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Admin/Biog History John Elliott was born in England circa 1793. His wife's name was Mary and she was born circa 1795. The couple had at least four children: William Elliot; Elizabeth Elliot Read; Emma Elliot; and Mary Ann Elliot Challoner. The entire family emigrated to the US circa 1851. Most settled in Omro, Wisconsin. In 1860, John Elliott was working as a day laborer at the age of 67. His widowed daughter Elizabeth Read and her four children were living with them. John Elliott died in Omro on November 21, 1872 at the age of 80. His wife followed him on December 6, at the age of 76. They are burried in Omro City cemetery.
John Read (frequently also spelled 'Reed') was born in England in 1829. He married Elizabeth Elliott, daughter of John and Mary Elliott cica 1850. They emigrated to the United States through the port of New York in June 1851. In December 1851 they were living in Cincinnatti, Ohio where their son John E. Read was born. Daughters Mary E. and Emma E. were born in Indiana in 1852 and 1853. John Read applied for US citizenship in Winnebago County, Wisconsin on November 8, 1853. His in-laws, the Elliots, had been living in Omro, Wisconsin since at least 1851. A daughter, Anna M. Read, was born in Wisconsin in 1858. John was not living in 1860 when the US Census was taken. His widow Elizabeth lived with their children in her parents home in Omro until their deaths in 1872. She moved with Emma and Mary to Oshkosh before 1880. She died in Oshkosh on March 23, 1911.
Classification Archives
Collection Small Collections, People
Dates of Accumulation July 13, 1854
Abstract Letter written by John Elliot in Omro, Wisconsin to his daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth Elliott Read. It is not clear where the Reads are now living, but it is probably Indiana as they continue moving west. The Elliott and Read families had emigrated to the US in 1851 from England. The letter discusses family life and the hopes that the Reads would settle in Omro. There are also notes at the end from other family members in Omro:

Omro July 13th 1854

Dear Son and Daughter

I take great pleasure once more in writing a few lines to you hoping they will find you both in the enjoyment of very good health, also all your little ones. We all at this time are very well except your Dear Mother and she is not well at all, but she is somewhat better than when you had the last letter from us. She is not able at present to do anything and I don't know what we should have done had Emma Eliza left us. She got married to Stephen on the 12th of June [Emma Eliza Elliot married Stephen Stabey in Winnebago County] and they are at present living with us. For we could not get along without Emma. But Stephen is getting lumber ready to put up a home this fall on his place and then we expect they will leave us. By then we hope your Dear Mother will be got quite stout again. She has so much pain in her back and loins and altogether very weak. I have got her strengthening plaster for her back and red port wine for her belly. So with the blessing of God I hope it may bring her about again, but it must be with very great care.

John and Hannah are well and doing well in the wood. Mary Ann and George [Challoner] are gone back to their farm. Mary Ann is not very well nor George. William [Elliott] is well and doing well. He is now working on the brickyard. Sam (?) is not very well. Turn over the leaf. Josiah is quite well, but Elizabeth is pretty sick. She has just [illegible] in and got a pretty little girl named Maria. They are at the farm, but Josiah is going up about 60 miles to work at a mill for Park Tuttle and the Doctor. Charles and Sarah is very well and live and work in Algoma. They was here on the 4[th] and spent a week amongst us. We expect they are going to leave Algoma and going to work for Park Tuttle and the Doctor. But, this moving about we hate.

Now back to you again. We all was glad to hear the you got along pretty well considering all things and that John was some better. Hoping he will get quite stout and come home and settle down. I have made all inquiry I could about village lots, but a great many are bought up. They are selling from 50 to 60 dollars a lot, those that are any good. Why 2 lots would be plenty for you if you think of coming here. I want to advise you not to build there at all, but you know the best. I want to say save all the money. You can bring it here and settle down and live to God and he will bless you. Oh how we all wish you was here. We have received that 3 dollars of Charles' for which we thank you. I have spoke to the Doctor about 4 lots, but he tells me what lots. He has got over (?) one house and another there in different places, but he thinks he could get 4 all together and he would let me know. But I have not seen him since, so you must make up your minds and send me word what you think of doing about it and I will write to [you] again and send you all the particulars. Please to write by return Post and send us all particulars. This comes with all brothers' and sisters' love to you, also your Dear Father's and Mother's love till Death.

John and Mary Elliott
We now [illegible] you write soon, I say very, very soon.

[In another hand]
Dear Lizzy be as Dear Sissey, be as good as your promise.

[In another hand, probably sister Emma Eliza Elliott Stabey]
Dear Lizey be as good as your promise and write us a long letter the next time and then I will answer it. You must excuse me writing this time as I have had so much to do of late. Good by for the present and I except both my [illegible]. Stephen sends best love to you both and a many kisses for the dear children. God bless you and them also and make them comforts to you.

[In a different hand, but more legible than the previous]
Dear Lisey be as good as your word and write us a good long letter the next time and then I will answer it. You must excuse me writing this time as I have had so much to do of late. Good by for the present and accept both my and Stephens very best wishes to you both and many a kiss for the dear children. God bless you and them too and make them comforts to you. Now be sure to write very soon.

[Running parallel to the above text]
John Read
Elizabeth Read
John E. Read
Mary E.

[A sketch for the floor plan of a five room house measuring 24' x 29' is drawn on the back.]
Notes read:
Shingles 15.00
Studding 3.00
White wood Flooring 6.00

[Another note on the back in very feint and small handwriting.]

better by stopping up there. You had better not leave you said. If you had come here, I did not calculate for you to work yourself to death. You said it has fetched you down considerable this summer. Well how much better are you of for it had you been with me you would not have had to go without the necessities of life as you have done before now if I have got a lame leg. You say there is foundries near you but do you consider the difference there is in wages between there and here.
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID SC618.12.6
Object Name Letter
People Read, John
Elliott, John
Read, Elizabeth Elliott
Challoner, George, Sr.
Challoner, Mary Ann Elliott
Subjects Immigrants
Emigration & immigration
Westward movement
Omro, WI
Title Letter
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