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William Everet ELSTON and Permelea

HUSBAND:
[F110]. William Everet ELSTON. [PC H8].
Born 31 March 1809 (S11) in New York (Pennsylvania-S16); son of Moses ELSTON [F220].

The word 'Elston' is Viking in origin and means 'Fortress on the Hill' and the village of Elston was founded as a viking settlement during their invasion of England. (S15).

He is in his father's house in the 1810 United States Federal Census in Painted Post, Steuben County, New York.
about Moses Elston Name: Moses Elston
Township: Painted Post
County: Steuben
State: New York
Free White Males Under 10: 3 [so from 1800 to 1810. This would be Spencer, Jesse and William.]
Free White Males 26 to 44: 1 [so from 1766 to 1784. This would be Moses.]
Free White Females 26 to 44: 1 [so from 1766 to 1784. This would be Thankful.]
Number of Household Members Under 16: 3
Number of Household Members Over 25: 2
Number of Household Members: 5

Painted Post is a village in Steuben County, New York, United States. The name comes from a painted and carved post found by explorers at the junction of three local rivers. Steuben county is adjacent to Tioga county.

He is in his father's house in the 1820 United States Federal Census in Cayuta, Tioga County, New York, taken on 7 August 1820.
Name: Moses Elston
Township: Cayuta
County: Tioga
State: New York
Enumeration Date: August 7, 1820
Free White Males - Under 10: 2 [so from 1810 to 1820. This would be Everett and another son unaccounted for.]
Free White Males - 10 thru 15: 3 [so from 1805 to 1810. This would be Spencer, Jesse and William.]
Free White Males - 26 thru 44: 1 [so from 1776 to 1794. This would be Moses.]
Free White Females - Under 10: 1 [so from 1810 to 1820. This could be Abigail or Thankful, but if they are twins, why are not both listed?]
Free White Females - 26 thru 44: 1 [so from 1776 to 1794. This would be Thankful.]
Free White Persons - Under 16: 6
Free White Persons - Over 25: 2
Total Free White Persons: 8
Total All Persons - White, Slaves, Colored, Other: 8

Cayuta is a town in Schuyler County, New York. The town was created from part of the Town of Spencer (Tioga County) in 1824, before the formation of Schuyler County.

He married (1) Permelea [F111] about 1830. He had 4 children with Permelia, of which Thankful was one.

They are in Athens, Bradford County, Pennsylvania in the 1830 Census.
One male age 10-14. [so born between 1816 and 1820].
One male age 20-29. [so born between 1801 and 1810. This would be William.]
One famale age 20-29. [so born between 1801 and 1810. This would be Permelea.]
The teenage male in the household must have been a younger sibling of either William or Permelea.

He married (2) Elizabeth SWEET on 3 MAY 1840 in Stark County, Illinois.

They are in Stark County, Illinois in the 1840 Census.
One male age 5-9. [so born between 1831 and 1835].
One male age 30-39. [so born between 1801 and 1810. This would be William.]
One female age under 5. [so born between 1835 and 1840].
One female age 5-9. [so born between 1831 and 1835. This would be Thankful].
One female age 10-14. [so born between 1826 and 1830.]
One famale age 30-39. [so born between 1801 and 1810. This would be Elizabeth.]

Also in the 1840 Census in Stark County, Illinois were Evertt Elston, who must have been a brother to William; and Moses Elston, persumably his father; and William Elston, who must have been an uncle or cousin.

On 21 May 1847 William Elston enrolls at Alton, Illinois for service in the Mexican War of 1846-8. William enlisted as a private in Company C, under Captain Vantrump Turner, of the First Regiment, under Colonel Edward W. B. Newby; of the Illinois Foot Volunteers. Records show the company was at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas in July of 1847; in Sanat Fe, New Mexico in September and November of 1847, and in Albuquerque, New Mexico in January and April of 1848. The company was discharged on 13 October 1848 at Alton, Illinois.

Colonel Newby was made Colonel commanding the Regiment on 8 June 1847. His regiment marched across the Great Plains from Fort Leavenworth to command the 9th Military District and garrison Santa Fe, New Mexico and later El Paso to keep order in the newly acquired lands that became New Mexico Territory. His command maitained detachments at various times at Taos, Abiquiu, Mora, Las Vegas, Galisteo, Albuquerque, Cebolleta, Tome, and Socorro until the war's end. Newby also authorized an expedition against the Navajo by New Mexico Volunteers in April 1848. In May he led another expedition against the Navajo and made a treaty with them. He was mustered out at the end of the war on 16 October 1848. (Wikipedia).

After the war, William Elston is said to have gone to California, made quite a lot of money out of mining before he went back for his family. Presumably, his service in the Mexican War encouraged him to go to California about 1849. Gold was discovered in California on January 24, 1848. There were some soldiers who deserted their units and went on to California, but as far as we know, William came back home to his family and was mustered out of the service with his unit. The news of the discovery of gold reached the eastern seaboard about the same time as the ceasation of the war, so the draw of gold was not the main draw for desertions. However, at that time the war did cease and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed on 2 February 1848, which ceded to the United States the present-day states of California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, most of Arizona and Colorado, and parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Wyoming. This opened up these areas to settlers from the east.

