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John J. ALEXANDER
Mary STROUP
Husband:  John J. ALEXANDER
Birth:  1820/1, NY
Occupation:  drayman, farm laborer
Brother probablyTheophilus ALEXANDER, b. 1817/8, NY
Marriage:  10 Jan 1858, Clark Co., OH
Wife:  Mary STROUP
Birth:  1833/4, German Twp., Clark Co., OH
Occupation:  homemaker
Other Spouse:  m1. 2 Jun 1851, Clark Co., OH, David BECHTEL
Father:  Daniel STROUP
Mother:  Nancy ENOCH
Step-Son:
1.  John F. BECHTEL - ALEXANDER, b. 1852/3, Clark Co., OH
Children:
2.  Erwin Jasper ALEXANDER, b. 1858, Clark Co., OH
3.  William W. ALEXANDER, b. 1860/1, MO
4.  Helen ALEXANDER, b. 1865/6, MO
5.  Sumner ALEXANDER, b. 1866/7, IL
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Illinois, Missouri, New York, Ohio

Sources (n.b., Jefferson Co., MO, is just across the Mississippi River from Illinois):

1a.  Jordan R. Dodd, ed.  1998.  Marriage Index: Ohio, 1851-1900.  Liahona Research, Orem, UT (Broderbund CD-236):
Bechtel, David Stroup, Mary  2 Jun 1851 Clark Co.
Alexander, John Bechtle, Mary 10 Jan 1858 Clark Co.
I find no earlier marriage for a John ALEXANDER in Clark Co., OH; and we know from the census that he was in Clark Co. by 1850 and still single at that time.

1b.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org).
David BECHTEL
Spouse: Mary STROUP
Marriage: 20 Jun 1851, Clark, Ohio
John ALEXANDER
Spouse: Mary BECHTTE
Marriage: 10 Jan 1858, Clark, Ohio
Source: Marriage Records, 1818-1968. Ohio. Probate Court (Clark County)

2.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #29 of 184):  Springfield, Clark Co., OH, Roll M432_666, p. 173A, 188/196, enumerated 18 Jul 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Theopholis Alexander 32 M   Drayman 800 N.Y.
Mary           " 19 F       "
Wm J           "  5 M       Ohio
Chas           "  3 M       "
S/L A          " 6/12 F       "
Hope Peterson 38 F       "
Jno J Alexander 26 M   Drayman   N.Y.
Theophilus is presumably our subject's brother.

3.  1860 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #25 of 36):  Springfield P.O., Springfield City (Ward 2), Clark Co., OH, Roll M653_943, p. 413A, PN 85, 654/690, enumerated 18 Jun 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
John J Alexander 37 M   Dryman 1200 200 N Y
Mary       " 25 F         Ohio
John F     "  6 M         "
Erwin J    "  1 M         "
Nancy Stroup 59 F         Penn
John F. must be a son from a prior marriage, presumably Mary's because we do find an earlier marriage for her, but none for John J.  Nancy is Mary's mother.

4.  1870 Census Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #119 of 400):  Hillsboro P.O., Joachim Twp., Jefferson Co., MO, p. 254A, PN 19, 143/143, enumerated 16 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Alexander John J 49 M W Works on farm   150 New York
_________ Mary 36 F W Keeps house     Ohio
_________ John F 17 M W at home     "
_________ Jasper 12 M W "     "
_________ Wm W  9 M W "     Missouri
_________ Helen  4 F W "     "
_________ Sumner  3 M W       Illinois
Stroup Nancy 69 F W lives with daughter     Pennsylvannia
John F. must be a son from a prior marriage, presumably Mary's because we do find an earlier marriage for her, but none for John J.  Nancy is Mary's mother.  Listed two households from Emily STROUP (æ 12, b. MO) who is living with Mary J. BOGARDES.

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