township, July 6, 1823. He is a son of Maxon and Hannah (Pomeroy) Randall,
life long residents of Girard. His grandfather was John Randall, who first
became a resident of Erie county about 1795, coming here from New York State,
bringing his son Maxon, who was then only 3 years old. His mother was Miss
Hannah, daughter of Medad Pomeroy, for many years a resident of Albion, Erie
county. He served in the Revolutionary war, and was a prominent citizen of
his day and generation. Elias Randall was first married in 1874 to Miss
Hannah Miller, of Springfield township. She died in 1852. Later he was
married to Caroline Ferguson, daughter of Hance Ferguson. The children are:
Edwin, of Springfield township; and Isadore, children by the first marriage;
Emma J., wife of C. F. Eaton, of Monroe township, Ashtabula county, Ohio; Ella
L., wife of J. W. Willey, West Springfield; Alvira, wife of A. H. Dean; and
Alta, wife of Hance Hardy, of Monroe township, Ashtabula county, Ohio, by the
second marriage. Mr. Randall has been a prominent citizen of the community in
which he resides for forty-five years, having occupied his present place
during this time. With him resides his son-in-law, J. W. Willey, who was born
in 1842. He is a son of John H. and Elizabeth (Ward) Willey, natives of
Summit township, Erie county, and prominently identified with the earlier
settlements of the county through their ancestors. Mr. Willey was married in
1876, and has one son, Malcom.
Probably the first school in the township was taught by Maxon Randall, in his log cabin a mile north of Cranesville, about 1815. One and a half miles south of Wellsburg stood a log schoolhouse in which Miss Becky Reese taught about 1817. Immediately south of Wellsburg a Mr. Higgins taught about 1820. The Sawdey schoolhouse, in the northwest corner of the township, was built about 1823, but has been slightly changed in location. A log structure, used as a schoolhouse stood at Cranesville in the early days on the site afterward used as the postoffice.
John Randall kept a tavern at the mouth of Elk creek in 1804.
Note 1: The Elias Randall (1823-c.1902) spoken of here was the son-in-law of John N. Miller, one of the "Conneaut Witnesses" for the Spalding authorship claims for the Book of Mormon. Elias Randall married Hannah Miller, daughter of John N. Miller (1783-1866) and Nancy Miller in 1847. She was born in Conneaut twp., Erie Co. PA in 1820. When she died on Jan. 30, 1849 the cause of her death was probably sickness. Hannah Miller Randall was buried in the "John N. Miller Lot" at the Christian Church Burying Ground in West Springfield, Erie Co, PA. The bodies in this plot were apparently moved, with their grave markers, to East Springfield some years later. Hannah left behind two children: Edwin Randall, b. c. 1848 and Isadore Randall, b. 1849. Isadore married a Mr. Darby in about 1869. Her son, Lee W. Darby, is listed in the Erie Co, census for 1910 as head of the household, age 40.
All of above is taken from: NELSON'S BIOGRAPHICA DICTIONARY
AND .. Historical Reference Book ..OF ERIE COUNTY, Pennsylvania,
RANDALL Hannah/ wife of/ Elias Randall/ Died/ January 30, 1849/ In her 29th year (On the John N Miller lot)
Cemeteries: Christian Church Burying Ground: West Springfield, Erie Co
ELIAS RANDALL DECEASED _____ Lived to Be 84 Years Old and Was Well Known in Vicinity of West Springfield. _____ (March 15 is penciled in atop this article.) _____ The funeral of Elias Randall of West Springfield was held at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. W. Willey, Tuesday afternoon, at that place. Burial was made in the East Springfield cemetery. The deceased passed to the beyond Saturday at nine a. m., at the extreme age of 84 years. He was born at Albion, but made his home at West Springfield throughout his entire life, except for a few years in his youth. He was married twice and was the father of six children, five of whom survive. He was a farmer by vocation. The children who survive are: Mrs. Ella Willey of West Springfield, Mrs. Alta Hardy of Daniels avenue, Mrs. Elvira Dean of Monroe Center, Isadore Randall of East Springfield, and Edward Randall of West Springfield.