Henry P. Elias

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Henry P. Elias
Born c. 25 March 1832(1832-03-25) [1]
South Wales
Died 30 August 1882 (50) [2]
Hannan, West Virginia
Occupation(s) Silversmith, jeweler, watchmaker
Relative(s) Ellis H. Elias
William M. Elias
Richard H. Elias

Henry P. Elias (c. March 25, 1832 - August 30, 1882) was a Welsh-born American jeweler and businessman, noted as one of the Elias Brothers, who, under the leadership of Ellis H. Elias, were notorious in the press of their day as gift-lotto and saw-dust swindlers,[3] and merchants of counterfeit watches and jewelry.[4]


  1. "Wales Births and Baptisms, 1541-1907," database, FamilySearch ( accessed 10 April 2016), Henry Elias, 25 Mar 1832; citing SAINT ASAPH,FLINT,WALES, reference; FHL microfilm 104,824.
  2. Death record for H.P. Elias (, West Virginia Vital Research Records.
  3. Indianapolis Evening Journal (Indianapolis, Indiana) 1 (148): pp. 2. 1872-03-12. Retrieved 2016-04-10. "Henry P. Elias, the Cincinnati lottery thief, has brought suit against the New York Tribune for $20,000. There never was so much as twenty cents worth of character in the entire Elias gang." 
  4. Ohio Statesman (Columbus, Ohio) 41 (64): pp. 1. 1872-03-21. Retrieved 2016-04-10. "A warrant was issued this afternoon for the arrest of H. P. Elias and Ellis H. Elias, on a charge of swindling in the Geneva Watch Company business. Several experienced watchmakers made affidavits that the watches sold were almost worthless, and a cable dispatch has been received from the United States Consul at Geneva stating that no such as the Geneva Watch Company ever existed."