Apr 082012
 

The following undated (though probably from the 1940-50s) "Genealogical and Historical Sketch" was compiled by "The Media Research Bureau, 1110 F Street, Washington, D.C."

The name of Elliot or Elliott is said to have been derived from the dimlnutive of the baptismal name Elias. It is found in ancient records in the various forms of Elyot, Eliot, Ellyott, Elyotte, Eli-ott, Ellyet, Elyett, Elliot, and, Elliott, of which the last two forms are those most generally accepted in America today. The name of Ellott or Ellett has also become Ellio(t)t but it was originally derived from the name of Ellen. 

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Apr 012012
 

Establishing a biography for the Elliott family patriarch, Henry Elliott, has been difficult so far.  There is, however, one certain historical document that we can build upon.  This is an 1828 authorization of land transfer of Henry’s military lands recorded in the Court House in Harrison County, WV (or what would have been northwestern VA at the time).

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Mar 302012
 

**Update:  Some research about Henry Elliott from Courtney Hardman Pearsons can be found here, while additional research from Paul Skinner can be found here.

Courtney suggests that a Henry Elliott who was christened in 1751 in Scotland, and whose father’s name was Adam Elliott may have been our Henry Elliott.  We have no hypothesis, however, as to why and Irish-born Henry Elliott may have been christened in southeast Scotland near Northumbria, however.  Indeed, the record from Scotland shows him born on Jan 6, 1751 and christened less than two weeks later in Scotland on Jan 19, 1751.

Paul suggests that claim that Henry’s son Jabez makes on his marriage certificate that he was born in NY suggests that Henry may have been born in New England rather than Ireland.  The difficulty is that there are many Henry Elliotts in this area at the time.  Paul has narrowed down the possibilities to Henry Elliotts living or born in either Stoningham, CT or Orange, NY.


The known patriarch of Bernard Elliott’s line, Henry Elliott, has many questions surrounding him.  Although I show him as being born in Ireland, that story is fragmented at best.

Since I first established this website in 2008 or thereabouts, I have heard from several people interested in Henry Elliott who have provided questions and data though few concrete answers.  I plan to share that information soon, but want to do so systematically.

One way I will attempt to do so will be in the forums section of this site, and I will soon publish a forum topic around Henry Elliott.  I hope those with additional information regarding Henry will share it on the forum.

An apparently excellent source of information on the Elliotts in Ireland and Scotland is the website http://elliotclanusa.com, including this history page: http://elliotclanusa.com/ecs_history.htm.

Mar 262012
 

Jabez Elliott and his wife Elizabeth Wigner lived in the area between what is now Clarksburg, WV and Ritchie Co., WV.  They are both buried in the Smithville Ayers Cemetery though where they were born is uncertain.  Jabez fought in the War of 1812 and several Indian wars.

Below is much of what we now about him from the original sources, both family and historical:

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Mar 242012
 

Maxine Elliott Mottice was the second child and oldest daughter of Bernard and Goldie Elliott. She was born in Grantsville, WV in 1928 and lived there with her family on the south side on the hill overlooking the Little Kanawha River.

She and her family spent many happy times visiting Elliott relatives up at Sycamore and Reip relatives up on the West Fork.  When her mother died — when Maxine was 10 years old — these trips became a welcome respite to an increasingly difficult life.

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Mar 222012
 

Millie Elliott, 1891-1976, was the sister of Bernard Elliott and daughter of John A. and Arminda Elliott.

This handwritten genealogy, in the possession of Eula Elliott, Millie's niece, is one of the only surviving examples of her handwriting that I am aware of.  In it she documents her father's and mother's immediate families.  This includes John A.'s brothers and sisters and his mother and father, as well as Arminda's brothers and sisters and her parents.

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Mar 222012
 

This letter is to Mrs. J.A. Elliott (Arminda Hathaway, "Aunt Arminda") from Mrs. Hattie Nelson, dated Sept. 16, 1926. It is a curious letter, not because of the content but because it still exists.

In the letter, Mrs. Nelson addresses Mrs Elliott as "aunt" and informs her of the recent death of Mrs. Nelson's mother. She also asks Mrs. Elliott if she would notify "Uncle Frank" and "Aunt Duck."

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Mar 212012
 

Jabez Elliott married Elizabeth Wigner on Dec. 9 1807 in Harrison Co., Virginia. This area is now part of West Virginia, and is the county in which Clarksburg is located. The marriage bond was executed on Dec. 5, and indicates that Elizabeth's father was Daniel Wigner. The two documents are from the archives of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Vital Research Records. Partial transcript (with adjustment to modern English) of the marriage bond is as follows:

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Mar 212012
 

This is Bernard Elliott's small, pocket notebook — approx. 3.5" wide and 6" tall — previously in the possession of Maxine (Elliott) Mottice. The dates of the entries range from 1909 to 1924, two years prior to his marriage.

Most of the notes in this book are school facts, that is, things that a young student would be expected to know about politics, geography, grammar, etc. Since Bernard taught 2nd grade sometime around 1915 it is easy to assume that these notes had something to do with his teaching position.

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Mar 212012
 

Bernard Elliott taught the second grade in the Lee District of Calhoun County public schools during 1915.  
 
This is the certificate issued by the West Virginia Dept. of Free Schools certifying his authority to teach.  His combined score for all subjects in which he had to display competency was over 88 (%, presumably).  His weakest subject was "Theory and Art of Teaching" (76%) while his strongest was "Arithmetic" (100%).  This probably goes a long way in explaining why he switched to banking as a vocation.