Elliott Surname Meaning, History & Origin

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Elliott
the surname is seen by some to derive from the Anglo-Saxon personal
name Aelfward or Elewald, meaing “elf ruler.”
This may apply to the
Border Elliotts in Scotland and England. An Elewald was recorded
as living in Cumberland in 1279 and the Elliott name occasionally
occurred in the form of Elwald or Elwold until the 15th century.
Alternatively, some see
Elliott deriving from the Scandinavian name Alyot or as a diminutive of Ellis
or Elis, medieval
vernacular forms of the Biblical Eliyah
meaning “Jehovah is God.” This explanation may more readily
fit with the Elliotts in
southern England.  It has also been argued that the Elliott name is of Breton origin.
The name comes
with many variants
, Elliot, Eliot and
Ellot among them. The Elliotts are the most numerous today.
But the other names have had their importance in the past.

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Scotland.
The Elliots were one of the great riding clans of the western Scottish
borders. There were different branches of the clan
over time. But leadership resided initially with the Redheugh
Ellots
(Robert Ellot who fell at Flodden in 1513 had been their 12th
chief). This clan built
strong towers around their base in Liddesdale and held Hermitage
castle south of Hawick at times as well. They were a rough and
hardy sort,
as this story might suggest:

“A visitor to Liddesdale found no
churches there and remarked on it, asking: ‘Are there no Christians
here?’ He received the reply: ‘Na, we’s a’ Elliots and
Armstrongs.”

The Ellots of Redheugh were
involved in much of the Border fighting during the 16th century.

After the pacification of the Borders in the early 1600’s, many
Elliots were hanged, outlawed and banished, with a number heading to
Ulster in the 1609 plantation. The Redheughs became Stobs and
then Minto. The Mintos took the right side during the Glorious
Revolution of 1688 and were rewarded with knighthood and titles and
became part of the political establishment. A clan history The Elliots: The Story of a Border Clan
was written by Lady Eliott of Stobs and Sir Arthur Eliott.

The Borders themselves depopulated, with many Elliots drifting to
Edinburgh and Glasgow. Elliot and Elliott became the main spellings,
with the older forms dying out.

Ireland. The Elliots,
dispossessed in the Borders, settled as tenant
farmers in Ulster, manly in Fermanagh. Here they formed a cohesive
group, strong enough to ride
out the 1641 rising. They perpetuated their Border traditions,
large closely-knit family groups with intense clan loyalties and
ongoing feuds. Today the Elliotts, together with the Armstrongs
and the Johnstons from the Borders, comprise three of the five most
common names in Fermanagh.

Other Elliotts were to be found in county Donegal, to the north of
Fermanagh. The first records of them there date back to the
1630’s. The main concentration was around Castlefin in Donaghmore
parish. Some Elliotts are still farming the same lands there
today. The Elliotts of Donegal Town used to have a rather fierce
anti-Catholic reputation.

Many of these Scots Irish Elliotts emigrated in the 18th and 19th
centuries, America and Canada being the principal destinations.

England. The Elliott
name, generally as Elliot, was also present south of the border, in
Northumberland and in Durham as the coal industry started to attract
miners there.

NE England Sir
George Elliot from Gateshead worked his way up in the business in
the 19th century and became a rich and influential mine owner.

The Elliotts of Birtley grew up in a Durham mining town.
The first of their numbers was a foundling. Jack Elliott, a
coal miner himself, launched the family into folk singing and the
Birtley Folksong and Ballad Club was begun by him in 1962 (it still
runs today). According to a descendant Laura Elliott:

“My great grandfather was indeed a
foundling. He was left on the doorstep of a family named Taylor
in Gateshead with a tag around his neck which read: ‘My name is Frank
Elliott. Please look after me.'”

The film Billy
Elliot
was based in a Durham coal town. Its fictional
young
hero sought a way out of mining through ballet dancing.

SW England
Elliott has also been a name of the southwest of England. The
early spelling here was Elyot. A William Elyot appeared in the
Assize rolls for Somerset in 1327 and an Edmund Elyot was recorded
there in 1417.

