Mrs. Shirley George Towner of Salinas, Kansas, has located a marriage license return for John Alexander confirming that his father was William Alexander and his mother's maiden name was Vest.Mrs. Towner found the marriage license return in a three-ring binder collection of old "Early Martin County, Indiana Marriage Returns" in the Martin County, Indiana, library in Shoals, Indiana.It turns out that, after his first wife (and first cousin), Lucy Vest, died in 1888 at the age of 72, John Alexander married a second time in 1892, only about six weeks before his 80th birthday.The document that establishes John Alexander's parentage is an "Indiana State Board of Health Return of a Marriage to County Clerk," which contains the following information:
1.Full name of Groom: John Alexander 2.Place of Residence, Baker TownshipMartin Co., IND. 3.Occupation, Farmer 4.Age next birthday, 80 years.Color, White.Race White. 5.Place of Birth, Boone Co., KY.Nationality American. 6.Father's Name,William Alexander 7.Mother's maiden name, Vest 8.Number of Groom's Marriage, 2 9.Full Name of Bride, Nancy Allen 10 Place of Residence, Baker Township, Martin Co.Occupation, Domestic 11 Age next birthday, 52 yearsColor, White. Race, White 12 Place of Birth, Owen Co. IND.Nationality, American 13 Father's Name, Jesse Allen 14 Mother's Maiden Name, Roberts 15 Number of Bride's Marriage, First 16 Married, near Mt. Springs in the County of Martin and State of Indiana the 14 day of September 1892. 17 Witnesses to Marriage, James Hurt & Wm. G. Taylor
I hereby Certify that the above is a correct return of the Marriage Solemnized by me. signed: William T. Hurt, Justice of the peace Dated near Mt. Springs this 14th day of September 1892.
Shirley has provided me with a copy of this document which establishes the proof I needed to establish the last linkage to my mother's Revolutionary War ancestor.Thank you, Shirley!I am now posting this information for anyone else who may need it.