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Elijah Russell

Male 1879 - 1925


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  • Name  Elijah Russell  [1, 2
    Born  1 Mar 1879  Fonda, Pocahontas County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Gender  Male 
    Alt. Spelling/AKA 
    • He did not have a middle name which was made clear by a 'wavy line' where one would have been placed on the World War I draft registration card which he signed in 1918.
    Census  1880  Colfax Township, Pocahontas County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Elijah Russell, white, male, age 1, son, single, born in Iowa, father born in England, mother born in Illinois
    Iowa State Census  1885  Colfax Township, Pocahontas County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • Elijah Russell, 90 Township, Range 83, Section 6, Address NW of NW; age 6, male, born in Pocahontas County, Iowa, father's nativity: foreign, mother's nativity: native
    Iowa State Census  1895  Emmet County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • (He was misnamed as Elizabeth according to the online records (no image available) at Family Search:) "Elizabeth" Russell, female, born about 1880
    Census  1900  Excelsior Township, Dickinson County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • (Elijah Russell, though listed first in the dwelling, was a "servant" farm laborer for the family he was living with of Nelson and Anna Metz. Also in the household were their children: Harry E., Jessie J., and Arthur R. Metz, and a 43-year-old boarder, Oliver Beaver. The household was reported on two census forms. Elijah and Nelson were on the first, the rest of the household on the second:) Line number 99; dwelling number 131, family number 131: Elijah Russell, servant, white, male, born in March 1879, age 21, single, born in Iowa, father born in unknown, mother born in Illinois, occupation farm labor, not employed 3 months during the previous year, could read, could write, could speak English

      Nelson Metz, head of household, white, male, born in July 1855, age 44, married, married for 18 years, born in Pennsylvania, father born in Pennsylvania, mother born in Pennsylvania, occupation farmer, not employed 0 months during the previous year, could read, could write, could speak English, owned home, mortgaged, a farm (not a house), number of farm in schedule: 140

      Second sheet: Line number 1; dwelling number 131 (continued), family number 131 (continued): Anna Metz, wife, white, female, born in October 1855, age 44, married, married for 18 years, mother of 3 children, 3 of these children living, born in Iowa, father born in Pennsylvania, mother born in Pennsylvania, could read, could write, could speak English

      Harry E. Metz, son, white, male, born in June 1883, age 16, single, born in Iowa, father born in Pennsylvania, mother born in Iowa, occupation at school, attended school 4 months during the previous year, could read, could write, could speak English

      Jessie J. Metz, daughter, white, female, born in July 1885, age 14, single, born in Iowa, father born in Pennsylvania, mother born in Iowa, occupation at school, attended school 7 months during the previous year, could read, could write, could speak English

      Arthur R. Metz, son, white, male, born in November 1888, age 11, single, born in Iowa, father born in Pennsylvania, mother born in Iowa, occupation at school, attended school 7 months during the previous year, could read, could write, could speak English

      Oliver Beaver, boarder, white, male, born in January 1857, age 43, married, married for 22 years, born in Wisconsin, father born in Pennsylvania, mother born in Pennsylvania, occupation evangelist, not employed 0 months during the previous year, could read, could write, could speak English
    Census  1910  Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • (Married to Nellie, living with her and son Robert Russell:) Line number 4: dwelling number: 135, family number: 136: Eliza Russell, head of household, male, white, age 31, married (once), years of present marriage 1, birthplace Iowa, father's birthplace England, mother's birthplace Illinois, could speak English, occupation farmer, nature of industry farm, employer, number of weeks out of work in 1909: y, could read, rented home, a farm (not a house), number of house in the schedule: 129
    Iowa State Census  1915  Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • Card Number: 414, male, white, married, could read, could write, number of years in Iowa: 36, Elijah Russell, age 36, Louisa County, post office address: Wapello, Wapello Township, occupation farmer, months unemployed in 1914: 12 (probably 0, sometimes the census taker took it to be 'months employed'), total earnings in 1914: $800, extent of education in the common schools: 6, birth place: Iowa, did not own home or farm, father's birthplace: England, mother's birthplace: Illinois, signed by assessor: T. A. Dotson
    Miscellaneous  12 Sep 1918  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    The signature of Elijah Russell as found on his draft registration 
    The Signature of Elijah Russell
    The Signature of Elijah Russell
    The signature of Elijah Russell, as he signed the draft registration form of September 12, 1918, at the time of World War I
    World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918  12 Sep 1918  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • Serial Number: 178, No.: 32, Elijah Russell; Age: 39; Address: Elrick Junction; Louisa County, Iowa; Date of birth: March 1, 1879; Present trade: farmer; By whom employed: for self; Where employed: Elrick Junction, Louisa County, Iowa; Nearest relative: Nellie E. Russell (wife); Nearest relative's address: Elrick Junction, Louisa County, Iowa; Race: white; Height: tall; Build: medium; Eye color: blue; Hair color: dark brown; Lost body parts, eye, or disabled?: no; Precinct: Local Board for the County of Louisa, State of Iowa, Wapello, Iow, Date of registration: September 12, 1918
    Census  1920  Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • (Elijah "Russel" was married to Nellie, lived with her, children: Robert, John, and Mable "Russel," his father-in-law, Jacob Seitz, and an aunt, Becki Shaw:) Line number 77: farm, dwelling number: 83, family number: 87: Elijah Russel, head of household, rented home, male, white, age 40, married, could read, could write, born in Iowa, father's birthplace England, father's mother tongue English, mother's birthplace Illinois, could speak English, occupation farmer, nature of industry general farm, own account, number of farm in schedule: 60
    Iowa State Census  1925  Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    • (Elijah "Russel" was married to Nellie, living with her and children: Robert, John, and Mabel "Russel":) Line number 22: Elijah Russel, head of household, male, white, age 45, married, owned, home had a mortgage, value of home: $6000?, number of years in the U.S.: 63, number of years in Iowa: 63, attended high school, state highest grade (9-12): 2, could read, could write, place of birth: Iowa, name of father: John Russel, father's birthplace: England, name of mother: Sarah Lovering, mother's birthplace: Illinois, mother's age at last birthday: 70, place of marriage of parents: Iowa, involved in agricultural pursuits, church affiliation: none
    Died  16 Mar 1925  Oakville, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 13, 14
    Obituary  18 Mar 1925  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    The Burlington Hawk-Eye 
    • Elijah Russell of Wapello Is Taken
      Passes Away at Oakville Late Monday; Funeral Services Thursday Afternoon

