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):

remains the body of
William Elder Senior
born in the year 1707
Aged 68
departed April 22, 1775
and awaits
the resurrection of the just…

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.

Children of William 2 ELDER and Ann WHEELER:
2 William 3 ELDER, b 15 Sep 1729, d 1804.
3 Charles ELDER, b abt 1730, d May 1804.
4 Guy ELDER, b abt 1731/32, d 9 Nov 1805.
5 Richard ELDER, b 1734, d 16 May 1790.
6 Mary ELDER, b 1735, d 1798.

Children of William 2 ELDER and Jacoba LIVERS:
7 Elizabeth 3 ELDER, b 7 Feb 1743, d 29 Nov 1820.
8 Arnold ELDER, b 13 Feb 1745, d 22 Feb 1812.
9 Ann ELDER, b 1746, d 17 Jan 1806.
10 Thomas H. ELDER, b 4 Jan 1748, d 27 Dec 1832.
11 Ignatius ELDER, b 1749, d abt 1801?.
12 Francis ELDER, b ?, d 1 Oct 1809.
13 Aloysius ELDER, b 1 May 1757, d 11 Aug 1827.

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