Person:ELDER, John Fletcher (1870 - 1929)

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ELDER, John Fletcher (1870 - 1929)
Family(s): Elder,Terry
Person ID (Link to genealogy): GED link doc.gif I10585
Sex: M
Date born: 2 May 1870
Born in: Cheapside, Texas
Date died: 14 Aug 1929
Died in: Gonzales, Texas
Father: ELDER, Mansel Nathan (1824 - 1881)
Mother: AVANT, Sally Ann Melissa (1843 - 1920)
Spouse(s): TERRY, Belle Zalora (1879 - 1964)
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Occupation(s): Entrepreneur, Government service, Rancher
Occupation details: inherited his father's ranch, later owned and operated a pecan business in Cuero, Texas. During World War I he was appointed to the DeWitt County Council of Defense
Fawcett book: ELDER, John Fletcher (1870 - 1929)
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From Bill Fawcett's book:

Biographical sketch

JOHN FLETCHER ELDER, SR., son of Mansel M. Elder and Sally Avant, was born on May 2, 1870 at Cheapside, Gonzales County, Texas. He was raised on a ranch adjacent to the Terry's (1880 Census). In 1889 he built a gin/grist mill on the east edge of Cheapside. J.F. Elder married Belle Z. Terry on November 23, 1904 at Cheapside (DeWitt County Marriage Records I:90). Fletcher inherited his father's land on Fulcher Creek (now Ranch 15 on FM 766 about 15 miles north of Cuero). Their home was within 2 miles from the place where the Terry's first settled, and they had 7 children: (1) Fletcher Foster Elder (9/5-20/1905), (2) John Fletcher Elder, Jr. (1908- ), (3) Clifford Elaine Elder (1910- ), (4) Joseph Bailey Elder (1913- ), (5) Charles Henry Elder (1914- ), (6) Marjorie Belle Elder (1916- ), (7) Harold Terry Elder (1919-aft 1945). During World War I he was appointed to the DeWitt County Council of Defense (DeWitt County 1991). J.F. Elder owned a pecan business in Cuero. When John Fletcher Elder died on August 14, 1929, he was buried in the Bellevue Cemetery, near Cheapside. His widow administrated the probate of his estate (#2161; DeWitt Co. Probate Minutes W:353-354, 388-389), and was appointed the guardian for their youngest two children (Probate Minutes 1:454-456, 462-468). Her estate was probated by J.F. Elder, Jr. (Probate Minutes 51:171-176, 326, 373; DeWitt County 1991:77).


From A History of the Fawcetts and Related Families in America by William Bloys Fawcett. Used by permission of Dr. Fawcett.

This book was first published in 1996 and some of the information is quite dated. If you find errors or want to add updates, contact me, and I will add notes to the page.

Copyright © 1996, 2007 by William Bloys Fawcett, Jr. All rights reserved. No copies may be made of this document through any electronic, photocopying or other means without permission of the author.

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