John Elliott


Carroll County IL Biography



John Elliott, whose death occurred at his residence in Carroll County, March 29, 1889, was one of the oldest settlers, as well as one of the wealthiest men, in Washington Township. He for more than forty years lived on the farm of 132 acres, on section 23, which was his home. He was born in the North of Ireland, about the year 1809, and descended from good ancestry. His father was a farmer in Ireland where his son was born, and there he died at the good old age of seventy-five years. His wife had been Mrs. Sarah Applebee, and she also lived to be an old lady. The father was a member of the Episcopal Church, and the mother was a Presbyterian.

Our subject was the eldest of his parents’ children, and was reared and educated in his native county, and there learned the trade of linen-weaver, following that occupation until his emigration to America, in 1849. He was twice married; his first wife, to whom he was united in his native land, being Miss Jane Groves, who also was born, reared, and educated in the North of Ireland, and was of Protestant parentage. She came to the United States with her husband, and died at her home in this township, where they had settled immediately upon their coming to this country, and where her husband made his home until his death. At the time of her death Mrs. Jane Elliott was about thirty-five years of age, and she died a few years after her arrival in this country. She was the mother of one child, James, now married to Elizabeth Eaton, and living on the old home place.

The second marriage of Mr. Elliott was celebrated in 1867, in this State, near Chicago. His wife was Miss Mary Morrison, who likewise was a native of the North of Ireland, born May 6, 1815, and a daughter of John and Margaret (Johnson) Morrison. Her parents were farmers in their native country, where both died; the father at the age of sixty-five year, and the mother one year younger. Both were members of the Episcopal Church, and were good and worthy people. Their daughter Mary grew up in their home, where she was educated and received a careful training, and in 1846, at about thirty-one years of age, she emigrated to the United States, and located in New Jersey, where she lived in the family of a Presbyterian minister, staying there until a short time before her marriage, when she came to Illinois.

Mrs. Elliott, during the war of the rebellion, served as a hospital nurse, and administered to the wants of many a sick and dying soldier. Her record was an excellent one while in that service, she being distinguished as one of the most competent and careful nurses in the army hospitals. She served during the entire time of the war, and is now receiving a pension from the Government. Our subject had all his life been an extremely hard-working man. With this he combined habits of economy, and had also shown good judgment in everything which he undertook, and the result was that at the time of his death he was one of the wealthiest and best-known men not only in Carroll County, but in all this section of the State. This result was not brought about in a day, but the structure of his prosperity was erected upon a foundation laid many years ago, and which it took him a lifetime to rear.

A local paper, in a notice of the death of Mr. Elliott, says: “The deceased was born in Ireland in 1809, and came to this country in 1849. About two years afterward he purchased the farm in Camp Creek, where he remained until his death. The old log house which he built when removing onto his farm in 1851 still stands, and the same shingles then used are still intact, and the roof does not leak. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church, having brought with him from the Old Country his certificate of membership. Mr. Elliott was very composed in his last hours, and remarked that he was ready to die when God should call him.”

By the death of his father the old homestead reverted to James L. Elliott, the only son and heir. He married Elizabeth A. Eaton, and they have one son, Alvin, a young man, who is residing at Savanna.

Politically, John Elliott was an uncompromising Republican, although never taking an active part in public affairs. Carroll County lost a good citizen when John Elliott died.

Transcribed & Contributed by Carol Parrish from Portraits and Biographical 1889 Pg 974

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