McElroy Family

William McElroy was born in 1781 in Armagh, Ireland. He was married to Margaret Alexander, and together they had the following children: Eliza Jane, James, William G., John (born 1817; married Ann McCrea in 1844; died April 17, 1863 in Oshawa, Ontario), Alexander (born 1820; married Martha Walker, Cobourg, Ontario; died December 23, 1895 in Minneapolis, Minnesota), and Thomas (born in 1827; died September 14, 1852 in Almond, New York in an accident on the New York and Erie Railroad; buried in Oshawa, Ontario). The family emmigrated to Canada in 1821 and settled in Emily Township. They subsequently moved to Hope Township and then to Clarke Township in Durham County. They later moved to Oshawa, Ontario County. William McElroy died in Oshawa on October 8, 1871. Margaret died in March, 1855, also in Oshawa. Three of their children were residents of Waupun.


McELROY, WILLIAM G.

Hillyer's History, First Marriage:
     The year 1840 saw a great many firsts in Waupun, among which was the marriage of Lucinda Collins to Wm. G. McElroy, with Dr. M. C. Darling of Fond du Lac officiating. Cupid must have been a stowaway in the ox chariot. The ceremony was performed at our "Best Hotel" on the river bank. There was a glorious wedding dinner, as described by one of the participants, and the entire population were bidden to the feast. In this primitive settlement it was somewhat laborious and required all a lover's ardor and perserverance to comply with all the requisite forms and usage with which civilization has honored the marriage contract. Mr. McElroy was under the necessity of going about eighty miles to procure a license, nearly the same distance "for the extras" for the wedding supper and eighteen miles to Fond du Lac for a magistrate.
     The next day the nuptual tour had to be performed. A ride to Lake Emily was undertaken, the home of the bride's father, twelve miles through woods and prairie, no roads, several inches of snow, and the earth wet and soft under it. The bride and her female attendent were magnificently seated unpon clean straw, on the bottom of a superb ox sled; the groom and accompanying gentleman triumphantly marching on foot. (In all this hardship there was undoubtedly more real happiness than generally attends the most brilliant displays in the populous cities.)
     Following the ceremony and "glorious wedding dinner," the bride and groom left for their new home in a wagon drawn by "horned horses." Among the people waiting to see them off at the Hotel were a number of Indians, bucks and squaws, with their papooses on their backs, who shouted How? How?" shook the feathers in their hair and waved their blankets. It was a new sight to them, the wedding of a white man and his squaw, and their outfit of horned horses and large wagon.

Hillyer's History, Building of Mills
     Minus Collins and W. G. McElroy built the first saw mill, and the Upper Town," in 1841 and in 1842 the frame grist mill, a little further up the river. They were millwrights, and these were great undertakings. They had to go into the woods north of the river and select their own trees, fell, score, and hew them for timbers. They made their iwn water wheels. It took the whole force of the country to put the timbers in place and raise the frames. As soon as the frame of the sawmill was up, the machinery was put in, and the lumber for covering, etc. was sawed to enclose it.... As stated, it was a big undertaking, and required backbone and energy.
     Parties were waiting for the lumber and required back slabs, even were sought for building shanties, by pinning them to poles set on end in the ground. No refuse for furnaces in those days, for everything with a square edge was needed.
     The dam was well built and portions of it yet remain to mark the spot. Both mills were burned and never rebuilt, as was another saw mill later put up, just west of where the stone mill now stands.

Obituary--The Waupun Times, Tuesday, August 11, 1874
     McElroy--In Waupun, August 9, 1874, at one o'clock P. M., of asthma, aged 60 years, 2 months, and 2 days.
     Mr. McElroy was one of the pioneers of Wisconsin, and of Waupun. He was known and respected by nearly all our citizens, and his menory will long live in the hearts of those, who with him struggled through the privations of 35 years ago. Mr McElroy was born in Ireland June 7, 1814, but with his father removed to Canada when he was six years old. At the age of 22 he left home to make his own way. In 1836 he removed to New York State, but left again the same year, going to what was then the far west. He settled in Green Bay, and remained three years. In 1839 he came to Waupun, where he found but one house, that of Seymour Wilcox. Here he bought property, and built a home. In the following year, 1840, he married Miss L. C. Collins. It was the first marriage in Waupun. In 1846 he and his wife experienced religion, and since that time he has been an earnest efficient worker in the cause of religion; most of the time holding an official position in the M. E. Church. In Nov., 1869, his wife went to her reward. Two of his five children survive him.
     For 35 years he has been suffering from the disease which finally proved fatal, and for the past 20 years he has been unable to perform any manual labor.
     He was a member of the Masonic order, and Waupun lodge will attend his funeral in a body. The funeral will be from his residence, next east of the Congregational Church this afternoon at two o'clock.

McELROY, JAMES

Born October 17, 1809. Married Harriet Elizabeth Taylor January 16, 1834, in Clarke Township, Ontario. Died April 7, 1892, in Waupun.

JAMES McELROY, retired farmer, Waupun; born in County Armagh, North of Ireland, Oct. 17, 1809; son of William McElroy; his father was John McElroy, and the family originally came from Scotland; William McElroy and family came to Canada in the fall of 1821, and engaged in farming; William died Oct. 8, 1871, at the good old age of 93; James was brought up to work, and, at an early age, earned his own living; he used to chop wood, and cleared land for from $2.50 to $6 per acre; by dint of industry, he accumulated enough of money to buy fifty acres of wild land in Canada, which he cleared and sold; he then bought 100 acres of Church reserve land, worked that until 1836, when he sold out and went to Michigan to settle on ninety-three acres--paid $10 per acre, and afterward sold for $30 per acre, and came to Wisconsin in 1848 (he had been here in 1845, prospecting), and settled on 160 acres in the towns of Alto, Waupun and Trenton, then added eighty acres more, and afterward forty more; he now owns one of the finest farms in this part of the country; in May, 1872, he moved into the city of Waupun; through his industry and untiring energy, he now has a competence; Mr. McElroy, in the town of Alto, was Supervisor two years, and County Commissioner two years, and was ten years Chairman of the Board of Supervisors; in 1863, was elected to the Assembly, and served on several committees. Married, Jan. 16, 1834, Harriet E. Taylor, daughter of Capt. John Taylor, who was a soldier in the war of 1812; their children are Eliza (married A. Roney), John W. (is farming in the town of Trenton), R. B. McElroy (is in Milwaukee in the commission business--he married a Miss Burnham), Allen T. (married a Miss Ackerman); two children died in infancy; Mr. McElroy and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and have been for about forty years; he has been Class-Leader, Trustee and Steward, most of this time; he has been President of the Old Settlers' Club ever since its organization, and has been President of the Waupun Mutual Insurance Company ever since it started; he has been an Odd Fellow many years, and has taken all the degrees, and attended the Grand Lodge, and Mrs. McElroy is a member of the Rebecca Lodge, and has also held all the offices; Mr. McElroy has also been a Mason many years, and belongs to the Temple of Honor and Good Templars also. He owes his success in life to his unceasing hard work, indomitable perserverance and untiring industry. [Souce uncertain]

McElroy, James: Born in County Armagh, Ireland, October, 17, 1809, and settled on 160 acres in Alto in 1848. He married Harriet Elizabeth Taylor (born May 7, 1812, in Port Hope, Ontario; died January 31, 1894, in Waupun) on January 16, 1834, in Clarke Township, Ontario and died April 7, 1892, in Waupun. His children were Eliza (born January 17, 1835, in Hope Township, Ontario; married Lawrence Roney May 18, 1857, in Alto; died July 25, 1895), John William (born October 20, 1836, in Hope Township, Ontario; married Betsey Grider Jabuary 29, 1863, in Alto; died August 10, 1921, in Waupun), Robert Bruce (born February 4, 1839, in Whitby, Ontario; married Sarah Burnham October 31, 1860, in Trenton, Wisconsin; died May 5, 1932, in Erie, Pennsylvania), James Hill (born June 19, 1843, Whitby, Ontario; died July 15, 1845; buried Oshawa, Ontario), Harriet Elizabeth (born June 19, 1843, in Whitby, Ontario; died July 14, 1845; buried in Oshawa, Ontario), Martha (adopted; born March 28, 1844, in Darlington Township; married Seth Pond November 25, 1874), and Alan Thomas (born July 2, 1848, in Alto; married Louise Ackerman on November 25, 1878, in Trenton, Wisconsin; died July 26, 1933, in Waupun).

SECOR, ELIZA JANE McELROY

Born 1807. Married Alvah Secor, January 1, 1838. After her husband and father died, she joined her brothers in Waupun, where she died September 1, 1886.

1850 FEDERAL CENSUS, TOWN OF ALTO, P. 164, SEPT. 19
DWELLG

NAME LAST

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AGE SEX OCCUP

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SCH
1224 McElroy James 41 M Farmer 3000 Ireland  
1224 McElroy Harriet E. 38 F     Canada  
1224 McElroy Eliza M. 15 F     Canada /
1224 McElroy John 14 M     Canada /
1224 McElroy Robert B. 11 M     Canada /
1224 McElroy Thomas A. 1 M     Wis  
1224 Taylor John 65 M Farmer   Canada  
1224 Fleming William 26 M Farmer   Ireland  
1224 McElroy Thomas 23 M Farmer   Canada  

 

1860 FEDERAL CENSUS, TOWN OF ALTO, P. 49

NAME LAST

NAMR FIRST

AGE OCCUP REAL EST

PERS EST

PL OF BIRTH

McElroy James 50 Farmer 8400 2136 Ireland
McElroy Harriet E. 48       Canada W.
McElroy John W. 23 Farmer 2500 800 Canada W.
McElroy Robert B. 21   3600 370 Canada W.
McElroy Allen T. 10       Wisconsin
McElroy Marth P. 16       Canada W.
Taylor John 74 [father of Harriet]     Canada W.
Lyons Timothy 23 Farm Hand     Ireland
Rowley Roger 19 Farm Hand     Ireland
Crampe Simeon 21 Farm Hand     Germany
Borland Eliza 23 Domestic     Canada W.

 

1860 FEDERAL CENSUS, TOWN OF ALTO, P. 63

NAME LAST

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AGE OCCUP REAL EST

PERS EST

PL OF BIRTH

Roney Lawrence 32 Farmer 8800 720 New York
Roney Eliza 25       Canada W.
Roney Florence 2       Wisconsin
Darwin Daniel 19 Farm lab.     New York
Purton Agnes 13 Domestic     Canada W.

 

1870 FEDERAL CENSUS, FOND DU LAC CO., P. 7

NAME LAST

NAMR FIRST

AGE OCCUP REAL EST

PERS EST

PL OF BIRTH

McElroy James 60 Farmer 15000 1665 Ireland
McElroy Harriet E. 57 Keeping house     Canada W.
McElroy Martha 26 At home     Canada W.
McElroy Allen G. 20 Farmer     Wisconsin

 

1880 FEDERAL CENSUS, CITY OF WAUPUN NORTH WARD

NAME LAST

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AGE OCCUP BORN

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M. BORN

McElroy James 60 Retired farmer Ireland Ireland Ireland
McElroy Harriet E. 57 Keepinghouse Canada Canada Vermont
Secor Eliza J. 73 Widow Ireland Ireland Ireland

 

1880 FEDERAL CENSUS, ALTO TOWNSHIP

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AGE OCCUP BORN

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M. BORN

McElroy Allen T. 30 Farmer Wis. Ireland Canada
McElroy Louise A. 28 Wife keeping house N.Y. N.Y. N.Y.
McElroy Maud 2   Wis. Wis. N.Y.
McElree John 14 Servant Pa. U.S.A. Pa. Pa.

 

1880 FEDERAL CENSUS, ALTO TOWNSHIP

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AGE OCCUP BORN

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M. BORN

Pond Seth 33 Lab. Pa. Vermont Pa.
Pond Martha 35 Wife Canada Canada Canada
Pond William 4 Son Wis. Pa. Can.
Pond George 2 Son Wis. Pa. Can.
McElree George 23 Boarder lab. Pa. Pa. Pa.