The following record lists children of James5 and Polly Elder:
"A 1911 LDS Manti Temple Record gives the names of eleven (11) individuals who are listed as the father, aunts and uncles of Clayborn Montgomery Elder of Leamington. The siblings are David (Clayborn's father), James, Joshua, William, Claiborn, Elizabeth, Sarah, Nancy, Lucy, Frances and Susan. The only other information given about them is that they were from Tennessee. Unfortunately, the parents of these siblings are listed as only 'Grandfather' and 'Grandmother' Elder." [Film #170399, Manti Temple Baptism Records, 5003 Book T, pp. 20, 30, September 5, 7, & 12, 1911] Quoted from In Search of Grandfather and Grandmother Elder, Kareen Chamberlain, 2002.
- James Elder Jr.
- Joshua Elder
- Elizabeth Elder
- Sarah Elder
- David Elder
- William Elder
- Lucy Elder
- Frances Elder
- Nancy Elder
- Susan Elder
- Claiborne Elder
James Elder and Mary Mason married in 1789, and, based on reported ages, their first identified child was born no earlier than 1794: they may have had other earlier children who haven't been identified because they had died or left home by the 1810 Census [1810 Census of United States, Charlotte County, Virginia, Microfilm series M252, Roll 68, page 1013].
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Note that five children were reported as being born in six years (2 boys and 3 girls aged 10 and 15). Perhaps there were twins. Note also that 3 of the girls were born by 1800 and the other 3 by 1810.
The notes for James and Polly Mason Elder are here.
References are given at the bottom of this page.
James Elder was born about 1794 and died about 1853. He appeared in Censuses from 1820 to 1850 [records].
James Elder was born about 1794 (age 56 in 1850 Census). His parents James and Polly Elder lived in Campbell County or Charlotte County, Virginia, at the time.
James Elder married twice in Rutherford County, Tennessee [Ref 1]:
(1) 15 Jul 1816 to Peggy Wood, solemnized by John Hoover, J.P.
(2) 26 Mar 1829 to Jane Watson, solemnized by John Lane, surety David Myers
Margaret Wood Elder died before 26 Mar 1829 (when James married again). Jane Watson Elder died between 1834 (when son William was born) and the 1840 Census. I haven't learned anything about their parents.
James and Margaret Elder had the following children:
- daughter Jane Elder - born by 1820; married 21 Sep 1837 in Obion County to Junor Burchett (license 9 Sep, surety
Claibourne Elder) [Ref 2, 3]; died before 27 Jan 1855 (when Juner Burchett married Nancy J. Kindred,
surety William D. Elder) [Ref 2, 3]
- daughter Jathina/Justina Elder - born by 1820; married on or after 17 Jul 1847 (license date) in Obion County to
Joseph Barber (solemnized by William Haislip J.P., surety Hiram Elkins) [Ref 1, 3]; died before the 1850
Census, when Martha Barber, age 3, resided with James Elder.
- son John Elder - born 12 Oct 1820 [Obion County Cemetery Records, NSDAR, 1973-1974] in Rutherford County; married (1) 11 Jan 1846 in
Obion County to Ruth Haislip (license 10 Jan, surety William Haislip) [Ref 2, 3] and (2) 4 Jan 1855 in Obion County to
Virginia Henderson (license 3 Jan, surety Fredrk Guthrie) [Ref 2, 3]; died 22 Oct 1874 and was buried in Sanders Chapel
United Methodist Church cemetery [cemetery record]. Ruth Haislip was born about 1830 (age 20 in 1850 Census) [Microfilm series
M432, Roll 891, Page 358A]; she died before Jan 1855 when John remarried. Virginia Guthrie married (1)
Joseph Henderson on 24 Dec 1848 [Ref 1], then married John Elder and, finally, married W. V. Miles on
30 Nov 1875 [Ref 1]; last found in 1880 Census [Microfilm series T9, Roll 1274, Page 169A].
- son Henry L. Elder - born 1821 (Kareen Chamberlain; 2 boys 5 to 9 in 1830 Census and 2 boys 15-19 in 1840 Census); no records found.
- son James Elder - born about 1824 (age 26 in 1850 Census); married 26 Oct 1853 in Obion County to Mary F. Haislip
(license 25 Oct, surety Daniel Pewitt) [Ref 1, 3]; died before 12 Oct 1862, when Mrs. Mary Elder married
James B. Williams [Ref 2, 3].
- daughter Nancy Elder - born 1825 (Kareen Chamberlain; but age 20 in 1850 Census); no other record found.
- daughter Sarah Elizabeth (Sallie) Elder - born 5 Apr 1827 [findagrave.com] in Rutherford County; married on or after 4 Jul 1850 (date of license) in Obion County to Asa Oliver Hickman (surety Henry W. Hickman) [Ref 2, 3]; died 8 Feb 1897 in Obion County and was buried in Old Republican Cemetery [findagrave.com]. Asa Hickman was born Apr 1827, died 11 Jul 1909 and was buried in the same cemetery [findagrave.com].
