Wednesday, May 13, 2015 Alexander Hutchison (1891-1959)

Alexander Hutchison was born on 16 August 1891 in Streator, Illinois, to Alexander and Janet "Jessie" (Semple) Hutchison. He was their second child and oldest son. His father was a coal miner and the family likely lived in Coalville, a company town, just outside of Streator. Before Alexander turned three years old, the family returned to Scotland, arriving in Glasgow on 14 February 1894 aboard the Anchor Line's S/S Ethiopia. They boarded the liner in New York City.

In 1901 the family lived at 31 New Street in Stonehouse. Alexander attended school with his brother, James, and sister, Maggie. Alexander and Jessie's family returned to the United States in 1904. On 21 July they boarded the S/S Furnessia in Glasgow and arrived on 1 August, landing in New York City. They told customs officials their destination was Kirksville, Missouri.

Anchor Line's S/S Furnessia; image courtesy of GeoCities

By 1910 Alexander was 19 years old and worked along side his father in the coal mines. He lived with his parents and siblings, which included six younger brothers and sisters, in Nineveh, Missouri. On 5 June 1917, Alexander registered for the World War I draft. He worked as a miner for the Kansas City Midland Coal Company in Novinger, Missouri, and was described as being tall with a medium build, light blue eyes and dark brown hair. He had not disabled in any way.

On 2 April 1918 Alexander was inducted into the United States Army and served as a private with the 314th Engineers. The unit was attached to the 89th Division and saw action in Europe, arriving on 12 Jun 1918. He was honorably discharged on 26 May 1919.

When the 1920 U.S. federal census was enumerated, Alexander was working as a coal miner and living in Nineveh with his parents and most of his siblings. Only sister, Maggie, had left home. After his father died in 1927, Alexander moved to Taylorville, Illinois, He lived in a boarding house rented by James Dickerson. He continued to work as a coal miner. His brother, James and his wife also lived in Taylorville. James was also a miner.

By 1940 he was back in Novinger and lived with his mother and sister Janie. He worked as a loader in the coal mines. Neither he or his sister ever married. They lost their mother in 1942.

Alexander died on 25 Feb 1959. According to the Missouri State Archives, he died out of state, which is why he does not have a Missouri death certificate.  Alexander was buried beside his parents in Novinger Cemetery.

'S/S Furnessia,' GeoCities
1901 Scotland Census, 31/03/1901 Hutchison, Alexander (Census 1901 656/00 002/00 024)
1901 Scotland Census, Parish: Stonehouse; ED: 2; Page: 24; Line: 13; Roll: CSSCT1901_353
1910 US Federal Census, Census Place: Nineveh, Adair, Missouri; Roll: T624_766; Page: 20A; Enumeration District: 0015; FHL microfilm: 1374779
1920 US Federal Census, Census Place: Nineveh, Adair, Missouri; Roll: T625_902; Page 5A; Enumeration District: 17; Image: 328
1930 US Federal Census, Census Place: Taylorville, Christian, Illinois; Roll: 411; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 0037; Image: 497.0; FHL microfilm: 2340146
1940 US Federal Census, Census Place: Novinger, Adair, Missouri; Roll: T627_2081; Page 3A; Enumeration District: 1-15; 
Alice Muir's Genealogy Notebook, page 5
From Camp Funston to the Rhineland with the 314th Engineers,: 89th Division, Army of the United States, 1917-1919, (Trier, Germany, 89th Division, 1919), 8 pages
Global, Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current, 1959 Hutchison, Alexander
UK, Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960, 1894 Hutchison, Alexander
UK, Outward Passenger LIsts, 1890-1960, 1904 Hutchison, Alexander
US, Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963, 1959 Hutchiston, Alexander
US, Missouri, Adair County Historical Society, Cemeteries, Novinger Cemetery
US, Missouri, Death Certificates Index, 1910-1963, 1957 Hutchison, Alexander
US, Missouri, Find A Grave Index, 1812-2012, 1959 Hutchison, Alexander
US, Missouri, Soldiers' Records: War of  1812 - World War I, Serial No. 2,205,182
US, New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957, 1904 Hutchison, Alexander
US, World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Registration State: Missouri; Registration County: Adair; Roll: 1683088; Draft Board: 1

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