|Death: ||Sep. 11, 1777|
George Elliott of Virginia died at the Battle of Brandywine and was most likely in the 3rd or 4th Virginia Regiment, which fought near the Birmingham Meeting House.
Both Virginia units were in formation with other units at Birmingham Hill just behind the Quaker's Birmingham Meeting house by 4:30 PM on 11 September 1777. The British had broken through the lines by 5:00 PM and this portion of George Washington's troops began the retreat. The Birmingham Hill portion of the Battle of Brandywine was perhaps the most fierce of the entire battle, and many Americans were killed here.
Family history indicates that George Elliott and an older son were killed in the Battle of Brandywine. They were likely either killed at Birmingham Hill or with General Greene during the final retreat of Washington's army.
If killed at Birmingham Hill, George Elliott and his son would most likely be buried in the common grave (American and British soldiers who fell were buried together) behind the Birmingham Meeting House.
BY DR. PHILLIP PLOTZ:
George Elliott migrated from England to Virginia in about 1760. George Elliott and an older brother were killed in the Battle of Brandywine.
George Elliott's son, Thomas Elliott was born in Virginia in about 1761 and died in 1805 in Spanish West Florida. Thomas Elliott left Virginia after his father and uncle were killed at the battle of Brandywine.
Frances Morrow Conway of Kenilworth, Illinois, a descendent of Thomas Elliott, completed research on the Elliott family in June of 1980. In her research papers, she relates: "After the Battle of Brandywine, Thomas Elliott at age 16 assumed responsibility for the care of his mother and younger siblings, and moved to South Carolina, to escape certain difficult treatment from the Tories in Virginia. In South Carolina, Thomas Elliott joined the forces of the "Swamp Fox," General Francis Marion." On page 534 of Unwaried Patience and Fortitude Francis Marion's Orderly Book by Patrick O'Kelley (Infinity Publishing.com, 2006), the following information is found, "Camp the high Hills of Santee, July 3d 1781 – Mr. Thomas Elliott is appointed Confidential, he is to be respected and Obey as Such-."
Thomas Elliott (1761 - 1805)*
Created by: Couch Genealogy
Record added: Sep 20, 2013
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