Farmer and stockraiser; Lenox Township (postoffice Monmouth, rural route No. 5); is a representative of an old English family which has a most interesting history. His grandparents in the paternal line were Thomas and Mary E. (Holden) El liott. Their son Thomas H. Elliott, who waS born at Stonehouse, England, October 14, 1797, married Amelia Helvestine, a native of Winchester, Va., born January 29, 1804. Thomas H. Elliott came from England to Virginia in 1817 and was a merchant there until 1823, when he removed to Ohio, settling in Madison County.
In 1828 he went to Jackson County, in the same State, where he died and where his son Robert A. Elliott was born, January 8, 1849. Mary E. Holden, grandmother of the subject of this sketch, was a descendant of Elizabeth and a daughter of Sir Thomas Clifford, of Frithem Lodge, near the river Severn, in Frampton, England, and a sister of "Fair Rosamond," mistress of Henry II., who was poisoned by Henry's Queen Eleanor, while the King was in Flanders subduing a rebellion led by his two sons. John Elliott, brother of Thomas H. Elliott was born December 19, 1791, and died January 4, 1891, the oldest clergyman in England. He preached his last sermon, August 11, 1888. and made his last public address in 1890 to an assemblage of school teachers
. Robert A. Elliott, who is a Baptist and a Democrat, has, for nine years, been treasurer of his township. He married in Lenox Township, March 14, 1869, Sarah E. Shirley, who was born there July 3, 1852, a daughter of John and C, J. (Ray) Shirley, natives respectively of Sangamon County, Ill., and Kentucky. Mr. Shirley settled in 1854 in Lenox Township, where he became the owner of about four hundred acres of land and died July 11, 1867. Robert A. and Sarah E. (Shirley) Elliott have nine children named as follows: Nettie A., Sophronia Q., Nora A., Annie H., William E., Alethia, Ethel P., Erie M. and Mary C. Robert A. Elliott has a farm of about 300 acres in Lenox and Roseviiie Townships, where he carries on general farming.
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