Biography of Benjamin T. Elliott (1834 - )
History of Lincoln County, Missouri (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1888) page 533.
Benjamin T. ELLIOTT, farmer, is the son of Elisha and Sarah (COLLINS) ELLIOTT, both natives of Albemarle County, Va. The mother had previously been married to a Mr. Eddings, who died in Virginia. After the death of her first husband she came to St. Charles County, Mo., where she and Mr. ELLIOTT were married. Both died in that county. He was a farmer and a soldier in the War of 1812. In their family were four children, three sons and one daughter. The mother had three sons by her first marriage. Benjamin, the second child by her second marriage, was born in St. Charles County in 1834, and was about six years old when his parents died. He was reared by his grandfather COLLINS, received a limited education, and when about eighteen years of age started out for himself, farming and "baching". In 1856 he married Miss Susan E. GUTHRIE, a native of Virginia, born in 1834. To this union six children were born, three sons and three daughters: William James, George T., Josephine Lee, Ann Arrenah, Delana Othelo and Maud. Three years later they moved to Henry County, but soon returned on account of sickness and settled in this county. In 1861 they went to Audrain and in 1868 came to Lincoln County, Mo., where Mr. ELLIOTT has farmed ever since. He owns 225 acres of land, of which about 150 are under cultivation. Although starting with a very small capital, he now owns one of the best farms in his community, the result of his own efforts. He occupies the farm once owned by his wifes father, Silas Guthrie, who moved here from Virginia in 1837, and died in 1844. His widow remained on the farm until her death in 1885, aged seventy-five. Mr. ELLIOTT purchased the farm in 1867, his mother-in-law finding a pleasant home with him the remainder of her life. He was a Whig in politics before the war, and since then has been a Democrat.
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