Elijah Jolliff
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Elijah Jolliff (abt. 1799 - abt. 1828)

Elijah Jolliff
Born about in Knob Lick, Barren (later Metcalfe) County, Kentucky, United Statesmap [uncertain]
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 1818 (to 1828) [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died about in , Jefferson County, Illinois, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 25 Nov 2013
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Biography

Elijah was born about 1799 in Knob Lick, Barren (later Metcalfe) County,[1] or possibly in Fayette County, Kentucky, the seventh of eight known children and the youngest of four sons of James (I) and Elizabeth Norris Jolliff. He was named for the Kentucky Baptist preacher, Elijah Summers.

Elijah went to Indiana with his brother Abner in Sept 1817, following their oldest brother Richard, who had moved there the year before. Richard lived in Orange Co. and Abner lived in Dubois Co. It is not known where Elijah lived because he did not buy any land.

About the same time William & Rebecca (Casey Nobles) DePriest moved from Smith Co, Tennessee to Orange Co, Ind.
Early in 1818 Elijah married Lucinda Nobles, Rebecca DePriest's daughter by her first husband, Erasmus Nobles, who had died when Lucinda was a small child.

Elijah & Lucinda's first child, Randolph Casey Jolliff (named for Lucinda's grandfather, Randolph Casey), was born in 1818. Randolph's obituary states that he was born in Kentucky on Dec. 9, 1818. Elijah & Lucinda must have gone back to Kentucky after they were married for a visit with family and stayed for a while. Elijah's last sibling, born about 1818, was named Lucinda, probably for Elijah's new wife (this makes it likely that Elijah & Lucinda had come to visit and maybe even were there when the baby sister was born (so Randolph was the same age as his aunt!)

In 1819 Elijah, Lucinda, baby Randolph, and the DePriest family moved to Jefferson Co, Ill. where some Casey relatives had lived for 2 years. He was in Illinois in 1820, living in Caseys Prairie twp, Jefferson Co, IL

1820 Census, Jefferson Co, IL, Paririe Twp:[2], Aug 7:
Elijah Jolliff 1 - - 1 - - - - 1 - - - 1
1 male 16-26 (Elijah-21) - farmer
1 female 16-26 (Lucinda-21)
1 male 0-10 (Randolph C-2)

In 1823 sister Catherine (Jolliff) Alexander joined them in Illinois. Then in 1824 four other Jolliff siblings followed: Rachel Rhea, Richard Jolliff, Abner Jolliff & Jahoda Holtslaw. They all settled around Irvington, IL, where the corners of 4 counties (Jefferson, Washington, Clinton & Marion) meet. Rachel Rhea moved away to Sangamon Co, IL in 1827. James Jolliff, Jr. moved to IL in 1828 and settled in Clinton Co. Then lastly, Elizabeth Faulkner was the last of the Jolliff clan to move to Illinois in 1830.

This quote from an early history of Illinois gives a description of conditions then:

"The farms, as in most frontier counties, were mere patches enclosed with rails and/or brush. The houses were round-pole cabins, sometimes in rare cases made of small logs, 'skelped down' or very lightly hewn, sometimes of split logs smoothed a little on the face. Some of the cracks were chinked and daubed, while some were left open to admit light and serve as windows. Some of the cabins had cracks so large a dog could jump through.
"If the floor was anything else but bare ground, it was made of puncheons or slabs, fastened down with wooden pins or not fastened at all. Shelves resting on long pins in the walls served for cupboard, pantry, bureau and wardrobe. since there were few bedsteads, bed scaffolds were made on two rails or pieces driven into the walls, one for the side and one for the end. the corner of the cabin framed the other two sides. On these, boards were placed and on the boards the bed was laid.
"In those early days cooking utensils were few in number. The well-to-do had a pot and a skillet; some settlers broiled their meat on the coals and cooked their 'johnny cake' on a board. Many of the first settlers had to beat their meal in a mortar which was generally a stump with a basin burned out in the top of the stump. Meal thus ground was sifted through a sieve which was made by punching holes in a piece of deerskin with a hot wheel-spindle and by stretching the deerskin over a hoop. The coarser corn was used for hominy; the finer for meal."

Besides being a farmer, Elijah operated a sugar mill. The Jolliffs were members of the Grand Point Baptist Church in Washington Co., Ill.

When Elijah's sister, Rachel Rhea, moved to Sangamon Co. in 1827, her oldest son, James Rhea Jr. (aged 23) stayed behind. On Christmas morning 1828, while Elijah & James were examining a gun, which had been a Christmas gift, James accidentally shot Elijah in the leg. "A tow wad severed the femoral artery and Elijah died in the house where he lived near Mt. Vernon, when he was about 31 years old." He was probably buried in the Grand Point Cemetery[3], Irvington, IL, where many other Jolliffs were buried.

In 1830 Lucinda & her 5 children were living between the homes of her two brothers, Green & Isaac DePriest. On April 4, 1834, Lucinda married Asa Foster in Washington Co. They moved to Richview, Ill. and within 3 months guardians were appointed for her 4 sons: her brother, Green DePriest was given custody of 15-year-old Randolph & 7-year-old James, and Elijah's brother, Abner Jolliff, was given 11-year-old William & 8-year-old Elijah Jr. Lucinda died before the end of the year; she was about 34 years old. (Asa soon married Mary Lively, Feb, 1835).