In any case, William apparently soon left an went on to California with the 49ers. He is in Dutch Creek, El Dorado County, California in the 1850 Census.

However, interestingly, William E. Elston is also found in the 1850 Census in Stark County, Illinois:
William E Elston is living with a Samuel A Sweet:
Samuel A Sweet 78 M New York
Polly 70 F Connecticut
William E. Elston 44 M Farmer New York
Elizabeth 46 F New York
Mary 13 F Penn
Elizabeth 8 F Illinois (S14).

From this it appears that the parents of Elizabeth Sweet are Samuel A. and Polly Sweet. It also appears that While William is gone to the goldfield of California, and is counted in the census there, his wife is at home with her family in Illinois and counts him as with the family there. William and Elizabeth are said to have had two children (S14), but this census indicates that Mary, born about 1837, was the daughter of William and Permelea.

He arrived in Oregon on 15 July 1852. (Oregon State archives). This is apparenly a reference to California, then considered part of Oregon Territory. His daughter Jane is said to have crossed the plains in 1852 with her family, so this is probably when he brought his family back to California.

In 1867 he is on the voter rolls in Crums Precinct, Butte County, California as William Everett Elston. (S10). Butte County is about 100 miles (160 km) north-northeast of Sacramento.

He died on 3 June 1877 in Magalia, Butte County, California.

William E. Elston was buried in the Clear Creek Cemetery in Pentz, Butte County, California. Clear Creek Cemetery is located 6 miles South of Paradise, Butte County, California, USA off of Highway 191 on Clear Creek Cemetery Road. Highway 191 is also known as Clark Road. (S11).

WIFE (1) :
[F111]. Permelea. (Permelia-S13). [PC H8].
Born about 1810. She married William ELSTON [F110] about 1830. She died after August 1836 but before MAY 1840.

CHILDREN of William ELSTON [F110] and Permelea [F111]:
  1. William E. Elston. Born about (1816-1820)(1830) in Raldolph, Indiana. On 12 August 1848 the Stark County Mutual Protection Society was organized at the Courthouse at Toulon for protection against organized gangs or outlaws operating out of the northern part of the State. W. E. Elston was listed amoung them. Since the father William was apparently in California at the time, this must have been the son of William and Permelea, who was about 18 years old at the time.
  2. [F55]. Thankful Almina ELSTON. [PC H8]. Born 10 February 1832 in Bradford County, Pennsylvania. She married David William HOWARD [F54] (David C. Howard-S5,S6,S13) on 18 March 1847 in Toulon, Stark County, Ilinois. They were married by John Miller, J.P. (S5). She died on 11 MAY 1906 in Logan, Beaver County, Oklahoma; and was buried in the Old Cemetery in Eagleville, Harrison County, Missouri.
  3. (Unknown). This was a daughter, born between 1826 and 1830. (S8). A couple, David Straight and Sarah Elston were married on 5 September 1852 in Stark County, Illinois by Miles A. Fuller, J.P. Could this be Sarah? Another couple, Nov. 9. Samuel Sturm and Aby Elstone were married on 9 November 1856 in Stark County, Illinois, by Peter Sturm, M. G. Could Aby be this daughter? Another couple, Miles S. Williams and Polly M. Elston were married on 18 March 1865 in Stark County, Illinois, by W. W. Winslow, J.P. Could Polly be this daughter? [The validity of this daughter in this family is questioned].
  4. Mary Elston. Born 3 August 1836 in Pennsylvania. She married James Frederick Bowden on 10 August 1853 in Lane County, Oregon [California]. She died 22 September 1916 in Chico, Butte County, California.


WIFE (2) :
Elizabeth SWEET. (Eliza)(Betsey).
She was born on 9 October 1803 (S11) in New York; daughter of Samuel A. Sweet and Polly. (S13).

She married William ELSTON [F110] on 3 MAY 1840 in Stark County, Illinois.

In 1852 Samuel Sweet and family, with children & spouses, etc. left Illinois and traveled on the Oregon Trail to Oregon. Samuel died en route; everyone else (as far as we know) made it to Oregon.[California]. (S14). She died on 13 July 1872 in Butte County, California; and was buried in the Clear Creek Cemetery in Pentz, Butte County, California. (S11).

CHILDREN of William ELSTON and Elizabeth SWEET:
  1. Elizabeth Jane Elston. (known as Jane). Born in (1841-S11,S14)(1842-S13) in Illinois. She married Aaron BURT. She crossed the plains to California in 1852 as a child from Illinois. Her husband Aaron Burt was a pioneer blacksmith of Magalia, Butte County, California. She died on 20 November 1903 and was buried in the Clear Creek Cemetery in Pentz, Butte County, California. (S11). Her husband Aaron died in 1908 and was buried in the Clear Creek Cemetery in Pentz, Butte County, California. (S11). The had children Aaron Burt Jr, Alice A. Burt, Charles Burt, Hannah Burt, and Louisa Burt; all buried in the Clear Creek Cemetery.


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