Elijah L. Updike

BORN: March 23, 1792, in Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania.

DIED: January 1, 1871, in Bloomfield Township, Polk County, Iowa.

AGED: 78 years, 9 months, 9 days

BURIED: Elm Grove Cemetery, Bloomfield Township, Polk County, Iowa.


FATHER: Issac Updike born about 1767 in Bethlehem, Hunterdon County, Pennsylvania.

MOTHER: Aeltje Lanning, possibly born about 1740 in Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania.


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MARRIAGE: to Elizabeth Snook, date and location unknown.


1. Adin H. Updike born March 29, 1833.

2. Mary Updike

3. Clarissa J. Updike

4. Nancy H. Updike

5. Harriet Updike

6. Minerva Updike

7. Andrew Jackson Updike

8. Lawrence Updike

9. Isaiah T. Updike


Elijah Updike, my great great grandfather, was born on March 23, 1792, in Pennsylvania. By the time of the 1850 census, he had married a woman named Elizabeth Snook, who was born on January 25, 1791, also in Pennsylvania. Elijah and Elizabeth were then living in Brookville Township, Franklin County, Indiana. Their first child, who was born on March 29, 1833, in Indiana, was named Adin Updike. He would become my great grandfather.

Elijah eventually moved his family to Clinton Township, in Lynn County, Iowa. The 1860 census shows two more children: William and Minerva. Their ages are listed as 18 and 20 years of age respectively, but for some reason they aren’t listed on the 1850 census. Elijah’s wife, Elizabeth, died in Lynn County on August 24, 1864, during the Civil War. She’s buried in Sisley Grove Cemetery, Clinton Township, Linn County, Iowa. Her stone lies flat on the ground. It's heavily weathered, but still legible.

By 1870, Elijah, along with his son and grandchildren, had moved to Bloomfield Township, in Polk County, Iowa. The census give the value of his farm as $1000 and his personal wealth as $100. Elijah only lived about four months after the census was taken. He died in Polk County on January 1, 1871. Elijah is buried in Elm Grove Cemetery in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa.

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