“Robert Elliott was born in Decatur County, Ind., July 8, 1826. He was the fifth born of nine children to Alexander and Rebecca (Ewing) Elliott. Alexander Elliott worked at the tanner's trade until the War of 1812, when his brother was drafted, he then served several months as a substitute for him. After the war, he married Miss Ewing, July 127, 1815. In 1824, he moved to Duck Creek, Decatur County, where he entered land. He died March 21, 1878, at the age of eighty-four, and his wife in 1880. Robert Elliott was reared in Decatur County, within one and one-half miles of where he now lives. He was married July 7, 1847, to Miss Martha Neal, born in Boone County, Ky., in 1826. The spring after he was married, Mr. Elliott moved on the farm where he now lives. Mrs. Elliott died September 27, 1854, leaving two daughters, Rebecca and Elizabeth. Mr. Elliott married Elizabeth Neal, his present wife, sister of his first wife, in 1856. She was born in this county May 25, 1838. By this marriage a son was born , Vanison, now a farmer. Mr. Elliott is now well off, owning a good deal of land mainly the fruit of his own hard work."
History of Shelby County, Indiana, "Noble Sketches", pp. 726 of Brant & Fuller, 1887
Submitted by Don T. Mitchell