SOURCE: History of Texas, Together with a Biographical History of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson Counties. (Chicago, IL: Lewis, 1893), p. 286 & 287.
JAMES C. ELLIOTT, hotel-keeper and lumber merchant of Thorndale, Milam County, is a native of Tennessee, born in 1839, and is a son of ROBERT L. and MARY ELIZA ELLIOTT, who were natives, the father of Tennessee born in 1810 and the mother of Alabama. His parents were married in Alabama in 1837 and moved in 1848 to Texas. They made their first stop in Cherokee County, whence they moved to Caldwell County and later moved to Bell County. The father died in the year 1864 in Williamson County, near Corn Hill, the mother having died in Bell County in 1852. The father was a stock-raiser, possessed some means, led a quiet, uneventful life and died in the esteem of those among whom his life had been passed. He was three times married, first to PARMELIA BLAIR, who died childless; secondly to the mother of the subject of this sketch; and thirdly to ELIZABETH TEAGUE, who bore him four children. MARY ELIZA (REED) ELLIOTT, second wife of ROBERT L. ELLIOTT and mother of JAMES C. ELLIOTT, was a daughter of ROBERT C. REED, who was a prosperous Alabama planter and herself a lady of pious Christian life. She was the mother of seven children, of whom the subject of this notice is the second in age. Her eldest child was HENRY B. ELLIOTT, who died after reaching manhood; MARTHA I.(ELLIOTT)ROBERTS, the wife of JOHN M. ROBERTS of Bell County, Texas; THOMAS ELLIOTT, who died in the Confederate Army in 1862; WILLIAM N. ELLIOTT, died after reaching manhood; RICHARD ELLIOTT, a resident of McCulloch County, this State; and MARY ELLIOTT who died about the age of twenty-two, unmarried.
JAMES C. ELLIOTT was ten years old when his parents moved to this State. His youth was passed in Cherokee, Caldwell and Bell counties. In 1861 he entered the Confederate Army enlisting in Company K, First Texas Cavalry, with which he served during the war, mostly in Louisiana and Texas, being much of the time on the skirmish line between the Union and Confederate lines. He took part in the series of engagements following Banks' Red River Campaign and surrendered at Natchitoches, Louisiana, in May 1865. Returning home he was engaged in driving stock until 1868, when he married and settled on a farm in Milam County, six miles south of Thorndale, where for fifteen years he engaged in farming. In 1883 he moved to Thorndale and engaged in the hotel business, returning to his farm in about eighteen months, but taking the hotel again in 1890, which he is now running, in connection with the lumber business. Besides his farm he owns property in Thorndale and a very good hotel and lumber trade in that place.
June 17,1868, MR. ELLIOTT married MISS SARAH E. MILLS, a daughter of THOMAS and SARAH MILLS, who moved to Texas, from Missouri, and by this union he had six children: JOSEPH ELLIOTT; THOMAS R. ELLIOTT; IDA ELLIOTT (deceased); MINNIE ELLIOTT; JENNIE ELLIOTT and WILLIS BURTON ELLIOTT.
MR. ELLIOTT has filled the usual number of local offices in his neighborhood; is independent in politics, but a member of the Alliance and Grange, and both he and his wife are members of the Methodist Church.
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