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ELDER surname occurs in most countries of the world, most often in Scotland, England, Canada, Northern Ireland, Australia and United States. My research in Scotland is posted on webpages with links at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nancyelder/ed/Perth.htm An early Scottish ELDER: JOHN ELDER, cartographer, born in Caithness in 1500's, contributed to publication of MERCATOR ATLAS OF EUROPE MAPPING BRITAIN FROM AFAR--- Chapter Excerpt by Peter M. Barber ... 'In France he presented Mary, Queen of Scots, with an autograph letter and (in a display of indirect vanity?) a fanciful map of the New Utopia ostensibly by his eight-year-old pupil, Lord Darnley.' ...In 1973 D.G. Moir suggested the John Elder (who signed himself Eldar) was responsible for the depiction of Scotland on Mercator's map of 1564...' More in Google Books at http://tinyurl.com/62f3y6 Book: 'Pre-reformation Scholars in Scotland in the XVIth Century: Their Writings and Their Public Services : with a Bibliography and a List of Graduates from 1500 to 1560' By William Forbes-Leith Published by J. MacLehose, 1915 Original from the University of California Digitized Oct 29, 2007 155 pages ** Pages 54-55 (short bio of John ELDER) (other pages have Johannes ELDER, and Adamus ELDAR, etc.) 'John Elder, a member of the Collegiate Church at Dumbarton, became tutor of the young Lord Darnley. He followed the fortunes of the Earl of Lennox when he fled to England. That John Elder was selected by the Bishop of Orkney as the teacher of the boy abbot, Abbot Walter Reid, is no small testimony to his capacity and worth. ...' *** September 2010: Ancestry.com has added 3 databases for London: 1. Births, 2. Deaths and 3. Marriages: Searching ELDER, found some thousands in each database. Database: London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906 ELDER Matches 1â50 of 3,638 1. Name: Ann Elder Estimated Birth Date: 21 Jul 1813 Father's Name: Robert Elder Mother's Name: Louisa Elder County: Surrey **** Database: London, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1980 ELDER Matches 1â50 of 1,320 1. Name: John Elder Record Type: Burial Event Date: 20 Jan 1818 Age: 85 Estimated birth year: abt 1733 Death Date: 20 Jan 1818 Parish: St Martin In The Fields Borough: Westminster County: Middlesex Source Citation: London Metropolitan Archives, Saint Martin In The Fields: Westminster, Transcript of Burials, 1818 Jan-1818 Dec, DL/t Item, 093/023 *** Database: London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921 ELDER matches 1â50 of 8,357 1. Name: William Elder Spouse Name: Eleanor Davis Event Date: 12 Jul 1755 County: Middlesex Borough: Tower Hamlets
More possible origins: ELDER as a sept of Clan Mackintosh and Clan Chattan http://www.mcintoshweb.com/clanmcintosh ELDER in: FORFAR and ANGUS - (Lochee/Dundee) - David ELDER, b. 1920 in Lochee - d. 1996 near London (traced to David ELDER, Forfar/Angus, Scotland c.1540) http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nancyelder/ed/BlueFunnel.htm
75 Y-DNA kits from Scotland, England, Canada and United States, with more than 6 separate lines identified at http://www.familytreedna.com/public/Elder Examples: ELDER Y-DNA kits #15134 & 146005 & AncestryDNA #1 (George b. 1858 IA) Ancestors: 1. JOHN ELDER, b. 1660 Midlothian, Scotland 2. JOHN, b. 1690 Antrim Co Ireland 3. HENRY, b. 1735 Garvagh, Co Londonderry, Ireland, d. 1817 Ireland 4. MATTHEW, b. 1775 Londonderry, Ireland, d. 1861 Iowa, USA 5. HENRY (II) , b. 1817 Garvagh, Co Derry, d. 1902 Iowa, USA http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:1697853&id=I77236695 *** ELDER Y-DNA kit #75444 Ancestors: ROBERT ELDER (1836-1910) Inch Island, Co. Donegal Others immigr. to Saskatchewan, Canada Inch Island ELDER webpage: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~inchelder/index.html *** BALLYMONEY #123709: