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John C. Elliott

ELLIOTT, BOTHWELL, CRAIN, DEBENHAM

Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 11/11/2011 at 16:40:14

JOHN C. ELLIOTT, a worthy representative of a well known family of Grundy County, now follows farming on section 27, Lincoln Township. Born in the province of Quebec, Canada, in 1859, he is of Irish lineage. His parents, John and Jane (Bothwell) Elliott, were both natives of the Emerald Isle, and the record of their lives is given in connection with the sketch of Alexander Elliott elsewhere in this volume.

No event of special importance occurred during the boyhood and youth of our subject, which were quietly passed in his parentsí home. He was reared as a farmerís son, and the educational privileges which he received were those afforded by the district schools of Canada and Iowa. He came with the family to this state in 1870, locating in Grundy County, and for the past twenty years he has lived upon his present farm. He early became familiar with the arduous labors of the field, for as soon as old enough to handle the plow he began farm work. He continued with his parents until after his marriage, when he took charge of the home farm. He has since purchased one hundred and twenty acres of the quarter-section which comprised the Elliott homestead. He has aided in transforming it from a tract of raw prairie into one of rich fertility, and in his work as an agriculturist he has been quite successful, being now numbered among the substantial citizens of the neighborhood.

Mr. Elliott exercises his right of franchise in support of the Republican party, for he is an ardent believer in its principles. He has been called upon to serve as Township Clerk for two years, and has also filled the office of Road Supervisor with credit to himself and satisfaction to his constituents. He is always found true to every trust reposed in him, whether public or private, and has therefore won the high regard of all with whom business or social relations have brought him in contact. He is now serving as Steward of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Morrison, with which he and his wife hold membership, and in which they are active workers.

The lady who now bears the name of Mrs. Elliott was in her maidenhood Mary Edith Crain. She is a native of Illinois, and a daughter of James N. and Kate (Debenham) Crain. Their union was celebrated on the 3d of November, 1887, and has been blessed with two children: Horance N. and Irvin J. Both Mr. and Mrs. Elliott are widely known in this community, and have a wide circle of warm friends, who esteem them highly for their sterling worth and many excellencies of character.

Source:
Portrait and Biographical Record
of Jasper, Marshall and Grundy Counties, Iowa
1894


 

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