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Elisha Luther Day
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Birth: Oct. 27, 1886
Halifax County
Virginia, USA
Death: May 17, 1958
Henrico County
Virginia, USA

New information just found in the Richmond Dispatch of Tuesday, Feb. 2, 1904 states that Elisha and Lucy Tarpley ran away to get married with another couple. They got married at Pelham "Gretna Green", though both couples were from the Danville area. Supposedly they ran away because the brides were quite young and their parents had objected to the marriages. They had left Danville in buggies, and traveled across the country in very cold weather. They arrived at their destination and were married in the morning, and returned to the city, where they were served dinner that evening at the home of Nonie Mays, who had married Nathaniel Travis.

(Note: Gretna Green was a place in Scotland that was famous for famous for marrying people that had eloped. Pelham, NC had it's own "Gretna Green", where people would run off to get married.)

Elisha was born in the Sutherlin community of Halifax Co., a son of Samuel Yancey and Fannie W. Day of Pittsylvania Co. Va. Former husband of Lucy Tarpley Day. Elisha and Lucy made their home in Danville, Va. and later in Greensboro, NC. He was father of Sirphronia W. Day Miller Shepherd of Greensboro, NC, Augusta Day who preceded him in death, and Elisha L. (Buck) Day of Mechanicsville, Va. Elisha also remarried and possibly has more children by his second wife in the Richmond area. His first wife, Lucy is buried in Danville at Green Hill Cemetery. (Note: The 1900 census shows Elisha as 13 years of age, living with his family in Caswell Co. NC (Pelham twp.). His father Samuel was b. in April of 1850 in NC; his mother Fannie in March of 1850 in Va.; a sister Sophronia B. was 17, brother William Y. Day was 22 with a wife Rosa, also 22. William and Rosa had children Annie, 2 , and a baby 6 months old. The 1910 census shows Elisha as living in the city of Danville with his wife, Lucy, daughter Sirphronia, and his widowed mother, Fannie W. Day. He was a miller in a grist mill at the time. By 1920, he still lived in Danville with his wife Lucy, children Sirphronia, Augusta, and Elisha Jr., and he was a policeman for the city. He resigned from the police force in March of 1920. (In the 1880 census, before Elisha was born, his parents lived in Pittsylvania Co. Va. (Dan River dist.) with children Mary E.--18; Alice--6; Frances--4; and William Y.--1.) 
Family links: 
  Samuel Day (1850 - 1903)
  Annie Lucy Tarpley Day (1885 - 1967)
  Sirphronia Williams Day Shepherd (1906 - 1998)*
  Elisha Luther Day (1918 - 2007)*
*Calculated relationship
Oakwood Cemetery
Richmond City
Virginia, USA
Created by: SleepingDog
Record added: Oct 05, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9554243
Elisha Luther Day
Added by: SleepingDog
Elisha Luther Day
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Thinking of you.
- SleepingDog
 Added: May. 16, 2006
Rest in peace, Mr. Day. I only met you once or twice, but you were the grandfather of my first husband, and I can tell you that your daughter, Sirphronia loved you very much. She was heartbroken when you died.
- SleepingDog
 Added: Jul. 24, 2005

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