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Alexander, Bill and Ruth Jane Lacey

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Bill Alexander and Ruth Jane Lacey

Notes from ELB pg. 423:

      Ruth Jane Lillian Lacey was born on 7 March 1854 in Texas and died on 19 January 1917 in Mason, Mason Co. TX. She is interred in Bluff Creek Cemetery in Mason. She married John William ("Bill") Alexander. He was born on 29 April 1846. in Bellview, Iowa, eldest son of Hugh Alexander, who came from North Ireland, and Charlotta Lamerson, who came from Wales. The following article is from the San Angelo-Times, Sunday, April 28, 1945.

      "When John William was ten years of age, the family moved to southern Iowa, and in 1861, at the age of 15, he ran away from home and joined the Northern forces in the Civil War, serving as private for three years and one month, being discharged in 1864. He fought in the battle of Shiloh, April 6 and 7, 1862, being one of 150 soldiers taken prisoner there. They were taken to Corinth, Miss., and from there to Macon, Ga. where they were paroled. He went back home until he was exchanged, then went to St. Louis, rejoining his regiment, which later engaged in the struggles from Atlanta to Savannah. In 1864 he went to New York and from there back to St. Louis, and then home, not yet being 20 years of age.

     "At about the age of 25, he went to Texas, stopping at Fredericksburg, where he was a 'cowpuncher", working for Creed Taylor in South Llano. In 1871 he entered the Rangers and served as scout on James River and the Divide. He was commonly called "Kansas Bill" in those days. (Also was known as "Sandy Bill"). He left the Rangers in 1873 and resumed cattle punching. Married Ruthie Lilly Lacey and had 13 children, eight of whom were living in 1935, these being Charlie A. and Ernest M. of Menard, Mrs. Eunice Soules of Hext, H. Phelps of San Angelo, Louis B. of Weslaco, Mrs. Louannie Young of Hext, and Sam A. of Tyler. Henry (William Henry) is a member of the police department in San Angelo (1935). At reunion there will be 35 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren, or he had that many.

     "In 1879, John William moved with his family to New Mexico (Lincoln Co., ed) and worked in the gold mines and a quartz mill, also having a herd of cattle, residing there 18 years and then moved back to Menard County in 1896.

     "Mrs. Alexander died Jan. 3, 1917 and Bill then lived with his daughter. Mrs. M. F. Soules. He bought his first car in 1914. It was the custom of John William to join his brothers in a reunion every year and the first such was held in Hext in 1927. Since then two family gatherings were held in Iowa where two of the brothers lived. The mother and father of John William lived to be 97 and 98 years of respectively."

     Bill died Oct. 27, 1946 at Brady, Texas, age 100 years, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. M.E. Soules, who had moved to Brady from Hext. He attended the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg in 1938. Services were conducted from the Hext Baptist Church with burial in the Hext Cemetery. Six of his sons were pallbearers.


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