James Alexander and Mary Ann McNeil
James Alexander, son of John Alexander and Helen Sinclair, was born after 5 Feb  1833 in (North) Ireland, died on 5 Feb 1886 in Wellington Centre, Lot 16, PEI, Canada, and was buried on 7 Feb 1886 in Wellington, Lot 16, PEI, Canada. The cause of his death was stomach illness of one year in duration. Another name for James was James Elexander.


Research Notes: Alexander family history says that James came from Ireland. There is no proof, so far from a primary source, such as emigration records, family bible, church records, etc. There are two seperate documented sources that indicate he came from Scotland. However, Canadian and American census data most often indicate that he came from Ireland. Infact, in the 1930 Rhode Island Census, son John Alexander gives the place of his father's birth as "North Ireland" as opposed to "Irish Free State". This is significant because it means that son John was paying attention to the politics of Ireland and was aware of the declaration of the Irish Free State in on 3 May 1921. Therefore, he must have known the town and county from where James had emigrated.

James Alexander, this image is taken from the only known photo of James.


After 5 Feb 1833, Ireland. There is conflicting evidence on the birth year. The 1881 census suggests 1833 while the headstone suggests 1838. His obituary says he was in his 49th year and his headstone says 48 years of age, therefore, he had not reached his 49th birthday on the date of death. This means that his birthday was after 5 Feb.

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1849, Prince Edward Island, Canada. From the Ancestry.com database, Canadian Immigrant Records, Part One Search Results ELEXANDER, James Historical Atlas of the Province of Prince Edward Island: List of emigrants extracted, National Library of Canada: ref F5308 M4, page [8], native of Scotland. Patron's List/Directory of the 1880 "Meacham's Illustrated Historical Atlas of Prince Edward Island"., Lot 16, Elexander, James, Wellington, Carpenter and Farmer, Scotland, 1849.


Illustrated Historical Atlas of Prince Edward Island


54 acres on Goodwin Road (formerly Egmont Bay Road), 30 Sep 1869, Wellington Centre, Lot 16, PEI, Canada. Wellington was once known as "Quagmire." The adjacent farm was owned by brother-in-law and sister-in-law David and Nancy (McNeil) Cameron.


Wellington and area, Meecham's Atlas of PEI


Parishoner at Immaculate Conception R.C. Church, 30 Sep 1869, Richmond, Lot 16, PEI, Canada.

Immaculate Conception R.C. Church


Shipwright, 1871, Summerside, PEI, Canada.
          Canadian Genealogy Index, 1600s-1900s about James Alexander
          Name: James Alexander
          Event: Living
          Province: Prince Edward Island
          County: Prince
          Place: Summerside, Richmond, Twp 17
          Comments: Shipwright
          Source: Prince Edward Island Directory for 1871, 
                     The Genealogical Research Library, Toronto, 1984.
          Volume/Page: 53


1881 Canada Census, 1 Apr 1881, Wellington, Lot 16, PEI, Canada.

   Name                Sex    Married Age   Origin Birthplace           Occupation

   James Alexander     Male       M    48 Scottish Scotland             Farmer 

   Mary Alexander      Female     M    48 Scottish Prince Edward Island 

   Joseph Alexander    Male            24 Scottish Prince Edward Island Farmer 

   John Alexander      Male            22 Scottish Prince Edward Island Farmer 

   James Alexander     Male            20 Scottish Prince Edward Island Farmer, son 

   William Alexander   Male            18 Scottish Prince Edward Island Farmer, son,

                                                                        going to school 

   Ellen Alexander     Female          16 Scottish Prince Edward Island 

   Anne Alexander      Female          12 Scottish Prince Edward Island Going To School 

   Catherine Alexander Female           7 Scottish Prince Edward Island Going To School 

   George Alexander    Male             6 Scottish Prince Edward Island Going To School 

 Children Mary Ann (b 5 Apr 1866) and Edward Michael (b 30 Sep 1873) have passed away.