James and Jane Elder had the following children:
- son Fredrich J. Elder - born 1829 (Kareen Chamberlain; male under 5 in 1830 Census, but no male 10-14 in 1840 Census); no other record
- daughter Margaret Frances Elder - born about 1831 (age 19 in 1850 Census); married 4 May 1854 in Obion County to
Jeremiah Stephens (license 1 May, surety J. Haislip) [Ref 2, 3]; died before 2 Oct 1855, when
Jeremiah Stephens married Martha C. Sanders. Jeremiah Stephens was born 13 Aug 1832, died 7 Jul 1907
and was buried in Troy Cemetery [findagrave.com]. He married (3) 28 Nov 1856 in Obion County Martha Ann Taylor [Ref 2].
- son William D. Elder - born about 1834 (age 16 in 1850 Census); married 29 Jan 1857 in Obion County to Sarah Jane Wilson (license 28 Jan, surety Jeremiah Stephens) [Ref 2, 3]; no other record found.
James Elder resided in Campbell and Charlotte Counties in Virginia and Rutherford and Obion Counties in Tennessee.
James Elder died in 1853 in Obion County, Tennessee [Kareen Chamberlain].
Other points of interest
- James Elder, William Haislip and others were summoned for jury duty in Obion County at January Term 1834 of the
Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions [link]
- James Elder was elected Constable for two years in Civil District 2 and gave bond (with others) for $4000 to Governor 6 Apr 1840
[Willis, Obion County, Tennessee, Will Book 3, 1/20/1840 - 3/7/1842, page 5 (at DAR)]
James Elder was elected Constable for two years in Civil District 2 and gave bond (with others) for $4000 to Governor 7 Mar 1842 [Will Book 4, 3/1842 - 8/1843, page 4 (at DAR)]
James Elder was elected Constable for two years in Civil District 2 and gave bond (with others) for $4000 to Governor 1 Apr 1844 [Will Book 5, 8/1843 - 11/1844, page 43 (at DAR)]
Notes for Joshua and Lydia Etter Elder are here.
Elizabeth Elder was born in 1799 and died in 1874. She appears with her husband and family in the 1850 to 1870 Censuses (these records are difficult to find because of spelling variations). [records]
Elizabeth Elder was born Jan 1799 [son William Pitts' Bible record from Kareen Chamberlain], probably in Charlotte County, Virginia, whose tax lists her father James Elder appeared on during this period.
Betsy Elder and Kinchen Pitts married on or after 21 Jan 1824 (date of marriage bond) in Rutherford County, Tennessee; Matthew Pitts surety [Ref 1].
Kinchen Pitts was born 25 Dec 1800 and died 17 Nov 1874 [William Pitts' Bible]. Census records say he was born in North Carolina. I haven't learned anything about his family.
Kinchen and Elizabeth Pitts had the following nine children:
- daughter Mary Elizabeth Pitts - born May 1823 [1900 Census, Microfilm series T623, Roll 323, Page 14B] in Rutherford County, Tennessee;
married (1) 4 Apr 1844 to Robert Chesney Jr. [Ref 1] and (2) 8 Nov 1848 to William Ellsworth [Ref 1]; last found in 1910
Census, age 87, living with son Walter Pitts in Randolph, McLean County, Illinois [Microfilm series, T624, Roll 306, Page 1B]. Husband
Robert Chesney died in 1847. Husband William Ellsworth was born 1 Sep 1817 and died 3 Jul 1897 in McLean County and was buried in
Heyworth Cemetery [findagrave.com].
- daughter Nancy Pitts - born about 1826 (age 24 in 1850 Census) in Rutherford County; married 22 Feb 1851 in St. Clair County to
William H. Wright [Ref 5]; last found in 1870 Census [Microfilm series, M593, Roll 287, Page 450B]. William Wright last
found in 1880 Census [Microfilm series T9, Roll 257, Page 477C].
- son Ezekiel Pitts - born about 1826 (age 34 in 1860 Census) in Tennessee; married 21 Apr 1852 in St. Clair County to
Mary E. Hill [Ref 5]; died 18 Feb 1910 in Sherman, Grayson County, Texas [Texas Deaths, 1890-1976, FamilySearch]. Wife
Mary Elizabeth Pitts, daughter of James Hill, died 13 Jan 1916 in Sherman, Grayson County, Texas
[Texas Deaths, 1890-1976, FamilySearch].
- son John Pitts - born 20 Mar 1828 [William Pitts Bible] in St. Clair County; married 13 Aug 1850 in St. Clair County to
Nancy M. Dew [Ref 5]; died 7 Nov 1864 [William Pitts Bible]. Nancy M. Pitts, widow, born Illinois, age 48,
last found in the 1880 Census [Microfilm series T9, Roll 247, Page 457C].
- son James Pitts - born 2 Dec 1829 [William Pitts Bible] in St. Clair County; no marriage found; died 1 May 1865
[William Pitts Bible]
- daughter Adaline Pitts - born about 1833 (age 17 in 1850 Census); married 7 May 1856 in St. Clair County to
John J. Rayhill [Ref 5]; died 29 Nov 1865 in St. Clair County (see Rayhill biographical sketch below).
John Jacob Rayhill was born 4 March 4 1824 near Mascoutah, Illinois, and last found in the 1880 Census [Microfilm series T9, Roll 248,
- daughter Martha Pitts - born 17 Jan 1834 in Freeburg, St. Clair County [death certificate];
married 10 Nov 1857 in St. Clair County to Francis A. T. Wilderman [Ref 5]; died 5 Oct 1910 in St. Louis, Missouri and buried in Freeburg,
Illinois [Missouri Death Certificates, 1910–1959 link]
- son William Pitts - born 22 Feb 1836 [William Pitts Bible] in St. Clair, Illinois; married 7 Jun 1859 in St. Clair
County to Margaret Stookey [Ref 5]; died 10 May 1910 at Klamath Falls, Oregon and was buried in
Linkville Pioneer Cemetery [Bible and cemetery record at findagrave.com]. See obituary below. Margaret Pitts was born 1870, died 27 Feb
1830 and was buried in Linkville Pioneer Cemetery [findagrave.com].
