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Comment by Nancy Elder-Petersen on September 11, 2011 at 2:30pm

Hi Anne,

 On WorldConnect, Searched for Leonard ELDER, mother: Rachel
found Tim Gallagher's ELDER line of Maryland


ID: P3439850121
Birth: 3 August 1800 in Washington, CO, KY 1
Death: 20 May 1877 in Hardinsburg, Breckinridge, Kentucky, USA 1
Name: John ELDER
Sex: M

Father: William ELDER b: 1 Jan 1757 in Emmitsburg, Frederick, Maryland, USA 
Mother: Ann MCATEE b: 1757 in Emmitsburg, Frederick, Maryland, USA

Marriage 1 Rachel BEAVIN b: 7 Feb 1801 in , , Maryland, USA
    •    Married: 1820
    1.     Ann ELDER b: 1818 in , Breckinridge, Kentucky, USA
    2.     Mary ELDER b: abt 1824 in , , Kentucky, USA
    3.     Marcella Jane ELDER b: 20 Jan 1825 in , , Kentucky, USA
    4.     Mary Jane ELDER b: 20 Jan 1825 in , Meade, Kentucky, USA
    5.     Martha ELDER b: 8 Dec 1829 in , , Kentucky, USA
    6.     William James ELDER b: 8 Dec 1829 in , , Kentucky, USA
    7.     Leonard ELDER b: 1830 in , , Kentucky, USA
    8.     Benedict ELDER b: 20 Nov 1838 in , , Kentucky, USA
    9.     Frances ELDER b: 22 Dec 1840 in , , Kentucky, USA
    10.     John ELDER b: 1849 in , , Kentucky, USA
    11.     Ann ELDER b: Jan 1854 in , , Kentucky, USA

    1.    Title: Family Data Collection - Individual Records

Author: Edmund West, comp.
Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000.

Page: Birth year: 1800; Birth city: Washington; Birth state: KY.

Text: Birth date: 3 August 1800Birth place: Washington, CO, KYDeath date: 20 May 1877Death place: Hardinsburg, KY
    2.    Title: Public Member Trees
Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006.Original data - Family trees submitted by Ancestry members.Original data: Family trees submitted by Ancestry members.
This information comes from 1 or more individual Ancestry Family Tree files. This source citation points you to a current version of those files. Note: The owners of these tree files may have removed or changed information since this source citation was created.
Page: Ancestry Family Trees

---Nancy Elder Petersen

Host, ELDER DNA project


"FRANKLIN CO PA" ELDER line, DAR member 833222

Rev. War Soldier, Robert ELDER, b. 1730 Perth, Scotland,

d. 1807 Franklin Co PA.  (Different DNA than Maryland line)

Comment by Nancy Elder-Petersen on September 11, 2011 at 2:15pm

To Anne,

  Tim forwarded your query, and I rembered joining the Genwise group.

Here's my search on Ancestry, using RACHEL ELDER entry in 1850 KY:

1850 Ancestry census
Name:      Rachael Elder
Age:     49
Estimated Birth Year:     abt 1801
Birth Place:     Maryland
Gender:     Female
Home in 1850 (City,County,State):     District 1, Breckinridge, Kentucky
Family Number:     295
Household Members:    
Name     Age
Jno Elder            50
Rachael Elder     49
Jane Pate             25
William Elder     21
Leonard Elder     19
Benedic Elder     11
Harriet F Elder     9
Jno R Elder          4
Mary J Pate         7
Jno Pate               5
Austin Pate          3
Martha Elder     20
Source Citation: Year: 1850;
Census Place: District 1, Breckinridge, Kentucky;
Roll: M432_193; Page: 115B; Image: 432.

Comment by Cohen Hill Swiney on September 11, 2011 at 12:04pm
Hello, I'm relatively new to the genealogy wise website.  My personal research involves mostly Pike and Floyd counties in eastern Kentucky.  I presently live in central Kentucky, in Bourbon county, and occasionally make the trip back home.  I am a part-time Professional Genealogist as I have a regular full-time job as a Microbiologist/Lab Supervisor for the Water Treatment Plant for the City of Paris in Bourbon county.
Comment by Anne on August 8, 2011 at 6:21pm

Someone who has done some work with ELDER out there?

I wonder if perhaps you could help me with a little mystery...


Clara Levinia Whitfill (b. 19 Aug 1860, Grayson County KY; d. 13 Apr 1940, Jefferson County, KY)

daughter of Thomas Jefferson Whitfill and Elizabeth Ann Nokes.

was first married (14 Nov 1879 in Grayson County, KY)  to Francis Greenberry Dalton (b. 10 May 1856, Breckinridge County, KY; d. 15 Apr 1898, Breckinridge County, KY)

The two had 8 children together for whom I can find record.  (Indeed, one of them being my 2nd great grandfather)


Just recently I kicked over an internet rock and discovered a marriage record from 8 Aug 1905 for Clara L Dalton, daughter of TJ Whitfill and Elisabeth Whitfill, to a Leonard Elder born in 1845, son of Jno. and Rachel Elder.

He would have been 60 at the time, while she was 46. 

I can find NO records of this man anywhere.  No idea who he was beyond this one record.


When she died in Louisville in 1940, her name was given as "Clara Dalton" and she was eventually buried next to her first husband, Francis Greenberry Dalton, in St. Romuald Cemetery in Breckinridge. 


So just when I thought I knew my 3rd great grandma, I find this little tidbit--do you have any idea who this Leonard Elder might have been?  Perhaps he died soon after the marriage? Perhaps it was one of those brief marriages of convenience that sometimes happened back then (widow in need of support, older widower in need of domestic help)?

Comment by Julia Mitchel on June 30, 2011 at 8:37pm

Meant no disrespect but I am only a 5th gen Kentuckian and my Justinian Cartwright was in the 1790 census of KY.  He is my Rev War Patriot and is from VA

Also I am 12 gen from 1620 of George Soule of the Mayflower, so I knew there was no Kentucky then.

Wow 9 generations is great too.

Comment by Kemberly Miller - Welch on June 30, 2011 at 7:42pm
Hello Julia. After reading your post I sat down to take a closer look. You are absolutly right. I am only the 9th generation to truely be considered a Kentuckian. So I stand corrected. LOL...the joys of genealogy.
Comment by Julia Mitchel on June 30, 2011 at 11:52am
Welcome, question, I know my math is not good but Kentucky became a state in June 1792, just wondering how you can be 13 generations. Kentuckians did marry young sometimes.
Comment by Kemberly Miller - Welch on June 29, 2011 at 10:26pm

Hello everyone. So glad to find a group from Kentucky. I myself am a 13th generation Kentuckian. The names I am researching are Miller, Martin, Welch, West, Burris, Smith, Coffey, Barnett and Duncan, just to name a few.

Comment by Sande Meyer Smith on June 22, 2011 at 3:17pm
forgive me it is spelled Pulaski county Kentucky
Comment by Sande Meyer Smith on June 22, 2011 at 3:14pm
I am doing research on the Whitaker and Farmers of Puliska Kentucky if anyone has info let me know!

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