Elias W. Mortimer Elias W. Mortimer

Name: Elias W. Mortimer
Company: F
Promoted Sergeant.
  • Date: May 24, 1837
  • Place: Hastings, East Sussex, England
Mustered In
  • Date: December 30, 1863
  • Rank: Private
  • Age: 26
  • Residence prior to military service: Hastings, England; St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota
  • Vocation prior to military service:
  • Date: August 6, 1905
  • Place: Hennepin County, Minnesota
  • Burial: Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota; Section 8, Lot 197, Grave 6
Mustered Out
  • Date: September 6, 1865
  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Age: about 28
  • Residence following military service: 1212 Sixth Avenue, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota; 540 Sixth Avenue N., Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Vocation following military service: City passenger agent of the St. Louis Rail Road

Elias W. Mortimer Biography and Civil War Narrative

Elias William Mortimer was born May 24, 1837, in Hastings, East Sussex, England, the son of Elias and Jane Mortimer. He came to America in 1855 and went into the banking business in St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota.

Sergeant Elias W. Mortimer, Company FOn December 30, 1863, Elias W. Mortimer enlisted in Company F of the 5th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment. He served until the regiment was mustered out on September 6, 1865. During that time, the 5th Minnesota participated in the Red River Campaign (March 10-May 22, 1864), action at Lake Chicot, Arkansas (June 6, 1864), A. J. Smith's expeditions to Tupelo (July 5-21, 1864) and Oxford (August 1864), Mississippi, Mower's Expedition to Brownsville, Arkansas (September 2-10, 1864), the Union Army's pursuit of Confederate General Price through Arkansas and Missouri (September 17-November 15, 1864), the Battle of Nashville (December 15-16, 1864), and the Campaign against Mobile, Alabama, and its Defenses (March 7-April 12, 1865). At some point during his service, Mortimer was promoted to Sergeant. According to pension records, Mortimer also sustained an injury to the abdomen.

Elias William Mortimer married Altania (Altanice) Helen Hayford on January 20, 1875. She was born in July 1847 in Farmersville,
Cattaraugus County, New York. The 1880 U.S. census shows "Wm" (age 44) and "Helena" (age 33) living at 1212 Sixth Avenue in Minneapolis, Minnesota. With them are four children (all born in Minnesota), the older two of which are apparently from an earlier marriage: son Elias (age 22), daughter May (age 22), "daughter" Georgie (age 5, actually a son), and son Willie (age 2). Elias William worked as a Baggage man on the railroad, Helena kept house, and son Elias worked as a Railroad Engineer.

On May 29, 1889, a property transfer was filed with the register of deeds transfering lot 14, block 6, C. W. Bowen's addition from Elias W. Mortimer to Otto Herchenroder for $600. On Saturday evening, January 4, 1890, "W. Mortimer" was installed as J. V. commander at the Oliver P. Morton G.A.R. post hall. On that same day, "Elias W. Mortimer and wife" transfered the property of section 11, town 28, range 24 to Clarence W. Bowen for $200.

On December 10, 1898, Elias' son William was killed by a yard engine. He was buried in Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The 1900 U.S. census shows Wm and Altina living at 540 Sixth Ave. No. in Minneapolis. Living with them is their 19-year-old daughter Alice, born in May 1881. Elias continued to work for the railroad as a Passenger Agent, and Alice was a student.
Elias W. Mortimer photo (published with obituary)
In 1901, at the 44th Annual Council of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Minnesota, Elias W. Mortimer was named one of the wardens of S. Andrew's Church in Minneapolis:

Elias W. Mortimer retired from active railroad work about 1902. After living as an invalid for three years, he died on Sunday morning, August 6, 1905, at his home at 540 Sixth Avenue N., Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota. His funeral was held at 2:30pm on Tuesday, August 8, at his house. He was buried at Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis.

After Elias died, Altania lived with her daughter, Alice and her husband Louis Benner (born January 1878 in Indiana; worked as Chief Dispatcher for a railroad) at 3419 Elliott Avenue. She died on June 22, 1928, and was buried at Lakewood Cemetery.

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