The Elyots were prominent in the town of Bristol around 1500, Hugh as
merchant, John as bailiff, and Robert as abbot of St. Augustine.
Hugh sponsored overseas exploration and claimed to have discovered
Newfoundland before Cabot (although this is unlikely). Another
Elyot family bought St. Germans in Cornwall
later in the 1500’s. From this family came Sir John Eliot, an
early
defender of Parliament against the King.

“Sir John was one of the most prominent
members of Parliament ‘who early and resolutely opposed the
encroachments of the King and defended the Protestant religion against
the Papacy.’ He died a martyr to the liberties of England.”

Sir
John was imprisoned in the Tower of London and died there in
1632. Through his wayward second son Richard, a line of these
Elliotts served abroad with the British army
. However,
the main line stayed in Cornwall and later became very
distinguished. Edward Eliot was raised to the peerage in 1784 and
his son became the Earl of St. Germans.

Gradually the Elliott spelling displaced Eliot in this region.
Elliotts of that spelling were farmers and millers in Morbury in north
Devon in the late 1600’s. By the time of the 1891 census the Eliot
spelling had practically disappeared.

SE England
Elliotts were also present in SE England. The
starting point here appears to have been Ely in Cambridgeshire where
the name was to be found around the year 1200.

William
Elyot was parson of Worlingham church in Suffolk from 1382 to 1390; and
Sir Thomas
Elyot, a scholar and diplomat in the court of Henry VIII, probably came
from
that county. Edward Elliott held Newland Hall and a number of
other
estates
in Essex during Elizabethan times (from his line came early
immigrants to America, including the Rev. John Elliott, known as “the
apostle to the
Indians”).

The name had reached Sussex by the 14th century. John Elliot was
born in the
parish of Rotherfield around 1558. One family history began with
a George Elliott, born in Hartfield in 1765.

America.
Early Elliotts
in America
were to be found in Newfoundland and Virginia, as
well as the larger traffic into New England.

New England The
Andrew Eliot who left East Coker near Yeovil in Somerset for
America sometime in the 1660’s was the forebear
of a
formidable Boston Brahmin family
who became pillars of the
American educational establishment:

  • Charles W. Eliot transformed Harvard from a college into a
    research
    institution.
  • and William G. Eliot founded one of America’s major
    universities, Washington University in St. Louis.

The Eliot ranks
included several
college presidents, a Nobel prize winner, and presidents of various
American professional associations. The poet T.S. Eliot moved to
England and his ashes were interred in East Coker. He wanted to
be laid to rest in the original birthplace of his first American
ancestor.

Henry Eliot Scott has
chronicled the St. Louis side of this family’s genealogy in his 1988
book The Family of William Greenleaf
Eliot and Abby
Adams Eliot
.

Quaker Elliotts
Quakers arrived in the 1690’s, Thomas
Elliott among those who came to the Quaker sanctuary in North
Carolina at that time. He settled in Perquimans county. His
descendants, still Quakers, moved onto Wayne county, Indiana in 1815
and then to Kansas. After the Civil War William Elliott and his
wife raised fifteen children at their farm in Rice county.

Scots-Irish Elliotts
Many Scots-Irish Elliotts embarked for America in the 18th century,
mainly
to Pennsylvania. They included:

  • James Elliott who came in the 1760’s and settled in Orange
    county, North Carolina
  • George Elliott and his wife Charity who came to York county,
    Pennsylvania in the 1770’s
  • John Elliott who arrived sometime in the 1780’s, married in
    Pennsylvania, and he and his wife Mary later moved to Remington,
    Ohio.
  • and Charles and Jane Elliott who came to Washington county,
    Pennsylvania around 1792

Many of these Elliotts distinguished themselves in the Revolutionary War.

Fannie Blaine Elliott was one intrepid lady who made the trip in
1816. Her husband John had died seven years prior, leaving her
with the responsibility of a large family. At the age of fifty
two she left her home in Donegal and embarked with eight of her
thirteen children for Baltimore. They ended up settling in
Coshocton county, Ohio where her remaining sons and their families
joined her three years later. Earl Elliott’s 2003 book Fannie Blaine Elliott – Elliott Family
History
recounts this family story.


