Elston was surveyed by W.Vogdt in 1867, for A. M. Elston, who acknowledged the plat March 29, 1867. Walnut, Main, and High Streets are shown running North and South, intersected by First, Second, and Third Streets. Dr. Fisher's house on Block 6, the school house on Block 1, the meeting house just North and three houses on Blocks 2 & 3 are shown. South of the railroad is A. M. Elston's house, the store and railroad warehouse. The founder was commissioned justice of the peace in 1832, and in centennial year was the senior justice of Missouri in point of service.
The Elston family are of Welsh descent, the great-grandfather having come directly from that country, and settled in New Jersey at a very early day. The Grandfather, Elias Elston, moved from New Jersey to Tennessee, then to Boone County, Mo., soon after Daniel Boone, and was among it's first settlers. He was a farmer by occupation, as was his son A. M. A. M. Elston became a resident of Cole County, Mo., about 1828, and located where the town of Elston now stands, the place taking its name from him. He entered and bought a large tract of land, and became one of the prominent men of the county. He was justice of the peace fro many years, judge of the county court, a member of the State Legislature , and an inspector of the State Militia, being Adjutant-General. He was one of the prominent men of the state, and was regarded with respect and esteem by all who knew him. He died in 1879, and his wife in 1869. They were the parents of nine children.
Mrs. S. M. Elston, widow of Elias Elston, is a resident of Cole County, Mo., and has one of the finest residences in the State. This residence is situated on an elevation which forms a natural amphitheater overlooking the village of Elston, and has fine prospects on every side.
Dr. A. Elston was born at Elston Station on the 6th of Dec., 1830, being the son of
Andrew M. and Jane C (Anthony) Elston. He was reared and educated in Cole County, and at the age of 15 had acquired, unaided, a fair education. At 16 he taught school, was deputy county and circuit clerk of Cole County at 17, and soon commenced to read law with Gen. M. M. Parsons. At the age of 20 he began the study of medicine with Prof. H. Waters, of the St. Louis Medical College, from which institution he graduated in 1864. Soon after he was appointed United States surgeon, and was assigned to duty at Jefferson Barracks. Subsequently he was commissioned surgeon of the Thirty-first Missouri Volunteer Infantry, and reported for duty at Atlanta, Ga. After the fall of Atlanta, he marched with Gen. Sherman's' army through Georgia to Savannah, and from there through S. and N. Carolina to Raleigh, where the army was at the termination of the war. He was in all the battles in which the Fifteenth Army Corps was engaged during these marches. After the close of the war, he went with the army through Virginia by Petersburg and Richmond, to Washington City. In 1866 he began practicing his profession at Elston, Mo., and in 1869 attended a course at Bellevue Medical College, at New York City. In 1870 he received instructions at the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania, and in 1871 located in Jefferson City, where he built up a large and lucrative practice, and was one of the eminent physicians of the county. June 4, 1864, he was married to Miss Columbia Smith. They had 4 children.
George B. Elston b. Feb 27, 1843 Elston, Cole Co. Missouri, d. Feb 13, 1924 Elston, Cole Co. Missouri. Married Helen Mariah Moore on Sept 10, 1876 High Point, Moniteau Co. Mo. She was b.April 10, 1854 Greenfield, Franklin, Ma, d July 4, 1955, Elston, Cole Co. Missouri. Her parents were Don Lorenzo Bentevolee Voughley Moore, Sarah Catherine Gay.The parents are buried in Ratcliffe Cem. in High Point , Moniteau Co. Mo. Mr and Mrs Elston are both buried in the Elston Cemetery (Sardis)along with other Elston relations. Helen paid for tombstones for Georges family with her butter money. George was a farmer, railroad agent, store owner, state militia. No state tax records exist, he is in 1900, 1910, 1920 Fed Census in Marion Twsp Cole Co. Mo. His land and deed records are at the Cole Co Court House in Jefferson City. He was a justice of the peace and judge at Cole Co Courthouse (his name is insized on entrance to Courthouse).His fathers home was several lots down from the cemetery that his father gave to town he founded. His children:
1 Maude b Feb 4, 1878 Elston died same day.
2. George Bernam Elston b. Oct 5, 1879, Elston ,d Feb 5, 1956 Kansas City Jackson Co, Mo. m. Alice Delores Hedrick on Nov 12 1906, Kansas City, Jackson Co. Mo. Her parents were Harry Hedrick, Kate Stuchbury, she was born Sept 18, 1887 Delores,Colorado, d July 31, 1970 Tarpon Springs, Pinellas Co. Florida.He practiced medicine after graduation 1907 until his death. He was a member of Trinity Church, VFW, Knights of the Pythias and a Democrat. They had 2 children, Helen, George Hedrick Elston.
3. Sarah Gay Sunshine Elston b. Dec 8, 1888 Jefferson City, Cole Co. Mo. d. Feb 24, 1979 in Elston Cole Co. Mo. She married Warren Lukens in Feb 19,1924 in Elston. They lived in Kansas City Missouri, then returned to care for her mother until her death then stayed on in the home until their death. They had no children.
4. Don Andrew Elston b. Aug 23, 1891 Elston, Cole Co. Missouri, d. May 19, 1983 Elston, Cole Co. Mo. He married Isabelle Shanks , Feb 19, 1924 in Elston, she died around 1937 and is buried next to him in the Elston cemetery. Don was a WWI veteran, farmer, government employee and lived all his life in Elston. The couple had no children.