William Elliott


WILLIAM ELLIOTT, an old settler and very prominent business man and citizen of Steubenville, Ohio, was born in Lancaster, Penn., July 9, 1809. He was the son of John and Nancy Jane (Caughey) Elliott, both of whom were natives of Ireland, but who were married in this country. When he was a small child his parents removed to Burgestown, Penn., and in his youth he accompanied then to Jefferson county, Ohio. The family first located in Island Creek township, but later on they removed to Cross township, where our subject began to learn the tanning business. He served an apprenticeship of three years, after which he spent nearly two years in a tannery in Philadelphia, Penn. Returning to Jefferson county he located in Steubenville, where he has resided ever since and where he was engaged in a tanning business for over fifty years. From that he retired about five years ago since which time his attention has been given to the wholesale leather business. Throughout his business career he has been very successful and he has accumulated much property. His home residence on North Market street is one of the most beautiful and most desireable properties of the kind in Steubenville. Besides this he is the owner of another good residence and a large business block. Mr. Elliott was married in 1835 to Sarah Anderson, who still survives, and who has borne to him a family of seven children, only three of whom are living. They are as follows: George, Ellen, Valara, Virginia D., Emma C., Frank M. and Edward L., of whom George, Ellen, Emma C. and Edward L. are dead. Emma C. was married to James McConville, formerly of Steubenville, but now of Cincinnati. She died in April 1882. Valara was married to Alvin S. McEldowney, who is now deceased. Virginia D. is now the wife of Henry H. McEldowney, of Detroit, Mich. Frank M. Elliott, the youngest living child, was born July 13, 1849. He was married June 3, 1883 to Ida M. Bracken, daughter of John T. Bracken of Steubenville. He is in partnership with his father in the wholesale and retail trade of hides and leather, the firm name being William Elliott & Son. He also is a dealer in furs, pelts, and ginseng. He is a member of the Royal Arcanum and is a republican. He is a director in the Steubenville National bank. William Elliott, the father, is a director in the Miner's and Mechanics' bank of Steubenville. Mr. and Mrs. Elliott have lived together as husband and wife for fifty-four years. Both are devoted members of the Second Presbyterian church of Steubenville. The former is a member of the Masonic lodge, in which he has reached the degree of Knight Templar. He is a republican in politics. Every vote he ever cast has been deposited in the ballot box of the Third ward. His first vote was for Andrew Jackson, in 1832. He is one of Steubenville's oldest business men, and one of her most highly respected and honored citizens.

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