Jimmy Elliott was an Irish-American bare-knuckle boxer who
briefly, from 1865 to 1868, staked the claim of being heavyweight
champion of the world. The rest of his life was downhill.
Two years later he was arrested and imprisoned for highway
robbery. He was released in 1879 but was shot and killed by a
gambler
in a Chicago saloon in 1883.


Canada.
There were Elliott Loyalists from America
who crossed the border into Canada, most prominently Matthew
Elliott. He was an Irish-born trader who had worked for the
British as an Indian agent in the War of 1812 and subsequently settled
towards the end of his life in Ontario.

Later Elliott immigration to Canada also had a Scots-Irish
flavor. The arrivals included:

  • Jeremiah and Ann Elliott from Donegal to Drummond county, Quebec
    in 1835
  • John Elliott and his family from Donegal to Perth county, Ontario
    in the late 1830’s
  • and Robert and Mary Elliott from Fermanagh to Goderich, Ontario
    in the early 1840’s.

Australia. Richard
Elliott from Westmeath in Ireland was an early convict in Australia,
having been transported there in 1793. He was initially viewed
with suspicion and described as a “notorious character.” His
circumstances later improved and he settled with his family in Kissing
Point, NSW. However, he met an untimely end there.

Among the later Elliott settlers were:

  • Sizar Elliott from New Brunswick in Canada (where his parents had
    emigrated twenty years prior). He arrived in 1835 to join his
    uncle in Tasmania. He moved onto Melbourne during the gold rush
    days and prospered as a merchant there.
  • Matthew Elliott on the Eden
    from Cumberland in 1838. He was one of the early settlers of
    South Australia.
  • Robert Elliott on the Upon
    Castle
    with his family from Newcastle in 1838. They
    arrived in Sydney and later moved to Gundagai, NSW.
  • Thomas and Mary Elliott from Fermanagh in the 1850’s. They
    settled with their children in Merino, Victoria.
  • and Joseph Elliott from Devon who came to Melbourne in 1857.

John Roderick
Elliott
, originally
from
Scotland, left Australia in the late 1800’s for Fiji where he worked
as a coppersmith on the sugar mill at Ba. He married and settled
down there and Elliotts are still living there.

 

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Elliott and Variations Thereof.  The Elliott name has come in many variants.  An old rhyme
commemorates these differences:

“The double L and single T
Descent from Minto and Wolflee.
The double T and single L
Mark the old race in Stobs that dwell.
The single L and single T
The Eliot of St. Germains be.
But double T and double L
Who they are nobody can tell.”

Lady Elliot in her book The Elliots: The Story of a Border Clan made the following additional point:

“Around 1650 someone added an “i” to
our name to make it Elliot, which was without a doubt unfortunate as it
confuses the clan with a well-known English Norman family called Eliot
who settled in West England and South Wales and whose name was derived
from the Scandinavian alyot
and to whom we are not related.  Does this mean that all Eliots
are not related to Elliots, Eliotts, and Elliotts?  Not
necessarily.   Yet there are some Eliots who are not clan,
but descended from the Norman Alyots.”

Reader Feedback – Breton Origin of the Elliott Surname.  Digitalization of French archives has now led to the discovery that the names Eliot and Elliot are of Breton origin, both parochial
variations
being found in significant clusters in Morbihan.  It is almost
certain that all
Elliots, of whatever variant names, including the Breton original name
Ellegouet from which the Scots variant Elligott is derived, is to be
found in clusters in
Finistere.

The whole of William the Conqueror’s left flank was made up of
Bretons at Hastings.  Early despatch of Elliots, under Count Brien
of
Penthievre (Morbihan) was to the West Country, mainly in Devon, from
where the
Eliots later moved to St Germans.  Other Eliots were later
despatched to
Monmouthshire in South Wales and to the marcher counties, where
significant
clusters of the name can be found today.  Bretons also settled in
the north, as
vassals of the Breton Earl of Richmond, Alan of Penthievre.
William II (Rufus)
set up a military colony in Cumberland consisting of Normans and
Bretons.

