Anne ELDER BROOKS POE, d. February 5, 2004

Photos of Cemetery stones in Highland Memorial Cemetery, October 2009

Mother's obituary:
BROOKS, MILDRED LOUISE ELDER - died March 30, 1998, at the age of 87.
Widow of the late William Lawrence Brooks and daughter of James Reece Elder and Louisa Long Elder.
A descendent of one of Tennessee's founding families, Mrs. Brooks was particularly interested in the study
and preservation of the native arts and crafts of East Tennessee. A native Knoxvillian,
Mrs. Brooks and her husband and family lived in Oak Ridge during the forties. Mrs. Brooks
said this was a most exciting time in history and the lives of all who were involved.
They made many close friends during the early years in Oak Ridge.
After her husband's death in 1949, Mrs. Brooks moved back to Knoxville with her three daughters.
Mrs. Brooks enjoyed a most successful business career and was a well known local antique dealer.
Mrs. Brooks is survived by three daughters, Ann Elder Brooks Poe of Maitland, Florida,
Caroline Brooks Wilford of Berwyn, Pennsylvania and Pamela Brooks Turley of Memphis, Tennessee,
and seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Family and friends will meet at the main entrance
to Highland Memorial Cemetery Thursday for an 11 a.m. graveside service.
Friends may call at their convenience at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. 
Grandfather: James Reece ELDER

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 Record  (
James Rease Elder
City: Knoxville
County: Knox
State: Tennessee
Birth Date: 23 Jun 1882
Race: White
Roll: 1877372
DraftBoard: 1
***** Jefferson Co TN
James R Elder (TN TN TN)
Home in 1900:
Civil District 18, Jefferson, Tennessee
Estimated birth year:
abt 1881
Relationship to head-of-house:
Father: SAMUEL H., b. 1856 TN TN TN
wife: FRANCES W. b. 1871 TN TN TN
Elzora M. dau 17, b. 1883
Charles B 15, b. 1884
John M  12 b.1887
Mike M. 8, b. 1891

Image source: Year: 1900; Census Place: Civil District 18, Jefferson, Tennessee; 
Roll: T623 1580; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 52.

G-Grandfather - SAMUEL H. ELDER
1870 census  Jefferson TN
Samuel Elder
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1856
Age in 1870: 14
Birthplace: Tennessee
Home in 1870: District 7, Jefferson, Tennessee
Value of real estate:
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Post Office:
New Market
Image Source: Year: 1870; Census Place: District 7, Jefferson, Tennessee; 
Roll: M593_1540; Page: 403; Image: 215.

1880  LDS
William R. ELDER 
 Mary K. ELDER 

District 1, Jefferson, Tennessee
Family History Library Film  
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1860  Jefferson Co TN
Wm R Elder
Age in 1860:
Birth Year:
abt 1833
Home in 1860:
Not Stated, Jefferson, Tennessee
Value of real estate:
View image
Household Members:
Wm R Elder
M Elder
S H Elder
E Elder

Image Source: Year: 1860; Census Place: Not Stated, Jefferson, Tennessee; 
Roll: M653_1258; Page: 475; Image: 569.

Samuel H. Elder
Birth:  MAY 1856  Jefferson, Tennessee
Father:  William Riley Elder  
Mother:  Mary K. Douglas

by Jerry Bryan
# ID: I11042
# Name: William Riley Elder
# Given Name: William Riley
# Surname: Elder
# Sex: M
# Change Date: 5 Feb 2003
# Birth: JAN 1831
# Death: 1905
# Burial: 1905 Dumplin Baptist Church Cemetery, Jefferson County, Tennessee

Father: Charles Thomas Elder b: 16 DEC 1807 in Jefferson County, Tennessee
Mother: Elizabeth Underwood b: 20 AUG 1804