1881 Canada Census, Lot 16, Page 11

1881 Canada Census, Lot 16, Page 12

Death Record

Immaculate Conception R.C. Church, 7 Feb 1886, Richmond, Lot 16, PEI, Canada.
Died - Jas. Elexander. On Feb 7th, 1886,

          I interred in Wellington Cemetery the body of James Elexander who died on

          the 5th, aged 52 years.

          L. J. McDonald 

James Alexander burial record

Research Note

Local residents, Jim Peters of Peters' Monuments, for example, in a conversation with Ed Alexander, think of the Immaculate Conception R.C. Church as being in Wellington even though it is in Richmond. It is evident from the death record entry for James that this was a common practice since the inception of the church. This may have come about because the residents of Wellington had to rely upon other local churches prior to Immaculate Conception being built. Hence, the church was built specifically for Wellington residents and became locally known as the Wellington Church and Cemetery.


Daily Examiner, 17 Feb 1886, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada
Died - At his residence, Wellington, Lot 16, on Feb. 5th, after one year's illness of stomach complaint, James Elexander, Esq., in the 49th year of his age leaving a wife and eight children to mourn the loss of a kind and affectionate husband and father.

[Foreign papers please copy.]

James Alexander Obituary


Immaculate Conception R.C. Cemetery, 7 Feb 1886, Richmond, Lot 16, PEI, Canada.

Richmond, Lot 14, No. 3, Stone 34, Imm. Conception R. C.
          In memory of James Alexander
          Died Feb 5, 1866, Ae 48
          May his soul rest in peace
A poem at the bottom of the headstone reads:
          Oh thou art gone dear father
          And left us here to mourn
          To thy home in heaven
          Never to return
          To promise thy God of glory who created thee and
          With the Saint for all eternity

James Alexander Headstone

Last Will and Testament with Probate

27 Mar 1886

In the name of God Amen.
James Elexander do declare this to be my last will and testament. Do therefore bequeath unto my beloved and lawful wife Mary Ann Elexander my homestead land property. Together with all the movable property thereon to have and to hold during her widdowed life and at the expiration thereof, I will that the said land and the movables shall become the property of my son John providing that he is willing to come home and look after the property and keep her (his mother) comfortable and respectable during life and that he will be a kind obediant and faithful son to her (his mother) and if my son John do not come home and keep the property and also his mother and sisters and brother he is not to get the property at his mothers death. She has to give it to the son of hers who shall look after the property and keep her as she should be kept.
I also bequeath to my beloved wife Mary Ann my farm on Egmont Bay Road to have and to hold during her widdowed life and then to become my son Williams property at his mothers death providing he will accept to keep it and if not it shall fall in with the homestead property and that he shall work and cultivate the said land in a condition suitable to his mother.
I also will that my daughters will have a home on the homestead during their single lives providing they do help and work with their mother and brother in keeping the homestead together. Also that my son George shall be provided with a good common education or otherwise with a good trade by the posession of the homestead.
In witness thereof, I do set my hand and seal this fifthteenth day of December in the year of Our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Eighty Five.
          James Elexander (signed)
          Angus P. Cameron (signed)
          Dougald McDonald (his mark)
This will was proved on the 18th March 1886 on the oath of Angus P. Cameron a sibscribing witness before Cornelius Gallant and was registered on the 27th of March 1886 as certified by Charles Young, Judge of Probate

James Alexander Will


James married Mary Ann McNeil, daughter of John McNeil and Nancy McLellan, on 16 Jun 1857 in Indian River, Lot 18, PEI, Canada.
Mary was born about 1837 in Richmond, Lot 17, PEI, Canada, died on 28 Oct 1921 in Washington, DC, USA aged about 84, and was buried on 21 Nov 1921 in Richmond, Lot 17, PEI, Canada.

