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Mary Elrod, wife of Colonel William Elrod Death Notice

24 Sep

Mary Elrod, wife of Colonel William Elrod, mother of Joseph Elrod, died 23 SEP 1849 in Elizabeth Township, Allegheny County, PA. She was 81 years old.

Thank you to the Butler Area Public Library for sending this to me.

Mary Elrod Death Notice

Mary Elrod Death Notice

John Ralston Jr and Joseph Elrod

24 Sep

John Ralston Jr and Joseph Elrod were written about in Ruby Ralston’s book¬†The Search for Our Ralston Ancestors.

According to Ralston, John Ralston Jr. was a captain in the PA militia and knew Elrod from there. John also purchased land from Elrod and the land records were transcribed.

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Thank you to the Butler Area Public Library for sending these to me.

Sheriff’s Sale of Joseph Elrod’s Property

13 Aug

Here is the article the kind folks at Butler County Historical Society sent me on the Sheriff’s Sale of the land in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania Joseph Elrod had inherited from his father. He loses his property in a lawsuit from James Clark.

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This explains possibly why he was living with Nancy Ralston in 1850 (according to the census) yet he still owned the property. He didn’t lose it until March 1851. Now the trick is to find the court records pertaining to the lawsuit.

Joseph Elrod Adjutant 61st Regiment Pennsylvania Militia

4 Aug

I believe this is Joseph Elrod who moved to Slippery Rock, Butler County, PA by 1840. He was from Elizabeth Township in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

1819 Pittsburgh Gazette

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Pittsburgh Gazette

This is Joseph Elrod of Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania handling his father’s estate:

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The Will of William Elrod of Elizabeth, Allegheny Co, PA

11 Jul

Below is the will dated 29 JUL 1831 for William Elrod of Elizabeth Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. It is located on familysearch.org.

William Elrod died 13 SEP 1831 in Elizabeth Township. 

The following heirs are mentioned in the will: son Joseph, daughter Mary Mitchel, son Thomas, son William, son Muse, son Johnson, son Robert and daughter Martha Elrod. His wife Mary is also mentioned. To Joseph he left 200 acres that lay partly in Butler County and partly in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. He also left him his rifle gun and powder horn, his volume of Ferguson’s astronomy and all of the correspondence in his desk. To his wife he left his Bible with all of his family’s records inside and then this was to go to Joseph upon her death.

Why am I now researching the Elrod family? I have a pretty good feeling that Joseph was the father of my 3rd great grandmother Nancy Ralston. Somewhere in a family record Joseph is listed as having two children: Nancy born 1814 and John F. born 1818. My Nancy was born in 1814. Also, Joseph lived in Slipperyrock, Butler County, PA as of the 1840 Census. He lived there alone. He then moved in with Nancy Ralston and her family as of the 1850 Census.

Why would Nancy’s family think her name was Nancy Agnes McLane? That is what I have to work out. I also need more evidence that Joseph Elrod was Nancy’s father. Supposedly Joseph didn’t leave an estate when he passed, but he owned a lot of land. There are records somewhere and I don’t think it is coincidental that after he passed, Nancy and her family had the money to move to Iowa. What do you think?

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