      Wapello (IA), March 17. -- Word was received here today of the death of Elijah Russell at Oakville, Iowa, late Monday. Mr Russell was born in Fonda, Iowa, March 1, 1879, and had made his home in Wapello for a number of years.

      Mr. Russell is survived by his wife and aged mother, and three children. Robert, John, and Mabel. Three brothers and one sister also survive him. William of South Dakota; John of Newport, Iowa; Arthur of Wapello, and Mrs. Edward Maddox of Wapello.

      A short funeral service will be held at the home of this mother here Thursday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock, followed by another service at Fairview with interment in Fairview cemetery. Reverend O. E. McBride will conduct the services.
    Elijah Russell of Wapello is Taken; Passes Away at Oakville Late Monday; Funeral Services Thursday Afternoon
    Elijah Russell of Wapello is Taken; Passes Away at Oakville Late Monday; Funeral Services Thursday Afternoon
    The obituary of Elijah Russell. Elijah was one of eight children born to John Russell and Sarah Lovering. He was born March 1, 1879, in Fonda, Iowa. His father died in 1883 and the family settled in Louisa County, Iowa, where he married Nellie Eliza Seitz (1887-1965) in about 1907. They had three children.
    Buried  19 Mar 1925  Fairview Cemetery, Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 13
    Obituary  21 Mar 1925  Iowa City, Johnson County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    the Iowa City Press-Citizen 
    • E. RUSSELL OF WAPELLO DIES IN HOSPITAL

      Mr. Elijah Russell, a prominent resident of Wapello, Iowa, died in an Iowa City hospital during the current week, and his remains were taken to his home town for interment. He was 46 on March 1st (1925).

      The funeral was held at the home of his aged mother, Mrs. Sarah Russell, and at Fairview church. Interment was made in the Fairview Cemetery. Reverend O E. McBride officiated at the funeral.

      Mr. Russell was a native of Pocahontas county, Iowa, but had lived in Louisa county a number of years, before coming here.

      His widow and two sons and a daughter survive. There are also three brothers and a sister.

      The children are Mabel, John and Robert Russell.
    Alt. Death  Iowa City, Johnson County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    • His obituary in the Iowa City Press-Citizen reported his death in Iowa City (Johnson County, Iowa). His obituary in The Burlington Hawk-Eye stated he died in Oakville, Louisa County, Iowa.
    Cemetery Info/Epitaph  Louisa County, Iowa, Cemetery Records  [13
    • Name: Elijah Russell; Sex: M; Born: 1879; Died or Buried: 1925; Age: 46; Buried: Fairview (township = Wapello); County/State: Louisa, Iowa; Military Service: none; Book: LCC 1990 - page W-15; Notes: born 1879, Fonda, Iowa; died 16 March 1925
    Person ID  I12129  All Families
    Last Modified  31 Mar 2015 

    Father  John Russell,   b. 1839, Hackness, , Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Aug 1889 
    Mother  Sarah Stacy Lovering,   b. 17 Jun 1854, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Nov 1925, Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1873  Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [14, 15
    Alt. Marriage  13 Feb 1877  Pocahontas County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [16, 17
    • Iowa Marriage Records at Family Search report a marriage date of February 13, 1877, in Pocahontas County, Iowa (which they apparently obtained from a list of Pocahontas County, Iowa, vital records). As this was a few years after the birth of son, Arthur, it seems possibly to be in error. Sarah Russell's obituary stated she and John Russell were married in 1873.
    Iowa Marriage Records 
    • Groom's Name: John Russell; Groom's Birth Date: 1842; Groom's Birthplace: (nothing); Groom's Age: 35; Bride's Name: Sarah Lovering; Bride's Birth Date: 1855; Bride's Age: 22; Marriage Date: 13 February 1877; Indexing Project (Batch) Number: I02002-7; System Origin: Iowa-EASy; Source Film Number: 1401832; Reference Number: 26; Collection: Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992

