John Alexander (c.1870 - c.1897)

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Death: Died
Cause of death: Bar Fight
Occupation: Actor
Managed by: Allyssa L Edwards
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About John Alexander

There is not much confirmed information on this man. He lied about much of his beginnings and it's been hard to confirm what's actually true.

middle initial possibly P.

he was a Punch and Judy Show actor.

He got in a bar fight and was sent to Charles Street Jail in Boston, where he died from his wounds apparently.

Real name possibly Pierre Pigeon.

Believed to have been a merchant marine or something of the sort, having changed his name after stopping in the USA and deciding to stay.

Has listed birthplaces as Boston and New York though neither may actually be true. He may have been born in France.

Parents names aren't confirmed either. What I have listed is what he listed on one of his records, father John Alexander, mother Catherine. -------------------------------- BIRTH: birthdate estimated from marraige record, but i have reason to believe he may not have been truthful. His marriage records as well as all records/census that i can find on his son George have John listed as being born in New York.... family legend has it that he was born Pierre Pigeon in a french speaking country, and came to the US when he was a merchant marine. he became starred in the Punch + Judy show, and took the stage name as Alexander The great, and took John Alexander as his name after that. Family members recall that he was in a war, and his widow went to claim his pension. thats how they found he was named Pierre. acoording to his marriage record, he wouldnt have been old enough to be in any older war, so he either was in the Civil War and lieda about his age, or he was in the Spanish American war just before he died, and his widow remarried almost immediately. he gave his birthparents as John + Catherine, but i'm not sure about the last name, because John may not be his birth name. No one knows for sure the truth on this man. I've yet to search New York archives for any matches, but this is an ongoing investigation.

DEATH: Got into a bar fight, which landed him in the Charles Street Jail, in Boston, Ma. He died while in jail. death record has yet to be located, but it was likley after 1896. i check all jail books up til that year, and did not find his date of arrest.

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John Alexander's Timeline

1870
1870
1892
April 26, 1892
Age 22
Lynn, MA, USA
1893
June 18, 1893
Age 23
Nahant, MA, USA
1897
1897
Age 27