Elvira's family contained some notable people. Her father, Bushrod Henry, was said to be collateral descendent of Patrick Henry. Bushrod was described as a "remarkable" man by one proud descendant. He was a farmer, merchant and minister of the Disciples of Christ churches throughout Illinois. He was a founder and trustee of Eureka College, Eureka, IL.
Over 600 people attended his funeral. Her brother, Beverly, was an attorney and a framer of the IL Constitution.
Elvira's name in the 1850 census was recorded as Ebin.