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The late Hugh A. Alexander, who died at his home in Miami township in the summer of 1906, was born on the farm on which he died and there spent all his life. The Alexanders have been represnted in this county ever since the year 1811, when Hugh Alexander, grandfather of the subject of this memorial sketch, came up here from Kentucky and bought a thousand acres of land in Miami township. Jacob Alexander, one of the sons of this pioneer, married Margaret Alexander and established his home on a portion of that tract, erecting on the same a log cabin in which he and his wife began housekeeping. Jacob Alexander became the owner of a farm of two hundred and seventy-five acres and on that place spent his last days, his death occurring there in 1838. His widow survived him for nearly thirty years, her death occurring in 1866, she then being past seventy years of age. They were the parents of ten children.

Hugh A. Alexander, last survivor of the ten children born to Jacob and Margaret (Alexander) Alexander, was born on the home farm in Miami township on March 20, 1827. He was but eleven years of age when his father died and he grew up on the home place and after his marriage in 1860 established his home there, continuing to reside there the rest of his life, his death occurring there on July 8, 1906. For some years before his death he had been living practically retired from the active labors of the farm, having turned the management of the same over to two of his sons. In 1917 the farm was sold to William Conley. By political affiliation Mr. .Mexander was a Republican.

In 1860, at Dayton, this state, Hugh A. Alexander was united in marriage to Catherine Stahl, who was born in Germany, but who was but a child when she came to this country with her parents, the family locating at Dayton. To that union were born eleven children, namely: John, who for years has been engaged in the insurance business at Topeka, Kansas, and who married Minnie Roach and has five children, Archibald, Carl, Wilma, Donald and Helen; Cynthia, wife of Jacob Johnson, of Yellow Springs, this county; Margaret, who is now living at Cedarville, to which place she moved with her mother after the death of her father; Jacob, now a farmer at Knowles, Oklahoma, who married Mary Merrill and has two children, Emmet and Wiley; Hugh, who married Flora Raney and became engaged in association with his brother William in the mercantile business at Yellow Springs, where he died on September 18, 1917, leaving three children, Eleanor, Ruth and Dorothy; Minnie, who married Riley McMillan, a farmer of Cedarville township, and has four children, Ethel, Harvey, Wilbur and Esther; Anna, who is engaged in her brother's store at Yellow Springs; Abbie, who married S. A. Rahn, who formerly was engaged in the mercantile business at Yellow Springs, and became the mother of three children, Ralph (deceased), Harold and Helen; William, who married Nellie Newell and is engaged in the mercantile business at Yellow Springs; Arthur, now living at Kansas City, who married Lunetta McMillan, and has one child, a daughter, Grace; and Walter, who died at the age of eleven years. Following the death of her husband in 1906 Mrs. Alexander and her daughters, Margaret and Anna, moved to Cedarville, where Mrs. Alexander died on December 14, 1917, and where Miss Margaret Alexander is still living. Mrs. Alexander was a member of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, as are her daughters.

 

 

From History of Greene County Ohio, Its People, Industries and Institutions, vol. 2. M.A.Broadstone, editor. B.F.Bowen & Co., Indianapolis. 1918