John Wesley Elder

4 June 1819–12 November 1902 (Age 83)
Rutherford, Tennessee, United States

The Life of John Wesley

When John Wesley Elder was born on 4 June 1819, in Rutherford, Tennessee, United States, his father, Wiliam M Elder, was 45 and his mother, Nancy Ann Russell, was 38. He married Martha Gillespie Houston on 18 June 1841, in Jacksonville, Calhoun, Alabama, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Tennessee, United States in 1870. He died on 12 November 1902, in Trenton, Gibson, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 83, and was buried in United States.

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John Wesley Elder
Martha Gillespie Houston
Marriage: 18 June 1841
Henry H. Elder
Robert P. Elder
Leander Melville Elder
Mary Eloise Elder
Irene Amelia Elder
Martha Louisa Elder
Sallie May Elder
Lucy Bell Elder
Eva Grace Elder
Albert Sidney Elder

Spouse and Children


    Martha Gillespie Houston


18 June 1841
Jacksonville, Calhoun, Alabama, United States




    Leander Melville Elder


    Mary Eloise Elder


    Irene Amelia Elder


+5 More Children

Parents and Siblings



+8 More Children

World Events (8)

1820 · Making States Equal

Age 1

The Missouri Compromise helped provide the entrance of Maine as a free state and Missouri as a slave state into the United States. As part of the compromise, slavery was prohibited north of the 36°30′ parallel, excluding Missouri.
1835 · The Hermitage is Built

Age 16

The Hermitage located in Nashville, Tennessee was a plantation owned by President Andrew Jackson from 1804 until his death there in 1845. The Hermitage is now a museum.

Age 27

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

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)

  • John W Elder, "United States Census, 1860"
  • J W Elder, "United States Census (Slave Schedule), 1860"
  • Jno W Elder, "United States Census, 1900"

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