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Alexander, William

Alexander, William

Male 1850 - 1913  (63 years)

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  • Name Alexander, William 
    Born 25 May 1850  Meikle Wartle Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 13 Jul 1913  Palmerston North NZ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I226  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 1 Nov 2004 

    Father Alexander, William,   b. 4 Mar 1821, Meikle Wartle Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 1914, North Sunside Wartle Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Mother Brown, Isabella,   b. 2 Nov 1820, Moss Side Mounie Daviot Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Mar 1905, North Sunside Wartle Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 9 Jun 1849  Daviot Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Documents At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Census Rayne 1871 William Alexander
    Census Rayne 1871 William Alexander
    Family ID F74  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Stewart, Isabella,   b. Abt 1853, Perthshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Aug 1945, Palmerston North NZ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 92 years) 
    Married 27 May 1881  Knox Church Dunedin Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Alexander, William,   b. 23 Apr 1882, Invercargill NZ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jul 1948, Palmerston North Nz Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     2. Alexander, Isabella,   b. 22 Oct 1885, Woodlands Invercargill NZ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jan 1984, Palmerston North Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 98 years)
    Photos
    Rin 226 289 GOLDEN_WEDDING
    Rin 226 289 GOLDEN_WEDDING
    Last Modified 3 Jul 2014 
    Family ID F77  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Rin 226 William Alexander GOLDEN_WEDDING
    Rin 226 William Alexander GOLDEN_WEDDING
    Golden Wedding  William Alexander//Isabella Brown  June 1899
    Golden Wedding William Alexander//Isabella Brown June 1899
    Back Row L to R

    Robert Alexander Jean Alexander Sandy Burr William Alexander James Alexander

    Front Row L to R
    Isabel Jaffrey William Alexander Snr. Isabella Brown Isabella Stewart Jeanne L Stephen
    Jean Alexander and husband are side by side in the back row the other three couples are husband in back wife immediately in front

    Headstones
    Family Grave Old Rayne Kirkyaerd
    Family Grave Old Rayne Kirkyaerd
    William & Isabelle Alexander
    William & Isabelle Alexander
    Palmerston North Early Settlers Graveyard
    The round ball on top of the stone was knocked down by vandals and not replaced.

    Histories
    Family History from Invercargill
    Family History from Invercargill

  • Notes 
    • Lynette Wright informs me that on her recent visit to Invercargill (Feb2004) She visited the library to see if they had any material on Woodlands where William Alexander went farming in NZ She located the school records where both his children attended and a brief summary of their progress is attached to their entries
      William emigrated to NZ in about 1874 Reputedly he met his future wife on the boat Married in Dunedin 27th May 1881age 31 at Knox Church gives his present residence as Dunedin and usual residence Woodlands (near Invercargill) his profession farmer Family legend has it he went into business as a shopkeeper in Winton South Island NZ at some later date
      Margaret Trotter a Woodlands resident compiled a booklet "Early Woodlands and Today" which gives an insight into the lives and conditions of those we now refer to as early settlers
      The New Zealand Society of Genealogists in their "Return of the freeholders of New Zealand Oct 1882" list William Alexander of Woodlands Southland as owning 102 acres of land worth £710. Additionally in an index of bankruptcies in NZ 1881 to 1940 the same society mentions" A William Alexander farmer on Waimea plains near Riversdale filed for bankruptcy on 7th Aug 1882" These dates rather clash and we cannot be sure that we have the same William Alexander
      Moved to Palmerston North in North Island (date unknown ) and continued in business there owning three shops
      On the occasion of his parents Golden Wedding,(1899) William and Isabella journeyed to Scotland bringing with them a handsome marble clock as a present. In the nature of things the recipients of such a present do not have long to enjoy it. However the clock is still in use having pride of place on the mantle shelf at my sisters place in Cullen some 100 years later
      I feel that we are indebted to William for the Golden Wedding photogrsphs which were taken on this happy occasion and which have come down through the generations to us
      Buried in the early settlers grave yard in Palmerston North and also commorated on the family headstone in Rayne kirkyard