Alexander Emerick was born in Ashland County in 1825, where he received a common school education, and studied medicine with Dr. Blachly, of Blachlyville, Wayne County, Ohio, three years. Then he went to Cleveland, and finished his course at the Western Reserve College, where he remained one year. In 1848 he went to Waterloo, Michigan, where he practiced medicine four years. At the end of that time he settled in Lake township, Ashland county, Ohio, where he has practiced medicine ever since.
For four years he has been coroner of Ashland County. He married Mary A. Yocum, a native of Cumberland county, in 1849, and is the father of ten children, of whom six are living: Lewis N., who married Hannah Abert, and afterwards married Martha Harpman, and lives DeKalb county, Indiana; Washington E., who married Alice Spade; Charles Xenophon; Clement L.; and Ella