An "Old Pioneer" Jacob Elliot, the subject of this notice (who died at his residence in this town on the morning of September 1, 1869,) was born in Randolph Co., North Carolina, June 7, 1810, being at the time of his death in the 60th year of his life.
At the early age of nineteen he left the State of his nativity, and came to Indiana, without means of support other than that which a good constitution and industrious habits afford to a youthful adventurer in search of his fortune. He stopped for a short time in Wayne County, and worked in Centerville, boarding at the house of the late William Elliot, then a prominent citizen of that county; but in a few months came to New Castle, where he ever afterwards continued to reside, and had become one of her oldest citizens.
He was three times married - first to Miss Shively, who died in a few months, leaving an infant daughter, now the wife of Daniel Murphey, Esq.; afterwards to Miss Woodward, daughter of Asahel Woodward, who lived but a short time; and finally, in the Fall of 1839, to Julia Ann, daughter of the late Jas. Peed, the excellent lady who survives him. For about thirty years these two pursued the journey of life together, but are now separated by the fell destroyer, which sooner or later does his work for all the living. All these deaths, the writer of this, though considerably younger than the deceased, well remembers, he knew them all before and after marriage, and was present at their funeral.
Mr. Elliot was by trade a carpenter, and when it suited him, worked at the business; then a merchant, and then a farmer or trader-what ever business he understood, he was uniformly successful. It may be a satisfaction to know that he had accumulated a competence, and leaves his widow ample means for her support. His success in life was his owing not more to his industry than to his integrity and correct moral deportment. His religion was not of that kind which exists merely in professions and does not count on actions as of any value. Some people seem to be impressed with the idea that it is no matter how they act, so they make good professions of the "true faith."
Mr. Elliot was several times importuned to run for office, but never consented to run but once. He was elected one of the Henry County Commissioners in 1844, and served three years, but declined a re-election. A man of but a few words, he did not possess many of the qualifications for a politician.
For eight years previous to his death, he was afflicted with a disease of the throat; and for more than three years he had lost the use of his voice, and could only communicate his thoughts in conversation by a whisper. For four months previous to his death, he had been confined to his bed. Life had, as he often expressed it, became a burden and he longed for the summons of the messenger which would release him from his suffering. ------M. L. B