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John Henry Elliott and Sarah Burnham

John Henry ELLIOTT and Sarah BURNHAM

Husband John Henry ELLIOTT

         Born: 7 Mar 1823 - Gallatin Co., Kentucky
         Died: 5 Jan 1882 - Illinois Bend, Montague Texas
       Buried:  - Illinois Bend, Montague Texas

       Father: William C. ELLIOTT (1794-1829) 38
       Mother: Mary DAVIS (1795-      ) 38

      Married: 14 Feb 1847 - Trimble Co., Kentucky

Wife Sarah BURNHAM

         Born: 2 Jan 1826 - Warren County, Mississippi
         Died: 12 Jan 1902 - Illinois Bend, Montague Texas

       Father: Elijah BURNHAM (1790-1844)
       Mother: Ann Eunice BROWN (1788-1844)

1 F Mary Elizabeth ELLIOTT

         Born: 14 Jul 1848
         Died: 20 Dec 1879 - Illinois Bend, Montague Texas
       Spouse: Daniel WALKER (Abt 1847-      )
         Marr: 3 Oct 1868

2 M Oliver Cleveland ELLIOTT

         Born: 25 Sep 1850
         Died: 4 Aug 1920 - Las Vagas, San Miguel Co., New Mexico
       Spouse: Martha MAYFIELD (Abt 1851-      )
         Marr: 6 May 1877

3 M Franklin Pierce ELLIOTT

         Born: 15 Dec 1852
         Died: 14 May 1880 - Illinois Bend, Montague Texas

4 F Louisa C. ELLIOTT

         Born: 11 May 1855 - Bethany, Harrison Co., Missouri
       Spouse: Edward Sylvanus EADES (Abt 1856-      )
         Marr: 6 Feb 1876

5 F Eunice Ann ELLIOTT

         Born: 12 Apr 1860 - Bethany, Harrison Co., Missouri
         Died: 8 Dec 1943 - Alabama, Potter Co., Texas
       Spouse: James Robert WEBSTER (1858-1953)
         Marr: 20 Dec 1883

6 F Marth Jane ELLIOTT

         Born: 11 Jan 1863 - Montague Co., Texas
         Died: 3 Jun 1900 - Illinois Bend, Montague Texas
       Spouse: Boregard Washington HIGGINBOTHAM (Abt 1864-      )
         Marr: 4 Nov 1885

General Notes (Husband)

LIFE: The Elliott Fratricide
About 1863 there occurred, near the southern boundary of the county, in the Butler Township, a bloody tragedy rendered doubly horrible by the intimate relationships that existed between the murderer and his victim. John and Hart (Levi) Elliott were two brothers whose friendship and intimacy had long been the subject of comment among the citizens of the community. No trouble of any kind had ever existed between the two men, consequently the startling announcement one day that John Elliott had killed his brother was for a time entertained as an idle and silly joke. The rumor though at first treated with indifference, proved only to true as the body of Hart was found in the woods where the two brothers had been at work, with the throat cut from ear to ear. What led to the commission of the bloody deed is not known. John Elliott was arrested and while not denying having committed the murder, entered a plea of insanity upon which he was cleared in the trial that followed. His defense was ably conducted by Silas Woodson William, William G. Lewis, S. A. Richardson and J. S. Asper, and the trial is remembered as one of the most interesting that ever took place in Harrison County Missouri.

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