Biography of Frank D. Elliott
Marion County, IA Biographies





Frank D. Elliott, devoting his attention to general farming and stock raising, owns and cultivates one hundred acres of land in Knoxville township, upon which he has made many improvements, bringing his fields to a high state of cultivation. Marion county numbers him among her native sons, his birth having occurred March 6, 1862, in the township in which he still makes his home. He is a son of J. C. and Ludema R. (Johnson) Elliott. The father was born in Ohio and was a son of Robert Elliott, who died when J. C. Elliott was quite small. The latter was reared by his maternal grandfather and in the year 1857 or 1858 removed westward to Iowa, settling in Knoxville township, Marion county, where he followed farming successfully until he retired some years ago. He is now living in the city of Knoxville at the age of seventy five years.

Although not a member, J. C. Elliott usually attends the Presbyterian church, and he gives his political allegiance to the republican party, which he has stanchly supported since attaining his majority. His wife was born in what is now West Virginia, not far from Wheeling. She held membership in the Presbyterian church and in that faith passed away in January, 1899, when sixty eight years of age. Her mother and stepfather, S. Henry, came to this county prior to the Civil war, but it was in Ohio that Ludema R. Johnson became the wife of J. C. Elliott. All of their children, however, were born in this county, namely: Walter, who is now living in the city of Oklahoma; Evy, of Des Moines; Amanda, a resident of Knoxville; Mrs. Mary Dickerson, also of Knoxville; and Frank D., of this review.

Frank D. Elliott was reared upon the old homestead farm and attended the public schools, dividing his time between the acquirement of an education and the work of the fields. He has always followed farming and stock raising and has been very successful. Indolence and idleness are utterly foreign to his nature. He works persistently and energetically in the care of his fields, practices rotation of crops and keeps his land in excellent condition.

On the 3d of October, 1883, Mr. Elliott was married to Miss Rosa E. Owen, who was born in Ottumwa, Wapello county, Iowa, March 1, 1862, a daughter of William and Caroline (Rowel) Owen, who came to Iowa prior to the Civil war. The mother died in Des Moines and the father now resides in Knoxville at the age of eighty five years. Many years ago he lived in Des Moines, where he engaged in teaming, and later he carried on general farming in Knoxville township. In the Owen family were four children: Mrs. Elliott; Mrs. Louisa Johnson, living in Des Moines; A. C., a resident of Seattle, Washington; and Mrs. Matilda Ricks, of Oklahoma City. Having lost his first wife Mr. Owen wedded Mrs. Mary McClain, and they have three children: Mrs. Effie Harmon, of Aberdeen, South Dakota; Mrs. Gertie Elliott, of Knoxville; and Claude, who is living at Dallas Center, Iowa. By her former marriage Mrs. Owen had one child, Marion, now of this county.

To Mr. and Mrs. Elliott have been born four children: Mrs. Eva Rees, of Franklin township; Ray, of Knoxville, who married Eva West and has two children; Mrs. Lena Cline, of Knoxville township, who has two children; and Everett, who died when ten years old. The parents are members of the Presbyterian church and are people of the highest respectability, enjoying the warm regard and friendship of all who know them.

Fraternally Mr. Elliott is connected with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Politically he is a republican and has served as road supervisor. He has also been a member of the school board and is interested in various plans and projects for the upbuilding and benefit of the county in which his entire life has been spent. His friends, and they are many, know him as a man of genuine worth and his popularity is well deserved.

From:
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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