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'A'LEXANDER WILLIAM H of Omaha Neb b in Lisbon Ct Aug 7 1849 received an academic educa tion began teaching when nineteen years old and taught three years left Conn for the West 1871 manager of agencies Whitney 8 Holmes Organ co Quincy Ill eight years manager wholesale and retail furniture house Lincoln Neb three years secretary Union Club member of Board of Trade came to Omaha 1883 member of the City Council two years member of the firm of Alexander 8 Smith fire insurance and loans appointed collector of customs 1889 94 m June 18 1872 Stella E Parker of New England ancestry and had children Lila b Sep 10 1873 and Sadie E b July 22 1880 son of Harvey G of Voluntown and Lisbon Ct b in Voluntown Dec 16 1805 d in Hanover Ct Sep 7 1879 farmer m Ist Mary Burdick and had children Angeline m Dwight Ashbey of Mystic River Ct James m Mary Mason Horace B m Sarah Mason Elizabeth m Albert Huntington of Cincinnati and Mary m CC Haskell of Norwich Ct m 2d Eliza Preston gr dau of Daniel Preston who served in the Revolutionary war four years was twice wounded and had children Henry P Eliza M William H and Jane E son of James of Voluntown Ct b there 1761 d there 1842 member Legislature served three years in Revolutionary war magistrate 1800 31 town clerk nearly thirty years m Mary Babcock dau of Elizabeth Douglas Babcock gr dau of Thomas Douglas son of Wm son of Deacon Wm son of Deacon Wm Douglas 


one of the founders of New London Ct 1640 and had children Thomas D d in Paris NY 1835 Harry A d in Sheabonn Ill 1855 James D m rst Ruth Smith Gordon In 2d Elizabeth Durfey d 1842 Horace B b 1793 d 1816 Sarah C b 1799 m Isaac Gallup Elizabeth and Harvey G son of Joseph b in Londonderry NH Aug 27 1726 cl in Voluntown Ct Aug 1816 m Sarah Dorr ance and had seven children Joseph who was president of Commercial bank of Albany NY and who rode on the first train from Albany to Schenectady 1831 James Elizabeth Samuel Mary who lived to the advanced age of 100 years 6 months and George sort of James of Londonderry NH b in Scotland or Bann Water Ulster Ireland d in Londonderry 1731 came to America with Revs Boyd and McGreggor and company in 1718 one of the founders of Londonderry NH 1719 member of the first governing board selectman several terms ruling older in the Presbyterian church desc of Alexanders of Argyleshire Scotland 

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Hello William,

It is not clear to me who Mary Babcock married.  Also who is 'A'lexander William H of Omaha, Neb?  Was he a Douglas?

There is an interesting point that is mentioned:  that 'A'lexander William H was "1871 manager of agencies Whitney 8 Holmes Organ Co. Quincy, IL"  If 'A'lexander William H was a Douglas, or might have hired someone named Douglas to work on organs along the Mississippi, this might help lead us to the father of a man named Richard Bellamy who has a perfect match on 67 markers with one of the descendants of William Douglas, b. 1610.  Bellamy was born out of wedlock and raised by a Bellamy family in Illinois.  Somehow we know that Richard Bellamy's biological father built/repaired pipe organs.

The line of descent for Mary Babcock have goes like this (according to my data base):William Douglas, b. 1610

William Douglas, b. 1645

William Douglas, b. 1672

Thomas Douglas, b. 1712

Elizabeth Douglas, b. 1745, married Isaiah Babcock and had daughter Mary Babcock.If I count correctly, Mary was the great, great, great grand daughter of William Douglas, b. 1610 (and not of the male line, if this is important).

Best regards,

Ed Douglass

FTDNA kit no. 78870

Does this tree match your information Ed ? 

The 1910 census lists the same Connecticut born  William H. Alexander  living in the 4th ward , Salt lake county , Utah .

As with Omaha Nebraska ,there was a mormon presence , Omaha is In Douglas county 

 noticing Fort Douglas Military Reservation is in 4th ward of S L County as well .

 William H. Alexander is listed as a music salesman  he appears to be a grandson of Mary Babcock  

Thank you, Russ

You are most welcome William 

Since I live in North Stonington CT, reading this is a little history of my area as Lisbon CT is about 10 miles away, Voluntown CT Maybe 4 miles and Norwich CT about 6 miles.


Making conections

The more information you can give about the people you mention, the more chance there is of someone else connecting with your family.

Dates and places of births, deaths and marriages all help to place families.

Professions also help.

'My great-grandmother mother was a Douglas from Montrose' does not give many clues to follow up! But a bit of flesh on the bones makes further research possible. But if we are told who she married, what his profession was and where the children were baptised, then we can get to work.

Maybe it is time to update the information in your profile?

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