JOSIAH ELDER, PETERSBURG, MI  (Grand Army of the Republic - GAR) Josiah's Biography

Monroe Evening News, 23 December 1931      Marriage record, 1868        Death Certificate 1931
     Page one, Column two:                                Josiah and Kids 1886          Photo Collection of Martin Paschal Elder

Josiah Elder, 83 years old, was GAR Post Commander for many years GAR LETTER

-Special to the Evening News-

Petersburg, Dec 23  Josiah Elder, one of Petersburg's veterans of the Civil War and commander of the Morgan Parker Grand Army of the Republic Post here for many years, died this morning at his home after an illness since March.

Mr Elder entered the service when he was 16 years old and served a little less than a year with the 179th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.  He served at Franklin and Chatanooga and was in several other engagements.  During late years Mr Elder delighted in telling stories of his war experiences.  Although participating in much of midwestern fighting in the late years of the war, Mr Elder came through the campaign without injury except for the contraction of erysipelas which affected him throughout his life and resulted in the loss of his eyesight five years ago.

The veteran enlisted at Sandusky, Ohio which was near his home village of Portage in Wood county, where he was born on January 1, 1848.  After his war service, from which he was discharged at Columbus on June 5, 1865,  Mr Elder came to Petersburg in 1867 and had made his home in the village since that time where he has been occupied as a clothier and farmer.

On July 4, 1868, Mr Elder married Miss Emily A Trombley of Deerfield.  After her death he married Miss Mary A Lister of Petersburg on September 25, 1890 and she survives him.

Mr Elder was one of the charter members of the GAR post in Petersburg which at one time had between 45 and 50 members.  He was commander for the last 15 years of the active organization.  Two GAR members survive him, Cerenus Dewey and John Spaulding.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Petersburg Methodist Episcopal Church with the Rev CS Risley officiating.  A military funeral and burial will be given the veteran and burial will be in Pleasant View cemetery.

In addition to his widow, the veteran is survived by four sons, three daughters, a sister, 12 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.  The sons are Alfred of Petersburg, Martin of Eugene, Oregon, Edward of Deerfield and George of Detroit; the daughters are Mrs Ada Roe of Weston, Ohio, Ellen of Deerfield and Mrs Richard Nichols of Petersburg.  Mrs Jane Roe of Deerfield is a sister.

Research in Armstrong County, PA--Joshua, Josiah, Samuel, John, Thomas

Research in Clarion Co, PA -- James, John

Research in Indiana Co PA--John Will of 1800, Mary Will of 1824,  Joseph of Black Lick

Research in Johnstown, Cambria County, PA--Cyrus Elder

Research in Mercer County, PA - Alexander

Research in Somerset County, PA - Elder

Research in Westmoreland Co, PA -Joseph, Robert

Research in Randolph Co, NC - William ELDER

ELDER lines in OHIO and Maryland, see Catholic Encyclopedia
Archbishop of Cincinnati, William Henry ELDER, b. in Baltimore, MD.
ELDER high school, Cincinnati:

Lancaster County Historical Society, Journal of LCHS -online index-E

Thomas ELDER in Paxtang PA - ELDER PAPERS in Pennsylvania State Archives:
Hiester Papers:
 Included here are Pennsylvania Militia records and other papers of
Thomas Elder (b. 1767, d. 1853), a son of the
Reverend John Elder of the Paxton Presbyterian church
and by 1799 lieutenant colonel and commandant of the 66th
Regiment of the Pennsylvania Militia.
Apparently after the 1810 death of his wife, Catharine Cox (daughter of Cornelius
Cox), Elder left his regimental papers at Estherton, where, after the marriage of Augustus O. Hiester into the Cox family,
they became part of the Hiester Papers.

 In 1816 Thomas Elder became president of the Harrisburg Bank, a capacity in which he served until his death.
A lawyer by training, he was appointed attorney general of Pennsylvania in 1820 by Governor Joseph Hiester,
a gentleman with whom he had had occasional cordial correspondence since 1796....

Historical Society of Pennsylvania-Philadelphia  - JOSHUA ELDER and others

Call Number:   (PHi)685
Location:  Closed Stacks (call slip needed)
Status:  On shelf
Main Author:  Wallace, James W.
Title:  Collection, 1794-1862.
Description:  9 linear ft.
Summary:  This collection contains the papers of Joseph Wallace, merchant, lawyer, and deputy secretary/treasurer of Pennsylvania.
These papers cover Joseph Wallace’s partnership with Joshua Elder and give information on trade (prices and commodities)
between Philadelphia and Harrisburg in the early nineteenth century. Legal clients of Joseph Wallace include:
his son-in-law Dr. William C. McPherson, James Emerson, several Elders, John Rhoads, James Wilson (absconding debtor),
Mary Kelso, and others. A small amount of papers for Joseph Wallace relate to his business as secretary/treasurer of Pennsylvania.
Personal papers finish out the remainder of the collection.
Subject(s):  Emerson, James.
 Kelso, Mary.
 McPherson, William C.
 Rhoads, John.
 Wallace, Joseph, 1786-1867.
 Wilson, James.
 Elder, Joshua.
 Pennsylvania --Politics and government.

John Elder (1772 - 1821) bur: Dry Run, Fannett Twp, Franklin Co, PA
Mary Leeper (1776 - 1838) bur: Hamilton Co, OH
child: John Elder  (no date, no location)

Franklin Co, PA--ELDER 1762-63 (also PYATT)

Church: West Conococheague Presbyterian Marriage Records, 1769-1812:
Mercersburg, Franklin Co, PA
October 05, 1773   Elder, Samuel   Pyatt, Martha

Edinburgh Scotland ELDER bookpublishers, etc.:

Notes on the ELDER family of Elderslie, Scotland, near Paisley (and Glasgow) in Renfreshire.
Then to Lough Neagh, county Antrim, Ireland, Robert ELDER, d. in Paxtang, PA. 1746.
John ELDER, b. Jan 26, 1706, known as the "fighting parson".

Donna Logan's ELDER research:

Lee Elder's book (from VA to TX):

Ruth Elder's webpage:

Egle, William Henry.  Pennsylvania Genealogies.  ELDER chapter Selections. Published 1886.