Monday, April 26, 2021

On This Day: Elijah Nicholas Breeden

Elijah Nicholas Breeden was the 3rd child of my great-great grandfather’s sister Lydia Jollett Breeden and her husband George W. Breeden. There were 5 children in all: 4 boys and 1 girl. Elijah was born on 26 April 1865.

In 1884 Elijah married Christina Catherine Sellers. In 1900, she was listed as head of household in the Stonewall area of Rockingham County, Virginia. Two of four children were living: Mary Lillian and Georgia Josephine. It is not clear why Christina was the head of household, but possibly Elijah had moved to Clifton, in Alleghany County, Virginia to work in the iron ore mines and somehow was missed when the census taker came around.

In 1910, Elijah and Christina were there in Clifton where Elijah worked in the mines. He reported that he had not been out of work during the year.

By 1920 the Breedens were back in Rockingham County. Elijah was working as a foreman in railroad construction.

Elijah died 26 December 1928. 

Christina died in 1940 from complications of influenza.


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Photo courtesy Jan Hensley


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  1. Interesting that her name is spelled different ways on different documents.

  2. Good post! Nice to learn about Lydia’s family.