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ELDER DNA  kit #44209 -
Descendant  David Clark ELDER, son of John ELDER, Rev. War Soldier of Franklin Co PA and Beaver Co PA.

PA ARCHIVES:  Handwritten Pension of JOHN ELDER
   More about Pension in Beaver Co PA

Children of John Elder and Nancy Clark are:
   1. Abraham Elder.
   2. John Elder.
   3. James Elder.
   4. +David Clark Elder, b. May 01, 1798, [Path Valley, Franklin County, Pennsylvania] d. August 18, 1885, Alexis, Illinois.
   5. Nancy Elder.
   6. Mary Polly Elder.
   7. Esther Elder.
   8. Rebecca Elder.
   9. Jane Elder.

Children of David Clark Elder and Isabella Latta Wray are:
   1. John Jay Elder, b. June 21, 1823.
   2. Argeline Elder, b. 1825, d. 1828.
   3. +Rebecca Ann Elder, b. 1828, McCutchenville, Seneca County, Ohio, d. 1898, Kenton, Ohio.
   4. Margaretta Jane Elder, b. October 16, 1830, Columbiana County, Ohio, d. August 02, 1894, Mount Ayr, Iowa.
   5. +William Alexander Elder, b. April 23, 1833, Logan County, Ohio, d. March 03, 1911, Tingley, Iowa.
   6. +David Clark Elder, b. December 26, 1835, St. John's Mills near Tiffin, Ohio, d. January 13, 1900, Washington, Iowa.
   7. +Abraham Alonzo Elder, b. June 27, 1838, Ohio, d. December 31, 1895, Albany, Missouri.
   8. James Elder, b. 1840, d. December 31, 1862, Near Murfreesboro, Tennessee.


Page 13:  (Orville continues):
  "In that connection, too, the following excerpts from another letter to Mrs. McCall
from uncle John J. may add a little more that is interesting and fairly authentic.  This letter was written in March, 1903, at a time when uncle John was recovering from a spell of sickness.  It would seem that Mrs. McCall (Leanna Elder McCall) had written to uncle John to make inquiry about some Dr. William Elder and the following is a part of this answer, the other parts of the letter referring principally to his illness:
  "Now in reply to your inquiry.  The Dr. Wm. Elder referred to in the Journal you sent me, I presume is the same who wrote the life and explorations of Dr. Kane, one of the first Arctic Explorers.  If the same, he was a cousin of my father's gr. grandfather.  I know very little of my grandfathers' brothers and sisters.  Only that there were several of them and that nearly all remained in eastern Pennsylvania.  Tath Valley [Path Valley] , Franklin Co.  I have met a number of persons who knew the Elders there and there were many and all sprung from grandfathers stock.
Grandfather was a Revolutionary soldier and pensioner, and he with several others came west of the Alleghanies and settled in Beaver Co, Pa., and eastern Ohio.  Among them, the Johnsons, Taggarts, Forbes and others.  I have seen my grandfather Elder, who was blind for some years.
  My father had 2 brothers and 5 sisters, Abraham, John, James, Nancy, Esther, Mary (Polly), Rebecca and Jane.  All got married and raised families, who are scattered all over the northern states. One (John) went South in 1826 or 7 and settled, married there and raised a large family so we learned many years ago.  I am sorry that I do not know more of the families than I do."

REF:  Elder, William, 1806-1885, "Biography of Elisha Kent Kane" (Philadelphia, 1857) in
Google Books:

In Bio of Dr. William Elder, b. 1806 Somerset Co PA  (Different DNA line)
  "Dr. William Gore Elder, a native of the North of Ireland, was the first physician to locate in the town of Somerset.  This was about 1795.  His son, William Elder, was born in Somerset on
July 23, 1806, and died in Washington City on April 5, 1885..." [m. Sarah McClean, one dau Jessie]
-- From Book "Progressive Pennsylvania,"
page 331 (Google Books).

David and Isabella ELDER genealogy online:

(Nancy's note: The researcher tried to connect to "PETER ELDER of VA" which does not match with the
DNA of "FRANKLIN CO PA" group.   Will try to find Ireland and Scotland DNA to make connections.

