From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana

pages 607-608


Samuel H. Elliott, one of the early settlers of York Township, came to Steuben County in company with his brother, Joseph C., in the spring of 1840, from Huron County, Ohio.  They cleared five acres and in the fall seeded it to wheat.  The location made at that time by Samuel Elliott he still owns and occupies, on section 13.  He was born in Montgomery County, N. Y., Aug. 29, 1818, a son of Samuel W. and Sally Elliott, who moved to Monroe County, N. Y., where the father died about 1830.  In 1831 the mother and her children moved to Lorain County, Ohio.  She subsequently married Clark Winans and moved to Huron County.  She died at the residence of her son Joseph, in this township, in 1865.  Her family comprised ten children-- Chauncy S., Horace B., Mrs. Hannah McClellan, Mrs. Amanda Austin, Mrs. Mary Vosburg, Samuel H., Mrs. Mary E. Sage, Joseph C., William and John H.  Chauncy S., Horace B., Mrs. Vosburg and William are deceased.  Mrs. McClellan is living in Kansas, the others are residents of this county.  Jan. 1, 1846, our subject was married to Mrs. Jane Edwards, widow of John Edwards and daughter of Robert and Mary Smilley.  She was born in Holmes County, Ohio, March 18, 1821.  She had one son, Danford G. Edwards, born Jan. 30, 1842.  He was a fine, intelligent young man, and was one of the many brave boys who gave their lives for their country.  Having enlisted twice and been prevented from going by sickness, he enlisted the third time in Company K, Seventh Indiana Cavalry, and was killed in Weakley County, Tenn., Dec. 29, 1863.  To Mr. and Mrs. Elliott have been born four children-- John H., who was born Nov. 26, 1846, was a gallant soldier serving over three years as a member of Company E, Seventh Indiana Cavalry.  He was married Nov. 27, 1873, to Matilda Call, and died at his parents' home Jan. 15, 1881, aged thirty-four years, leaving three children-- Ada B., Maggie J., and Berton H.  Robert died in infancy.  Emma C., born Dec. 9, 1850, was married June 26, 1870, to H. J. Wilson, and with her husband and only child, Jennie J., resides on the old homestead with her father.  Frances M., born May 27, 1860, married John Clark Sept. 2, 1874, and in 1877 went with him to Arkansas, where he died July 15, 1880, of yellow fever, aged thirty-two years.  She with her only child, John, born Feb. 23, 1881, now lives with her parents.  Oct. 10, 1861, Mr. Elliott enlisted in Company K, Forty-fourth Indiana Infantry.  The first of his service was as hospital steward.  He was in the ranks at Perryville and Stone River, and at the latter battle was disabled and sent to the hospital, and subsequently was discharged for disability.  In 1870 he moved to Antrim County, Mich., and built the first house in Mancelona Township.  He was Township Treasurer and Justice of the Peace four years while there, but being unwilling to await the developments of another new country he returned to his home in this township in 1875.  He is one of the tried and trusted men of the township, and is at present serving as Supervisor.  He is a Republican in politics.  He and his family are all members of the Disciples church.  He is a member of Fremont Lodge, No. 210, F. & A. M., and of Kilpatrick Post, No. 45, G. A. R.


Submitted by Kim Davoli