"Born at Morwenstowe Cornwall England
A member of Co C 8th mans Vol Cav
The last survivor that laid out the town of Joplin"
Information courtesy Webb City MO
A history of Jasper County, Missouri, and its people, Volume 2 By Joel Thomas Livingston
Charles E. Elliott - Judge Elliott has maintained his home in Jasper county for more than two score years, and few have been more prominently and worthily identified with the civic and industrial development and up-building of this section of the state. He came to Missouri fifty-three years ago, when a young man, and here his record has been marked by large and definite achievement along normal lines of enterprise, the while he has stood exemplar of the highest type of civic loyalty and has wielded much influence in public affairs, especially those of a local order. A native son of England, it was his to show his loyalty to the land of his adoption when the integrity of the nation was menaced by armed rebellion and in the climacteric period culminating in the Civil war he was one of the few men in southwestern Missouri who staunchly and fearlessly opposed secession, and was implacable in his attitude toward the institution of human slavery. It can well be understood that at this time his opinions, freely voiced, gained him the animosity of the majority of his neighbors in Missouri, and he was literally compelled to leave his home or sacrifice his life. He subordinated all other considerations to his loyal zeal and gave valiant and faithful service as a soldier of the Union. In evidence of his sterling character it is not necessary to say more than that many of those men who were his bitterest enemies when he boldly opposed the cause of the Confederacy just prior to the outbreak of the war became in later years among the stanchest in his circle of friends. Now venerable in years, Judge Elliott is living virtually retired in his attractive home in Oronogo. and he has not only been one of the most influential factors in the up-building of this village but also of the city of Joplin, of which it may consistently be said he was one of the founders, having been one of five who bought the land and laid out the town and the only one of the five now alive. No citizen of Jasper county holds more secure place in popular regard, and it is but in justice due that in this publication definite recognition be accorded him.
Judge Charles E. Elliott was born at Morwinstowe, Cornwall, England, on the 28th of December, 1833, and is a scion of one of the old and honored families of that section of the "right little, tight little isle." He is a son of John and Mary (Trick) Elliott, both of whom passed their entire lives in Cornwall, where the father followed the vocation of a farmer during the major part of his active career. Judge Elliott is indebted to the private or pay schools of his native land for his early educational discipline, which has been effectively supplemented by the lessons gained in the broad school of experience, and as a youth he served an apprenticeship at the trades of shoe making and harness making, in each of which he became a skilled workman. In 1853, when nineteen years of age, he severed the gracious ties that bound him to home and fatherland and set forth to seek his fortunes in America. He first located in the province of Ontario, Canada, where he remained until 1856, when he came to Missouri and engaged in the work of his trade at St. Charles. In the following year he made his first visit to Jasper county, and remained a short time at Carthage, but he established his home at Neosho, the judicial center of Newton county, where he built up a prosperous business in the manufacturing of shoes and harness and where he also operated a tannery, principally for the supplying of stock used by him in his manufacturing. This section of the state was the stage of virulent contentions when it became evident that the nation was to be plunged into civil war, and Judge Elliott was one of only seven men in his home county to have the temerity to vote for Abraham Lincoln for the presidency in 1860. Being fearless and outspoken and sincerely opposed to the secession of the Southern states, Judge Elliott found his position one of unpleasant order at the outbreak of the war. His opinions caused his life to be threatened by Confederate sympathizers in his home community, and soon after war was declared he was visited by a committee, which peremptorily gave him the option of leaving the county within five days or otherwise of enlisting in the Confederate army. His refusal to comply with either one or the other of these conditions would, it was gravely stated, be followed by his death by hanging. The captain of a Confederate company that had been organized in the locality secured for him an extension of penalty, in setting a limitation of thirty days within which to make his decision. On the twenty-eighth day, in company with another Union man, he left Neosho and by this action sacrificed completely his worldly possessions in the town. The two refugees made their way to Ft. Scott. Kansas, and within fifteen minutes after his arrival Judge Elliott had enlisted as a private in the Union ranks. He