- son Nathan Pitts - born Aug 1838 [1900 Census, Microfilm series T623, Roll 501, Page 3B] in St. Clair County; married 4 Oct 1859 in St. Clair County to Mary M. Wilderman [Ref 5]; died 30 Jul 1920 at age 81 in Sumner County, Kansas and was buried in Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Wellington, Kansas [Rootsweb; link]. Mary M. Pitts, age 68, born Illinois, last found in 1910 Census [Microfilm series T624, Roll 459, Page 11A], died 13 Oct 1913 and was buried in Prairie Lawn Cemetery.
Elizabeth Elder lived in Charlotte and Campbell Counties in Virginia, Rutherford County, Tennessee, and St. Clair and Washington Counties in Illinois.
Elizabeth Elder Pitts died 12 Mar 1874 in Nashville, Washington County, Illinois [William Pitts Bible].
Other points of interest
- "William Ellsworth set out early in life to earn his own livelihood, working first upon a farm in St. Clair County, Ill., and employing
himself for a number of years at whatever his hands could find to do. After reaching manhood he was married to Sarah Tolbert, of St. Clair County, Ill. Three
children were born of this union: John, who lives in Wichita, Kan.; George, a resident of Cowley County, that State, and Jane married Joseph Bishop, and they
are living at Heyworth. Mrs. Sarah Ellsworth died in St. Clair County, in 1847. The second marriage of our subject took place in St. Clair County, Ill.,
Nov. 8, 1848, with Mrs. Mary E. Chesney, widow of Robert Chesney, and daughter of Kincheon and Elizabeth (Elder)
Pitts. By her union with Robert Chesney there was born a daughter, Harriet, who married John S. Bishop, and they live in Randolph Township. Mrs.
Ellsworth was born near Murfreesboro, Tenn., May 10, 1823. Her parents were natives of the same State, her father being engaged in farming. They left their
native State in 1828, and came with their two children, Mary E. and Nancy, to St. Clair County, Ill., where they located
upon a farm. Afterward, in 1873, they removed to Nashville, Washington County, this State, where the father died in November, and the mother in March, 1875,
both aged seventy-five years, and both members of the Baptist Church, as also were John Ellsworth and his wife before they died." [Portrait and biographical
album of McLean county, Ill., Chapman Bros., 1887; http://www.archive.org/details/portraitbiograph00chap]
- "J. J. RAYHILL. In 1818 George Rayhill and wife Sarah, Virginians, the one a native of Botetourt and the other of Hampshire county,
Va., located about two and a half miles of east Mascoutah, on an eminence over-looking an extensive and beautiful prairie. Here it was that J. J. Rayhill,
who yet lives within a mile of the old homestead, was born March 4, 1824. He had witnessed the transformation of a wild prairie into cultivated farming lands;
the influx of people, until neighbors, once at great distances, are on every hand. The departure of the Indians, the disappearance of deer and other game are
things within his recollection. His earlier education was limited, as was the opportunity for acquiring an education. William B. Davis was his first teacher.
In 1850 his farm life was broken up by his determination to try that of a miner in California. He left home in company with about thirty others, April 9,
1850, and by ox teams they made their way across the plains and Rocky Mountains to the land of gold, consuming six months in making the trip; here he remained for
nearly four years. He returned home, by the Nicaragua route taking passage on the steamer Pacific at San Francisco and the Northern Light, after crossing
the isthmus for New York, thence to the old homestead, when he purchased, partly with his earnings while absent, the farm which is now his home. He was
married to Adeline Pitts, May 7th, 1856, by Rev. Wm. W. Mitchell. By this union there have been four children born, as follows:
Charles Edward, April 18, 1857; Virginia M., Jan. 5, 1859; George, Aug., 9, 1861;
Sarah Adeline, Nov. 21st, 1864. Of these two are living and two are dead. George, a young man of much promise was accidentally killed by
the discharge of his gun while crossing a fence when out hunting March 19, 1880;
Sarah A. died Nov. 6, 1866. Mrs. Rayhill died Nov. 29, 1865.
Mr. Rayhill is a thrifty, industrious farmer, who has, by economical habit and energy, amassed considerable property. Politically he is a republican.
