6/5/1900 N Okaw Twp, Coles Co, IL. The census recorded Elija F at age 36, married 8 years to Ellen M, 25, who had birthed 4 children, all living: Howard, 7, Fields, 5, Alfred, 3, and Mary Blanch, 1. Also living there were Elijah's aged parents, John, 76, and Mary E, 74. Next door was Henry Price, 2 doors down was sister Serilda Morgan's family and down the road was Edwin Hoots.
4/16/1910 Same place, Dist 65. Again listed in the census as Elija F, he was 45, Mary E was 35. They had been married 18 years with 8 children, all surviving: Howard R, 17, Fields R, 15, Alfred, 13, Mary B, 11, Golda M, 8, Eva E, 6, Malden, 5, and Hazel, 1. Elijah was still farming, a general farm.
The 1900 census says he was born 1864.
His name in the IL Death Index is Elizah F Whitley.
Elijah's parent were living with his family at census time in 1900. Two doors down was sister, Serilda Morgan and family.