The following biographical sketches are from:
History of Summit County
edited by William Henry Perrin
Published in 1881
Merchant, Northfield; is one of the rising young merchants of Summit County; born in Cleveland, May 6, 1848; son of Hamill and Martha (Nesbit) Alexander. The father of our subject was born Aug. 6, 1818, in West Pennsylvania; son of James Alexander whose ancestors hail from “Bonnie Scotland." He came West with his son Hamill in 1838, locating in Cuyahoga County, and engaged in agricultural pursuits, bringing his son up to this calling, whose marriage with Miss Nesbit occurred Nov. 17. 1842, whose birth is recorded April 7, 1822. Born in Wheatfield Township, Indiana Co., Penn., daughter of John and Ann (Matthews) Nesbit, who came west from Pennsylvania, locating in the township in 1831. After the marriage of Hamill Alexander, he remained one year on the farm; then removed to Cleveland where he lived nine years, being engaged in the mercantile business. From there he moved to Macedonia, this township engaging in the lumber business, where he remained until his death, which took place July 4, 1854. To him were born a family of three children, viz., John N., now residing in Lansing, Mich.; James G. and Martha J. (now the wife of 1/r. J. C. Bryson, of La Cygne. Lyon Co., Kan.) James G., at the death of his father was but a lad of 6 years; being then thrown upon his own resources he has since that time rowed his own craft. When a mere lad, he hired out by the week, receiving 85 per month, and continued on in this way until he accumulated means to enable him to engage in business for himself, In 1860, he moved with his mother and sister to Johnson Co., 31o., and farmed four years, which gave him more experience than profit. Returning, in November, 1872, to this town, he engaged as a clerk for Lyons, Logan & McClellan, remaining with them one year and a half and then engaged one year with E. A. Palmer & Brother as tray-cling salesman. April 13, 1876, he married Ellen F. Love, daughter of John and Jane Love, of Coshocton County. The May following, he succeeded J. D. Lyon & Co., and has since been engaged in general merchandising, and is doing a safe and lucrative business. This business has increased to double its first dimensions. He is now handling all kinds of rum machinery, engines mid threshers. He is energetic and an excellent business man. March 21, 1878, his lovely wife passed to the land beyond the river," leaving him companionless. She bore him one child – Jennie - who sleeps in the cemetery beside her. Since the death of his wife, his mother has been his comforter and housekeeper. Mr. Alexander and mother are members of the C. P. Church, as also was her father.