I am posting this death notice that was published in 1900 in The St. Louis Republic. Hopefully someone will recognized my James McElroy. When he was 18 he was sold away from him twin. The never saw each other again. Was wondering if a McElroy owned him before Mr. Holton in the article.
Aged Negro's Death
James McElroy, a negro 87 years of who was a slave before the war, and as a consequence of the civil struggle was parted for his wife and home died Friday morning at his home on Bismark Avenue, in Webster Groves, Missour St. Louis County. The pathetic story of his early days was not generally known, but he himself was familiar figure among the negroes of St. Louis County, and morners in hundreds attended the obsequies.
McElroy came for Louisville, from a plantation called Mount Sturgeon. Whe he was 18 years old his twin brother, with whom he had all his life been associated was sold to a plantation in possibly Mississippi. The two never met again. When he was 20 he married a slave girl of his plantation. Their lives were comparatively happy until the war between the states broke out. At that time his master was a Mr. Holton, who sided with the seceding States, When Holton was nominated to the colonelship of a Southern regiment, McElroy went with him as orderly.
Mount Sturgeon soon fell into the hands of the Union troops, and it was impossible for either master or slave to return till the war was over. When McElroy did get a chance to go back he found all changed. He was free, but had no home. Besides this his wife was not to be found. She had heard that her husband had been killed and she had gone to Louisville to earn her living in freedom. Later, McElroy, who was employed as a coachman by a friend of Colonel Holton, whol lived in Louisville, met his wife one day on the street, and they went to live together.
After McElroy's employer died the couple moved to St. Louis, where a son had preceded them. They remained in the city a while and then moved to Webster Groves, where they have lived for the last twenty years.
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