From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 333-334, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
John Elliott, a retired farmer, living at the corner of Jackson
and Seventh streets in Beardstown, Illinois, was born in county Antrim,
Ireland, November, 1820. He came of Scotch ancestry, of a very old
family of pure blood, not mixed with Irish by marriage. He is the son
of William Elliott of the same place, a farmer and a keeper of a public
inn, who lived and died in that county at the age of forty years. His
grandfather was David Elliott, a farmer of Scotland, who died when
quite old. William Elliott was married to an Antrim lady of Scotch
blood, whose name was Mary Thompson. She was the daughter of Robert and
Mattie (Richie) Thompson, who were county Antrim farmers, and there
Robert Thompson spent his last years, but his wife came with her son at
an early day to Virginia, Cass County, Illinois.
John Elliott came of a large family, grew up in his native
county, learned the tailor trade and afterward with his mother and
brothers, in 1841, came to America and joined other brothers in
Connecticut. In 1845 the mother and son came on to Cass county. Some
worked the farm, and other followed their trade. The mother made her
home with her children until her death, which occurred in 1877, aged
eighty-four. She was a noble-hearted woman and had done much to help
and encourage her children. She was a member of the Presbyterian
Church, a great student of Scotch history and literature, a fine reader
of the Scotch dialect and a writer of some local repute. She also
composed some music, which has been considered very fine. She is
remembered as a noble, generous woman.
He lived for some years in Beardstown, working at his trade and
with the money he made and saved, with his brother, David, he bought
160 acres of land near Virginia, later sold it and then purchased the
160 acres that became his home until his retirement. His farm, the
scene of his labors, lies near the city of Beardstown. The land is
highly improved, and has good buildings, and as he now enjoys the
comforts of life he can remember that they have been obtained by his
He was married the first time in Connecticut, to Margaret Frey
of Ireland, who came to the United States in 1841, and after
forty-eight years of married life left a bereaved husband, in 1890. The
living children are: William W., of San Francisco, California; Thomas
F., of Jewell county, Kansas; George W. of Holliday, Kansas; Robert S.
of St. Louis, Missouri; Lucy A., wife of John Thompson of Jewell
county, Kansas; and David H., now running his father's farm. Mr.
Elliott was married a second time in this county, to Mrs. Ann E.
Johnson, formerly, Hiles. She was born in New Jersey, December 12,
1823. She and her first husband came to Macoupin county in 1856, and he
Mr. and Mrs. Elliott are members of the Congregational Church. Mr. Elliott is a Republican in politics and was a Whig.
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