Roads, Frances Elizabeth

Roads, Frances Elizabeth

Female 1852 - 1924  (72 years)

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  • Name Roads, Frances Elizabeth  [1
    Nickname Franc 
    Born 10 Feb 1852  Marshall, Henry, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Died 9 Aug 1924  Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Forest Home Cemetery, Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I66338  Sackett
    Last Modified 4 Jun 2021 

    Family Elliott, Simon Charles,   b. Dec 1841, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 May 1915, Pleasantville, Westchester, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years) 
    +1. Elliott, Stella Mae,   b. 1876, Nebraska, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1947  (Age 71 years)
    Last Modified 4 Jun 2021 
    Family ID F26450  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsChild - Elliott, Stella Mae - 1876 - Nebraska, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 9 Aug 1924 - Cook County, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
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    Frances Elizabeth Roads (1852-1924)
    Frances Elizabeth Roads (1852-1924)

  • Notes 
    • A biography is avaliable: "In Her Wake: The Story of Frances Elizabeth Roads Elliott 1852-1924," (2017) by Sharon S. Atkins (

  • Sources 
    1. [S543] Find A Grave ( (Reliability: 2), 4 Jun 2021.
      Memorial ID 19586744

      Frances Elizabeth "Franc" Roads Elliott
      Birth 10 Feb 1852
      Henry County, Iowa, USA
      Death 9 Aug 1924 (aged 72)
      Cook County, Illinois, USA
      Forest Home Cemetery
      Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa, USA

      Franc Roads was one of the seven founders of P.E.O. Sisterhood (Philanthropic Educational Organization), one of the pioneer societies for women, that was founded on January 21, 1869, at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa.

      Frances Elizabeth Roads was born February 10, 1852, at Marshall, Iowa, a little town almost at the edge of Mount Pleasant. Her father, Addison Roads, was a businessman and later a public official in Mount Pleasant. ... Franc, as she preferred to be called, enrolled in the scientific course at Iowa Wesleyan in September, 1866, at the age of 14. She graduated in three years, receiving her B.S. degree on June 16, 1869. She was granted the honorary M.S. degree in 1872. ? Franc and Simon Charles Elliott, the son of Dr. Charles Elliott, president of Iowa Wesleyan 1857-61 and 1864-66, were married June 6, 1872. Mr. Elliott operated a Queen's Ware china store in Lincoln, Nebraska. They had a son and daughter. Through most of her life, Franc practiced art as a profession. She studied at the Rockwood Potteries in Cincinnati, at Chicago Art Institute, the University of Chicago at Columbia, Leland Stanford, and in Europe. She was associated with the art department at the University of Nebraska. Franc entered the field of art supervision in the public school in Salt Lake City, Utah and Aurora, Illinois. She had a crusading spirit and counted as her friends Susan B. Anthony, Lucy Stone, Frances Willard, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and many others interested in the Feminist Movement. In 1884 Franc represented Nebraska as assistant commissioner of art at the New Orleans Exposition, the first time that women were named at any exposition. She worked for 18 years to secure for women the right to vote in the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Her daughter said of her, "She was an inspiration to us all." The Elliotts moved to Chicago, and she died there August 9, 1924 (FRIENDSHIP SEVEN: Of 7 - Oklahoma P.E.O. - 1974).

      In 1952, on the centennial anniversary of her birth, a memorial marker was placed on the Elliott plot in Mt. Pleasant?s Forest Home Cemetery by a committee authorized by Supreme Chapter (A Dream Come True: Program given by Elizabeth (Liz) E. Garrels, Iowa State President at P.E.O. Conference 1996).

      Researched by Ted Smith

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