John had a beloved daughter, Eleanor, who looked after him in his old age. Because of this, she was left a cedar chest where she used to keep her clothes, a mirror, a dressing-table, John's worktable and the six best hair-bottomed chairs! and, of course, all the silver plate, plus £. This is in addition to the £ that she, her sister Elizabeth and her brother John were all given, which in today's money is about £ - I found this out using The National Archive's excellent currency converter or "what is it worth in today's money?". He made Trusts for his grandchildren, had land and a house to sell - good grief! maybe there is an obituary for such a wealthy chap...and surely Eleanor got married; after all, she had LOTS of money to attract suitors.
The ELLIOTTs were interesting for things other than money. They are the ones that take me furthest back - to , and extend my line briefly into Dorset. The fierce-looking "Great Aunt Ellen" was actually named Ellen Elliott BALL, and descended from the ELLIOTTs.
I would like to delve deeper into this family. Next stop: newspapers for John's obituary. Tomorrow is Scanfest, so perhaps I will get all my ELLIOTT papers together and use the time to get them scanned...
|Will of John Elliott, made in 1820|