Mary Ann McNeil Alexander

Marriage Ceremony

St. Mary's R.C. Church, 16 Jun 1857, Indian River, Lot 18, PEI, Canada.
Marriage Ceremony James Alexander and Mary McNeil

On the 16th June 1857 after one publication of banns of marriage between James Alexander son of the late John Alexander and Helen Sinclair on the one part and Mary McNeil daughter of the late John McNeil and the late Ann McLellan on the other without discovering any impedements of marriage, I the undersigned obtained their mutual concent to marriage and gave them the nuptual benediction in the presence of Jerome Gillis and Ann McNeil.

James MacDonald
[Note: the proper names "Ann" and "Nancy" were often used interchangably.]

St. Mary's R.C. Church

Marriage Registration

James Alexander and Mary Ann McNeil Marriage Registration


Abt 1835, Richmond, Lot 17, PEI, Canada. The 1881 Census (Microfilm C-13162) states Mary's age is 48. This may be suspect as her parents were married in 1835.

Note: Registration of Death Certificate of son Joseph Alexander states Mary's place of birth is Richmond, PEI.

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1891 Canada Census, 1 Apr 1891, Wellington, Lot 16, PEI, Canada
   Name                Sex    Married Age Fthrs Birthpl Birthplace           Occupation

   Mary Alexander      Female     W    54 PEI           Prince Edward Island Farmer

   William Alexander   Male            28 Ireland       Prince Edward Island 

   Anne Alexander      Female          25 Ireland       Prince Edward Island 

   Catherine Alexander Female          17 Ireland       Prince Edward Island

   George Alexander    Male            15 Ireland       Prince Edward Island

Husband James has passed away, children Joseph, John, James Murdock, and Helen have left home. The census also shows David and Nancy (McNeil) Cameron, Mary Ann's brother-in-law and sister, living on the farm next door.

1891 Canada Census


1906, Washington, DC, USA.

This photo of Mary was taken by professional photographer Paul Trannes, 808 7th St. N. W., 1915, Washington, DC, USA.

Mary Ann (McNeil) Alexander


Summerside Journal, 16 Nov 1921, Summerside, PEI, Canada

Alexander, Mrs. Mary - Numerous friends will learn with regret of the death of Mrs. Mary Alexander, which occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Helen Smith, Washington, D.C., on Friday, Oct. 28th, inst. The late Mrs. Alexander was a former resident of Wellington parish, P.E. Island, where her remains were brought and laid to rest on Nov. 2, inst., beside those of her late husband who predeceased her thirty-five years. There remains a large family of sons and daughters to mourn the loss of a loving and devoted mother.

The sons are Joseph of Sydney, B.C. [sic]; John of Newport, R.I.; James M., of Newport, R.I.; William of Pictou N.S.; and George W. M. D., of Gardiner, Me.

The daughters are Mrs. Helen Smith and Mrs. Alfred Effer both of Washington, D.C., besides a large number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mrs. Alexander at the time of her death was in her eighty-seventh year. R.I.P.

Mary Alexander obituary (digital)


Immaculate Conception R.C. Cemetery

21 Nov 1921, Richmond, Lot 16, PEI, Canada
She was placed in the plot beside her husband James. Her brother-in-law
David Cameron and her sister Nancy (McNeil) Cameron are buried about 40 feet away to the right with a very similar headstone.  Both headstones, made of white marble, are visible to the right of the roadway in the accompanying photo. The small iron cross to the left of James' headstone on the left hand side of the roadway is that of daughter Mary Ann.

Immaculate Conception R. C. Cemetery


Joseph         born 19 Sep, 1857
John           born  8 Nov, 1858

James Murdock  born  9 Nov, 1860 (a)

William        born 29 May, 1862
Helen          born  1 Dec, 1863
Mary Ann       born  5 Apr, 1866
Anne           born 18 Mar, 1869
Catherine      born  7 Feb, 1872
Edward Michael born 30 Sep, 1873
George Wilfred born 26 Oct, 1874

(a) Murdock was the first name of Mary's paternal grand father, Murdock McNeil