Name: Elijah Summers JOLLIFF
Birth: ABT 1799 in Ky, prob Fayette Co.
Death: 25 DEC 1828 in Jefferson Co, IL
Burial: prob Grand Point Cem, Irvington, IL
Change Date: 5 DEC 2013
Elijah Summers Jolliff was born about 1799, Barren Co, Ky. He was named for the Kentucky Baptist preacher, Elijah Summers.
Elijah went to Indiana with his brother Abner in Sept 1817, following their oldest brother Richard, who had moved there the year before. Richard lived in Orange Co. and Abner lived in Dubois Co. It is not known where Elijah lived because he did not buy any land.
About the same time William & Rebecca (Casey Nobles) DePriest moved from Smith Co, Tennessee to Orange Co, Ind.
Early in 1818 Elijah married Lucinda Nobles, Rebecca DePriest's daughter by her first husband, Erasmus Nobles, who had died when Lucinda was a small child.
Elijah & Lucinda's first child, Randolph Casey Jolliff (named for Lucinda's grandfather, Randolph Casey), was born in 1818. Randolph's obituary states that he was born in Kentucky on Dec. 9, 1818. Elijah & Lucinda must have gone back to Kentucky after they were married for a visit with family and stayed for a while. Elijah's last sibling, born about 1818, was named Lucinda, probably for Elijah's new wife (this makes it likely that Elijah & Lucinda had come to visit and maybe even were there when the baby sister was born (so Randolph was the same age as his aunt!)
[Lucinda's mother's brother, Isaac Casey had lived in Barren Co., Ky. from 1788 to 1803, but he wouldn't have been there in 1818 when Elijah and Lucinda were there.]
In 1819 Elijah, Lucinda, baby Randolph, and the DePriest family moved to Jefferson Co, Ill. where some Casey relatives had lived for 2 years.
He was in Illinois in 1820, living in Caseys Prairie twp, Jefferson Co, IL
See 1820 census: http://www.rootsweb.com/~iljeffer/1820.html
Elijah Jolliff 1 - - 1 - - - - 1 - - - 1
1 male 0-10 (Randolph C)
1 male 16-26 (Elijah)
1 female 16-26 (Lucinda)
1 engaged in farming
In 1823 sister Catherine (Jolliff) Alexander joined them in Illinois. Then in 1824 four other Jolliff siblings followed: Rachel Rhea, Richard Jolliff, Abner Jolliff & Jahoda Holtslaw. They all settled around Irvington, IL, where the corners of 4 counties (Jefferson, Washington, Clinton & Marion) meet. Rachel Rhea moved away to Sangamon Co, IL in 1827. James Jolliff, Jr. moved to IL in 1828 and settled in Clinton Co. Then lastly, Elizabeth Faulkner was the last of the Jolliff clan to move to Illinois in 1830.
This quote from an early history of Illinois gives a description of conditions then:
"The farms, as in most frontier counties, were mere patches enclosed with rails and/or brush. The houses were round-pole cabins, sometimes in rare cases made of small logs, 'skelped down' or very lightly hewn, sometimes of split logs smoothed a little on the face. Some of the cracks were chinked and daubed, while some were left open to admit light and serve as windows. Some of the cabins had cracks so large a dog could jump through.
"If the floor was anything else but bare ground, it was made of puncheons or slabs, fastened down with wooden pins or not fastened at all. Shelves resting on long pins in the walls served for cupboard, pantry, bureau and wardrobe. since there were few bedsteads, bed scaffolds were made on two rails or pieces driven into the walls, one for the side and one for the end. the corner of the cabin framed the other two sides. On these, boards were placed and on the boards the bed was laid.
"In those early days cooking utensils were few in number. The well-to-do had a pot and a skillet; some settlers broiled their meat on the coals and cooked their 'johnny cake' on a board. Many of the first settlers had to beat their meal in a mortar which was generally a stump with a basin burned out in the top of the stump. Meal thus ground was sifted through a sieve which was made by punching holes in a piece of deerskin with a hot wheel-spindle and by stretching the deerskin over a hoop. The coarser corn was used for hominy; the finer for meal."
Besides being a farmer, Elijah operated a sugar mill. The Jolliffs were members of the Grand Point Baptist Church in Washington Co., Ill.
When Elijah's sister, Rachel Rhea, moved to Sangamon Co. in 1827, her oldest son, James Rhea Jr. (aged 23) stayed behind. On Christmas morning 1828, while Elijah & James were examining a gun, which had been a Christmas gift, James accidentally shot Elijah in the leg. "A tow wad severed the femoral artery and Elijah died in the house where he lived near Mt. Vernon, when he was about 31 years old."
In 1830 Lucinda & her 5 children were living between the homes of her two brothers, Green & Isaac DePriest. On April 4, 1834, Lucinda married Asa Foster in Washington Co. They moved to Richview, Ill. and within 3 months guardians were appointed for her 4 sons: her brother, Green DePriest was given custody of 15-year-old Randolph & 7-year-old James, and Elijah's brother, Abner Jolliff, was given 11-year-old William & 8-year-old Elijah Jr. Lucinda died before the end of the year; she was about 34 years old. (Asa soon married Mary Lively, Feb, 1835).
Where 14-year-old daughter Elizabeth stayed for the few months following her mother's death is uncertain, but on Aug. 30, 1835 she, then 15, married 31-year-old widower, James Willard, who had lived 2 houses from hers and had 4 small children, 1-8 years old.
In May, 1840, 21-year-old Randolph sold the 16 acres he had inherited from his father's estate to his mother's cousin, Green P. Casey, for $100. In 1847 James Rasmus also sold his inherited part (16 acres) of his father's land to Green P. Casey. In 1852 Elijah Jr. also sold his 16 acres to Green P. Casey. All of the children, except Elijah Jr., eventually moved to Missouri with uncles, Green & Isaac DePriest.
*Find A Grave Memorial# 95570207
Father: James JOLLIFF b: ABT 1753 in New Jersey
Mother: Elizabeth NORRIS b: ABT 1760 in prob Virginia
Lucinda NOBLE b: ABT 1799 in Smith Co, TN
- Randolph Casey JOLLIFF b: 9 DEC 1818 in Kentucky or Indiana
- Elizabeth "Betsy" JOLLIFF b: 20 APR 1820 in Illinois
- William Norris "Bill Bugler" JOLLIFF b: 1823 in Illinois
- Elijah JOLLIFF b: 9 SEP 1825 in Illinois
- James Rasmus JOLLIFF b: 1827 in Illinois