|Birth: ||Nov. 9, 1831|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Oct. 15, 1916|
As a child, Eli helped his brother Hyatt care for Old Bet, the first elephant in America.
Eli Frost was born in Dutchess county, New York, sixth in order of birth of the seven children born to his parents, the others having been Charles, Mrs. Caroline Dale, Mrs. Lydia Robinson, Mrs. Sarah Wells, Hyatt and George. His father met his death as the result of an accident at his home in New York and his mother, who before her marriage was Sophia Kelly, came with her children to Indiana and settled on a farm in the immediate vicinity of Harrisburg, in Harrison township, this county. Eli Frost then having been but seven or eight years of age. On that farm Eli Frost grew to manhood, later engaging in wagon-making in Harrisburg, following that occupation until he was thirty-five years of age, when he returned to farming in Harrison and on the farm reared his family. His mother spent her last days at Harrisburg, she being about sixty-five years of age at the time of her death. Eli Frost married Melsena Kerschner, who was born in Ohio, daughter of Daniel and Anna M. (Emerick) Kerschner, natives of Pennsylvania, who came to Indiana from Ohio about 1840 and settled on a farm in Harrison township, this county, where Daniel Kerschner died not many years afterward, at the age of thirty-five years, and where his widow spent the rest of her life, she living to a ripe old age. They were the parents of seven children, those besides Mrs. Frost, the first-born, having been Amanda, Anna M., Matilda, Sarah, Daniel and William. Mrs. Frost died on July 26, 1889, aged about fifty-six years, and her husband survived her until October 15, 1916. They were the parents of six children, of whom the subject of this sketch was the first-born (Hyatt), the others being as follow: Rose A., wife of Rev. Ellsworth Cole, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Laura T., who married Harry Clifford and is now deceased; Emerick K., of Twin City, Idaho; Homer E., of Cleveland, Ohio, and Della W., wife of Carey E. Clifford, of Glenwood, this county.
"History of Fayette Counties, Indiana"
published by B. F. Bowen & Co. Indianapolis, IN 1917
Melsena Kerschner Frost (1832 - 1887)*
Lick Creek Cemetery
Created by: Genealogy Lady
Record added: Jul 01, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 38953034