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William Alexander Inverness, Scotland 1854

William Alexander Inverness, Scotland 1854

Posted: 8 Oct 2013 10:48PM GMT
Classification: Query
I am a grand-son of Annie Stewart Alexander Daines daughter of William Jr. from inverness, Scotland. There is a good picture of of William in middle-age. I have researched his family life and career as a railroad and bridge builder.

Re: William Alexander Inverness, Scotland 1854

Posted: 21 May 2014 3:15PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Alexander, Noble
Unfortunately can't locate your tree to check out exactly who these William Alexanders are. My great-grandfather was also a William Alexander, the renowned builder of railway bridges (starting near his place of birth, Gourdon) and buildings, but... he was born in 1837 and not in 1854. He had several sons, one of whom was my grandfather, George Alexander (b Inverness, 1880). A son called William was born in 1872 in Gourdon and he had 3 children: William Noble Alexander, born in 1907 in Inverness, Alexander Noble Alexander (b. 1911, Inverness) and John Moir Alexander (b. 1913, Inverness).

William, b. 1872, was a stone-mason and grew up in the building industry too. However, when William married (Ann Noble, 1905), he took up farming on the Milton of Culloden farm. In 1914 he moved to Belmaduthy farm on the Black Isle.

Would really love to know who 'your' William Alexander was. I hadn't been aware that there was someone of the same name who was also a railroad- and bridge-builder.

Re: William Alexander Inverness, Scotland 1854

Posted: 14 Dec 2015 4:31AM GMT
Classification: Query
William Alexander 1854 Inverness was about 13 when he stowed away on a ship and then hired on as a cabin boy. He had attempted this earlier on his Uncle's ship. He sailed for years and then went to the USA for some period and then ended up in Australia at the Mount Morgan Gold Rush. not far from Brisbane. He gave up the gold fields and began rail road building which he did for the rest of his life. He died building a rail road in the Philippines. His Father was also William and his mother was Agnes. Because young William left his clothes on the beach, the family assumed he drowned. In the 1950's or my Grandmother Annie Stewart Alexander Daines, living in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, saw a news paper photo (obit) of a George Alexander, Canadian Mountie, whom she was certain was an uncle of hers.
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