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Jacob D.  Elston / Elson

Jacob D. Elston / Elson

Male 1828 - 1900  (72 years)

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  • Name Jacob D. Elston / Elson  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Born 25 Aug 1828  Wayne Cnty, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Died 9 Oct 1900  Berrien Cnty, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 4
    Buried Lake Shore Cemetery, Riverside, Berrien Cnty, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I611  SnoufferCampbell
    Last Modified 20 Jan 2013 

    Father Abraham Elston / Elson,   b. 1785, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Marcia Onderkirk,   b. 1802, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Y  [1
    Family ID F210  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Helen E. Gordon,   b. 1846, Benton Harbor, Berrien Cnty, MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1930, Berrien Cnty, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 4 Jul 1865  [1
    Children 
     1. 9 Children Elston / Elson,   d. Yes
     2. Claude Henry Elson,   b. 2 Aug 1882, Hagar Twsp, Berrien Cnty, MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Mar 1951, Benton Harbor, Berrien Cnty, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
    Last Modified 15 Jan 2013 17:03:48 
    Family ID F209  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Karen Knecht wrote in 2010:
      "Claude [Elson]'s father [was] Jacob Elston/Elson (b 1826, Wayne Co, MI; d 1900 Hagar Township, Berrien CO, MI).... Jacob read in a Michigan newspaper about someone in California with the surname of Elson who had died during the gold rush days with a lot of gold. This, of course, was around the years of 1850-51. The Elson goldminer's California bank was seeking Elson heirs to give the gold to. Well..... Jacob decided that he might be able to get in on "inheriting" some of this gold -- if he simply dropped the "t" from his surname. His scheme was unsuccessful, but from then on Jacob was stuck with the surname of Elson. When Jacob later married, his wife, Helen Gordon Ryther (b 1846), became an Elson and their children and all later descendents were Elsons.
      "Before Jacob and Helen's July 4, 1865 marriage, Jacob had been a witness at Helen's previous marriage to Soton Ryther. The Ryther marriage ceremony took place on March 16, 1864 at the home of Jacob's brother, George Elston & his wife, Harriet Gordon Elston.... Soon after their wedding, Soton Ryther left to fight in the Civil War and was killed in a battle. Harriet Gordon & Helen Gordon were sisters. Thus the 2 Elston brothers, George & Jacob were married to the 2 Gordon sisters, Harriet and Helen." Email from alohakarenk@hotmail.com to Wm. C. Snouffer (12 May 2010).

  • Sources 
    1. [S70] Knecht, Karen|, Karen Beth Knecht, "Correspondence", (Karen B. Knecht, alohakarenk@hotmail.com).

    2. [S40] Obituary|, Anonymous, "Obituary", (Claude H Elson; 16 Mar 1951).

    3. [S878] Ancestry Tree - Kathie's, Kathie --------, "Kathie's Family", (Ancestry.com, Public Member Tree, Online database, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/16199081/listofallpeople).

    4. [S103] FindaGrave|, FindaGrave.com, (www.FindAGrave.com).