Although active in politics he uniformly refuses to hold office, and beyond having been trustee for his home school district, has held none. He has so
arranged his affairs that be can now spend the evening of his life in ease and comfort." [History of St. Clair County, Illinois, Brink, McDonough & Co.,
Philadelphia, 1881, page 357; http://www.archive.org/details/cu31924028805948]
- "FUNERAL OF WILLIAM PITTS... The funeral services over the remains of William Pitts were held this afternoon at the Baptist Church, Rev. M.M. Bledsoe officiating. The services were attended by a large number of friends and acquaintances of the deceased, who gathered to pay their last respects to the memory of the man who they so much admired. The remains were buried on a knoll in the city cemetery on a plot where he often expressed his wish should be his final resting place. William Pitts was born in St. Clair County, Illinois, February 22, 1826  where he resided for sixty years. On June 7, 1839 , he was married to Margaret Stookey, the golden anniversary which was celebrated in this city last June. During his residence in Illinois he acquired a great deal of farm property, and was the owner of what was considered the finest stock farm in the state. In 1896 they moved to Missouri, and there founded the flourishing city of Pomona. The failing health of his wife necessitated their removal to Tulare, California, in 1904, but the climatic conditions were such as to aggravate his asthmatic troubles, which in the later years of his life had been the source of much suffering to him. In 1908 they decided to come to Klamath Falls, where, until he fell victim to malignant cancer, they both enjoyed unusually good health. He entered actively into business here purchasing and selling much property. His keen foresight and mature business ability enabled him to add considerably to an already large fortune. He is survived by his wife and an adopted daughter, Mrs. Rucker, no children having been born to them. In the hour of her sorrow she is bowed down by the loss of a husband who for over 50 years had been the solace and comfort of her life and who never forgot to pay her the loving attention of their sweetheart days. Mrs. Pitts has the deep sympathy of her friends." [KLAMATH REPUBLICAN, MAY 12, 1910; findagrave.com]
Sarah Elder was born by 1810 in Virginia. Nothing is known about her life.
A Sally Elder, age 49, born Tennessee, lived with Wm. L. Murfree in the 1850 Census of Rutherford County, Tennessee [Microfilm series M432, Roll 894, Page 357B] [record]. (Sally was a common nickname for Sarah.)
David Elder was born about 1803 in Virginia and died in 1830 in Tennessee or Illinois. He may appear in the 1830 Census [record].
Information given for David Elder is taken from Kareen Chamberlain (a descendent, Ref 6) unless otherwise noted. I've listed any documents that I've found.
David Elder does not appear by name in the 1820 Census, but by process of elimination he was 16 to 18 in 1820 [Microfilm series M33, Roll 124, Page 192]. Thus his birth was about 1803.
David Elder and Martha Louisa Montgomery married 7 Nov 1825 in Rutherford County, Tennessee.
Martha Elder married (2) Alfred Bell 8 Sep 1832 in Shelby County, Illinois [Ref 4]. Martha Montgomery was born 7 Apr 1807, died 20 May 1888 and was buried in Lehi City Cemetery, Utah County, Utah [findagrave.com]. She last appeared in the 1880 Census, age 73, born in North Carolina [Microfilm series T9, Roll 1335, Page 143D]. Notes at findagrave.com say that her parents were James and Rebecca Clark Montgomery: James Montgomery and Rebekah Clark married 8 Jan 1800 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina [North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868, Ancestry.com].
David and Martha Elder had three children (all probably born in Rutherford County):
- son James Porter Elder - born 30 Sep 1826; died 1830
- son Claybourn Elder - born 2 Jun 1827 [findagrave.com] (death certificate says 28 Jul 1827);
married (1) 9 Feb 1853 in Utah Nancy Williams Ferguson, (2) 31 Jan 1858 in Utah Martina Pedersen and
Mary Pratt, (4) 25 Jul 1863 in Utah Frances Pratt, and (5) 6 Aug 1906 in Emery County, Utah,
Mrs. Francis Miles [Utah Marriages, 1887-1966, FamilySearch]; died 8 Jan 1912 in Millard County, Utah, and was buried in Leamington
- daughter Martha Jane Elder - born 4 Feb 1830 possibly in St. Clair County, Illinois; no records found.
David Elder lived in Campbell and Charlotte Counties in Virginia, in Rutherford County, Tennessee, and possibly in St. Clair County, Illinois.
David Elder is said to have died 26 May 1830 in St. Clair County, Illinois.
Other points of interest
His father James had an older brother David Elder (who moved to Georgia).
William Elder was born about 1806 and died about 1891. He appeared in Censuses from 1830 to 1880 [records], and is listed as William N. Elder in 1870 and 1880.
William Elder was born about 1806 (age 44 in 1850 Census) in Charlotte or Campbell County, Virginia.
William Elder and Tabitha Nance married 18 Dec 1828 in Rutherford County, Tennessee [Ref 1]. The marriage was solemnized by John Lane, as was the marriage of James Elder and Jane Watson in 1829.
Tabitha Nance Elder was born in Tennessee between 1801 and 1810 (age 20-29 in 1830 Census; age 30-39 in 1840 Census). She died between 1843, when daughter Tabitha was born, and the 1850 Census.
There were five Nances listed in the 1810 Census of Rutherford County, Tennessee: Allen, Bird, Daniel, Isaac and William [Microfilm series M33, Roll 124, pages 1, 14, 40, 177]. Isham Nance appears in the 1820 Census of Rutherford County [Microfilm series M33, Roll 124, Page 159]. The will of Reuben Nance, proved 9 Mar 1812 in Henry County, Virginia, names children William, Bird, Allen, Isaac, Isham, Tabitha Shackelford, and others [Lela C. Adams, Henry County Virginia Will Abstracts, Southern Historical Press, 1985]. Several members of the family evidently moved to Rutherford County area from Virginia.
Two Tabitha Nances married in Rutherford County in the 1820s: one married Willie Harmon 26 Dec 1826; the other married William Elder 18 Dec 1828.
