Philip Henry Elting
ELTING, Philip Henry, was born in Dutchess County, New York, February 14, 1814. After graduating from college, he acted for a time as bookkeeper in his father's store in Kinderhook, New York, and at the age of twenty came west to look after his father's landed interests in McDonough County. Philip H. Elting was a farmer, and was successful. He was married January 24, 1834, to Margaret, daughter of Francis McSperritt and Mary (Campbell) McSperritt, who came to McDonough County in 1837. They were the parents of twelve children, eight of whom are now living. They are: Charles M., Levi J., Harriet Anna Keener, James, Katherine C., Eleanor M., Gumbert, Philip Edward, and Henry Lincoln. The deceased children are John, Mary E., Margaret A., and Francis R.
Mr. Elting was one of the pioneers of Illinois, and was greatly interested in the affairs of McDonough County, and was held in a very high regard by all who knew him. He died July 22, 1876. His widow still survives, and lives in Macomb, Ill.
Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907, volume 2, page 873, extracted 04 Jan 2019 by Norma Hass.