Friday, September 20, 2013

Alexander Monument at Oakland Cemetery

Four members of the Alexander family are honored in this vertical tombstone at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. John Alexander, a native of Ireland, was born on September 15, 1796 and he died on March 20, 1891 at the age of 94 years. The 1880 U.S. Census for Sharon Township, Richland County, Ohio, lists John Alexander as age 84, born in Ireland, and occupation as retired merchant. His wife Jane was aged 77, also was born in Ireland. Their daughter Agnes, aged 37, was born in Canada.

According to the Sandusky Register of March 24, 1891, John Alexander had died in Newark, Ohio, but his remains were brought back to Sandusky for burial, where he had formerly resided.  Jane Alexander, the former Jane Montgomery, predeceased her husband on December 19, 1886. Agnes Alexander, the daughter of John and Jane Alexander, died in Shelby, Ohio on January 3, 1894.

On another side of the monument is inscribed the name of Arthur Alexander, who died in August of 1861, at the age of 28. Most likely, Arthur Alexander was the son of John and Jane Alexander.

It appears that Arthur Alexander had been married. An inscription above his name reads:

To the Memory of My Dear Husband

The Alexander monument at Oakland Cemetery is a lovely memorial to this family who moved away from Erie County, Ohio.

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