Of the early pioneers of Massac county none did more to develop along the correct lines the rude conditions then existing than did James Elliott. He was a native of Pennsylvania, born in Allegheny in 1819, and early had the misfortune to suffer from disease which left him a cripple for life. Undaunted he secured a good education and came to Vienna, Johnson county, Illinois, in 1842, where he clerked in a store until he later came to Massac county, and it is said taught the second term of subscription school in the first school house in Massac county. This profession he followed for quite awhile and was made the fourth county school commissioner of the county, now the county superintendent. This office he filled for a number of years. Before the civil war he was twice elected circuit clerk and gave universal satisfaction. He retired to his farm until after the war was over, when he was again elected circuit clerk as a republican, but died in 1866. Mr. Elliott and Miss Eliza Laird were married in Massac county, of which she was a native. Her father was a pioneer of Massac county originally from New England. She died in 1888. Their children living here are James L. Elliott, cashier of the National State Bank, and John M. Elliott, a well established undertaker and furniture dealer.[History of Massac County, Illinois, by O.J. Page, 1900 - Tr. by K.M.]
JOHN W. EVERS
John A. Evers, the father, was of Pennsylvania, moved to Kentucky, taught school, farmed, bought fully 500 acres near Boaz Station, sold the same and came to Massac, 1858, bought the Barfield farm, and died October, 1868. Miss Cynthia Brookshire was of North Carolina, moved to Kentucky, eloped on horseback with John A. Evers to Captain Williamson's, Massac county, and was married, but returned to Graves county, Kentucky. She died Sept. 30th, 1865. Eleven children, three boys and eight girls, were born, John W., being the tenth, and all reached maturity. Our subject was born Dec. 3, 1848 in Graves county, Ky., attended the common schools, enlisted, 1863 in Fifty-eighth Illinois, but father claimed him, and enlisted in August, 1864, Company C, First Kentucky Cavalry, being mustered out March 20, 1865. He returned home, gave his father the money and labored on the farm till his father died, and a single sister could be educated to teach. He went west and for two years was a "cowboy." Returning home he hauled the lumber with an ox-team to build the first house in New Grand Chain, Ill. He also clerked for J.W. Gaunt of that place and for him was overseer of the construction force, building the "Big Four" Railroad near there. On July 5, 1874, he married Miss Quinnie E., daughter of Robert Jett. She was born March 8, 1858, near Woodville, Ky. His health failing, they moved on the farm purchased by Mr. Evers, and he sold it to Dr. H.Y. Mangum, went to Woodville, Ky., raised two large tobacco crops, moved to Fayetteville, Ark., opened a grocery and queensware store, sold out and clerked for purchaser until he went to Eureka Springs, Ark. Here he built the first hotel, "The Mountain House," and prospered. He went to Scligman, Mo., and opened the "Trim House." From here he went to Carthage, Mo., and 1883 he came to Metropolis, but soon returned to Missouri. The next year he located in Metropolis, teaming for seven years. Mayor Rankin appointed him marshal of Metropolis, 1886, and he was elected constable. R.C. Barham, sheriff of Massac county, appointed him deputy, and Green W. Smith, Barham's successor, retained him for his efficiency. In 1898 the Republicans nominated and elected him sheriff, which office he now holds, administering its functions with competency, and satisfaction to the public. He is a Methodist and a Mason. Four children compose their family, three girls: Mrs. Myrtle Davis, wife of Albert Davis, born Sept. 13, 1876, McCracken county, Ky.; Carrie, born April, 1878, and deceased; Robbie, born March 8, 1880, Fayetteville, Ark.; one son, Morris Jett, born Dec. 20, 1895, Metropolis, Ill., and a favorite with the father.[History of Massac County, Illinois, by O.J. Page, 1900 - Tr. by K.M.].
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