Eli Francis Souder

2 February 1855–5 December 1939 (Age 84)
Old Pekin, Polk Township, Washington, Indiana, United States

The Life of Eli Francis

When Eli Francis Souder was born on 2 February 1855, in Old Pekin, Polk Township, Washington, Indiana, United States, his father, Joab Souder, was 23 and his mother, Ellen Turner, was 18. He married Addie Caroline Mead on 10 May 1877, in Washington, Nebraska, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 8 daughters. He lived in Victoria Settlement, Smoky Lake County, Alberta, Canada in 1911 and Battle River, Paintearth County No. 18, Alberta, Canada in 1926. He died on 5 December 1939, in Clandonald, Vermilion River County No. 24, Alberta, Canada, at the age of 84, and was buried in Clandonald, Vermilion River County No. 24, Alberta, Canada.

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Family Time Line

Eli Francis Souder
Addie Caroline Mead
Marriage: 10 May 1877
John Wilford Souder
Louisa Ellen Souder
Dovie or Davie M. Souder
Florence Dolly Souder
Elmer Ellsworth Souder
Joshua Souder
Mabel Estella Souder
Lucy May Souder
Thomas Jefferson Souder
Ada Evelyn Souder
Helen Addelaide Souder
Stella Marie Souder

Spouse and Children

10 May 1877
Washington, Nebraska, United States


+7 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    Joab Souder


    Ellen Turner





    Mary Jane Souder


    Oliver Souder


    John Milton Souder


    Sarah Elizabeth Souder


+7 More Children

World Events (8)

1856 · The Town of Santa Claus

Age 1

The town of Santa Fe was denied their application for a United States Postal Service as a town of Santa Fe, Indiana, was already established. Several meetings were held and the name was changed to Santa Claus, Indiana. The United States Postal Service granted their application. Due to the name, the post office in Santa Claus continues to receive thousands of letters to Santa Claus from children around the world each December.

Age 8

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 26

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

Name Meaning

French (Breton): occupational name for a mercenary soldier, Old French soldoier.

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

Sources (3)

  • Eli Francis Soudar, "Canada, Prairie Provinces Census, 1926"
  • Eli F Sander in household of Joab Sender, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Ely F Souder in household of Joab Souder, "United States Census, 1860"

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