ELTING, John, one of the pioneers of Illinois, was born in Dutchess County, New York, April 14, 1791, and was a son of Abraham and Arriaantje (Van Deusen) Eltinge, of Claverack, N. Y., and is a lineal descendant of Jan and Jacorayntje Corneiise (Slegt) Eltinge, natives of Swichterlaer, a dependency of Beyle in the Province of Drenthe, Holland. They came to America about the middle of the seventeenth century, and settled on the Hudson River near New York.
John Elting was married to Margaretta Jones March 14, 1813. Their children are Philip Henry, Charles C., Angelica S., Elizabeth C., and Harriet A. His father served as a soldier in the War of the Revolution, and his brother Robert was a Major-General in the War of 1812. He was a merchant in the city of New York, the old homestead being in Dutchess County, New York. In 1840 he emigrated westward, locating in Quincy, Ill., and afterwards removed to Peoria, Ill., engaging in the mercantile and real-estate business, where he made his home until his death which occurred March 21, 1861. He was held in high esteem by all who knew him, and was a man of great wealth and high social position.
Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907, volume 2, pages 872-873, extracted 04 Jan 2019 by Norma Hass.