John Elder

5 November 1847–21 June 1935 (Age 87)
Consumnes, Sacramento, California, United States

The Life Summary of John

When John Elder was born on 5 November 1847, in Consumnes, Sacramento, California, United States, his father, Turner Lee Elder Sr, was 29 and his mother, Mary Ann Rhoads, was 30. He married Cynthia Ellen Fielder on 17 December 1868, in Carroll, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 1 daughter. He immigrated to Utah, United States in 1849 and lived in Judicial Township 5, Fresno, California, United States in 1880 and Bakersfield, Kern, California, United States in 1900. He died on 21 June 1935, in Lemoore, Kings, California, United States, at the age of 87, and was buried in Lemoore, Kings, California, United States.

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John Elder
Cynthia Ellen Fielder
Marriage: 17 December 1868
Ida Elder
Alonzo Rees Elder
James Claude Elder
Daniel Rhoads Elder
Harry Elder

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    17 December 1868Carroll, Missouri, United States
  • Children


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    +8 More Children

    World Events (8)

    1848 · The California Gold Rush
    Age 1
    On January 24, 1848, gold was found at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California, which began the California gold rush. In December of that same year, U.S. President James Polk announced the news to Congress. The news of gold lured thousands of “forty-niners” seeking fortune to California during 1849. Approximately 300,000 people relocated to California from all over the world during the gold rush years. It is estimated that the mined gold was worth tens of billions in today’s U.S. dollars. 
    Age 13
    In 1860, the Pony Express used men riding on horseback to carry mail between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California.
    1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment
    Age 23
    Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.

    Name Meaning

    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.

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

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    Sources (28)

    • John Elder in entry for Ida Anderson, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
    • John Elder in household of Turner Elder, "United States Census, 1860"
    • Mr John Elder, "Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991"

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