ELIAS ELWELL, farmer, section 36, Monroe Township, was born in Bennington Co., Vt., March 5, 1828, and is the son of Harrington and Rhoda (Benton) Elwell. The father was a native of Vermont, and the mother of Germany; both are deceased.
At the age of 13 years Mr. Elwell was thrown upon his own resources to secure a maintanance for himself, and he engaged a as a chore boy and attended a district school the first winter. For some years afterward he was vaiously employed. He was married in 1849, in New York, to Sarah, daughter of Jonathan and Eunice (putney) Bennett, born in Warren Co., N.Y., May 4, 1832. The parents were natives of the Empire State. He pursued farming for some years in the State of New York, and ins 1853 transferred his family and interests to Hillsdale Co., Mich., removing successively to Barry and Allegan Counties. In 1866 he entered a homestead claim in Newaygo County, of which he took possession March 11, 1868, and has put his place under good improvements and profitable cultivation. Of 13 children born to Mr. and Mrs. Elwell, five are living, namely: Orlando J., Clarinda J., Hiland W., Edgar L. and Calvin B. The deceased were Francis E., David D., Lavinia Annie, Mary A., Eunice E., Charles D. and ine in infancy.