Normans, Bretons and Flemings from the vast estates of David I,
King of Scotland were settled by him, firstly in southern
Scotland.  Under
his grandsons, Malcolm IV and William I, feudalism was extended north
of the
Forth into Fife, Angus and Morayshire, again by grants of lands to
Normans,
Bretons and Flemings, the latter becoming founders of some of
Scotland’s most
powerful families and clans.  It is now
certain that what must have been Eliot cadets were among Bretons at
some stage
in the history now recounted.  The Bretons, like the Flemings,
were highly
mobile and active mercenaries.  And many of the variants of the
Eliot/Elliot names
are to be found in Brittany.

It
should be noted, however, that large surviving
clusters of Eliots in Normandy (Seine Maritime) today reflect a pre or
post-conquest grant of lands; while the Alliots – found also in
Southern
Brittany and the Loire Atlantique – had lands in the modern French
departement
of Aisne.  One variant name in Scotland was Dalliot (or, more
likely, d’Alliot).  Historians have mentioned that the Bretons in
England and
Scotland were slower than most to adopt surnames.

Possibly
with the attainment of literacy by a Scots
Elliot clan chieftain or laird, the erroneous entry of the name Elwald
in early
charters – usually by monks or clerics – led to a dropping of
that
name.  It was maintained by Sir Arthur and the Dowager Lady Eliott
that
the Elliots were always known as Ellots, and later Elliots.  Elot
is also
a Breton name variant.

Keith
Elliot Hunter (ke.hunter@btinternet.com)

Comment:  My own
research of the Elliott name took in twenty variant spellings.  My surprise was that, of these top twenty
variants,
nine were most concentrated in France, names such as Eliot, Alliot,
Dalliot and
Heliot.   I was at a total loss to explain this until I
discovered
the work of K.E. Hunter.

Bob
Elliott (r.p.elliott@gmail.com)

Reader Feedback – Elliotts in SE England.  The origin of the SE English name is in Ely, Cambridgeshire. The first recorded sign of the name
related to
Henry Elyot at the Priory of St Mary and St. Radegund in Cambridge in
about
1180. An Elyat (or Elyot) was in Bury St. Edmunds in 1188.
By 1220 Elyot was
well-established in Cambridge in Great St Andrew’s Parish where a
William Elyot
appeared.  A William Eliot appeared in about 1270 in the same
parish.

The
name reached London quite soon after. In
the Museum of London is “a bronze jug with three feet and three
bands
of lettering around the neck and body. The neck is straight with a
pointed
spout. The body is fat and bulbous. This fine bronze jug is inscribed:
‘+THOMAS:E[L]YOT/
+HI RECOMAND ME TO EU/ +WYLLEAM:ELYOT.’”

There was a claim about a Geoffrey Eliot, Abbot
of Hyde, having signed the 1215 Magna Carta, but his name did not
appear in
the EWAC list. The 1297 version confirmed by Edward I mentioned the
Abbot of
Hyde as a witness, but did not name him. My own search of the Internet
has
failed to turn this “Geoffrey Eliot” up. Hyde Abbey itself is near
Winchester in Hampshire, not Hyde on the Sussex coast.

So
the surname seemed to
go into Sussex in the 14th century as Godefro Elyot at Thakham and
William
Elyot in Grinstead were listed in the Subsidy Rolls of 1327 and 1332.
William
Elyot was Constable of Horsham in 1401 and his grandson, Thomas Elyot
(1420-67),
was a filacer (issuer of the Royal writs) who was buried at Wonersh
church in
Surrey, not far north of Horsham.

William
Elyot of Cheshunt north of London received land at Kingston-upon-Thames
around this time.

The
Surrey Elyots
changed to Eliott in about 1500 and then changed to Elliott during the
1700’s.  Elliott versus Davenport in 1705
was a famous
legal case about wills brought by the main family and settled on it by
the end
of the 18th century. It was not made easier by a member of the Eliot
clan Stobs
family, George Augustus Eliott, (1717–1790), the defender of Gibraltar,
being
made 1st Baron Heathfield, which is in Sussex, although he died
childless.

Lady
Elliot in The
Elliots: The Story of a
Border Clan
said:

“Around 1650 someone added an
“i” to our name to make it Elliot, which was without a doubt
unfortunate as it confuses the clan with a well-known English Norman
family
called Eliot who settled in West England.”

