JAMES M. ELLIOTT, who has resided on his valuable farm of 138 acres since the spring of 1883, devotes his land to farming and stock raising, making a speciality of sheep, and dairy cows, mainly Jerseys. He is a representative citizen of this section and is an honored survivor of the great Civil War. Mr. Elliott was born in Brooke County, W. Va., January 9, 1843, and is a son of James and Elizabeth (Marsh) Elliott, who were natives of Maryland.
The parents of Mr. Elliott gave three sons to serve their country in the Civil War: James M., George and William. George Elliott was a member of Co A, 98th O. Vol. Inf., going out in 1862. In 1863 he was taken prisoner at Shelbyville, Tenn., and was confined in Libby Prison, where he died in December of that year. William Elliott served in Co. L, 1st W. Va. Vol. Cav., from 1861 to 1865. He is now deceased but for a number of years after the war operated a blacksmith shop and a store at Island Creek village and was an elder in the Island Creek Presbyterian Church. William Elliott, an uncle, was a veteran of the War of 1812.
James M. Elliott remained in Brooke County, W. Va., until he was eighteen years of age, when he went to Steubenville and there learned the blacksmith trade and later went into business for himself as a member of the firm of Chapman & Elliott. In March, 1863, Mr. Elliott became a soldier, enlisting in Battery E, 1st W. Va. Light Artillery, which became a part of the 6th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, and before he returned to peaceful pursuits, more than two years had passed away. He took part in the active campaigns carried on, with more or less loss of life, in West Virginia, Eastern Virginia and Maryland, but escaped serious injury and was honorably discharged July 3, 1865.
Mr. Elliott then came to Island Creek, in Jefferson County, and conducted a blacksmith shop for a short time and later worked at his trade in West Virginia, and afterward became an employee of the Acme Mowing Machine Company, at Steubenville. In 1883 he settled on the farm on which he has resided ever since, which was the old Markle farm, on which his wife was reared. The Markles were very early settlers in Island Creek Township and the grandfather of Mrs. Elliott, Abraham Markle, secured this land in 1804 and the residence, which is still in excellent repair, was erected ninety years ago.
Mr. Elliott was married November 14, 1877, to Miss Margaret M. Markle, who was born in Harrison County, Ohio, September 24, 1847, and is a daughter of Dr. John C. and Jame B. (Johnson) Markle. When eight months old, Mrs. Elliott was taken by her uncle and aunt, Col. Jacob P. and Maria Markle, and she was reared as a daughter by them, in the old home in Island Creek Township, built by her grandfather, Abraham Markle, a veteran of the War of 1812. Col. Jacob C. Markle was a very prominent man in Jefferson County. He held many political offices and for several years was county commissioner and during the Civil War he was commissioned colonel of militia by Governor Tod.
Mr. and Mrs. Elliott have had five children, namely: Jacob M., who is a wheat grower in the great Saskatchewan region of Western Canada; George W. and Mary J., both of whom reside at home; Maria E., who is the wife of A. D. Cubbon, of Island Creek Township; and John M., who assists his father. Mr. and Mrs. Elliott are members of the Methodist Protestant Church at Toronto, Ohio, and he is identified with the Odd Fellows' lodge at the same place. In politics he is a Republican. Mr. Elliott is a well informed man and keeps abreast of the times through good reading. He gives support to local enterprises, an example of this family trait being shown in the fact that the leading county newspaper, the Herald-Star, has been subscribed for and read for almost the whole period of its publication. In this old home may be found a number of interesting relics of other days and one, a rather rare article, is a breech-loading rifle, formerly a flint-lock, which, in imagination carries one backward to Indian times. It bears the date of June 20, 1801, and the name of A. Markle.