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Joseph Elson

Joseph Elson

Male 1822 - Yes, date unknown

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  • Name Joseph Elson  [1, 2
    Born 12 Jul 1822  Warwick, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died Yes, date unknown  Chicago, Cook Cnty, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Oak Woods Cem, Chicago, Cook Cnty, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I8804  SnoufferCampbell
    Last Modified 14 Jan 2013 

    Family Elizabeth Lusk,   b. 27 Jul 1826, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Feb 1904, Chicago, Cook Cnty, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married Y  [3
    Children 
     1. Sylvester Elson,   b. 1847, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jun 1904, Danville, Vermilion Cnty, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
     2. James A. Elson,   b. Abt 1850, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Lester C. Elson,   b. Abt 1854, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Joseph ("Joe") A. Elson, Jr.,   b. 2 Nov 1858, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Apr 1936, Riverside, Berrien Cnty, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     5. William ("Willie") H. Elson,   b. 12 Dec 1860, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Feb 1882, Chicago, Cook Cnty, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 21 years)
     6. Charles Andrew Elson,   b. 1864, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1926, St. Joseph, Berrien Cnty, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
    Last Modified 22 May 2010 
    Family ID F3143  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • In 1860 the census recorded the Joseph Elson family as follows: Joseph, 38, a "fruit dealer," born in England; his wife Elizabeth, 32, born in New York, and 4 children: Sylvester, 12, b. New York; James, 10, b. Wisconsin; Lester, 6, b. Illinois; and Joe, 2, b. Iowa. «i»1860 U.S. Census, «/i»Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA (M 653, Roll 332, stamped p. 454).

      The 1870 census lists Joseph Elson, 46 [birth year abt 1824], a "Plasterer" born in England, living with his wife Elizabeth, 43 [1827], born in New York, and 6 children (some of whose birth places differ from the 1860 census): Sylvester, 23 [1847], b. New York, also a plasterer; James A, 21 [1849], a [house?] painter, also b. New York [sic]; Lester C, 14 [1856], b. Iowa [sic]; and Iowa-born Joseph 12 [1858]; "Wm," 10 [1860]; and "Chas," 6 [1864]. «i»1870 U.S. Census, «/i»Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA (M 593, Roll 405, stamped p. 82B).

      The dates of child births listed in the 1870 would indicate that the family moved from New York state to Iowa sometime between about 1849-1850 and 1855-1856; the dates of the 1860 census indicate they were on the move before then.

      By 1880 the family group had diminished and relocated to Chicago. That census shows Joseph, 56, a "Mason," living with his wife Elizabeth, 53, who "Keeps house," [apparently running a boarding house on 26th Street] and two sons: Lester, 24, also a "Mason," and "Willie, 19, a "Calciminer." Also in the house were 17 boarders. «i»1880 U.S. Census,«/i» Chicago, Cook Cnty, IL (T 9, Roll 186, stamped p. 59).

  • Sources 
    1. [S702] IA Census 1870, Linn, Iowa, Linn Cnty, 1870 U.S. Census, (The National Archives, Washington, D.C.), (M593, Roll 405, p. 82B) (Reliability: 2).

    2. [S103] FindaGrave|, FindaGrave.com, (www.FindAGrave.com).

    3. [S702] IA Census 1870, Linn, Iowa, Linn Cnty, 1870 U.S. Census, (The National Archives, Washington, D.C.), (M593, Roll 405, p. 82B).