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 James Beverage Alexander

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James Beverage Alexander

  • Birth 20 Jan 1843 North Haven, Knox County, Maine, USA
  • Death 2 Dec 1934 Camden, Knox County, Maine, USA
  • Burial Camden, Knox County, Maine, USA
  • Plot Cemetery Grave: 6, Lot: 2
  • Memorial ID 90703041

James Beverage Alexander is the s/o Capt John Alexander (1806 - 1861) & Hannah Randall Crockett (1818 - 1885).

He married Melvina "Mell" Dyer Packard on 29 Jan 1868 on North Haven. She was b 24 Sept 1850, North Haven, the d/o Hiram Packard (1817 - 1860) & Mary Ann Webster (1816 - 1883).

They had 5 children, all born North Haven:
1) George Washington Alexander: 9 Feb 1869 - 1 Jun 1951, Camden
2) Frank Packard Alexander: 8 May 1871 - 14 Apr 1958, Camden
3) Gertrude "Gertie" H Alexander: 1874 - 1943
4) Bertha E Alexander: 1879 - 1949, Hallowell (?)
5) Dora S Alexander: 16 Feb 1882 - 2 Feb 1970, Augusta

He was a cook for many years & then went lobster fishing.

He and his brother Ezekiel both enlisted & served time together during the Civil War. He enlisted in the Union Navy on 25 Aug 1864 in Portland, Me.

His Civil War document cites: James Alexander, age 21, Landsman, U S Navy, single. Dark complexion, blue eyes, dark brown hair, 5'11"tall. His occupation was a mariner, born & resided on North Haven. He enlisted on 24 Aug 1864 at Portland, Me for the term of 1 year. He received $100 upon enlistment, getting $42 in advance. He had a scar on the back of his right forearm. He served aboard the Sabine (training ship), The Ohio and the Monadnock (twin-turreted monitor). He was discharged on 26 June 1865.

"The biggest thrills of Mr Alexander's fighting career were experienced in the two assaults on Fort Fisher, North Carolina. The first attempt ended on Christmas Day, 1864, when, after two days of fighting, the Union commander decided that a continuation of the attack would be fruitless. The fortress fell, however, in the three days' assault which ended Jan 15, 1865. Not a man on the Monadnock was killed or wounded in action in the whole war." newspaper article, "After 50 Years."

James was on board the Monadnock when she captured the Confederate "prizes" CSS Cyrene (or Syren) on 22 Feb 1865 in Charleston Harbor, the CSS Deer on 25 Feb 1882 and the CSS Celt. He was also on board at the capture of the city of Richmond, Va. He was discharged 26 June 1865 in Philadelphia, Pa.

He remained on North Haven until 1890 when he moved to Camden. He lived on Camden St except for a short stay in 1893 when he went to Alaska, working in the salmon packing plant in the Cooper River Delta.

According to descendant Dr James Brian Smith, James Beverage Alexander shook hands with President Abraham Lincoln when Lincoln boarded the Mondadnock.

In Dec 1865, a gun exploded in his left hand, causing the partial loss of two fingers.

Bio by: Barb Beverage R

Family Members


1846 Richard F Pendleton 1909
1845 Ophelia M His Wife 1884
1843 James B Alexander 1934
1850 Melvina D His Wife 1916
1871 Frank P Alexander 1958
1874 Sarah A His Wife 1961
1879 Bertha E Alexander 1949
1897 Celia R Alexander 1987

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  • Originally Created by: sandpipertoo
  • Added: 25 May 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 90703041
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for James Beverage Alexander (20 Jan 1843–2 Dec 1934), Find A Grave Memorial no. 90703041, citing Mount View Cemetery, Camden, Knox County, Maine, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .