Elliotts of New England
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The writer was
[Isaac J. Greenwood] was, for many years, unable to identify the John Elliott
in question, until a descendant, the Rev. John E. Elliott, of
A Letter of Marque, given by
Col. Richard Phillips, governor of
2. A petition from said Elliot, about June, 1728, to King George II., asking for a certain office, and referring to his services for the King, viz.: a great naval battle and signal victory in 1722; a serious wound, etc.
3. A commission from the King, appointing John Elliot, who appears to have been originally from Topsham, co. Devon, in England, to the office of collector of customs at Newbury (now Newburyport), New England.
“Surprised Canso, and other
harbors near to it, and took sixteen or seventeen sail of fishing vessels, all
Eliot received three bad wounds, and several of the men were wounded and one killed. Seven vessels, with several hundred quintals of fish, and fifteen of the captives were recovered from the enemy. They had sent many of the prisoners away, and nine they had killed in cold blood. The Nova Scotia Indians had the character of being more savage and cruel than the other nations.”
A similar account of the affair, drawn from New-England letters, dated Aug. 20th, appeared in Boyer’s Political State of Great Britain, for Nov. 1722. Alluding to “the great depredations committed by the Indians, who had surprised and taken several Vessels in the Harbors, and no less than 12 off Aspoggin, 40 leagues to the westward” (meaning the remarkable cliff of Aspotgoen, on the promontory that separates Mahone from Margaret’s Bay), this account informs us, that Capt. Elliot “arrived at Canso the last day of July, with his Colours flying, an Indian Blanket in form of a bloody Flag, at the Top-Mast Head, with the Head of their Chiefest King and Councillor on his Ensign Staff, and another on his Jack Staff, and two Scalps of those who commanded under them. The reason of their bringing away no more Scalps was because the Indians threw their men overboard as soon as killed.”
Elliott’s consort, Capt. Robinson, who had become separated in a fog, was likewise successful in killing some of the enemy and in retaking two vessels; five of them however, lying in the harbor of Merliguash (or Lunenburg), he was, owing to the superior number of the Indians, unable to recover.
American newspapers have recently contained many articles in regard to a
notorious case of kleptomania, so-called, which is defined a morbid impulse or
desire to steal. An early instance of this idiosyncrasy in
26d, 6m. Lydia Eliot being convict of theft & lying & pride, all wch became famous & notorious she was cast out of ye Church. Her theift was ye taking away of lace from one shop in Boston, & neer ye space of a year after, stealing away a Tiffany Hood out of another ship, and being charged wth these things by ye Owners, she denyed ym agn & againe, but afterwd was found out & made restitution. (She stole also a skaine of yarn of halfe a pound, wch was found out after her excommunication.)
2d. 9m 1656. Lydia Eliot upon her humiliation & repentance was received againe & ye Church confirmed their love to her.”
Who was this Lydia Eliot? John Eliot, “the Apostle,” had a sister and a niece of this name.
The neice, Lydia Eliot, was the daughter of Deacon Philip Eliot
(deacon in his brother’s church at Roxbury). Her baptixm
appears in the Nazeing Church Records, thus: -“1631. Lede Eliot, daughter of Philip Eliot, 12 June.” Under the date, “4m. 20d 1652,” it appears in the Roxbury Church
Records that “Lydia Eliot, daughter to Deacon Eliot confirmed. Since dismissed to
ye Church at
But there may have been more than two Lydia Eliots, or a servant may have assumed this surname; not an uncommon practice in some of the early settlements of this country.
Honorable Thomas O. Elliott
Hon. Thomas O.
Elliott, born in
The social status of Mr. Elliott and his family is very high in Pomfret. He is a member of A. G. Warner Post, No. 54, G. A. R., at Putnam; and as a charter member of the Wolf Den Grange, No. 61, of Pomfret, he has served as master. Of this lodge his wife is also a member. In local politics he has been exceedingly active. Besides holding many minor town offices he has represented Pomfret in the State Legislature four times, in 1881 and 1882, in succession, again in 1891, the year of the obstinate deadlock, and finally in 1893, serving with marked efficiency. In 1901 he was elected on the Independent ticket as a representative to the constitutional convention for 1902. The honors bestowed upon him have been the merited result of a forceful character, broad culture and marked integrity.
George Thomas Elliott
Joined with his
father in one of the largest florist business in New England under the style of
William H. Elliott and Sons, Inc., of Boston, Massachusetts, George Thomas
Elliott has been prominently identified in the flower circles of the community,
and enjoyes the admiration and respect of all with
whom he associates for the substantial and distinguished success which he has
attained in his chosen field. With markets extending throughout the large
George Thomas Elliott was born
At the outbreak of the World War, Mr.
Elliott enlisted in United States Army,
In 1911, in
Commodore Jesse D. Elliott
American Revolutionary Soldiers of Franklin County Pennsylvania, Virginia Shannon Fendrick, 1944, p71
Elliot-Buckland Murder Trial
murder trial, in September, 1834, excited the interest not only of the town,
but the whole country round. Moses Elliot, the accused, was a lad of twelve,
and Josiah Buckland, his victim, was but a year older. These boys had made up
their minds to run away, and on a Saturday in April, 1834, had repaired to a
hop-pole house on the Rice farm, on the Wilbraham road, to divide their
clothing and to make some preparations for their journey. The upshot was that
in the middle of the day Elliot fled home, and was subsequently seen going in
the direction of the hop-house with a spade, presumedly
to bury the dead. No boy so young had ever been tried for murder in the
Commonwealth, and the greatest excitement prevailed when Chief-Justice Shaw and
Judges Wilde and Putnam opened the extra session in the autumn of that year.
Attorney-General Austin and District Attorney Dewey presented the case for the
State, and Judge Morris was assisted by the brilliant and eloquent George Ashmun. People neglected their business in order to hear
the evidence. The Elliot boy’s name for mischief-making confirmed the popular
belief in his guilt, and Judge Morris was set to confront a desperately strong
tide of circumstances. His plea was over two hours long. The old court-house
(Odd Fellows’ building) was packed to the doors; crowds hung about the
building, and country teams were standing in all the approaches to the
Honorable James Elliot
Hon. James Elliot
was the first elected of the three members of Congress who were citizens of
His name, with that of Judge Chapin and
others, is recorded as one of the corporators of the
first joint stock company that originated in this place. This company built the
first bridge connecting the East village with
His intimate acquaintance with Gen.
William H. Harrison, and high appreciation of his character, caused Mr. Elliot
to say, “I wish Gen. Harrison could occupy the highest office in this nation;
if every man in this country knew the General as I know him, he would go to the
presidential chair with an overwhelming vote.” These remarks were made several
In politics, Mr. Elliot was a Jeffersonian democrat and, to some extent, a party man: but he estimated character and ability far above party lines.
After remaining in this town over 25
years, he moved to Newfane. In a
“His after life was variegated with
different scenes and services. Besides his attention to the practice of law, he
served several years as register of probate and clerk of the courts, and the
past two years had the office of state’s attorney for the
“He sustained through life the character of an honest man, with talents and intellectual acquirements of the first order.”
His remains were brought here and
deposited in Prospect Hill cemetery, where, since 1797, we have placed other of
our honored dust and choicest treasurers. His widow-a daughter of Gen.
Dow-survived him 30 years, and died in
OR Vermont Historical Magazine,
George Elliot was a large sufferer by fire. In 1823, his store, with all its contents, was burned. It was rebuilt, and the second story occupied as a dwelling. This shared the same fate about two years after. Nothing was saved. His wife, with an infant child in her arms, followed by the nurse, barely escaped over the burning stairs. Absent at the time, Mr. Elliot returned only to find his property in ashes, and his little family without shelter, food, or clothing, except as furnished by neighbors. Yet his heart failed not. He was liberally aided by his fellow citizens, and the present building was erected on the old site, and he was soon again in successful business. He afterwards lost two or three other buildings by fire, on none of which was there any insurance.
