Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan
Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan

William John Elson

William with his wife, Margarett and his mother-in-law, Jane Urquhart




William John Elson was born April 18, 1860 in Uxbridge Township, Ontario, Canada to William and Malinda Boice Elson.  He married Margarett J. Urquhart on August 20, 1886 in Georgina Township, York County, Ontario, Canada. Margarett was born October 30, 1862 in Georgina Township, York County, Ontario, Canada to Alexander and Jane Jacbason Urquhart. William, Margarett and their son, Charles Percy came to the United States in 1888.



The Elson Home on the NW corner of South Merrill and Nelson Roads

William and Margarett's children were:

  1. Charles “Percy” Vrooman Elson was born March 21, 1887 in Canada and married Susie Elliott. Percy died April 26, 1951 in Flint, Genessee County, Michigan.

  2. William Ernest/Earnest Elson was born March 31, 1890 in Jonesfield Township, Saginaw County, Michigan and married Pearl May Motley. William died December 18, 1951 in Taymouth Township, Saginaw County, Michigan.

  3. Ethel Ella Elson was born March 21, 1894 in Pleasant Valley, Michigan and married William F. Lange. Ethel died February 9, 1970 in Saginaw, Michigan.

  4. Rufus Dewey Elson was born May 16/17 1898 and died April 1964.

  5. Lloyd Floyd Elson was born September 27, 1900 in Lakefield Township and died August 9, 2000 in Olivet, Eaton County, Michigan.

  6. Harvey Newton Elson was born November 18, 1902 in Lakefield Township and married Selda Glinke. Harvey died February 25, 1985 in St. Louis, Gratiot County, Michigan.


In 1916, William owned and operated three 40 acre parcels of land. Two 40 acres of the Elson land were located in Section 22 – one on Nelson Road between Fenmore and Merrill Roads and the other 40 acres of land on the corner of Merrill and Nelson Roads, which was their homestead. The third 40 acre piece of property was located in Section 23 on Nelson Road between Merrill and Chapin Roads.


William died on September 27, 1928 and Margarett on November 16, 1936. They are buried in Richland Township Cemetery, Hemlock, Richland Township, Saginaw County, Michigan.




SOURCES: Ron Elson, William and Margarett Elson's Ontario Marriage Record, obituaries, and death records; Lloyd and Harvey Elson's birth records; Lloyd, Percy, William E., Rufus and Harvey Elson's death records, William and Percy Elson WWI and WWII draft registrations, Ethel Elson Lange's obituary; Della Miller McKay's obituaries collection, U.S. Census, and Lakefield Township Records.



Pioneers of Lakefield Township - Left to Right: Jacob Brown, Lawrence Dubay, Alva Hinterman, David Dubay, Mr. Harris, George Easlick, Calvin Harris;   Ray Rowell standing towards the top of photo and his daughters, Mildred, Dorothy, and Carrie Rowell,  sitting on the wood pile.    Carry Rowell later married Fred Honaman.     photo from John and Linda Honaman Johnson.



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