S. Taylor Elliott


S. TAYLOR ELLIOTT, who resides in the same house in which he was born, June 7, 1848, owns the old farm of eighty-three acres which lies in Cross Creek Township. His parents were John and Elizabeth (Young) Elliott.

John Elliott was also born in Cross Creek Township and was a son of Hugh Elliott. The greater part of his life was spent as a farmer but in early manhood he was engaged for a time in the manufacture of woolen goods, having a factory on Cross Creek. He was married three times, his first wife being Elizabeth Young, who was a daughter of William Young, and was born in Hancock County, West Virginia. She died in 1849 and both parents of Mr. Elliott were buried in St. James Cemetery, Cross Creek Township. To his first marriage John Elliott had three sons born to him: George, John and James; to his second three sons, William A., S. Taylor and Andrew; and to his third one son, Nathan.

S. Taylor Elliott went to school during boyhood as opportunity presented, but soon became interested with his father in cultivating the home place, and has always resided here, purchasing the interests of the other heirs when his father died. This is one of the real old homesteads of Jefferson County--productive land, flourishing orchards, many improvements and comfortable general surroundings. The same old roof tree shelters the children of the present generation as it did those of a half century ago.

Mr. Elliott was married June 7, 1875, to Miss Bethan Pauntney, whose death occurred February 19, 1910, a daughter of John and Charlotte (Clayton) Pauntney. The parents of Mrs. Elliott resided on their farm in Wells Township, where both died, and their burial was in the Tent Cemetery. They had the following children: Sarah, who married James Clayton; Stavin; Eliza, deceased, who was the wife of William Armstrong; Elizabeth, deceased, who was the wife of James Snell; Josephine, deceased, who was the wife of Alfred Graham; John, who is deceased; Ellen, who married Philip Trainer; and Mrs. Elliott. Mr. and Mrs. Elliott had three children: John, Gertrude and Mary. Gertrude being the only survivor. Mrs. Elliott and daughter were members of the Presbyterian church.

In politics Mr. Elliott is a Republican. Although he has never advanced himself as a candidate for public office, he has served in many responsible positions through the wish and will of his fellow citizens. For thirty-four years he has been township trustee and has also been a member of the school board. For many years he has been identified with the Odd Fellows and belongs to Wildwood Lodge, No. 590, at New Alexandria.

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