became a member of Company C, Sixth Kansas Volunteer Infantry, and with this gallant command he continued in active service for three years and seven months, compassing practically the entire period of the great conflict through which the integrity of the nation was perpetuated. It is worthy of record at the present time that Judge Elliott is only one of two men residing in southwestern Missouri who lived and voted for Lincoln in 1860, and the other is Mr. Gillett, a well known resident of Joplin. When he left Neosho to enter the Union service Judge Elliott, was presented with a gold watch, which was given to him by his former partner, Judge Morse, who passed the closing years of his life at Rolla, this state. This watch has been carried by Judge Elliott during the long intervening period of fully half a century and is one of his most valued treasures. While a soldier of the Union he assisted in the capture of some of the men who had given him naught but obloquy and insult when he stood forth in defense of his honest convictions and opposed the dissolution of the Union, and he recalls many interesting episodes in connection with his association with these men at that time and in later years. One of the number, Benjamin Ellis, to whom he owed the preservation of his life on one occasion, eventually became a clerk in his store at Oronogo, where he continued to be thus associated with the Judge until he died, venerable in years, he having been for many years one of the stanchest friends and most valued employees of Judge Elliott. Judge Elliott participated in the engagement at Prairie Grove, to which point he had been sent by General Blunt, in company with six other men, to bear a message to General Bering, who was in the vicinity of Springfield at the time and who was urged to hasten to the assistance of Blunt's forces. Through his effective response to this call Hering gained his rank of major general. Judge Elliott was a participant in the conflict at Cane Hill, Arkansas, in November, 1862, at which the Lieutenant Colonel Jewell of the Sixth Kansas Volunteer Cavalry was killed. Other noteworthy engagements in which he was actively concerned were those at Port Gibson, Newtonia and Saline River, and in the battle of Poison Spring, Arkansas, on the 18th of April, 1864, he was reported as killed. He had, however, given his horse to a wounded comrade, and after the engagement he succeeded in escaping into a swamp and finally made his way back to the Union lines. He received his honorable discharge at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, in 1865, and his record as a loyal and faithful soldier of the Union will ever lend honor to his name and his memory. His continued interest in his old comrades in arms is signified by his active affiliation with the Grand Army of the Republic.
After the close of the war Judge Elliott engaged in the grocery business at Springfield, this state, but he soon afterward removed to Granby, Newton county, where he erected the first house to be built at that place after the war. There he continued to reside until 1867, when he came to Jasper county and established his home at Oronogo, which was then a little mining town known as Minersville. Here he opened a general store and eventually built up a large and prosperous business to which he continued to give his personal supervision until 1893, when he sold the same and retired. He was at that time the oldest merchant in Jasper county in point of continuous business activity, and it is doubtful if there was another in this section of the state whose record equaled his in this line. In the meanwhile Judge Elliot had been zealous in the support of all measures tending to advance the social and material welfare of his home town, and he has long been one of its honored and influential citizens. In 1871 he also became associated with five others in the platting of the town of Joplin, and he has continued to be closely identified with its various interests, as he always aided materially in the up-building of this prosperous city. Though not interested in mining operations in a direct way, he has contributed to the development of this great industry in Jasper county and has received very appreciable royalties from mining operations conducted on lands belonging to him. He sold, on deferred payment, to the firm of Moffett & Sergeant the horse that ran the first pump that was put into commission in this now important mining district of the state, and he sold in the St. Louis market the first load of lead produced in the mines of Joplin. It will be recalled that in the early days the district was given over entirely to lead mining, and the exploiting of the great zinc resources came later. Associated with Mr. Bowman, known as the "Flyman Dutchman," Judge Elliott purchased the first load of zinc ore that was shipped to Collinsville. Illinois, but as the product had to be transported by wagons to the city of Sedalia, the nearest railroad point, the profits on the sale were of negative order. Prior to this lead had been shipped from the mines at Granby and other points to Boonville, on the Missouri river, for further transportation by water.
