The following Biographical sketch was copied from the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI, INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F.A. Battey & Co., Publishers. 1883. page 701, Harrison Township, Pulaski County, Indiana.
"ELIAS WAY was born in Coshocton County, Ohio, January 21, 1833, and was the eleventh child born to JOSEPH and LETTIE (EDGE) WAY, natives respectively of Virginia and Ohio. JOSEPH WAY came to Indiana in March, 1839, resided in Cass County a year near Logan, and then seven miles north of Wabash, until 1851, when he came to this county, and located five miles northeast of Winamac, purchasing 115 acres of land, which he tilled six years and then sold, and came to this township, where he and wife ended their days. ELIAS WAY was married in March, 1858, to MISS SAMANTHA MORE of this county, born November 6, 1836, and daughter of JOHN and HANNAH MORE, natives of Canada and New Jersey. To this union were born eight children, of whom five are living - JOHN M., LETTIE, HANNAH, OLA and TINA. MR. WAY had charge of the home farm until the spring of 1861, when he rented a farm for a year, and then bought ninety-six acres in Tippecanoe Township. There he lived a year, and then went to Wabash, remained eighteen months, returned for a short time to his farm, and then removed to Winamac, and worked as a drayman for ten years and five months. He then again went to Wabash, remained eight months, came back and exchanged some town property and forty acres of land for his present mill property and sixty-two acres, in May, 1877. He has since added five acres, and is still owner of town lots in Winamac, and forty acres on the Monon. He had the misfortune to lose his wife in September, 1877."