1 William 2 Elder was born in 1707 and died 22 Apr 1775, the son of William 1 and Elizabeth (Finch) Elder. He married about 1728 Ann Wheeler, daughter of Richard Wheeler of Charles co. MD. Just a few years after moving to the Emmitsburg area of Frederick County, Maryland, Ann died [11 Aug 1739] leaving five small children. William waited until 1742 before marrying his second wife, Jacoba Clementina Livers. She was a daughter of Arnold and Helen (Gordon) Livers, and had been raised in the same area of Prince Georges County as William. In addition to raising the five children of William and Ann, she also brought seven more children into the world. Jacoba died 19 Sep 1807.
William Elder and both of his wives are buried in the Elder Family Cemetery [also called "The Elder Burying Grounds"], just a few miles south of the town of Emmitsburg. In recent years the descendants of this family purchased and placed new headstones for William and his wives and the original stones now rest outside the Mount St. Mary's Archive Library, in Emmitsburg. William's stone reads (in part):
In moving his family in the mid-1730s to Frederick County, Maryland, William Elder became a rather large landholder. A number of deeds can be found in the courthouse records many of which were to his family. He is probably most well-known for his help with establishing the Catholic Church in this rugged northwestern part of Maryland. His children were also active with the church, helping to establish the "Church on the Mountain" then called St. Mary's [built in 1806] in Emmitsburg. Eventually it was this family's donation of land which also helped establish Mount Saint Mary's College and Seminary, in Emmitsburg, erected in 1808.
William Elder's will, dated 18 April 1773, was probated on 23 May 1776 [Liber 1, Folio 573, Frederick County, Maryland]. It named his wife, Jacobus Clementina Elder [sic], to which he gave his 270 acre-tract of land called Ogle's Goodwill, in addition to part of his tract called Elder's Choice. William's will also named all of his known children: Arnold, Thomas, Ignatius, Francis, Aloysius, William, Charles, Guy, Richard, Mary LILLY, Elizabeth BRAWNER, Anne SPALDING.
ELDER and Ann WHEELER:
ELDER and Jacoba LIVERS: