Evelyn, hope I've found something that may be part of your puzzle. Somehow "Uncle Jake"-(possibly your "Jacob"? Never knew him)- popped into myhead and is a name that rings chimes as I flash back to family gatherings when Elston story-telling was going on among my aunts and uncles when I was a little girl "with big ears".....or perhaps I heard about him from my great aunt Charity (Latteer) Keller who "just loved talking about the Elstons"! (Quote my mother).
Always assumed "Uncle Jake" was a Latteer (maternal grandparent's maiden name) but who knows? Could well have been from the Elston side...
Perhaps just a coincidence but here goes:
Fanny (ELSTON) TAYLOR, dau. of John and Phebe (Meeker) Elston, was born in Oct. l808 and died Nov. 3, l883, bur. in Unionville, NY.She married Nov. 28, l829, James TAYLOR, born Feb ll, l807, who died Feb. 22, l866, also being bur. in Unionville.They lived near New Milford, N.Y.
MARY E. TAYLOR,(whose mother was Fanny (ELSTON) TAYLOR) born (l83l) N.Y., when of Warwick, N.Y., Oct.26, l848, m. James Lewis Vail of Warwick, b. (l827), N.J., farmer there in l860, and lived in Buffalo, N.Y.
Mary E.(TAYLOR) Vail (Fannie Elston Taylor's daughter)had four daughters that I know of (Harriet C., b. l85l; Mary J., b. 24 Oct, l852; Phebe Ann, b. l853 and Minnie L. (no birth date) and am questioning if perhaps one of their children (have no list of them) ended up marrying an Elston cousin who bore your father Arthur Lyle Elston? Would certainly explain the coincidence in the names we've both come up with - eh?
Probably stretching it but there was a lot of intermarriage within families back during those days...and yes, there are Illinois connections to the Elston branch of the family from this neck of the woods.
Please feel free to contact me if you are so inclined.