ISAAC F. ELDER, farmer, P. 0. Mount Blanchard, was born in Delaware Township, this county, January 21, 1846,
on the farm on which he now resides. Josiah Elder, his father, a famous pugilist in early times and a typical pioneer
of the old school, married, September 27, 1832, Miss Sarah Ann Cessna, who was born in Bedford County, Penn., January
17, 1813 (her father, John Cessna, a soldier in the war of 1812, moved to Coshocton County, Ohio, in 1814, and
to Hardin County, Ohio, in 1831). She was very strong and active, and could handle an ax as skillfully as a man
She and her sister, Rebecca, cut all the logs for their cabin while their father was gone to Bellefontaine to mill.
Josiah Elder and his wife cleared up a large farm on Blanchard River. Of their eleven children four are now living:
Franklin, in Missouri; Jonathan, in Kansas; Mrs. Sarah Ann Pugh and Isaac F. Josiah Elder died May 1, 1868. His
widow now resides in Mount Blanchard, this county. Isaac F. Elder married, January 1, 1874, Miss Charlotte Greer,
daughter of John Greer. They have six children: Muzetta, Zoa, Zeller, Squire, Zana and Frank. August 7, 1879, Mr.
Elder and his two daughters were struck by an express train as they were attempting to drive across the Indiana,
Bloomington & Western Railway track near Forest, their wagon and team being literally torn to pieces. The girls
escaped with slight injuries, but Mr. Elder received injuries from which he has never fully recovered. Mr. and
Mrs. Elder are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
History of Madison County, Ohio
Published by: Warner, Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois 1886
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