History of the Town of Mason, N. H. from The First Grant in 1749, to the Year 1858, John B. Hill, 1858, page 277
David Elliot in the Revolutionary War
David Elliot has
been described to us as a man of marked character, and worthy of some words of
notice in the annals of the town of his adoption. [Mason] In the spring of
1775, soon after the commencement of hostilities at
History of Dublin, New Hampshire, p329
When others who chose had entered the lists, and tried their strength, then Colby would step forward and defy them all. Being all well stimulated and warmed up with rum, that was free as water at such times, it was not uncommon to end the wrestling sport with a serious fight. Colby at such times was insolent and provoking. No one liked to engage him alone, and yet they could not well brook his insults. At the raising of Major Livermore’s house, 1785, Colby got into a quarrel with the Elliots, from the Borough-Joseph and his two sons, Barnard and John. The two latter attacked him together. John sprung upon him like a cat, clasping him round the waist, while Barnard seized him behind. In the wrestle they all fell together, when John Elliot bit Colby’s nose half off. Pained and infuriated by the bite on his nose, Colby rose, shook John off and dashed him on the ground; then, seizing Barnard by his neck and bottom of his pants, tossed him head first into West’s brook; and turning, kicked the old man off the ground. This fight is well remembered by Benjamin Gale and Richard Herbert, and was related as above by the late Isaac Shute.
History of Concord, New Hampshire, Bouton, 1856, p570
Lydia (Goodwin) Elliot
In several respects Mrs. Lydia Elliot, or, as now commonly called, “Aunt Lydia,” whose life-like likeness is here exhibited, is the most remarkable person that ever lived in Concord. She entered on her 103d year in January1855. She is at this time in good health, in the enjoyment of her mental faculties and bodily senses in a remarkable degree, - her hearing only being somewhat impaired. She relates of herself, “that she never had a physician in her life, except at times of confinement with her children; never took physic, or an emeric, or had a tooth drawn, or was bled.” She has always been industrious, and even laborious; spinning and weaving at home, or in families where she was wanted. In her younger life she used to go to Mr. Nathaniel Rolfe’s, about a mile and a half from her home, to assist in pulling flax. Sometimes she carried an infant, and then she would lay the babe, wrapped in a blanket, under the shade of a tree, and work all day-nursing her child as it needed. Many a time has she walked from the Borough to the old North Meeting-house, on the Sabbath, to worship, carrying a babe in her arms. In the last fifty years of her life she has dressed herself every day. During the last seven or ten years she has spent a considerable portion of her time in knitting, at which she is very expert. She has a good appetite, is most of the time cheerful and uncomplaining; walks erect, and converses with ease and good sense. On the hundredth anniversary of her birth, January 30, 1853, a religious service was held at the house of her son, Mr. David Elliot, with whom the old lady resides, of which the following account subsequently appeared in the New-Hampshire Statesman.
We gladly availed ourself of the opportunity to be present, on Monday last, at the religious services held in the dwelling of Mr. David Elliot, in the north-west part of Concord. The circumstance which suggested them was, that on the preceding day his mother, Mrs. Lydia Elliot, attained the age of one hundred years. The occasion attracted to the dwelling a number of people so large as nearly to fill the lower rooms; and, as may easily be imagined, it was one of very deep interest, not only to the descendants of Mrs. Elliot, but all others who had the privilege of being present. People of all ages were there-quite a number of whom had reached the allotted period of human life, and several who numbered more than eighty years.