All five of the Nances in the 1810 Census had daughters in Tabitha's age-range, as did Isham Nance in the 1820 Census. But it's possible to narrow down the possible parents of Tabitha:
- Bird Nance died (testate) before 11 Jul 1815: his will listed children but didn't mention a daughter Tabitha
[Ref 10, page 151].
- Allen Nance died (testate) before 2 May 1836: his will listed children but didn't mention a daughter Tabitha
[Ref 10, page 150].
- Isaac Nance died (intestate) before 13 Sep 1819 leaving wife Jane and children including Tabitha,
William, John and Drury Nance. In Jan 1827 Nathan Williams was guardian of
Tabitha and the other three [Ref 10, page 151]. Jane Nance, age 78 and born in Virginia, lived with
Wilie and Tabitha Harmon at the 1850 Census of Rutherford County [Microfilm series M432, Roll 894, Page 195A];
Jane Nance, age 72 and born in Virginia, lived with Wm W. Nance at the 1850 Census of Rutherford County [Microfilm series
M432, Roll 894, Page 184B] (same Jane listed twice?). Tabitha Harmon lived with brother William W. Nance in the 1880
Census of Crockett County, Tennessee [Microfilm series T9, Roll 1249, Page 168D]. Therefore, the Tabitha who married
Willie Harmon probably was daughter of Isaac and Jane Nance.
- Isham Nance died before 19 Aug 1827: buyers at the estate sale included Tabitha and John Nance [Ref 10, page 151]. Isham Nance was age 26-44 in the 1820 Census [Microfilm series M33, Roll 124, Page 159-indexed as Juliane Nance in Ancestry.com]. This probably is the Tabitha who married William Elder, since the other one married in 1826 (but it doesn't prove that Isham was her father).
William and Tabitha Elder had the following eight children:
- son George W. Elder - born Oct 1829 [1900 Census, Microfilm series T623, Roll 1605, Page 7A] in Rutherford County; married 17 Feb
1859 in Carroll County, Tennessee, to Malinda J. Hanna [Ref 1]; last found in 1900 Census, age 70, in Civil District 12, Weakley County,
Tennessee. Jane Elder, age 85, daughter of Jno (John) Hannah, died 09 Mar 1922 at McKenzie, Weakley County [Ref 7].
George W. Welden (born 29 Oct 1829, died 14 Feb 1904) and Jane Welden (born 13 Sep 1835, died 9 Mar 1922) were buried in
Blooming Grove Methodist Church Cemetery [Ref 9, page 13]. Note that the death record of son John W. Elder says he was buried in Blooming
Grove Cemetery [Ref 7] (and the DAR book lists his data): perhaps George and Jane Welden are actually Elders.
- son Robert F. Elder - born about 1831 (age 19 in 1850 Census); married 7 Jan 1866 in Carroll County to L. E. Patten
[Ref 1]; last found in 1880 Census, age 49, in Hays, Weakley County, Tennessee, with wife Lim, age 46 [Microfilm series T9, Roll 1285,
Page 324D]. Louisiana Patton was living with David (age 39 born Alabama) and Nancy (age 35 born Tennessee)
Patten in the 1860 Census of Carroll County [Microfilm series M653, Roll 1243; Page 35]. Betty Hobbs, daughter of
Robert J. (sic) Elder and Louisiana Patton, age 72, died 15 Jan 1943 in Carroll County [Ref 7].
- daughter Sarah J. Elder - born 10 May 1832 [Ref 9, page 67]; did not marry; lived with brother James W. Elder at 1900
Census [Microfilm series T623, Roll 1605, Page 7A]; died 23 Jul 1909 age 73 in Weakley County [Ref 8] and was buried in Everett Chapel Pentecostal Church
Cemetery in Weakley County (cemetery record).
- son James W. Elder - born 1834 [Ref 9, page 67]; did not marry; lived with sister Sarah J. Elder in 1900 [Microfilm
series T623, Roll 1605, Page 7A]; died in 1907 and was buried in Everett Chapel Pentecostal Church Cemetery in Weakley County (cemetery record).
- son William Lafayette Elder - born 13 May 1837 [Ref 9, page 67]; married 29 Nov 1887 in Henry County, Tennessee, to Mrs.
Martha J. Chandler [Ref 1]; died 23 Apr 1915 in Weakley County and was buried in Everett Chapel Pentecostal Church Cemetery, McKenzie, Tennessee
[Ref 9, page 67]. Martha Hastings married Z. T. Chandler 22 Mar 1877 in Henry County [Ref 1];
Martha Jane Elder, born 29 Jun 1855 in Shelby County, Tennessee, parents Thos Mcg. Hastings and
Katherine Horn, died 19 Feb 1945 in Shelby County and was buried in Everett Chapel Cemetery, McKenzie, Tennessee [Ref 7; the cemetery
listing says born 1858 and died 1945].
- daughter Mary Elizabeth Elder - born Sep 1838 [1900 Census, Graves County, Kentucky, Microfilm series T623, Roll 522, Page 12B];
married R. H. Williams about 1863 (married 37 years at 1900 Census) - death record of daughter Louannie J. Page names
parents R. H. Williams and Mary Elizabeth Elder (Louannie was born 28 Nov 1863 in Weakley County, died
19 Apr 1921 in Weakley County) [Ref 7]; Mary died in 1908 and was buried in Dobson Cemetery, Graves County, Kentucky [findagrave.com].
