06 April 2009

Connecting The Elliotts To Colwell And Carpenter

After being prompted towards further research of the Carpenters of Atlas Township in Genesee County, Michigan, especially William & Catherine (Colwell) Carpenter, I noticed that JAMES ELLIOTT was enumerated as a Carpenter nephew in the 1880 census.

1880 MI Census Genesee, Atlas Twp.
William CARPENTER Self M W 74 NY Farmer ENG ENG
Lurain CARPENTER Wife M W 72 VT Keeping House VT VT
William CARPENTER Son M W 36 MI Farmer NY VT
Catherine CARPENTER DauL M W 34 MI At Home ENG NY
James ELLIOTT Nephew S W 11 MI At School MI NY
James WEST Other M W 26 AT SEA Farm Laborer SCOT SCOT
Elisabeth WEST Other M W 47 PA Servant PA PA
Charles COLE Other S W 17 MI Farm Laborer --- ---

How did James Elliott fit into the Carpenter family? Whose nephew was he, anyway?

I found an Elliott/Colwell connection in the marriage record of Susan ELLIOTT Morgan and William McCarthy online here:

Groom name: Wm Mccarthy
Groom birth year: 1861
Groom birth place: Michigan
Bride name: Susan Elliott Morgan
Bride birth year: 1863
Bride birth place: Michigan
Marriage date: 23 Nov 1894
Marriage place: Corunna, Shiawassee, Michigan
Father of groom name: Dan Mccarthy
Mother of groom name: Not Known
Father of bride name: Albert Elliott
Mother of bride name: Mary Colwell
Reference number: v 4 p 21 rn 2190
Collection: Michigan Marriages 1868-1925

1900 MI Shiawassee, Hazelton
McCartney (sic), William, January 1860, m8, b. MI
Constine, Henry, hired man, Feb 1870, single
McCartney (sic), Susan, wife, Aug 1865, 34, m8, 3 children/3 living
", Bessie, daughter, June 1889, single (nee Morgan)
", Ivy, daughter, Dec 1892, b. MI
", Hazel (Azel?), son, Oct 1896

1910 MI Shiawassee, Hazelton
McCarthy, William, 48, m1, 18, MI
", Susan, 46, m2, 18, MI, 5 children/4 living
Morgan, Bessie, single, daughter, age 20, b. MI
" (sic - probably McCarthy), Ivah, daughter, 17
", Azel, son, 14, b. MI

1920 MI Shiawassee
McCarthy, William, 58, MI
", Susan, wife, 56
", Azel, son, 24
Morgan, Bessie, stepdaughter, single, 30
", Willis, grand?son, 2/12, MI
[living next door to Charles Colwell, and his parents, Francis & Marion]

Was James Elliott a nephew of Catherine (Colwell) Carpenter?

The Elliott family found in Shiawassee County (where many of the Colwells lived) appeared to be the family to which James Elliott belonged. There was a Susan Elliott, whose (2nd) marriage record named her father as Albert Elliott and her mother as Mary Colwell. James Elliott appeared to be the same (age wise) as the James Elliott enumerated as a nephew with the Carpenter family in 1880, a group that included Catherine (Colwell) Carpenter. Catherine Colwell had a sister Mary - though it appeared as though when Mary died she was Mary Libby.

1870 MI Shiawassee, Hazelton
Elliott, Albert D., 41, b. NY
" Mary, 26, b. MI
", William, 10, b. MI
", Susan, 7, b. MI
", James, 2, b. MI

A death record for a James Elliott, born in Michigan November 6, 1868, was found in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, online here. He was widowed, his wife's name was Helen, and he was to be buried in Flint, Michigan.

In 1910, boarding with an Andrew Stumpf (b. MI) there was a James Elliot, age 42, single, who was a cook and a teamster, living in Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio.

In 1920 James Elliot, age 51, was in Cleveland, Ohio, on Clark Street, as a married man and head of the household, working as a salesman for an oil company, born in Michigan (as was his mother; father born in NY according to census records). Living with him was his wife, Helen, age 56, born in Ohio, and a grandson, Earl Russell, who was born in Ohio, whose father was born in Ireland, and a daughter, Lillian Russell, divorced, age 38, born in Ohio.

The Cleveland, Ohio, Library maintains a "necrology" file, so I searched it for James Elliott and for Helen Elliott (results below).

Id#: 0089864
Name: Elliott, James
Date: Jan ? 1942
Source: Source unknown; Cleveland Necrology File, Reel #023.
Notes: Elliott: James, Dec. 30, age 73 years. Remains at Jay Parrish Funeral Home, 13613 Euclid ave. Burial in Flint, Mich.

Id#: 0089947
Name: Elliott, Zipf Helen
Date: Aug. 4, 1925
Source: Source unknown; Cleveland Necrology File, Reel #023.
Notes: Elliott-Zipf Helen (nee Moeller), beloved wife of James, mother of Lillian, Russell, Royal L., Irvin L., Albert L. and Edward H. Zipf, grandmother, died Aug. 1, 1925, at 8:30 p. m., age 62 years. Funeral services Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 12:30 p. m., from the residence of her son, Edward H. Zipf, 4236 W. 48th street. Friends invited.

A death record for Helen Elliott online can be found here (see extract below):
Name: Helen Elliott
Death date: 01 Aug 1925
Death place: Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio
Birth date: 03 May 1863
Birth place: Germany
Age at death: 62 years 2 months 29 days
Marital status: Married
Race or color: American
Street address: 4236 West 48th Street
Occupation: Housewife
Residence: Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio
Burial date: 04 Aug 1925
Burial place: Cleveland, Ohio
Cemetery name: Monroe St. Cemetery
Spouse name: James Elliott
Father name: Henry Zoeller
Father birth place: Germany
Mother name: Helen Leftien
Mother birth place: Germany
Collection: Ohio Deaths 1908-1953

A search for James Elliott that began in Michigan took me to Ohio only to find that he was buried back in Michigan (although I did not find a record of his grave). Is this genealogy's version of taking the scenic route?

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