Marriage 1 Mary Kate (Polly or Pop) Douglas
    * Married: BEF 1850
   1.  Samuel H. Elder b: MAY 1856 in Jefferson County, Tennessee
   2.  Elizabeth Cordelia (Bettie) Elder b: 28 AUG 1858 in Jefferson County, Tennessee
   3.  Charles Gillespie Elder b: 13 NOV 1861 in Jefferson County, Tennessee
   4.  John Edward Elder b: 8 JUN 1862 in Jefferson County, Tennessee
   5.  Sarah Elder b: 23 APR 1865 in Jefferson County, Tennessee
   6.  Noah Corum Elder b: 15 JUL 1867 in Jefferson County, Tennessee
   7.  Nancy A. Elder b: MAR 1870 in Jefferson County, Tennessee
   8.  Mary Douglas (Douggie) Elder b: 23 MAR 1873 in [Jefferson County], Tennessee
   9.  Viola Elder b: SEP 1876 in Jefferson County, Tennessee

# Name: Charles Thomas Elder
# Given Name: Charles Thomas
# Surname: Elder
# Sex: M
# Change Date: 5 Feb 2003
# Birth: 16 DEC 1807 in Jefferson County, Tennessee
# Death: 6 DEC 1871 in Jefferson County, Tennessee
# Burial: AFT 6 DEC 1871 Dumplin Baptist Church Cemetery, Jefferson County, Tennessee

Father: William Elder b: ABT 1780
Mother: Rebecca Cate b: 1786 in Wilkes County, North Carolina

Marriage 1 Elizabeth Underwood b: 20 AUG 1804
    * Married: 15 NOV 1825 in Jefferson County, Tennessee
   1.  John Underwood Elder b: 17 AUG 1826
   2.  Nancy Elder b: 5 JAN 1827 in Jefferson County, Tennessee
   3.  Adeline Elder
   4.  Catherine Elder b: ABT 1830 in Jefferson County, Tennessee
   5.  William Riley Elder b: JAN 1831
   6.  Martha Jane Elder b: ABT 1837 in Jefferson County, Tennessee
   7.  Thurza Emeline Elder b: ABT 1843 in Jefferson County, Tennessee

Marriage 2 Rachel Narsisus Bryan b: 10 MAY 1825 in Dumplin Valley, Sevier County, Tennessee
    * Married: ABT 9 OCT 1862
    * Note:
          There is no date and no return on their marriage record. However, they were listed between Oct 9 and Oct 14th.
Rachel was the widow of George Keener and was listed as Rachel N. Keener.
   1.  Charles Thomas (C. T.) Elder b: 27 JUL 1863 in Tennessee
   2.  Rebecca Narissus Elder b: 10 JAN 1866 in Jefferson County, Tennessee
# ID: I1597
# Name: William Elder
# Given Name: William
# Surname: Elder
# Sex: M
# Note:
    Page 198-203 jefferson CO, TN:
Sales of est. of James Laurance, march 26, 1818:
Buyers:John DOUGLAS, Jacob black, John thomas, Isaac Cantrell,
thomas CATE, Daniel Thorp, John Hays, George Wilkerson, John DOUGLAS,
Jaqcob FOUT, Thomas IRELAND, John CATE, Jacob BLACK,David HILL,
Adam CARTER, Nehemiah WATKINS, Pleasant GARRETT, Isaac WATKINS,
John LAWRENCE, Benjamine WATKINS, John HAYS,
Joseph BELL, Chaney MOORE, Benj. ALLEN, George WILCOCKSON,
Rec. in open ct. June session 1818: Joseph Hamilton, Clerk.

# Birth: ABT 1780
# Note:
# Death: JUL 1823 in Dumplin Valley, Jefferson County, Tennessee
# Note:
Marriage 1 Rebecca Cate b: 1786 in Wilkes County, North Carolina
    * Married: 18 JUL 1803 in Jefferson County, Tennessee
    * Note:
   1.  Charles Thomas Elder b: 16 DEC 1807 in Jefferson County, Tennessee

409. J. Reece7 Elder; m. Louise Williams, daughter of J. B.
Williams.1329 [or Long]
Children of J. Reece7 Elder and Louise [Long] Williams were as
    * 609. i. Mildred E.8, m. William L. Brooks. [Ann's parents]
    * 610. ii. Paul Reece, m. Sarah Lavin; m. Jean Ballard.

note on same webpage:  ELDER and LANIER genealogy:

421. Andrew7 Elder [died 1985]; m. Mary Ruth Fox.1378
Children of Andrew7 Elder and Mary Ruth Fox were:
    * i. Lois8; m. R. P. Lanier.1379
         [Mary Lois and Rene Parks Lanier]
      She and R. P. Lanier
      "This couple compiled a genealogical paper on
      each of their families while they were working
      on their doctorate at the University of Tennessee.


