|THOMAS B. ALEXANDER,
a well-known contractor of New London, was born in North Groton, Conn.,
in 1836, son of Thomas Jefferson and Mary Ann (Miner) Alexander. The father,
a native of the same town, was a sea captain, making voyages between New
York and Appalachi-cola. He died at the last-named place in early manhood
of small-pox, leaving a widow, who still lives in Ledyard, Conn., at the
advanced age of eighty-six years, and two childrenó Thomas B. and Mary.
Mary married John Williams, of Ledyard.
Thomas B. Alexander was reared on the home
farm, and acquired his education in the common schools. He subsequently
went to Rhode Island, where he worked for some time in a woollen-mill.
Still later he came to New London, and engaged in his present business,
in which he has been quite successful. In politics he affiliates with the
Republican party, and has been six times appointed Street Commissioner
for terms of one year each. On October 14, 1855, he married Frances A.
Hempstead, daughter of Edward and Fannie (Whittlesey) Hempstead. Mrs. Alexander's
great-great-grandparents were Joshua and Lydia (Burch) Hempstead, both
of whom lived and died in New London. Her great-greatgrandfather Joshua
was born here in the old historic Hempstead House, which is still occupied
by one of the family. Edward Hempstead, the grandfather, was a native of
Stonington, Conn. Mrs. Alexander's father was a farmer, who died in middle
life. Her mother lived a widow many years, dying at the advanced age of
eighty-three. They had ten children, all of whom lived to grow up, marry,
and rear families. Seven of the number are still living, namely: Sarah,
wife of A. J. Bliven, of Colorado; Eunice Crary, now the wife of William
Cranston, of New London; Henry S., of Waterford, Conn.; Hiram, a resident
of Ledyard; Mary Anne, wife of William Hancock, of Mystic; Simeon, who
resides at Clarke Falls Corner, R.I.; and Frances A., now Mrs. Alexander.
The subject of this sketch has one daughter, Jennie A., who was graduated
with honor, at the age of seventeen, at the Young Ladies' High School,
before it became the Williams Memorial. She married Stanley A. Smith, a
yard-master of the Central Vermont Railroad. She is a member of the Daughters
of the American Revolution, and traces her ancestry back, maternally, to
Sir Robert Hempstead, and paternally to John Alden of the "Mayflower,"
In 1888 Mr. Alexander built his present fine residence at 29 North Main
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