That
would exclude the idea that the Cornish Eliots
set the clan up a few centuries earlier, but it is said that this was
some
means of expressing solidarity with John Eliot, who was regularly
imprisoned by Charles I until his death in 1632.

Regards
David Hollins (david.a.hollins@btinternet.com)

Elliott and Variants in Scotland.  Elliot rather than Elliott has been the primary spelling of the name in
Scotland.  But there have been many variants.  It is thought
that the various Border branches gave themselves different spellings
just to distinguish themselves.  The table below the numbers
under the different spellings over time.

Numbers Elliott Elliot Eliot Eliott Ellot Total
Births at old parish records
(pre-1854)
  391   3,024   455   205   126   4,201
Births at new parish records
(post-1854)
 7,284   8.919 20    14     –  16,237
1841 census   113  1,809    52    8    19   2,001
1901 census   965  3,260     6    3     –   4,234

The next table shows hos the percentages have changed
over time.

Percent Elliott Elliot Eliot Eliott Ellot Total
Births at old parish records
(pre-1854)
9 72    11    5    3   100
Births at new parish records
(post-1854)
  45    55     –    –    –   100
1841 xensus    5    92     2    –    1   100
1901 census   23    77     –    –    –   100

Elliot has been the main spelling, although Elliott has
been catching up.  The older spelling forms have now died out.

From Sir John Eliot to Major General Granville Elliott.  The Eliot family have had a major presence in Cornwall
since the mid-1500’s.  However, one line of this family took a
very different path.  Sir John Eliot, who died in the Tower of
London in 1632, had a wayward second son Richard.  He didn’t visit
Sir John while Sir John was in the Tower and appears to have been the
black sheep of the family.  He took off for Europe and later had a
son George through Catherine Killigrew.  This illegitimate son was
sent to Tangier to be the chirurgeon to the British garrison there.

George’s son Roger Elliott, born there in 1665, rose to
be a Major General in the British Army and one of the earliest
governors of Gibraltar.  His son Granville, also a Major General,
died of his wounds at the Battle of Minden in 1759.  Granville had
spent much time and effort trying to prove that Richard Eliot had
married Catherine Killigrew, but without reward.

Curiously George Augustus Elliot, of the Scottish Minto
Elliots, made his mark by the defense of Gibraltar against Spanish
forces in 1779.

Elliott and Eliot in SW England.  By the late 19th century, the Elliott spelling had almost entirely displaced Eliot in SW England.  The table below shows the numbers
from the 1891 census.

 Elliott  Eliot
Cornwall     234     5
Devon   1,217     4
Somerset     351    13
Total   1,802    22

Reader Feedback – Early Eliliotts in America.  Elliotts were among the earliest in North America.  Bristol merchant Hugh Elyot and his
partner Robert Thorne accompanied John Cabot on the voyage in 1497 when
Newfoundland
was discovered.  Thorne’s son maintained that his father and Hugh
Elyot
had actually discovered Newfoundland.  Supposedly, for years prior
to
Cabot’s voyage, Bristol ships would set sail to parts unknown and
return with
holds full of cod from no one knew where.

But then, no one likes to reveal their
favorite fishing holes.   In any case, Hugh Elyot is
documented to
have received the very first shipment of salt cod from Newfoundland in
1502.  For the next 100 years or so, thousands of young English,
French,
Dutch, Basque and others sailed each spring to fish for cod off
Newfoundland
for the summer and returned each fall with hold full of salted cod for
the
European market.

Few realize that at the
same time the Jamestown colony was established in 1607, the Virginia
Company
also sent settlers to the Popham colony at Sagadahoc, Maine.
Among the
120 settlers who arrived in the two ships Mary
& John
and the Gift of God
were at least two Elliotts, a Robert Elliott and John Elliot of
Newland, Essex
born in 1584.  John was master of the Gift
of God
on its return voyage to England.  Coincidentally, about
75
years later a Portsmouth, New Hampshire merchant named Robert Elliott
also
owned a ship named The Gift of God.  