Dumplin Baptist Church Cemetery -- List of ELDER names in ""
New Market, Jefferson County, Tennessee, USA

 Portrait of Robert ELDER, d. 1863 Meigs Co TN on FindaGrave:

Birth: Feb. 16, 1772
Jefferson County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Aug. 6, 1863
Meigs County
Tennessee, USA

The United Baptist Church was organized on this spot in September of
1827. The deed for the church and cemetery was made by Canfield
Tillery on November 27, 1848. This cemetery is sometimes referred to
as the Upper Goodfield. In 1860 the church was moved to Decatur.
Robert S. Elder, son of Samuel Elder, was one of the first members of
the church. The cement cover on his grave has the following
inscription "Born on Dumplin Creek, Jefferson County, Tennessee,
1772. A pioneer." He married Sarah Moore on February 16, 1802 in
Jefferson Co., Tennessee.

Old Goodfield Cemetery
Meigs County
Tennessee, USA
by Steve Elder
by Steve Elder:
The third line of research by Anne Poe and Johnathan Butcher believes that Samuel Elder came with his father Robert from Frederick Co. Virginia (now Berkely Co. WV) to Tryon Co. N.C. around 1770. From this work, we know that Robert Elder with wife Elizabeth, sold a tract of land in Frederick county on June 1, 1767 prior to moving to Tryon Co.

Virginia Knight Nelson of Knoxville authored a book on the "Families Named Elder of East Tennessee" dated May 11, 1986.
Ruth Edwards of Chattanooga had researched the family.
This article is one in a series of PIONEER FAMILIES featured in the Free Press.
This information was obtained from Martha Kidwell online.

The Elders were among Tennessee's earliest pioneers and were well acquainted with Davy Crockett. John Elder and his nephew, Robert S.Elder, made their way to Hamilton county at an early date.

The family traces back to Samuel Elder, who on April 21, 1796 paid $200 for 150 acres in the "County of Greene, Territory of the United States of America South of the River Ohio." This property at the head of Sinking Creek (Near Afton just east of Greenville off US11E) was sold four years later for $333 as the Elders moved from Greene County to Sevier County. Samuel is listed in Taxables of Captain Morriss' Company, Greene Co., in 1797 with 150 acres of land. Davy Crockett wrote in his autobiography that he had known the Elders "when very young. They had lived in the same neighborhood with me, and I had thought very well of them." He said the family "had very pretty little girls." The daughters of Samuel Elder and his wife, Hannah, included Esther (b. 1782) who married Michael Widner. Margaret is believed to be another daughter. Davy Crockett was preparing to marry Margaret Elder in the latter part of 1805, but she backed out on this contract. Margaret Elder in 1829 was dismissed by the Baptists for joining the Methodists. The Elders attended Dumplin Baptist Church near Dandridge in Jefferson County. After some of the family moved to Meigs County, they helped to organize Goodfield Baptist Church. Samuel Elder died in 1811. He left Hannah "the plantation that I now live on and all the household furniture and three negroes and one bay mare and colt and all the cattle and hogs and all the farming utensils." Hannah married James Moore in 1814 and she lived until 1829. The Samuel Elder sons were Robert (b. 1775), William (b. 1780) who married Rebecca Cate, Jacob, Samuel (b. 1784), John S. (b. 1777) who married Nancy Sullins, and Andrew. (LDS lists a James b.1786, All dates from LDS)