Obituary -   [Ringgold County, Iowa] - “David Clark ELDER”  b. 1798 Franklin Co PA (father moved in 1802)
Died-August 22, 1885.
David Elder aged 86 years 6 months and 17 days.
Mr. Elder was born in Beaver county Pa.
He lived ten years in Columbiana county, Ohio,
and in Seneca and Logan counties in the same state.
In the year 1855 he moved with his family to Alexis Ill.,
in Warren County.  For the last three years, he has
lived with his daughter Mrs. R.E. Lawhead in Mt. Ayr.
He early made a profession of faith, in the Christian religion,
and was “a good man, full of faith and the Holy Ghost.”
He has six children, four sons and two daughters.
On Monday his son and daughter took his remains to
Alexis Ill., for burial.

DAVID CLARK ELDER and ISABELLA - portraits from the book:

 Argyle/ARGYLL SCOTLAND:                        See Nancy's notes for ELDER in ARGYLL

Orville writes:
  "Among Mrs. McCall's accumulation of data, I found also the
following written on a sheet of paper in pencil and
in the handwriting I think of her father and mine, David Clark Elder"

 "The Elder Family are of Scotch origin of the  County of Argyle and on the maternal side,
 the head of the house of Argyle the mother of the first Duke of Argyle being an Elder.               PEERAGE notes - no ELDER
The first one of the name to come to America was one John Elder who
with several of his family left Scotland about the middle of the 17th
century, the others went to the North of Ireland but he (John) came
to America, settling in Southeastern Penn., and the descendants are
the family to which we belong, he being my great grandfather's great grandfather.
 My mother's family the Wrays were also of Scottish origin.
My grandfather James Wray came to America about 1795
settling at Philadelphia, the rest of his family coming about 1815.
My grandfather's mother was cousin to Robbie Burns."

Page 106 - "PETER ELDER" story about 3 brothers who came to Norfolk , by John Howard ELDER of  Georgia.
posted at:


Name:   David Elder
County:  Seneca
State:  Ohio
 Source Citation: Year: 1840;
 Census Place:  , Seneca, Ohio;
Roll: 426; Page: 203.
Males:  2 1 1 - - - 1
Fem:     - 1 1 1 - - 1

1850 census
William Elder (son of David Clark and Isabella Wray)
Age: 16
Estimated birth year: abt 1834
Birth place: Ohio
Gender: Male
Home in 1850
Harrison, Logan, Ohio
David head 50 PA
Isabella wife 49 PA
Margaret 18 OH
Wm 16
David 14 (David Clark Jr.)
Abraham 11
James 9
Image Source: Year: 1850; Census Place: Harrison, Logan, Ohio; 
Roll: M432_704; Page: 188; Image: 379.
Beaver County PA

Name:   Abram Elder
Township:  Little Beaver
County:  Beaver
State:  Pennsylvania
Source Citation: Year: 1810;
Census Place: Little Beaver, Beaver, Pennsylvania;
Roll: 45; Page: 433; Image: 14.00.
1 - - 1 - 1 - 1 - - -

Name:   Edwd Elder
Township:  Little Beaver
County:  Beaver
State:  Pennsylvania
Source Citation: Year: 1810;
Census Place: Little Beaver, Beaver, Pennsylvania;
Roll: 45; Page: 433; Image: 14.00.
1 - - - 1 - - 2 - 1 -

Name:   John Elder
Township:  Little Beaver
County:  Beaver
State:  Pennsylvania
Source Citation: Year: 1810;
Census Place: Little Beaver, Beaver, Pennsylvania;
Roll: 45; Page: 433; Image: 14.00.
1 - 2 - 1 2 1 - - 1 1

Name:   Jas A Elder
Township:  North Beaver
County:  Beaver
State:  Pennsylvania
Source Citation: Year: 1820;
Census Place: North Beaver, Beaver, Pennsylvania;
Roll: M33_96; Page: 164; Image: 92.
2 2 - - 1 - 1 - - 1 - - 1 - -

Name:   John Elder
Township:  North Beaver
County:  Beaver
State:  Pennsylvania
Source Citation: Year: 1820;
Census Place: North Beaver, Beaver, Pennsylvania;
Roll: M33_96; Page: 165; Image: 92.
- 1 - - - 1 - - - - 1 - 1 - -
Male 10-16   =   1
Male 45 +     =   1
Female 45 + =   1
Agric.           =   1


