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Biography of
Elijah Calvin Carter

Elijah Cavlin Carter is a native of Indiana, and was born on the 18th day of March, 1837. When he was four years old his parents removed to Jasper County, Missouri, and there Elijah was reared and educated.

In September, 1855, he came to Daviess county, and has been a citizen here ever since. His occupation is that of a farmer, and he owns well improved farm of 200 acres in Union township, not far from Gallatin. Mr. Carter has over a mile of hedge fence on this place, a comfortable and commodious residence, and one of the best springs of water int he county.

When the Civil War spread like a blight over the land, Mr. Carter's sentiments were all for the cause of the Union; accordingly, in the fall of 1862, he enlisted for the national defense in Company A, under Major S. P. Cox, and served six months. After this he enlisted in the State Militia, and served until the close of the war.

Mr. Carter has been twice married. His first wife was Miss Lucy A. George, to whom he was married in this county, on the 24th of November, 1858. She died March 7, 1876, and he again married, July 2, 1877, to Miss Elizabeth A. Cravens. By the first union, he had nine children, six of whom still survive, names as follows: Salathiel, Mary V., Willie G., Ollie E., Edgar W., and Festus. Those deceased are Charity C., Elijah C., and an unnamed infant. By his second marriage, Mr. Carter has had two children, one living (Bertha A.) and one dead (Armon).
[The History of Daviess County, Missouri, Published 1882]

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