biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
ELIJAH ANDERSON, residing on section 27, Spring Creek Township, was born in Clinton County, Ohio, June 18, 1817, and is a son of Eli and Mary (Thatcher) Anderson. They came to Iowa about the year 1870, and are since deceased. Elijah Anderson resided with his parents until he was twenty-three years old, and came to Iowa in 1865, settling in White Oak Township, this county, where he remained for about six years, removing thence to his purchase of 115 acres of land in Spring Creek Township, where he now resides, and upon which is a good substantial dwelling and all proper out-buildings and appurtenances necessary to the comfort and convenience of a farm. The subject of this sketch was married in 1840, to Asenath H. Bailey, the daughter of Henry and Panina (Boswell) Bailey. Of this union there have been born eight children, named as follows: Julia A., William P., Eli, Clark, Albert, Henry T., Arthur and an infant, all deceased save Julia, Clark, and Henry. The mother of these children is also deceased. In 1879 Mr. Anderson married the widow of Enos Doan. Her maiden name was Martha Ann Burgess, and she is a daughter of Jesse and Elizabeth (Harvey) Burgess. By her marriage with Enos Doan there were born four children-Mary Emily (deceased), John M., Esther Ann and Enos A. Both of these families are of English ancestry, and members of the Society of Friends. Elijah Anderson is a man who is thoroughly in earnest in the work of moral reformation, and is a consistent and active member of the Society of Friends, belonging to the George Fox branch; his wife belongs to the aggressive body of the same society; yet both hope and believe they are guided by the same spirit. Mr. A. takes an especial interest in the success of the cause of prohibition, believing in the Bible doctrine, so plainly taught, that men should not put into their mouths an enemy to steal away their brains. Men with these advanced ideas are always the better class of citizens.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy