Is There an Elmer Ellsworth in Your Family Tree?

About the Author:

Nancy Loe has an MA in American History and an MLS in Library Science and Archives. She has appeared on PBS’s American Experience, at Rootstech, SCGS Jamboree, and state and regional genealogy conferences. Her website was featured in Family Tree Magazine's “Social Media Mavericks: 40 to Follow.”


  1. Sassy Jane Genealogy 20 July 2018 at 8:41 PM - Reply

    A reader writes: My great grandfather was Elmer Ellsworth Billings. He was born in 1868 in Union Kansas. His father was Charles Billings who enlisted in the Iowa Infantry Company K. He eventually became a corporal. I always wondered where the name Elmer Ellsworth came from as there was nobody named that before him. The name Elmer continued in my family as my grandpa was Dewey Elmer (named after Admiral Dewey who was a distant relative) and my uncle was named David Elmer Billings. Thanks for solving this mystery.

  2. Sharon Hodgson 13 June 2018 at 9:16 AM - Reply

    Elmer Ellsworth Gilbert born 1864 father union soldier who died in Washington DC of typhus 1863 pioneer of Kirkland Washington d. 1935

    • Nancy Loe 13 June 2018 at 9:28 AM - Reply

      Wonderful, Sharon. I love seeing examples like this.

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