Biography of William B. Elson
Howard County, IN Biographies





WILLIAM B. ELSON, proprietor of the Farmers' Hotel in Kokomo, and a farmer, is a native of Marion County, Ind., and was born March 2, 1838. He is the son of Nicholas and Lucy (Orme) Elson, natives of Kentucky. His parents were married in Kentucky, and settled in Marion County, Ind., in an early day, and were among the pioneers of Indiana. They resided in Marion County until their deaths, that of the father occurring October 21, 1851, and the mother October 22, 1855. Mr. Elson, Sr., held the office of Sheriff of Lewis County, Ky., and was a soldier in the war of 1812. He held the rank of Fourth Sergeant under Capt. Logan, of the Kentucky militia. The subject of this sketch was the ninth son and youngest child. He was reared on a farm in his native county, where he remained until 1860, with the exception of two years, when he traveled as collection agent for an Indianapolis firm. In December, 1860, he came to Howard County, and located in Taylor Township, upon 111 acres of land, which he purchased. Here he remained until 1865, when he removed to Centre Township, upon a farm of 100 acres. He, in 1880, returned to Taylor Township, and farmed until December, 1882, when he purchased the hotel of which he is the present proprietor. He also owns 100 acres of fine farming land in Taylor Township. Mr. Elson was married in December, 1862, to Miss Florence Garr, a native of Kentucky, who lived in Howard County at the time of their marriage. This union has been blessed with four children - Charles O., Belle, Otto and Pearl. Mr. Elson is a worthy citizen, and a prominent member of the Masonic fraternity.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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