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Minnewaukan Township

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William Elliott, deceased

In the death of the late William Elliott, Ramsey county lost a worthy citizen and prominent farmer, and the family lost a most devoted father and husband. Mr. Elliott was engaged in farming in Minnewaukon township for many years prior to his demise, and prospered in his vocation, and as a result of his well directed labors a good farm was acquired upon which his family still reside.
Our subject was born in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, May 12, 1837. He was reared in his native county, and after attaining his majority located in Iowa, living in different places in that state for twenty years, until1882. In the fall of that year he went with his family to North Dakota, and settled in Minnewaukon township, Ramsey county, where he resided during the remainder of his career.
Mr. Elliott was married November 11, 1856, to Mrs. Maria Harmon Swope, who was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Six children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Elliott, as follows: Sylvester H.; Daniel, who died in childhood; William H., Luther U.; Frank, who died in Minnewaukon township, September 18, 1889, when twenty years of age; and Laura, who died in infancy. Mrs. Elliott was formally the widow of Levi Swope, who died in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She is the mother of three children by her first marriage, named Samuel, George and Saloma. The two eldest children are now deceased. Mr. Elliott died in Ramsey county, North Dakota, September 25, 1899. His was the record of an upright life, devoted to his home and his community, and in all public enterprises which tended to upbuild the social or financial interests of his township and county he took a hearty interest, and was most highly esteemed by his fellow men. [Source: Compendium of History and Biography of North Dakota, Publ. 1900 - Tr. By Debbie Gibson]


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