Thank you so much for answering my query about Alexander Demorest. He was my husband’s grandfather. I am aware of the 2 volume genealogy for the Demorests and it is both frustrating and mysterious why I do not see him there.
However, I have a birth registration from Canada for him on Aug. 16, 1886 (registered in 1889) in Bixley, Victoria, Canada with John and Sarah Demorest as the parents. (#034232)
The marriage record of John Gilbert Demorest and Sarah Keith is on FHC film #1869760. Her father’s name was Alex Keith, and as our Alex was the second son I expect that with usual naming practices that that is how he got his name.
I have a census record from North Victoria, Canada in 1891 with 5 year old Alexander listed as the second child of John and Sarah Demorest.
I have a death record for Sarah in1892 (#021601 York, Toronto Deaths). Shortly there after the family of John and his four sons moved to Waukegan.
The first son, Alvinza (called Vince) was born in 1884 and died in an accident in Waukegan on Feb.18, 1900. I have a newspaper account of it and a photo of his headstone at Oakwood Cemetery in Waukegan.
I have the U.S. census record of 1900 Waukegan, Illinois listing John and Elizabeth Demorest with three sons, Alexander, James and Joseph.
Alex married Minnie Nauta on Feb. 17, 1909 in Chicago (#502516). They lived in Waukegan and had two daughters, Marceline (1909) and Verna (Jan. 24, 1911). They divorced in March 1912 in Lake County, Illinois.
I have the U.S. census record of 1910 Waukegan, Illinois listing Alex, Minnie and daughter, Marceline.
James Demorest died on the day after WW1 ended, Nov. 12, 1918, of a gunshot wound. He is buried in Rock Island National Cemetery in Illinois. In James’ obituary it says “Besides his parents he is survived by three brothers: Joseph, who also is in the service, Alex. and Benjamin.”
Joseph Demorest, who was wounded twice in the war, died April 25, 1929 of a heart condition. He is buried next to his brother, Alvinza, in Oakwood Cemetery, Waukegan, Illinois.
Their father, John Demorest 1862-1930, is also buried there with his second wife, Elizabeth Blowney Demorest, 1866-1946. They had a son, Benjamin, Aug. 17, 1900-Oct. 1968, who lived in Illinois nearer to Chicago. However, in John’s obituary it says “His wife survives him.”!! There is no mention of his children nor of Benjamin whom I assume is his son.
Alex filled out a draft card on Jan. 5, 1917 and he is listed as a farm laborer in Rushford, Wisconsin. His home address was Necedah, Wisconsin.
Alex was listed in a newspaper article of James’ funeral on Dec. 19, 1918 but that is the last I know of him. He had been living in Necedah, Wisconsin near his father. The family assumed that he had died in the war but he obviously didn’t and I don’t believe he was in the service at all. I keep looking for him in death records thinking he may have died in the influenza epidemic but no luck so far.
So that is our story. I would really love to know “the rest of the story” someday. Do you have any ideas?
Thanks again for your interest.
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