James Alexander
Contributed by Annette Campbell

James Alexander was born in Morris, OTSEGO county, in 1829. John Alexander, father 
of James, was born in Ireland, about 1795, came to America when a young man, and
settled in Morris, Otsego county, where he spent his life. He engaged in harness
making, which business he has always followed. He married Margaret McDole, of
Ireland, by whom he had eight children: Margaret, Helena, William, Jane Ann,
Matilda L., John, Emily, and James. After the father's death the family removed
to Chenango county and purchased a farm. James Alexander was educated in New
Berlin, Chenango county, and at fifteen years of age began life's battles for
himself by learning the harness maker's trade, which he followed about sixteen
years. In 1853 he came to Pulteney where he engaged in the same business until
1856, when he married Celia, daughter of Joel and Nancy (Folwell) Hyatt, and
removed to his father-in-law's homestead, where he has since erected fine, large
commodious buildings, and is one of the early fruit growers of this section; now
he owns a ten-acre vineyard. From "Landmarks of Steuben County" by Hon. Harlo Hakes, 1896
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