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ELDER, John, clergyman, born in County Antrim, Ireland, in 1706; died near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in 1792. He studied for the ministry with his uncle, a Presbyterian clergyman in Edinburgh, and about 1736 followed his father, who had emigrated in 1730, and settled near Harrisburg. He was installed over the Churches of Paxton and Derry, 22 November 1738, and remained in that relation till his death. He trained his parishioners for cavalry service against the Indians, and afterward received a colonel's commission from the proprietaries and had charge of the blockhouses from Easton to the Susquehanna. His band of rangers in 1763 massacred the Conestoga Indians against his advice.
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