Person:John Elder (8)

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Rev. John Elder, The fighting Parson
b.26 Jan 1706 Edinburgh, Scotland
m. Abt 1703
  1. Robert Elder1704 -
  2. Rev. John Elder, The fighting Parson1706 - 1792
  3. Thomas ElderAbt 1708 - 1752
  4. David ElderAbt 1710 -
  5. James ElderAbt 1712 -
  6. Ann ElderAbt 1713 -
  • HRev. John Elder, The fighting Parson1706 - 1792
  • WMary Baker
Facts and Events
Name Rev. John Elder, The fighting Parson
Gender Male
Birth? 26 Jan 1706 Edinburgh, Scotland
Death? 17 Jul 1792 Paxtang, Dauphin, Pennsylvania, United States
Occupation? Presbyterian minster
Education[2] Edinburgh, Scotland
Burial[1] Paxtang, Dauphin, Pennsylvania, United States

Related

The Conestoga Massacre, 1763

Overview

Minister of the Paxtang Prebyterian church outside Harrisonburg PA, and nearby Derry Presbyterian in Hershey, PA. After the New Side-Old Side split in the 1750, he devoted himself fulltime to the church at Paxtang. During the French and Indian War the area came under repeated attack by Native Americans. In response, Rev Elder organized the Paxton" or "paxtang Boys" as a defensive measure, for which effort he became known as "The Fighting Parson". While the Paxtang Boys may have been organized with good intent, they are more noted for their attack on a peaceful tribe living in the area, and the subsequent murder of most of the tribe members, including women and children. There was substantial public outcry at the atrocities committed in this event. Rev. elder is not known to have been part of that attack, but did act as an appolgist for the actions of the Paxtang Boys.


He was a supporter of the Americans during the American Revolution.

References
  1. Presybaterian, Paxtang, Dauphin, Pennsylvania, United States
  2. University of Edinburgh, Scotland