Thursday, July 28, 2011

Marriage Certificate for Paul E. Elder and Celestine Sadonia Gedling        

Sunday, July 24, 2011

More Elder photos from the past

Mother Marilyn Wold, Sister Carrie and Father John Elder.

Johnny Yo-Yo Elder  Cannelton HS

Wife and Children of John Thomas Elder (2nd great grand uncle) Brother of Charles Coomes Elder.L to R.Florence Ellen, Eugene Vincent, Flaget S. and Mother  Martha A. Carter Elder.

Joseph Lester Elder (1917 - 2003)  4th cousin 1x removed

Francis Xavier Elder. 4th cousin 3x removed. KIA durring the battle of the Meuse-Argonne.  American Legion Post 121 in Emmittsburg, Maryland is named after him.

Earl Elder,1st cousin 1x removed. His father  Albert Elder and Sister Mary Kathleen Elder

Uncle William O. "Bill"
  Elder  (1931-1987)

Great Grand Uncle  June E. Elder (Son of Charles Coomes Elder) 1881 – 1907

Father John Elder in Korea

FOUND! But the search continuers

For the last year or so I have sent over 100 cold e-mails and searching the internet for family photos of my Grandfather and Great Grandparents.

Today, One of those wishes came true.

My Great Grandparents     John William (1864-1958) and Mary Effie Walker Elder (1871-1954)
With Father Frank Ward of  St. Rose of Lima, Catholic  Church, Cloverport Kentucky.  

Friday, July 22, 2011

Brothers and Sisters

Who Are We?

The question I always asked myself, Who Are we? Where did we come from?
I was hoping to find that we Elders came to America during the great migration of the late 1800's. I was wrong. We Elders were here before the Revolution.

John Elder, My 8th great grandfather was born 1650 in Lancashire, England.

His son, William,  also born in England was the first I found here in America.
 His son, also a William, was the first American born.

William Elder, Born 1707 in Goodwill, Maryland.

William was born a Catholic.  The old colonial law given men unrestricted liberty to worship according to conscience, were abrogated in Maryland, and Catholics were forbidden to build or occupy structures for religious services.  William Elder built his home with a parlor chapel where the Catholic residents of the area could worship.

"Born in the year 1707 aged and departed April 22,1776 and awaits the resurrection of the just. May they rest in peace amen"

His son, Guy I. Elder, was born in 1731. Guy fought in the Revolutionary War for the freedom of his fellow Americans yet the 1800 census shows that Guy owned 3 slaves.

His son, William Elder, was born in 1757.  
William was born prior to the Revolution and became a noted orator advancing the cause of the American Revolution. He fought in the War as a Corporal in the Flying Camp Militia. William married Ann McAtee and the family moved to Nelson Co., Virginia which the following year became Washington County, Kentucky. On 25 Sep 1812, William and Ann were living in Breckenridge Co., Kentucky. In Breckenridge Co., Williams home served as a Church Station for the Catholics of the area until the erection of St. Theresa's. 

His son, Yet another William, Was  born in 1786 in Kentucky.

His Son, Charles Coomes Elder was born in 1839 in Kentucky.

Charles served in the 
9th Kentucky Cavalry Regiment. Charles spent the rest of his years as a farmer in Breckinridge Co. Kentucky.
He died in 1909 and was laid to rest at            
Saint Romuald Cemetery in Hardinburg Kentucky.

His Son, My Great Grandfather, John William Elder was born 1864 in Cloverport, Kentucky.
John was also a farmer. He married Mary Effie Walker in 1886.
John died in 1958.

His son, My Grandfather, Paul Elder was born in 1899.
Paul was a farmer at one time as shown by his World War I Draft Registration.
  Later census records show that he worked as a laborer in a tobacco house in 1920 and in a toy factory in 1930.

Paul married Celestine Sadonia Gedling in 1922. Paul passed away 16 Jan 1950.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Some Family photos

                                             Joe Elder, Emily Elder and Marilyn Elder.

                                                         Back Row. Joan Elder, Carrie Elder, Jeanine Elder
                                                         Front. Johnny Elder, Ed Elder.


Hello to all,
As most of you know, I've been researching our family tree. As much fun as it's been I have been running into a few brick walls. My biggest disappointment has been not being able to find a photo of my Grandfather, Paul Elder, or my Great grandparents, John William and Mary Effie Elder.

I'm starting this Blog with hope that my family members will use to share family photos and stories before they are forgotten.

John Elder. Mid to late 60's. Cannelton, Indiana.

So, If you wish, Please send photos and stories and I will be happy to post them for the family.