John McFarland ELDER, Civil War, Co G 135th PA Vol. Inf

John McFarland ELDER, Civil War, Co G 135th PA Vol. Inf


JOHN McFARLAND ELDER, born March 2, 1843, son of JOSEPH ELDER, JR, of Westmoreland Co PA. died Tuesday, July 21, 1874, Reno, Washoe County, Nevada

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JOHN McFARLAND ELDER, born March 2, 1843, Westmoreland Co PA


    JOHN McFARLAND ELDER, born March 2, 1843,

    son of JOSEPH ELDER, JR, of Westmoreland Co PA.

    New Photo - Civil War Marker in Mountain View Cemetery

    Birth entry in JOSEPH ELDER Bible,  page 4, owned by Francesca Elder Boone

    Death Notice: Taken from Newspaper images:              
    Mountain View Cemetery Photo - -Spruce Lawn A-176-7  (old view - no marker)

    John McFarland Elder, died Tuesday, July 21, 1874,  Reno, Washoe County, Nevada

    Nevada State Journal, Saturday, July 25, 1874
    Resolutions of Respect, Hall of Truckee Lodge No. 14, I.O.O.F, Reno, Nev., July 22, 1874.
    To N.G., V.G., Officers and Members of Truckee Lodge No. 14, I.O.O.F.
    Your Committee appointed to draft resolutions expressing the sense of this Lodge on the
    death of Bro. J.M. ELDER, P.G., beg leave to submit the following:
    WHEREAS, It hath pleased an allwise and beneficient Providence to remove
    from our midst by death our well beloved Bro., J.M. ELDER, P.G., an esteemed member of this Lodge; and
    WHEREAS, The intimate relations long preserved by the deceased with the members of this Lodge,
    render it proper that we should express our appreciation of his services as an Odd Fellow, and of his merits as a man.
    Therefore, be it Resolved, that in the death of our late brother, this Lodge has been deprived
    of one of its most honored members, who proved himself in all the relations of life a friend,
    a consistent Odd Fellow, a congenial companion, and a good upright citizen.
    RESOLVED, That we will ever cherish the memory of his many exalted virtues,
    trusting that his faithful life below will be rewarded by admission into the Grand Lodge above,
    where Friendship, Love and Truth ever abides.
    RESOLVED, That we deeply sympathise with the relations and friends of the deceased Brother,
    and tender to them our unfeigned, and heart felt sympathy in their sore affliction, at the loss of a
    true and tried friend, a devoted Odd Fellow, and an honest, upright citizen.
    RESOLVED, That the Charter of this Lodge be draped in mourning; and that the officers and
    members of this Lodge wear the usual badge of mourning for the period of thirty days in respect
    to the memory of our late Brother.
    RESOLVED, That these resolutions be spread in full upon the minutes of this Lodge, and
    that a copy of the same be forwarded to the relations of the deceased Brother, and
    that the same be published in the Daily Nevada State Journal, and the Daily Reno Crescent.
      Com.: Wm. Lucas, Chas. H. Stoddard, N.C. Hammersmith, Ren, July 22nd, 1874.

    Taken from same day's newspaper:

    John McFarland ELDER, d. Tues, July 21, 1874
    Obituary, printed Saturday July 25, 1874
    Nevada State Journal ( digitized image)

    It is with feelings of the deepest sadness that we chronicle the demise of John M. Elder,
    than whom Nevada never had a better citizen or truer gentleman within her borders.
    Mr. Elder was for a long time the General Agent of Woodruff & Ennor, the well known stage men,
    and has also been connected with Wells, Fargo & Co.  Last year he paid his folks in Pennsylvania a visit,
    and on the trip contracted the seeds of that terrible disease, consumption.  Returning to this coast,
    he went to Southern California for his health, but continued to fail, and about six weeks ago he returned to Reno,
    and Tuesday morning died.
    He was an Odd Fellow in good standing of Truckee Lodge No. 14,
    and of Reno Encampment No. 5.

    Found Nevada State Journal (Reno) Sat. March 8, 1873, Col. 3 ( newspaper images)
    He's still alive here:
    Dan B. Boyd and John M. Elder both well-known to all Washoeites,
    have just returned from America.
    Johnnie has been rusticating around Philadelphia, Washington, New York,
    and Boston, while Dan has been away out in the backwoods in Iowa and Wisconsin.
    They are both happy now that they are back in the sage brush country again."

    Photo of GAR Cemetery in Reno, NV    (burial was not there)
    by Diane Greene  (also genealogy of DOYLE family of Path Valley, Franklin Co PA)

    May 24, 2005
    From: Bob Berrington, Reno Nevada (RAOGK)

    Nancy, The good news is that I found the grave site.
    Unfortunately there is no headstone.
    According to an old timer from the cemetery, John's grave was at
    the old IOOF Cemetery which was disturbed by the railroad coming to town.
    (The old cemetery is now a liquor store on railroad property downtown.) They
    moved the remains to Mt View Cemetery in 1902. I have attached pictures.
    The Mt View cemetery is on a hilltop overlooking downtown Reno. A very
    pleasant area and well maintained.
    I also copied  the newspaper article the IOOF placed in 1874, if you do not have a copy I can sent it to you.
    Hope this helps,
    Bob Berrington
    Reno, Nevada
    "Volunteer of Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness at

    Mountain View Cemetery      Photo of Downtown Reno from Mt. View Cemetery
     435 Stoker Avenue
    Reno NV 89503
    Office: 775-329-9231
    Card File for names

    From Roy Bell's research:
    John McFarland Elder came to Marysville, Yuba Co Calif. in 1867.
     Great Register of Yuba Co. of 1867 shows John McFarland ELDER 24 fm  Penn.
        farmer in Twp. 0n 6/4/1867

    J.M. ELDER 28 Fast Freight Agent:
    ELDER, J M (1870 U.S. Census)   Heritage Quest .pdf file
    Nevada , WASHOE, RENO, Age28, Male,  Race:White, Born: PA
    Series: M593 Roll: 835 Page: 483

    More about JOHN MCFARLAND ELDER in History of Beaver Co PA:

    6-27-73 History of LOWRY Family
    "... [Joseph ELDER Jr.] married Elizabeth PENROSE, a native of his adopted county,
    and to them were born five children, as follows:
    Mary W., now Mrs. LOWRY, the widow of John G. LOWRY;
    John, served for nine months in the Civil War and then went to Nevada where owned
    and operated a stage coach line, and where he finally died unmarried at the age of thirty-one;
    Margaret, now Mrs. Thomas Smith, residing at Ligonier, Pennsylvania;
    Elizabeth, now Mrs. Henry Shoup, also residing near Ligonier;
    William A., who resides retired at Ligonier; he married Lettie McKelvey..."

    Penn. State Archives Civil War Card file-Item #15

    ELDER, John M. 135th PA Vol. Inf.  -
    Co. G  4-312
    Enrolled 8-7-62  at Latrobe                         [Westmoreland Co PA]
    M.I.       8-16-62  as Pvt. At Hbg.                [Harrisburg, Dauphin Co PA]
    M.O.     5-24-63
    Age at enrollment 19   Occ. Farmer
     Res. Ligonier                                                [Westmoreland Co PA]
    [Roy writes: My GGF Samuel Elder BELL enrolled the next day at Ligonier in the same unit]

    Roster of 135th PA Company "G"
    135th PA
    Co "G" (Westmoreland Co History page 487]

    Writing on the new Marker in Mt. View Cemetery
    (possibly to be installed in October 2005):

          CIVIL WAR
     MAR 2 1843   JUL 21 1874

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