Alexander was born in Catrine in 1814 and married Jean at the age of 19. They married on 4th January 1833 in the Laigh Kirk, Kilmarnock. Alex was a carpet weaver.
Jean was born in Beith in 1814.She and Alex lived at 20 Douglas Street for at least 40 years. (Census returns 1851-91) Their closest neighbours in 1881 were an engine fitter, a cotton weaver, a shoemaker and a forewoman in a bonnet works.
On 3rd June 1887 Alex took pneumonia and died at home ten days later. He was 73. Jean lived on for another four years, dying of apoplexy on 30th October 1891.
Alex's parents were Milligan Wallace, a handloom weaver, and Janet Forrest.
Jean's father was John Lambie, a gardener.