Two Elliotts, Lieut. Richard and Capt.
James rode with Royalist Prince Rupert’s Regiment of Horse against
Cromwell’s
Parliamentarians.  After Charles I was beheaded, these Elliotts
remained
with Rupert and his brother Maurice as they took to sea to pirate
against
Cromwell and Spanish shipping.  These Elliotts survived a
shipwreck off
the Virgin Islands in 1652 and after the restoration were both awarded
pensions
of 6,000 pound sterling by Charles II for their service to his
father.

Lastly, Thomas Elliott was a Groom of the
Bedchamber for Charles II both in exile and after the
Restoration.  He
also acted as a messenger, spy and confidant.  He was known to be
a member
of the Prince Rupert faction.  He was made sinecure Governor of
Nova
Scotia in 1660 and petitioned the king to establish copper mines in
Nova Scotia
and a bank in Barbados.  He also raced his horse Flatfoot
against the king and Gilbert of Stobs at Newmarket.

I’m descended from a Daniel Elliot who
testified in defense of the accused (a risky business!) at the Salem
witch trials
of 1692.   Daniel was born circa 1665 and married Hannah
Cloyse whose
step-mother Sarah Cloyse along with her two sisters, Mary Easty and
Rebecca
Nurse, were among those accused.  Rebecca and Mary were hung but
Sarah
escaped that fate with the help of her husband and step-son-in-law
Daniel.

Soon the Elliot, Cloyse, Bridges and Towne families quit Salem
for good – moving in the dead of winter inland to Salem’s End on the
Danforth plantation
near Framingham, Massachusetts.   The father of “Daniel of the Salem trials” was
also named Daniel and he is thought to have been killed by natives at
Casco Bay,
Maine in 1690.  We have yet to discover where, when or why our
ancestors
caught the boat to the New World, but they were here by sometime in the
mid
1600’s.

Bob Elliott (r.p.elliott@gmail.com)

Reader Feedback – Elliotts in Barbados and South Carolina.  I descend from the Elliotts of Charleston in South
Carolina – from William Elliott, born about 1660 in Cornwall, and
Katherine
Schenckingh, born about 1676 in Barbados.  Supposedly
this William who settled in South
Carolina had came to Barbados from Cornwall sometime in the late
1600’s
with his brothers John and Thomas and maybe a brother Joseph or it
could have
been his father.  Further details are
unknown.

Deborah Elliott (delliott7756@yahoo.com)

The Eliot Family from Boston.  There are two main Eliot lines.   One
line begins in Boston with Samuel Atkins Eliot.  The other begins
in Boston with William Greenleaf Eliot and then moves to St. Louis with
his son.

Samuel Atkins Eliot (1798-1862), the family patriarch
– Charles Eliot Norton (1827-1908),  author, social critic, and
professor of art (son of sister Catherine Eliot and her husband Andrew Norton)

– Charles William Eliot (1834-1926), President of Harvard University

– Charles Eliot (1859-1897), leading landscape artist

– Samuel Atkins Eliot (1862-1952), Unitarian minister

– Samuel Atkins Eliot Jr (1893-1984), theater writer

– Charles W. Eliot (1899-1993), writer

– Thomas H. Eliot (1907-1991), Chancellor of Washington
University, St. Louis

 

William Greenleaf Eliot (1781-1853), from Boston

– William Greenleaf Eliot (1811-1887), founder of Washington
University, St. Louis

– Thomas L. Eliot (1841-1936), Unitarian minister and Oregon
pioneer

– Grace Cranch Eliot (!875-1973), teacher and educator

– Henry W. Eliot (1843-1919), St. Louis businessman

– Thomas Stearns Eliot (1888-1965), the famous poet

– Christopher R. Eliot (1856-1945), Unitarian minister

– Martha Mary Eliot (1891-1978), pedriatrician and specialist in public health.

Long lives were a characteristic of this family.  Of
the sixteen Eliots listed above, six lived beyond their ninetieth
birthday.

Reader Feedback – Elliotts in the Revolutionary War.  I
wish there was a place to add additions. There are some famous Elliotts listed but there are many more, such as
Captain
James Elliott and his brother Robert who were both at the Battle of
Kings
Mountain where the Scots Irish routed the British.
It is considered a turning point of the
Revolutionary War in the state.

