When Robert Wesley Elder was born on 26 November 1831, in Covington, Troy Township, Fountain, Indiana, United States, his father, James Elder, was 35 and his mother, Margaret Caldwell, was 27. He married Emma A Aughinbaugh on 19 May 1867, in Marion, Illinois, United States. He lived in Independence, Montgomery, Kansas, United States in 1880 and Sedalia Township, Pettis, Missouri, United States in 1900. He registered for military service in 1862. He died on 17 April 1908, in Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, United States, at the age of 76.
Scottish: distinguishing nickname from Middle English and Older Scots elder ‘parent; older, senior person’, perhaps in some cases denoting the older of two bearers of the same personal name. It may have been used also to denote an elder of a church, a senior and respected member of the congregation. Compare Senior .
English: in southeastern England, this may be a variant of Helder .
Americanized form (translation into English) of German Elter , which has the same meaning as 1 above.