The Elder Mountain Elders

George S. Elder home on a bluff of Elder Mountain

The John Elders were early settlers at Ooltewah. Another family of Elders came to Chattanooga from Trenton, Tn. This family acquired a huge tract on Raccoon Mountain and renamed it Elder Mountain.

These Elders included Leander Melville Elder, who was born in 1847 and graduated from Andrew College at Trenton. He then spent three years at the University of Virginia Law School before setting up his practice in Chattanooga. Leander Elder married Mollie E. Saffarrans of Memphis in 1876. He and his cousin, John W. Elder Jr. Read More