John S. Elder was commissioned a lieutenant in the 11th Regiment of the Tennessee Militia in 1808. He owned property in Sevier and Jefferson counties and he acquired " a negro girl named Sishe" for $275 while in the latter county. John Elder was often a delegate for Dumplin Baptist Church to associate meetings, but he and his wife were granted letters of dismission by the church on Sept. 12, 1835, as they moved to Hamilton County near Ooltewah.
Samuel Elder Jr. b. abt 1760 d. 1811
Samuel Elder was born about 1760. Samuel's parents are given differently by different researchers. Samuel was an early settler in eastern Tennessee, initially settling in Greene Co. He married Hannah, presumably in Virginia, as their first son Robert gives his birthplace as Virginia in the 1850 Census. Samuel and Hannah's children include:

Name When Born When Died To Whom Married
(Pg.  in GOEC="Genealogy of the Elder Clan," by Lee Elder-Entry # listed in GOEC)
Robert Feb 16, 1782
Virginia Sept 26 1840
Meigs Co. Tn Sarah Moore 6
William Abt 1783 July 9 1823
Jefferson Co. TN Rebecca Cate
Greenhill Cem. Sullivan IL 19
Jacob 1818
Lincoln Co. Ky Eliz. Winterbowers
Nancy Collier
Hannah Morhead 29
Samuel June 22, 1787
Sevier Co. TN Oct 24, 1846
Sangamon Co. IL Phebe Clinkenbeard 29
John S. Before 1850
Nancy Sullins 30
Andrew Abt 1790 1821
Limestone Co. Al Elizabeth Burlesten 31
Esther After 1840
Polk Co. TN? Michael Widner 31
Margaret Abt 1790 31

Note: the dates disagree with the LDS records given previously. Dates here are from GOEC by Lee Elder.

Samuel died about 1811 in Decatur, Meigs Co. Tennessee. Samuel's will is probated in Sevier Co. Tennesse, June 28, 1811, Deed Book A pages 41-44. The will was proven in court on May 17, 1813 in Madison Co. Al.
GEOC gives this as the place where Samuel's son Andrew was then residing. Anne Poe give this as the residence of the third witness to the will, James McElhaney who was a resident of Madison Co., AL. She believes this is the reason the will was removed to Madison Co. Al in the first place. We do not know
exactly where Andrew and wife Elizabeth Elder were living, Andrew died in
Limestone Co AL, and was young.

Hannah remarried James Moore and moved to Meigs Co. Hannah died in 1829 and is buried in Upper Goodfield Cemmetary near Decatur.

Samuel Elder d. 1811 - Handwritten Will in 9 parts, received and scanned by Susan Vallejo

Will of Samuel Elder - Transcription

In the name of God amen I Samuel Elder of the County of Sevier and State of Tennessee calling unto mind the mortality of my body knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and Testament, that is to say principally and first and first of all I give and recommend my soul to the hands of Almighty God that gave it and body I recommend to the earth, to be buried in a decent Christian like manner at the discretion of my executors nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it pleased God to bless me in this life, I give devise dispose of the same in the following manner and form and secondly my just and lawful debts and funeral charges to be paid.

Item, give and bequeath to my dearly beloved wife Hanna Elder the plantation that I now live on and all the household furniture and three negroes and one bay mare and colt and all the cattle and hogs and all the farming utensils her live time, or during her widowhood or while she continues to live with my son Andrew Elder, but if my wife Hannah Elder leaves my son Andrew Elder she shant take the said negoes from him but leave the said negroes on the said plantation and she the said Hannah Elder shall take two cows out of the flock of her own choosing and one bed and furniture and her wearing apparel and half the dresser furniture and her mare and saddle and the said Andrew Elder shall pay my wife Hannah Elder the third part of all that is raised on the said plantation during her lifetime and widowhood and at the death of my beloved wife Hannah Elder or at her marriage the plantation and negroes and their increase and all stock and household furniture to be sold and divided in the following manner,

Item, I bequeath to my beloved daughter Esther Widner wife of Michael Widner twenty dollars to be paid out of the price of the plantation, negroes and stock within one year form the death of my well beloved wife Hannah Elder €“

Item I give and bequeth my well beloved son Robert Elder forty dollars to be paid out of the price of the plantation negroes stock & household furniture within one year after the death of my well beloved wife Hannah Elder

Item I give and bequeath all the rest of my Estate in the following manner to be equally divided between the rest of my sons namely William Elder, Jacob Elder, Samuel Elder, John Elder & Andrew Elder at the death of my well beloved wife Hannah Elder to them their heirs and Assigns forever.