R. H. Williams, born 4 May 1837 in Weakley County, father Martin Williams, died 23 Mar 1924 in Graves County and was
buried in Dobson Cemetery [Kentucky Death Records, 1852-1953, Ancestry.com; findagrave.com].
- daughter Maranda C. Elder - born about 1841 (age 9 in 1850 Census); last found in 1860 Census living with father.
- daughter Tabitha F. Elder - born 9 May 1844 [Ref 9, page 67]; married 18 Dec 1869 in Weakley County to R. C. Seals [Ref 2]; died 21 Jul 1905 and was buried in Everett Chapel Pentecostal Church Cemetery in Weakley County (cemetery record). R. C. Seals was born 22 Oct 1849 in Tennessee and died 18 Nov 1923 in Weakley County [Ref 8]; he was buried in the same cemetery. Robert Seal lived with C. J. and Hesteran Seal in the 1860 Census of Weakley County [Microfilm series M653, Roll 1278, Page 443]. Charles Jefferson Seal (born 29 Sep 1822, died 20 Aug 1907) and Hester A. Uhles Seal (born 15 Nov 1829, died 27 Apr 1905) were buried in Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Piggott, Clay County, Arkansas [findagrave.com].
William Elder lived in Charlotte and Campbell Counties in Virginia and in Rutherford, Carroll and Weakley Counties in Tennessee.
William Elder is said by undocumented Internet sources to have died in 1891. There is a listing for Elder, Billie, age 85, in Blooming Grove Methodist Church Cemetery in Weakley County [Ref 9, page 13].
Other points of interest
- Wm Lafayette Elder, son of W. M. Elder (sic) and Tabitha Nants (sic), who died 23 Apr 1915 in
Weakley County, Tennessee, connects William and Tabitha to Rutherford County [copy of death record provided by Kareen
- William Elder appears in Weakley County in the 1840 Census and in Weakley County Tax Books from 1842-1845 (1 Poll in Civil District 12) [e.g. www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tnweakle/1845taxlist_12.htm]. He does not appear in CD 12 from 1846-1849; he appears in Civil District 3 of Carroll County in the 1850 Census: perhaps he moved to Carroll County around 1845. The Elders appear to have lived in the area where Carroll, Henry and Weakley Counties come together.
Lucy Elder was born by 1810 in Virginia. Nothing is known about her life.
The marriage of a Lucretia Elder in Lexington Kentucky was announced in Nashville in 1828: "Oldham, Mr. Wm. married at Lexington, Ky. to Miss Lucretia E. Elder. National Banner & Nashville Whig (Fri., June 20, 1828)" [Lucas, Marriages from Early Tennessee Newspapers, 1794-1851, page 358, 1978]. However, this doesn't appear to be the Lucy Elder born in Virginia:
- William Oldham, age 20-29, lived in Fayette County, Kentucky, at the 1830 Census [Microfilm series M19, Roll 35, Page 289]. Lexington
is in Fayette County.
- "Miss Emily Elder. Died at Knoxville residence of her brother-in-law, Mr. Oldham, February 1835 aged 22 years.
[Clift, Kentucky Obituaries, 1787-1854, page 98, 1979]. The Oldhams moved to East Tennessee.
- William Oldham, age 30-39, lived in Blount County, Tennessee, at the 1840 Census [Microfilm series M704, Roll 99, Page 517].
- William and Lucretia Oldham lived in Jefferson County, Tennessee, at the 1850 Census [Microfilm series M432, Roll 885, Page 385A]. She was age 44, born in Kentucky. She lived in the same county in 1860 and 1870; both later Censuses say that she was born in Kentucky.
The 1850 Census lists William Oldham as a cotton manufacturer. Perhaps his marriage was announced in Nashville because he did business there.
Frances Elder was born by 1810 (uncertain) and died 1845-1850. She does not appear by name in any Census record [records].
Frances Elder seems to have been born in Charlotte County, Virginia, by 1810 (1810 Census indicates all 6 girls were born by then, but 1840 Census has her age as 20-30).
David Baxter married twice in Rutherford County, Tennessee:
(1) 28 Nov 1822 to Cynthia H. Dickson [Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002]. Deaths: Wife of D. Baxter, Nat. Banner & Nash Whig, 5/20/1831 [Daniel, Cemeteries and Graveyards of Rutherford County, Tennessee, 2005, page 284].
(2) "MARRIED - In Rutherford County, on Thursday evening last, Mr. David Baxter to Miss Frances Elder" National Banner and Nashville Daily Advertiser (Sat April 14, 1832) [reported in Lucas, Marriages from Early Tennessee Newspapers, 1794-1851, 1978; copy provided by Kareen Chamberlain].
David Baxter was born in North Carolina about 1798 (age 52 in 1850 Census); he died in 1857 [Goodspeed biography of his son John - see below]. I haven't identified David Baxter's parents. One possibility is David Baxter and Mary Martin, who were married 29 Jun 1791 in Lincoln County, North Carolina [North Carolina Marriage Collection, 1741-2004, Ancestry.com]. A David Baxter appears in the 1810 Census of Rutherford County, Tennessee, with 3 boys under 10 [http://www.censusdiggins.com/tennessee_census024.html].