Prior to the commencement of religious services, several people who went up from this part of the town, were introduced to Mrs. Elliot by her grandson, with each of whom she held brief conversations. These were Mr. Richard Herbert, Mr. Abiel Walker, Francis N. Fisk, Esq., Mr. James C. Dame, (the venerable father of Mr. George Dame, of the Pavilion,) Mr. And Mrs. Bouton, Mrs. Dr. Carter, and the editor of this paper. Others, also, before and at the close of the exercises, availed themselves of the opportunity to say a few words to the venerable lady, upon whom all eyes were turned. On the morning of that day she rose in season to breakfast with the family, dressed herself without assistance, and made the bed in which she slept. She is a person of medium female height; her eye yet gives evidence that in youth she was one whose countenance was lighted by the vivacity of that organ; and, although quite deaf, she yet possesses her bodily and mental faculties in a remarkable degree. She was dressed in a very neat and becoming manner, and during the religious exercises sat immediately near the table by which stood her pastor, Rev. Mr. Tenney. She was seated in a rocking-chair, which she kept in constant motion, and intently eyed the clergyman during the exercises. Immediately back of her chair were several aged people, and in tiers in the rear of them, those of various ages down to children and youth. From this room, the doors opened into other apartments, so that all might hear.
Rev. Mr. Tenney commenced by reading the first four verses of the 71st Psalm, by Watts, 3d Part, as follows: [Not repeated.]
Succeeding the reading of the above stanzas was a discourse by Rev. Mr. Tenney, founded on the 71st Psalm, 18th verse: “Now also, when I am old and grey-headed, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to dome.” From this appropriate discourse, the train of remark in which may be readily conjectured, and which was listened to with the utmost attention by all, and by none more than the venerable person for whom it was particularly written, we gather the following facts:
Lydia Goodwin (now Mrs. Joseph Elliot) was born in territory once called Salisbury Newtown, (now Newton, in this State,) January 30, 1753. She married Mr. Elliot in 1773, and they removed to Concord in February, 1778. She was of a family of nine children; two sons and seven daughters. One of her brothers was a soldier in the French War, and died at twenty-two years of age, and a sister died when only four years old. Of the others, Samuel died in Northfield, when more than 97 years of age; Molly died in Concord, aged 97; Sally in Candia, aged 99 years and eight months; Elizabeth lived to be 77; Hannah died at 50, and Judith is now living in Loudon, aged 96. Of the six daughter who were married, all survived their husbands, and no one married a second time. The husband of Mrs. Lydia Elliot, the subject of this notice, died about forty years ago.
She had eleven children, all of whom reached mature years, and ten were married. Four only are now living. Her grand-children number seventy; her great-grand-children one hundred, and of the fifth generation there are known to be at least eight. Her son, Mr. David Elliot, at whose dwelling these services took place, is seventy-five years of age, although his appearance indicates a person of but little over sixty. It is a long-lived family, as preceding facts make very certain.
Rev. Mr. Tenney, at the conclusion of his discourse, invited Rev. Dr. Bouton to make such remarks as would be suggested by the occasion; who proceeded accordingly to address the congregation for a few minutes, in the course of which he stated, that of the aged people who died in Concord since his settlement, it was usually the case that such as lived longest possessed to the last their mental, and usually their bodily faculties, in remarkable perfection. Of such, he named Capt. Joseph Farnum, aged 97; Mrs. Hazeltine, aged 100 years and six months; Mr. John Shute, aged 98; Mrs. Robert Ambrose, aged 98; Mr. Jeremiah Bridge, aged 93; and Polly Odlin, aged 95.
The services occupied about one hour and a quarter, at the close of which many took leave of Mrs. Elliot by a formal farewell, and the company soon dispersed, highly gratified with the opportunity of being present and looking upon the second person in Concord who reached one hundred years of age.”
To the above notice it may be added, that after the meeting a pair of neatly wrought stockings were shown to the company, which were knit by Mrs. Elliot the past summer, and which were ornamented with figures called clocks. When she was ninety-one years of age she knit a pigeon net of fifty-two yards, and “lashed” the net-completing the whole in seven days.
Source: History of Concord, New Hampshire, Bouton, 1856, page 651
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