Ancestors of DNA participants matching 'Franklin County Pennsylvania' DNA. Notes at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nancyelder/ed/WisconsinDocuments.htm 'James Gray Elder was born on the 21st of July in the year 1868, recorded in the District of Derraw, in the District of Ballymoney, County of Antrim, Northern Ireland. Father: Joseph Dickey Elder Mother: Margaret Ann (Gray) Elder (probably born in Edinburgh, Scotland) 'From a letter received from Rev Richard N. Gordon, minister of 2nd Kilrea Presbyterian Church: ' On the first page of the baptisms performed by Joseph Dickey' Enclosed with the letter was the certificate for the baptism of Joseph Dickey Elder dated January 11th 1841, and gave the residence of his father and mother as Culmore. The father's name was Daniel Elder and the maiden name of the mother was Mary Reed.' ----- ELDER DNA Kit #155942 Ancestor: Connection to Pittwenweem, Fife, Scotland Notes William Elder, b. abt 1802 Pittenweem, Fife http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nancyelder/ed/FifePittenweem.htm **** ELDER Y-DNA kit #30720 1. ROBERT ELDER b. 2 Aug 1785 in SELKIRKSHIRE, Scotland (Borders) Matches McClelland (66/67 markers) *** ELDER families of Isle of Skye and their descendants in England and elsewhere. Nancy's research notes and links at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nancyelder/ed/Skye.htm Sir George ELDER, born Killearnan near Inverness, entered military from Isle of Skye. Nancy's research notes at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nancyelder/ed/Skye4.htm ...'General Sir George Elder was born in this parish (Killearnan) of humble but respectable parents, near the Castle of Kilcoy. By his merits alone, he overcame all difficulties, and raised himself to his distinguished rank and station.' FIBIS (FAMILIES in British India Society) about inheritance of Sir George Elder, at his death, to John Elder, from Skye. Also 'Adminstrations relating to India 1830 - 1839' - Source Repository: National Archives 1837 Date 31 Apr 1837 - ' PROB 6/213, IR 26/245' - TNA Reference PROB 6/213, IR 26/245 ELDER, GEORGE ' Sir, formerly of Waterloo Place, Middlesex, but late of Madras, Knight Companion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, a Major General HM Army, bach. d 3 Dec 1836, to John Elder of Knock, isle of Skye, co. Inverness, Esq. the brother, Estate Duty Registers, 9000 in province, Pts' *** Tracing a later George ELDER, b. 1841, living in England 1901 Ancestry.com census Name: George Elder Age: 60 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1841 Relation: Head Spouse's Name: Emma A Gender: Male Where born: Isle of Skye, Scotland Civil Parish: Greenwich Ecclesiastical parish: St Alphage County/Island: London Country: England Registration district: Greenwich Sub registration district: Greenwich West ED, institution, or vessel: 8 Household schedule number: 202 Household Members: Name Age George Elder 60 (in 1891 - Clergyman-Presbyterian Church ) Emma A Elder 56 George H Elder 25 (b. abt 1876 Greenwich, Kent, England) Cathrine S Elder 22 (b. abt 1879 Greenwich, Kent, England) William A Elder 20 (b abt 1881 Greenwich, Kent, England) Edith G Elder 19 (b abt 1882 Greenwich, Kent, England) Alexander H Elder 16 (b. abt 1885 Dover, Kent, England) Helenor Wood 29 servant Eliza A Stevenson 21 servant Source Citation: Class: RG13; Piece: 537; Folio: 55; Page: 32. ----------- North of England DNA Study - 'ELDERS with an S' of Yorkshire Eligible names include: E EARLAM EASTHAM EATOCK EATOUGH ECKERSALL ECKERSLEY EDDISON EDDLESTON EDELSTON EDLEY EGDELL ELDERS ELSTUB EMMOTT EMSLEY ENTWISLE ENTWISTLE ERLAM ESCREET ESCRITT ESPIN ETCHELLS EVERATT EXLEY --------- Notes posted for ELDERS of Yorkshire: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nancyelder/ed/ELDERSofYorkshire.htm 'The name has become strongly established in Yorkshire, since the 12th century.'