Spain J Elliott
Posted By: County Coordinator
Date: 3/11/2009 at 16:04:24
Spain J Elliott who follows farming near the village of Beaver, his home being in Amaqua township, belongs to one of the oldest families of Boone county, a settlement having been made here by the Elliotís in 1856. Our subject was then scarcely three years old. His birth having occurred in Logan county, Ohio, November 22, 1853. He is a son of Amos and Belinda Elliott. The father was born in Stark county, Ohio, but removed to Logan county, where he resided upon a farm until 1856, when with his family he came to the west , settling in Boonesboro, Iowa. There he engaged in farming for a year and a half, after which he removed to Marcy township and purchased a tract of land, becoming one of the first settlers within the borders of that township. Farming pursuits occupied his attention until his lifeís labors were ended in death. He passed away February 7, 1899 and his wife is now living with a son on the old family homestead in Marcy township. Six children were born unto Mr and Mrs Elliott: William P, who follows farming near Tracy, Minnesota, Abraham W, who is engaged in farming pursuits in Montgomery county, Iowa, Spain J, Charles H, who is farming on the old family homestead, Liburn E, an employee of the Chicago & Northwestern Railway Company, living in Beaver, and Sherman A, who resides in Fraser, this county.
Upon the old home farm Spain J Elliott was reared and in the common schools of Marcy township he pursued his education. Through the summer months he worked in the fields and was employed upon the old homestead until after he had attained his majority, when he rented a tract of land in Marcy township and began farming on his own account. As a companion and helpmate on lifeís journey he chose Miss Martha E Thompson, a native of Linn county, Iowa, and a daughter of J W Thompson, now editor of the Boone County Messenger, which is published in Ogden. The children have been born unto our subject and his wife; Clarence and Mabel. The former is at home, while the latter is employed in Mr Thompsonís printing office in Ogden.
Mr Elliott resided upon several different farms in Marcy township before he finally located upon the hold homestead, there continuing its further development and improvement until 1888, when he took up his abode upon his present farm in Amaqua township, known as the old Becker property. This is located just north of the village of Beaver and adjoins the corporation limits. Since removing to that place Mr Elliott has sold a portion of his farm for town lots, but still owns 34 acres. He carries on general farming and stock raising and from his aunts he also rents 80 acres of land in Amaqua township which he cultivates. His work as an agriculturist has been the means of bringing to him a comfortable competence and he is now numbered among the substantial citizens of the community. He is serving at the present time in the office of township trustee of Amaqua township and has held other minor positions. Like his father he is a stanch Republican and socially is connected with the Good Templars of Beaver. His life has been honorable and upright, characterized by faithful allegiance to manly principles and throughout the community he is heartily esteemed for his genuine worth.
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