Where 14-year-old daughter Elizabeth stayed for the few months following her mother's death is uncertain, but on Aug. 30, 1835 she, then 15, married 31-year-old widower, James Willard, who had lived 2 houses from hers and had 4 small children, 1-8 years old.

In May, 1840, 21-year-old Randolph sold the 16 acres he had inherited from his father's estate to his mother's cousin, Green P. Casey, for $100. In 1847 James Rasmus also sold his inherited part (16 acres) of his father's land to Green P. Casey. In 1852 Elijah Jr. also sold his 16 acres to Green P. Casey. All of the children, except Elijah Jr., eventually moved to Missouri with uncles, Green & Isaac DePriest.[4]

Children of Elijah Jolliff and Lucinda Nobles:

  1. Randolph Casey, b1818 Ky, m Peggy Huddleston, d 1900 Oregon Co, Mo
  2. Elizabeth "Betsy", b1820 IL, m James Willard, d 1903 Oregon Co, Mo
  3. William Norris "Bill Bugler", b1823 IL, m Margaret Pace, d aft 1880 prob Washington Co, IL
  4. Elijah Jr, b1825 IL, m Sarah Forbes & Melinda Bryant, d 1900, Irvington, IL
  5. James Rasmus, b1827 IL, m Martha Waymon, d 1880, Howell Co, MO
25 December, before his thirtieth birthday, Elijah died in Jefferson County, Illinois as the result of an accidental shot in the leg that severed the femoral artery.[5]

From Findagrave.com

Elijah Summers Jolliff
Birth: 1799 Knob Lick, Metcalfe County, Kentucky, USA; Death: 25 Dec 1828 (aged 28–29) Jefferson County, Illinois, USA; Burial: Grand Point Cemetery, Irvington, Washington County, Illinois, USA. Memorial #: 95570207.
Elijah was named for Elder Elijah Summers, the pastor of his parents' church, Blue Spring Baptist Church, in Barren Co. (now Metcalfe Co), KY, near Knob Lick.
Elijah's mother died in 1814 and his father remarried in 1815. In 1816 his oldest brother, Richard moved to Indiana. In Sept 1817, Elijah and brother Abner also moved to Indiana. Richard lived in Orange Co. and Abner lived in Dubois Co.
About the same time William & Rebecca (Casey Nobles) DePriest moved from Smith Co, Tennessee to Orange Co, Ind.
Early in 1818 Elijah married Lucinda Nobles, Rebecca DePriest's daughter by her first husband, Erasmus Nobles, who had died when Lucinda was a small child.
Elijah and Lucinda's first child, Randolph was born in Dec. 1818. His obituary says he was born in Kentucky, so Elijah & Lucinda must have gone back to Ky. after their marriage so she could meet the family and their baby was born there. Elijah's youngest sibling was also born about that same time, and she was named Lucinda, probably for Elijah's wife.
In 1819 Elijah, Lucinda, baby Randolph, and the DePriest family moved to Jefferson Co, IL where some of their Casey relatives had lived for 2 years. Elijah was in Illinois in 1820, living in Casey's Prairie twp, Jefferson Co, IL. His father died in Kentucky in 1821.
In 1823 sister Catherine (Jolliff) Alexander joined them in Illinois. Then in 1824 four other Jolliff siblings followed: Rachel Rhea, Richard Jolliff, Abner Jolliff & Jahoda Holtslaw. They all settled around Irvington, IL, where the corners of 4 counties (Jefferson, Washington, Clinton & Marion) meet.
When Elijah's sister, Rachel Rhea, moved to Sangamon Co. in 1827, her oldest son, James Rhea Jr. (aged 23) stayed behind. On Christmas morning 1828, while Elijah & James were examining a gun, which had been a Christmas gift, James accidentally shot Elijah in the leg. "A tow wad severed the femoral artery and Elijah died in the house where he lived near Mt. Vernon, when he was about 31 years old," leaving a wife and 5 small children.
Though there is no gravestone, he must have been buried in Grand Point Cemetery where all his other Jolliff family were buried.
Inscription: no marker
Family Members: Parents: James Jolliff (1753-1821), Elizabeth Norris Jolliff (1769-1814); Siblings: Richard Jolliff (1788-1833), James H. Jolliff (1790-1876), Jahoda Jolliff Holtslaw (1795-1864), Elizabeth Jolliff Faulkner (1797-1884; Half Siblings: Lucinda Jolliff Crail (1817-1892; Children: Randolph Casey Jolliff (1818-1900), Elizabeth Jolliff Willard (1820-1902), Elijah Jolliff (1825-1900).[6]

Citations

  1. Mary Jo Freeman, "Elijah Summers Jolliff, Findagrave.com. Record added: Aug 18, 2012. URL: https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=95570207. Accessed 2 Oct 2017 by Patricia Prickett Hickin.
  2. 1820 Census -
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  3. FAG - https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/95570207
  4. Mary Jo Freeman, "Elijah Summers Jolliff," Willard & Related Families, Rootsweb.ancestry.com. Updated 14 Aug 2017. URL: http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=merrygo&id=I2233. Accessed 2 Oct 2017 by Patricia Prickett Hickin.
  5. M.J. Freeman (47116079), “Elijah Summers Jolliff,” Findagrave.com. Record added 18 Aug 2012. URL: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/95570207. Accessed 02 March 2019.
  6. M.J. Freeman (47116079), “Elijah Summers Jolliff,” Findagrave.com. Record added 18 Aug 2012. URL: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/95570207. Accessed 02 March 2019.

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