Oliver Clay Elder1,2,3

ID# 16683, (1843 - 1924)
FatherWilliam M. Elder4,5 (abt 1802 - )
MotherSarah [surname unknown]4 (abt 1806 - bef 1856)

Key Events:

Birth: Nov 1843, Indiana6,7,8
Marriage: Sophronia Cobb, 28 Jan 1868, Decatur Co., Indiana9,10,11
Death: 23 Feb 192412
Burial: South Park Cemetery, Greensburg, Decatur Co., Indiana13

Spouse:Sophronia Cobb (15 Sep 1842 - 5 Jun 1919)
     Children:

  • O. Clifford Elder11,19 (17 Jun 1876 - 7 Oct 1965)
  • Edna A. Elder11,19 (Jun 1878 - )
  • Jessie Alice Elder26,19,24 (24 Sep 1882 - 15 Oct 1918)
ChartsDescendants of Gideon Cobb

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     Oliver Clay Elder was born in Nov 1843 in Indiana.6,7,8 He appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of Washington Twp., Decatur Co., Indiana, in the household of his parents, William M. Elder and Sarah [surname unknown].14 He appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Greensburg, Decatur Co., Indiana, in the household of his father, William M. Elder, and stepmother, Eliza Jane [surname unknown].15
     Oliver enlisted as a private in Company E, 7th Infantry Regiment, Indiana. The regiment was organized at Indianapolis in Apr 1861 as a three months regiment and upon completion of it's three month's service it was immediately reorganized for three years. Oliver mustered in with the rest of the unit 13 Sep 1861. The unit left at once for Western Virginia, and joining Gen. Reynolds' command at Cheat Mountain. It was involved in a number of engagements, including Winchester Heights, Cedar Mountain, and the second battle of Bull Run. It joined the pursuit of Lee through Maryland, and was in the battle of Antietam. During 1863, it was engaged at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg, losing heavily in both battles. It moved with the Army of the Potomac in the spring of 1864 being engaged at the battles of the Wilderness, Virginia, where Oliver was wounded 5 May 1864. The regiment was also engaged at Laurel Hill, Spottsylvania, Po River, North Anna River, Bethesda Church and Cold Harbor, being under fire for eighteen days during these engagements and losing heavily. Oliver mustered out with the regiment 20 Sep 1864.16,17
     Oliver married Sophronia Cobb, daughter of Dyar Cobb and Almyra Tremain, on 28 Jan 1868 in Decatur Co., Indiana.9,10,11
     He and his wife, Sophronia Cobb, appeared on the 1870 Federal Census of Greensburg, Decatur Co., Indiana, in the household of James Marshal Elder and Lydia A. Pratt, his younger brother and his wife.18
     Oliver and Sophronia appeared on the 1880 Federal Census of Washington Twp., Decatur Co., Indiana, enumerated 7 Jun 1880. Their children O. and Edna were listed as living with them, as was F. McConnall, age 30, a farm hand.11
     Oliver and Sophronia appeared on the 1900 Federal Census of Washington Twp., Decatur Co., Indiana, enumerated 6 Jun 1900, reporting that they owned their farm, free from mortgage. Their children O., Edna and Jessie were listed as living with them, as was her father, Dyar Cobb, a 50-year-old servant, Frank McConnell, and William F. Christy, son of her father's sister, age 65, a widower, and identified as a boarder.19
     He was a farmer, apparently retiring by 1910, when he reported his occupation as "own income."20,21,22,23
     He and Sophronia appeared on the 1910 Federal Census of Greensburg, Decatur Co., Indiana, at 414 North Broadway, enumerated 2 May 1910, reporting that the family owned its home, free of mortgage. Their daughter Jessie was listed as living with them.24
     Oliver appeared on the 1920 Federal Census of Greensburg, Decatur Co., Indiana, at 416 North Broadway, enumerated 5 Jan 1920, reporting that he owned his home, free of mortgage. His daughter Edna was listed as living with him, as were her children, Paul Meek.25
     Oliver died on 23 Feb 1924 at age 80.12 He was buried in South Park Cemetery, Greensburg, Decatur Co., Indiana.13

Citations

  1. [S1105] "Indiana Marriage Collection, 1800-1941," Ancestry.com, record for Oliver C. Elder and Sophronia Cobb, citing Ruth M. Slevin, complier, Decatur County, Indiana Marriage Records 1852 - 1878, Part I - Grooms Part II, referencing bk J, pg 204.
  2. [S1583] William M. Elder household, 1850 U.S. Census, Decatur Co., Indiana, shows name as Oliver C. Elder.
  3. [S1568] Marshal Elder household, 1870 U.S. Census, Decatur Co., Indiana, shows name as Clay Elder.
  4. [S1583] William M. Elder household, 1850 U.S. Census, Decatur Co., Indiana, shows them apparently living as parent and child.
  5. [S1572] William M. Elder household, 1860 U.S. Census, Decatur Co., Indiana, shows them apparently living as parent and child.
  6. [S1583] William M. Elder household, 1850 U.S. Census, Decatur Co., Indiana, shows age 7 and state.
  7. [S1555] Oliver C. Elder household, 1900 U.S. Census, Decatur Co., Indiana, shows month, year, age 56, and state.
  8. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial #24378466, O. C. Elder, shows year, and includes tombstone photo showing same.
  9. [S1105] "Indiana Marriage Collection, 1800-1941," Ancestry.com, record for Oliver C. Elder and Sophronia Cobb, citing Ruth M. Slevin, complier, Decatur County, Indiana Marriage Records 1852 - 1878, Part I - Grooms Part II, referencing bk J, pg 204, shows date and county.
  10. [S1568] Marshal Elder household, 1870 U.S. Census, Decatur Co., Indiana, shows them apparently living as husband and wife.
  11. [S1119] Clay Elder household, 1880 U.S. Census, Decatur Co., Indiana.
  12. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial #24378466, O. C. Elder, shows date, and includes tombstone photo showing year.
  13. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial #24378466, O. C. Elder, and includes tombstone photo.
  14. [S1583] William M. Elder household, 1850 U.S. Census, Decatur Co., Indiana.
  15. [S1572] William M. Elder household, 1860 U.S. Census, Decatur Co., Indiana.
  16. [S1159] "American Civil War Soldiers," Ancestry.com, record for Oliver C. Elder of Decatur Co., Indiana, shows rank, promotions, regiment, enlistment and termination dates.
  17. [S1158] "American Civil War Regiments," Ancestry.com, record for 7th Infantry Regiment IN, citing The Union Army, vol. 3, gives history of the regiment.
  18. [S1568] Marshal Elder household, 1870 U.S. Census, Decatur Co., Indiana.
  19. [S1555] Oliver C. Elder household, 1900 U.S. Census, Decatur Co., Indiana.
  20. [S1568] Marshal Elder household, 1870 U.S. Census, Decatur Co., Indiana, shows occupation as farmer.
  21. [S1119] Clay Elder household, 1880 U.S. Census, Decatur Co., Indiana, shows occupation as farmer.
  22. [S1555] Oliver C. Elder household, 1900 U.S. Census, Decatur Co., Indiana, shows occupation as farmer.
  23. [S1524] Oliver E. Elde household, 1910 U.S. Census, Decatur Co., Indiana, shows occupation as own income.
  24. [S1524] Oliver E. Elde household, 1910 U.S. Census, Decatur Co., Indiana.
  25. [S1167] O. C. Elder household, 1920 U.S. Census, Decatur Co., Indiana.
  26. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial #24378461, Jessie Alice Elder, image of obituary from unidentified newspaper.