Whitley County Indiana
While every effort has been made to have these records
THE GRAVE OF JOHN H. ALEXANDER
John H. Alexander
September 27 1850
in his 37th year
And not a wave of trouble
Rolls oer my peaceful breast
This grave was made on his farm in the northeast quarter of section 33, Thorncreek township, Whitley Co, Indiana. For 118 years the gravestone stood in place. When a building lot was sold and a house erected, the grave site now is only a few feet from the rear wall. The stone was taken to the Whitley County museum.
John Alexander was a native of New York state. He was a surveyor and the first settler in the township. Here he was married to Lydia Ann Anthony by Adam Egolf, JP on June 23, 1839. He was survived by two daughters, Harriet W aged 4 and Amelia M aged 2 years. His widow became the wife of Isaac Bennett in 1853.
Information from Nellie Raber’s “Thorncreek’s Eternal Cities”
On October 13, 1969, the Whitley County Historical Society dedicated 3 bronze memorial plaques. One of these was for John H Alexander, for whom E Yost Braddock spoke.
Coming to the area in 1835 at the age of 22. He built his first cabin on the west side of the creek near a spring and later a more substantial home on the hill across from the barn. Being a surveyor it is reported that he surveyed the Yellow River Road and the town of Etna. After his death in 1850, his widow married a Mr. Bennett and moved to California.
Name — Description — Location
Alexander John — died September 7 1850 aged 37 And not a wave of trouble rolls oer my peaceful breast — Alexander
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