Ex-slave, Union Army Soldier, Teacher and Preacher, Elijah P. Marrs, was mostly a self-taught man who served his Country during the American Civil War, although he did'nt leave Kentucky, he saw combat, was captured and went on to help founder what later became the Simmons Bible College in Louisville, Kentucky. Elijah was born in January of 1840 in Shelby County, Kentucky; In September 1864, he led 27 slaves to Louisville, Kentucky to join the Union Army. He enlisted on the 26th in L Company, 12th US Colored Heavy Artillery. He was soon assigned as Third Duty Sergeant in his company. The regiment trained for several weeks at Camp Nelson, Kentucky and was engaged in numerous actions throughout Kentucky. He was mustered out with his regiment April 24, 1866. After the war, he taught school and was ordained a Baptist minister. In 1879, he and his brother founded the Baptist Normal and Theological Institute in Louisville which became Simmons Bible College. He was active with the Republican party in Kentucky as well as the GAR. On August 3, 1871 He married Julia Gray of Shelbyville, Kentucky, she died sometime in 1876. Elijah died on August 30, 1910 at the age of 70. They were buried somewhere in Shelby County in unmarked graves.
Created by: Cadmus Record added: Feb 09, 2010
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