John Otis Elam

4 April 1806–1874 (Age 67)
Boydton, Mecklenburg, Virginia, United States

The Life Summary of John Otis

When John Otis Elam was born on 4 April 1806, in Boydton, Mecklenburg, Virginia, United States, his father, Peter Elam, was 39 and his mother, Susanna Gregory, was 37. He married Susan M. Hall on 21 September 1829, in Mecklenburg, Virginia, United States. He lived in Granville, North Carolina, United States in 1850 and Cool Spring Township, Iredell, North Carolina, United States in 1870. He died in 1874, in Iredell, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 68, and was buried in Society Baptist Church Cemetery, Statesville, Iredell, North Carolina, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Otis Elam
Martha E. Yancey
Marriage: 3 December 1835
Mary S. Elam
Ann Matilda Elam
Elizabeth Frances Elam
James Daniel Elam
Silas Gregory Elam
Martha Elam
Nancy Elam
John Daniel Elam
Arabella Elam
Richard Wesley Elam
Charles Thomas Elam
Roland Alexander Elam
Alice Salina Elam

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    3 December 1835Mecklenburg, Virginia, United States
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    World Events (8)

    Age 2
    Atlantic slave trade abolished.
    1812 · Monumental Church Built
    Age 6
    The Monumental Church was built between 1812-1814 on the sight where the Richmond Theatre fire had taken place. It is a monument to those that died in the fire.
    1824 · """Mary Randolph Publishes """"The Virginia Housewife"""""""
    Age 18
    “The Virginia Housewife” was published by Mary Randolph. It was the first cookbook published in America. 

    Name Meaning

    English: habitational name from Elam Grange in Bingley (Yorkshire). It is possible that some instances of the modern surname are from Elham in Kent or a lost place called Elham in Crayford (Kent), but the strong association with Yorkshire militates against this. Elam Grange probably means ‘river pool’, from Old English ēa ‘river’ + lum(m) ‘pool’.

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

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    Story Highlight


    Weatherford Family Bible, Prince Edward County 1802-1938 Submitted: 30 Nov 1998 Copied from the original in the Archives of the Library of Virginia, Accession #26644, by Annette Elam Wetzel who add …

    Sources (25)

    • John Elam, "United States Census, 1870"
    • John Elam, "Virginia, County Marriage Records, 1771-1989"
    • John Elam in entry for Richard Wesley Elam, "North Carolina Deaths, 1906-1930"

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