Robert Wesley Elder

26 November 1831–17 April 1908 (Age 76)
Covington, Fountain, Indiana, United States

The Life of Robert Wesley

When Robert Wesley Elder was born on 26 November 1831, in Covington, 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 Illinois, United States in 1870 and Independence, Montgomery, Kansas, United States in 1880. 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.

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Family Time Line

Robert Wesley Elder
1831–1908
Emma A Aughinbaugh
1843–1868
Marriage: 19 May 1867

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
19 May 1867
Marion, Illinois, United States

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World Events (8)

1832 · Black Hawk War

Age 1

"The Black Hawk War was a brief conflict between the United States and Native Americans led by Black Hawk, a Sauk leader. The war erupted soon after Black Hawk and a group of other tribes, known as the ""British Band"", crossed the Mississippi River, into Illinois, from Iowa Indian Territory in April 1832. Black Hawk's motives were ambiguous, but records show that he was hoping to avoid bloodshed while resettling on tribal land that had been given to the United States in the 1804 Treaty of St. Louis."
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 1

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.
1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 25

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

Name Meaning

1 Scottish and English: distinguishing nickname bestowed on the elder (Old English ealdra) of two bearers of the same personal name. It may also denote an elder of a Church, in the sense of a senior and respected member of a congregation.2 Americanized form of German Elter , which has the same meaning as 1.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • R W Elder, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Robert Elder in household of James Elder, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Robert W Elder in household of Samuel Nevil, "United States Census, 1860"

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