Charles Alderton
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Charles Courtice Alderton (1857 - 1941)

Dr Charles Courtice Alderton
Born in Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 15 Oct 1884 in Galveston, Texasmap
Husband of — married 20 Dec 1918 in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, United Statesmap
Died in Waco, McLennan, Texas, United Statesmap
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Charles Coutrice Alderton was born on June 21, 1857 in Brooklyn to English immigrants Charles Alderton and Elizabeth Hephzibah (Courtice) Alderton .

He attended school in England, studied medicine in Galveston, Texas, and worked as a pharmacist in Waco, in a shop called Morrison's Old Corner Drug Store.

Creation of Dr Pepper

When sales began lagging at the shop's soda fountain, Alderton began experimenting with fruit extracts, syrups, and "mystic spices" until he came upon a 23-ingredient combination that delighted him and his business partner, Wade Morrison.

First sold on 1 December 1885 (about a year before Coca-Cola was introduced) it was simply called Doc Alderton's Drink or "The Waco", until Morrison gave the concoction its now-familiar name, Dr Pepper. Sales were brisk, but when the beverage's popularity outgrew the drug store's capacity, Alderton decided that he wanted to be a doctor and druggist, not a soft drink magnate, and he sold the recipe to Morrison.

In 1891 Morrison and Robert Lazenby founded the Artesian Manufacturing & Bottling Company, which later became the Dr Pepper Company and is now part of the Dr Pepper Snapple Group.


He married 1) Lillian E. Walker on 15 October 1884 in Galveston, Texas.[1]. Together they became the parents of Hephzebah "Heppie" Alderton and one other child whom they lost.[2] Lillian died in 1916 in California.

He married 2) Emilie Marie Coquille on 20 December 1918 in New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana.[3]


Dr. Charles Alderton died May 29, 1941 in Waco, McLennan County, Texas, United States [4] and was buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Waco, McLennan Co., Texas.

Grave of Dr Charles Courtice Alderton


  1. "Texas Marriages, 1837-1973," database, FamilySearch ( : 5 December 2014), C. C. Alderton and L. E. Walker, 15 Oct 1884; citing , Galveston, Texas, , reference ; FHL microfilm 1,398,884
  2. 1910 United States Federal Census for District 0192, District 73, Los Angeles Assembly, Los Angeles, California. Lillian as head of house, but married; with Heppie. 2 children, 1 living.
  3. New Orleans, Louisiana, Marriage Records Index, 1831-1964 for Charles Coustice Alderton & Emilie Marie Coquille ( [on-line database]).
  4. "Texas Deaths, 1890-1976," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 5 December 2014), Charles Courtice Alderton, 29 May 1941; citing certificate number 24016, State Registrar Office, Austin; FHL microfilm 2,138,610.

See also:

  • Wikipedia: Wikipedia: Charles Alderton
  • NNDB: NNDB: Charles Alderton
  • "United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), Charles C Alderton in household of Charles Alderton, New York, United States; citing p. 112, family 1538, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 552,451.
  • "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 15 July 2017), C C Alderton in household of N D Barradall, Fort Worth, Tarrant, Texas, United States; citing enumeration district ED 88, sheet 16D, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 1328; FHL microfilm 1,255,328.
  • 1920 United States Federal Census for District 0125, Ward 6, Waco, McLennan, Texas. With 2nd wife.
  • "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 26 November 2017), Charles C Alderton, Ward 7, Waco, Justice Precinct 1, McLennan, Texas, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 155-30, sheet 6B, line 80, family 172, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 4100.

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