As a member of the school board of his home district Judge Elliott had charge of the erection of the first school house in Oronogo, and he served for twenty consecutive years as postmaster of the town, having been appointed to this office under the administration of President Grant and having retained the same until the election of President Cleveland, when his retirement naturally ensued. He is well fortified in his political convictions and has ever been aligned as a stalwart supporter of the cause of the Republican party, with which he has been identified during practically the entire period of its existence. In 1895 he was elected to represent Jasper county in the Lower House of the State Legislature, and evidence of his popularity in the county was given at this time, as his election was compassed in a district that has long been a Democratic stronghold. He served during two legislative sessions and proved a most efficient working member on the floor of the House and in the deliberations of the committee room. He was made chairman of the committee on mines and mining, and thus was able to do much to promote the best interests of his home county, whose mines have constituted its most important industry. While a member of the legislature he stood staunchly in support of the candidacy of Colonel Robert C. Kerens for election to the United States Senate, but when it became evident that the election of the Colonel could not be compassed he turned the Kerens forces over to the support of Major William Warner, who was elected. This action was taken by Judge Elliott only a half hour before the final adjournment of the legislature. He also put forth most vigorous and timely efforts for the securing of a state normal school in southwestern Missouri, being the father of the bill, and while he was successful in compassing this end he met with disappointment in the locating of the school at Springfield instead of Jasper county. In 1895 he was elected presiding judge of the county court of Jasper county, and he continued to preside on this bench for two consecutive terms, with marked ability and discrimination. Within his regime was completed the fine new court house a Joplin, and the one at Carthage, the other county seat, was erected. In the time-honored Masonic fraternity Judge Elliott is affiliated with Mineral Lodge, No. 471, at Oronogo, of which he is a charter member, and his maximum affiliation is with Ascension Commandery, No. 39, Knights Templars, in the city of Joplin. He is helpfully interested in all churches.
At Springfield, this state, on the 6th of June, 1865, was solemnized the marriage of Judge Elliott to Miss Maria D. Holbrook, who was born and reared in Missouri and who is a foster daughter of the late Samuel M. Moodey. who was for many years prominently identified with banking interests in the city of St. Louis. She was reared by Mrs. Moodey. Judge and Mrs. Elliott have had no children of their own, but they have opened their hearts and home to a foster daughter, Lily, whom they reared and educated with all of loving solicitude and who has repaid them in her filial affection and devotion. She is the widow of James Moore, or Oronogo, who was a representative mine operator of this district at the time of his death, in 1910. Judge and Mrs. Elliott have also given a home to several other children who have been left dependent, and they have done all in their power to aid and comfort "all those in any way afflicted in mind, body or estate." Generous and kindly, tolerant and charitable in judgment, this worthy couple have exerted benignant influence upon all who have come within their sphere of activity, and they have the affectionate regard of all who know them, so that, as the shadows of life lengthen from the west, where the sunset gates are open wide, they find that their lines are indeed '' cast in pleasant places,'' for their circle of friends is coincident with that of their acquaintances. Judge Elliott has gained financial independence through his well directed endeavors and the appreciation in value of his various investments, including valuable mining lands in his home county, and thus he is now quietly enjoying the well earned rewards of former years of earnest toil and endeavor. In 1901, in company with his cherished and devoted wife, he made a visit to his boyhood's home in England, where he found much of pleasure and a modicum of sorrow in renewing the associations of the past, and where he secured treasured souvenirs and heirlooms from the old home, including a number of articles that have been in the family's possession for many generations. His attractive home, giving evidence of refinement and culture and set in the midst of grounds adorned with fine flowers and shrubbery, is one in which he and his wife delight to entertain their many friends, and its hospitality is constant, genuine and unostentatious.
Maria D Holbrook Elliott (1850 - 1930)
Johnie Elliott (____ - 1868)*
Note: Thanks to "Webb City, Mo" for the information
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Originally Created by: Betty Saltenberger
Record added: Nov 10, 2009
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