b. 16 January 1791, present-day Middle Smithfield Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania, to Platt and Johnnah (Schoonover) Smith
d. 20 February 1865, Linn County, Iowa
m. 21 October 1817, Seneca County, New York
b. about 1790-91
Children with Jerusha Southwick:
- Lucinda/Lovina (b. 1818/19) married Charles Biggs
- [–?–] (b. ca. 1830) married [–?–] Miller
- Joshua (b. ca. 1829/30) married Lydia [–?–]
- Calvin (b. ca. 1830/31)
- Melissa (b. ca. 1833/34)
- Nancy M. (b. ca. 1835/36)
Elijah first resided in New York with his parents, who moved from the Delaware Valley about 1797 to Owego Town, Tioga County, New York, and later to Ovid Town, Seneca County, New York. Elijah and Jerusha lived in Seneca County several years before moving in about 1830 to Montgomery County, Indiana, where they resided for about 25 years before moving to Marion, Linn County, Iowa. Elijah and Jerusha may have had more children in the 1820’s. Jerusha applied for a military pension based upon Elijah’s War of 1812 service after his death in Linn County.
The contributor and a co-researcher have written an article about Elijah’s parents and siblings, which was published serially in Magazine of the Detroit Society for Genealogical Research in 1994.