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McElrea,  William Robert

McElrea, William Robert[1]

Male 1888 - 1942  (54 years)

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  • Name McElrea, William Robert   [3
    • William's nicknames were Mac and Willie. The Canadian family called him Willie but he went by Mac in the US. [2]
    Nickname Mac or Willie 
    Born 24 Apr 1888  Hope Bay, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Gender Male 
    Census 1901  North Bruce, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    1901 Census of Canada shows Samuel McElrea, wife Emma, along with children: Mary, Walter, Ino, William, Ethel, Eva, Theadore, Violet, Herbert, Theodo living in Ontario, Bruce (North), Dist. 49, Albermarle,sub-dist. A-4. 
    Naturalization 10 Jun 1918  Tacoma District, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    MIL 1917-1919  [5
    William served in the US Army during World War I at the rank of Corporal. He was assigned to company "H," 76th Infantry and discharged at Camp Lewis, Washington, USA. 
    Residence 24 Feb 1919  Miles City, Montana Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Residence at time of enlistment in the US Army. 
    Census 1920  Garfield County, Montana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    US Federal Census, Dilo, School dist 29, Garfield County, Montana, lists William R McElrea owning his own farm, occupation farmer. (Series T625, Roll 071, Page 17) 
    Occupation circa 1923  Mound City, Campbell County, South Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    William was a butcher and the sheriff of Mound City for a while. 
    Census 1930  Mound City, Campbell County, South Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    US Federal Census, Mound City, Campbell County, South Dakota lists William R McElrea, wife Emma I, and children: Delbert L, Clifford S, Phyllis I, renting. Occupation road grader, veteran of WWI. (Series T626, Roll 2020, Pg 10) 
    Died 7 May 1942  Yakima, Yakima County, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Agency: Veteran's Hospital 
    • Cause of Death: Heart Disease
    Buried Tahoma Cemetery, Yakima, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • "...Phyllis tells me the reason Mac came to the United States was that he had a serious falling out with his father, Sam McElrea. Mac first homesteaded on 360 acres near Bruce, Montana. Phyllis and Del found the homestead papers among Betty's things after she died. During WW I he joined the United States Army, and service to the country offered him a chance to become an American citizen. It also provided dual citizenship for his children until they were old enough to declare their allegiance to one country or the other. They are all United States citizens.

      When and why Mac left Montana for South Dakota no one is sure. Art Kluckman, a former resident of Mound City, recalls Mac as being a 'prince of a fellow.' He also remembered that Mac was town Marshall for Mound City.

      A decision was made to move to Washington State, start a new life, and improve chances for the family. Mac drove out alone to look for work, found employment with the Pacific Fruit Company in Wapato, and returned for his family."
    Person ID I2308  McElrea
    Last Modified 9 Jul 2012 

    Father McElrea, Samuel,   b. 16 Dec 1853, Bourg Louis Settlement, County of Portneuf, Parish of St. Raymond, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Oct 1937, Colpoy's Bay, Wiarton, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Mother Hewton, Emma,   b. 23 Jul 1860,   d. 08 Oct 1905, Colpoy's Bay, Wiarton, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years) 
    Married 03 May 1882  St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Quebec City Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Record describes Emma as "formerly of this parish (St. Raymond) latterly of Owen Sound, Ontario, spinster, aged twenty-two years". Witnesses were Joseph Gillespie and Kate Kane.
    Family ID F46  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Allen, Emma Ida,   b. 24 Aug 1896, Mound City, Campbell County, South Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Dec 1956, Yakima, Yakima County, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Married 6 Jun 1923  Mound City, Campbell County, South Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Children 
     1. McElrea, Clifford Samuel,   b. 23 Jul 1926, Mound City, Campbell County, South Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Aug 1998, Soldatna, Alaska Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
    +2. McElrea, Delbert Allen,   b. 4 Apr 1924, Mowbridge, South Dakota. United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Apr 1972, Seattle, King County, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years)
     3. Living
     4. McElrea, Wayne,   b. Aft 1923,   d. Aug 1971  (Age < 46 years)
     5. Living
     6. Living
    Last Modified 9 Jul 2012 
    Family ID F150  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 24 Apr 1888 - Hope Bay, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1901 Census of Canada shows Samuel McElrea, wife Emma, along with children: Mary, Walter, Ino, William, Ethel, Eva, Theadore, Violet, Herbert, Theodo living in Ontario, Bruce (North), Dist. 49, Albermarle,sub-dist. A-4. - 1901 - North Bruce, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Residence at time of enlistment in the US Army. - 24 Feb 1919 - Miles City, Montana Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - US Federal Census, Dilo, School dist 29, Garfield County, Montana, lists William R McElrea owning his own farm, occupation farmer. (Series T625, Roll 071, Page 17) - 1920 - Garfield County, Montana Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - William was a butcher and the sheriff of Mound City for a while. - circa 1923 - Mound City, Campbell County, South Dakota Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 6 Jun 1923 - Mound City, Campbell County, South Dakota Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - US Federal Census, Mound City, Campbell County, South Dakota lists William R McElrea, wife Emma I, and children: Delbert L, Clifford S, Phyllis I, renting. Occupation road grader, veteran of WWI. (Series T626, Roll 2020, Pg 10) - 1930 - Mound City, Campbell County, South Dakota Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Agency: Veteran's Hospital - 7 May 1942 - Yakima, Yakima County, Washington, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Tahoma Cemetery, Yakima, Washington Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S705] Desc William Robert McElrea (b1888), Olive Margaret "Peggy" Taylor McElrea, 1.

    2. [705] 1.

    3. [S705] Desc William Robert McElrea (b1888), Olive Margaret "Peggy" Taylor McElrea.

    4. [S685] FTM File - MG, Marjorie Goodfellow, 14 Aug 2010.

    5. [S705] Desc William Robert McElrea (b1888), Olive Margaret "Peggy" Taylor McElrea.
      Military information from the National Archives and Records Information. Additional detail may have been destroyed in a fire on July
      12, 1973.
      Service number: 2-283-724
      Dates of service: July 21, 1917 to Feb. 24, 1919
      Residence & date of: Miles City, Montana, USA; Feb. 24, 1919
      Rank/Grade: Corporal, U. S. Army
      Assignments: Company "H", 76h Infantry
      Duty status: Honorable discharge
      Place of induction & separation: Place of entry not available,
      Discharged at Camp Lewis, Washington, USA
      (omm April 30, 2001}

    6. [S705] Desc William Robert McElrea (b1888), Olive Margaret "Peggy" Taylor McElrea, 1 (Reliability: 1).