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ELDER reunion July 31, 2005 in Mercer Co PA

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2005 5:30 pm    Post subject: ELDER reunion July 31, 2005 in Mercer Co PA Reply with quote

Elder Family Reunion - Mercer Co PA
Descendants of James Alexander Elder and wife Elizabeth Lusk who lived in Washington & Fayette Counties PA during the 1700's, early 1800's. Their son John was in Lawrence Co, PA. The reunion is scheduled for July 31, 2005 in Mercer County, PA."
Interested persons may contact
Carol McCullough at
(Clarks Mills, PA)

Carol McCullough in Mercer Co PA,
sponsored the DNA test (#30) for her Mercer Co ELDER cousin,
as a Reunion project last year. She is very happy, but still surprised, as he matched our Franklin Co/Westmoreland Co PA DNA perfectly!
So, they are all now cousins, and would like to find out more!

Familiar names in the family:
ROBERT (brother of JOHN b. 1815) is 51 in
North Beaver, Lawrence Co PA in 1860 census:
JOSEPH ELDER, b. Nov 15, 1869 on the farm he now owns,
son of John & Barbara (Bent) ELDER
"20th Century History of New Castle and Lawrence County Pennsylvania
and Representative Citizens (pub 1908)"
[p. 668]..." whose fine farm of seventy-six acres lies on the Neshannock Falls road, in Wilmington Township, one-quarter of a mile south of the village of Fay, is the head of this branch of an old pioneer family of this section. He was born November 15, 1869, on the farm he now owns, and is a son of John and Barbara (Bent) Elder.

" John Elder was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, in 1837, and died in Wilmington Township, Lawrence County, April 6, 1885. His parents were Alexander and Polly Elder, natives of Scotland, and settled in Pennsylvania at an early day, living in Washington County until after the birth of their son and then moving to North Beaver Township, Lawrence County. There he followed farming for many years. John Elder was married (first) to Maria Hamill and they had one child.
"He married (second) Eliza Reed, and they had five children. His third marriage was to Barbara Best, who was a daughter of William and Elizabeth (Holebaugh) Best, who were prominent farming people of Armstrong County. Five children were born to the third union, as follows: Mattie, who married William Wareham; Maggie, who died October 23, 1883, aged twenty-one years; Austa, who married Rev. M. L. First, pastor of the Lutheran Church at Fay; Mary N., who married Austin Patterson, and
Joseph B.
... " Joseph B. Elder obtained his education in the schools of Fay and was graduated when only fifteen years of age. Since he came into possession of the home farm he has made a specialty of dairying, raising first-class Holstein cows for this industry. He ships his milk to New Castle. His farming operations are carried on according to modern ideas and his methods and improved machinery are great advances on those of his father and grandfather. The comfortable residence is a two-story frame structure, setting not far back from the public highway. Mr. Elder, with his family, belongs to the Fayetteville Lutheran Church. He is a man of recognized standing in his community and is a good citizen in every sense of the word."

1850 census of Washington Co PA
Name: John Elder
Age:   36
Estimated birth year:abt 1814
Birth place: Pennsylvania
Home in 1850
Smith Twp, Washington, Pennsylvania
Nancy Elder Petersen
Vancouver, WA USA
Host, ELDER DNA project
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