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John Joseph Alexander (pictured, right)
(Have marriage cert, birth of son, birth of his wife Mary Ellen and marriage
of her parents)
John Joseph Alexander was born in 1873 in Wandsworth, London.
1881 census: With parents and siblings at Church Walk, 113 North Street, Wandsworth
1891 census : aged 18 living with siblings at Swing Bridge House, a Printer's apprentice.
Found on 1901 census - John J Alexander, a compositor printer, married to Mary Ellen, aged 25, who was born in Scotland and with a son, William Donald Alexander, aged 1. They were living at 104 Allfarthing Lane, Wandsworth.
John Joseph Alexander married Mary Ellen / Helen Donald, a housemaid, on 7th September 1899 in Seafield, Banff, Scotland. She was the daughter of William Donald, a fencer at the time of their marriage, and Helen (née Clark). Mary was born on 20th June 1875 at 12.40pm in Cullen, Seafield Street. At the time her father was a ploughman.
Mary Ellen's parents, William Donald and Helen Clark, married on 25th November 1871 in Rachwen? Banff. He was a farm servant at the time, aged 22 (therefore born 1849) and she was 23 (therefore born 1848). William was the son of James Donald, a labourer, and Margaret, née McLay(?) and was a labourer. Helen was the daughter of John Clark and Margaret, née Coull (deceased). Adam Coull was a witness at their wedding.
John Joseph Alexander and Mary had a son, William Donald, born 2nd February 1900 at Lintmill, Seafield, Cullen. It is possible that they left London to marry in Mary's home town because she was pregnant - William Donald was born 5 months after their wedding. The fact that they returned to London fairly soon after his birth (at most a year, as they were all in London at the time of the 1901 census), suggests that Scotland wasn't a career destination for John.
Their second son, John, (known as Jack) was born in 1908 in Wandsworth. On the 1911 census the whole family are living at 3 Dormay Terrace, The Plain, Wandsworth. John Joseph was a compositor in printing and their sons were 11 and 3.
William (right) later
married Dorothy Elizabeth Dowling
(1899-1963) and worked as a dental technician. They had a son who trained as his apprentice until William sadly
died in 1947.
John (Jack) also married a Dorothy and they had two children