Daily Evening Item - Lynn, Mass, Tuesday, Dec 26, 1899. Page 8, under Local Mention.
James Alexander, well known in this city as "Punch," died at the Suffolk County Jail on Charles Street, Sunday morning, whither he had been sent from East Boston, the charge against him being larceny. Alexander was about 30 years old.
This man is my Great Great Grandfather, who we knew as John Alexander. He was an actor in the Punch & Judy show, and apparently made up his info as he went along. I've got his death record, and this writeup now. Still no origins, but at least we have an ending.