John and Alice Hecker papers 1861-1864
Robert E. Elder was born in Pennsylvania around 1813; his wife, Elizabeth T. Elder, was born in Ohio around 1820. They had at least eight children: Erwin (b. 1839), Wilson, Caroline, William, Sarah, Catherine, Arabella, and Emma. The family moved to Urbana, Illinois, in the late 1850s. Erwin Elder and his wife Dorothea had at least one daughter, Nettie (b. 1863), who graduated from the University of Illinois in 1886. Nettie Elder married Charles Ferman Harris.