JOHN ORVILLE ELDER  (author of genealogy: "DAVID and ISABELLA ELDER and those who came after them"
 f: David Clark Elder, Jr.
 f: David Clark ELDER, b. 1798 Franklin Co PA
 f. John Elder, b. 1755, Cumberland Co PA
     (Rev. War Soldier, Moved in1802 -N. Beaver Twp, Beaver Co PA)
                   "John Elder -- Pension Record #S23616,"
                   Pennsylvania Line. Applied 5 Jun 1833 Beaver Co, PA
                   aged 78, a resident of North Beaver Twp. Soldier was born in
                    1755 in Cumberland Co, PA and lived there at enlistment.
                     In 1802 he moved to Beaver Co, PA. "

Iowa publications
Newspaper editor (Washington Co Iowa)
Washington Evening Journal
Daily except Sunday
ed:Orville Elder
"Samuel Hall, 47 Years a Slave; A Brief Story of His Life
 Before and After Freedom Came to Him."
Hall, Samuel, b. 1818
Elder, Orville, b. 1866
[45 p.]
 Washington, Iowa
 Journal Print
"In his introduction and conclusion to "Samuel Hall, 47 Years a Slave,"
editor Orville Elder provides many additional facts about Hall's
relatives, childhood, and life after slavery. Hall's first person
account focuses primarily on his conflicts with William Wallace, his
pursuit of freedom, and his success in Iowa following the Civil War."

Allen County Public Library Catalog, Ft. Wayne, Indiana:
"David and Isabella Elder and those who came after them : a
compilation of such data as can be obtained concerning the Elder
family as represented by the David Elder branch"
     Elder, Orville
Pub date:
126 p. :

Call Number 929.2 EL231E
 Genealogy Department
by Sara Rall
ID: I1694
Name: John "Orville" Orville ELDER
Sex: M
Birth: 13 OCT 1867 in Warren Co., IL
Death: 4 JAN 1940 in Washington, Washington Co., IA
Change Date: 9 MAR 2002

Marriage 1 Caroline Louise RALL b: 1 APR 1878 in Ackley, Hardin Co.,IA
        •       Married: 4 APR 1907  in Cedar Falls, Black Hawk Co., IA
        1        David "Dave" Rall ELDER b: 18 APR 1911 in Washington, Washington Co., IA

Marriage 2 Josephine BABCOCK b: 19 NOV 1882 in Washington, Washington Co., IA
        •       Married: 29 MAR 1922
ID: I1695
Name: David "Dave" Rall ELDER
Sex: M
Birth: 18 APR 1911 in Washington, Washington Co., IA
Death: 2002 in Washington, Washington Co., IA
Note: in 1955 and in 2002 lived in washington, IA
Change Date: 23 AUG 2002
David Rall Elder
 David Rall Elder, 90, of Washington, died Sunday, March 10, 2002,
at Halcyon House Health Care Center in Washington, following a lengthy illness.
Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at Jones & Eden Funeral Home in Washington,
with the Rev. Ron McMenamin and Mike Zahs speaking. Burial will be in Elm Grove Cemetery at a later date. 
Visitation begins at I p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the
Washington Community Theater or Halcyon House Good Samaritan Fund.
Mr. Elder liked a good party and in accordance with his wishes, a reception with good food and fellowship
will be held in the fellowship room of the funeral home for friends following the service.

Mr. Elder was born April 18, 1911, in Washington, to Orville and Carolyn Louise (Rall) Elder.
He married Mable Livingston, Oct. 28, 1939. in Washington.
Mr. Elder was a lifelong resident of Washington. He graduated from
Washington High School. He attended Pomona College in California and later graduated
Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University. He worked for 70 years at The Washington Evening Journal,
where he served as photographer, worked in the advertising department and
was head of the job printing department before becoming editor and publisher.
He was awarded Master Publisher honors by the Iowa Press Association. '
He received the Iowa Newspaper Foundation Heritage Club Award in 1992.

 Mr. Elder was involved in the Y's Men's Club, both locally and internationally.
He was editor of the internationally known Y's Men's World Magazine for 27 years,
and attended the Y's Men's international conventions most of those years. 
In the Mid American Region there is an award given in his honor, to a Y's who has done outstanding service to the Region.

 Mr. Elder was actively involved in the Washington community.
He served as president of the YMCA board. He was one of the Washington Community Theater's
original board members. He served on the Washington Public Library Board for many years.

Mr. Elder supported the Washington Humane Society and the Washington County Conservation Board. 
He received a Friend of Education Award in 1992.
He was also awarded the Washington Rotary Club Outstanding Citizenship Award for his service to the community. 

