biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
ELIJAH BUSBY, of Monroe Township, son of John W. and Anna (Merriman) Busby, was born in Carroll County, Ohio, Nov. 17, 1831. He came to Iowa March 27, 1852, first locating in Wapello County. He entered some land in Madison County, in 1854, and sold it in 1863. He then came to this county and purchased a farm in Adams Township, which he afterward sold, and purchased his present farm of 197 acres in Monroe Township. April 30, 1857, Mr. Busby was married to Miss Eliza Bass. They are the parents of six children: William L. lives in Brooklyn, Poweshiek County; Laura is the wife of Z. W. Thomas, of Ft. Dodge, Iowa; Emma L., John R., Homer E., and Lenna E. reside at home. Oct. 17, 1861, Mr. Busby enlisted in Co. F, 4th Iowa Vol. Cav., served with his regiment until it was discharged, and then reenlisted as a veteran, remaining with the regiment until its final muster out, Aug. 2, 1865. He entered the service as a private soldier; was promoted Corporal Oct. 1, 1862, was promoted Duty Sergeant May 1, 1864, and Commissary Sergeant of the company before its final muster out. That he was a good soldier and did his whole duty is evidenced by his several promotions. He is o member of Tom Connor Post, G. A. R., at Rose Hill. Politically Mr. B. is a member of the Greenback party. His home is composed of good land, which he has brought to an excellent state of cultivation, and has it well improved. He is making a success of his business, because of his excellent management and good judgment in the conduct of the same. Personally and socially Mr. Busby stands high in the esteem of a large circle of friends and acquaintances.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy