Family Record of Rev. John Elder
On the blank leaves of a volume of Bishop Atterbury's Sermons, in the possession of the Dauphin County [PA] Historical Society, is the following Family Record of the Rev. John Elder.


My D'r Mother departed this life Oct. 25th, at 8 o'clock at night, 1742.
My D'r Father departed this life July 28th, at 7 o'clock at night, 1746.
My D'r Wife departed this life June 12th, at 2 o'clock in the morning, 1749.
My daughter Jane died the 6th day of August 1763.
My daughter Grizell died Sept'r. 18th at 10 o'clock afternoon, 1769.
My daughter Eleanor died Dec'r. 12th at 4 o'clock in the morn'g, 1775.
My daughter-in-law Joshua's Polly (Mary), died the 21st day of November, 1782.
My D'r wife died Oct. 3rd, 6 o'clock in the morning, 1786.
(The Rev'd. John Elder died the 17th day of July, 1792, in the 84th year of his age.)
(David Elder died 22nd May, 1809 at 11 o'clock p.m., aged 40 years.)
(John Elder died April 27th 1811, in the 54th year of his age.)
(Samuel Elder died 26th Sept'r., 1815 aged 43 years.)
(Robert Elder died on Tuesday morning, 29th of Sept'r. 1818, in the 77th year of his age.)
NOTE: the entries in parenthesis were made after the death of Rev. John Elder by a member of his family; in all probability, by his son, Thomas.


I was married again Nov'r 5th, 1751.
My daughter Eleanor was married on Thursday, 11th of Dec'r, 1766.
My son Robert was married on Tuesday, 7th Feb'y, 1769.
My son Joshua was married Sept 16, 1773.
My son John was married Dec. 16, 1778.
My daughter Ann went off Sept. 23, 1779.
My son Joshua again May 27, 1783.
My daughter Mary was married May 18th, 1784.
My daughter Sarah was married June 19th, 1787.

Note: Marriages performed at Paxtang and Derry Churches include the following from above list:
Rev. John (2nd)
Joshua (1st)
John, Jr.
Joshua (2nd)


Robert was born on Friday, June 11th, half an hour after 3 in the morning, 1742.
Joshua was born, Mar 9th, twenty minutes after 5 o'clock in the morning, 1744-5.
My daughter Eleanor was born My 21st, 1749, at 9 o'clock afternoon of the Sabbath.
My daughter Sarah was born Saturday, Oct 19th, 1752, at 9 o'cl'k afternoon.
My daughter Ann was born Oct. 8th, 1754, at half an hour after 10 at night.
My son John was born Wednesday, 3rd Aug. 1757, 3/4 of an hour before 1 in the morning.
My daughter Mary was born Saturday, 12th Jany, 1760, 3/4 of an hour after 9 a.m.
My daughter Jane was born on Friday, 21st May 1762, 1/4 after 1 o'cl'k p.m.
My son James was born on Friday, 15 June, 1764, at 3 o'cl'k in the morning.
My son Thomas was born on Friday, 30th January, 1767, 40 min. after 6 p.m.
My son David was born on Wed'y, 7th May, 1769, half an hour after 3 a.m.
My son Samuel was born on Thursday, 27 Feb'y 1772, 10 min. after 3 a.m.
My son Michael was born Monday, 9th Augt., 1773, 20 min. after 7 a.m.
My daughter Rebecca was born on Wednesday, fifty min. after 9 p.m., 1st Mar 1775.

Source: Notes and Queries, Historical & Genealogical, William Henry Egle, Harrisburg Publishing Co. 1894, Vol. 2, page 44. The Rev. John Elder was the son of Robert (1679-1746) and Eleanor Elder of Paxtang.


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