Elijah Gates , one of the
representative citizens of Elk Township, was born in
Granville, Canada, Mch. 28, 1825. He left Canada in 1857,
and came to Iowa, locating in Delaware County, whre he
resided seven years, and in 1864 settled on his present
farm in Clayton. it is situated on section 33, Elk
Township, and consists of 170 acres of fine farming land.
He also has a steam saw-mill on his place, which he
operates, in connection with farming. He is a carpenter
by trade and does all is own building, etc. He was
married Feb. 1, 1854, to Ellen W. Gibson, a native of
Edwardsburg, Canada, born Sept. 15, 1833. Four children
have been born unto them, viz.: Jennie R., born Feb. 24,
1855; Sarah M., Aug. 2, 1857, married James E. Klotzbach;
Isaac P., Oct. 2, 1859, and George Edgar, Aug. 31, 1869.
Jennie is engaged in teaching the district school, and
music. Mr. Gates had held the offices of School Director
and Towhship Supervisor. He and two daughers are members
of the Congregational church.
source: History of Clayton
County, Iowa, 1882, p. 760
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