|Catherine Reynolds Elledge|
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"Another fragment on the old burying (Elledge) ground bears this much of the original inscription: "Wife of Benj. E. — May 16, 1863 — aged 76 yrs. 11 mons. 3 days." This stone marked the grave of Catharine Reynolds Elledge who survived her husband nearly ten years, her death occurring at the old home near the place of burial. The plow and the reaper and the feet of farm flocks have long passed above the perished forms of these early settlers."
The Elledge cabin was a large double log habitation, much superior to the customary pioneer abode of the day. Mrs. Elledge, daughter of a wealthy Virginia family, had many beautiful things, which were kept packed in chests or boxes and seldom displayed. It is said that her marriage displeased a wealthy uncle by whom she had been reared, and that the luxuries to which she once had been used were hers no longer.
Mrs. Alice Carter, 7131 Prospect Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri, a daughter of Reynolds M. Elledge and a granddaughter of Benjamin and Catharine Reynolds Elledge, writes, in a letter to her cousin, Evelyn Elledge Boone of Hibbing, Minnesota:
"Grandmother's maiden name was Katerine (she signed as Catharine) Reynolds. She was raised in Virginia or Kentucky by a rich uncle whose name was Reynolds. He was a tobacco planter, and was very wealthy. He was the owner of many slaves. Grandma had a negro girl to wait on her, her own carriage, with liveried negro to drive it, etc. Uncle Boone (Benjamin's son, Leonard Boone) wrote to me about it. Grandmother was born a great lady, but she married a poor man against her uncle's wishes, so I guess he was through with her. I remember the beautiful silks she had and many other beautiful things. I remember she did not allow me to touch a thing she had."
It is related that Catharine was very unhappy over her family's estrangement following her marriage, her unhappiness sometimes caused a crossness that led some of her grandchildren to think that she might have been a stepmother to their parents. Harvey, one of her sons, told his daughter Evelyn that his mother was very strict, but "very, very kind and good when any of them were sick."
Reynolds M. Elledge, her youngest son, also married a Reynolds, Zerilda Reynolds, in Pike county, Illinois. She, too, had come from a family with slaves to do all the work; she was disowned by her family when she married Elledge, a "Free Stater." She and her mother-in-law, both unused to pioneer hardships, appear at one time to have shared the household work in the Benjamin Elledge home near Griggsville, but apparently were unable to manage it very well.
Samuel Reynolds, uncle of Benjamin's wife Catharine, was a large landowner in the vicinity of the Benjamin Elledge settlement. He had traded extensively in these bounty lands on the old Military Tract and had acquired large acreages in northeast Pike county from the soldiers of the War of 1812, upon whom the lands had been bestowed by a grateful government. Many of them, however, never came to the Illinois country to claim their bounties, but disposed of their claims in the East, sometimes for a horse, a cow or a pair of shoes.
Benjamin Elledge (1782 - 1853)
James McClain Elledge (____ - 1842)*
Adaline Delefyat Demarcus Elledge Baldwin (1807 - 1841)*
Edward Kindred Elledge (1822 - 1842)*
Benjamin Elledge Cemetery
Maintained by: Kathy Robinson
Originally Created by: Anna Jaech
Record added: Feb 12, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 105081520
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