      Note: Judging from son Arthur's birthdate late in 1874, this marriage date (at least the year) is probably incorrect Sarah's obituary listed a marriage year of 1873.
    Biography  1904  [18
    The Pioneer History of Pocahontas County, Iowa 
    • Russell, John, brother of Henry, in 1870 built a sod house on his own homestead and occupied it alone for several years. In 1876 he built a frame house and married Sarah Lovering. He continued to occupy the homestead until 1883 (sic: 1889), when he died, leaving a family of five children, Arthur, William, Elijah, John and Mary. Two years later (1891) their mother became the wife of Henry Bentz, and they now live in the southern part of the state.
    Family ID  F162  Group Sheet

    Family  Nellie Eliza Seitz,   b. 8 Oct 1887, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Nov 1965 
    Married  4 Nov 1908  Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    Iowa Marriage Records 
    • Groom's Name: Elijah Russell; Groom's Birth Date: 1878; Groom's Age: 30; Bride's Name: Nellie E. Seitz; Bride's Birth Date: 1886; Bride's Age: 22; Marriage Date: 4 November 1908; Marriage Place: Louisa, Iowa; Groom's Father's Name: John Russell; Groom's Mother's Name: Sarah Swenny; Bride's Father's Name: Jacob Seitz; Bride's Mother's Name: Rebecca Wile; Indexing Project (Batch) Number: I10083-8; System Origin: Iowa-EASy; Source Film Number: 1006650; Reference Number: p 358; Collection: Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992
    Children 
     1. Robert Merle Russell,   b. 8 Oct 1909, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Feb 1926, Newport, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. John Elijah Russell,   b. 18 Jan 1912, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Oct 1984
    >3. Mabel Verlee "Mabee" Russell,   b. 30 Apr 1919, Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jan 2006, Ottumwa Manor Care Center, Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F4379  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S8186] Russell, John Franklin - Obituary (Burlington Hawk-Eye), (originally published in The Burlington Hawk-Eye, page 3, November 5, 1967; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).
      (Five brothers and two sisters mentioned.)

    2. [S628] 1880 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Colfax Township, Pocahontas County, Iowa; Page 3, Supervisor's District 4, Enumeration District 182, Sheet 189C; Enumerated on June 8, 1880

    3. [S8189] Russell, Elijah - Obituary (Burlington Hawk-Eye), (originally published in The Burlington Hawk-Eye, page 3, March 18, 1925; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S9896] Russell, Elijah - Obituary (Iowa City Press-Citizen), (originally published in the Iowa City Press-Citizen, page 5, March 21, 1925; Iowa City, Johnson County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S54] 1900 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Excelsior Township, Dickinson County, Iowa; enumeration district: 86, supervisor's district: 11, sheet number: 7B, page number: 27; enumeration date: June 11, 1900

      Excelsior Township, Dickinson County, Iowa; enumeration district: 86, supervisor's district: 11, sheet number: 8A, page number: 28; enumeration date: June 11, 1900

    6. [S337] World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 (ancestry.com and Family Search) (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S929] 1885 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Colfax Township, Pocahontas County, Iowa, page 128; Roll: IA1885_246

    8. [S29] 1895 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Emmet County, Iowa; Film Number: 1020349, Digital Folder Number: 4235329, Image Number: 237, Page: 267

    9. [S72] 1910 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa; supervisor's district: 1, enumeration district: 101, sheet number: 12A, page number: 178; enumeration date: May 13, 1910

    10. [S544] 1915 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa, Post Office: Wapello; Roll: IA1915_310

    11. [S19] 1920 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa; enumeration district: 105; supervisor's district: 1, sheet number: 4B, page number: 267; enumeration date: January 22, 1920

    12. [S38] 1925 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Wapello Township, Louisa County Iowa; Roll: IA1925_1818

    13. [S634] Louisa County, Iowa - Cemetery Records Through 1997 (Rootsweb) (Reliability: 3).

    14. [S385] Russell, Sarah Stacy (Lovering/Bentz) - Obituary, (originally published in The Burlington Hawk-Eye, page 2, November 25, 1925; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    15. [S38] 1925 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa; Roll: IA1925_1818

    16. [S383] Pocahontas County, Iowa, GenWeb (Reliability: 3).

    17. [S13] Iowa Marriage Collection, 1809 -1992 (Family Search) (Reliability: 3).

    18. [S384] Pocahontas County, Iowa - (1904) The Pioneer History of Pocahontas County, Iowa, Robert E. Flickinger, A. B., B. D., Pastor of the Presbyterian church, Fonda, 1886-1902; and George Sanborn, Editor and proprietor of the Fonda Times 1879-1900, (The Times Print, 1904; Fonda, Pocahontas County, Iowa), pages 554-555 (Reliability: 3).
      Colfax Township