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JOHN ALLEN MCELWAIN SR (1743-1804)
JOHN ALLEN MCELWAIN I (1831)
MCELWAIN FAMILY CENSUS NY & MA
JOHN ALLEN MCELWAIN JR (JOHN ALLEN SR, TIMOTHY SR, JAMES) b. 9/21/1794 Palmer MA d. 3/2/1875 bur. Warsaw Cemetery, Warsaw, Wyoming, NY m. 1st MARY POLLY DAY (ELKANNAH DAY & POLLY MCWORTER(JOHN)) b. 3/10/1811 d. 8/24/1834 bur. Warsaw Cemetery, Warsaw, Wyoming, NY m. 2nd LOMIRA SUTHERLAND (ISAAC) b. 12/12/1811 Batavia NY d. 11/26/1884
1) MARY ISOBEL MCELWAIN (POLLY) 1834 m. DR EDWARD H G MECHEN
2) JOHN S MCELWAIN (LOMIRA) b. NY
3) WILLIAM HENRY MCELWAIN (LOMIRA) b. NY
4) LAURA L MCELWAIN (LOMIRA) b. 1838 d. 2/6/1876 Warren Co. PA bur. Barnes Cemetery m. 11/13/1853 Lafayette NY to WILLIAM BROOKS HOYT (NOAH JR & SALLY BROOKS) b. 1/16/1828 Lafayette NY d. 2/31/1886 Warren Co PA bur. Barnes Cemetery
5) JAMES FRANK MCELWAIN (LOMIRA) b. Warsaw NY m. MARY STUART Clerk in Grocery Store (1870 Census age 22)
6) SHIPMAN WARREN MCELWAIN (LOMIRA) b. NY
7) FREDERICK P MCELWAIN (LOMIRA) b. NY
1850 NY Census shows JOHN ALLEN MCELWAIN JR (Tanner) with Real Estate value of $10,000. 1870 NY Census shows him as farmer with $15,000 in Real Estate, $5,500 personal property. Also in 1870 Census MARY E SUTHERLAND 62 b. NY & RHODA HUDSON 17 b. Canada lived with the family.
There are articles on JOHN ALLEN MCELWAIN JR in "The House of Grimmet", "History of Warsaw", & History of Wyoming County 1841-1880".
Briefly summarizing, first being a teacher, he also was Sheriff of Wyoming Co NY 1831-1832, managed a flour & oil mill, organized a Young Men's Library Association, as a Whig - elected to Assembly (1837), Senate (1852 & 1853), county treasurer (5 yrs), state appraiser of lands for mortgages, assignee (county) for bankrupt law, President Wyoming Co Mutual Insurance Co (12 + yrs), director of cemetery association, director & treasurer LeRoy Railroad Co also surveying it, director Buffalo & NYC Railroad Co (1852), Warden and liberal supporter of Episcopal Church
In addition, JOHN ALLEN MCELWAIN JR was instrumental in the formation of Wyoming County and having the public buildings located in Warsaw (1840,1841) & appointed Commissioner to erect new public buildings, then built large brick hotel (1843).
Now referred to as GENERAL MCELWAIN he organized the Wyoming County Agricultural Society and was made manager, elected treasurer, then President. He aided in erecting an exhibition hall (1793) also on Board of Education (20 yrs).
Besides his public duties JOHN ALLEN MCELWAIN JR kept a public house and ran a stage line. He also farmed.
"His (JOHN ALLEN MCELWAIN JR'S) integrity, prudence, energy, and strong native common sense won him success in all these callings, and secured for him the confidence and esteem of his fellow citizens. He was a fine type of the resolute and public-spirited citizens who subdued the wilderness of Western New York, and were worthy pioneers of the present enlightened and prosperous community".
From: G ANNA ALMETER
Sent: Saturday, December 27, 2003 8:06 AM
Subject: JOHN MCELWAIN
Saw your website on JOHN MCELWAIN. He is also featured in www.warsawhistory.org You may wish to link.
GEORGE ALMETER, President
Warsaw Historical Society
From: Heidi Hoffman
Sent: Monday, November 29, 2004 2:34 PM
Subject: JOHN ALLEN McELWAIN of Warsaw New York
Hi, I am looking for information on JOHN A MCELWAIN of Warsaw NY. We own a house that was owned by him. The only paper work we have regarding this house and him is that it was sold to a SARAH ANN MONROE in 1884. When I found your site, I then realized there are ALOT of JOHN ALLEN MCELWAIN'S. I was just wondering if you could give me any information you may know about the JOHN A MCELWAIN (JR) of Warsaw NY. From what I see at your site, it must be the JOHN A MCELWAIN, JR., (yes) however, I am not certain as I have found there was a JOHN ALLEN MCELWAIN on the 1830 NY census who lived at 291 Genesee Street in Warsaw, which is not our address. But I also know that he owned the land from Genesee Street to the street we live on. I am trying to get a date of when this house was built. Our abstract only says this parcel was sold in 1884 for $3000, which we have been told by numerous people that the house was here prior to the sale in 1884.
Thanks for any help or information you may offer! I look forward to hearing from you.
Much Love, HEIDI......
(This is a different Heidi than the one contributing here on on Wales. That was HEIDI FORD
From: HEIDI HOFFMAN
To: Norma R Farmilo
Sent: Tuesday, November 30, 2004 12:11 PM
Subject: JOHN ALLEN McELWAIN of Warsaw New York
Thanks so much Norma, my husband and I are members of the historical society. We have searched and searched. I will contact this other Heidi and see if she has any info that might be helpful.
As I mentions before, JOHN MCELWAIN owned a lot of property....which included 4 present blocks in our town. Our neighbor's house was owned by JOHN MCELWAIN as well, and his sister-in-law lived there.
I have attached a photo of our house as it is now...we are still looking for an old photo of it. My grandparents lived here for 40 some years and I have photos back to the mid 1950's, but I would like some earlier ones, just to see, if that exist.
Thank so much for your help. HEIDI HOFFMAN