From Life in Pettis County 1815 – 1973
By Hazel Lang
Issac Elliott was a native of Virginia and one of the first settlers of Woodford County Kentucky, near Frankfort. He was married to Amanda Ford on November 3, 1817, and by this wife had five children, Absolom, John M., Eleanor, James C. and Martha. After the death of Amanda he married Nancy Bourn, daughter of Thomas and Mary Ann Ransdel Bourn, and their oldest daughter, Amanda, was born in Kentucky, Novermber 2, 1833.
Issac brought his wife, Nancy, and his children to Pettis County where he entered land from the U.S. Government in Washington Township in 1835.
Born to them after they came to Pettis County were six more children: Elizabeth Bourn Elliott, 1836; William Bourn Elliott, 1838; Isaac Elliott Jr., 1840; Catherine Bourn Elliott, 1843; Robert Elliott and Walter Denny Elliott, 1849.
Adding to his possession Isaac Elliott was one of the wealthiest men in Pettis County at the time of his death in 1849. He went to Warsaw to get a land grant and bought government land where the New Bethel Church, South of Sedalia, is now located, but he was not buried there. He was buried at Spring Fork.
Two years after his wife, Nancy, died, the fourth child of this marriage, Isaac Elliott Jr., went to live with his older sister, Amanda, who had married Christopher Columbus Crawford on Dec. 18, 1851.
Crawford had a blacksmith shop and the boy began to learn the trade, becoming a more skilled workman than his brother-in-law. He worked in the shop until he was 19 years old without pay, and then, in 1859, he was seized with the gold fever, and with a party of 52 made the trip to Pike’s Peak. He and his brother-in-law, Reuben Ramey, who had married Elizabeth, and another man, went in a wagon driving an ox team. After arriving at their destination they worked two months, but when Reuben died and was buried in the sand at the foot of Pike’s Peak, Isaac Jr. returned home.
He began working again in the blacksmith shop but this time he was paid. When the Civil War came he was in sympathy with the Confederates while Crawford was a staunch Union man, and in 1861 they both joined the forces of the State Militia. Isaac Jr. was pressed into service, holding the rank of an orderly. In 1862 the militia disbanded, but he afterward served for seven months and participated in the battles of Otterville and Lexington. He was called a third time into service in 1864 and this time took part in the battle of Sedalia.
On November 22, 1865, he was married to Mary Frances Marshall, who was called Mollie. She was the daughter of George and Elizabeth Marshall of South Carolina, who came to Missouri in 1830 and lived near the Elliotts. Mollie was born March 7, 1840 in Flat Creek Township. The family first settled in Cooper County before coming to Pettis and Mollie was 15 years old when her father died in 1865.
After their marriage they settled on a farm which he had previously purchased at $10 an acre, and he had, at the beginning 200 acres, adding to this until he had 640 acres.
His first presidential ballot was cast in 1864 for Abraham Lincoln, but in 1868 he was not permitted to vote because of his Confederate sympathies. He would never accept any office except school director, but served in that capacity for years. Until his retirement he was engaged in buying and selling stock.
Isaac Jr. and Mollie were the parents of six children, Flora, Augusta Winona, Agnes, Mary Frances, James and George Vest.
Absolom Elliott, the oldest son of Isaac and Amanda Elliott, married Amanda J. Anderson, daughter of William Anderson, on December 28, 1841, and they were the parents of seven children, Fannie, who married Thomas B. Donnohue, Benjamin Frank, who married Emma Anderson, William E., who married Annie Funk; James Absolom, who married Mary Ellen Warren; Herbert Alonzo, who married Cornelia Ann Durrill; Millard Filmore, who married Sallie Ann Middleton and Dora, who married David D. Hammond.
Myrtles Vest Donnohue, for many years a teacher in Sedalia schools, was the daughter of Fannie and Thomas Donnohue.
Carrie Warren was also a daughter of Millard Filmore and Sallie Ann Middleton Elliott and life brought her many heartaches. She had three sons, Rex, Roy and Ike L., and one daughter, Mary.
Mary was a beautiful girl with dark hair and blue eyes, but she had tuberculosis of the throat. For several years she was able to do anything she wanted to do after she was grown, but she knew what she faced—death. From St. Louis came a youth who had the same thing, and he had come here because he felt the air was purer than his city. They met and dated. At that time now and then in Sedalia Fourth Street East, for a block, would be closed off for street dancing and all one evening they danced, laughed and had more fun than any others, both realizing that it would not be long until they could no longer walk, more or less dance. And so the time came when he had to return to St. Louis and she became bedfast with her mother nursing her. Another young man, whom she loved and would have married if she had been well, pleaded with her to marry him even on her death bed. Mary never lose her smile, nor her courage, and neither did her mother. Then, finally life ebbed completely away. The boy from St. Louis and Mary died just two weeks apart.
But, although Mary’s troubles were over, Carrie Warren’s were not. Her son, Roy, also had tuberculosis, and she watched him go down as she had watcher Mary, until he became bedfast, then she nursed him, too, until he died.
John Elliott, the second son of Isaac and Amanda Elliott, was only nine years old when his father brought his family to Pettis County and settled on the fertile land on Flat Creek.
John married Malinda Mitchell in 1842 and they were the parents of Elender, Isaac H., and William M.
After the death of Malinda, he was married to Sarah Longmore Ramey Owens, daughter of Daniel Ramey, on August 22, 1848, and eight children were born to this union: Jane, Elizabeth, James, Daniel, Jaile, John, Gertrude and Sarah.
John Elliott owned a 400 acre farm and was engaged in farming and stock raising.
One of the sonesof John and Sarah Elliott was Daniel R., who was born in Washington Township on March 30, 1855, grew up going to one of the country schools and helping his father work on the homestead, proving to be a valuable assistant to him. When he was grown he rented a portion of his father’s farm and began farming operations on his own, growing grain and live stock.
He was married to Lucinda Harkless, daughter of Charles and Mary Allfather Harkless, March 8, 1877, and they were the parents of Marcellus, Gerald, Maude, Blanche, Emmet and Vest.
Daniel R. Elliott was interested in the welfare of the community in which he lived and was on the school board, but refused all other times when he was asked to hold office.
Lucinda died in 1893 and in 1897 he was married to Carrie Buckner, who died March 14, 1927.
After his retirement from farming he was president of the banking institution at Green Ridge where he had moved.
The children of Walter Denny and Nancy Neal Elliott were Leora Elliott, who married Benjamin Franklin Warren; W. Merle Elliott, who married Florence Allen in Beaman and I. Elmo Elliott, who married and had one daughter, Nona Lee Elliott.
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