He was the son of David Alexander and Janet Scott.
James appeared on the 1871 Scottish Census of 2 Apr 1871 in the household of David Alexander at Kier Cottage, Carluke, Lanarkshire, Scotland ;
ALEXANDER David, Head, M, 36, Blast Furance Manager, Carnwath, 6 rooms with windows, 3 children attending school
ALEXANDER Janet, Wife, m, 36, Carnwath
ALEXANDER William, son, Unm, 14, Engine Fireman, Calderbank
ALEXANDER Janet, Dau, 12, Managers Daughter, Calderbank
ALEXANDER George, Son, 10, Scholar, Calderbank
ALEXANDER David, Son, 8, Scholar, Shotts
ALEXANDER James, Son, 6, Scholar, Shotts
ALEXANDER Elizabeth, Dau, 4, twins, Shotts
ALEXANDER Jane, Dau, 4, twins, Shotts.2
|Father*||David Alexander (c 1834 - )|
|Mother*||Janet Scott (23 Oct 1833 - 21 Dec 1874)|
- [S33] Birth Marriage and Burial Entries, International Genealogical Index & Family Search Web Site (IGI) : Family Search Web site, From 2000), C119171.
- [S76] 1871 Scottish Census (www.scotlandspeople.co.uk: New Register House Edinburgh, 2 April 1871), Carluke Lanark, 629/00 002/00 023. Hereinafter cited as 1871 Scottish Census.