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Captain Parker A. Elson, Civil War Veteran

Captain Parker A. Elson, Co. E. {Photo from the book titled, Dan McCook’s Regiment, 52nd OVI, 1862 – 1865, by Nixon B. Stewart.}

Elson - Obit

Steubenville Daily Herald, Oct. 16, 1886 –Falling Leaves – Captain Parker A. Elson, departed this life yesterday afternoon shortly after 4 o’clock. Deceased was an old and well-known citizen of Steubenville and with the exception of a few years residence in California had always lived here. While in the army he contracted an illness from which he never fully recovered and which hastened his death. Captain Elson was born in this city in 1826, and consequently at his death was 60 years of age. He was a son of Edward Elson, a carpenter, and one of the early settlers in this community. When a young man learned the trade of a brick mason with the late William McConnell…In 1849 when the flood-tide of immigration moved towards California, Mr. Elson was among the number seeking their fortunes in the land of gold…He returned through Central America and obtained vast knowledge of the countries he had seen.

Mr. Elson was joined in marriage to Miss Sarah E. daughter of William Cairns, who formerly resided in Brooke county, W.Va. and she together with two children, Lafayette V. and Florence N. survive him. He also leaves a Township, this county. When the war of the brother, Edward Elson of Island Creek rebellion broke out Mr. Elson organized Company E. of the fifty-second Ohio Volunteer and was commissioned Captain of that company. Ex-Sheriff Alex. Smith was First Lieutenant, H.C. Mansfield Second, and David A. Scott Sergeant. Company E left Steubenville on Aug. 19, 1862 for Camp Dennison and were mustered into the service two days later. Captain Elson and his company participated in the battle of Perrysville and some time after that event he was attacked with serious illness at Bowling Green, Ky., where he was kindly looked after by Lieutenant Smith and other members of the company. Growing gradually worse on March 15, 1863 Captain Elson resigned his commission and came home. Since the war he has never been good. The members of the Stanton Post, G.A.R. will have charge of the funeral.



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