Mr. Elder was also active in the Community Theater, where he appeared as an actor in many local productions.
He directed other productions, and wrote a play, "A Stranger Comes to Cottonwood."
which was performed at the theater. He also performed in several productions on a riverboat theater in Canton. Mo.
He was a loyal supporter of the Washington High School drama department.

 Mr. Elder was also a writer who published a series of books after his retirement from The Evening Journal.
 Mr. Elder is the last of his immediate family.  
 He was preceded in death by his parents', and his wife, Mable, in 1990.

Most of this is a reprint from the Washington newspaper.
 Mary ELDER LOWRY (daughter of Joseph ELDER Jr. of Franklin Co and Westmoreland Co PA)
and her husband John G. Lowry lived in Beaver Co PA at the end of their lives.
News article/bio received from Beaver County Research Center,
Carnegie Library, 1301 Seventh Ave.,Beaver Falls, PA 15010
See story transcription (with wrong ROBERT ELDER as Rev. War Soldier):

More lines of ELDER found in Beaver Co PA.
Matthew ELDER's  descendant DNA kit #15134 matches PAXTANG DNA (of Harrisburg).
No wonder the ELDER histories are so mixed up.
by Craig ELDER
# ID: I77236680
# Name: Henry (II) ELDER
# Given Name: Henry (II)
# Surname: Elder
# Sex: M
# Birth: Mar 1819 in Garvaugh, County Darrey, Ireland
# Death: 21 Jan 1902 in Powell, Park Co., WY
# Note:
    Henry was the first direct descendant to come to America from
    He arrived at Quebec City, PQ in 1834 from Londonderry, Ireland.
he then
    made his way to Beaver Co., PA to live and work in the Elder
Woolen Mill at Eldersville. After marrying Martha Gray in 1838, they
headed west to homestead in Coshocton Co., OH around 1841. His father
Matthew arrived to live with him in Iowa after his mother passed.
Matthew is buried in the family plot along with Henry, his 2 wives
and one daughter, Sarah Stewart Elder.

Father: Matthew ELDER b: 1775 in Londonderry, Ireland
Mother: Rosa ? b: 1785 in Ireland

Marriage 1 Martha GRAY b: 1820 in Garvaugh, County Darrey, Ireland
    * Married: 1838 in Pennsylvania
   1.  Roseannah ELDER b: 23 Jul 1839 in Darlington, Beaver Co., PA
   2.  William Grey ELDER b: 12 Jun 1843 in Warsaw, Coshocton Co., OH
   3.  Mary Jane ELDER b: 2 Oct 1845 in Warsaw, Coshocton Co., OH
   4.  Sarah Stewart ELDER b: 23 Aug 1847 in Scotland, Greene Co., IN
   5.  Martha ELDER b: 30 Apr 1850 in Hickory Grove, Jasper Co., IA
   6.  Margaret Elizabeth ELDER b: 1 Jul 1852 in Avery, Monroe Co.,
   7.  John Anderson ELDER b: 7 Jul 1854 in Avery, Monroe Co., IA

Marriage 2 Mary BOYD b: 2 Sep 1821 in Columbiana, OH
    * Married: 5 Oct 1858 in Calcutta, Columbiana Co, OH
   1.  James Boyd ELDER b: 8 Mar 1860 in Avery, Monroe Co., IA

Name:   Matthew Elder
Age:  61
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1789
Birth Place:  Ireland
Gender:  Male
Matthew ELDER 61 Ireland
Mary 50 PA
Elizabeth 19 Ireland
Hannah 12 Ireland
Rebecca 9 Ireland
Robert G. Wallace 20 Ireland Farmer
Peter Seaton 19 Ireland  Woolen finisher
William Palmer 17 Ireland Woolen Finisher
Home in 1850(City,County,State):  Darlington, Beaver, Pennsylvania
Source Citation: Year: 1850;
Census Place: Darlington, Beaver, Pennsylvania;
Roll: M432_750; Page: 118; Image: 232.

  Looking for more info about Edward ELDER of Beaver Co PA, found another Edward, b. 1802.
See: JOHN ELDER and NANCY ROSE line  (and Magee family of Franklin Co PA).
Webpage for Clara Elder Knauff  of Mercer Co PA- DAR record scanned and posted:

Clara Elder Knauff
DAR record #640093
Rev. War Soldier: Patrick Magee

(John ELDER and Nancy ROSE line)
Clara's father: Charles Milton Elder , f: Milo ELDER , f: Edward ELDER, b. 1802