Connecting the Elons

I have several Elon Carmans in my family tree.

Elon (1792)
Elon Joseph (1840)
Joseph Elon (1872)
Joseph Elon (1891)
Joseph Elon (1901)
Joseph Elon (1914)

There is also an Elon Carman who lived in and around Philadelphia that I knew must be related, but I couldn’t find any definitive evidence of the relationship beyond DNA matches with some of his descendants.

Yesterday, I found his baptismal record. He was baptized at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in North Wales, Montgomery County, PA on 13 May 1833 and his birth date was listed as 14 Aug 1828. While the last name was spelled in the Ancestry index as Cormon, his parents were listed as Elon & Martha, so I am confident now that he is the brother of my great-great-great grandfather Charles R. Carman.

I’ve now identified four children of Elon Carman and Martha Johnson, although I only have Elizabeth’s name and no other information about her:

Charles R. Carman (1818-1879)
Mary Ann Carman (1821-1898)
Elon Carman (1828-  )

I haven’t found Elon Jr.’s death information yet. He is often listed under different names in documents (Elwood, Leon, Eleon, Titus, Kite/Kitus) and his descendants used the Carmen spelling of the last name.  I’ve done a lot of searching of a lot of different combinations of names & spellings, but so far no luck.


Elon & Martha Carman Timeline

This is a timeline of the locations I’ve found Elon Carman & his family and notes to help with further research.

1814 Married, Flourtown, Springfield Township, Montgomery County, PA
? Daughter Elizabeth born c1815? (total guess), Montgomery or Bucks County, PA?
c1818 Son Charles born, Bucks County, PA (according to his death certificate)
1820 Buckingham Township, Bucks County, PA (census)
c1821 Daughter Mary Ann born, Bucks or Chester County, PA?
1826 London Derry, Chester County, PA (school records for Elizabeth & Charles)
1827 London Derry, Chester County, PA (school records for Charles & Mary Ann)
1828 Penn, Chester County, PA (school records for Charles & Mary Ann)
c1829 Elon born, Chester or Montgomery County, PA? (Possible son but no evidence, may be nephew or other relative)
1830 Montgomery Township, Montgomery County, PA (census)
1840 Montgomery Township, Montgomery County, PA (census)

Montgomery County

Flourtown is in Springfield Township in eastern Montgomery County, near Philadelphia County.

Montgomery Township is north of Flourtown and borders New Britain & Warrington Townships in Bucks County.

Bucks County

Buckingham Township is in the center of Bucks County which is east of Montgomery County and north of Philadelphia County.

Chester County

Chester County is southwest of and borders Montgomery County. Chester County is west of & borders Delaware County which is between it and Philadelphia County.

Londonderry Township (London Derry) is in western-central  Chester County.

Penn Township is directly south of Londonderry Township.



1820 Census 

Enumerated as follows, with possible matches to family members:
1 Male < 10 – Charles about age 2
1 Male 26-45 – Elon about age 28
1 Female < 10 – Elizabeth about age 5?
1 Female 26-45 – Martha about age 28

1830 Census

Enumerated as follows with possible matches to family members:
1 Male < 5 – Elon about age 1 (see below for note on this possibility)
1 Male 5-10 – Unknown who this might be
1 Male 10-15 – Charles about age 12
1 Male 20-30 – Unknown who this might be
1 Male 30-40 – Elon about age 38
1 Female 5-10 – Mary Ann about age 9
1 Female 15-20 – Elizabeth about age 15?
1 Female 30-40 – Martha about age 38

1840 Census

Enumerated as follows with possible matches to family members:
1 Male 10-15 – Elon about age 11
1 Male 40-50 – Elon about age 48
1 Female 50-60 – Martha about age 48

1850 & 1860 Censuses

Elon and Martha Carman are living alone in Philadelphia


Elon Carman (c1829-         )

There is an Elon Carman, sometimes reported as Elwood, who married Mary Lowry. I have also found an Elon Kite Carman in newspapers who might be the same person. My working theory is that he is the son of Elon & Martha Carman and the brother to Charles, but I have not yet found any solid records to back this claim. I have matched on AncestryDNA to descendants of this Elon Carman as a 4th-6th cousin.



  1. War of 1812 Widow’s Pension File
  2. Charles R. Carman death certificate
  3. Chester County Poor School Children Records
  4. “United States Census, 1820,” database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 15 January 2017), Ellen Carmon, Buckingham, Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States; citing p. 294, NARA microfilm publication M33, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 99; FHL microfilm 181,405.
  5. “United States Census, 1830,” database with images, FamilySearch ( : 18 August 2015), Elon Cannan, Montgomery, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States; citing 357, NARA microfilm publication M19, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 154; FHL microfilm 20,628.
  6. “United States Census, 1840,” database with images, FamilySearch ( : 24 August 2015), Elan Carman, Montgomery Township, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States; citing p. 51, NARA microfilm publication M704, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 477; FHL microfilm 20,552.

War of 1812 Widows Pension applications of Martha Carman

This is the second post detailing the evidence I’ve discovered that supports the claim that Elon Carman (ca.1792-1866) and Martha Johnson (ca.1792-1871) are the parents of my third great-grandfather Charles R. Carman. The first post presented the Chester County Poor School Children Records. This post will present the pension files from the War of 1812.

After the death of her husband, Martha Carman applied for pensions from both the federal government and the state of Pennsylvania.

Martha Carman's mark & address
Mark of Martha Carman from pension application, with her address.

The application to the state of Pennsylvania was filed by Martha Carman on 2 Jun 1866. At the time she stated her residence at 2312 N. 5th Street in Philadelphia. This would mean she was living with Charles R. Carman since in the 1865-68 Philadelphia city directories his address is also listed as 2312 N. 5th Street.

Caroline Carman's signatureIn addition to them residing at the same address, Mrs. Caroline Carman, likely the same Caroline Carman who was the wife of Charles, signed as a witness for the application.


Mary Pomroy's signatureThe application to the federal government was filed by Martha in 1871. She reported her address as 1334 Potts Street in June 1871. In December 1871, Martha’s funeral was held at the home of her son-in-law William L. Pomeroy at 1334 Potts Street. Martha’s pension application was witnessed by a Mary Pomroy.  I believe Mary Pomroy is the same Mary Ann Carman listed in the school records with Charles. Census records have a Mary Pomroy, wife of William, who was born around the same time as indicated by the school records.

Between the school records and these pension application files, I have confidence that Elon Carman & Martha Johnson are the parents of Charles  R. Carman, who married Caroline A. Brill, and Mary Ann Carman, who married William Pomroy (aka Pomeroy).



  1. “Pennsylvania, War of 1812 Pensions, 1866-1879,” index and images, ( ), Martha Carman, widow of Elon Carman.  (Transcriptions available here)
  2. “War of 1812 Pension Files,” digital images, Fold3 (|h5iT6dgqR ), Elon Carman, Widow’s Pension no. 88, Pennsylvania. (Transcriptions available here)
  3. “U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995,” index & images, (, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  4. “Martha Carman obituary,” Public Ledger (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), 8 December 1871; GenealogyBank (, Newspaper Archives. Obituary text: “CARMAN — On the 6th inst, MARTHA CARMAN, in the 92 year of her age. The relatives and friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend her funeral from the residence of her son-in-law, William L. Pomeroy, 1334 Potts street on Saturday, Dec 9th, at 7 o’clock. To proceed to Mechanics Cemetery.”