I constitute and ordain my well beloved friends Allen Bryan Senior and Peter Bryan my whole and sole Executors of this will and testament and utterly revoke disannul and disavow all forms of Wills and Testaments by me before constituted by me before constituted or ordained and constitute this and no other to be my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and fixed my seal this 16th day of July 1809.

Samuel Elder

Signed sealed and pronounced and delivered in the presence of us and we in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names
Peter Bryan, James X Melhaney Junr
This day come before me Samuel Henry one of the acting Justices of the county aforesaid Peter Bryan & Thomas Bryan and voluntarily mad oath they saw Samuel Elder deceased sign seal and acknowledge this annexed will bearing the following date viz the 16th of July 1809 to be his last Will and Testament, where the said Peter Bryan, Thomas Bryant and James McElhaney Junr the subscribers witness thereto
Peter Bryan
Thomas Bryan
Sworn to and Subscribed before Samuel Henry on of the Acting Justices of the County aforesaid, this 28th day of June 1811
Samuel Henry

Full text of book in .pdf format - posted on Google Docs
  "Families Named ELDER in East Tennessee," by Virginia Knight Nelson
shared with her permission.  
The book is scanned by graphics, so view the Indexes at the end to find names.

Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties,
1891 - p. 338/339 (Moultrie County ILGenWeb/USGenWeb)
"Our subject came to this county from Morgan County, where he had
lived with his parents for a short time only.
 He was born in Jefferson County, Tenn., May 17, 1824, his father
being of Tennessee birth and coming of Southern stock. The Judge in
his early days was a farmer, and while pursuing that calling was
united in marriage with Miss Didana French, a native of North Carolina...."

ELDER family Bible of
John ELDER and Permelia (Carson) ELDER in KY -
 Transcribed and printed in ELDER FAMILY Newsletter, Vol. 4 #2, 1996,

ELDER Research by Ann Elder Brooks Poe


[DESCENDANTS in this book have Matching DNA of "FRANKLIN CO PA" group]

MAIN AUTHOR: Nelson, Virginia Knight, 1920-
TITLE:  "Families named Elder in East Tennessee "
Knoxville, Tenn. : IMPRINT: V.K. Nelson, 1986
 133 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.
SUBJECTS: Elder family
NOTES: Includes indexes.
Library Owns:  Location 3rd Stack
 CS71.E374 1986 c.1 (Books) AVAILABLE

"Descendants of Samuel Elder (died about 1811), and his son William Elder
(died in 1823), who settled in Moultrie County, Illinois"
by Warner Davis
Type: Book; English
Publisher: Gaithersburg, Md. (10213 Kindly Court, Gaithersburg 20879) : W. Davis, [1990?]
Editions: 3 Editions
OCLC: 26552129
Related Subjects: Elder family. | Elder, Samuel, -- d. ca. 1811 -- Family.
at LDS Library, Salt Lake City, UT
FHL US/CAN Film 1698185 Item 7
Knox County Public Library, Knoxville, TN
Second edition:
"Descendants of Samuel Elder (died about 1811), and his son William Elder
(died in 1823), who settled in Moultrie County, Illinois"
by Warner Davis
Type: Book; English
Publisher: Arlington, Va. : K.W. Parent, 1998.
Edition: 2nd ed | 3 Editions
OCLC: 39102060
Related Subjects: Elder family. | Elder, Samuel, -- d. ca. 1811 -- Family.
Held at:
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, Springfield, IL 62701

SUSAN ELDER VALLEJO - photos taken Oct. 20, 2009

Virginia Knight Nelson and husband Gordon Nelson - meeting Susan to tour the Cemetery

Gravestone Rubbings photos  


Susan Elder Vallejo's visit to  Dumplin Baptist Cemetery, Dumplin, Jefferson Co TN, in October 2009 - Photos and descriptions