ELLIOTT FAMILY HISTORY & RECORDS – 1779 TO PRESENT:
March 26, 2013
Email correspondence with several helpful
Elliott individuals throughout the world, Ireland in particular, has helped to gather some generic information as to our Elliott
name. The Genealogist at the Elliot Clan Society, USA, has just provided me with another link to the Elliott’s,
with more names, dates etc. It would appear that the name Elliott probably originated in Scotland and became
prevalent in and around the neighboring four county areas of Leitrim, Donegal, Cavan and Fermanagh in Ireland sometime during
the 1620-1640-time period.
The majority of Elliott’s with two “t’s”
appear to be from the six Counties of current Northern Ireland. Many Elliott’s, as well as others,
were forced by the English Crown to leave Scotland about 1603, and many went to Northern Ireland, where many were offered
land there by the Crown.
probably went to Northern Ireland, possibly to Donegal, sometime before the 1770’s and this would mean that there were
at least three generations of our Elliott’s that were born in Ireland before immigrating to Canada. It
is here that the earliest recording of an Elliott ancestor can be found, Francis Elliott, born about 1779 in Lynncrest, Ballyshannon,
Donegal. A letter from the Donegal Ancestry Centre in 2001 (the Donegal Ancestry Centre letter appears
as a tab on the Home page as a PDF document) shows a reference to a Thomas and Mary Elliott, the possible parents of Francis.
Thomas and Mary may have also had other children in addition to Francis; Mary, Margaret and John may have been his siblings
as shown in the Donegal Ancestry Centre letter. It would also seem that many of these Elliott’s were
Methodists, or Wesleyan Methodists in reference to John Wesley (1703-1791) the founder of Methodism. Many
families gave the name Wesley as a first or middle name to many of their children.
side note is that of a story or rumor, that in earlier years the Elliott name or clan was known as the “thieves of the
border.” This was undoubtedly in reference to the border between Scotland and England, and they were
known as one of the notorious Border Clans and had formed a loose confederacy with the riding Clan’s of Armstrong, Nixon,
Crosier and Knox. The “rustling” of sheep and cattle was probably a common occurrence.
A story Donna and I were told by a B&B proprietress in Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland said that if they did come
to Ireland from Scotland, “They probably stole the boat…” This might
have some truth to it as the following information on the Elliott name comes from an article published in a past issue from
the Irish Roots Magazine:
ELLIOT (ELLIOTT) SURNAME HISTORY
“A very numerous Ulster name, particularly in Antrim,
Donegal and parts of Cavan. It is among the top five names in Fermanagh, where it is of Scots origin, being
associated with the Angus region. There the River Elliott joins the sea at Abirlot, the mouth of the Elliott.
With the Armstrong’s and Johnston’s, Elliott’s were a riding clan harrying the borders until ‘pacified’
under James I with many finding their way to Ulster. There are many variant spellings of the name, using
more or less l’s and t’s”. The general consensus seems to be that they are all of the
in spelling: Elliot/Eliott/Eliot/Elliott
An old rhyme commemorates these differences:
The double L and single T
Descent from Minto and
The double T and single L
Mark the old race in Stobs that dwell.
The single L and single T
The Eliots of St Germains be,
But double T and double L,
Who they are nobody can tell.
So, it appears that the name Elliott probably originated
in Scotland and became prevalent in and around the neighboring
four county areas of Leitrim, Donegal, Cavan and Fermanagh in Ireland, sometime during the 1620-1640 time periods. The majority
of Elliott’s with two “t’s” appear to be from the six Counties of current Northern Ireland. Many Elliott’s,
as well as others, were forced by the English to leave Scotland about 1603, and many went to Northern Ireland. In the mid
1700’s, many of the Scots-Irish left in droves for America and Canada with promises from the British Crown for land.
Our family probably immigrated to Northern Ireland, possibly to Donegal, sometime before the 1770’s and this leads me
to believe that there were at least three generations of our Elliott’s that were born in Ireland before immigrating
to Canada. It is here in Donegal, Ireland that the earliest recording of an Elliott ancestor can be found, Francis Elliott,
born about 1779 in Lynncrest, Ballyshannon, Donegal.
also seem that many of these Elliott’s were Methodists, or Wesleyan Methodists in reference to John Wesley (1703-1791)
the founder of Methodism. Many families gave the name Wesley as a first or middle name to many of their children.
The next earliest record of our Elliott ancestors in Ireland, besides Francis Elliott from Donegal,
is that of a John Elliott (probably Sr.) who emigrated quite possibly from either Donegal or Leitrim (the Leitrim Genealogy
Centre letter appears as a tab on the Home page as a PDF document), Ireland, possibly sometime between 1838-1841 and immigrated
to Ontario, Canada. John Elliott Sr. was born around 1800, probably in Ballyshannon, Donegal.
He married Alice McSherry about 1827 in Donegal and Alice is believed to have been born around 1801. The
exact date and place of Alice’s origin are unknown, although it was most likely in Donegal, Ireland. Most
of the people (the general population) of Ireland at this time were uneducated or had little education, and actual dates of
birth and correct spelling of names was not uncommon. Because of this, wide variations can be found and
a person’s age might be listed as “seventies” or “in his seventies.”
NOTE: ON THE HOME PAGE THERE IS A TAB THAT GIVES YOU ACCESS TO A PDF FILE THAT
HAS THE COMPLETE NAMES OF ALL MY KNOWN FRANCIS ELLIOTT’S DESCENDANTS.
I have marked my direct Elliott ancestors in italics & bold print
for easy identification.
Francis Elliott, b. abt. 1779, Lynncrest, Ballyshannon, Donegal,
Ireland, married Mary Knox on May 29, 1799 in Ballyshannon-Kilbarrow Parish (C of I), Donegal, Ireland and had the following
the following known children:
John Elliott, b. about 1800 (immigrated with family members to Ontario, Canada, 1838-1841)
Mathew Elliott, b. about 1801
Thomas Elliott, b. about 1817
is a John Elliott Sr. who is recorded in the 1833 LeitrimTithe Applotment Books, Diocese of Kilmore (spelling?), Parish of
Cloonclare, Townland of Moneelum (Moneelom). This document shows the recordings of all occupiers (tenant
farmers) of land who paid tithes to the established Church at that time, which was the Church of Ireland.
His tithing appears to be for about eight acres. There are also several other Elliott’s who
appear on the same tithing page, James Elliott, another John Elliott, Simon Elliott, William Elliott and a John Elliott, Jr.
Other possibilities are that some or all
of the other Elliott’s on this tithing page are related; some might be the brothers of John Elliott, Sr.
John Elliott, Sr. and Alice McSherry had the following known
Francis Elliott, b. July 8, 1829, Ballyshannon, Donegal,
Thomas Mathew Elliott,
b. April 27, 1834, Ballyshannon, Donegal, Ireland
Alice Elliott, b. May 1837, probably Ireland
John A. Elliott, b. July 3, 1838, probably Ballyshannon, Donegal, Ireland
Mary Ann Elliott, b. October 6, 1841, Darlington, Ontario, Canada
Mathew Elliott, b. 1843, Ontario, Canada
The 1871 Ontario, Canada Census does show a John Elliott, Sr. and wife Alice
as farmers in the Township of Logan. The record shows their age to be 70 and their origins, Irish.
John Elliott, Sr.’s religion is shown to be the English Church and Alice is shown as Roman Catholic.
It also shows them to have a son, Matthew, age 24, born in Ontario, Canada. This would mean that
the Elliotts probably immigrated to Canada somewhere between 1838 and 1841.
1871 Census also shows a Thomas Elliott (my ggf), age 36 and his wife, Mary Ann Boyd, age 30, as farmers in the District of
North Wellington, Sub-District of Maryborough. The census shows them to be from Leitrim, Ireland and to
be Wesleyan-Methodist. Thomas is the son of John Elliott (Sr.?) and the 1871 census would put him as born
around 1834, as other records substantiate. Our family records show his birthrate as April 27, 1834.
It is also possible that the Elliott’s had at some point in time, emigrated from Scotland where the Elliott name
is fairly common.
Ann Boyd was born May 29, 1839, in either Donegal or Leitrim, Ireland and married Thomas Elliott on January 11, 1859 in Mitchell,
Ontario, Canada. Their marriage record shows that her parents were William and Alice Boyd.
Thomas died in 1875 while he fell under a train at the old Union Station while running to catch it. Our
family records list this information but it is unknown what the exact date was and the location of the old Union Station.
There is a good possibility that it’s the one located in Guelph, as that would be close to the town/village Hollin
(Hollen) where their last son, George Wesley Elliott was born.
Ontario Census also shows the first six of the eight children of Thomas Elliott and Mary Ann Boyd, all born in Ontario, Canada.
Susan Louise, and my grandfather, George Wesley Elliott, were not as yet born when the Ontario Census was taken in
of Thomas Elliott and Mary Ann Boyd:
(Alice), b. 1/29/1860, d. 6/23/1899
Leticia, b. 6/22/1861, d.?
John, b. 4/17/1863, d. 3/4/1893
Elizabeth, b. 1/28/1866, d. ?
Amanda, b. 1/18/1868, d. 8/20/1939
Matthew, b. 1/20/1870, d. 194?
Louise, b. 1/20/1871, d. 1911
Wesley (my grandfather), b. 3/4/1874, d. 9/22/1944 (Calif., USA)
George Wesley Elliott
married Alice Maud Beamish on 1/1/1901 in Pembroke, Ontario, Canada.
Children of George Elliott and Alice Beamish:
William (my father), b. 4/29/1902, Eaganville, Ontario, Canada; d. 2/27/1978, Los Alamitos, Calif., USA
Edythe Mary, b. 3/8/1905, Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada; d. 5/14/1989,
Ventura, Calif., USA
Lorne William Elliott
married Laura Lydia (Mae) Alwin on May 29, 1931, at All Saints Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Children of Lorne William Elliott and Laura Lydia (Mae) Alwin:
Robert Lorne Elliott, b. 8/6/1938, Santa Monica, Calif.
Edythe M. Elliott married
Raymond B. Ernst in September 1933, at the Santa Barbara Mission in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Children of Edythe M. Elliott and Raymond B. Ernst:
Donald Elliott Ernst, b. 6/21/1934
Dennis Richard Ernst, b. 10/13/1941