery. In July, 1855, his death occurred, the wife having been dead for some time. Capt. Alexander was the youngest in a family of four children, and was reared in his native place until after his mother's death, when he began work by assisting the farmers in his immediate vicinity, and working at odd jobs. When twenty years of age, he began herding cattle, which he did both in Iowa and Minnesota for two years. Returning to Bloomington, he learned the blacksmith's trade with Seaward & Sons. In the spring of 1861, he enlisted in Company H, Eighteenth Indiana Volunteers, under Capt. Charles, and served for about four and a half years, taking part at Pea Ridge, Black Water, Cotton Plant, Magnolia Hills (after which battle he was promoted to Second Lieutenant), Champion Hills, Black River, siege of Vicksburg, Jackson, Miss., Mustang Island, Tex., Ft. Esperanza. and then came home on furlough. August 1, 1863, he was sent to the army of Virginia, and took part in the battles at Richmond, Winchester, Fisher Hill and Cedar Creek, after which he was promoted to First Lieutenant, and soon after, for meritorious conduct, to Captain. November, 1865, he received an honorable discharge at Darien, Ga., and, returning to Bloomington, followed his trade for a number of years. He then opened a meat market, and one year later was appointed Deputy Sheriff, which position he held until the fall of 1876, when he was elected Sheriff and two years later was re-elected by quite a large majority. He then farmed until 1882, when he was elected County Auditor, which position he at present occupies and tills with great credit to himself and benefit to the county. Mr. Alexander is a stanch Republican and a member of the Christian Church, as is also his wife. He was married September 19, 1868, to Jennie Burch, a native of Monroe County, by whom there was one child, which died December, 1880. His wife died one year and three months after marriage, and he was next married to Mrs. Jennie Hoover, daughter of Capt. John Sluss, of Monroe County, on January 7, 1883. Mr. Alexander is a member of the K. of P., Franklin Lodge, No. 22. He is highly esteemed by all who know him, both as a citizen and as an official. - Counties of Morgan, Monroe and Brown, Indiana Historical and Biographical, By Charles Blanchard, Published by F. A. Battey & Co, 1884, Page 550
Burial Records state: ALEXANDER, WILLIAMSON M. / Date of Death - (Blank) / Last Residence - (Blank) / Place of Birth - (Blank) / Age - (Blank) / Gender M / Cemetery - Rose Hill / Section and Lot - Spencer Addition, 330 / **Note: He is not buried here**
Burial Records state: ALEXANDERS, CAPT. W. M. / Date of Death - 7/25/1921 / Last Residence - Bloomington / Place of Birth - (Blank) / Age - 84 / Gender - M / Cemetery - Rose Hill / Section and Lot - M, 18
Early Death Records Database, Name: Alexander, W M (Capt) / Date: 25 Jul 19213 / Age: 84 / Book/Page/Record: (Blank) / County: Monroe / State: IN / Cemetery: Rose Hill / More Info: (Blank)
Obits can be obtained through, with the following information -
a.) Name: Alexander, W M / Age: 84 / Newspaper: Telephone / Newspaper Date: 1921-07-26 / Page & Column: 1/4
b.) Alexander, W M / Age: 0 / Newspaper: Telephone / Newspaper Date: 1921-07-27 / Page & column: 4/4
Enlisted in Company H, Indiana 18th Infantry Regiment on 16 Aug 1862. Promoted to Full 2nd Lieutenant on 13 Apr 1863. Promoted to Full Captain on 01 Mar 1865. Promoted to Full 1st Lieutenant on 01 May 1865. Mustered out on 28 Aug 1865 at Savannah, GA.
Noted below is a transcription of a single document from the 31-page pension application for Williamson M. Alexander of Monroe County, Indiana, who served in Co. H, 18th Reg't Indiana Infantry. Punctuation was added where needed. All 31 pages of the application may be viewed online at "Military," accessed through It was contributed to the website by Connie Shotts.


State of Indiana, County of Monroe
In the matter of claim for Williamson M. Alexander, Co. H, 18th Reg. Indiana Volunteer Infantry, Cert. #12274.6.

Personally came before me, a notary public in and for aforesaid county and state, Fred C. Hoover, aged 59 years, residing at Bloomington, County of Monroe, State of Indiana, and Mrs. Fred Hoover, aged 56 years, residing at Bloomington, County of Monroe, State of Indiana, who being duly sworn, declare in relation to the said Williamson M. Alexander, claimant herein, that said claimant is totally blind and cannot see anything, cannot even tell when the sun is shining bright. That they care for him, nurse him, assist him to dress and undress himself, put his food upon his plate and assist him in every way in his necessary wants, that he cannot leave the house alone, that he requires the constant aid and assistance all of the time. That they each nurse him and care for him and have for many years.

The claimant has no children and that no member of his family rendered any military or naval service in the late World War, and that they know of their own personal knowledge that he has never applied to the war risk (difficult to read) insurance bureau for compensation. That they are not related in any way to claimant but live with him and care for him. These facts were dictated, typewritten and the contents fully made known before signing same.
Misc Newspaper Clippings:

a.) Bloomington (Monroe County, Indiana) Telephone, January 13, 1883, p. 1.

The marriage of Captain Williamson M. Alexander to Mrs. Jennie Hoover last Sunday was a general surprise all around; not that it was not expected--for it was--but not a rumor was heard or a word was said to the effect that it was to be when it was. Without attendance Mr. Alexander and lady were taken in a carriage to the residence of Rev. A. B. Phillputt where, in the presence of the necessary witnesses, they nuptial knot was tied. They were immediately driven to the depot and took the evening train for Louisville; from thence they go to Nashville, then to Jacksonville, Fla., where they will remain until May, when Mrs. Young and family, who have been there during the winter, will return with them. The citizens of Bloomington wish the Auditor-(illegible) and his happy bride a pleasant visit and hope to welcome them home hale and hearty.

b.) Bloomington (Monroe County, Indiana Indiana) Courier, December 23, 1902, p. 1.
(Note: This party would have celebrated his 66th birthday)

Surprised Capt. Alexander

Yesterday was Capt. W. M. Alexander's birthday, and in the evening he was given a surprise party in honor of the event. A large company of neighbors and friends were present to enjoy the occasion, and Capt. Alexander was made the recipient of many valuable presents. Refreshments of coffee, fruits and cake were served, and all departed at a late hour wishing the Captain many more pleasant anniversaries. 
Family links: 
  Margaret Peden Alexander (1787 - 1848)
  Maacah J. Burch Alexander (1842 - 1869)
  Eliza J. Hoover Alexander (____ - 1914)
  Maggie Alexander (1869 - 1880)*
*Calculated relationship
Rose Hill Cemetery
Monroe County
Indiana, USA
Plot: Sec M, Lot 18
Created by: genealogyfever
Record added: May 05, 2010
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Capt Williamson M. Alexander
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Capt Williamson M. Alexander
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Capt Williamson M. Alexander
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