Joseph Nathaniel Elmer

21 July 1843–5 May 1924 (Age 80)
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of Joseph Nathaniel

When Joseph Nathaniel Elmer was born on 21 July 1843, in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Alexander Hamilton Elmer, was 37 and his mother, Susan Wilcox, was 40. He married Elizabeth Clay on 18 November 1867, in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Ocean Grove, Neptune Township, Monmouth, New Jersey, United States in 1915. In 1873, at the age of 30, his occupation is listed as carpenter in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. He died on 5 May 1924, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Mount Moriah Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.

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Joseph Nathaniel Elmer
Elizabeth Clay
Marriage: 18 November 1867
George Washington Elmer
Frank Faust Elmer
Joseph Elmer
Alexander Elmer
Louis Wilcox Elmer
Jo Miriam Elmer
Ida May Elmer

Spouse and Children

18 November 1867
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, British Colonial America


    George Washington Elmer



    Joseph Elmer


    Alexander Elmer



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World Events (8)


Age 1

The 1844 revision of the New Jersey State Constitution made some significant changes. Suffrage rights were revoked from women and non-whites, meaning that only white men could vote. A separation of powers was established between executive, legislative, and judicial branches. A new bill of rights was provided, and the state now had the right to elect the governor.
1863 · Battle of Gettysburg

Age 20

The three day Battle of Gettysburg was one of the bloodiest of the American Civil War. Between the Confederates and Unions, somewhere between 46,000 and 51,000 people died that day.

Age 22

Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

Name Meaning

1 English: from the Middle English personal name Ailmar, Old English Æðelmǣr, composed of the elements æðel ‘noble’ + mǣr ‘famous’, which was reinforced after the Conquest by the introduction of Old French Ailmer, from a Continental cognate.2 North German: from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements agi(l) ‘edge or tip (of a sword)’ + man ‘man’.3 South German: topographic name for someone who lived by an elm tree, Middle High German elm(e).

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

Sources (3)

  • Joseph N Elmer, "New Jersey State Census, 1915"
  • Joseph N Delmer, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Joseph Elmer, "United States Census, 1920"

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