Also on
the rolls on the Maryland 400 (really there were only about 300) were
three
Elliotts. The Maryland 400 was a volunteer group that stayed behind to
slow the
British advance while George Washington and his army retreated. This was a volunteer group because their chances
of living were low.

Darren Elliott
(plycoupe1936@msn.com)

Reports on the Death of Richard Elliott of Kissing Point, NSW.  The following accounts appeared in the Sydney Gazette on the death of
Richard Elliott.

June 5, 1823

“An inquest was held within the last few days on the body of Richard
Elliott, an old settler of Kissing Point, who was found dead near to
Captain Kent’s farm.  Some of the apparel was discovered at a
distance from the body, scattered in various directions.  A
quantity of blood was clearly seen on the ground close to the spot on
which the body lay, the position of which seemed to indicate the
attitude of defence.  No other verdict was returned, however, than
death by the visitation of God.”

June 12, 1823

“Reports that Old Elliott, whose mysterious death was mentioned in the
last Gazette as having
happened in the vicinity of Kissing Point, was a
terrible drunkard; that when in this state he was in the habit – so his
wife said before the inquisition – of sleeping in the woods however
inclement the weather for the whole night and thus contracting
excruciating pains in his body.  When in these seasons of
inebriety it was no way unusual for him to engage a stump or a tree and
then, overcome with the unequal contest, lie down alongside his hardy
protagonist and become lost in sleep.

It could not be ascertained that a dispute had taken place between
anyone and the deceased.  He indeed had nothing to attract a
robber, having expended all his little substance, as fast as it came
in, on miserable rum.  No mark of violence presented itself.

In short, there was not the least doubt in the minds of the jury, but
that he ‘was drunk when he died.'”

June 19, 1823

“In the last report we thought that the truth, as near as could be
obtained, was published.

During the last week, however, we have been respectfully informed that
there were certainly mysterious circumstances attending the old man’s
demise.  On examination of his head, it was discovered that he was
not inebriated when he died.  It is thought that he must have
received a blow which may have been slight and quite unintentional that
caused his death.

We have been informed also that a man has been in custody upon the
charge of killing him.”

Reader Feedback – Elliotts in Fiji.   There has been confusion about the
Elliott families in Fiji.  Initially it
appeared
that Thomas Richard Elliott had came from Scotland via Australia to
work the
CSR mill in Rarawai Ba.

We found that out
when we wanted to trace our roots and unearthed the Fiji death
certificate of
John RG Elliott.  It cited him as a John
and not as a Thomas Richard as we had been told.  UK search has
revealed that
John had siblings whose descendants are around today, that his father
was also
named John Elliott.  He had come over from Ireland to Glasgow
where he had married his
Scots- born wife Margaret McKechnie.

Our
ancestor John left Glasgow for the Pacific, landing in Australia.  He later came to Fiji where he was employed
by the CSR sugar mills as a coppersmith.  He had seven children,
including
Thomas Richard Elliott from whom I am descended.  Others
of his children were Celia Elliott
(Mrs Thomas Green), John Robert, James Joseph, Caroline Elliot (Mrs
Robinson),
Isabella, Alice Elliott (Mrs Maharaj), and Ellen Naomi Elliott (Mrs
Powell).

Susie Elliott (sue11iott12@gmail.com)

 


Select Elliott Names

Sir John Eliot was an early
defender of the powers of Parliament against the King in the years
before the Civil War.
Sir George Elliot was a
successful Victorian miner owner from Durham who became adviser to
Prime Minister Disraeli.
George
Eliot
was the pen-name of the Victorian novelist Mary Ann Evans.
T.S. Eliot came to England from
America and made his reputation as a modern poet with The Waste Land in 1922.
Herb Elliott was the Australian
athlete who won the Olympic 1,500 meter gold medal in 1960.


Select Elliott Numbers
Today

  • 54,000 in the UK (most numerous
    in Yorkshire)
  • 55,000 in America (most numerous
    in California)
  • 47,000 elsewhere (most numerous in Canada).

 

 

 

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