Mary Elson


MRS. MARY ELSON, first saw the light of day in the year 1816, at Holliday's Cove, W. Va. Until her marriage to Mr. Elson in 1840, she lived with her parents, Asa and Mary (Wills) Elson, natives of Maryland. She obtained an average education, and by her association with her mother, was well fitted to enter upon the cares of a married life. After her marriage she went to live upon a farm owned by her husband, situated near Cross Creek. They resided there but one year when they removed to the farm now occupied by Mrs. Elson. Although now eighty-one years of age, Mrs. Elson presents a much younger appearance, and bids fair to outlive many a younger person. Mr. Elson was born in 1809, near the farm now owned by his widow. He was a son of Hanson and Mary Elson, who were born in West Virginia. Until thirty-one years old he lived with his parents, working for his father and attending school. When he married the lady who now survives him, he started farming on his own account and met with gratifying success. Much of his life was spent on the Ohio river as a flat boatman, in which pursuit he was also prosperous. After his death, which occurred in 1883, when he was at the age of seventy-five years. Mr. Elson was much interested in the schools, and also in the improvement of the roads. The following children are the issue of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Elson: Albert C., Asa O., Rufus A., deceased; Richard H., John W., Alexander M., Harden W., Wilson R., and William, deceased; Laura A. and Mary M. The children have all been married, with the exception of Harden W., and occupy farms of their own. The mother is a member of the Baptist church, of which denomination she has been a communicant since her eighteenth year.

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