Elizabeth Church1

ID#2055, b. about 1791
Father: Henry "Old Hundred" Church
Mother: Hannah Keine

Birth date: about 1791.2 It has also been reported that Elizabeth was born on 23 February 1784.1,3 In contrast, the 1850 U.S. census suggests that Elizabeth was born around 1793 based on a given age of 57 at the time of the census.4 Interestingly, she only aged three years during the ten year span to the next census (from age 57 in 1850 to age 60 in 1860). If that were true, she could have made a fortune selling her secret in a magic elixir! Obviously one, if not both, of these census records is incorrect as to her age.5

Birth place: Virginia.2

Elizabeth married David Bland. This may have taken place in 1817, but I have not yet confirmed this date.3

Previously, I had discovered on Find A Grave that Elizabeth's date of death was reported as 25 January 1857. However, that date is incorrect as she appears in the 1860 US census with her husband, David, and in the 1870 US census in the household of her grandson Henry Bland, son of Joseph Bland.3,5,2 To date, I have not found her in the 1880 census, so I am working with an assumption that she died between 1870 and 1880 - more research is needed.
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Last Edited Date=9 May 2017


  1. [S929] "Wetzel County, WV Connections," Rootsweb WorldConnect, online http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi, Bill Cunningham.
  2. [S2346] Henry Bland household, 1870 U.S. Census, Wetzel County, West Virginia, Church Township (Burton Post Office), page11 (149 stamped), National Archives micropublication M593_1701.
  3. [S2232] Elizabeth Bland, Find A Grave memorial no. 117589557, created by user name "In Search Of"on 24 September 2013, online http://www.findagrave.com
  4. [S2233] David Bland household, 1850 U.S. Census, Wetzel County, Virginia, District 64, page 44 stamped, National Archives micropublication M432_981.
  5. [S2234] David Bland household, 1860 U.S. Census, Wetzel County, Virginia, Proctor Post Office, page 132, National Archives micropublication M653_1384.