George Elliott is my 3x great uncle. He was born July 30, 1830 in Fenwick, in the parish of Campsall, Yorkshire, England. His parents were John Elliott and Susannah Dawson. He was their second child, and their only son to live to adulthood. George was just 10 years old when he emigrated with his parents and siblings to Winnebago County, Illinois. As a young man, George moved to Buchanan County, Iowa, probably around 1856, according to his obituary (see below).
It is interesting to note that some of George’s siblings (Elizabeth, Hannah, and Susannah) also lived in Buchanan County, Iowa.
This picture is very likely to be four generations of the Elliott family taken circa 1914: George Elliott, John Elliott, Mark Elliott (1888-1971) and Merle Elliott (1912-?). Photo provided by Stephen Reed.
Front row: George Elliott (1830-1917) and wife Jeannette Sharp (1843-1926). Back row, from left to right: Their children, John Elliot (1862-1950), Belle (1887-1978) married John Quigley (1887-1947), Mary Alice (1864-1950) married Albert Reed (1866-1942), Leigh R. (1882-1960), William George (1866-1935), Blanche M. (1879-1934) and Florence Jeannette (1870-1943) married Frank Kerr (1870- ). The only child missing from the photo is eighth child Bertha Mabel who died as an infant (1876-1879). Photo provided by Stephen Reed.
From 1896 George was the President of Winthrop State Bank, until his retirement in 1912. George died March 2, 1917 in Winthrop Township, and is buried in Fleming-Fremont Cemetery, Fremont, Buchanan, Iowa. His wife Jeannette died January 5, 1926 in Fremont Township. They are buried together in Section 19, Lot 99 (old section of Cemetery).
Obituary from an Independence, Iowa paper: “George Elliott was born in Yorkshire, England, in 1830. When ten years of age, he came to this country with his father, John Elliott, and settled in Illinois, where he lived about fourteen years. In 1856, Mr. Elliott came to this county, and settled in Jefferson township, where he had previously purchased a quarter section; there he lived about three years, being engaged in farming, threshing, etc. Mr. Elliott, in company with Charles Tulloch, owned one of the first threshing machines ever brought to this county, and with it did a great deal of work for his neighbors. After leaving Jefferson, he resided in Byron two years. In 1860, he purchased eighty acres in Fremont; has since made additions, and now owns four hundred and twenty acres in all He built his present residence-a very good house-in 1864. He has a good orchard, and good farm buildings, making a very pleasant home. In 1861, he married Miss Jeanette Sharp, who was born in New York, in 1843. Following are the names of their children: John, born June 4, 1862; Mary Alice, born June 12, 1864; William George, born October 13, 1866; Florence, born November 28, 1870; Bertha Mabel, born March 30, 1876, died August 3, 1879; their youngest, a daughter, was born July 29, 1879. Mr. Elliott is one of the early settlers. He is highly esteemed as a man and a citizen. He has held several local offices.”