David and Cynthia Baxter had the following three children:
- son John D. Baxter - born 14 Sep 1823 in Tennessee (see Goodspeed biography below); married 23 Mar 1848 in Rutherford County to
Ann A. Lackey [Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002]; died after 1887 [Goodspeed biography]
- daughter Margaret Baxter - born about 1830 in Tennessee (1850 Census, age 20); married 30 Oct 1861 in Rutherford County to
Stephen Cook [Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002];
- son William D. Baxter - born about 1832 (1850 Census, age 18); married 19 Dec 1855 in Lauderdale County to Jane Wardlaw?;
David and Frances Baxter had the following six children:
- daughter Nancy Baxter - born about 1833 (age 17 in 1850 Census); married 31 Mar 1856 in Rutherford County to
Henry R Anderson [Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002];
- daughter Sarah E. (Sallie) Baxter - born 7 Mar 1836 (death record) in Rutherford County (but age 16 at 1850 Census); last found
living with Sallie Donaldson in Lincoln County, Tennessee, in 1900; married Mr. Manley date unknown; died 29 Oct 1914 in
Lincoln County, Tennessee (death record gives age 78, widow, daughter of David Baxter of Lincoln County and Francis Elder
of Tennessee) [FamilySearch, Tennessee Deaths and Burials, 1874-1955]; buried in Shiloh Cemetery in Lincoln County (Manley, Sallie E. Baxter, b. Mar. 7,
1836, d. Oct. 29, 1914) [findagrave.com]
- son Richard T. Baxter - born about 1838 (1850 Census, age 12); married 5 Oct 1865 in Cannon County to
- son Benjamin F. (Frank) Baxter - born about 1841 (1850 Census, age 9); married Mary Thomas
(death record of Inez Baxter Markham, daughter of Frank Baxter and Mary Thomas of Rutherford County,
died 24 Jan 1942 in Fayetteville, Lincoln County, Tennessee) [FamilySearch, Tennessee, Death Records, 1914-1955]
- daughter Mary J. Baxter - born about 1843 (1850 Census, age 7); last found in 1860 Census living with M. Baxter
(age 20) in Rutherford County (Mary Baxter, age 18)
- daughter Levinia D. Baxter - born about 1845 (1850 Census, age 5); last found in 1860 Census living with M. Baxter (age 20) in Rutherford County (Vina Baxter, age 16)
Frances Elder lived in Charlotte County, Virginia, and Rutherford County, Tennessee.
Frances Elder Baxter seems to have died between 1845 and 1850: she did not appear in the 1850 Census; her youngest child Levinia's age was listed there as 5.
Other points of interest
- "John D. Baxter, register of Lauderdale County, is the son of David and Cynthia (Dixon) Baxter.
The father was a native of North Carolina, and, when a young man, came to Middle Tennessee, where he married Miss Dixon and by her had two sons and a
daughter; they settled in Middle Tennessee, where the mother died in 1831, a devout member of the Presbyterian Church. The following year he married
Frances Elder, by whom he had six children; he was not a member of any church; she belongs to the Methodist Episcopal Church South;
he was a farmer, a quiet, upright man, in politics as Democrat; he died in 1857, about sixty-seven years old. John D. Baxter, our
subject, inherits Irish blood through his father; he was born September 14, 1823, in Rutherford County; received a common school education, and
remained on the farm until he was twenty-one years old; then served a three years' apprenticeship learning the carpenter's trade, which he followed
for seventeen years. In 1848, Mr. Baxter married Ann A. Lackey, who was born May 26, 1829, in Rutherford County; two of the six
children born to them are living now. In 1861 they moved to Lauderdale County, which has since been their home, the entire family belongs to the
Presbyterian Church. In 1865 Mr. Baxter was appointed by Gov. Brownlow to fill the office of register of Lauderdale County, and in 1866 he was elected
by the people to fill the office, and has been so popular and efficient as an officer that he has been re-elected every four years since then and is
still holding it for the sixth term. For twelve years he was postmaster at Ripley, Tenn. Politically he is a Democrat. In 1871, Mrs. Baxter died, and
he has never remarried. He has been a resident of Lauderdale County for twenty-five years, and is a worthy citizen. [Goodspeed's Biographies of Lauderdale
County, Tennessee, 1887; http://www.tngennet.org/lauderdale/gsbios.htm]
- David Baxter is listed next to Richard V. Teer (who married Nancy Elder) in the 1840 Census of
Rutherford County, Tennessee. Note that two children of David and Frances Baxter were named Richard T.
and Nancy E.; another was named Sarah E. (1850 Census). David Baxter is listed on the same page as
James Elder in the 1830 Census.
- "It is ordered by the Court that James Jetton overseer of a road be allowed the following hands to work under him as such -- John Henry, John Lawrence, David Baxter, Obadiah Mason, Samuel Flemmings hands, David Moore, David Clark & Thomas Sherwoods hands" [WPA, Records of Rutherford County, Tennessee, Minutes - Volume F, 1812-1813, page 89, 1936 (DAR)]. Obadiah Mason probably was an older cousin of Frances Elder.
Nancy Elder was born about 1810 (uncertain) and died after 1850. She appears in the 1850 Census [record].
Nancy Elder was born by 1810 (her age is given as 40 in the 1850 Census).
Nancy Elder and Richard V. Teer married 19 Feb 1838 in Rutherford County, Tennessee [Ref 1] [record]
Richard V. Teer died between 7 Nov 1844, the date of a codicil to his will, and 5 Nov 1845, the date when the administrator of his estate was appointed [record]. His age was reported as 70-79 in the 1840 Census.
