[Died 24 Sep 1857 aged 61y11m21d] [Died 2 Sep 1877 Aged 82y4m15d]
Elihu Bone was born in Iredell County, North Carolina, in 1795, coming with his parents to middle Tennessee when very young. Here he spent his boyhood days.
At the age of 17 years he volunteered, and served under General Jackson in the War of 1812.
He was married to Nancy Brown Warnick 18 1815, in Wilson county, Tennessee, and in 1824 came to Menard County, Illinois, being one of the first settlers in that section of the county.
He took up a claim on the south side of the timber which fringed the small stream called Rock Creek and built a comfortable two-story log house there, and afterwards a large two story frame house, which is still standing.
From time to time he purchased more land until he had secured a thousand acres.
"Being a wheelwright by trade and very handy with tools, he made spinning wheels, weaving looms and other appliances for the manufacture of their own wearing apparel, bed clothing, carpets, etc., not only for his own family but for the nearby settlers as well. He also built a cotton gin for custom work, for, coming from the South, the first settlers had grown cotton and tobacco; but they soon discovered that wheat, corn, oats and livestock were far more profitable in this section."
Elihu Bone was a man of sound judgment and served his generation well in both civic and religious affairs. He was Justice of the Peace for many years, and was a member of Menard County's first grand jury, which held its sessions under the shad of a big tree; he was a member of the Illinois Legislature, 1842.
His wife was one of God's noble women, and she and her husband were mainstays in the church. Her home was always a home for the ministers and a welcome was extended to all who passed within its doors. Her cheerful and hopeful Christian character was a blessing to those around her.
Elihu Bone was elected to the office of ruling elder upon uniting with the church 1824, which office he held until his death in 1857. He, his son and his grandson, served as elders almost one hundred years.
His sons, Robert, John, William, Thomas and Elephalet took an active part in the affairs of the community. As to church matters the mantle of Elihu Bone fell upon Robert and Thomas.
Two of his daughters grew to womanhood. Harriet married Robert Perkins, and Elizabeth, a man named White.
Mrs. Elihu Bone, Mrs. Robert Bone and Mrs. Jacob Schnapp prepared the communion elements for ninety years. In a very early day these were served on a long table around which the communicants gathered. Later they were served in the pew from a plate and cup. At the present day an individual communion set, the gift of Mrs. Henry Colby, is used.
Source for photo is: The Book Committee. Rock Creek Presbyterian Church Christian Heritage 175 years, Menard Co. IL. 1997. This includes a reprint of ROCK CREEK, A Retrospect of One Hundred Years, by Alice Keach Bone, written ca 1922, page 81, 82. It is a history of Rock Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church and it's people
Submitted by: Marjorie Grebner Welsch