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Michael Alexander was born in approximately 1792, probably in France.  He served in Napoleon's army and fought against the Russians.  He was captured by the Russians, and in 1812, was settled in the Volga German colony of Norka.

He is recorded on the 1834 Census of Norka in Household No. 119, married to Anna Maria Lorei, daughter of the deceased Johannes Lorei.

Michael Alexander does not appear on the 1857 Census of Norka, although his descendants do, so he must have died before 1850. 


- 1834 Norka Census (Household No. 119).
- 1857 Norka Census (Household No. 141).
- Belousov, S.V. "Prisoners of war of Napoleon's army in the Volga region: the arrangement, content, relationships with the local population." Bulletin of the Samara State University, No. 1 (Samara, Russia: Samara State University, 2006): 48-55.

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