Richard V. Tear had previously married Susan Vaughan 6 Apr 1817 in Rutherford County [Ref 1] and Elisabeth Dunnagin 5 Aug 1833 in Rutherford County [Ref 1]. He may have had a still earlier marriage. He named two daughters in his will, Huldah Obanian and Naomy Lawrence (deceased).
Nancy Elder Teer apparently had no children.
Nancy Elder lived in Charlotte County, Virginia, and in Rutherford County, Tennessee.
Nancy Elder Tier died intestate in Rutherford County before 2 Aug 1859, when Willam Rucker was appointed administrator of her estate [Rutherford County, Tennessee, Record Book 20, page 130] [Record].
Other points of interest
- Richard V. Teer is listed on the same page as James Elder in the 1830 Census and next to
David Baxter in the 1840 Census (David Baxter married Frances Elder).
- Mary E. Elder (age 8) and Susan J. Elder (age 9) are listed with Nancy Tier and
Susan Elder in the 1850 Census. These probably are the daughters of her brother Claiborne Elder (by then deceased).
- Buyers at the Estate Sale of Richard Teer included J. Elder (probably Joshua - James was in Obion County) and D. Baxter [record].
Susan Elder was born about 1812 (uncertain) and died after 1850. She appears in the 1850 Census living with Nancy Tier (sic) [record].
Susan Elder was born about 1812 (her age is given as 38 in the 1850 Census, but all the girls were born by 1810 according to the 1820 Census).
Susan Elder apparently did not marry.
Susan Elder lived in Charlotte County, Virginia, and in Rutherford County, Tennessee.
Susan Elder's date and place of death are unknown. She died after the 1850 Census.
Other points of interest
- A Susan Elder purchased 5 chairs at the Estate Sale of Claiborne Elder, deceased, in Obion County, Tennessee
[Obion County, Tennessee, Record Book E, page 68-69]. She may have lived with Claiborne Elder at the time of the 1840 Census (there
were two women age 20-30 listed in his household).
- Mary E. Elder (age 8) and Susan J. Elder (age 9) are listed with Nancy Tier and Susan Elder in the 1850 Census.
Claiborne Elder was born about 1810 and died by 1844. He appeared in the 1840 Census [record].
Claiborne Elder was born about 1810 (age 20-29 in 1840 Census). He probably was born in Charlotte County, Virginia.
Claiborn Elder and Mary Ann Foster married 29 Apr 1840 in Obion County, Tennessee, surety James Elder [Ref 1, 2].
Mary Ann Foster died after 18 Sep 1844 (when her younger daughter was born) and before the 1850 Census (when her daughters were living with Nancy Tier and Susan Elder). I have found no information on her family.
Claiborne and Mary Ann Elder had two children:
- daughter Susan Jane Elder - born 1 Dec 1842 in Obion County; married 19 Nov 1862 to James Ruffin Sedberry
[Sedberry family Bible record through Kareen Chamberlain]; died 9 Oct 1873 in Shelby County, Tennessee, and was buried in Bethuel Cemetery
[findagrave.com]. James Sedberry was born 2 Apr 1829, died 11 Jul 1908 and was buried in Bethuel Cemetery [findagrave.com]; he was
- daughter Mary Elizabeth Elder - born 18 Sep 1844 [Sedberry family Bible record through Kareen Chamberlain] in Obion County; married 6 Mar 1860 in Rutherford County to Baldwin Pratt; died 27 Nov 1865 [Bible record]. Baldwin Pratt died 23 Feb 1863 [Bible record].
Claiborne Elder probably lived in Charlotte County, Virginia, and did live in Rutherford and Obion Counties in Tennessee.
Claiborne Elder died by 1844, when James Elder was appointed administrator of his estate.
Other points of interest
- Claiborne may have been named after the Claiborne Elder from Dinwiddie County, Virginia, who served in the
- James Elder was appointed administrator of the estate of Claiborn Elder by Obion County Court
in 1844, and returned an account of the Estate Sale [Obion County, Tennessee, get reference details]
- Court order connecting Claiborne and Joshua Elder: "Claibourn Elder Decd. It is ordered by the Court that the Clerk notify Joshua Elder, the Guardian for Susan Jane and Elizabeth Elder, minor heirs of Claibourn Elder Decd, to be and appear before the County Court of Rutherford County Tenn. at the Feby Term thereof and show cause if any why he shall not be removed as such Guardian. And also to appear before the Clerk of said Court previous to that time and render an account to said Clerk of the Estate of said wards." In margin: "Issd 10th Jany 1860 to Shff" [Rutherford County, Tennessee, Minute Book DD, page 231]
- Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002, Ancestry.com
- Tennessee Marriages, 1796-1950, FamilySearch
- Obion County, Tennessee, Marriage Records, 1824-1877, DAR
- Illinois Marriages to 1850, Ancestry.com
- Illinois Marriages, 1851-1900, Ancestry.com
- Kareen Chamberlain, In Search of Grandfather and Grandmother Elder, 2002
- Tennessee, Death Records, 1914-1955, FamilySearch
- Tennessee Deaths and Burials, 1874-1955, FamilySearch
- Weakley County, Tennessee, Cemetery Listings, volume 2, DAR
- Detwiller and Daniel, Rutherford County, Tennessee, Deaths and Estate Settlements, volume 1, 1804-1849, 2008